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July 11, 2020

The MoA Week In Review - Open Thread 2020-55

Last week's posts at Moon of Alabama:

The School of Medicine of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) has posted a series of videos in which Department Chair Bob Wachter and various medical specialist discuss specific aspects of the Covid-19 epidemic. Yesterday's grand round was about The State of the Pandemic, Opening the Schools, and the Outbreak at San Quentin State Prison. Top first hand knowledge without politics.

This will probably have foreign policy consequences: Dozens of US Marines in Japan's Okinawa get coronavirus - Yahoo

[I am off for a family day.]

Use as open thread ...

Posted by b on July 11, 2020 at 16:35 UTC | Permalink

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War always lurks on the margins. I wrote about it a few days ago. The Parasites will act in their own interest, and that doesn't include war, IMO. at this time.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jul 14 2020 5:56 utc | 201

karlof1 | Jul 13 2020 18:25 utc | 190:

First, China should avoid proactively provoking the US, and maintain stable China-US relations. We should not intensify China-US confrontations from our side or initiate a new cold war.

Sooner or later, China will have to respond in a meaningful way (i.e. hard power). I can guarantee the Chinese have red lines and the US may actually be crazy enough to cross it.

Posted by: Ian2 | Jul 14 2020 6:23 utc | 202

How to protest in a materialistic autocracy; by acting crazy "A bus crash in southwest China last week that killed 21 people and injured 15 others was caused by the driver, who deliberately steered into a reservoir because he was angry at the demolition of his home, the police have said."

Posted by: Antonym | Jul 14 2020 9:00 utc | 203

"The Mueller Investigation" was clearly an attack upon the Constitution - a Coup d'état.

Who didn't know this already?

Now the Mueller Investigation has publicly admitted it.

"Whether he realizes it or not, Andrew Weissmann just admitted what we always knew,” she said. “The purpose of the Mueller investigation was ‘trying to get rid of’ President Trump and laying a perjury trap. The President didn’t fall for it, and the truth WON.”

Mr. Weissmann has been a Democratic donor for years and attended what was supposed to be Hillary Clinton’s 2016 victory party in New York.

Posted by: librul | Jul 14 2020 12:32 utc | 204

"At no stage have I ever defended the racist antichinese genocide by some SE asian nations which pose as anti-communist policies."

See? Amazing. The poster asserts that the genocides "posed as anti-communist policies". Why go to such extraordinary lengths to manufacture a distinction between the genocides and anti-communist operations if one is not trying to clear the reputation of anti-communism (fascism)?

The genocides in Malaysia and Indonesia (and Argentina and el Salvador and so on) were absolutely anti-communist (fascist). That the brainwashed thugs doing the killing were doing it because their victims were Chinese, or Jewish, or mestizo, or Alawite, or students with unusually long hair doesn't change this fact. You cannot recruit workers or peasants into your anti-communist crusade by accurately educating them on what communism really is and why you are trying to destroy it, so you have to use hyped up prejudices and prey on your recruits' ignorance to get them to kill for you.

At their core, the workers and peasants that the capitalists recruit for their anti-communist operations are NEVER actually killing over communism. It is ALWAYS prejudice, ignorance, and tribalism (also greed... capitalists pay their death squads to kill, and sometime pay quite well) that motivates the killing.

In other words it is irrelevant what precisely was used by the capitalists to get people to kill for them. Whether it is ethnicity, religion, career choice, or shirt color that is used to get a portion of the population to murder another portion, the killing is still anti-communist (fascist). It actually better serves the capitalists' purpose if their killers are completely ignorant of what communism really is, so expecting the goons doing the wet work for Standard Oil and Coca Cola to be able to explain their ideology is absurd. They are anti-communist (fascist) regardless of what their personal motivations are.

Posted by: William Gruff | Jul 14 2020 12:44 utc | 205

Minerva's Owl is always late, but always takes flight:

The upside of a new cold war with China

This demented, pseudo-scientific logic is one more symptom of America's decline.

