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October 04, 2020

The MoA Week In Review - Open Thread 2020-79

Last week's posts at Moon of Alabama:

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Other issues:

Julian Assange:

Syria/OPCW:

Covid-19:

The pandemic can be described in percolation theory terms. Low incidence in a population keeps the growth rate low (currently in Germany). But after a critical incidence rate is passed (due to super-spreading events) the growth rate suddenly jumps upwards (currently in Spain, UK and elsewhere). Speaking colloquially: When there is sufficient shit flying around some of it will eventual hit the fan.

Leading the world:

Use as open thread ...

Posted by b on October 4, 2020 at 13:33 UTC | Permalink

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Hicks mask wearing didn't prevent her getting the virus. Despite more severe symptoms she is not getting the Walter Reed Regeneron/Remdisivir special.

Trump had at one time said he was taking HCQ prophylactically. Strange nobody has asked about that (at least I haven't seen in)

Trump may very well just have a cold. Same with Hicks. 90% of positives are false positives. Unless they are testing for all other viruses they cant know its SARS-Cov2 causing the symptoms. A cold victim who tests positive with a bad test. As for the low oxygen levels (briefly) in hospital, Doctors said they had him wearing a mask when bring treated. No doubt N95 which is known to cause low oxygen levels in wearers

Also that experimental antibody treatment may have caused the fever as a side effect, not to mention Remdisivir which has nasty side effects of its own.

Even if he has COVID , 94% of those who die have an average 2.6 comorbidities and 43% of all deaths were those elderly in nursing homes. Elderly outside a long term care setting fared much better and the nursing home numbers skew the numbers for that age group. He likely would have been fine even w/o the extraordinary measures of giving a sitting President 2 drugs not yet approved for COVID (Remdesivir is EUA and Regeneron os compassionate use usually reserved for dying patients with no other options). Incredible.

Posted by: Kay Fabe | Oct 5 2020 6:27 utc | 101

32#38#james

That is the whole point about ecology and green parties.The voters are mainly the leftist that quit the so-called left and the activists on the base are there for all the good reasons ,they are people who have the good intentions,who are worried about industrial society messing up our living space.But then when those parties come to power,on a local,regional or urban level,their mayors turn to be petty dictators,and when they become powerful on national level,they always toe the NATO-line.Well,maybe I should not generalize,and it is very well possible that in some places,where people still clings to now obsolete moral straightness,like Switzerland or maybe Norwege there are actual sincere green parties,but I doubt it.

Posted by: willie | Oct 5 2020 7:56 utc | 102

Michael Hudson's newest interview on the Macro N Cheese Podcast either as a transcript or via audio is all about the coming debt deflation and what he calls the Neofeudal Empire.
If you haven't already known, Hudson reminds you that:

Who is the dumbest economic Nobel Prize winner? [Paul Krugman?] Paul Krugman. That’s right. He was given a Nobel Prize for not understanding what money was. If he would have understood it, that would’ve excluded him from getting the Nobel Prize.

Posted by: vato | Oct 5 2020 9:03 utc | 103

Russ @ 24

...that corporate personhood is an abomination...

the ascendancy of their doctrinal values is inflexible; 4.5 billion acolytes subsumed, and counting, the great mandala spins, aggregate metaphysical musing rendered moot, the new age religion is upon us...

...feel the force?

Posted by: john | Oct 5 2020 9:26 utc | 104

@ _K_C_ @ 67

K_C_,

While you are correct that dexamethasone is not classified as an anabolic steroid, its side effects can be exactly the same. It is also true that the expression " 'roid rage" is most commonly used colloquially about anabolic steroids, but many corticosteroids do indeed have the same side effects, although the public at large is unaware of this having heard only of 'roid rage as linked to steroid use by athletes.

Some 8 years ago, I had an unfortunate and urgent medical issue that required the use of dexamethasone prior to surgery. Within 24 hours, I felt some relief from my condition. But after a few more days, I started experiencing undesirable side effects and by the second week had begun with the more awful side effects: insomnia, agitation, paranoia, blurred vision, etc. By the day of surgery (two and a half weeks after starting dex), I was hallucinating.

I had been experiencing steroid psychosis, a set of reactions to the steroid that the doctors had not warned me about since there was no choice but to use dex in my case and they didn't want me to refuse the medicine or to arbitrarily end its use on my own. (One has to be weaned off steroids carefully.) It only took 24 hours into the weaning process for the paranoia and hallucinations to stop, and all the other effects were completely gone well before the weaning was finished. Well, except for my eyes - I had to have cataract surgery the following year.

The Mayo Clinic lists these as some of the most common side effects of dexamethasone:
aggression, agitation, anxiety, blurred vision, irritability, mental depression, mood changes, nervousness, trouble thinking, speaking, or walking, etc.

https://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/dexamethasone-oral-route/side-effects/drg-20075207

It was my pharmacist who thought to ask my surgeon to prescribe a medical alert bracelet for me as a reminder that I could not receive any live vaccines while using - and for a year after using - dex, for which I will always be grateful. Some PA at the family doctor's office wanted to give me a tetanus booster right before surgery, which could have potentially resulted in me coming down with tetanus.

Anyway, I just wanted to clarify why I brought up Trump's use of dex, which is an odd choice for his doctors to make unless he has some symptoms that we are not being told about. If they are doing it out of an "abundance of caution" and not for some compelling medical reason, it is just dumb, given the range of possible side effects and the restrictions on vaccine choices afterwards.

Posted by: teri | Oct 5 2020 10:09 utc | 105

richard steven hack@69 tries to defend time2wakeup by pointing out that ad revenues are officially based upon the published Nielsen ratings (or other equivalent,) or at least were. This still ignores the simple fact that publicizing Sanders' insurgency against Clinton's so-called coronation would have increased ratings, but they refused to do so. The networks buried Sanders as much as possible *at the expense of ratings.* And that's because it's not just about the ratings. The kind of audience delivered matters very much. This is why the income of the audiences is a part of ratings. This is so important it is mostly kept a commercial secret. A proxy for income is the age of the audiences, the notorious "demographic," where certain ages are deemed to be more susceptible to advertising and thus more money to spend on the advertisers' products. Ostensibly low ratings can be ignored in favor of high income audiences. The Voyager Star Trek series is rumored to have run a full seven years because its audience was pretty high income on average. By the way, it isn't true that save our show campaigns never work (google it, but Jericho was one.) And save our show campaigns have "worked" to the extent that a TV movie to finish a series is almost common now. It worked that much for Timeless, for instance. TV movie revivals, like those for Alien Nation, are another example.

The owners prefer to advertise on Fox News because they like the kind of audience Fox News builds, not just because they want ratings. They will sometimes sponsor PBS because they perceive that as both higher income and higher status audiences, but that's definitely not for ratings. PBS is directed to refuse to compete with commercial broadcasts. That's why PBS doesn't have a uniform national schedule. Not even Hollywood producers are solely about money: That's why no studio has a porn division, despite the profits. [Yes, there is HBO, but...HBO doesn't use ratings, does it?] Every "theory" that purports to explain the support for Trump as due simply to business sense is proven false by the burial of Sanders' campaign, even though it would have increased ratings to pump it up into an exciting horse race, a shocking populist rebellion against the establishment, a sensational upset, yadda yadda. As a group, producers, who are monied men, are the first audience. They do not approve politically subversive material---of a left wing nature, at any rate---no matter what. Even antique politics like the French Revolution are still censored by the first audience, the producers. The American revolution, which really was a revolution, is widely falsified into a classless, unified, national struggle against wicked Brits. [The fake left version, which pretends the American revolution was an imperialist conspiracy for slavery and genocide---as if the two were the same thing, even!---is about pretending that our democracy is basically fine, now, so that if we all get woke, it will be paradise on earth, without any horrors like socialism, or God forbid, another revolution...and the Civil War wasn't even a revolution, even though it really was.]

No one who pretends it was the media who created Trump, rather than widespread support among the owners who are getting really tired of this bourgeois democracy, who created Trump, is telling the truth.

Posted by: steven t johnson | Oct 5 2020 10:44 utc | 106

Check out this article about dexamethasone and mountain climbing from 2013. Although it is about high doses, it doesn't seem something to be blithely prescribed:

By the time Jesse Easterling stumbled into the Mount Everest emergency clinic, he was nearly incoherent. It was a chilly afternoon at Base Camp, May 17, 2009—two days before the beginning of summit season, when a clear weather window would send hundreds of climbers scurrying up the south side of the peak. Easterling, a stocky 27-year-old insurance salesman from Seattle, entered the clinic—a simple tent staffed by two doctors—wearing a T-shirt and talking gibberish.

“What’s your name?” asked Dr. Torrey Goodman, 53, an altitude specialist from Hawaii in her first season working on the mountain. Easterling mumbled something. She asked again. “What’s your name?” More gibberish; he couldn’t stop fidgeting.

