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July 16, 2020

Open Thread 2020-56

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Posted by b on July 16, 2020 at 14:06 UTC | Permalink

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It’s Not Just You. America’s Leaders Are Getting Older


More Russiagate:

Russian hackers have been using spear-phishing and malware to target U.S., British and Canadian groups

They are already preparing the terrain for when the West loses the vaccine race to either Russia or (probably) China. They'll simply claim they stole the formula from Western "innovators".

UK Claims Russia Used Reddit to Meddle in 2019 Vote But Has No Proof of 'Broad Spectrum Campaign'

So... are the Russians pro-Tories or pro-Labour? The British have to make up their mind.


America declaring China’s territorial claims illegal is all bark & no bite. The US is militarily & economically impotent


And the Chinese know that:

American elites fail to accept US losing dominant position

Posted by: vk | Jul 16 2020 14:27 utc | 1

Message 4 b

The Americans are putting pressure on the Dutch Government not to issue a licence to a Dutch company ASML which is the only one that sells photolithography gear (over $200mn per installation) capable of a line width for integrated circuits down to 5nanometers, to TSMC, a Taiwanese company (as the name suggests) but operating mainly in mainland China.

The irony is the Americans are supposed to be Taiwan's friend, yet the licence is apparently for China (it will probably end there because TSMC's foundries are in China, their two biggest clients - Apple and Huawei).

Worth your while looking into it, you are close to Holland, your sir.

Posted by: Baron | Jul 16 2020 15:19 utc | 2

Two interesting essays from the Strategic Culture.

How America’s Adult Children Who Never Grew Up Became Dostoyevsky’s Demons

His narrative as whole is patently false: albeit the millennial generation and Gen Z are indeed infantile, it is not their fault the USA is heading to a nonsensical crusade against China and Russia: the USG is still firmly under Boomer and Gen X control (Trump himself is almost 80, the same age of his only competition, Joe Biden).

Whatever is happening in the USA right now, is doing so with inter-generational collusion. There is no generation wars in the USA.

However, it's still, from a historical point of view, a very interesting diary report from a (seemingly paleoconservative) boomer seeing his Empire decaying in the hands of his grandchildren.


The Quiet Return of Feudalism

When 2008 broke out, the very first person to come to publicly condemn the crisis was Sarah Palin. Her first instinct? To protect the sanctity of the word "capitalism". In the occasion, she claimed (paraphrase): "No! This is not capitalism! This is Crony Capitalism!". Thus the term "crony capitalism" was first used in human history (probably).

Those blowhards know what they're doing, even though they look like idiots. They have class consciousness. They know for which side they fight, and against which side they're fighting against. They secretly read Marx (as the Swiss banker, in a Freudian slip, let it out at the outset of the crisis). The only people who abhor Marx are the cucks from the working classes, who believe in bourgeois bullshit.

When I jumped to the end of this essay (recommended by the Editors), I quickly saw it was from The American Conservative. Now I know why they use the term "Neo-Feudalism" instead of the good old "Capitalism". They want to protect their masters.

Posted by: vk | Jul 16 2020 15:25 utc | 3

Why it's important to distinguish between cyber vs. physical attacks against Iran.

The first explanation evokes feelings of patriotism. The U.S. is using its superior technological skills to stop the medieval turban wearers from getting nuclear weapons. In the second, more likely explanation, the CIA is throwing wads of cash around to local MEK operatives and other malcontents to start fires and sabotage equipment to damage civilian infrastructure. This paints a picture of ruthless thugs doing whatever they can to hurt anyone who gets in their way.

Why I think it's the U.S? We have the cash and Brian Hook has already established that we are willing to bribe people to brake the law. Israel is willing to take the 'blame' because it enhances the mystique of the Mossad being able to drop out of the sky out of nowhere and then disappear again without a trace.

Posted by: Christian J. Chuba | Jul 16 2020 15:47 utc | 4

re: florida covid numbers

Latest FL state report. 52% increase in cases in the past 10 days.

Age breakdowns for the past 10 days (subtracting report data of july 6th from july 16th):
15-24: 17% (1687 per day)
25-34: 21% (2161 per day)
35-44: 18% (1811 per day)
45-54: 17% (1771 per day)
55-64: 14% (1396 per day)
65-74: 7% (753 per day)
75-84: 4% (414 per day)
85+: 2% (218 per day)

This age distribution does not seem to have changed much in the past 10 days vs before.

Posted by: ptb | Jul 16 2020 16:33 utc | 5

Posted by: Baron | Jul 16 2020 15:19 utc | 2

SMIC China best known chips foundry and Huawei supplier...

SMIC debuts on China STAR market, Jingyue Hsiao, Taipei; Jessie Shen, DIGITIMES Thursday 16 July 2020

"SMIC is currently trading on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong (HKEX). In May 2019, the China-based foundry applied for voluntary delisting from the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)."

Posted by: JC | Jul 16 2020 16:35 utc | 6

Richard S Hack: what meaning do you wish to convey when you put *asterisks* around words? Is the asterisk meant to function like “quotation” marks? This is not a smart ass question nor an attempt to be a grammar policeman.

Posted by: Absurdio | Jul 16 2020 16:39 utc | 7

A smart man to pay attention to:

Pankaj Mishra: Flailing States: Anglo-America Loses its Grip

Posted by: JB | Jul 16 2020 16:51 utc | 8

US Underestimates China's Sustainability

"...Washington underestimates China's resilience based on its sophisticated culture and "dialectical spirit of Confucius, Lao-Tse, and Gautama Buddha" which have many times helped the nation overcome dramatic historical challenges and paved the way to its socio-economic and political transformation."

Posted by: JC | Jul 16 2020 16:53 utc | 9

Concerning microchips, China would never have gotten serious about going head-to-head with Intel and AMD without the threats to their supplies that have been getting lots of press. Why spend years and $billions to only get even with the market leaders when you can just buy what those current market leaders make for really cheap?

Being cut off from a necessary supply is a really big incentive that Market forces could never provide.

I am predicting that the Chinese will put in some tremendous effort in order to get on par with the state of the art in chip fab. They will invest tons of talent into the problem in order to minimize delay. Hundreds of thousands of top minds will be applied to various aspects of the issue, and they will not just "get up to speed", but instead they will build up a huge head of intellectual steam and blast right past the state of the art. By 2025 the entire tech landscape will be transformed.

Some aspects of living in interesting times are not so bad, and I look forward to the exciting changes that are in store for us.

Posted by: William Gruff | Jul 16 2020 17:07 utc | 10

Absurdio @7

Asterisks are probably habit. In Google+ (a less sucky version of Facebook that got shut down after the 2016 election debacle because Google recognized that it was enabling free mass communication that bypassed corporate controlled, one-way, top-down media pipelines) the asterisk served as markup for posted text rendering it bold. Here it still sorta functions to set text apart without having to type full bold or strong HTML tags.

Posted by: William Gruff | Jul 16 2020 17:13 utc | 11

I've heard the Egypt has made the decision to intervene militarily in Libya against Turkey and that the troops will cross the board in the next week or so now that the rival government in Tripoli (allied to Turkey) has declared their intentions to capture Sirte. Anyone have any news on that?

Posted by: Kadath | Jul 16 2020 17:16 utc | 12


How a Struggling Company Won $1.6 Billion to Make a Coronavirus Vaccine

Novavax just received the Trump administration’s largest vaccine contract. In the Maryland company’s 33-year history, it has never brought a vaccine to market.

Posted by: vk | Jul 16 2020 17:33 utc | 13

Posted by: William Gruff | Jul 16 2020 17:07 utc | 10

I remember in late 1999's Singapore started out building few foundries, due to competition decided to sell out to other players. China is not about winning but surviving the Americanism. If I'm not mistaken SMIC hires many TSMCs' engineers and key people... do a search and find out more... SMIC is China hopes and future.

Further let me expand chips foundries.. I believe Canada will hands over Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou to FBI, arrested and stand for trial for crimes similar to French Alstrom. I was a unit manager (Industrial Gas Turbine) for GE, I admired Alstrom, was similar to GE the pride of the French people, read more here..

"Huawei & Alstom: A tale of two companies "

Posted by: JC | Jul 16 2020 17:40 utc | 14

Another link to Huawei's CFO Meng Wanzhou

What does the fate of Alstom tell us about the Huawei case?

Posted by: JC | Jul 16 2020 17:47 utc | 15

JC @14: "China is not about winning but surviving the Americanism"

Yes, I know, but once China breaks out and ends up in the lead they will have to start thinking about where to go with that lead. That is when it gets exciting because whole new paradigms get applied.