Posted by: vk | Jul 14 2020 12:55 utc | 206

Ian2 @202: "Sooner or later, China will have to respond in a meaningful way (i.e. hard power). I can guarantee the Chinese have red lines and the US may actually be crazy enough to cross it."

The Chinese are well aware of that, which is why they have been rapidly building military capabilities structured primarily around countering threats from the Disunited States. The longer they can put off that inevitable conflict, though, the stronger they are and the weaker the Dis-US becomes. As well, delay allows them to better prepare the battlefield in the South China Sea, where they hope to lure the Dis-US for that confrontation. The Chinese know full well that the Americans would prefer for the fight to be on China's mainland so that they can do lots and lots of "collateral damage". Ever since "Sherman's March to the Sea" in America's Civil War, destroying the enemy's economy and terrorizing their civilians has been America's chief strategy for winning wars, and China wants to deny the Dis-US that strategy, thus the build-up in the South China Sea.

Posted by: William Gruff | Jul 14 2020 13:03 utc | 207

South China Morning Post columnist publicly admits he's an American asset:

Like coronavirus fight, time for Hong Kong to adapt to national security law

The freedoms that are perceived as having been lost are gone and are most likely not coming back under the present regime.
Getting on with our lives and doing what we can to stay safe is the price of being a Hongkonger in these challenging times

Posted by: vk | Jul 14 2020 13:07 utc | 208

Surprising exactly no one: UK Bars Huawei From Supplying 5G Network In Major Reversal By Johnson

How much longer before Germany capitulates and ends NordStream like a good poodle?


Posted by: Jackrabbit | Jul 14 2020 14:04 utc | 209

Excellent article from someone who's really an expert about what he's talking about:

Unwrapping the Riddle of Srebrenica

Posted by: vk | Jul 14 2020 14:34 utc | 210

File under: No one coulda predicted ...

Will Trump order Chinese assets in USA frozen pending lawsuits against China before or after the November election? (I'm gonna say ... BEFORE)

What will be China's reaction to THAT? (I'm gonna say ... FURIOUS: brink of war OUTRAGE).


Posted by: Jackrabbit | Jul 14 2020 14:43 utc | 211

Interesting excuse from Bhadrakumar for being upbeat about Trump by detecting subtle pro-Trump insinuations from Putin & Xi.

Putin Had A Dream To Reset The World Order

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Jul 14 2020 14:52 utc | 212

As if we did not have enough shit this year...
Azerbaijan general among troops killed in Armenia border clash

It looks this general was deputy defense minister.

Posted by: hopehely | Jul 14 2020 15:32 utc | 213

US Budget Deficit Jumps by Equivalent of Netherlands’ Entire Annual GDP in a Single Month

But don't worry: Donald Trump is playing 5-D chess, and when he brings back all those manufacturing jobs, this extra debt will disappear in no time... that, or, the alt-righters who support him will go back to their closets.


Excellent summary on the Moldova situation:

The Fall of Plahotniuk and a New Hope for Moldova

Posted by: vk | Jul 14 2020 16:06 utc | 214

Some news from the USA takes a long time to reach Europe.Not the Russian bounty-hoax,that was very quick.But the fire on that warship is not known in France.Now why is it kept out of public view,tell me all about it if you can figure out why.....

Posted by: willie | Jul 14 2020 16:15 utc | 215

Posted by: William Gruff | Jul 14 2020 13:03 utc | 207

Chinese is my specialty....

"Americans would prefer for the fight to be on China's mainland so that they can do lots and lots of "collateral damage"."

Not exactly correct, let show you a better way. American prefer to fight China - another Chinese civil war. Fight 1.4billions Chinese in the mainland and with another few millions ABC and OBC in America's soils? Not a chance! A civil war or regime change is American specialty been an expert for years applying it...with the 5eyes, Japan, India and Taiwan leading the way while Trump, Biden watches on the sideline enjoying the show of a lifetime. .

Guarantees eliminate the Han pest forever... Japan reoccupy China's Northwest Provinces including Taiwan and Hainan Island. Another unequal treaties cede Hong Kong, Kowloon, New territories and nearby provinces to Australia forever. Morrison will appoints governors to each of the new Australialand. Chinese dogs not allow in Beijing....

