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August 19, 2020

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A rather interesting dissection of a Boeing AoA (Angle of Attack) sensor, in light of the Boeing 737 MAX accidents.
AoA Sensor | Boeing 737 Engineering Failure

Posted by: Norwegian | Aug 19 2020 18:51 utc | 1

As the clown show Democratic convention is going on lets look back at how a zombie corpse named Joe Biden actually was chosen to run the most powerful nation in history: How progressives were conned into supporting Joe Biden for President

Posted by: Kali | Aug 19 2020 18:55 utc | 2

Via Xymphora today...

As euronews reported in July, weeks before the election:

"Last week, the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), an international body that assesses the fairness of elections, announced it was having to forego a planned mission to the eastern European country due to the invitation arriving too late.

“Belarus announced the forthcoming presidential election well over two months ago,” OSCE spokeswoman Katya Andrusz told Euronews.

“And the Belarusian authorities are aware that ODIHR needs a timely invitation in order to make a full assessment of the election process. The formation of election commissions and registration of candidates has already been completed, and these are specific areas ODIHR recently identified as requiring improvement.”

ODIHR published a statement announcing its withdrawal from the observation mission on July 15 because it hadn’t been formally invited. It was only then that Minsk sent an invitation, according to Andrusz.

It’s the first time ODIHR won’t be monitoring a Belarusian nationwide election since 2001."

They’ve been at every election since 2001, and didn’t call any of them fraudulent, but then they decided to skip this one because something something something they didn’t have time to prepare (?).

The Belarusian government complained about the fact they refused, of course.

It’s almost like the West was planning to claim this election was fraudulent long before it ever took place.

It’s obvious to anyone with a brain that this is exactly what happened.

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Aug 19 2020 19:24 utc | 3

Posted by: Norwegian | Aug 19 2020 18:51 utc |

The sensor shown here is a C130 super Hercules. The joint I once worked serviced C130. Never worked on a C-130. B737 first flown sometime in 69' and Western Airlines a regional carrier was one of the earliest operators. Western Airlines not longer exist. B737 is a Boeing to Donald Douglas DC9 and British Aircraft Corporation One-Eleven both twin engines tail mount engines. Latest version China version Comac ARJ21 Xiangfeng.

I'm waiting for China C919.. There are six C919 builds for airworthiness certifications.

Posted by: JC | Aug 19 2020 19:35 utc | 4

S. BACH: WTC, B.I: Prelude and Fugue in E flat minor No.8, BWV 853. Sviatoslav Richter! mood for the times...

Posted by: james | Aug 19 2020 19:40 utc | 5

I wonder if the present gun and ammo panic - which seems unprecedented even compared to the Obama era gun confiscation fear - is a better indicator of what people really think.
Especially given what is stoking this appears to be riot-induced panic as opposed to Democrat-induced legislative threat.
I suppose it could be Biden, but then again, he is such a reed in the wind that I doubt anyone believes anything he says.

Posted by: c1ue | Aug 19 2020 19:44 utc | 6

@ blues...... jasmine tea is mostly green tea... if they are out of green tea, get the jasmine.. it will do the same thing for you...

Posted by: james | Aug 19 2020 19:51 utc | 7

Hoarsewhisperer 3

Even the Wikipedia page on Belarus elections can't hide the fact that Lukashenko generally receives around 70% of the vote when there is an 80% or so turnout. Messages were sent out on behalf of the US/European candidate for her supporters not to turn up to vote until late in the day. That's about when the rioting started. Lukashenko getting 80% this time is probably correct as the school teacher voters were more intent on rioting than voting.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Aug 19 2020 19:56 utc | 8

@kali 2

About ‘progressives’ being conned to support Biden. American ‘progressives’ get “conned” into supporting ridiculous positions or people so often that it really looks like they want to be conned. Either that or they are dumber than a bag of hammers.

Perhaps ‘progressivism’ itself is the con. Bernie Sanders flaked out and sabotaged his own candidacy, AOC is all talk and no action etc. Doesn’t Hillary Clinton call herself ‘progressive’? At this point ’progressive’ is just another DNC trademark deployed to “con” the fools who can’t envision a political landscape that doesn’t involve the cursed and fatally compromised Democratic Party.

Aside from ditching the stupid moniker, ‘progressives’ need to grab a brain and start thinking.

Posted by: Daniel | Aug 19 2020 19:58 utc | 9

@Hoarsewhisperer, #3

Excerpt from a recent interview with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (regarding the invitation of the ODIHR mission to Belarus):

... this Bureau, which is supposed to observe the elections, declares that it did not go to Belarus, as it was sent an invitation late. This, to put it mildly, is not true, because the only obligation of Belarus, like any other OSCE participating state, is "to invite international observers to national elections".

ODIHR approaches election observation in different ways east of Vienna, in the post-Soviet space on the one hand, and west of Vienna, especially in the United States, on the other. Somewhere 800 people are sent, somewhere 12, and somewhere no one at all. For example, the Bureau several times did not send observers to individual Baltic countries, despite the fact that hundreds of thousands of people in Estonia and Latvia are deprived of the right to vote, since they have the status of “non-citizens” shameful for the European Union. For many years, Russia, together with its CIS partners, proposed once and for all to introduce clear rules for observing elections for everyone, so that it would be spelled out when to send an invitation, how many observers are sent within the vanguard, and how many, based on calculations per capita, are sent to observe directly the voting. We were refused. The most zealous refusals were made by those very countries that are now loudly declaring that the Bureau could not go to observe the elections [in Belarus] because it was not invited.


The Bureau, if it would be guided by what was actually agreed by the member countries, should not have "got into a pose" and said that "we were called too late". They had to go and observe [the elections] - in this case they would have more reason to declare the violations that they are now inflating in every possible way.

More lies and ultra-hypocrisy from tamed international agencies and bureaus. Nothing new.

Posted by: alaff | Aug 19 2020 20:10 utc | 10

COVID-19 vaccines

Australia Prime Minister Morrison all Australians mandatory FREE COVID-19 Vaccinations, earlier signed deal with AstraZeneca for COVID-19 vaccine. Latest China grants country's first COVID-19 vaccine patent to CanSino and Russia has registered the world's first coronavirus vaccine.

China 3 vaccines under phase 3 clinical trials and US - 2 vaccines phase three clinical trials. Chinese Regulator Says COVID-19 Vaccines Must Be At Least 50% Effective and last For 6 Months.

The same goes with FDA, "US FDA says a coronavirus vaccine would have to be at least 50% effective to be approved"

Therefore are Aussie willing to take chances six-months immune or wait? Who has the best vaccines?

Posted by: JC | Aug 19 2020 20:31 utc | 11

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Aug 19 2020 19:56 utc | 8

My opinion Lukashenko days are numbered, he better start packing. EU once again regime change. Can you really trust Merkel or Emmanuel Macron? Russia's Putin needs to rethink... the same goes to Xin Jinping.

Posted by: JC | Aug 19 2020 20:39 utc | 12


It will start winding down in a few days. From what I can see, Russian specialists have moved in and as Putin said "Outside interference is unacceptable. Social media like facebook and telegram are used to organise protests and those messages will mostly originate from foreign sources. Won't be long now and all that will be left is a small group of rabble that nobody in Belarus wants anything to do with, similar to Hong Kong. They can them be shipped off to their dream professions as toilet cleaners and prostitutes in the EU. The clowns the EU are setting up in Poland or wherever are unknowns in Belarus.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Aug 19 2020 21:02 utc | 13

@JC | Aug 19 2020 20:31 utc | 11

Except the muppet in Australia called the PM was fibbing.
A most embarrassing development.
The company Aus supposedly made the 'deal' with, AstraZeneca, had to come out and say:'sorry. no deal was made, only enquiries. We are still doing capacity checks with our partners in Aus...."
The oaf cannot help himself; he never ceases to impress with his capacity stuff things up.

Posted by: HossCara | Aug 19 2020 21:06 utc | 14

Richter is my favorite pianist, james -- thanks!