Posted by: William Gruff | Jul 16 2020 18:07 utc | 16

Posted by: Kadath | Jul 16 2020 17:16 utc | 12

This in the Turkish media, but whether it means anything, I can't say

Posted by: Blue Dotterel | Jul 16 2020 18:16 utc | 17

A column by Philip GIRALDI who I consider a skeptic on most things is promoting the 'mystique of Israel theme"

"Even the Times, again relying on an anonymous “Middle Eastern intelligence official with knowledge of the episode,” eventually reported that Natanz was not hit by a cyber-attack, as had been previously suggested, but by a “powerful bomb” which might well have been placed in the site’s main building by an Israeli agent. One assumes that the “Middle Eastern official” was Israeli and Israeli media sources also confirmed that Parchin was hit by missiles fired from an F-35 Israeli Air Force plane, which suggests that the Benjamin Netanyahu is not exactly being shy about what his government did."

Wow, is there anything that Israel can't do? One day, the Mossad can infiltrate and plant a bomb in Iran's most sensitive military site and then disappear without a trace. Another day, they can fly an invisible Jet, and bomb another military target without Iran even being able to target and shoot down another passenger jet. If only the U.S. was this good. [#sarcasm: imitating the average FOX viewer, fawning over Israel is a primary trait]

My actual view. The CIA bribed locals with an embarrassing sum of cash, you could call it a bounty. Either the local works there and knew how to do it or we trained them. Iran does catch and execute Iranians who they claim are paid CIA assets on a regular basis. I am starting to believe them.

Posted by: Christian J. Chuba | Jul 16 2020 19:09 utc | 18

"Ben Norton
Jul 13
Another day, another US threat against Venezuela: On a trip to US Southern Command in Florida,
Trump threatened "Something will happen with Venezuela" and Washington "will be very much involved."

He also bragged of imposing murderous “historic sanctions”"

Posted by: arby | Jul 16 2020 19:19 utc | 19

Craig Murray, brave Scottish blogger, former UK diplomat, is under sustained attack from the evil mess that the UK establishment has become.
He is being pursued in court by Scotland's public prosecutor, because he dared to report honestly on the failed prosecution of Alex Salmond (and perhaps moreso because he has honestly reported on the outrageous conduct of Julian Assange's extradition hearings, in which the UK justice is showing itself to be the pathetic, obedient poodle of US prosecutors, prepared to send a man to life in prison for telling the truth)
Astonishingly,the latest attack is from the National Union of Journalists, who are refusing him membership over alleged complaints about him, in a complete procedural mess. The guardians of free speech and a free press have become the censors.I think civilisation ends, gradually, in just this way.
Calling all NUJ Members

Posted by: Chris | Jul 16 2020 19:54 utc | 20

Interesting that kind of talk from Trump is completely accepted and not even a blink. He is talking about a country that has in no way threatened or done a damn thing to the US.

Posted by: arby | Jul 16 2020 19:54 utc | 21

I considered the lemming mentality exhibited by the citizens of my community; my country, who are so willing to give up their rights, all because of a fear-mongering campaign, orchestrated by the UN, delivered by their puppet arm World Health Organization, in order to complete their New World Order Agendas 21/2030, as written by Canadian dirt napping Maurice Strong - BFF with communist Pee-Air, and the Jewish Nazi, George Soros.

This is a conspiracy, my friends.

A conspiracy that was derived from the Strong/Soros Agenda 21 manifesto, upgraded to Agenda 2030 by the UN, and Canadians have a "leader", who is doing everything he can to sell us out, using a fake "pandemic" as his justification.

Posted by: jose | Jul 16 2020 20:24 utc | 22

JB @ 8

Thanks for the link.

Posted by: Digital Spartacus | Jul 16 2020 20:49 utc | 23

"Cyber attacks" that turn out to actually be physical sabotage and killings are interesting. Makes one wonder what the limits are, given what the CIA is capable of.

Posted by: BillB | Jul 16 2020 21:25 utc | 24

Early article debunking the UK Russian vaccine hack story:

The “Russian vaccine hack” is a 3-for-1 deal on propaganda (by Kit Knightly)

Posted by: ADKC | Jul 16 2020 22:20 utc | 25

@ jose | Jul 16 2020 20:24 utc | 22

How convincing you sound, when making all kinds of assertions without backing up any of your "conspiracies" with relatable and relevant facts.

Thanks a lot for giving everbody on the sideline of the officially ordained narratives a really good name by associating all of us with the likes of the loveably nutty "5G causes Corona" kooks. Your help really makes things go in the right direction. Awesome!

Next time your facebook friends inundate you with names and labels, please make some effort to actually research these things for yourself. Weed out the stuff that sounds incredible and on second inspection, is. Keep the stuff that is accurately documented or even plainly undeniable.

The existence of Covid-19 is pretty much undeniable. Or at least, I can personally attest that even a mild course of infection is not pleasant at all. In case that you believe that I am a bot or a sim, do you also seriously expect other people to believe that all the deaths and all the exhausted medical personnel in hard-hit areas worldeide are merely badly produced fakes?

Note that I do not slavishly follow any storylines from the MSM about the origins of the virus, nor do believe that Gates, Soros and their ilk are saints who want only the best for humanity. Far from that. But I do understand that making apparently unfounded accusations can turn out counterproductive to any cause making claims to The Truth(tm).

Posted by: Lurk | Jul 16 2020 22:34 utc | 26

Christian J. Chuba 18

The gas tank that exploded near Tehran can be seen on google maps satellite view. A spanner to undo some plumbing or a small battery drill plus an igniter is all that's required. One video shows a small glow that then flares very bright for several seconds before dying back to a glow. A small leak being ignited and then heating the tank until it ruptured would cause something like that.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Jul 16 2020 22:56 utc | 27

Dude, given that 33% of COVID-19 patients are Black (that’s what we’ve been told during the corporate education session), your snide comments border on racist.

Posted by: Jamie_nyc | Jul 16 2020 23:07 utc | 28

2Q GDP growth results for China "China’s Q2 GDP growth crushes Washington’s lies: Global Times editorial":

"The 3.2-percent growth is definitely one of the best in the world. More importantly, it was achieved during China's consolidated epidemic prevention. In this period, small outbreaks of infections appeared in Northeast China's Heilongjiang Province and capital Beijing, but they were quickly put out before affecting the economy across the country.

"That was totally a different story from the US, which forcibly reopened economy regardless of the actual condition, and thus lost control of the epidemic. China has developed an effective mechanism to combine epidemic prevention and economic recovery, assuring its economic activities won't lead to resurgence of the epidemic. Thanks to this mechanism, China continues to improve, and the country is on track to the sustainable revitalization of its economy." [My Emphasis]

That's very bad news for Trump and Company as real Outlaw US Empire GDP continues to shrink thanks to the continual free money given the Financial Parasites. But the Chinese understand there's still much to do:

"The impact of the epidemic on the economy is considerable. Some companies have closed, while others have suffered from sluggish operations. Many people have felt the pain of reduced income. China needs to be able to eliminate the impact of the epidemic while achieving zero new cases, remove the excessive epidemic prevention efforts of local governments, accelerate the expansion of domestic demand, and further translate the epidemic prevention achievements into all-round economic and social prosperity. This is a big challenge.

"Facts speak louder than words. China's achievements and prosperity in the fight against the epidemic will eventually crush all kinds of lies made by the US, prompting world public opinion to seriously consider: Why is China able to do all this, and how absurd is the US' blame game, and what a terrible consequence of self-deception?....

"We will find that the attacks from the outside are not so important. China, first of all, is a country that serves its people. [My Emphasis]

At some point you'd think the West would figure out the secret to China's success is in the bolded sentence above. The irony is that rationale is exactly the one proclaimed by the US Constitution's Preamble. It's not the profits that are evil; it's the Parasites who get favored over the people such that all profits flow to them and the people are left with a Dickensian Horror.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jul 16 2020 23:09 utc | 29

William Gruff #10

Thank you and can I add lithium batteries as another leap frog technology. Recall that China is aiming for electric vehicle fleet by 2030.

The game is already up for USA and they know it.

Had the USA invested the SIX TRILLION DOLLARS that wall Street banks stole in the last SIX MONTHS in rebuilding high tech manufacture they might have got somewhere. But the USA is ruled bathe military mind and they are out of imagination.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jul 17 2020 0:59 utc | 30

karlof1 #29

The USA cannot serve the people, it has no memory of the value of the people. Such memory is anathema to elitism, anathema to control, anathema to narcissism.