Goodman and the other doctor in the tent, Eric Johnson, a former president of the Wilderness Medical Society, were alarmed by Easterling’s appearance. His arms were covered by a rash. Johnson would later testify in Boise, Idaho, that Easterling had a “buffalo hump,” referring to an abnormal fat deposit on his neck. The doctors spent 30 minutes trying to get basic information out of him, but he couldn’t focus. “Why am I so bloated?” he kept asking. “Why am I so fat?”

“He was completely confused ... almost manic,” Johnson recalled in a deposition.
https://www.outsideonline.com/1914501/climbings-little-helper

Posted by: Greg L | Oct 5 2020 10:50 utc | 107

Jackrabbit #95

Has he lost his sense of smell? If so, when?

I'd guess about the time he closed his first dirty deal. 50 years ago maybe.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Oct 5 2020 11:10 utc | 108

by: Richard Steven Hack 96 thanks for the correction 331 million .. intended to write 340 million.

On the issue of keeping the republic.. or better the democracy.. the reason it has been impossible to maintain a democracy, difficult to restrain political power to the strength of a republic, and relatively easier to deny a monarchy is because there is and has been no checks and balances by the governed over those who are the governors..

Interaction between the layers________________improved situation______:____earlier situation__
Consider three layers______: layer top____=___Ruling Oligarchs________:____Monarchy__
of political powers_________: layer two____=___middle man government_:_____Feudal Oligarchs__
and politically controlled____: layer three___=___the governed___________:____the governed__

Early governments mostly were monarchies. Later the collective power of the Oligarchs required a sharing of power and some kind of insulation between the rulers (governors) and the rift raff who were the governed. It has not been until recent times that the governed have demanded that they too should be part of the political power.. so civilization has been moving toward an shared power model. The Oligarchs have so abused their place that the bottom is demanding a part to play.. a part much greater than 3 votes once every couple of years.


Posted by: snake | Oct 5 2020 11:15 utc | 109

teri #106 and Greg L #107

Thank you, that sounds like Trumps doctors are on the right stuff. Increase the dose pronto I'd say and get Biden up on it as well.

Way to go USA a pharmaceutical led recovery. Ken Kesey - eat your heart out. Dex will exorcise the USA demon yet. Us plebs should stick with california sunshine or clear light.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Oct 5 2020 11:34 utc | 110

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHbaMAEe3os

Posted by: snake | Oct 5 2020 11:40 utc | 111

Trump has successfully pulled all the air out of the room - again. Long weekend of wall to wall coverage of Himself. He plays all of us like a fiddle.

Posted by: oldhippie | Oct 5 2020 12:08 utc | 112

The U.S.A., October in the year 2020. . .
https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-retail-bankruptcies-store-closures-hit-record-in-first-half-11601371800
All over the country, big companies are laying off thousands of workers, and in some cases the numbers are even larger than that. Meanwhile, we have been seeing businesses fail at a pace that is absolutely stunning. According to the Wall Street Journal, this year we are on pace to set new records for retail stores closings, retail bankruptcies, and retail liquidations…
Also
https://news.bloomberglaw.com/bankruptcy-law/new-york-region-sees-40-bankruptcy-surge-braces-for-more
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8787099/Disney-layoff-28-000-employees-
coronavirus-continues-decimate-theme-parks.html
The airline industry is actually on the verge of a historic implosion, and we are being told that 100,000 workers could soon lose their jobs if they don’t get a massive bailout from the federal government.
https://wolfstreet.com/2020/09/28/facing-crappiest-recovery-ever-airlines-demand-new-25-billion-bailout-for-50-billion-total-after-having-burned-45-billion-on-share-buybacks/
32,000 jobs !!!!
https://edition.cnn.com/2020/09/30/business/airline-job-cuts/index.html
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/transcript-american-airlines-doug-parker-on-face-the-nation-september-27-2020/
KPMG, one of the so-called Big Four accounting firms, laid off 1,400 of its 35,000 US employees on Tuesday.
https://www.businessinsider.com/kpmg-layoffs-1400-employees-professional-services-struggle-job-cuts-2020-9?r=DE&IR=T
https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/goldman-cuts-400-jobs-covid-19-layoff-moratorium-ends
https://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/shell-plans-to-cut-up-to-9000-jobs-in-transition-plan
But for many Americans, this economic downturn has quickly become a horror show.
https://edition.cnn.com/2020/09/28/success/hotel-workers-pandemic-layoffs/index.html
https://edition.cnn.com/2020/10/04/business/unemployed-workers-permanent-job-losses/index.html
If the tourists - only slowly, slowly - fully return…
https://www.thehour.com/business/article/The-covid-19-recession-is-the-most-unequal-in-15609728.php
Signs That America’s Economic Depression Is Accelerating
Almost 90 percent of NYC bars and restaurants couldn’t pay August rent !!!!
https://nypost.com/2020/09/21/almost-90-percent-of-nyc-bars-and-restaurants-couldnt-pay-august-rent/
Additional 787,000 workers seek unemployment
https://eu.usatoday.com/story/money/2020/10/01/unemployment-more-workers-file-jobless-claims-cuts-persist/5874518002/
All 546 of its theaters across US, UK and Ireland will be closed
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8803287/Regal-owner-Cineworld-close-U-S-UK-Irish-screens.html

Hunger In Texas: No End In Sight For Pandemic Food Lines
https://www.keranews.org/texas-news/2020-09-25/hunger-in-texas-no-end-in-sight-for-pandemic-food-lines

Thousands of cars form tightly packed lines across the state every week now to receive food.

From Chihuahuan Desert border towns and cities to the staked plains of the panhandle, across the piney wood of deep East Texas, down to the Rio Grande and back cars stack, growing into steel and fiberglass caterpillars, hungry.
These events have distributed tens of millions of pounds of food over the past six months.
And...
Wildfires to escalate as intense heat dome builds this weekend
https://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/article/Wildfire-danger-in-West-to-escalate-as-intense-15590810.php
California's Wildfires record burned 4 million acres
https://abc7ny.com/california-wildfires-fires-glass-fire-homes-burned-wildfire/6768129/
US West Coast wildfires air quality deteriorates to the worst
https://duckduckgo.com/?q=US+west+coast+wildfires+air+quality+deteriorate+to+the+worst&ia=web

Posted by: Ashino | Oct 5 2020 13:18 utc | 113

Posted by: teri | Oct 5 2020 10:09 utc | 106

It is correct what you describe about dexamethasone but it depends on dosis and the individual. You either go depressive or psychotic or neither.

They are treating over/autoimmune-reaction caused by covid-19. This can be caused by any virus if your immune system misfunctions. Dexamethasone suppresses the immune reaction to infection and depends on dosis.

If it is true they gave him dexamethosone, then they stopped Trump's immune system from overreacting. It would mean he did not just have a positive test but his immune system was fighting the virus.

Posted by: somebody | Oct 5 2020 13:26 utc | 114

Posted by: oldhippie | Oct 5 2020 12:08 utc | 112


:-)) yes.

Posted by: somebody | Oct 5 2020 13:27 utc | 115

Russia is now having fun:

Lavrov: Doctors at Berlin Clinic Where Navalny Was Treated Found No Signs of Military-Grade Poisons

The question is: when will they get bored with their newest toy.

--//--

Having utterly failed in containing the COVID-19 pandemic, Western intellectuals now resort to illusions of grandeur to try to keep their image of superiority:

How to end the pandemic this year

--//--

Chinese take on Trump's health:

Chinese experts doubt rosy report on Trump’s health after his brief ride-by amid COVID treatment

The pandemic finally hit the heart of the Empire: the Imperial Office (Oval Office) itself. Many commenters here (most readers of this blog are Americans) must be very shocked, hence I understand they want to talk about it. Will the Empire survive its Emperor's death? Is COVID-19 really "just a flu"? Many questions in the air for them...

Posted by: vk | Oct 5 2020 13:33 utc | 116

The first step is admitting you have a problem.
When one fails to accept reality, the world will not appear rational and one is reduced to following dogma (possibly of their own making).
The discussion is being led - away from issues of importance.

Posted by: jared | Oct 5 2020 14:07 utc | 117

@willie | Oct 5 2020 7:56 utc | 102

Well,maybe I should not generalize,and it is very well possible that in some places,where people still clings to now obsolete moral straightness,like Switzerland or maybe Norwege there are actual sincere green parties,but I doubt it.

I can assure you that you are not wrong, the Norwegian green party ("Miljøpartiet de Grønne") are fanatics who would copy the Khmer Rouge if they got the chance.

Posted by: Norwegian | Oct 5 2020 14:53 utc | 118

@Jackrabbit | Oct 5 2020 4:11 utc | 94

if Trump got the virus on the timeline that is claimed then Trump is either faking having the virus altogether or faking symptoms for sympathy,

It is pretty clear this is theater, much like the whole covid hysteria is theater. If I am not mistaken an old Soviet workers joke goes something like "We pretend to work and the government pretends to pay us".