The real damaged. Millions and millions Chinese leave China more than the boat people during the Vietnam conflicts combine with the Syrians, Afghan etc., now claiming asylum in EU.

Disclaimer only a fairly tales, no way offensive to my dear MoA especially Pete. But a civil war more than likely if you had watch the 3 videos in my postings - last open thread. Bless All:-)

Posted by: JC | Jul 14 2020 17:15 utc | 216

Renaming the Washington Redskins.


Posted by: arby | Jul 14 2020 17:18 utc | 217

@216 Interesting theory but I didn't see any mainlanders rushing to join the protests in Hong Kong. If anything I get the impression mainlanders think the Hong Kong students are a bunch of spoiled treacherous brats.

Posted by: dh | Jul 14 2020 17:36 utc | 218

Posted by: vk | Jul 14 2020 13:07 utc | 208
Posted by: karlof1 | Jul 14 2020 5:56 utc | 201

Please take care when reading or post SCMP in your MoA comments here. My conspiracies theory more than likely correct..
Been an envy readers both hard copies (during 1960s) and SCMP websites (2014). Since Alibaba bought SCMP it had turns out to ba a Trojan horse. No double well researched with excellent journalists in - China, HK, US - worldwide. It aligned with Politico a NeoLiberal website. Joe Tsai and Gary Liu both Taiwanese. discount Gary Liu he's just another small fly to propagate Joe Tsai the billionaires goal...

When reading SCMP always check first the author, where from, bilingual or only Cantonese, White or Chinese...

Posted by: JC | Jul 14 2020 17:42 utc | 219

JC @216

The US would never land troop on the Chinese mainland, you are right. America would really love to do airstrikes on Chinese cities, though.

Yes, the US would prefer to create a Color Revolution in China and break the country up with civil war, but I don't see any evidence that the US efforts to do so are gaining any traction with the Chinese population.

Posted by: William Gruff | Jul 14 2020 17:45 utc | 220

Global Times Editorial answers Pompeo's pathetic attempts to escalate the Outlaw US Empire's manufactured South China Sea crisis:

"Territorial dispute is the thorniest issue in international relations. But in many cases, they are not the real focus of interests in national relations. The greatest common interest between China and ASEAN is to seek mutual development - and not let territorial issues impede our reciprocal cooperation. It will be a shame for regional countries to be manipulated by such an extraterritorial power, abandon our fundamental interests, fall into radical nationalist sentiments, and let Washington reap the benefits of our disputes."

I reversed the order of these the above and following paragraphs to make them more logical sequentially:

"We call on all ASEAN countries to maintain a high degree of vigilance against the US' malicious strategic intentions in the South China Sea. Do not fall into the US' trap due to tactical temptations. It only seeks to aggravate chaos. Peace and stability in the South China Sea concerns ASEAN's fundamental interests. But the US, driven by its own interests, is shaping this regional situation in the opposite way."

And the genuine reason for Pompeo's bleating:

"The US is being deeply mired in the pandemic. Americans are now unwelcome in most of the places around the world. It is uncomfortable for Washington to see the good momentum being made by China-ASEAN ties. In fact, the trade volume between the two has increased despite the pandemic. Consultations over the South China Sea Code of Conduct (COC) are progressing smoothly too. Therefore, the US wants to make waves." [My Emphasis]

The hope was for manufacturers located in China to shift their facilities to ASEAN nations but the opposite appears to have occurred--one of those boomeranging policies I wrote about recently. The Outlaw US Empire's attempt to impose a Zero-sum policy for its benefit against China has failed--it's the policy not the president. And until the USA ceases being an Outlaw, its policies will continually fail.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jul 14 2020 18:05 utc | 221

Posted by: dh | Jul 14 2020 17:36 utc | 218

"bunch of spoiled treacherous brats"

Not exactly correct... have you forgotten Victoria Nuland the former Assistant Secretary of State.. she admitted the USA spend 5billions repeat FIVE BILLIONS to start the Ukraine debacles. Luckily Putin took care of Obama and Trump..