Such is capitalism - the gas chamber of people's rights and ambition and love for the future.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jul 17 2020 1:08 utc | 31

Posted by: karlof1 | Jul 16 2020 23:09 utc | 29

karlof1 your best postings yet. I was planning to add my 2-cents on China 2nd qtr impressive 3.2% growth earlier but decided against it. There are many positive points in your assertions. Xi Jinping may not be elected on universal suffrage and me still dun buy communism. Xi genuinely with interest for his countryman. Bearing in mind, China now engulfs in massive floods along China's rivers and to coastal deltas.

While Trump, India Modi, Boris, Morrison and other worlds' leaders still searching ways out of Covid-19 pandemics. Xi is running the country like a good leader should. My only concerns what will Xi do when freaking Trudeau turn Meng Wanzhou to the American? And how will Xi handle Boris selling out to the American. I am a hawk as far as China goes... I hope China close HSBC, Cathay Pacific and Jardine... these three companies bring Boris down on its knees..

Posted by: JC | Jul 17 2020 1:33 utc | 32

JC @32--

Thanks for your reply! IMO, China has already announced what it will do; it will continue doing what it's now doing. Read the last part of the Global Times Editorial I linked and you'll see those words.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jul 17 2020 1:50 utc | 33

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jul 17 2020 0:59 utc | 30

While on the other side of the Pacific, China has used Covid as the perfect excuse to screw the much hated RE rentier parasites, by re-allowing streetside markets to operate throughout the country.

I'm sorry, who exactly is the democracy here again?

That's right, I'm laughing at you dumb US idiotic cowards, you believe you have actual democracy just because you can enter a voting booth to mark on a piece of worthless paper, all this while believing meaningful change will happen when sockpuppet "revolutionaries" like Tulsi blow your virtue signalling feel-good cock.

Posted by: J W | Jul 17 2020 2:30 utc | 34

Bolivian coup leaders are requesting OAS intervention to prevent the national elections now scheduled for September, as it appears that MAS has retained its popularity and is poised to return to power.

Posted by: jayc | Jul 17 2020 2:35 utc | 35

Below is a Xinhua link to a posting calling Pompeo lies

China calls U.S. accusations "biggest lies of the century"

The talk is heating up.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jul 17 2020 3:44 utc | 36

Below is another Xinhuanet link showing China developing multilateral relationships with other nations

Chinese FM hosts C+C5 foreign ministers video meeting

A take away quote
BEIJING, July 16 (Xinhua) -- Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Thursday attended and presided over the first China + Central Asia (C+C5) foreign ministers meeting via video link.

Kazakh Foreign Minister Mukhtar Tleuberdi, Kyrgyz Foreign Minister Chingiz Aidarbekov, Tajik Foreign Minister Sirojiddin Muhriddin, Turkmen Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Rashid Meredov, and Uzbek Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov attended the meeting.

Wang said the Chinese government attaches great importance to developing strategic partnerships with Central Asian countries. Cooperation between China and Central Asia is based on the common needs of both sides. "It does not target any third party, nor does it affect bilateral and multilateral cooperation in the region."

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jul 17 2020 4:42 utc | 37

Below is the last of my sharing of Xinhuanet postings for today and this one is about Russia/Iran...and posted in full

TEHRAN, July 16 (Xinhua) -- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Thursday discussed the U.S. "unilateral" policies and the ways to boost bilateral ties.

In a telephone conversation, Rouhani called for enhancing the Tehran-Moscow comprehensive ties, particularly in their battle against COVID-19.

Rouhani also underlined the importance of protecting measures to be taken by the signatories of 2015 Iranian nuclear deal, internationally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

The Iranian leader appreciated Russia's support for the JCPOA as well as its opposition to the U.S. "unilateral" policies toward it.

He urged the remaining parties to the nuclear deal to confront Washington's pressures to extend a UN arms ban against Iran.

Rouhani slammed what he called U.S. "unilateralism" in its global and international policies.

He also underscored the need for Iran to continue cooperation with Russia and Turkey within the framework of the Astana process to restore peace and stability to Syria.

For his part, Putin called for preserving the Iranian nuclear deal, while pledging that "as in the past five years, we will support the international document and insist on implementing and preserving it."

He also urged the expansion of the Russia-Iran ties in all areas, adding that he welcomed Iran's offer to share experiences in fighting the novel coronavirus.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jul 17 2020 4:48 utc | 38

I watched CGTN TV live. Colorado having nightmares - shortage nurses and healthcare workers. I was thinking Colorado governor needs to do make direct call to Xi Jinping, and within 24-hrs airlift 40,000 seasons Covid-19 workers to Colorado, may be even include 1,000 beds’ hospitals.

Further, Zou Yue in Dialogue with Einar Tangen and two other guests’ Topic: "Taiwan and Cross-Strait Ties" Former in Taiwan military, Professor Yen Chen-Shen. This is the first time CGTN invites a Taiwanese to their program, as usual Einar Tangen comments as expected. I am correct, Taiwan wanna good relation and mend relationship with China, Trump cannot be trusted and will throws Taiwan under the bus... Must watch if you can connect to CGTN. Again the Topic: "Taiwan and Cross-Strait Ties."

Posted by: JC | Jul 17 2020 4:55 utc | 39

Anybody? What is the status of Belarus color revolution?

Posted by: Ed Svaya | Jul 17 2020 8:41 utc | 40

Posted by: Absurdio | Jul 16 2020 16:39 utc | 7 Richard S Hack: what meaning do you wish to convey when you put *asterisks* around words? Is the asterisk meant to function like “quotation” marks? This is not a smart ass question nor an attempt to be a grammar policeman.

Sorry, missed your question.

It's for *emphasis* - without resorting to all caps or the like.

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | Jul 17 2020 9:31 utc | 41

Posted by: ADKC | Jul 16 2020 22:20 utc | 25 Early article debunking the UK Russian vaccine hack story:

Not a very good debunk - although they're probably right about the reasons for the story. If one is going to debunk it, you need some technical facts. I think I did better in a post over in the COVID-19 thread. :-)

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | Jul 17 2020 9:34 utc | 42

Posted by: William Gruff | Jul 16 2020 17:13 utc | 11 Asterisks are probably habit. In Google+

Close. I never was on Google+ for more than five minutes - and no one else was, either, which is why it shut down. :-)

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | Jul 17 2020 9:36 utc | 43

'To be fukus enemy is dangerous, to be its
friend is fatal'

What does a 'special relationship' with fukus
entails ?
[attention India and Oz !]

Uncle calls the shot, you shoot your own foot !


Posted by: denk | Jul 17 2020 9:38 utc | 44

Posted by: Lurk | Jul 16 2020 22:34 utc | 26 do you also seriously expect other people to believe that all the deaths and all the exhausted medical personnel in hard-hit areas worldwide are merely badly produced fakes?

Yes, he does, and so do all the other morons posting here with similar notions.

Along with stupidity and ignorance, these people are afflicted with cognitive dissonance. Supposedly, according to an article I posted over in the virus thread, they are also afflicted with "empathy fatigue" - which I doubt, because most of these morons never had any empathy (not that I'm noted for it, either.)

Mind you, I fully believe that the elites are taking advantage of the crisis to further their agendas. It's what they do. And they may have even had plans in place before the pandemic (if not specifically for a pandemic) to do so. But they didn't *create* the pandemic - not unless someone comes up with some real evidence that the virus itself is man-made - which, so far, they haven't come close to proving or producing anything other than a "connect-the-dots" chain from here to the moon.

Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence, as the saying goes. I'm perfectly happy to listen to *plausible* conspiracy theories - but not BS ones.

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | Jul 17 2020 9:46 utc | 45

Remember Nacht und Nebel? Welcome to Amerikka...

Federal Law Enforcement Use Unmarked Vehicles To Grab Protesters Off Portland Streets

Hey, Feds, this is *America* - land of the 2nd Amendment. Some of you jokers are going to get shot doing this stuff. I can't wait.

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | Jul 17 2020 9:51 utc | 46

JC #39

I watched CGTN TV live. Colorado having nightmares - shortage nurses and healthcare workers. I was thinking Colorado governor needs to do make direct call to Xi Jinping, and within 24-hrs airlift 40,000 seasons Covid-19 workers to Colorado, may be even include 1,000 beds’ hospitals.

Thank you for your good intentions with that proposal but I doubt the United States of Belligerent Intentions would do anything other than use such a visit as a means to take the entire team hostage at the first covid death. They would then use the entire farce USA legal apparatus to launch a civil claim against China. They would do everything possible screw the Chinese good will into a malevolent means to attack.