Posted by: juliania | Aug 19 2020 21:21 utc | 15

Why read old essays published 30 years ago? Because they still enlighten. Having stumbled upon H. Bruce Franklin's website and his vast armada of essays, a few of which I linked on the previous open thread, I continue to copy/paste/search to see what's online. I wasn't looking for anything by Asimov, but found this 1976 interview that wasn't published until 1987, "A Conversation with Isaac Asimov," where he talks about writers borrowing from each other in a manner that avoids plagiarism and allows one to know what his stance on "intellectual property rights" would be:

"As a matter of fact, we authors in SF are more or less friends; we inhabit a small, specialized world in which we are comfortable, and the general feeling is that ideas are common property: if one SF writer thinks up something which is very useful, another may put it into his own words and use it freely. Nobody in SF is going to accuse any other person in SF of using his ideas; in fact, we borrow so generously that there's no way of telling whose idea it was originally. For instance, in my novel The Caves of Steel, it was very important to the plot to have moving sidewalks, with an elaborate system of side strips that enabled you to work up to the speed of the sidewalk or to work down to the surrounding, motionless medium. This had already appeared some years before in Heinlein's The Roads Must Roll. Well, I borrowed it without any worry at all. I'm sure that Heinlein in reading my novel would have recognized his system, but who knows where he got it from? He never said anything. It'd be different if I used the details of his plot, if I worked up a story that was so like his that nobody could fail to see it—that's plagiarism. But just to use the idea and build your own plot or story about it—why, we do that all the time. And they do it from me, too—you know, they use the three laws of robotics—and they're welcome. I have no objection."

So, this almost 30 year-old essay by Franklin, "The Vietnam War as American Science Fiction and Fantasy", reveals more about the state of society 20+ years before his essay and further background that goes to the end of WW2 and beyond. His review of Heinlein's Glory Road, which was published prior to JFK's 1963 murder is amazing for the amount of foreshadowing that's portrayed. Indeed, as you read deeper into the essay, you can see how the evolution of reliance on "smart weapons" has occurred and policy makers hooked to the MIC's never ending parade of fantasies. Life imitates art, or is the other way round?

The essay's potent and most important is still valid today for the same shit's still being done.

Posted by: karlof1 | Aug 19 2020 21:24 utc | 16

What Australia’s PM announced was actually only a Letter of Intent, much less significant than he was implying. At best, it means that Australia has a place in the queue to buy the stuff when a working version is produced.
The PM is nicknamed ‘Scotty from Marketing’, because that is what he does. Always working on the political and media aspects of an issue rather than devising policies that might be effective, and using confidentiality to hide his government’s stuff-ups. He’s aided in this by a very supportive Murdoch media machine, and a public broadcaster that he has beaten into submission. He is truly a devious, deceitful person.

Posted by: Extra | Aug 19 2020 21:32 utc | 17

Released online today:

Film on the 1953 coup in Iran.

Posted by: the pessimist | Aug 19 2020 21:37 utc | 18

U.S. seizes 4 tankers, 1 million bbls gasoline headed for Venezuela this was the best summary of a story that all/most of you must have already heard about by now

Of course this is repulsive aggression by the #1 state sponsor of starvation in the world. The twist I find interesting is that the Iranian FM maintains that since neither the tankers or the cargo are owned by Iran that the U.S. court decision does not apply. That the ownership transferred in the Persian Gulf. I am wondering how this might play out. I can see the U.S. court ruling in favor of Venezuela but the Trump Administration then do its best to prevent the shipping from Houston to Caracas but it is a face saving way to avoid conflict with the U.S. at least for a little while.
If Venezuela or Russia has any tankers, I don't think the Trump Admin would be able to bar them from taking back the gasoline but this criminal enterprise knows no bounds. I hope this goes down before the election. Trump deserves any humiliation he can get for doing this.

Posted by: Christian J. Chuba | Aug 19 2020 21:59 utc | 19

@ karlof1 # 16 with the Franklin find and!

I have read both "The Vietnam War as American Science Fiction and Fantasy" and "Star Trek in the Vietnam Era" which you provided a link to in the weekly open thread. I am impressed.

The problem is that those that should be reading his stuff are too busy watching the DNC or preparing to watch the RNC.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Aug 19 2020 22:39 utc | 20

If there was any doubt about the events in Belarus they're gone for me after looking at a picture of Tikhanovskaya with the infamous silk shirt donned destroyer of Lybia by the name of beshel, BHL.

Posted by: Paco | Aug 19 2020 22:41 utc | 21

@21 - Wow, Thank you Paco. I am a fan of the writer Michel Houellebecq. There is a book of his correspondence with BHL. "Public Enemies." Levy came across as the typical champaign socialist. I had no idea how deep it went.
Thank you. Our new Soros.

Posted by: lex talionis | Aug 19 2020 22:57 utc | 22

Cannot recommend this enough, so I'm posting it here again. It's related to the previous post (the Democratic Convention one):

¿Cómo frenar a China? El ascenso de Beijing y las fracturas estratégicas en Estados Unidos

Behind all the ideological crap, the polarization between Republicans and Democrats is this one: foreign policy tactics.

Both parties want to keep the USA as the world's hegemon. No divisions here.

The difference is how each party (faction?) want to achieve that.

The Democrats want to keep the "globalist" strategy, that is, to try to keep the USA at the top of the world food chain within the already existing multilateral international architecture (which the USA founded after 1945). This strategy can be summarized by Obama's speech during the TPP-TTIP announcement: we (the USA) need to "write the rules of the game" (if not, China will write them).

That means the USA is to achieve another century of domination through soft power and institutionalism. The world must be Americanized, i.e. to think, share the same philosophical values of the USA, in a way that, even if the USA proper is no longer the #1 country, it will still be the dominant force of the world for the simple fact the new #1 country will be, in spirit, a new America. The USA would then claim the world of the 21st Century and beyond in the same way Rome can claim paternity from the concept of the Western Civilization. An American could then feel at home at any corner of the world, the same way a Roman could fell at home equally in Gaul, Hispania, Britannia, North Africa or Syria. Hence the "Woke Left", with its focus on the creation of a universality that can be fit (potentially) in any circumstance, any time, any place (the universal human being). The goal of the woke left is essentially to prepare the new Bible so they can proselytize in the rest of the world, so they can create a single set of learning which can assimilate all the cultures as instantly as possible: they are preparing the ideological terrain for the TPP and the TTIP.

The Republicans (with Trump, but actually since George W. Bush) seem to have chosen the strategy of keeping the American hegemony by force. In practical terms, that means a bilateral strategy. The logic is simple: while the USA can't dominate the rest of the world at once, they can do it by subjugating one country at a time. As long as the other countries don't gang up to counter-attack, the USA is fine at any bilateral negotiations it has (both because it has the strongest military and because it has the largest and strongest economy). This is important, because, in this doctrine, the order of the factors change the product: the strongest country must be defeated first, then the second strongest, then the third, and so on. By the time of Trump, this "second strongest" is China, hence it must be destroyed first.

Note that this doesn't mean the weaker countries aren't enemies of the USA. According to the Republican - or rather, their new ideologues, the "Alt-Right" - every country that is not the USA is an enemy of the USA. They all must be subjugated. That's why Trump makes decisions that, from the traditional, multilateral point of view - are very erratic: he fights China will all his energies, but then, when he has the time, he suddenly turns against Germany (sanction Nordstream-2, move troops to Poland, etc.) and then, in another week, he extends the economic sanctions against Russia (allegedly, an ally of the alt-right, as it is a white Christian country). This is the bilateral logic: one country (enemy) at a time, with a proportional preference to the strongest one (China) and so on.

Another implication of the alt-right doctrine (bilateralism) is the return to Alexander Hamilton's protectionism. That's because, if the USA is to fight against the world, it will need to have a self-sufficient industry, as the industry is the soul of the modern armed forces. Note the pattern: first Bush went to secure the oil (fuel for the industry), then Trump is going for the tech (the components for the industry). Before that, he was protecting the interests of the American steel industry (his false accusation China could starve the USA from steel). This order is clear: the alt-right seeks to rebuild the American heavy and high-tech industry to achieve autarky (fascist utopia) through some kind of "Neohamiltonianism" (American Fascism). This eventual revival of the industry will then trigger a revival of the American defense industry, thus increasing its bilateral powers, until the point they would be able to subjugate the entire world at the same time again (as they could in 1945).