Chinese mainlanders are like any human when lied to, they too will believe anything being lied repeatedly it become the truth, just like any freaking yanks... You are wrong again the HongKonger are kids never taught the truth under HK colonial rules. In school speak and read in different language yes different language - a distinct Chinese dialect Cantonese used in mainly in the Southern China province. I was taught Mandarin or Putonghua in my Chinese class elsewhere.

Posted by: JC | Jul 14 2020 18:07 utc | 222

Posted by: William Gruff | Jul 14 2020 17:45 utc | 220

"The US would never land troop on the Chinese mainland, you are right. America would really love to do airstrikes on Chinese cities, though."

Air strikes is out of questions China will and able to shoot it down like flies. You have stoopid Indians, Japanese, Australian including Chinese yearning for Chinese's bloods... Let them do it and watch on the sidelines both the Dem and Rep love to kills, right?

Posted by: JC | Jul 14 2020 18:18 utc | 223

@22 I'm sure your Putong Hua is much better than mine but if you noticed I was careful with my use of English. I said "... I get the impression mainlanders think the Hong Kong students are a bunch of spoiled treacherous brats."

That is my impression judging from the reaction from the Chinese population to the protests. I don't know to what extent they have been lied to but I think they were well aware of the vandalism and did not approve.

Posted by: dh | Jul 14 2020 18:18 utc | 224

JC @219--

It's good to get a reply from you! I can only recall citing the SCMP once in my many years of writing and didn't use it at all in my thesis paper on China's development I wrote in 1999 as there were much better sources. IMO, the Outlaw US Empire's policy in South China Sea is directly related to its Taiwan policy, both of which are linked to its Hong Kong policy, which when brought together renounces pro forma the One China Policy first publicly announced by the Nixon administration in 1972 in an attempt to create a basis for its longstanding strategy of Divide and Rule. IMO, the Mainland-Taiwan issue is an internal Chinese issue that will eventually result in Taiwan's return to rule by Beijing, with the Outlaw US Empire having no say in the issue despite its obvious desire to meddle. Militarily, the Empire cannot win, but the engineered crisis serves to funnel billions of dollars away from public use into the pockets of Rentier Class Parasites.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jul 14 2020 18:51 utc | 225

Posted by: dh | Jul 14 2020 18:18 utc | 224

My Putonghua is pretty bad now has not use since I left home. Speak Putonghua at home with my parent and still speak Putonghua mix with Eng with my siblings. Growing up mixed around and learned multiple dialects and languages. Mainly Teochew, Hokkien, Cantonese, Haiku, Hakka, some Toisan and Shanghainese.

Posted by: JC | Jul 14 2020 19:00 utc | 226

@224 My Putonghua is pretty basic. I took a short course in Taiwan which I found useful for getting around in China. I even know about 300 Hanzi.
We seem to have strayed from the topic. Were you suggesting that the majority of mainlanders approve of the HK protests?

Posted by: dh | Jul 14 2020 19:09 utc | 227

Posted by: William Gruff | Jul 14 2020 17:45 utc | 220

Ooops Missed.. "but I don't see any evidence that the US efforts to do so are gaining any traction with the Chinese population."

Not yet, Xi Jinping still well loved by hundreds of millions in China and elsewhere. He strived genuinely end corruptions and alleviate poverty. Still 100millions remains mostly in Sichuan, minorities living on the mountains and cliffs. Dunno what effect recent massive rivers overflow on poverty alleviate.

Please be patience Pompeo and gangs will somehow start a color revolution... forget the HK school kids, they will be crushed.
See how fast former chief secretary Anson Chan "retired"?

Posted by: JC | Jul 14 2020 20:17 utc | 228

Posted by: dh | Jul 14 2020 19:09 utc | 227

"Were you suggesting that the majority of mainlanders approve of the HK protests?"

Nope most if not all support Xi Jinping. I had lived in HK, traveled extensively along the Coast during the 90s when everyone still ridding bicycles dressed white shirts and dark pants. I was in business with PRC. My patron, vice Mayor of Shenyang I imports machineries, chemicals and sell plywoods. I also traveled to Kaohsiung on business.