The USA has incinerated its goodwill and the chance for its people to benefit from another country and their goodwill. Recall the Huawei CFO kidnapping in Canada and soon to be dragged to the USA for a humiliation. There is nothing the USA likes better than to humiliate women and Trump is a spectacular pussy grabber. No JC, the goodwill is over unfortunately.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jul 17 2020 10:14 utc | 47

J W #34

While on the other side of the Pacific, China has used Covid as the perfect excuse to screw the much hated RE rentier parasites, by re-allowing streetside markets to operate throughout the country.

I'm sorry, who exactly is the democracy here again?

My apologies J W but I don't get that reference. Is there a link or could you elaborate for me.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jul 17 2020 10:22 utc | 48

Richard Steven Hack @42

Kit Knightly covers your points by simply saying there is a lack of evidence.

The problem with your post is that you obscured the allegation which is that Russian “state sponsored hackers” have been attempting to steal “medical secrets” from British (i.e. UK) pharmaceutical researchers; i.e. you superimposed a US-centric viewpoint and buried what is a UK issue/allegation.

Your conclusion is that "we're seeing here is the same scam used during the 2016 election" just reveals that, unfortunately, you, like the vast majority of Americans, are stuck on Trump.

Kit Knightly conclusions are qualitatively differently, i.e. that it is an intelligence operation intended to:

1. Further demonise an “enemy” (Russia).

2. Promote the vaccine.

3. Enhancing the idea that Sars-Cov-2 is a unique global threat which puts us all in danger.

Posted by: ADKC | Jul 17 2020 11:29 utc | 49

Posted by: ADKC | Jul 17 2020 11:29 utc | 49 The problem with your post is that you obscured the allegation which is that Russian “state sponsored hackers” have been attempting to steal “medical secrets” from British (i.e. UK) pharmaceutical researchers; i.e. you superimposed a US-centric viewpoint and buried what is a UK issue/allegation.

Because it's no more a legitimate allegation than the US side. You are aware that the Brits stumble around on American orders, right? It's called the "special relationship" in intelligence circles. Or did you forget that Christopher Steele was part of that 2016 nonsense about Russia?

"Your conclusion is that "we're seeing here is the same scam used during the 2016 election" just reveals that, unfortunately, you, like the vast majority of Americans, are stuck on Trump."

No - I'm "stuck" on the Deep State - which runs across the Atlantic and the Pacific and down to Australia and New Zealand.

"Kit Knightly conclusions are qualitatively differently, i.e. that it is an intelligence operation intended to:
1. Further demonise an “enemy” (Russia).
2. Promote the vaccine.
3. Enhancing the idea that Sars-Cov-2 is a unique global threat which puts us all in danger."

And I did state that he was probably right in that regard. However, the "debunking" - which implies knowing *how* things are done - requires some technical expertise, which was absent from that article and addressed in my post.

Suggest you stop knee-jerking about "you Americans", since I'm hardly a representative example, as anyone who's read my posts here would know.

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | Jul 17 2020 11:47 utc | 50

This is related to the un-badged Federal officers riding around Portland snatching people off the streets like Hitler's Gestapo...

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown Says President Trump Is Invading Portland as an Election Stunt
Her comments come in the same hour that acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf landed in Portland.

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | Jul 17 2020 12:12 utc | 51

Leaked Documents Show Police Knew Far-Right Extremists Were the Real Threat at Protests, not “Antifa”

Michael German, a former FBI agent specializing in domestic terrorism and current fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice, said the materials were rife with examples of law enforcement intelligence being politicized in ways that endangered both protesters and police alike. “Terrorism is distinguished from other violence by its political nature and, as a result, counterterrorism is often highly politicized as well,” German told The Intercept. “Here we’re seeing where this politicization of counterterrorism is being reflected in intelligence documents that are going out and are intended to inform state and local law enforcement on the ground.” He added: “Overall, what you see is a strange sensationalization of the antifa threats — and that doesn’t exist when looking at the boogaloo documents.”

Well, sure. Antifa is black, boogaloo are white. So, cops - racist much?

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | Jul 17 2020 12:18 utc | 52

Just watched a video on Twitter of a guy on a bicycle in Portland riding down the street past a cop van. A cop literally *smashed* him off his bike and he was then jumped by at least four cops. Allegedly the biker was told to stay off the street and didn't obey. Can't see that justifying this level of assault. The "justification" noted below is the same crap cops always pull out.

The tweeter updated:
Dan McCarthy @DanMcKATU 17h
Update: I just got a response from Portland Police. The cyclist’s name is Brandon Thomas. Police say they arrested him for “Interfering with a Police Officer and Disorderly Conduct.”

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | Jul 17 2020 12:38 utc | 53

psychohistorian @37, You mean China has not become the Pariah state that the Neocons have laughed about? Oh wait, the link that you posted only refers to the Central Asian states. They don't count. Neocons make their thunderous victory dance when countries like the U.K. tow the line. You know the 4 to 5 countries in the world that matter.

Posted by: Christian J. Chuba | Jul 17 2020 12:41 utc | 54

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | Jul 17 2020 12:18 utc | 52

We don't need the police to know that..BLM/antifa rioters can't be a real threat because are deeply linked to the "politically correct area"..they are part of the establishment..On the other side boogaloo boys/Q dummies are a totally different thing..rural yanks are well armed people and even determined.Living in conspiracy-mode sometimes can be dangerous for others if you have a good supply of weapons.

Posted by: LuBa | Jul 17 2020 13:36 utc | 55

1/ The problem with the OffGuardian piece by Knightley lies here:
"Most importantly – Enhancing the idea that Sars-Cov-2 is a unique global threat which puts us all in danger. The unspoken assumption is that Russia needs to steal our research because the virus is so dangerous we all need to be afraid of it…despite it being harmless to the vast majority of people."

Besides this repetition of the idiocy that has become doctrine at this, once useful, site there really is nothing of interest in the article. In fact the article is just one more excuse to repeat the evident lie that Covid is a fraud concocted by an unidentified band of conspirators-in effect a shadow world government which controls not only the United States and its allies but its opponents too.

What sticks out like a very sore thumb in these 'analyses' is the fact that the position that Knightley takes, far from being contrarian, is merely a variation of the Trump, Bolsonaro, Sweden, Johnson 'damn the torpedoes' doctrine of herd immunity. Unfortunately for these tools of the Capitalist class, for whom a few million poor people dying is no more than a large deposit in the compost heap-more than compensated for by the relief accruing to pension funds and welfare budgets- public opinion has demanded that they at least go through the motions of taking the pandemic seriously.
And they have gone through the motions, with varying degrees of apparent conviction.

In other words Knightley, while maintaining the pretense of being a critic of the system is auditioning as a propagandist for capitalism: he is voluntarily shouldering the burden of proving- for the benefit of sweat shop operators and slaveowners everywhere- that they must be allowed to get back to business immediately. And that the meatpackers and textile workers closely confined into small spaces in which the dangerous virus thrives, must, like the poor bloody infantry at the Somme, follow orders and throw themselves into the machine gun fire mowing them down.
As to Knightley's critique of the rubbish in The Guardian, it the sort of refutation that adds to the evidence free assertions' credibility by tying its denial to one thing that every reader with the brains of a field mouse understands which is that there is a pandemic and that it requires from us, not denial, but real action to counter it.
Happily many of those actions, including the wearing of masks and social distancing appear to be working. Where I live, where hundreds of old people and medical staff died agonising deaths in April and May, the spread of the virus appears to be controlled to a large extent.
It is hard to conceive of the depth of irresponsibility that would prompt anyone to do so but there are still those attempting to convince others that the wearing of masks, hand washing and care in contacts with others is waste of time. Such lies lead to deaths.

2/ Analysis of Gene Sharp and colour revolutions from Patrick Armstrong at Strategic Culture"

"..It’s not Russian diplomats that are caught choosing the leaders of ostensibly independent countries. It’s not Russians who boast of spending money in poor countries to change their governments. It’s not Russian diplomats who meet with foreign opposition leaders. Russia doesn’t fabricate a leader of a foreign country. It’s not Russia that invents a humanitarian crisis, bombs the country to bits, laughs at its leader’s brutal death and walks away. It’s not Russia that sanctions numerous countries. It’s not Russia that gives fellowships to foreign oppositionists. Even the Washington Post (one of the principals in sustaining Putindunnit hysteria) covered “The long history of the U.S. interfering with elections elsewhere“; but piously insisted “the days of its worst behavior are long behind it”. Whatever the pundits may claim about Russia, the USA actually has an organisation devoted to interfering in other countries’ business; one of whose leading lights proudly boasted: “A lot of what we do today was done covertly 25 years ago by the CIA.”