In a similar manner Trump is playing the game by pretending to be sick from an imaginary disease, knowing that his adversaries cannot call him out on it because they would then out themselves completely.

Posted by: Norwegian | Oct 5 2020 15:02 utc | 119

Nagornii Karabakh:

All of this is what I have been predicting over and over again the last few days:

1. Armenia cannot survive a war of attrition against Azerbaijan.

2. Azerbaijan will use Idlibistani jihadi headchoppers as shock troops and Ottoman air cover, so its own forces will be spared the brunt of the fighting (and casualties).

3. Those who imagine that Russian inaction will "punish" Armenia and compel it to return to Russia are living in a fool's paradise. The result will be an Armenian NATO and an Ottoman Azerbaijan which is as good as being part of NATO.

At this point the Azeri tactics are clear:

1. Keep attritioning Armenian forces on the frontline. Armenia can't take an endless amount of casualties. It can't even take many casualties because most of its strictly limited armed forces have to be held back for the defence of Armenia itself.

2. Shell, bomb and rocket Nagorno Karabakh population centres, like Stepanakert, to force a civilian exodus into Armenia. No Armenian can possibly have, after all, any doubt as to what awaits them under Ottoman Azerbaijan Headchopper Alliance rule.

It's probably still possible, though only just, for Russia to step in and force a ceasefire, albeit only if Putin is ready to antagonise Erdogan, whom he's been appeasing since the coup of 2016. Even then a large part of Nagorno Karabakh will be lost, and the Armenians will remember that Russia could have stopped this war from starting but didn't.

The only other option is do nothing, Armenia loses all of Nagorno Karabakh, as well as the surrounding territory, Russia loses Armenia to NATO, and the Ottomans colonise Azerbaijan and more likely than not set up a jihadi headchopper ministate in Nagorno Karabakh as well.

I've repeatedly said that the moment of abrupt collapse of the Armenian lines is coming. It would seem that the moment is here.

So, what will it be? Restraint or belated and unhappy action?

https://southfront.org/turning-point-of-armenian-azerbaijani-war/

Posted by: Biswapriya Purkayast | Oct 5 2020 15:34 utc | 120

Most people are beginning to understand their concerns are not explainable because the government is conducted in secret and the media, 92% owned by just 6 people world wide. has complete control over the information environments ....snake @ 7

One of the most symbolic signs of American degeneration is the degeneration of the Executive Office into an essentially religious institution. ... vk @ 8

When there are fights at the top (between factions, corp. donors, controllers, not the fake duopoly parties), as from somewhat before Trump was elected, now becoming more crazed and hysterical, information comes out, secrets leak, bit by bit some control is lost, masks slip (sic) which makes the top lackeys freak out more, a process of disintegration begins.

Also, the lower tier, the law keepers, the hangers on busybodies and such while not ready to betray their masters or cut off the hand that feeds them, become restless and have to be controlled.

The Trump-Biden debate was quite sucessful imho, in that nothing of importance or interest was said (and naturally econo-politics was taboo…surely ppl noticed that?) and the whole show was made to look like a fight between two ‘bosses’. Come to think of it, even on that score it was flat, boring, blah, they didn’t actually hurl thrilling accusations, challenges, or insults!

The infighting and dislocation is *mainly* due to loss of riches and income. The US garnered close on 50% of world GDP (right after WW2), which has now shrunk to about 25%, rough nos. > links.

Sure, GDP is a poor measure, and population is not taken into account, nonetheless the dowturn is spectacularly painful. This has lead to increased corruption and competition at the top, reliance on short term profits/control, obsession with ‘austerity’ —> creating stark inequality, an end to social mobility, investment in the future (or even conserving the present, e.g. infrastructure ..) stagnation, and thus internal strife, which requires authoritarian repression, propaganda and BS, as the squeezed ‘bottom’ might wake up and reject false ‘identity politics’ divisions.

Ex.

wikipedia. https://bit.ly/3jBnrgS

article in Forbes. (free to read) https://bit.ly/30zHR2g

Posted by: Noirette | Oct 5 2020 15:37 utc | 121

@Jackrabbit No. 94:

Trump has been preselected to win and he will win in a landslide . This is the most boring and predictable election I've seen since Romney versus Obama.

Posted by: Biswapriya Purkayast | Oct 5 2020 15:37 utc | 122

@ sad canuck, willie and norwegian.... thanks for the feedback on the green party.. i knew the greens were off the rails in europe from watching some of the dynamic.. i guess i was naive thinking this idealistic group of people wouldn't be usurped by the same neo liberal right wing crap that seems so pervasive everywhere.. i now think i am wrong... canuck greens may be no different...

Posted by: james | Oct 5 2020 15:38 utc | 123

Posted by: john | Oct 5 2020 9:26 utc | 105

the ascendancy of their doctrinal values is inflexible; 4.5 billion acolytes subsumed, and counting, the great mandala spins, aggregate metaphysical musing rendered moot, the new age religion is upon us...

...feel the force?

I've felt it all too closely, been personally assaulted by it. The economic civilization long has been going insane, and in 2020 it's jumped to full-on mass batshit lunacy.

Posted by: Russ | Oct 5 2020 15:44 utc | 124

@ Posted by: Norwegian | Oct 5 2020 14:53 utc | 119

Typical petit-bourgeois apocalyptic hysteria. The capitalist petite-bourgeoisie/middle class is the greatest and most insatiable genocidal organization of human history: under their crying wolf, hundreds of millions died; under their fake intellectualism, billions died.

I'm not saying the Norwegian Green Party is the salvation of the universe, but to say they want to genocide the Norwegian people is a little bit too much, don't you think? Besides, isn't it a crime in Norway to falsely accuse someone or an institution of a crime (besides being anti-Christian)?

Posted by: vk | Oct 5 2020 15:45 utc | 125

An exceptional nation with an exceptional record of dealing with people getting in the way:
https://covertactionmagazine.com/2020/10/05/new-evidence-implicates-cia-in-1971-attack-on-cuba-with-african-swine-fever-virus/

Posted by: bevin | Oct 5 2020 15:46 utc | 126

Biswapriya Purkayast@123
You aren't a betting man by any chance?

Posted by: bevin | Oct 5 2020 15:48 utc | 127

james 124

So far as I've seen Green parties claim to offer a Democrat do-over, but honest and for true this time. (Since I'm an American I'll use the Dems as my example, but one can substitute whatever corporate liberal equivalent from whatever country.)

Leaving aside the fact that "progressive" policy would be woefully inadequate and unsustainable even if an empowered party really did want to carry it out, it's a moot point anyway since wherever they reach power Greens do indeed turn out to be nothing but a do-over of the previous fraudulent "progressive" party.

The quintessential Green act was in the German province back in the 80s where Greens led the way organizing sit-downs on train tracks to block trains carrying nuke waste. They braved riot cop brutality.

And what do you think happened when the Greens came to power in that very state? They continued the death trains and continued siccing the thugs on those who continued to sit on the tracks. That's exactly what one can expect from any Green Party attaining any significant level of power. Because that's how concentrated power always works.

Posted by: Russ | Oct 5 2020 15:52 utc | 128

Little known fact even today: the German Reunification wasn't a reunification, but an incorporation of the East by the West. The Germany we see today is West Germany expanded, literally. vk @ 8

Yes, absolutely. Imho many ppl in Germany, particularly the ex-East, plus in Austria, Switzerland, some in France even, understand this.

Where I live, ppl joke that Hitler only needed to float the Euro and swear by neo-lib globalisation crap, he would have found all the Lebensraum he wanted for white guys and gals, no need for WW2 and so much killing and suffering. (Aka, Merkel did it better.)



Posted by: Noirette | Oct 5 2020 16:03 utc | 129

Vato @104--

Thanks for providing that link!! It may seem like the usual Hudson lecture but there's an important addition he makes starting at 21:10 that I harp about, and that's the falsity of GDP reporting that even Shadowstats doesn't quite get correct, so even its reports ought to be from 2-4% lower than what's shown on its chart. So, the Outlaw US Empire hasn't actually had any genuine growth since the GHW Bush recession in 1989 onward. So the masses--the 99%--have struggled over the last 30+ years, and that struggle's likely to continue.

Posted by: karlof1 | Oct 5 2020 16:09 utc | 130

It's possible we will have 2 cadavers at the next
debate. I suppose that should make it easier to
moderate.

Posted by: Baz | Oct 5 2020 16:11 utc | 131

Pope's Encyclical

I have to agree with psychohistorian on this.

The words "oligarchy" and "plutocracy" do not appear in the Pope's Encyclical. The Pope argues a moral case for feeding the poor and even calls for directing money spent on arms to the third world but he steers clear of any concern about class inequity in an age of record wealth inequality.
...
Posted by: Jackrabbit(!!) | Oct 5 2020 2:46 utc | 82

You're not doing yourself any favors by rushing into print with drivel like that. Searching prose for two words which are emblematic to you and then jumping to conclusions and pretending that you've read the entire Encyclical is the sort of goofiness that invites critics to refer to you as the "bunny."