Let's see if this theory stands. If Biden wins, by this theory, he'll certainly, almost immediately, will try to revive the TPP and the TTIP.

Posted by: vk | Aug 19 2020 23:04 utc | 23

psychohistorian @20--

Thanks for doing so, and you're correct as to who ought to be reading those essays and many more like them. Rather brutal those PTSD dreams put into prose and published. I went looking for the essay, "The Superweapon and the American Imagination," but I found a review of the book that used it as basis, War Stars: The Superweapon and the American Imagination, "Searching for the Exploding Grail" by Charles Elkins who lists two groups of SF then writes:

"Franklin's book as a bridge between the first group--intellectual and cultural history and social criticism--and the second--descriptive bibliographies and literary histories of nuclear-war SF.

"War Stars is much more than that, however. It is a superbly researched history of the linkages among science, technology, and militarism, particularly as they developed in the US in the 19th and 20th centuries. More importantly for scholars and critics of SF, Franklin describes how the genre not only reflected the reality of these linkages but also created the cultural conditions which made those linkages possible.

"To create the objects that menace our existence, some people first had to imagine them. Then to build these weapons, a much larger number of people had to imagine the consequent scenarios--a resulting future--that seemed desirable. Thus our actual superweapons originated in their imagined history, which forms a crucial part of our culture. (p. 4)

"That assertion of his represents the argument of the book--and the conceptualization which makes War Stars so intriguing. Franklin's object is to 'locate and describe this history of the imagination from which has emerged our nemesis" (p. 4), the superweapon.'"

I wonder at Franklin's thoughts as the Outlaw US Empire is no longer possessor of the ultimate Super Weapon but now labors to return to "balance." Yes, many things can be learned from old books, some being reminders of truisms once learned but forgotten as Elkins continues:

"True to his Marxist roots, he argues that 'since culture itself both expresses and influences the material conditions of society, historical processes cannot be understood without comprehending the interplay between material and cultural forces'(p. 5). What emerges is a sophisticated analysis of this 'interplay' and a splendid demonstration of what the anthropologist Clifford Geertz has described in The Interpretation of Cultures (NY, 1973) as 'ideology as a cultural system' (Geertz:193-233)." [My Emphasis]

We might take the axioms I bolded above and use them to interpret the monetary parasites. But the greater message embodied in the previous two essays is the fact that the Outlaw US Empire is utterly deranged, unmoored from any moral/ethical anchor and capable of performing the unthinkable behaviors we've witnessed since 2000. I must be clear here: No outside entity did anything to the USA; rather, the USA's own people did it to their own nation--The Enemy Has Always Resided Within. The only external enemies exist in the mirrors of ourselves we prop up and pontificate into. And that ought to scare the hell out of everyone else on the planet.

Posted by: karlof1 | Aug 19 2020 23:36 utc | 24

will the world ignore that Israel did it in Lebanon?

vk 23 What do you think Article II folks will do when it is discovered the governed are no longer interested in being ruled by those appointed by either party?

Posted by: snake | Aug 19 2020 23:39 utc | 25

The Senate Subcommittee on Intelligence has asserted as established fact that Manafort’s long-time business partner in Ukraine, Konstantin Klimink, is and has always been a “Russian intelligence officer.” The evidence for this assertion is almost entirely redacted. While this has led to renewed theorizing of malign collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign, the notion of a serious security breach and intelligence failure has been entirely muted.

Taken at face value, this assertion means, at the same time tremendous resources were directed to the Crossfire Hurricane investigation, the actual Russian influence operation was being run directly out of the office of Trump’s freaking campaign manager without anyone in the US intelligence community being aware. Further, considering that Klimink’s previous employer was the National Endowment for Democracy’s IRI office in Moscow, where he worked for ten years including as “acting Director”, the massive security breach went all the way back to 1995. Either that, or the assertion is in fact bogus.

Posted by: jayc | Aug 20 2020 0:05 utc | 26

A blurb I discovered about the book discussed @24:

"[Franklin] has written both a history of America's search for the perfect weapon - beginning in the 1800s - and a cautionary tale of how this quest has made us all less safe. The New York Times called the original book 'a penetrating and often disturbing study of why we create superweapons in the pursuit of 'security and peace.' Author and scientist Isaac Asimov observed, 'In War Stars, H. Bruce Franklin writes American history from a new angle. It astonished me - but it was totally convincing throughout.'"

But the NY Times learned nothing from its review, nor does it appear that anyone else has, except perhaps the overall culture having become even more fearful of its own designs--we struggle to win our freedom from ourselves since we are the Monsters--a penetrating point Franklin makes in the book's Introduction. It can be freely read at The Archive if you're a member, and membership's free.

Posted by: karlof1 | Aug 20 2020 0:21 utc | 27

James @ 5:

I commiserate with you on the momentous occasion that Justin Bieber Turdeau (misspelling intended) appointed Chrystia Freeland as Minister of Finance.

I understand that in Canada, most politicians who have held this position later ascend to the position of Prime Minister.

The Banderastanis must be sieg-heiling and parading down the streets of Kiev and Lvov at night with their torchlights for joy at the rise in the political fortunes of Nazi collaborator propagandist Mihaylo Chomiak's granddaughter. The SBU and the CIA must be planning more false flags in anticipation of the money soon to suddenly appear in their hidden bank accounts.

Posted by: Jen | Aug 20 2020 0:25 utc | 28

JC @ 11:

Hosscara @ 14 and Extra @ 17 are correct. AstraZeneca is now being reported in the Murdoch-owned news media here as denying that any deal was ever signed. Curious that the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and the Sydney Morning Herald have not yet backed away from their earlier reporting.

The Russian vaccine Sputnik V is based on research done on the original SARS coronavirus that hit China, Hong Kong and Canada nearly 20 years ago, and then on the MERS virus that hit western Asia some 10 years ago. The Russian vaccine will be a two-shot regime using two vectors (based on weakened adenoviruses that cause the common cold in humans) and an early claim is that it will last for two years. The Oxford University / AstraZeneca vaccine uses a vector cultivated from a weakened adenovirus that infects chimpanzees.

Posted by: Jen | Aug 20 2020 0:55 utc | 29

Posted by: c1ue | Aug 19 2020 19:44 utc | 6 Especially given what is stoking this appears to be riot-induced panic as opposed to Democrat-induced legislative threat.

Yes, it appears to be mostly new gun buyers, although of course the previous gun owners are also trying to buy more, especially ammunition. The combination is what is driving the current shortages. The motives are riots, expected or actual increases in crime, and the pandemic and economic issues possibly stimulating social collapse. Whether any of that is true is irrelevant, the buyers believe it might be enough to fuel their buying.

"I suppose it could be Biden, but then again, he is such a reed in the wind that I doubt anyone believes anything he says."

Gun owners are deathly afraid of Biden and Harris pushing more anti-gun legislation. I think it might be on a par with the fear of Obama. Serious gun owners tend to be one issue voters, and they will vote overwhelmingly for Trump. The NRA spent $50 million on Trump's 2016 campaign. Given the current economic situation and the legal issue the NRA is facing in New York, however, it might be less this time, hard to say.