Posted by: bevin | Jul 17 2020 13:42 utc | 56

Separating CPC from Chinese people for targeted attack a delusion of US elites

Moral of the story: Westerners shouldn't talk shit about something that transcends their imagination. Humility is good: Jesus (the Western God) Himself told you so, so you should walk the walk.


Commentary: China's economic bounce good news for global recovery

Moral of the story: Westerners should stop behaving like ungrateful bitches.

Posted by: vk | Jul 17 2020 14:09 utc | 57

Richard Steven Hack @50

It may seem a small point but I did not say "you Americans" which is insulting. I said that "you, like the vast majority of Americans, are stuck on Trump".

You take issue with my use of the word "debunked" and omit that I preceded this with the phrase an "Early article...". You are perhaps over focussed on a "word".

You wrote a long (and not un-interesting) post trying to prove that something that didn't happen, couldn't have happened. Kit Knightly just said there was "no proof"; there is virtue in brevity.

The problem with your post is that you buried that this is about the UK intelligence services. A lot more attention needs to be given to the activities of UK intelligence services (in the US as well as the UK).

Posted by: ADKC | Jul 17 2020 14:12 utc | 58

Fukushima localities speak out against dumping radioactive water in sea

This is absurd. Call Greenpeace. Call the WWF. Call the UN. All the governments of the world (West), unite!

Oh, wait: this is not happening in China. Never mind.


Samsung keeping eye on struggling SoftBank unit

And no one's batting an eye over this. If it was Huawei, the MSM would be bananas calling for "Chinese imperialism".

But since it's Samsung, it's fine.

Remember, kids: it's only unfair when China's doing it. Only capitalism has a license to kill.


'W6 tril. put into hedge funds at risk'

This is why I have my doubts over South Korea's "exemplar" containment of the pandemic (only -1.8% fall in GDP Q1). Moon's government quickly resorted to financialization of the South Korean economy and, contrary to the other western countries, it promptly got an unlimited swap deal with the Fed (i.e. it became irrelevant how many USDs South Korea hemorrhaged, and it hemorrhaged a lot).

The problem here is not the amount (officially) stated. W6 trillion (some USD 5 billion) is not that much. The problem is those are all hedge funds. God knows the domino effect their bankruptcy would trigger in the South Korean highly leveraged economy.

Posted by: vk | Jul 17 2020 14:33 utc | 59

China Seizes Billion-Dollar Financial Firms Controlled by Mysterious Tycoon

The way Caixin has been serving as the pamphlet for the Mainland's capitalist class, I don't think this "mysterious tycoon" is mysterious at all to them.


Donald Trump Is Living Proof of Osama bin Laden’s Success

I agree 9/11 was a turning point in the USA's history, but if the author thinks bin Laden attacked successfully American territory without tacit USG approval, he's delusional.

Posted by: vk | Jul 17 2020 14:53 utc | 60

Posted by: Fog of War | Jul 17 2020 15:05 utc | 61

China wants the U.S. the go into another lockdown to destroy our economy I have been ignoring this headline for but it is getting so much airtime it has piqued my curiosity. Has anyone else noticed this or tracked down its origin? Did they bother to at least get this from a bogus Intelligence leak. I wouldn't be surprised if this was a Banonism or Peter Navarro statement now being reported as a fact.

Posted by: Christian J. Chuba | Jul 17 2020 15:23 utc | 62

China downplays Covid risk to ... trick U.S. into ending all lockdowns to spread virus and infect more Americans. I am replying to myself in anticipation of the next Neocon headline. I am convinced that our Info warriors have a basket of contradictory headlines to anticipate any possible outcome. This is after all the only thing we are good at. Oh wait, we are also good at bribing other people to do bad things.

Posted by: Christian J. Chuba | Jul 17 2020 16:08 utc | 63


It's more like China wants Trump to keep on doing what he's doing in order to destroy America entirely. I'm beginning to believe the Falun Gong is really a front organization for the CCP. It's controlled opposition, a page straight out of the CIA's playbook.

This is a direct example of Donald J. BigFatAss murdering Americans and/or Illegals on behalf of the CCP. DJT repeatedly does the CCP's bidding. If DJT did not exist, the CCP would have to invent him. He is their man in the White House. Considering the Falun Gong is one of DJT's most ardent supporters, it appears that the Falun Gong is really the CCP in disguise.

As U.S. Meat Workers Fall Sick And Supplies Dwindle, Exports To China Soar

DJT, under the aegis of the DPA, ordered these Smithfield slaves back to work to suffer and die for the CCP who owns Smithfield. For this alone he should be tried and executed as a traitor. But there's so much more of which he's guilty. The list is so long it's a scroll.

Posted by: | Jul 17 2020 16:17 utc | 64


Great post. I agree completely.

Posted by: | Jul 17 2020 16:18 utc | 65

The more I observe the ongoing CV-crisis in "Ami-Land" the more I think it mirrors some sort of banana-republic where sophistication seems to be a foreign word, common sense is a declared enemy , factual status reports which should lead to certain necessary & smart politics and health-related decisions are impossible to implement because "Ami-Land's" overall nation-specific-delusions have reach a point of no return regardless of which party is involved in a mostly corrupt pseudo-democracy; ruled by a pseudo-two-party-system which in reality is an ONE-PARTY-BLOCK constantly advancing its ELITE in everything in gross contrast to its vast majority of working people, whatever color, whatever so called normal job, small buisness they may have or lead.... they are all constantly - like the Germans say 'ANGESCHMIERT' meaning 'smeared and pranked' by their very own reigning
political system...
The more I research so called official economic statistic at ShadowStatistics, the more I realize The United States of America should be renamed as Baron Munchhausen Land
as soon as possible because it' s the most honest description. And when the day will arrive
of the demise of the petro-dollar-standard... that "Ami"-house of cards will crumble...

So... in a country where about 110 million Americans (currently) have been evicted from the unemployment statistic ( the total fluctuates of course but since years it's about 100 m.!!) already and ony less than 15% of Americans acutally 'have a feeling' or even know how such (doctored)data will be published you really fear the up-coming numbers are spelling DISASTER.....
(According to ShadowStatistics the MIDDLE CLASS has shrinked to 30-40% of its population, and something between 55-75% of all Americans have only emergency reserve assets of 400$, living literally from paycheque to paycheque !!)

Over 50 Million Americans Have Now Filed For First-Time Jobless Benefit

America's jobless are about to lose their $600-a-week lifeline

Eviction Looms for Millions of Americans Who Can’t Afford Rent
And then.. hello Mad-TV( much, much better than anything SNL)
Trump administration orders hospitals to stop sending cor

Posted by: Ashino | Jul 17 2020 16:35 utc | 66

Posted by: ADKC | Jul 17 2020 14:12 utc | 58 You take issue with my use of the word "debunked" and omit that I preceded this with the phrase an "Early article...". You are perhaps over focussed on a "word".

It doesn't matter whether it was an early article or a late article. The term "debunk" means to expose a falsity. In that sense, the article "debunked" the story. But without any evidence presented, it is merely a set of assertions. Anyone can make an assertion that this is some sort of intelligence operation. Without evidence it remains merely an assertion.

I tend to think that a proper debunking exposes falsity by either presenting contrary evidence or demonstrating that a logical proposition is faulty. Neither was done in that article.

"The problem with your post is that you buried that this is about the UK intelligence services. A lot more attention needs to be given to the activities of UK intelligence services (in the US as well as the UK)."

I agree that more attention should be paid to the UK Deep State. However, my primary concern was to establish that the narrative as presented was probably not factual in the same way that the 2016 hacking hoax was not factual. So the fact that my post did not address the UK intelligence aspect is irrelevant. It doesn't matter which side of the pond the story originated.

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | Jul 17 2020 16:43 utc | 67

The war crimes being committed by the global financial elite against Americans need to be prosecuted.
by: psychohistorian | Jul 16 2020 17:28 utc | 3 <=i could not agree more.

thanks vk @ 3.. I have been pointing out that copyrights and patents have imprisoned us all to the corporate
feudal lords. < monopolies are weapons against humanity, as they offer unearned advantage.

several comments about statements in the essay you posted

feudalization is .. concentrating among fewer hands ..
Today’s tech overlords are more palatable than the bankers and utility oligopolists
because ..the economy they have ushered in keeps getting more complex.

productive know-how in ever fewer hands, even as the less affluent are shut
out of the pathways towards acquiring it.

societal benefits from technological innovation.. [is] all but broken under
society’s hype [msm delivered propaganda] over social media, artificial intelligence
[and likely harmful health effects of 5g] ..with not a whiff of any real economic opportunity..

any talk of {dismattling] the tech giants is defamed as antitrust heresy, effectively enshrining
their [rule of law created and enforced] monopoly over the digital space. . they justify by
normalizing [social and economic] dependence.. thanks again for that essay. vk @ 3.