Might I respectfully suggest that you search the Encyclical for the word "opulence"?

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Oct 5 2020 16:20 utc | 132

@ Russ | Oct 5 2020 15:52 utc | 129.. your example is a good one and probably reflects where the canadian green party is headed as well given the post that @spudski shared much earlier in this thread... it is disappointing, but it seems any alternatives that look promising end up being not...

Posted by: james | Oct 5 2020 16:29 utc | 134

@ bemildred... further to your link where it is mentioned she tested negative a few times before testing positive, @ suzan posted this on the thread - trump has the flu'
"The rapid tests vary widely in accuracy. The much touted Abbott rapid test has been reported to fail to indicate the presence of virus (false negatives) at high percentages. It appears these tests are not being used as advised, as part of broader clinical evaluation.

Further, Chris Wallace reported that the Trumps arrived too late for testing debate day so they used the honor system. He he he

~~~~~~~~~~~~

https://jcm.asm.org/content/58/8/e01136-20

“Abbott ID Now COVID-19 had negative results in a third of the samples that tested positive by Cepheid Xpert Xpress when using nasopharyngeal swabs in viral transport media and 45% when using dry nasal swabs.”

Posted by: suzan | Oct 4 2020 15:04 utc | 318"

Posted by: james | Oct 5 2020 16:34 utc | 135

Hoarsewhisperer @Oct5 16:20 #133

You should've provided a quote. Here's the relevant passage:

In today’s world, many forms of injustice persist, fed by reductive anthropological visions and by a profit-based economic model that does not hesitate to exploit, discard and even kill human beings. While one part of humanity lives in opulence, another part sees its own dignity denied, scorned or trampled upon, and its fundamental rights discarded or violated”. What does this tell us about the equality of rights grounded in innate human dignity?

Yeah, that touches on wealth inequality. But the problem deserves much more than a mention.

!!

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Oct 5 2020 16:51 utc | 136

Posted by: james | Oct 5 2020 16:34 utc | 136

RE Testing:

Thank you for that. I'm aware of those issues. I assume all of the testing being done is a mixed bag, chemistry is very hands on, getting a good sample, keeping it uncontaminated and intact and accurately carrying out whatever hocuspocus is appropriate. One hopes for consistency so the trends tell you something, but you have to keep in mind you might not get that.

And then there are the mathematical issues come up if you have high error rates, when you get more false negatives/positives than true ones. But high error rates can be the result of poor sampling, contamination, as well as limits of the test itself, so I take a position of radical ignorance by preference, I don't think we know much about this bug yet.

What I am wondering is how long and far is this White House outbreak going to run? And right in the last month of the "most important election of our lifetime". A great real time test of whether the virus is dangerous or not.

It's like being in a bad movie.

I have a feeling the chickens are going to continue to come home to roost.

Posted by: Bemildred | Oct 5 2020 16:57 utc | 137

@Jackrabbit | Oct 5 2020 16:51 utc | 137 who is having to defend his support of my comment about the Pope's latest screed.

The idea that it is forbidden to lift the hood of our social organization car and notice that a global cult has the lock on all petrol for the rig is silly.

The Pope knows how the world works but is more part of the problem than part of the solution. Again it is folk saying that there is no structural problem with our form of social organization but just a few bad apples. I have watched that argument be used over and over again for over 50 years now. China now provides an example of social organization that is more commons centered than the elite centered West.

When do the adults get to have a conversation about the structural differences in the forms of social organization?

Posted by: psychohistorian | Oct 5 2020 17:02 utc | 138

Posted by: vk | Oct 4 2020 14:43 utc | 8

That is part of it. "Enlarged West Germany" acquired two additional political parties to the left of SPD and to the right of CDU this way. "Enlarged West Germany" switched from "Catholic" to "Protestant/Atheist". Corrupt Western CDU got a female Eastern Party leader and chancellor. Eastern Germans escaped the "wild east" with no social security. A lot of East Germany's infrastructure got modernized and the industrial environment got cleaned up. West Germans lost a great part of the quality of social security that had been due to a capitalist system competing with socialism. Neoliberalism would not have been possible neither East nor West without the collapse of the "communist" European states.

Posted by: somebody | Oct 5 2020 17:03 utc | 139

Re Green Parties

Cory Morningstar wrote a great series of articles that lays out how the entire western green 'movement' has been captured by corporate interests:

http://www.wrongkindofgreen.org/2019/01/17/the-manufacturing-of-greta-thunberg-for-consent-the-political-economy-of-the-non-profit-industrial-complex/

Posted by: al | Oct 5 2020 17:03 utc | 140

@Richard Steven Hack #72
Adolf's party is an excellent example: The Versailles treaty empoverished all of Germany including the economic, social and political elite. This opened the door for something new because nobody in the existing power structure had any faith or even residual value in the previous political systems.
What is really sad today is the Left calling conservatives Nazis - when in reality Adolf's party was Left.
Socialism, with its leader a vegetarian.

Posted by: c1ue | Oct 5 2020 17:23 utc | 141

and now spokesperson for trump has come down with the disease. i really don't get the insistence by so many here that the virus is a fake. it is being used by the rich and powerful to get far more than their fair share (which should be zero imo) of the dollars created by somebody on a keyboard at the fed, but this doesn't mean it's fake any more than the fact that some people profit off fake solutions to climate change means the climate isn't changing.

Posted by: pretzelattack | Oct 5 2020 17:28 utc | 142

@vato #104
No news that Krugman is a know-nothing useful idiot...
More interesting is Hudson's talk now that Bernie rolled over:

The reason you cannot vote your way out under the current system is that there’s a two party system in the United States, and it’s basically the same party with a little ethnic difference between them, but economically it’s the same party and there cannot be any alternative to this monolithic – we’ll call it the Republican Party with Democratic cheerleaders – there cannot be any progress made until you break up the Democratic Party.

That became apparent not only when they cheated Bernie Sanders out of the nomination four years ago, but this time, when Obama came up and stacked the deck and did everything he could to organize a stab in the back against Sanders. And Bernie Sanders showed himself to be a social democrat. And he said, “Well, I’d rather help my own career by helping the Democratic Party. It’s a gang, but I’d rather be a gang member than take on the gang.”


Break up one or the other. Remaking the Republican party into a party of the middle class is another way.
Not really captured. They were front men from the beginning. They were brought up as front men. I mean, Obama had a long history of being a front man. If you’re looking at what he did in Chicago, tearing down the Black neighborhoods, essentially gentrifying for the wealthy real estate families that introduced him to Robert Rubin, who said, “That’s our guy. He can fight against his voters and they’ll still vote for him. He’s the guy we want.”

So they sort of nurtured him: “Let’s put him in the Senate right away. Let’s give him a speech at the convention. He’s a good speaker.” And so they sort of nurtured him. They didn’t have to capture him. He wanted to be captured. He was that way at Harvard.


What is really sad is that there were people saying this even the year Obama first got elected, so it isn't like this should have been a surprise.

Posted by: c1ue | Oct 5 2020 17:30 utc | 143

psychohistorian @139--

In the Hudson interview, Michael talks about the Outlaw US Empire's political structure and its economic structure which have caused the social consequences we see today. Indeed, he's quite accusatory about the how, why, when, and the result. The info he gives at 45:26 I'd never read in any of his essays or interview transcripts, nor have I read his book he referenced, so I learned something new: There was a time when those keeping the books said you had to include the negatives--the externalities--to arrive at a true accounting of national wealth. But that and so much more was airbrushed from history that many today don't know how to make a proper accounting--there're so many negatives as he relates!! All the structures destroyed and lives ruined by the fires & floods will be a huge boost to GDP, for example!!

I also liked Hudson's reprise of what happened to Sanders, although it's sad testimony. The only question Hudson has is the system's correct name: Neofeudalism or Kleptocracy. I prefer both: Neofeudalism run by a Kleptocracy.

Posted by: karlof1 | Oct 5 2020 17:32 utc | 144

Posted by: pretzelattack | Oct 5 2020 17:28 utc | 142

"i really don't get the insistence by so many here that the virus is a fake. it is being used by the rich and powerful to get far more than their fair share (which should be zero imo) of the dollars created by somebody on a keyboard at the fed, but this doesn't mean it's fake any more than the fact that some people profit off fake solutions to climate change means the climate isn't changing.

When a phenomenon is seized by the criminal elites to push their own power/profit agenda, and 100% of what policy is enacted or advocated is worthless and destructive while doing zilch to actually deal with the phenomenon, as is the case with both the Covid lockdowns and the whole "green economy" agenda of the climate-industrial complex, many are bound to find it too subtle to separate the phenomenon itself from the complete policy scam and simply deny the phenomenon as well.