I never believe China can ever get out the mess they're in. I was afraid even to bring my parent back to their motherland fearing dad arrest. He fought with KMT. Dad was editor-in-chief of the KMT newspapers. I believe dad if he's alive will support Xi Jinping. In fact The KMT met with Xing Jinping in Singapore. Dad passed away long before 2015.

Take care brother :-)

Posted by: JC | Jul 14 2020 20:22 utc | 229

215 # willie/.

My bad.It has been reported on several outlets since yesterday,but it has been relayed to nooks and crannies where you have to look twice to find it.I mean,with fifty mariners injured it should be on the front page,with a nice column of honest smoke falling in the eye.

Posted by: willie | Jul 14 2020 20:40 utc | 230

@229 And now you are American I presume. Which can mean pretty much anything. Interesting background you have......lots of versions of 'the truth' to sift through. Zhu hao yun.

Posted by: dh | Jul 14 2020 21:03 utc | 231

Posted by: karlof1 | Jul 14 2020 18:51 utc | 225

Thank you, bro it's reciprocal.

Please checks reporter each time before reading SCMP: Authors, Gender, Places, Country, White or others ethnicity. In time pattens emerged how SCMP uses their correspondents, writers, reporters to report an article - smear China hiding behind democracy, freedom of speech, blah, blah and blah... What awaked me to SCMP Scheme? Headline like "HK peaceful protest" should had been "HK rioting and destroying public property..."

There are SCMP reporters bared from China, if an article bias view it will originate in USA, Australia or UK. An example if articles bias to Singapore, it will originate from Australia, US or UK. If the reporter a Singaporean he'll be sued any bias on the PAP. The party set up just like the commie in China.

Example: Phila Siu, base in Hong Kong or Bobby, journalist since 2009, human rights, security, politics, Hong Kong, mainland. Bared entering China earlier. Today if he writes anything contrary to HK security law he'll be arrested since the inception HK security Law.

Posted by: JC | Jul 14 2020 21:36 utc | 232

Here's a transcript of "Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks and answers to questions during the online session 'Russia and the post-COVID World,' held as part of the Primakov Readings international forum, Moscow, July 10, 2020" that ought to be digested by all. I'm choosing the following paragraph to excerpt and will explain why:

"Like 75 years ago, when Victory over a common enemy was won only by working together and rising above the ideological differences of the time, we now also need to realise that we will resolve these issues only if we cooperate. I’m sure we’ll talk about the future of the WHO later. We are in favour of resolving any issues based on the UN Charter, which is a collective security platform." [My Emphasis]

Lavrov has reiterated the bolded text on dozens of occasions but has yet to specifically state the #1 reason why there's no cooperation on issues and crises is that one rather important member of the UN system refuses to abide by the fundamental directives of that system in contravention of its own organic law, that unfortunate member being the Outlaw US Empire. Why Russian Diplomacy refrains from recognizing that very important fact month after month and year after year puzzles me greatly as I fail to see any benefit for Russia in its continuance, although Lavrov does say this:

"It is quite clear that the US is waging a struggle by absolutely unsavoury methods, as is obvious and clear to everyone. They are putting forward unilateral demands that take into account solely the US interests. If demands are turned down, they say the refusal is unacceptable and introduce sanctions."

Quite clearly a description of Star Trek's Borg.

The first question deals with the Outlaw US Empire's escalating its contrived crisis with China, "Do you think that the US-PRC conflict has passed the point of no return? It is obvious that any exacerbation of this confrontation is not in Russia’s interests. Will Russia be able to act as a swing power in order to maintain stability of the world system, including based on your unique experience of multilateral diplomacy?" to which Lavrov supplies his usual detailed lengthy answer where he mentions this recent article by Dean of the Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs at the National Research University--Higher School of Economics--Sergey Karaganov: "The Future of the Big Triangle." IMO, the publication must be bookmarked for future essays with Karaganov's being a must read.