To Richard Steven Hack @ 45, I beg to differ with you, the monopoly powered elite did not create the virus, but they did create the RF and other electro and optico magnetic forces which are likely to increase the infectivity of nearly any virus to pandemic proportions.

I guess you call statements made in Eu patent applications bull shit. Your refusal and interceptions on people's commentary is interfering with progress and cause and effect discovery this list is famous for. Cell Tower, Satellite and other sources of RF likely influence pandemic infection rates until nearly all scientist agree, no risk, the question of how high is the risk remains. Prove RF, in the face of the Eu Patent application, is not a contributor to viral infection. No one is interested in your opinion produce some proof or shut up and listen.
I agree with ADKC @ 49 and 58.. Are you sure you are not a lizard in the ointment of truth? All voices should be heard on the pandemic and its cause until proof of claims made are either confirmed or silenced by the truth.

Yes, Christian j. Chuba @ 62 I have noticed " war against China is essential" propaganda now often appears.. but it seems someone is taking up and removing the traces which might lead to the sources of that propaganda t just as soon as it appears..

Posted by: snake | Jul 17 2020 16:56 utc | 68

Very interesting article by a Ph.D. in Southeast Asia, Australia and Oceania History:

Australia is Reclaiming Oceania

Didn't know about this facet of Australian imperialism. I thought it was exclusively fruit of American intervention, but it seems anti-China sentiment in Australia has very solid domestic roots.

That's how you do op-eds: a real expert on the subject without editorial constraints.

Posted by: vk | Jul 17 2020 17:01 utc | 69

Richard Steven Hack @67

"...the fact that my post did not address the UK intelligence aspect is irrelevant"

But not for me... and it was you that choose to respond to my post and obscure the point I wanted to make. My short post (and a subsequent much longer post that has not [yet?] appeared) was intended to focus attention on the role of UK intelligence services.

Posted by: ADKC | Jul 17 2020 17:43 utc | 70

China refuses to be baited and will continue to do its development and extended plans. That's been the continuous message sent almost daily by official Chinese press editorials like this one:

"It no longer makes sense to keep reasoning with the US. It seems impossible for Beijing to wake up the current US administration. But China must not step back at this point and should keep making its case. The US is trying to repeat its lies until they become the truth, and China will not allow it. Lies need to be refuted. Chinese voices in global public opinion are too few.

"China needs to remain sober in the face of the US government attack against it. The US is stronger, yet the interests of the country, different parties and politicians are intertwined. China should avoid being led by the nose by the US. The game between the two powers must not be dominated by Washington. While the US plays its tricks, China must fight its own way."

This morning the wife and I agreed that Trump's demonizing China isn't going anywhere. Instead, Trump ought to hold China up as an example and say--If China can defeat the virus, we can too and do a better job of it: MAGA!! But that type of enlightened idea will never surface within either party. Today, above the fold, we were treated to further anti-Russian propaganda--hacking the vaccine makers. But Russia has already developed an anti-COVID-19 drug and has no reason to hack anything. Indeed, Russia's ahead of the Outlaw US Empire in most high-tech realms, as is China. What's being attempted is very clear--it's today's version of the Two Minutes of Hate as an election ploy by TrumpCo as explained in this interview with the co-author of Angernomics--TrumpCo is trying to escalate "Tribal Rage" within his followers in a manner akin to what's done to enrage angry sports fans.

Hatred, Demonization, Polarization, Tribal Rage, Moral Outrage--pretty much every Orwellian trick in the book's being thrown at the Outlaw US Empire's electorate while the looting continues by the Financial Parasites.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jul 17 2020 17:45 utc | 71

@ | Jul 17 2020 16:17 utc | 64

Thank god is here to inform us truthfully that the CIA is no less and no more than a tool of the Chinese Communist Party. Well there, I kind of knew it all along:

the CCP IS the Loominati !!1!11!!1!!

What's next on you shortlist of Big Revelations, The CCP killed Baby Jesus? OMGWTF!!1!1!

Who was behind the Spanish Inquisition? The CCP of course! You never expect the CCP!! (except when enters the stage, then it becomes an obligatory performance as part of his professional act).

Posted by: Lurk | Jul 17 2020 18:02 utc | 72

bevin @56--

Thanks for highlighting Armstrong's essay about "The Russian Playbook," as I hadn't reached that site in my daily perusal yet. This observation's outstanding:

"He has a point: the Lincoln Project, and the others shrieking about Russian interference, take it for granted that American democracy is so flimsy and Americans so gullible that a few Facebook ads can bring the whole facade down. A curious mental state indeed."

I discovered Armstrong does a Russian Sitrep that's similar to the main story. Halfway through the article, I had Rocky, Bullwinkle, Boris, Natasha, and Walter all swimming in my head laughing away/. And I completely agree here:

"There is no Russian Playbook, that’s just projection. But there is a 'playbook' and it’s written in English, it’s freely available and it’s inexpensive enough that every pundit can have a personal copy: it’s named From Dictatorship To Democracy: A Conceptual Framework for Liberation and it’s written by Gene Sharp (1928-2018)."

The following paragraph reveals something quite interesting: BLM is tied to Sharp's Regime Change NGO, The Albert Einstein Institution. Further evidence that the Deep State continues to try and undermine TrumpCo, while TrumpCo sends its own troops to places like Portland, Oregon to counterattack. Good comments to that article, BTW.

The Playbook's clearly 100% Projection. 109 days until Election Tuesday.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jul 17 2020 18:40 utc | 73

What do you think b? Are you ready to reconsider your stance on HCQ?

Twitter user Gummi Bear has conducted a 'deep dive' into virtually everything we know about HCQ


  • HCQ Studies are overwhelmingly positive;
  • Negative studies get lots of attention but have some serious flaws;
  • Country data offers some convincing arguments;
  • Need to wait for RCTs to be proven.


Posted by: Jackrabbit | Jul 17 2020 18:40 utc | 74

Apparently Putin has ordered 'snap' military drills in the Black and Caspian seas. It couldn't have anything to do with the out of the blue Azerbaijani aggression towards Armenia could it? The very aggression that Erdogan seems so desperate to get involved in. Only today he said that Turkey's "missiles, air defence systems, tanks are at Azerbaijani's command"!
A NATO member once again stirring trouble for Russia?
But, Turkey is overstretching it's influence and strength ... That much is very clear.

Posted by: AtaBrit | Jul 17 2020 18:59 utc | 75

Strangely, Bloomberg News has found and publishes a video clip of Trump calling Epstein's Island a "cellpool" and acknowledging that it could be a political problem for Hillary.

Good thing this was brought out during the 2016 US Presidential Election. Some sheeple might've woke up. During the election, sheepdog Sanders refused to talk of Hillary's emails and Trump didn't press Hillary on the Clinton's friendly relationship with Epstein.

"Ask Prince Andrew About It": Trump Warned Epstein's Island Was "Absolute Cesspool" In 2015


Posted by: Jackrabbit | Jul 17 2020 19:01 utc | 76

jesus, they're really going after craig murray. First the trumped up bogus charges regarding his reporting on the alex salmond trial, now they're blocking him from joining the journalists' union.

Posted by: pretzelattack | Jul 17 2020 19:16 utc | 77

@77 pretzelattack... it is pretty disgusting how low the UK has sunk... it is no coincidence the focus on assange which craig murray has also highlighted, dovetails here in a gov't+intel agency+whatever else - integrity initiative and etc, busy exposing themselves for the complete hypocrites they are... this is more icing on the same cake..

Posted by: james | Jul 17 2020 19:45 utc | 78

Trump's "Secret Police" activities in Portland, Oregon might force governor Kate Brown to call out the National Guard to rid Portland of the illegal Federal Agents who are clearly violating their oath of service--adherence to and protection of the US Constitution. This article says Oregon's being used as a test case. This is the earlier article I linked to above. Excerpt:

"Oregon's Democratic governor and other state lawmakers are demanding that President Donald Trump immediately remove all federal law enforcement officials from the streets of Portland after alarming video footage posted online late Thursday showed unidentified officers dressed in combat fatigues arresting Black Lives Matter protesters without explanation and throwing them into unmarked vehicles....

"Brown said she told Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf to 'remove all federal officers from our streets' but he refused, claiming that Portland 'has been under siege for 47 straight days by a violent mob.'

"Wolf's response, said Brown, shows 'he is on a mission to provoke confrontation for political purposes. He is putting both Oregonians and local law enforcement officers in harm's way.'"