But to deny Covid isn't far off the mark, since it's abundantly clear this is objectively a mild epidemic well within the range of flu epidemics. Only the wholesale gutting of medical reporting protocols and the media's terror campaign have trumped it up into a dozen Black Deaths rolled into one the way the propaganda claims and the death cult believes.

Meanwhile, just to give a few typical examples, in August the CDC admitted that out of 150000 official "Covid deaths" in the US as of mid-August only 9000 were actually clear-cut, while the rest involved an average of 2.6 co-morbidities and the way policy is to log anything and everything as "Covid" is pure tendentious manipulation and fraud. The guy in Florida killed in a motorcycle crash who was logged as a "Covid death" was no fluke, on the contrary it's typical policy. Earlier this summer Public Health England publicly admitted that starting in March they'd been logging any death of anyone who had ever tested positive as a Covid death, no matter what the actual cause of death was - cancer, heart attack, asteroid impact.

The fact is we'll probably never know how many legitimate Covid deaths there actually have been (of course the death rate is minimal by now, contary to the "second wave" propaganda offensive), but we do know it's vastly less than any of the official numbers.

The fact is, if there never had been a terrorist propaganda campaign from governments and the corporate media, if they never had said a word other than "this is like a rough flu season", no one ever would have thought anything especially out of the ordinary was going on, because biologically nothing unusual has gone on. The entire notion that anything especially biologically dangerous is happening is 100% a fraudulent government-media concoction.

This is nothing more or less than a campaign of mass psychological terrorism designed to cover for the collapsing economy, enable the controlled demolition of the global economy thereby averting a 2008-type chaotic collapse, set up the pretext for Wall Street's plunder expedition, radically escalate the police state, undertake a euthanasia campaign among the elderly in ill-health (which in turn is used to claim the bug is uniquely deadly), deeply traumatize people into submission to total social conformity, and radically aggravate the anti-social, anti-human atomization of the people.

In light of those truths, it's hardly surprising if some assume the virus itself doesn't even exist. If that were true, that would only add one more Big Lie to the welter of Big Lies governments and media have been spewing all year.

In reality the virus itself is, as b himself initially and correctly said, a "nothingburger".

Posted by: Russ | Oct 5 2020 17:53 utc | 145

@ Russ | Oct 5 2020 17:53 utc | 145 quote"an average of 2.6 co-morbidities"... russ i am curious how you would read an example of someone dying from being hit by a car that has 2.6 co-morbidities.... was it the car or the co-morbidities that killed them?? it seems to me covid is the car in this example... this is why i have a hard time with your saying "out of 150000 official "Covid deaths" in the US as of mid-August only 9000 were actually clear-cut..." you wouldn't say this about a car accident..

Posted by: james | Oct 5 2020 18:05 utc | 146

George Galloway--on Covid 19 and Johnson and Trump.

Sure does not sound like a nothingburger here-

" If, as we hope, the US president recovers, he will not be the same boisterous brawler he was before, judging by the post-Covid deflation of the much younger British PM, which already has seen Tory sharks sense blood in the water.

The GLE (Greatest Living Englishman), Professor Michael Rosen spent 70 days in hospital with the coronavirus, much of it in a coma. Now on sticks and talking, though not so volubly as before, he is blind in one eye and deaf in one ear. It remains to be seen to what extent the former Children’s Laureate, poet, raconteur and phenomenally successful children’s author will rediscover his creative mojo. "

Long Covid’ IS a thing. It may well be a long time before Trump is clear of it and it may bring Boris Johnson down...

Posted by: arby | Oct 5 2020 18:26 utc | 147

Top Eight Conspiracy Theories on Donald Trump Contracting COVID-19
Left out the most obvious one - one of HRC's minions infected both Trump and Biden to allow her to stand in November against Pence. Even HRC would be hard put to lose but she probably would, then blame her defeat on Putin and Xi Jinping.

Posted by: Ghost Ship | Oct 5 2020 18:43 utc | 148

@Russ | Oct 5 2020 17:53 utc | 145
Well said, thank you.

Posted by: Norwegian | Oct 5 2020 18:47 utc | 149

Outstanding Renegade Inc interview with author and lawyer Dan Kovalik: "The War Hawks Come Home to Roost": Disaster Capitalism is becoming a reality within the Outlaw US Empire and elsewhere within the Neoliberal world. "Chaos is the endgame" and we're beginning to see it happen in the West. Within the Outlaw US Empire, "the state's been attacked by the government" in a very deliberate manner (beginning at 13:00). Yes, they're parasites, and psychopathic too.

Kovalik's message is very similar to mine; so, listening to him would be almost the same as hearing me, and I'm sure you'll hear some of my previous writings being echoed. IMO, he's 100% correct that the 1% no longer see any need to help the greater society since they don't need it anymore, and you can read that in their actions and attitudes.

Posted by: karlof1 | Oct 5 2020 18:49 utc | 150

@Ghost Ship | Oct 5 2020 18:43 utc | 149
She doesn't plan to stand in November, she plans to squeeze in after the fact.

Posted by: Norwegian | Oct 5 2020 18:50 utc | 151

Newsflash: Trump is leaving Walter Reed at 6 p.m. I kid you not. It's breaking news all over. He says: Don't be afraid of Covid; I feel better than I did 20 years ago!

But 210,000 have died in the U.S., and over 1 million died worldwide and infections are starting to rise exponentially everywhere.

I feel punked; I feel abused and Trump is a lying punk pulling a political stunt with an illness that is wreaking havoc everywhere.

DamnhimDamnhimDamnhimDamnhimDamnhimDamnhim!

Posted by: Circe | Oct 5 2020 19:13 utc | 152

https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/syrian-president-responds-to-question-about-whether-he-felt-between-life-and-death-during-war/

2020-10-05
BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said in response to a question about whether he had felt that he was between life and death during the war, said that the threat was severe for anyone inside the country prior to 2018.

In an interview with the Russian Zvezda TV, Assad said in response to a question about whether he had thought at any time during all the horrors of the war in Syria that he was between life and death:

“If you came to Damascus before 2018, for example, we were sitting in this place and shells fell around us from time to time .. The probability of death for any citizen, for anyone moving on foot, by bus, in car, going to work, to any place that could be surprised by a shell that could lead to injury or death. That was a possibility that existed during the war.”

Assad said, “But I think that a person by nature copes with this situation. In any country and anywhere in the world a person adapts to the circumstances. So life continued in Damascus, and I personally used to go to work daily, I did not stop at any time and under Missiles, there was no other option.”

He continued, “A person cannot hide, otherwise the terrorists have achieved their goals. The strength is that life has continued, so I do not think that with time you think about this thing, it becomes something perhaps in the subconscious mind but not part of your daily thinking, it becomes something you get used to.” .

He added, “This terrorism has struck us since the fifties and recently, and with each stage it comes, it has developed its methods. In the fifties, it was creating a kind of chaos, but it was not armed. In the sixties it started to turn towards weapons. In the seventies and eighties it became organized, and now this terrorism itself has tactics, and has political support, and countries and major banks are standing behind it.”

Posted by: tucenz | Oct 5 2020 19:16 utc | 153

@Circe | Oct 5 2020 19:13 utc | 153

Newsflash: Trump is leaving Walter Reed at 6 p.m. I kid you not. It's breaking news all over. He says: Don't be afraid of Covid; I feel better than I did 20 years ago!

As stated before, the whole thing is staged theater. Trump is using his adversaries' own weapons against them in a jiu-jitsu operation, knowing they cannot call him out. Fraudster beating the fraudsters.

Posted by: Norwegian | Oct 5 2020 19:19 utc | 154

@ james, willie and norwegian

An easy tell on the green parties is their russophobia, sinophobia, uniform support for humanitarian interventionism, and support for foreign groups such as the Syrian moderate opposition head-choppers. It's an anti-working class club populated by white, guilt-ridden middle class liberals and their spawn who suffer from electric fantasies as a result of their inability to understand surplus energy economics. Tony Blair driving a Nissan Leaf is not going to save the world.

Posted by: sad canuck | Oct 5 2020 19:26 utc | 155

Here's the full transcript of the interview mentioned above.
President Assad Interview with Russian Ministry of Defense Zvezda TV

https://www.syrianews.cc/president-assad-interview-with-russian-ministry-of-defense-zvezda-tv/

Posted by: tucenz | Oct 5 2020 19:32 utc | 156

Sputnik has published an article about the Clinton Library's release of a " trove for transcripts [link at original] documenting private conversations between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Bill Clinton": 225 pages of mostly unredacted material spanning a wide scope of issues. It must be recalled that this was during the rapid learning period for Putin and I'm certain the interactions would be much different today.

Posted by: karlof1 | Oct 5 2020 19:54 utc | 157

Raining on Elon Musk's parade:

Russia to launch first reusable rocket with payload in 2026

All of that, very probably, at a fraction of the cost.

China has also begun its first tests with its reusable rockets.

Posted by: vk | Oct 5 2020 19:58 utc | 158

Russ #145

Well said, thank you.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Oct 5 2020 20:23 utc | 159