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | Aug 20 2020 1:05 utc | 30

@ Jen | Aug 20 2020 0:25 utc | 28.. thanks jen... she has her mind set on the brass ring - pm job - and she has all the right connections - george soros and etc. - to get the gig... it is really quite pathetic, but canucks are easily duped it seems... i am not sure how many have held the finance minsiter position before becoming pm... paul martin was one of them...

your 2nd link doesn't work, but it was john helmer who wrote a number of articles on her ancestry... back in 2017 i see that the ottawa citizen had an article on this that is still up - Chrystia Freeland’s granddad was indeed a Nazi collaborator – so much for Russian disinformation.

what is interesting is how this info got buried and none of the major outlets in canada - globe and mail, or national post would touch this story.. it was almost like someone up above had told them to back off... and as we continue to see she is being primed and positioned for the top job... it won't take much for justin to step aside at this point, being mired it a bunch of light stuff that he is unwilling to take the responsibility for... i think it might be because he knows it is only a matter of time for when they get him to exit stage left and have yours truly in the drivers seat... it is quite a sad kettle of fish... when i mention this to a number of canucks there brain goes to jelly... the story has been kept under wraps quite successfully for the most part... thanks for the reminder of it all..

Posted by: james | Aug 20 2020 1:08 utc | 31

A world war would be a disaster for everybody. The Chinese leaders are intelligent enough to see that. If the U.S. government were to approach the Chinese offering a deal whereby, in return for recognizing China as the predominant power, the U.S. would be offered a soft landing, with the dollar losing its value slowly, over a period of decades, I think the Chinese leaders would see the advantage of accepting the offer.

If only there had been such a deal between Britain and Germany before 1914, the world could have been spared the torment of the world wars.

Unfortunately, the civil servants who in practice run governments, and the plutocrats who give them their orders, are never willing to accept demotion from hegemonic status to number two. Working in D.C. as a civil servant and retired officer, I have seen this.

Posted by: lysias | Aug 20 2020 1:28 utc | 32

donkeytale, King Lear

Mad kings and donkeys can't see the danger of a world controlled by a single power structure. Thankfully, the rest of us can.

The Anglo-Zionist Empire power-elite make no secret of their supremacist ideologies: neoconservativism (a secretive form of aristocracy), neoliberalism (a secretive form of fascism), and zionism (a secretive form of colonialism).


Posted by: Jackrabbit | Aug 20 2020 1:39 utc | 33

Jen @28, James @31,

I shudder at the thought, but unfortunately I think you're right that there's a high chance of Freeland going for the PM post in the future. She's probably been calling the shots and running the show the whole time in this Freeland-Trudeau regime anyway, while Justin the drama teacher just focuses on playing his PR role and delivering his lines. Like Obama, he's about image, style, and empty words, and hobnobbing with the elite - and, when he leaves office, like Obama, he will probably get richly rewarded with millions by the establishment and corporate plutocracy that he faithfully serves.

Other links on Freeland:

The Militarization of Canada: Chrystia Freeland’s Budgetary Coup
How Chrystia Freeland Organized Donald Trump’s Coup in Venezuela
‘Canada Adopts America First Foreign Policy,’ US State Dept boasted in 2017, with appointment of FM Chrystia Freeland

Unfortunately we don't have any good options in the current roster. Another establishment and empire servant, Peter Mackay, may well win the leadership of the Conservative party this week. So heads they win, tails they win. The NDP meanwhile seems to have competely abdicated any foreign policy criticism or differentiation.

Posted by: Canadian Cents | Aug 20 2020 1:44 utc | 34

@ Canadian Cents #1

Sorry to hear that even Canada is also full of sheeple voters and run by photogenic crooks. On par with the Netherlands which also have a Barbie Ken doll as PM who also doesn't care about his own population. All that mass education wasted.
A pity because there are plenty of quality Canadians, just not enough in elections and crucial positions.
Maybe the Freeland slap-in-the-face will wake up enough?

Posted by: Antonym | Aug 20 2020 2:02 utc | 35

Mad King/Donkey is the empires beasts of burden...he doesn't worry about the world controlled by a single-power structure because he is a NeoCon employed by the single-power structure.

Posted by: O | Aug 20 2020 2:32 utc | 36

donkeytale @Aug20 2:08 #38:

There is a single power structure ... it is a class based structure ...

No. We involved in a new Cold War for a reason. The "frenemy" nature of of relations between US and China has given way to deep antagonism as Western power-elite confront China's unwillingness to be assimilated as a vassal of the Empire. Instead, China's powerful economy and her alliance with Russia, Pakistan, Iran and other countries mean that the Empire faces a peer competitor for the first time ever.

As I said, the rest of us can see this.

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PS China is no different than many other countries that have a contingent that would welcome an accommodation with the Empire - but it's clear that such people are not presently in control.


Posted by: Jackrabbit | Aug 20 2020 2:48 utc | 37

Regarding Freeland's latest promotion, she's now the heir apparent for Trudeau within the (neo)Liberal Party and there is no one within the party currently that could realistically challenge her when she makes her move to take over leadership from Trudeau in 2-3 years (assuming Trudeau doesn't have any more corruption scandals come out and I suspect there are plenty more to come). That having been said, since the Finance Minister is generally considered the heir apparent posting for a future party leader (more so than even the post of deputy PM, which Freeland already holds), tensions often develop between the current PM and the Finance Minister if the PM is felt to be holding back the successor which has led to internal civil wars in the past within the Liberal party (The infighting between Jean Chretien and Paul Martin devastated senior Liberal Party leadership and while Paul Martin did eventually force Chretien out and become PM, it also crippled the Liberal Party and resulted in almost 10 years of Conservative rule under Steven Harper).

My assessment is that Trudeau is finished and he won't govern for a third term, the promotion he handed out to Freeland was probably done with the understanding that he will step aside in the next election (or he'll run the election, then resign shortly afterwards) and support her leadership bid. Which as I mentioned, there is no one with any standing within the party who could realistically challenge her. Also her riding in Central Toronto is one of the safest Liberal seats there is (she got 50% of the vote in the last election, her nearest opponent at 23%), so there's virtually no hope of her losing her riding in the next election and therefore being ineligible to hold the PM post. I don't think the Liberals are guaranteed to win the next election though, even putting the scandals aside, they've have had terrible governance for the past 5 years and have partially walked back all of their campaign promises since being re-elected. Their biggest strength right now is the complete incompetence of their rivals the Conservatives and the NDP. But they cant rely on that to win the next election, especially since their covid-19 policies are increasingly unpopular.

Posted by: Kadath | Aug 20 2020 4:13 utc | 38

The 737 Max series here is some of the best journalism I have ever seen.

Today I see two random articles about the 737 Max for the first time in a while.

One is a Reuters release (
about the first order made this year by a Polish airline, Enter Air SA, which will purchase "four variants of the jet" despite the next line of the article mentioning the recertification of the airline "is still hanging in balance".

The very brief article implies suggests the planes were bought at a discount and that Enter Air had already received two 737 Max planes in 2018, so it seems like some coordinated public relations stunt, but this article did remind me that there are some finished 737 Max planes out there. Are these existing Max planes grounded? If so, then Enter Air must be fairly certain of recertification to actually order more.

The other article comes from USA Today, citing the Polish purchase and highlights that these planes are being sold as 737-8 instead of the 'Max' moniker. It mentions a series of names of 737-7 to 737-10

Strange things are afoot with these planes and reverting to a name filled with numbers is surely in hopes to blur them with the previous generation of planes, which were classified as 737-800 per the same article. I wouldn't be surprised if Boeing is going around filing down all the serial numbers on all their old models at this point.

Posted by: Rutherford82 | Aug 20 2020 4:14 utc | 39

Over 100,000 Chinese Evacuated As Floods Continue Pressuring Three Gorges Dam

The Three Gorges dam is China marvelous piece of engineering open 2006 fully function since 2012. ZeroHedge today has a piece about three Gorges...Since it started operations there were endless doomsday predictions it's collapsing, it's moving from drone videos. So much so the authority decided to bar drones or unauthorized videos. The latest news from many States website Yangtze basin is flooding Three Gorges dam now 5 flooding peaks the worst since started operation. "5 flooding peaks" means the fifth flooding since this year.

Below Youtube website an American structure engrg the JaYoe Nation. Honest fair and unbiased describes the dams and the countryside. BTW he married a Chinese lady and a beautiful smart girl. I had been to Chongqing once in the early 90's shopping for Index Traub auto lathe.