Excerpt from the above first linked article:

""Unmarked federal agents in combat gear are pulling protesters off the street and jailing them without charge,' tweeted Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). 'That is what a police state is all about. Now is the time to defend our Constitution. Now is the time to come together and defeat Trump's authoritarian policies.'

"Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) called the conduct of federal law enforcement 'outrageous' and said the Trump administration 'should not be using unidentified federal officers as a secret police force to terrorize U.S. citizens and violate their constitutional rights.'

""Usually when we see people in unmarked cars forcibly grab someone off the street we call it kidnapping—what is happening now in Portland should concern everyone in the U.S.'"

Senator Merkley sent this tweet to Trump:

"Get your DHS lackey and uninvited paramilitary actions out of my state. Our communities are not a stage for your twisted reelection campaign."

I'm 3 hours away from Portland and thus have no firsthand observations to report, although I do know we have a few barflies living there. IMO, there'll be some serous outcomes to this as yet unfinished event. Senator Wyden's just as pissed as Merkley. During BushCo, the Fed's counter-terrorism task force was ousted from Portland and the state for its targeting legitimate Anti-war and anti-Bush organizations, so there's some element of revenge in play, too. IMO, it's very likely this will escalate and get very ugly over the weekend. @73 above, I reported Armstrong's discovery that BLM is linked to a regime change NGO founded by Gene Sharp, which clearly raises the intrigue level and signals the possibility that this is much bigger than what it seems.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jul 17 2020 20:33 utc | 79

bevin #66

Thank you, perfectly well stated. On point 2/: great link.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jul 17 2020 20:52 utc | 80

karlof1 79 "BLM is linked to a regime change NGO founded by Gene Sharp, which clearly raises the intrigue level and signals the possibility that this is much bigger than what it seems."

Alistair Crooke
"This important ideological shift needs to be absorbed: Big Philanthropy, Big Tech and Big CEOs are with the ‘woke’ and BLM militants, and are ready to release Big Funding (some of these foundations have resources that eclipse those of states). Big Philanthropy gives BLM $100m (including $40m from Ford Foundation for capacity building). And with big funding – inevitably – comes ‘guidance’ (apolitical ‘naturally’). There is a multiplier effect here too, as Big Philanthropy, Big Tech and Big Biotechnology act as an interconnected network system. They foresee a (dehumanised) tech and AI-led future, led by a multicultural aristocracy (i.e. ‘them’)."

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Jul 17 2020 20:53 utc | 81

Peter AU 1 @81--

Yes, I'd read that earlier. Escobar sees such developments as part of a huge escalation in the peculiar Culture Wars within the Outlaw US Empire, but there're other, more sinister possibilities. One possibility is an elite Counter-revolution against the Financial Parasites who're allied with Trump as it's now very clear that MAGA was just an electoral talking point with zero substance. Russiagate didn't work while IMO the China bashing and decoupling is all TrumpCo, which is harming the faction Crooke describes. Portland would be deeply connected with China commercially, same with the entire West Coast. Yes, it's very close to me, so forgive me if I see this as a major event requiring greater coverage. Currently, there's too little information, although I'm looking for more.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jul 17 2020 21:38 utc | 82

Ethiopia and Egypt are angry about water they might learn to share.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jul 17 2020 21:50 utc | 83

JC at 6:

Many thanks for the link, very much appreciated.

Posted by: Baron | Jul 17 2020 22:06 utc | 84

karlof1 82

Everything that is happening in the US is knee jerk reactions to surface problems.
Roosevelts peech for his last election would be now screamed down in the US as communism. With the cold war and McCarthyism, US trapped itself in a narrow ideology, the opposite side of the spectrum, no different to early communism. The US now needs a number of socialist measures, especially when it comes to crime, racism and police use of force. The massive privatized US prison system that provides a huge amount of slave labour .. jeez that really is taking capitalism to the extreme.

As for the anti China forces, five-eyes appear to me to be committed to keeping China down as that commenced in 2011- MSM and all governments are participating in this - but five-eyes do not want to burn their bridges with China, or perhaps they just want to tread carefully when trying to take China down.
Trump on the other hand seems intent on burning bridges and a fast decoupling.
As for your thoughts about another group on the west coast, it is a possibility. Five-eyes is about anglo supremacy whereas on your west coast there could be a group somewhere along the lines described by Crooke, that I would term as multinational globalists.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Jul 17 2020 22:37 utc | 85

Peter AU 1 @85--

Thanks for your reply and speculations. In another Strategic Culture Editorial you likely read, Trump's latest tirade at the EU is taken apart and concludes thusly:

"Trump’s historical ignorance is hilarious. But it stops being amusing when we realize his continuous persecution complex is framing America’s view of the world.

"In Trump’s reality-inverting megalomania, the whole world is “ripping off” or “plundering” the United States. Just how twisted and deluded Trump’s view is is shown by his rant against the European Union – even though it is most pathetically servile to the geopolitical wants of Washington.

"If Trump can perceive the Europeans as cheats and malcontents then one can imagine just how bitter and reckless his view of China is."

The same might be said of his perception of BLM and other protesters as well as that of Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf--neither should have been allowed to get close to having power over anything, like Hoover and the FBI. But as I said, we'll need to see what happens this weekend and who blinks first.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jul 17 2020 23:06 utc | 86

Sputnik has picked up the story and published this that IMO fails to detail how tense the situation is between city and state officials and the Feds sent by Trump clearly as provocateurs. There's no specific byline, so I doubt the reporting was done from Portland.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jul 17 2020 23:18 utc | 87

Posted by: ADKC | Jul 17 2020 17:43 utc | 70 it was you that choose to respond to my post and obscure the point I wanted to make.

Obviously that was not my intention. I merely called attention to the fact that the article was inadequate in terms of exposing what was likely another intelligence hoax. For me, as I said, the source was irrelevant.

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | Jul 17 2020 23:54 utc | 88

Well, this is precisely what I've been worried about since Trump was elected... (Unfortunately the article is at BusinessInsider, which requires turning off your ad blocker - I'd advise doing so, then turning it back on and restarting your browser.)

Israel keeps blowing up military targets in Iran, hoping to force a confrontation before Trump can be voted out in November, sources say

"It's one thing to ask hard-liners to take the long view on an incident like Soleimani in light of the worldwide COVID crisis and a host of other factors," the official told Insider, referring to the shift in global attention to the coronavirus pandemic. "It's another thing to conduct a rapid series of operations without a strategy, and I fear the Israeli plan here is to provoke an Iranian response that can turn into a military escalation while Trump remains in office."

With a broad belief among America's allies that Trump is unlikely to win reelection, Israel's apparent shift in tactics toward high-pressure "kinetic" operations seem to reflect a belief that under a Biden administration, there would be a move to save the 2015 nuclear deal that had been scuttled by Trump.

"There would be a lot less appetite for adventures and secret missions to blow up nuclear facilities under a Biden administration," said the EU official.

I think the EU official is wrong about that, but there is no doubt that Trump is Israel's best chance to start a war between the US and Iran. Ayalet Shaked once said, in regard to annexation, "There is no better time" (than under a Trump administration). And then Israel started annexation.

The question now is: Will Iran hold off on retaliation until the election is over, betting that Trump will be defeated due to the pandemic and economic crisis, and that things will be better under Biden? (And they are probably wrong about Biden, too.)

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | Jul 18 2020 0:06 utc | 89

@89 Richard Steven Hack

If you use Firefox, you simply click the priceless and indispensable "Reader View" button [toggle F9] that comes standard in the browser. This strips all ads, all sidebars, all popups, all plaintive pleas for ad revenue, and formats the text of the page into a beautifully readable font, sized in a column perfect for leaning back and reading at leisure. It works superbly well for that BI link you offered.

Surprised you don't know about this. My gift, in solidarity, to you. Hope you like it.


Note to self: how can anyone read today's articles on the web without using the Firefox reader view?

Posted by: Grieved | Jul 18 2020 0:33 utc | 90

@79 karlof1

Interesting times in Portland and the semi-sovereign state of Oregon for sure - thanks for the links and updates.

How to parse this?

I see a pantomimed performance where the audience keeps being shown the US Constitution by the narrator or chorus or whatever the device of the play is, to secret winks and chuckles about the real meaning of things as the events unfold in their dramatic, attention-claiming way.

But the narrator is the universe itself, and no worldly player, deep state or otherwise, is scripting this enactment.

So this is a gripping thriller in many ways. Pardon me if I seem fey, but pardon events also if they seem surreal at times.

The Constitution is coming to life - vibrant, life-affecting life and with biting importance at the local level - and we remember that we are a union of republics and there is a rule of law, born of Ben Franklin's Republic, "if you can keep it, madam."