Speaking of the Devil:

The Rise of Christian Nationalism in America

The pattern is pretty much clear by now: in order to maintain societal cohesion amid a chronic economic and geopolitical decline, the USA will have to more and more resort to Christian fundamentalism - specially in its armed forces. This is what I called here some time ago "byzantinization" of the American Empire (or, alternatively, the byzantine phase of the American Empire; or, archaeologically, USA IV). Obviously, this will be followed by a process of continued imbecilization (rise of darkness over enlightenment; loss of know-how and technology) and geographical segregation (continuing separation between the heartland and the coasts).

Posted by: vk | Oct 5 2020 20:24 utc | 160

Gross. King donkey rear .org is masturbating in public.

Posted by: William Gruff | Oct 5 2020 20:34 utc | 161

Max & Stacey explain the Tax Game in reference to Trump's tax returns. Most here understand tax codes in most neoliberal nations are written to serve the 1%, and you'll get an excellent lesson on how that works. The clincher is a person must be wealthy enough to afford the hiring of the very same tax accounting/law firms who wrote the tax codes in order to reap the most from the system. The Parasites have control, and the only way to save ourselves and progeny is to slay the Parasites and their allies.

Posted by: karlof1 | Oct 5 2020 20:36 utc | 162

"I feel punked; I feel abused..."

You enjoy it, otherwise you wouldn't keep setting yourself up for it.

Always going back for more abuse is part of the "identity" of Dem voters. Like those people who always return to their abusive partner. "This time he really meant it when he said 'Sorry'!"

Posted by: William Gruff | Oct 5 2020 20:40 utc | 163

So a guy dies in a car crash, but I guess some would tell you that it was his obesity and hypertension that killed him and not being crushed in the wreck. "He was seventy years old. He was about to die anyway!"

Logic these days...

Posted by: William Gruff | Oct 5 2020 20:45 utc | 164

Welcome to Circe's Lunch Wagon. . .
. . .from this thread
@ Circe #153
I feel punked; I feel abused and Trump is a lying punk pulling a political stunt with an illness that is wreaking havoc everywhere.
DamnhimDamnhimDamnhimDamnhimDamnhimDamnhim!

. . .from the previous Trump thread - Don Bacon
#71 Trump support from an odd quarter--
..... from China's Global Times:
US President Donald Trump’s positive test result for ”the SARS-CoV-2 virus” will possibly favor him if he recovers before the election, as it makes him the sole focus of the US political circle as the election date looms only one month away. In addition, it will help him silence the voices of others, Chinese observers predicted, noting the infection may help Trump better control the “narrative.” . . .

. . .#77 @ 71 Don Bacon
Allow me to eat your lunch...
You had to dig real deep and low to get one American-indoctrinated Chinese person to deliver that level of delusional claptrap. . .

Posted by: Don Bacon | Oct 5 2020 20:55 utc | 165

The point Russ made @145 is very similar to one made by Kovalik in the interview I linked @151, and also relates to what I wrote back in March that we can learn much by a society's reaction to the pandemic. Given Trump's actions as soon as he entered office, I'd say his "reaction" to the pandemic was predictable since it escalated his assault on the populous--what Kovalik called "the government attacking the nation." It's "Humanitarian Intervention" brought home instead of pointed at a foreign target. And you can bet it will continue under whoever is POTUS in 2021. Kovalik's logic extended into the near future would give us the world of the machines as depicted in the Terminator films because the 1% think they can get along without the working support of the 99%.

Posted by: karlof1 | Oct 5 2020 21:05 utc | 166

@ vk #161
"The Rise of Christian Nationalism in America"
That bodes especially ominous for US women, who benefited from the hard work of Justice Ginsburg and others to escape the mandated (literally) role of a ruled-over baby producer, and thus be able to achieve their desired goals of education, careers, home ownership etc. It would be a shame if those results were overturned.

Posted by: Don Bacon | Oct 5 2020 21:05 utc | 167

Biswapriya Purkayast | @ 121

It has been well documented that Russia helps those who do not create strategic problems for their nation and are willing to sacrifice to help themselves. They are not the world's police and if you really believe in a policy where nations are free to organize their own future, then directly intervening here there and everywhere makes you no better than the empire. It also takes away opportunities for learning for countries, and Ukrainians are obtaining such experience now that their GDP per capita is at African levels. You think most people in Belarus and Armenia (except the brainwashed professional classes) don't see that?

NK is not Russia and Russia has no business directly intervening in that region unless they create a situation that directly create a national security risk. If Georgia/Azerbaijan/Armenia actually proposed hosting foreign bases, troops and weapons directed at Russia, that would create such a security risk, and the Russians/Iranians could roll through the region in 48 hours in a devastating pincer that would be unopposed.

The countries of Caucasia need to behave like civilized nations and quit ethnic cleansing and murdering each other. If they settle their quarrels and adopt an independent non-threatening foreign policy toward their very much larger and very much more powerful next door neighbor, peace is possible. Russia has no business in these idiotic regional fights unless she is threatened, and if she is, the response will be overwhelming and immediate.

Posted by: sad canuck | Oct 5 2020 21:14 utc | 168

Posted by: steven t johnson | Oct 5 2020 10:44 utc | 107 richard steven hack@69 tries to defend time2wakeup

A correction: I wasn't defending anyone. I was stating what I knew to be true about the importance of ratings.

"By the way, it isn't true that save our show campaigns never work (google it, but Jericho was one.) And save our show campaigns have "worked" to the extent that a TV movie to finish a series is almost common now."

Wrong. The number of "save our shows" that worked can be counted on one hand. Most of the time, they are only "saved" temporarily for one more season because some advertiser happens to like the show and decides to assist. Or the production studio wants to tie the series into an upcoming movie or for syndrication and offers the series to the network for a reduced rate, as happened with "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles", which was due to be canceled in its second season until Warner Brothers got the last nine episodes produced because Terminator 4 movie was due in the spring. The network couldn't care less.

TV movies are not series, they are spin-offs and have a one-time budget unrelated to the series itself.

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | Oct 5 2020 21:24 utc | 169

@Russ, Oct 17:53, 145

Well said

Posted by: cirsium | Oct 5 2020 21:26 utc | 170

Alastair Crooke's latest, "The Double De-Coupling," takes us back 120+ years to the attempt by the UK to keep Germany's Kaiser from forming a German colonial empire in Africa that ultimately led to WW1. However, today's antagonists are different--Outlaw US Empire versus China as we've watched develop since Trump took office. Here's the meat:

"The U.S. is pulling the commanding heights of tech and its standards and taking them ‘back home’. China will continue to be expelled from the western digital sphere – as far as the U.S. is able. Wolfgang Munchau reports that the German coalition now has approved a de facto Huawei ban. It’s goal is to kill Huawei through full-force application of German bureaucracy. And Russia is de-coupling from Europe to work more closely with China, (thanks to Merkel and her cohorts).

"But what then? Europe has no substitute to Huawei. 5G networks effectively represent the nervous system connecting the political, strategic, military, informative, economic, financial, industrial and infrastructural dimensions at a personal, local, national, international and transnational level. 5G networks, together with the exponential progresses in computing power and advances in AI, are the transformative agency of the New Economy. The point here is latency: the ability to integrate differing streams of data all together, and with virtually no delay. It is key not just to everyday ways of life, but to defence systems too....

"And all these need 5G to reduce latency. The U.S. hasn’t got it. And China leads. It leads on Big Data and on AI. Yes, the U.S. leads on semiconductors or ‘chips’, but for how long? China simply won’t allow itself to be expelled from the global semiconductor market. IT experts from Russia, ASEAN and Huawei are explaining, as Pepe Escobar reports, what could be described as a limitation of quantum physics is preventing a steady move from 5 nm (billionth of a metre) to 3 nm chips. This means that the next breakthroughs may come from other semiconductor materials and techniques. So China, in this aspect, is practically at the same level of research as Taiwan, South Korea and Japan. China’s breakthroughs have involved a crucial switch from silicon to carbon. Chinese research is totally invested in this switch, and is nearly ready to transpose its lab work into industrial production." [Emphasis Original]

I see Trump/Pompeo setting the Empire up for failure. Maybe that's why many EU politicos want Biden. But Trump/Pompeo wouldn't have gotten this far in their decoupling with China if they didn't have Deep State approval. What those Parasites want are China and Russia's financial systems. As Crooke writes, much depends upon Germany, and that's a total mixed bag b might write an in-depth article about since he resides within that beast.

And yes, I see the decoupling as another attack by the government on the nation.

Posted by: karlof1 | Oct 5 2020 21:52 utc | 171

Posted by: vk | Oct 5 2020 20:24 utc | 161

Would you still be talking about "the rise of christian nationalism in the US" if Trumpists get wiped out in the coming election?

I'm extremely sceptical about talk of "rising christian nationalism" in the US, the saying goes - as California goes, so goes the US.