Posted by: JC | Aug 20 2020 4:16 utc | 40

Posted by: Rutherford82 | Aug 20 2020 4:14 utc | 42

As a former greased monkey or licensed aircraft engrg. I had watched Boeing 737 starts service in the 69's. Trump forced the Polish to buy the plane otherwise it will remain where it were. There were so many B737 sitting in Seattle and in the desert of CA no sane person will dare to fly in one the death trap. Especially NOT the Chinese... wanna bet?

Posted by: JC | Aug 20 2020 4:27 utc | 41

@karlof1 | Aug 19 2020 21:24 utc | 16

Life imitates art, or is the other way round?

Yes, the creativity of those SF authors really shine, they were my favourites in the 1970's. Today's authoritarian politicians are the total opposites, they are brainless zombies apart from their urge to be totalitarian slave masters. Due to their lack of imagination, they use the SF books as user manuals. Right now they are deep into 1984.

Posted by: Norwegian | Aug 20 2020 4:55 utc | 42

@ JC 44

The deal seems odd. Maybe somebody "loaned" Enter Air the money for the planes, or perhaps you are correct and it is simple coercion.

I expect the next article I read about this plane will be some feature about how comfortable the interior is while the MCAS remains relatively unchanged.

As far as betting on who will fly in these, I bet Boeing eventually manages to get each one into the air. Although they may rename the entire line to just be called "airplane" at that point to avoid sane people being alarmed.

Posted by: Rutherford82 | Aug 20 2020 5:05 utc | 43

Pressure keeps on getting higher, now the "blogger" Navalny -same definition goes for Tikhanovskaya- lays in hospital after a regular flight forced landing in Tomsk, his press secretary claims he has been poisoned, so we'll hear about polonium and all that jazz.

Posted by: Paco | Aug 20 2020 5:10 utc | 44

Former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to making a false statement in the first criminal case arising from U.S. Attorney John Durham’s review of the investigation into links between Russia and the 2016 Trump campaign.

U.S. District Judge for the District of Columbia James Boasberg accepted the plea. Clinesmith's sentencing date has been set for Dec. 10 at 11 a.m. ET.

Durham's office on Wednesday said that Clinesmith's guilty plea was to "one count of making a false statement within both the jurisdiction of the executive branch and judicial branch of the U.S. government, an offense that carries a maximum term of imprisonment of five years and a fine of up to $250,000."

Clinesmith was referred for potential prosecution by the Justice Department’s inspector general’s office, which conducted its own review of the Russia investigation.

The inspector general accused Clinesmith, though not by name, of altering an email about former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page to say that he was “not a source” for another government agency.

Page has said he was a source for the CIA.

Posted by: Mao | Aug 20 2020 5:11 utc | 45

@vk | Aug 19 2020 23:04 utc | 23

The Democrats want to keep the "globalist" strategy, that is, to try to keep the USA at the top of the world food chain within the already existing multilateral international architecture (which the USA founded after 1945). This strategy can be summarized by Obama's speech during the TPP-TTIP announcement: we (the USA) need to "write the rules of the game" (if not, China will write them).

That means the USA is to achieve another century of domination through soft power and institutionalism.

Well, that is not unique to the "democrats. I am sure you remember the Project For a New American Century consisting of a bunch of lunatic "republican" war mongers who "predicted" and actually carried through 911 (compare it to the recent events in Beirut), started the Afghanistan war (still ongoing), the Iraq war (still ongoing). Then the "democrats" carried on with the war on Libya (still ongoing) and the War on Syria (still ongoing). I probably forgot a few wars.

There is no difference, this "strategy" is universal in the US system, so an "election" will not solve anything. It is the system as such that needs to come down.

Posted by: Norwegian | Aug 20 2020 5:12 utc | 46

Benedict Cumberbatch ''Broken News" (TV series) (2005) as Will Parker

Posted by: Mao | Aug 20 2020 5:18 utc | 47

There aren't enough inmates to fight Californian forest fires.

The problem isn't inmates, the problem is the rest of the Americans are too cowardly and selfish to do their duty.

Posted by: J W | Aug 20 2020 5:23 utc | 48

Posted by: Rutherford82 | Aug 20 2020 5:05 utc

Nope it wasn't odd. Poland got what she wanted troops stations in Russia front yards. "Russia moving nearer to EU". Poland even pays for US station’s troops there. In returned for Trump's favor she bought two Boeing 737-800 which no other nations wanna wants. The new Boeing 737 MAX sitting in Seattle and CA deserts.. (Forgotten where in CA)

Are you aware there are wiring problems inside the wings, and FAA insists modification or rewired before airworthiness re certification. Before I forget, the Boeing 737-MAX rename Boeing 737-800 and NOT 737-8. Chinese 8 mean GOOD LUCK, GET RICH.

Posted by: JC | Aug 20 2020 5:35 utc | 49

The Washington Post

An anti-Biden narrative pushed by Trump and his supporters alleges that Biden, as vice president, pressured Ukraine’s government to fire Shokin because Shokin had led an investigation into Burisma, where Hunter Biden had a paid board seat.

But Biden’s position on Shokin, who was seen by critics as soft on corruption, reflected the broader position of the U.S. government and was also supported by other Western governments and many in Ukraine. There is no evidence of wrongdoing by the Bidens, and Hunter Biden has denied using his influence with his father to aid Burisma.

Joe Biden Brags about getting Ukranian Prosecutor Fired

Posted by: Mao | Aug 20 2020 5:41 utc | 50

COVID-19 Factoids August 20, 2020.
Source: Worldometer
Category: Cases vs Deaths

Sweden: Cases = 85,411. Deaths = 5,802.
China: Cases = 84,895. Deaths = 4,634.

On June 30, 2020, broadcast a report on Sweden's COVID strategy. At that time Sweden's Death toll was circa 5000.
Swedes adopted a strategy they call Lockdown Lite to minimise the potential adverse effects on the Swedish economy. Like most Western countries, the people in charge made several blunders and moved to correct them.

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Aug 20 2020 5:54 utc | 51

@JC 52

You know more about the topic than I ever will, but here is the link to the USA Today article that mentions 737-800 is an older naming convention and this Polish deal called them 737-8.

I still think Boeing will find a way to get all those Max planes in the air despite the massive flaws. I don't have any reason for thinking this other than the powerful nature of greed.

Posted by: Rutherford82 | Aug 20 2020 6:02 utc | 52

@ J W # 51 who wrote in regard to fighting California fires
The problem isn't inmates, the problem is the rest of the Americans are too cowardly and selfish to do their duty.

What is it about slave labor you are not understanding? Slaves are suppose to volunteer to fight forest fires because profit in your world? And they are selfish not to?

Hey b!

Please put up another posting because every time I see the picture of AOC in your DNC posting I can't help but picture the lipstick on a pig meme....she looks so sincere.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Aug 20 2020 6:06 utc | 53

Posted by: J W | Aug 20 2020 5:23 utc | 51

You're lucky not living in CA, the wild fires getting out of control in CA. I'm in Central Valley, more or less Northern CA. Today PG&E announced "Rolling Blackout" or power outage from 3pm to10pm. Beside it's an Event Day meaning electricity cost 3-4 times more than normal day..

Example, this month my electrical summer bill $30 - room temp. 88-93degree F, last year $25. To pay the least I turns only two-ceiling fans at full blast, HIVAC off. All electrical except refrigerator and laptop off no lights. Windows closed, opened only in evening. Drink plenty ice-water. Stayed indoor. Another senior staying nearby last month bill $410, with HIVAC on - room temp 81degree F. It doesn't matter setting HIVAC lower or 70degee you get 70degree. NOPE, PG&E control your HIVAC and cut off or usage remotely if the usage exceeds what PG&E able to provide.

Posted by: JC | Aug 20 2020 6:24 utc | 54

Posted by: Rutherford82 | Aug 20 2020 6:02 utc | 55

Check again still can't find not in ZeroHedge. Remember clearly Trump's suggested Boeing renamed it and check Spudnik, not there either. Sorrie, could be mistaken, memory deteriorating.