It's as if to say that every abuse of the Constitution is well worth it when it depicts the Constitution's meaning in local, pertinent ways. For the Constitution itself is not harmed, but only the act that contravenes it - and this, my friend, I do believe, is what we are seeing.


The glass is always half full and half empty. After a lifetime of filling the glass, I'm becoming resigned to the half emptiness. But the half fullness is fully worth another life, or twenty.


ps..since life became so surreal, I became fey. But my aim is steady, if the republic should call.

Posted by: Grieved | Jul 18 2020 1:34 utc | 91

@ Grieved | Jul 18 2020 1:34 utc | 91
who wrote
" life became so surreal, I became fey.

I had to drag out my Webster's Unabridged to get

fey v.t. [D. veegen; G. fegen. to sweep.] to cleanse; to clear; to clean out.

fey n. faith

fey a. [ME. feie. fey; AS. faege. fated]
1. fated; doomed to death. [Archaic and Scot]
2. in an unusually excited or gay state. formerly believed to portend sudden death. [Archaic and Scot]

Keep your powder dry.......

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jul 18 2020 1:51 utc | 92

Posted by: Grieved | Jul 18 2020 0:33 utc | 90

Would believe me, I'm still using Opera version 36.0.2130.80 and OS WinXp? I know the end is near.

I've got another similar laptop OS Win10. Backup. Both laptops installed Yandex and Firefox browsers. I prefer Opera and Yendex only backup if Opera unstable. Firefox just testing.

Posted by: JC | Jul 18 2020 1:57 utc | 93

@92 psychohistorian

I only had to drag out Tolkien. His epics of heroes and fools are filled with moments of the fey spirit. Usually it ends in grief. But I meant only the faerie spirit, meaning whimsical and will of wispish. I took poetic license with poetry.

As to death, according to the Buddhist teachings, birth itself portends sudden death. Or at best, inevitable. Never far away, but rest assured, never sought by this one.

Powder is dry.

Many thanks.

Posted by: Grieved | Jul 18 2020 2:03 utc | 94

@ Greived

The only thing that is certain in life is death. Judging when that will happen is a bit of a toss up as nobody bothers to put an expiry date on our birth certificates.
For me, I have been lucky enough to see my children develop and make their own way in the world and even see a few grandchildren. Perhaps not much of an ambition in todays society ...

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Jul 18 2020 3:07 utc | 95

Baron #2

Let me know if you can get past this firewall and post their reports here.

I would assume that if China and Taiwan get locked out then they will catch up and bypass the european makers in a few years.

You can assist us all here if you would include links you have considered in your suggested topics for research. Please appreciate that this is a collective effort at the bar as we are not all here to siphon the keg.

Barflies with an interest in the technology could consider this site or this one. There are many more and I would be interested to read more.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jul 18 2020 3:24 utc | 96

@95 Peter

It's the only ambition there is, and I suspect you're convinced of this too. I'm very pleased to hear of your fulfillment. Thank you so much for sharing that warm glow of human life.

It's current society that isn't much in terms of matching that eternal human ambition...

Posted by: Grieved | Jul 18 2020 4:14 utc | 97

Below is a Xinhuanet posting
BRUSSELS, July 17 (Xinhua) -- High Representative of the European Union (EU) for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell said on Friday he was deeply concerned over the growing use of sanctions, or the threat of sanctions, by the United States against European companies and interests.

"We have witnessed this developing trend in the cases of Iran, Cuba, the International Criminal Court and most recently the Nord Stream 2 and TurkStream projects," Borrell said in a statement.

Emphasizing that "European policies should be determined in Europe not by third countries," Borrell said the EU opposes the use of sanctions by third countries on European companies carrying out legitimate business, and the bloc "considers the extraterritorial application of sanctions to be contrary to international law."

He said the EU is always open to dialogue, but "this cannot take place against the threat of sanctions."

On Thursday, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas rejected Washington's latest threat of sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline between Russia and Germany.

The Kremlin also said Thursday that Washington's threat to impose sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 as well as the second line of the TurkStream pipeline stretching from Russia to Turkey across the Black Sea is "unfair competition."

On Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sent fresh warnings of possible sanctions to companies involved in Nord Stream 2 and the second line of the TurkStream pipeline.

Pompeo claimed that the projects are not commercial but serve as Moscow's tools to exploit European dependence on Russia's energy supplies.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jul 18 2020 6:17 utc | 98

Below is another Xinhuanet posting that shows escalation in the war of words
BEIJING, July 17 (Xinhua) -- China supports multilateral frameworks, including the United Nations, in tackling challenges and seeking common prosperity, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Friday.

He made the remarks in a speech titled "Firmly Uphold Multilateralism and Build a Community with a Shared Future for Mankind" at a high-level conversation of the United Nations Economic and Social Council, "Multilateralism after COVID-19: what kind of UN do we need at the 75th anniversary?"

"Seventy-five years ago, our fathers' generation won the epic victory of the World anti-Fascist War following a heroic struggle," Wang said, adding that the ensuing decades witnessed the founding of the United Nations which has played an indispensable role in maintaining peace and promoting development.

Seventy-five years on, the world has seen profound shifts, accentuated by the enormous impact of COVID-19, he said.

The myriad challenges before the international community have driven home the fact that this is an era of inter-connected interests of all countries, and the world is "increasingly an indivisible community with a shared future," he said.

In the face of unprecedented changes in a century, the role of the UN can only be strengthened, instead of being weakened, while its authority must be safeguarded, Wang said.

The world needs a United Nations that safeguards world peace and security, and fairness and justice, a United Nations that advocates harmonious co-existence across different races, systems and cultures, a United Nations that champions common development by addressing the North-South gap, and a United Nations that keeps abreast of the times and effectively responds to global challenges, Wang said.

Wang put forward four proposals as following:

First, the world needs to uphold multilateralism and reject unilateralism and protectionism. "We must always stand on the side of multilateralism and international justice. We must uphold the international system built around the UN, safeguard the World Trade Organization-centered multilateral trading regime and speed up the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We need to say no to unilateralism. We need to oppose any act of walking away from international organizations and treaties or replacing them with something out of nowhere. No one should challenge or undermine universally recognized rules out of selfish interests," he said.

Second, the world needs to support greater democracy in international relations and reject hegemonism and power politics. "Issues that matter internationally must be addressed through consultation between nations and governments. Any country claiming that its own interests should always come first and be placed above the common interests of the global community is doomed to failure. The basic norms governing international relations, such as respect for national sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity and non-interference in internal affairs, must be observed by all," he said.

"Countries, irrespective of their size, strength and wealth, are equal. Consultation, cooperation and benefit for all should be our guiding principle," he said, adding that "dialogue and consultation should be the way forward in addressing differences and disputes, rather than unwarranted unilateral actions such as economic blockade, financial sanctions, acts of bullying and power politics, and still less gross interference in other countries' internal affairs," he said.

Third, the world needs to safeguard the international order underpinned by international law and reject unlawful acts and double standards. "We must firmly uphold the purposes and principles of the UN Charter. We need one single set of rules, not double standards or selective application of these rules. It is unacceptable to use the rule of law as a pretext to infringe on the legitimate rights and interests of other countries or even undermine peace and stability," Wang said.

Fourth, the world needs to call for solidarity and cooperation and reject self-conceit and beggar-thy-neighbor practices. "In fighting the disease, we must always follow a people-first approach and put saving lives above all else. The world needs to come together and give the World Health Organization full support in playing its statutory role. Any politicization, stigmatization or name-calling associated with the virus must be rejected, so should scapegoating and blame-shifting," he added.

China is a firm proponent and practitioner of multilateralism, which has all along supported the UN in playing an active role, upheld its authority and stature, Wang said.

In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, China fully supports the work of the UN, and will fully deliver on the actions announced by President Xi Jinping at the 73rd World Health Assembly so as to contribute to the global efforts against the pandemic within its capability, he said.

China is ready to work with all parties in keeping with the trend of the times and guided by multilateralism, and build an open, inclusive, clean and beautiful post-COVID-19 world that enjoys lasting peace, security and prosperity for all, he said.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jul 18 2020 6:18 utc | 99

Below is a quote from a Reuters article about the Portland, Oregon situation

A senior DHS official said officers arrested people for assaulting federal officers and vandalizing federal property, but did not provide specific cases. The official, who requested anonymity to discuss the issue, rejected the idea anyone was arrested without good cause.

“Federal officials don’t go around arresting people for no reason,” the official said. “This isn’t communist China.”

This is projection by the country I live in that their repressive actions are better than China.....communist China

Why can't folks wake up and discuss this like the civilization war it really is?

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jul 18 2020 6:35 utc | 100

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