Cali is not moving in that direction and republicans were wiped out there.

Public opinion surveys in the US do not show anything like this.

Minorities (growing) in the US do not vote republican.

It looks like the US will be a one party state and it will be a Democratic Party state.

Imo a civil war will start in the Republican Party after the coming election loss, between the nationalists (the poor base) and the pro-immigration lobby in the party.

That party is done imo.

Posted by: Passer by | Oct 5 2020 21:58 utc | 172

Color revolution on the way in Bishkek/Kyrgyzstan?
Unobserved elections the next generation of outside interference? Maybe?

Posted by: Wolle | Oct 5 2020 22:01 utc | 173

Passer by @173--

You make important points, but I'll point to the realities present within the Hudson and Kovalik interviews I linked to--both say for the 99% to win, the Duopoly must be destroyed leaving the R-Party and something else that is as yet unformed. And the meme of Christian nationalism is just that, a meme. Check out this video from last Saturday in Lafayette, Louisiana. Sure, there're Christian Militias, but a resurgence of Black Nationalism IMO is more likely.

Posted by: karlof1 | Oct 5 2020 22:12 utc | 174

Wolle @174--

Same MO, very small crowd. Details here. This time protesting some parties didn't make the voting threshold to get into Parliament.

Posted by: karlof1 | Oct 5 2020 22:20 utc | 175

@ Posted by: Passer by | Oct 5 2020 21:58 utc | 173

Would you still be talking about "the rise of christian nationalism in the US" if Trumpists get wiped out in the coming election?

Yes.

History is almost never linear. It oscillates. Most of the time, there is a force, a counter-force, and a synthesis. Contradiction is the rule, not the exception, of History.

Posted by: vk | Oct 5 2020 22:22 utc | 176

Dangerous info via https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/ :
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=kr04gHbP5MQ
In all likelihood, you should not be allowed to view it.

Posted by: jared | Oct 5 2020 22:41 utc | 177

I'm not that crazy about what Russ said in 145.

"This is nothing more or less than a campaign of mass psychological terrorism designed to cover for the collapsing economy, enable the controlled demolition of the global economy thereby averting a 2008-type chaotic collapse, set up the pretext for Wall Street's plunder expedition, radically escalate the police state, undertake a euthanasia campaign among the elderly in ill-health (which in turn is used to claim the bug is uniquely deadly), deeply traumatize people into submission to total social conformity, and radically aggravate the anti-social, anti-human atomization of the people."

Wouldn't this plot had to have China in on it?

Something I rather doubt.

Posted by: arby | Oct 5 2020 22:51 utc | 178

Russ @45

When a phenomenon is seized by the criminal elites to push their own power/profit agenda, and 100% of what policy is enacted or advocated is worthless and destructive while doing zilch to actually deal with the phenomenon, as is the case with both the Covid lockdowns and the whole "green economy" agenda of the climate-industrial complex, many are bound to find it too subtle to separate the phenomenon itself from the complete policy scam and simply deny the phenomenon as well.
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All of your premise may be factual, but your inability to distinguish the policy scam and the phenomenon is appalling.

Covid is not an ordinary flu. I read an article by a ER doctor who said that he had seen many traffic deaths and gun deaths but he never once saw anybody that died of ordinary flu. So he researched how flu deaths are counted and it turns out the way they come up with the number of 20K-60K flu deaths per year in the US is that is how many excess deaths there are every flu season. The ER doctor said he had seen far more Covid deaths than anybody will ever see as a result of flu. By your logic all the flu deaths are phony. The people who die of the flu all have comorbidities to such an extent that in almost all cases the flu is not even recognizable as a contributing cause of death. That is why I don't get a flu vaccine. If your healthy you won't die of the flu but if your healthy you may die from Cobid.

Covid is a far more serious disease than the flu. It kills people in ways that are clearly identifiable. If you have an Xray where your lungs look like broken glass all over you definitely have Covid and you only have about a 70% chance of survival and even if you survive you likely have permanent lung damage which will kill you eventually.
Smoking doesn't kill you right away either and just like smoking Covid will kill 100s of thousands (maybe millions) of people sometime down the road. You choose to disregard those deaths.

None of what I wrote above justifies the response of the US govt to the Covid virus. You can't use the awful response of TPTB to simply deny reality. Denying reality is exactly what TPTB want you to do.

As far as your analysis of Wall Street that is just about as bad as your analysis of Covid. Wall Street is a parasite that lives off the productive capacity of the real economy. There is no way that Wall Street can not take a hit if the real economy does. Wall Street is like a virus - if the host dies it will die.


Posted by: jinn | Oct 5 2020 23:11 utc | 179

Trump left Walter Reed and upon arriving at the White House put on a depraved, egomaniacal and reckless stunt.

He is a raving, delusional, lunatic poser with a deadly Covid virus behaving so irresponsibly in the highest office in the U.S.

ARRRGH! 🤬

Posted by: Circe | Oct 5 2020 23:37 utc | 180

Awesome, a poster with clinically diagnosable TDS.

Posted by: arby | Oct 6 2020 0:00 utc | 181

Circe:

Trump left Walter Reed and upon arriving at the White House put on a depraved, egomaniacal and reckless stunt.

He is a raving, delusional, lunatic poser with a deadly Covid virus behaving so irresponsibly in the highest office in the U.S.

Maybe he knows something we don't, and can't be bothered to play the game anymore?

Posted by: Dr Wellington Yueh | Oct 6 2020 0:01 utc | 182

Maybe they're on their third Trump clone? :P

And Baz if it isn't easier to moderate with two corpses then we're in even worse trouble :D

Nothing more "Identity Politics" inclusive than zombie presidents.

Posted by: Sunny Runny Burger | Oct 6 2020 1:01 utc | 183

I'm not sure if this has been posted yet, but the following twitter link from Drudge Report shows Trump gasping for air and in obvious discomfort. Presumably the videos were taken this evening.

Trump gasping for air

Posted by: retiredmecheng | Oct 6 2020 1:22 utc | 184

Please! You clowns make your suicides flamboyant and public!
Don't hold back children!!!

Posted by: fu | Oct 6 2020 2:17 utc | 185

@186 fu back

In one week everything will spin out of control. Trump is toast.

Posted by: Circe | Oct 6 2020 2:30 utc | 186

Posted by: Circe | Oct 6 2020 2:30 utc | 187 In one week everything will spin out of control. Trump is toast.

Let's hope so.

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | Oct 6 2020 3:09 utc | 187

any contrary indicators in the house??

Posted by: james | Oct 6 2020 3:10 utc | 188

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Posted by: Nguyễn Hòa | Oct 6 2020 3:23 utc | 189

@karlof1 | 172

Some Anglo financiers were neck deep in WW II backing both sides https://www.voltairenet.org/IMG/pdf/Sutton_Wall_Street_and_Hitler.pdf
Putin neutered them in Russia; now Xi Jinping is trying the same in CCP China but he is way deeper into them than Hitler ever was. He does have similar power as the Nazis so he might well manage.
Backing both sides of a military conflict is quite an old practice: some of the 0.1% Dutch financiers made lots of money from both sides during the 80 years war with Spain against their "own" nation, even with weapons sales. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eighty_Years%27_War

Greed is paramount to patriotism

Posted by: Anton | Oct 6 2020 3:37 utc | 190

06-Oct-2020: China calls for lifting unilateral sanctions on behalf of 26 countries
"Zhang Jun, China's permanent representative to the United Nations (UN), made the statement on behalf of countries including Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Belarus, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, China, Cuba, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Iran, Laos, Myanmar, Namibia, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Palestine, Russia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, South Sudan, Sudan, Suriname, Syria, Venezuela and Zimbabwe. "

The Anglo empire has serious competition, and the lead is not Russia.

Best possible outcome: both empires exhaust each other in some cold war, making way to a real multi polar world of many cultural nations without bullies.

Posted by: Antonym | Oct 6 2020 4:15 utc | 191

What's really interesting is that Trump is now doing exactly what he's been saying all along: COVID shouldn't "trump" life.
It will be interesting to see how that message is received.
A lot of people, all over the world, are increasingly actively tired of the lockdowns - particularly since they don't seem to actually do much good.
Restaurants in SF are starting to reopen. Went to several newly reopened ones in my area: the place I and my wife actually ate at, we were literally the only customers the entire time we were sitting there...3 beers, oysters and a couple appetizers worth. There were a couple of deliveries but that was it.
A Japanese sushi place we have frequented in the past - we went there next to see what was happening. It was literally their first day open. There was 1 group of 3 people waiting for a takeout; we bought 2 beers (in the bottle) but had to drink them outside since there was no inside seating and the outside was already closed.
The last place we went: a bar which we have gone into occasionally - they had 4 tables set up in the street. There was one pair of guys there just sitting when we arrived; after that all tables were full. The place was advertising $40 "bottomless" bellinis/bloody marys (but only for 1 hour and 45 minutes).