There's lots there as most every point of crisis is covered.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jul 14 2020 22:59 utc | 233

I've been adamant that Trump and members of his administration committed and continue to commit Treason via his initial Do Nothing Policy and then through other means. Some seem to nod in agreement but few have openly agreed, while nobody has tried to defend Trump from my charges. Finally, another source shares my conviction about Trump and published this article, "Donald Trump’s Genocidal Acts Against Humanity," in which the debacle experienced by Puerto Ricans is also included. Now there's evidence that Trump attempted to divest himself of all responsibility for Puerto Rico by trying to sell it, like a Colonial Emperor trying to rid himself of an unprofitable Colony. IMO, there are only Greater Evils, of which Trump now qualifies beyond doubt after his actions 3.5 years into his term.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jul 14 2020 23:29 utc | 234

@karlof1 #233 re: Lavrov and the 'soft pedal'

I've seen this, and I interpret this as "You're surrounded on 3 sides. That way is the safe exit. You'd like to take the safe me." His recent statement excoriated US actions, but near the end he gently prodded them with a mild positive comment about something.

Reading Lavrov is uplifting. He's like your doctor telling you to change your diet or reality will catch you out.

Posted by: Dr Wellington Yueh | Jul 14 2020 23:37 utc | 235

Dr Wellington Yueh @235--

Yes, it's a very long read, but I can't think of anyone better suited for the task. Lavrov's final paragraph seems to conform to your last sentence:

"We are ready for a situation where nothing will be left of arms control due to the US’s persistent line to throw all of these agreements out. But we are also prepared not to start from scratch but continue our contacts with the Americans on all strategic stability issues. I am confident that all members of the international community will support this approach. That said, we will keep the door open for multilateral talks as well. Let me repeat that these talks must rely on common understanding, voluntary participation and a balanced lineup of participants."

He isn't worried as he knows he has the superior position over his American partners.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jul 15 2020 0:15 utc | 236

@ karlof1 | Jul 15 2020 0:15 utc | 236

For an entrepreneur priding themselves as being an unpredictable negotiator is now finding they are seen as unreliable and well on the road ending in untrustworthy. Never vote for an incumbent.

Posted by: Formerly T-Bear | Jul 15 2020 10:15 utc | 237

Debunking the green ecoapocalyptics:

Global Population Set to Shrink Dramatically, Prompting ‘Economic Power Shift’, Claims Report

Data provided in the forecasting analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study suggests that there will be around 9.7 billion people on the planet by 2064, but that the number will decrease to 8.8 billion by the year 2100, amid a slump in global fertility rates due to enhanced use of modern contraceptive methods and more widespread education among women.

Human beings can't reproduce indefinitely. They are a normal animal species like any other. There's nothing special about it.

Like 99.999% of the species that have existed in Earth's history, the homo sapiens will probably be extinct somewhere in the future, and the planet will carry on until more or less 2 billion years from now - when the Sun will become a red star and swallow it whole.

Posted by: vk | Jul 15 2020 13:37 utc | 238


Ummm...for most of Earth's history, the planet was dead. The conditions necessary for life are rare, therefore Earth as a living planet is rare, and the conditions for this rare life are being destroyed by life itself.

You disgust me. You are not a capitalist pig, you are a communist pig. One and the same, just different lipstick covering botox-infused lips.

Posted by: | Jul 15 2020 13:53 utc | 239

Hey Proyect, you cannot be offedned for those who are not offended. That's the first rule Fight Club. Cancel Culture is a corporate initiative just as the conservative reaction to it is also a corporate initiative. It's called burning both end of the candles. A win-win.

New Poll Finds 9 In 10 Native Americans Aren’t Offended By Redskins Name

Nine in 10 Native Americans say they are not offended by the Washington Redskins name, according to a new Washington Post poll that shows how few ordinary Indians have been persuaded by a national movement to change the football team’s moniker.

The survey of 504 people across every state and the District reveals that the minds of Native Americans have remained unchanged since a 2004 poll by the Annenberg Public Policy Center found the same result. Responses to The Post’s questions about the issue were broadly consistent regardless of age, income, education, political party or proximity to reservations.