Posted by: JC | Aug 20 2020 6:52 utc | 55


Boris the clown was going for herd immunity. Cases skyrocketed. Dumbfuck. He shold've known US tough types were taking some sort of antidote. So Boris goes into intensive care. Oldies dying like flies. And wadda you know, a few rules and regulations. Now UK seems to have it down to a manageable level

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Aug 20 2020 8:17 utc | 56

@53 The important thing is that, according to Poroshenko, Shokin had done nothing wrong. The argument that various Western states wanted him gone because he was "soft on corruption" is therefore false.

"And despite of the fact that we didn’t have any corruption charges, we don’t have any information about him doing something wrong, I especially asked him … No, it was the day before yesterday. I especially asked him to resign in his position as a state person, and despite of the fact that he has support in the public, and as a finish of my meeting with him, he promised me to give me the statement of his resignation, and one hour ago he bring me the written statement of his resignation.

Joe Biden: (01:06)

Posted by: Cherrycoke | Aug 20 2020 9:07 utc | 57

American Christian fundamentalists are driving giraffes to extinction:

Bibles, bar stools and cowboy boots: How the US market in giraffe products is driving their ‘silent extinction’

But please, keep talking about how the Chinese are responsible for the deaths of all exotic species.

Posted by: vk | Aug 20 2020 11:41 utc | 58

@JC | Aug 19 2020 20:31 utc | 11
Free vaccines? The reliability of the news aside, it most certainly won't be free. The [insert country] government will make sure an extraordinarily generous amount of tax money, padded further by debt on the future generations, will be transferred to the coffers of [insert pharma company].

For the 2009 H1N1 epidemic - probably one of the mildest flu waves ever - the German government bought 60 million vaccine doses under cover fire of relentless pandemic hysteria. Helpfully, the 80% pharma-financed WHO had just dropped the '(3) dangerousness' criterion for "pandemics", so any (1) sufficiently new and (2) sufficiently rapidly spreading disease could henceforth be classed as pandemic which seems more practical for keeping the sheeple in fear while fleecing them.

While robbing the ignorant sheeple blind is fair game, some aninmals are of course more equal than others and so the German H1N1 vaccine came in two different types: the little-tested vaccine with booster for the sheeple, a safer version without the booster for members of the government. Ultimately the vaccines went into the bin.

So great results all around in 2009: gigantic pharma profits and bonuses secured (some pharma CEOs make over $100m a year), kickbacks for corrupt politicians secured, sheeple kept quiet in the belief the fleecing was in their best interest, and as a bonus that time nobody got physically harmed.

Stay tuned for 2020 - it looks be to be a real blockbuster year!

Posted by: Leser | Aug 20 2020 12:01 utc | 59

A: "You know, Junior, there used to be these animals we called 'giraffes' that had really long legs and necks. They could look in the second floor window of a house. And there were these animals called 'elephants' that had long noses they could use like a hand. There also used to be these great big cats called 'lions' and other ones called 'tigers' that could eat you as a snack."

B: "Stop pulling my leg great-granddad! No crazy animals like that could ever exist!"

A: "No, really Junior! Check out this video of them."

B: "I've seen better video of dragons and alien xenomorphs. Next you're going to try to get me to believe those are real too, right?"

A: [silently sheds a single tear]

Posted by: William Gruff | Aug 20 2020 12:04 utc | 60

Looks like the Chinese agree with me @23:

The US will always bully the world's 2nd richest economy [no matter which country it is]

That's the logical endgame for the USA: if you're the world's #1, the only way is downwards, so you must spend your energies on keeping yourself where you are.

It doesn't matter if it is the Woke Left's Hippie Imperialism or if it is the Alt-Right's Fascist Imperialism, the resultant is the same.


One more fake news from the WSWS:

Chinese academic expelled for denouncing President Xi

That's not what happened. First, Cai Xia was expelled from the CCP (after one year living in the USA doing anti-China propaganda), then she begun to "denounce" Xi Jinping.

Therefore, the ad hominem attacks begun after the expulsion, not before.

And it wasn't Xi who expelled Cai Xia, but the Party School of the Central Committee of Communist Party of China, of which she was a professor.

Before the expulsion, she lived on the CCP's expenses in the USA, in comfortable retirement, proselytizing against the hand that fed her. This is not even communism, it's basic loyalty stuff that's typical of any kind of organization.

A proportional comparison would be for the American taxpayer to keep funding a communist professor who was born and raised in the USA, and enjoyed all the good stuff America could offer.

I thought those Trotskyists were fond of party discipline. Well, only to their party, it seems.

Posted by: vk | Aug 20 2020 12:05 utc | 61

Cuba will begin trials with its COVID-19 vaccine candidate (FINLAY-FR-1):

Cuba más cerca de su propia vacuna contra la COVID-19

The concession obtained by BioCubaFarma allows it to initiate both the phases I and II of the trials.

And the Chinese have already disclosed the price of their patented vaccine (if it is to be successful): USD 144.00 for the two doses.

Posted by: vk | Aug 20 2020 12:20 utc | 62

@Peter AU1 | Aug 20 2020 8:17 utc | 59
Oldies dying like flies in the UK? To an extent yes - from the various effects of fear and prolonged curfew, and criminal negligence in care homes that is so crass and systematic that it looks a lot like planned euthanasia. Over the year 2020 there will likely be no excess mortality in most countries (and the UK is already back to below average), meaning these measures needlessly brought forward the death of many people who otherwise would have enjoyed additional weeks, months or years of life.

How again did we end up in this utterly bizarre "Brave New Normal World"?
Catte Black is still perfectly spot on:

Posted by: Leser | Aug 20 2020 12:24 utc | 63

Dan Cohen @dancohen3000

@McFaul deleted his tweets attacking anti-imperialists and saying he’s “not expert enough” to figure out why the US claims to promote democracy abroad while supporting the Israel military dictatorship that murders Palestinian pro-democracy protesters.

Epic McFail.

Dan Cohen @dancohen3000

@netanyahu tweeted saying that Israel and the UAE "are both democracies" before deleting.

In the alternative universe where 'democracy' means repressive and genocidal, he's correct – the Israeli military dictatorship and UAE monarchy are very similar.


Posted by: Mao | Aug 20 2020 12:25 utc | 64

Carl Zha @CarlZha

Wuhan is what happens when a central gov act decisively to crush COVID19: whole city lockdown, hospital build in 7 days, 11 million tested, life returns to normal aft 3 month

This could be you had your gov acted effectively


Posted by: Mao | Aug 20 2020 12:29 utc | 65

David Pinsen @dpinsen

“And we moved the capital of Israel to Jerusalem. That’s for the Evangelicals. You know, it’s amazing with that: the Evangelicals are more excited by that than Jewish people.”


Posted by: Mao | Aug 20 2020 12:31 utc | 66

Once again we are treated to the seedy spectacle of the Brock-bot 'king donkey' trying to "Correct the Record" by talking to itself in a decidedly masturbatory fashion. Once you overcome your revulsion for that crass display, though, you may find it funny in a silly sort of way.

Posted by: William Gruff | Aug 20 2020 12:34 utc | 67

France and Germany to decide the EU's foreign policy for the next decade in a medieval island fortress in the Mediterranean:

Behind fortress walls, Macron and Merkel to chart Europe's course

Posted by: vk | Aug 20 2020 12:41 utc | 68

Viva La Rozistance @PolitiKurd

Never forget that this is who Joe Biden decided to consult about restoring respect & dignity to working Americans

6 must-see moments from Cardi B and Joe Biden's conversation

Posted by: Mao | Aug 20 2020 12:42 utc | 69

If as suggested in #36 above Chrystia Freeland is the organizer of The Random Guy-do coup there is nothing to worry about. Nothing but random delusions and massive incompetence in store.

My own experience with the Ukrainian expat community here in Chicago is they are wholly immersed in an imaginary past. Also immersed in vodka. They get by only because they are endlessly coddled as heroic anti-communists. Hire that Ukrainian to fix your plumbing, he’s a hero of the struggle against RussiaRussiaRussiaRussiaRussia. And he works cheap and hates unions. Then the pipes all burst.