Among the Native Americans reached over a five-month period ending in April, more than 7 in 10 said they did not feel the word “Redskin” was disrespectful to Indians. An even higher number — 8 in 10 — said they would not be offended if a non-native called them that name.

Let me guess. The poll was conducted by Falun Gong of which Bezos is a member and therefore cannot be trusted.

I get the distinct impression China and Russia teamed up six or seven years prior in a collaboration to infiltrate and control American politics. Russia agreed to manipulate the right flank and China agreed to manipulate the left flank and here we are: A clusterfuck.

Posted by: | Jul 15 2020 14:03 utc | 240

Ho ho
"I get the distinct impression China and Russia teamed up six or seven years prior in a collaboration to infiltrate and control American politics. Russia agreed to manipulate the right flank and China agreed to manipulate the left flank and here we are: A clusterfuck."

And they did this while they were putting their people and their economies in great shape.

Amazing how much time they have on their hands.

Posted by: arby | Jul 15 2020 14:15 utc | 241

Anyone that wants a good laugh should not miss Yeah, Right's comments at SST.

Yeah, Right's interjection of logic is priceless and the replies to YR that alternate between dumbstruck stumbling and callousness show the true nature of pl sycophants / establishment water-carriers.


Posted by: Jackrabbit | Jul 15 2020 14:38 utc | 242

@ Posted by: | Jul 15 2020 13:53 utc | 239

You talk about all that as if you were some kind of spiritual being, but in reality, it is you and your liberal/First World ilk that keeps talking about how Third Worlders are "procreating too much" and should be exterminated.

Posted by: vk | Jul 15 2020 15:45 utc | 243

@241 and @243

You need to stick to the script given you because you're contradicting one another. China is not a Third World country. It once achieved an impressive growth rate of over 14% in the early 2000s, but alas and thankfully, those days are gone and now it's struggling to remain at 6% and within the decade will realize growth rates of only 2% to 3 % if not contraction like the rest of the planet. And no, I am not some kind of spiritual being and I don't talk like one. In fact, I don't even type like one. This software ensures it.

Posted by: | Jul 15 2020 16:22 utc | 244

Man you are full of it.

Do you have even the slightest verifiable evidence for such a ridiculous statement as this?

"I get the distinct impression China and Russia teamed up six or seven years prior in a collaboration to infiltrate and control American politics."

Posted by: arby | Jul 15 2020 17:08 utc | 245

The writings are on the walls, 4-months to D-day, All polls indicate Biden gonna to win by landslide another repeat 2016 election? Yes a replayed Trump vs Hillary Clinton. How Trump can win when all signs pointing to a Biden victory? Take a good look at Biden, he's half dead or walking dead, may die before election day or a vegetable state shortly afterward.

Getting back to 2016, Trump won in spite of polling data shows Hillary landslide? Russia, Russia, Russia. Trump needs a new approach, who else better than China, China, China. Both Trump and Biden will exploit China's cards to the fullest. No doubt Trump more than willing start a war with Chine to be president again, killing few million’s Chinese dogs in the name of god, freedom democracy and MAGA is worth it. god bless America, god damn America! Hmmnn... sound familiars to me and where did I hear this?

Recent Events: China passed The Hong Kong national security law, immediately after China annual Two Sessions meetings at quantum speed resolved once and for all HK rioting problems even before Covid-19 ends.

In succession, US sanction China, China retaliates. Tit-for-tat continues and hell break loose. We're on the path to a real war!
"US President Donald Trump signs Hong Kong Autonomy Act, and ends the city’s preferential trade status"
"Trump Signs Measures Holding China Accountable for 'Repressive' Hong Kong Actions"
"Beijing Denounces US 'Hong Kong Autonomy Act', Vows to Retaliate With Sanctions"
"NYT to Move Part of Its Hong Kong Office to Seoul as Trump Ends"
"If they want to do business with us, they can’t use it": Trump says he PERSONALLY badgered US allies into ditching Huawei

Posted by: JC | Jul 15 2020 17:11 utc | 246

I know who controls American politics and there is plenty of verifiable evidence to back that up.

Posted by: arby | Jul 15 2020 17:11 utc | 247

Just finished watching the latest Renegade Inc, an interview with Angryeconomics co-author Eirc Lonergan that's well worth the 28 minutes to watch.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jul 15 2020 17:50 utc | 248

450, I found some evidence of China interfering in US politics.

"NBC News found that the Falun Gong website spent more than $1.5 million on roughly 11,000 pro-Trump advertisements on Facebook in just six months, “more than any organization outside of the Trump campaign itself, and more than most Democratic presidential candidates have spent on their own campaigns.”"

Well, sort of China.

Posted by: arby | Jul 15 2020 17:57 utc | 249

Every sentient being in the Universe should be following the Assange proceedings.

Here's the latest from Craig Murray:

Damage to the Soul


Posted by: Jackrabbit | Jul 15 2020 22:56 utc | 250

@248 karlof1

Actually the last few minutes are enough to get some great ideas. He's the first economist that Ross Ashcroft ever heard say that deflation is a great time of opportunity.

For those interested, Lonergan's ideas to pull us out of Depression start in very concrete terms at 21:48 to the end.

He talks about national trusts (housing trust, health trust, etc) as shared inheritance among the people. He also says give everyone money, monthly, and keep doing it until you're out of recession - in fact, you could keep doing it until you have full employment. He's right of course. There's no inflation until you have more money chasing the same goods, which doesn't happen until you've grown your economy back fully.

Posted by: Grieved | Jul 15 2020 23:08 utc | 251

John Helmer, who has done an excellent job of following the MH-17 show trial, now reports that:


While Helmer derides this move as nonsensical, I wonder if it is the first move of a gambit that further pressures the German government to terminate Nordstream II gas deliveries.


Posted by: Jackrabbit | Jul 15 2020 23:41 utc | 252

Grieved @251--

His ideas jibe with Hudson, Keen and Wolff's, although IMO he articulated and sold them better. I found his analysis of how anger's used by politicos to advance their agenda well founded. There's an open preview of the book at Goodreads explaining the motivation behind writing the book, which is very similar to the drive behind my Critical Mass. Without mentioning Hudson, they describe the mechanistic mathematical Junk Economics of Neoliberalism that omits Political-Economy. I see their effort as being complementary and also in competition with mine, which means I must buy and read it. I'm now rather peeved at myself for sitting on my idea for over 6 months before beginning for I'm a lone individual up against a networking team whose product is out and being well marketed. What I see as in my favor is differing target audiences--mine toward the general public in the USA, theirs toward government officials and academia within NATOstan, specifically the UK. And their Dialog approach differs from my more traditional narrative. I do like what I've read so far and believe their effort can become helpful. I just hope I can become successful in my effort as I believe I'll dig deeper into the dirt enraging everyone but not knowing why.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jul 16 2020 0:42 utc | 253

@253 karlof1

There's plenty of room for more :)

Posted by: Grieved | Jul 16 2020 2:56 utc | 254

Helmer's latest:

"Novichok Narrative Nixed -- Financial Times report on Skripal and Sturgess poisonings reveals coverup of OPCW test-evidence exposing British Government Lies."

Posted by: John Gilberts | Jul 16 2020 7:35 utc | 255


The Falun Gong is despicable for supporting Trump, but not for their opposition to, and criticism of, China's corrupt, tyrannical "leadership." Some of what the Falun Gong issues through its various media outlets about China is true but it's mixed with half truths and outright lies rendering it disinformation for all intents and purposes. It's up to us to separate the wheat from the chaff, but that's true of ALL information these days, is it not? Every media outlet has an agenda and ALL news, therefore, is on a scale of unpurposeful misinformation to purposeful disinformation.

Posted by: | Jul 16 2020 12:57 utc | 256

It looks like a particular troll's workday starts at 8:00AM Eastern Time. After a meeting to get the day's latest talking points and a quick pep talk, it is back to shoveling its own feces at China.

Posted by: William Gruff | Jul 16 2020 14:18 utc | 257

@ William Gruff | Jul 16 2020 14:18 utc | 257 is the troll's real name.

Posted by: Lurk | Jul 16 2020 16:09 utc | 258

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