Posted by: oldhippie | Aug 20 2020 12:52 utc | 70

I can no longer access your site without "click on all the crosswalks" etc. This is because someone is attempting to deny me privacy rights by putting up this barrier each time I try to access your site. Very sad and I hope paradoxical on the site's part but I have no time for this. I don't have any exceptions for challenging my anonymity. It is the fascist side, I believe, who encourages the specious argument that persons have not the right nor expectation of privacy.

Posted by: Lawrence | Aug 20 2020 12:59 utc | 71

Navalny poisoned, the CIA says.

Of course, the CIA would be the first to know that, even before Navalny felt the first agonizing cramps.

Tools of empire should pay close attention. If after you've enjoyed your fifteen minutes of fame at the empire's expense you fail to rise above the level of joke material for stand-up comedians then the empire has ways of clawing back their wasted investment in you. You will be graphically disposed of by your employer with your death being attributed to the government you were tasked with "regime changing".

You tools of empire may think yourselves indispensable, but you are entirely disposable. The empire knows that there is an abundant supply of fools such as yourself, and you are all completely fungible. The empire knows that whatever fame you attain has nothing to do with you and is due completely to the narratives that the corporate mass media manufactures and spins around you. You are nothing more than the dust mote that a bigger-than-life image condenses around. When the dust more fails the image that the mass media build around it, then it can always serve the empire one last time BY DYING.

Pay close attention to Navalny, you tools of empire. His fate is your fate.

Posted by: William Gruff | Aug 20 2020 13:17 utc | 72

karlof1 | Aug 19 2020 21:24 utc | 16

And before Heinlein there was H. G. Wells When the Sleeper Awakes which imagined all sorts of futuristic wonders. The gist of the story though was that the sleeper (a rather ordinary man put into a coma-like centuries long suspension,) through the operation of wanked-out capitalism had become the virtual owner of all of civilization!

Your point is well taken though and does not only apply to science fiction, but to science itself. Those pushing the boundaries of human knowledge do not try to hoard what they may uncover (discover) but share it willingly for verification or rejection, and if found valid, for incorporation. It is only capitalists (and some scientists are avid capitalists) that then try to capture sole rights through patents based on that knowledge. The whole "institution" of patents needs to be revisited and throttled down.

On a related note, are you aware of the bizarre history of Red Skelton and his efforts to control the entire body of his artistic output?

Posted by: vinnieoh | Aug 20 2020 13:21 utc | 73

karlof - to continue: one of my most prized books is a tome produced by Isaac Asimov - A Biographical Encyclopedia of Science and Technology. It begins with Zeno and travels all the way to the time of publication which was probably 30yrs or so ago. Can't be more specific, as all my library is boxed up while we did some major rebuilding here. Abundantly cross-reference throughout so as to let the reader understand the thread of cross-pollination, so to speak, of ideas.

Posted by: vinnieoh | Aug 20 2020 13:29 utc | 74

Roberto Jefferson petitions to Trump to intervene in Brazil:

Roberto Jefferson pede audiência a Trump para pedir providências contra o STF

You know who this Roberto Jefferson is? Nothing more, nothing less than the congressman who triggered the long color revolution in Brazil against president Lula and the Workers' Party... in 2005!

What's funny is the alleged "crime" he mentions in his petition to Trump: "leftism" (!!!). No, I'm not kidding: that's literally what's written in his petition.

And people still deny the existence of the 2nd Cold War...

Posted by: vk | Aug 20 2020 13:33 utc | 75

The deal seems odd. Maybe somebody "loaned" Enter Air the money for the planes, or perhaps you are correct and it is simple coercion.

I expect the next article I read about this plane will be some feature about how comfortable the interior is while the MCAS remains relatively unchanged.

As far as betting on who will fly in these, I bet Boeing eventually manages to get each one into the air. Although they may rename the entire line to just be called "airplane" at that point to avoid sane people being alarmed.

Posted by: Rutherford82 | Aug 20 2020 5:05 utc | 46

Coercion is speculative. Given the cash balance of 1.2 million dollars, I do not see how the airline could many a "significant" downpayment.

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Aug 20 2020 13:37 utc | 76

we moved the capital of Israel to Jerusalem. That’s for the Evangelicals.

Sigh, I wish American Evangelicals would just take a second to examine the level of narcissism they are indulging in to place so much significance in this event. One country, the U.S. moved an office from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and for this they are calling Trump the new King Cyrus. Really, does God need validation by the United States, is this such an honor that this equates to the rebuilding of the 2nd Temple, the End of an exile, and the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem by the real King Cyrus a Persian King? Sickening, really.

God is so lucky that the United States lets him govern heaven, at least for now.

Posted by: Christian J. Chuba | Aug 20 2020 13:39 utc | 77

There are several articles about the US's possible sale of F-35s to the UAE. but YNET suggests that the sale is part of the Israel-UAE agreement which makes sense given UAE's repeated requests for arms sales from the US and would fit nicely into the peace plan that Trump was touting earlier this year - supported by Qatar, interestingly.
Anyway here's the link. NYT, Israeli Times, Middle East Eye are also running the story.

Posted by: AtaBrit | Aug 20 2020 13:50 utc | 78

Former second lady Jill Biden said Wednesday that President Donald Trump’s attacks against her husband and his cognitive abilities are “ridiculous.”

In an interview on NBC’s “TODAY” show, host Savannah Guthrie asked her whether a new Trump ad attacking the former vice president’s mental fitness is fair.

“No, no, it’s ridiculous. I mean Joe’s on the phone every single minute of the day, talking to governors who are calling him, and Nancy Pelosi,” she said.

“He’s on the Zoom, he’s doing fundraisers, he’s doing briefings. I mean, he doesn’t stop from 9 in the morning to 11 at night. So, that, you know, that’s ridiculous,” she added.

Posted by: Mao | Aug 20 2020 14:29 utc | 79

Benny @bennyjohnson

“Hey everyone, I’m Joe Biden’s husband...”

— Joe Biden


Posted by: Mao | Aug 20 2020 14:35 utc | 80

1987 map of The World According to Ronald Reagan

Posted by: Mao | Aug 20 2020 15:18 utc | 81

@Mao 84

I hear he's an Obiden - Bama husband.

Posted by: Rutherford82 | Aug 20 2020 15:24 utc | 82

Many countries in Europe now including Greece and Croatia are seeing an increase in Covid cases. France, Spain, Luxembourg and Germany are witnessing a significant rise in cases.

In Asia, the Phillipines is seeing the worst rise in cases followed by Indonesia and South Korea.

India is also experiencing a staggering rise in cases and deaths.

So, are we entering the 2nd wave already? If so, I hope people learned their lesson, close borders and make masks mandatory everywhere.


Posted by: Circe | Aug 20 2020 15:43 utc | 83

During an MSNBC interview Wednesday, a former chief of staff at the Department of Homeland Security revealed a request he said he heard from President Donald Trump. He actually said ... could we swap Puerto Rico for Greenland because, in his words, Puerto Rico was 'dirty' and 'the people were poor,'" former DHS chief of staff Miles Taylor told MSNBC's Hallie Jackson. Taylor said Trump made the offensive comments ahead of a 2018 trip to Puerto Rico for hurricane relief. The former official added Trump expressed "deep animus for the Puerto Rican people behind the scenes" and that he did not believe Trump was joking.

Posted by: Mao | Aug 20 2020 15:53 utc | 84

//following on from the cringefest// :)

Supreme authoritarian Putin is now stealthily carrying out pre-emptive interference in US elections, adding a novel strategy to his devastating arsenal. Internally, the tried and true moves are continuously implemented, the last being poisoning the piping hot breakfast tea of the opposition figure, stalwart democracy activist, Navalny, a regular routine. Alarmingly, the new, externally aimed and planned, disruptive actions include targetting Ms. Pelosi and H. R. Clinton and intimating to them they must nominate unelectable persons to stand as presidential candidates. These suspected chess-game level moves continue to have frightening success, as reportedly the request was complied with. As for the fate of Navalny, only time will tell, but he is at death’s door.

Posted by: Noirette | Aug 20 2020 16:45 utc | 85

Mao @Aug20 12:31 #66, Christian J. Chuba @Aug20 13:39 #77

we moved the capital of Israel to Jerusalem. That’s for the Evangelicals.

This is just Trump pretending that he's a USA populist instead of a craven Zionist insider.
  1. Trump moved the US Embassy, not the capital.
  2. Trump did a whole lot more for Israel than move an Embassy.

Only the most pathetic willing idiots have not yet seen through the "populist" scam that Trump and Obama personify. Unfortunately, there's a lot of those.


Posted by: Jackrabbit | Aug 20 2020 16:48 utc | 86

In response to karlof1 | Aug 19 2020 23:36 utc | 24

"War Stars is ... a superbly researched history of the linkages among science, technology, and militarism, particularly as they developed in the US in the 19th and 20th centuries."

This reminds me of Manny DeLanda, who I knew in the early 90s. He was writing a book titled War In The Age Of Intelligent Machines and he described it to me as a history of technology from the perspective of the technology itself as an evolving entity, with its own needs and desires.

The link above is to a decent Wikipedia article with multiple quotes from the author. It's been a while since I read the book but it gives great insight into the history of warfare technology development and the control systems that it engenders.

Here's an abstract of the book from the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Scientific and Technical Information

In this book, the author, a computer programmer, proposes that weapons programmed to kill without reference to human authority are becoming a reality--the inevitable result of military-equipment's centuries-long evolution. He points out the the US military is already developing pilotless aircraft and unmanned tanks capable of selecting and destroying their own targets. De Landa first looks at how the internal workings of the war machine have evolved since the sixteenth century in response to new technologies. The second chapter examines how the military mind has influenced the development of the machine phylum and information processing. The third chapter looks at how the military puts information to work--spying and gathering data on other countries and their armed forces.

Seems like a pertinent addition to this thread.

Posted by: jonku | Aug 20 2020 17:03 utc | 87

@ karlof1 et al

"Forbidden Planet" is where all this is heading. Any bets?

Posted by: Formerly T-Bear | Aug 20 2020 17:24 utc | 88

Only the most pathetic willing idiots (Posted by: Jackrabbit | Aug 20 2020 16:48 utc | 86) ... form the most valuable in marketing. Selling good quality for a good price leaves scant room for profit margins. The opposite can be said about selling dreams. Like the sods that pass the money to Bannon and friends to build the Great Wall of Mexico, what dreamers they were! Showing kids a wall brick with their name..

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Aug 20 2020 17:38 utc | 89

Julian Assange's partner has started a fund to help Julian.

Join my fight to free Julian Assange and stop US extradition
by Stella Moris"

donation link

Posted by: arby | Aug 20 2020 17:39 utc | 90

Posted by: arby | Aug 20 2020 17:39 utc | 90

The whole secret family with Stella Moris doesn't pass the sniff test imo. Was this before or after Assange's original lawyers all died in the same year of 2016 or during the visits with Pam Anderson?

Posted by: O | Aug 20 2020 17:58 utc | 91


I'm all for helping Assange in any small way that I can.
He told wikileaks that he would be their lightning rod and he got hit by the meanest nastiest strike imaginable.

A brilliant and very brave human up against the most vile of evildoers.

Posted by: arby | Aug 20 2020 18:05 utc | 92

It is quite interesting to follow soccer news these days. They find about 5-10 cases per day of players testing positive. This has been going on for months. None of them died.
The conclusion is simple: if you are healthy and with a lot of money, you don't die of Covid.

Posted by: Mina | Aug 20 2020 18:13 utc | 93

A French journalist and an idiot, describing on the radio his return to China where he is a foreign correspondent for a major Fr media, is making fun of the quarantine rules imposed on him now that Foreign residents are allowed to return. Locked in a hotel room for the next 13 days, he cannot understand why families are separated in different rooms (men in a room, women and kids in a separate room). Obviously he thinks that all these people must have been living together 24 hours a day before they rode the plane and has no clue about the complexity of incubation processes.

Posted by: Mina | Aug 20 2020 18:22 utc | 94

Posted by: King Lear | Aug 20 2020 18:25 utc | 95

It is the Russian-Jewish mafia under the cover of Chabad Lubavitch similar to the Italian mafia and Roman Catholic Church.

Both Putin and Trump bend a knee to Chabad. Chabad also has in roads into Beijing.

Posted by: O | Aug 20 2020 18:50 utc | 95

"The U.S. imperialists are very arrogant; if at all possible, they always refuse to talk reason, and will do so after a fashion only when driven into a tight corner. "

Mao, September 12, 1953.

Posted by: arby | Aug 20 2020 19:01 utc | 96

JERUSALEM, Oct. 25 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan wrapped up a fruitful visit to Israel on Thursday with a reaffirmed commitment from both sides to further boosting bilateral innovation cooperation for mutual benefits.

During his four-day stay, Wang met with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and co-chaired with the latter the fourth meeting of China-Israel Joint Committee on Innovation Cooperation (JCIC).

Posted by: O | Aug 20 2020 19:08 utc | 97

@Posted by: JC | Aug 20 2020 6:24 utc | 54

But then, it is Lebanon, and its people, which is a corrupt, mismanaged, underperforming country which because of so needs to be "changed" most of the commenters here argued in the first moments after the "blast"....

Posted by: H.Schmatz | Aug 20 2020 19:17 utc | 98

@Posted by: Paco | Aug 19 2020 22:41 utc | 21

He did not only help destroy Lybia, but Syria, Ukraine and many more places before...

In fact, there is no color revolution nor terrorists who can resist the charm of the guy with the hairsprayed hairdo and his inseparable $350 gigolo white shirt...

In Sarajevo, playing "NATO hero"...

Full Zionist...

Posted by: H.Schmatz | Aug 20 2020 19:43 utc | 99

Thanks for the many replies to my numerous comments about Franklin's writings. Those having the time and interest I highly suggest reading the Introduction and first chapter of War Stars, which can be done freely at the link I provided @27 above. I knew about its subject, Robert Fulton, but I didn't know anything about Fulton and how similar Thomas Paine's, albeit earlier, behavior was to his. Fast forward to the Wright Brothers and the selective history told about them--from the outset, their attempted invention was going to be sold to the US military, the most important fact that's universally omitted.

We often discuss narratives. What Franklin investigates is how they are begun. Based on his writings, I highly suggest looking critically at the successors to Buck Rogers, Flash Gordon, and the many other comic book and cartoon characters that inhabit the initial learning stages of what's called Popular Culture that has now morphed into what was once meant as "entertainment" for Adults Only which small children are now exposed to during their initial learning stage. Think of the current social acceptability of the Taser, which is a lethal weapon promoted/sold as a "stun gun", and its SciFi relative, Star Trek's Phaser, that can reliably be set on Stun. A portable, lethal electrocution device would be decried as inhumane had the public not been "educated" as to the effectiveness of such a stun weapon. And that's just one example. I'd say the complete turn about in public opinion during WW2 as to the legality and morality of bombing civilian population centers can be traced to the success of such ideas being portrayed in the comic and SciFi books during the 1930s--Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers being the most important. (Check out Buck Rogers Wiki page and you'll see the prototype of the Death Star--Buck's Air Ball--and a picture of Iron Man well before that character was conceived; and don't neglect to read the synopsis of the first stories.)

All of that echoes what Franklin wrote about Fulton and his exploits. Nuclear powered lasers are a reality as are objects capable of speeds to Mach 10 that can also maneuver at that speed. How far off are genuine holographic communications or projection systems--recall the cool device depicted in Total Recall? Anti-gravity speeders? Cloaking devices? I haven't seen too many recent SciFi films to know what's the most recent gizmo. One thing I rue bigtime is the failure of the Earth's nations to adopt Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics; but then, that would just give the Outlaw US Empire another series of laws to break.

Posted by: karlof1 | Aug 20 2020 19:44 utc | 100

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