All throughout the above journey: there were as many homeless people wandering around as there were customers. The first place - at least 4 people went by with their shopping carts. The last place - only 2 wheel-bys but a homeless guy with very short shorts on was dancing around the whole time across the street and in the road in front of cars.

The barely disguised death wishes of the liberals notwithstanding, this is going to be a wild ride until November.

Posted by: c1ue | Oct 6 2020 4:28 utc | 192

Posted by: james | Oct 5 2020 18:05 utc | 146

this is why i have a hard time with your saying "out of 150000 official "Covid deaths" in the US as of mid-August only 9000 were actually clear-cut..." you wouldn't say this about a car accident..

That number isn't my saying, it's the CDC saying it.

"For 6% of the deaths, COVID-19 was the only cause mentioned. For deaths with conditions or causes in addition to COVID-19, on average, there were 2.6 additional conditions or causes per death. The number of deaths with each condition or cause is shown for all deaths and by age groups."

https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vsrr/covid_weekly/index.htm?fbclid=IwAR3-wrg3tTKK5-9tOHPGAHWFVO3DfslkJ0KsDEPQpWmPbKtp6EsoVV2Qs1Q#ExcessDeaths

(The data there also once again confirms that the overwhelming majority of deaths in the alleged presence of covid are among the elderly. Once again we see how the right response would have been to protect concentrated vulnerable populations (nursing homes etc.) while the rest of society went about regular life and attained herd immunity. The lockdowns did the exact 180 degree opposite of this, inflicting incalculable harm on humanity as a whole, while protecting the vulnerable is the one thing that was NOT done. That's no accident.)

The physical trauma and location (on a street, I assume), plus a wrecked or otherwise stopped car unless it's a hit-and-run, tend to make injuries from a car accident unmistakable. With chronic health problems there's more room to "interpret" if one chooses, in a strongly biased direction if one chooses, and health systems have systematically chosen on their own or been ordered by the political appointees that head them up to interpret anything they possibly can as a "covid death".

Same as how the PCR test relies heavily on the interpretation of the test administrator (the original inventor of the test warned that it should not be used for diagnostic purposes, its results are so impressionistic), so where tests are administered to those who suffer from co-morbidities, it's easy to use a loose interpretive protocol to brand as many of these as "covid cases" as you like. And then as I said they dogmatically declare e.g. any cancer sufferer who dies and who tested positive as a "covid death". As long as those schematic points are met, no one is supposed to look more closely to ascertain what really killed someone. The terror campaign already demands the maximum number of covid deaths, however these need to be invented.

Therefore tests also are unnecessary: If an untested patient dies and a treating doctor, or a doctor testifying only to hearsay about the case, or even nursing home staff who aren't doctors, give a "description" of respiratory symptoms and make the guess (strongly recommended by their superiors) that it could've been covid that killed'em, that's what they log.

Posted by: Russ | Oct 6 2020 4:31 utc | 193

Purely for social information:
A Republican lady Senator from Georgia tweeted a video of Trump tackling and beating up COVID-man Trump takedown of COVID-man
5.2 million views in 9 or 12 hours (not sure of time zone for tweet time)

Posted by: c1ue | Oct 6 2020 4:34 utc | 194

@ russ... i wasn't challenging the numbers russ, just the way you dismiss them based on your emphasis on 2.6 comorbidities suggesting covid is not the main reason these people die... thus the car analogy... now i have heard the hospitals in the usa get more money ( the profit motive is very capable of skewing data ) for claiming these are covid deaths which you appear to imply... i get that... it wouldn't be the first time an enron type accounting approach was taken in the usa... however it still seems to me a lot of unnecessary deaths in the usa are directly connected to covid which explains the differences between numbers from different countries in the world... now, i could be wrong, but it is what it looks like to me... dismissing them based on false accounting practices for these deaths wouldn't be out of the ordinary given how the profit motive is so emphasized in the usa.. thanks for your additional comments..

Posted by: james | Oct 6 2020 4:43 utc | 195

Posted by: arby | Oct 5 2020 22:51 utc | 179

"Wouldn't this plot had to have China in on it?"

Not if this started as a bioattack on China (and on Iran; how suspicious that the first two "hotspots" were among exactly whom the US would be the first to target). This remains one of the possible origins.

(In that list I forgot to include among the goals of the terror campaign: Beating the anti-China war drums.)

Posted by: Russ | Oct 6 2020 4:44 utc | 196

Posted by: jinn | Oct 5 2020 23:11 utc | 180

"As far as your analysis of Wall Street that is just about as bad as your analysis of Covid. Wall Street is a parasite that lives off the productive capacity of the real economy. There is no way that Wall Street can not take a hit if the real economy does. Wall Street is like a virus - if the host dies it will die."

1. Where did you get the absurd notion that Wall Street overall has any better a sense than anyone else of long-term survivability as opposed to the plunder opportunities of the moment? What you say about killing the host was just as applicable in 2008-2009 as today. Did they refrain from their depredations? No, they escalated and accelerated them.

The attitude of the entire society toward ecocide (including the mainstream Big Green environmental movement, as I said above about the climate-industrial complex and the Green parties), the economic civilization's total commitment to continuing to attempt the murder of the Earth until the civilization commits collective suicide, proves that almost no one has any sense beyond the orgy of the moment.

2. To whatever extent the elites are aware of the unsustainability of all this, of resource depletion and ecological collapse, they're planning for how to carry over their own power as they transition back from reliance on fossil fuels to reliance on human slavery. From that point of view as well, it behooves them to economically liquidate the 99% while radically escalating the police state and using psychological terrorism and this new Covid death religion to enforce the most meek, abject, cowardly, unquestioning, brain-dead conformity among these masses.

So far this latest mass experiment-policy offensive is working well: The vast majority, including among those who previously had posed as "anti-authoritarians" etc. and who had pretended not to trust governments and mainstream media, joined the panic stampede, unquestioningly conformed and obeyed every decree issued by the TV, economically and socially immolated themselves, and in the case of the former non-conformists rushed to serve as junior deputy propagandists themselves.


Posted by: Russ | Oct 6 2020 5:02 utc | 197

I came across this film at https://twitter.com/TamrikoT

I highly recommend this two part documentary. It should be mandatory viewing in any educational settings dealing with WW2.

Romm’s “Ordinary Fascism” pulls out all the stops in its selection of documentary material to draw the viewer not only into absolute horror about fascism and nazism in the 1920s-1940s Europe, but also to a firmest of convictions that nothing of the sort should be allowed to happen again anywhere in the world.

The documentary film Obyknovennyy fashizm (Common Fascism), aka A Night of Thoughts (1965) about the Third Reich attracted attention of over forty million viewers. No other historic documentary won such a numerous audience. The film consists mainly of archive documents, several documentary scenes shot specially for the film, and the narrator’s text pronounced by the film director himself.

https://russianfilmhub.com/movies/triumph-over-violence-1965/

Posted by: Tom | Oct 6 2020 5:11 utc | 198

james | Oct 6 2020 4:43 utc | 196

"i wasn't challenging the numbers russ, just the way you dismiss them based on your emphasis on 2.6 comorbidities suggesting covid is not the main reason these people die... thus the car analogy... now i have heard the hospitals in the usa get more money ( the profit motive is very capable of skewing data ) for claiming these are covid deaths which you appear to imply... i get that... it wouldn't be the first time an enron type accounting approach was taken in the usa... however it still seems to me a lot of unnecessary deaths in the usa are directly connected to covid which explains the differences between numbers from different countries in the world... dismissing them based on false accounting practices for these deaths wouldn't be out of the ordinary given how the profit motive is so emphasized in the usa.. thanks for your additional comments.."

The point is that from the start no care was taken to actually discern what was and wasn't a primarily Covid-caused death, using pre-existing diagnostic and mortality-logging protocols. There was never any good faith on this score.

On the contrary, part of the initial media scream to "Stampede!!" was the implication that no one had the luxury of proper procedure (which was a lie, of course), and the implication that every bias and default should run in favor of attributing everything including the kitchen sink to covid.

When we understand this overall process which was shoddy and unedifying at best, and more deeply corrupt and malign, and place it in the context of the terrorist propaganda assault which always has had nothing but malevolent motives and goals (no one can seriously argue these governments and media care anything about public health, given their anti-health record at every other point - rejecting Medicare for All, supporting every kind of agricultural and industrial poisoning regime etc.), we can see how it was never worth the many extreme harms of the lockdowns, including a death toll from the lockdowns which may turn out to exceed any reasonable estimate of how many covid deaths there really were, for the sake of what was always at best an extremely speculative sense of how dangerous this "pandemic" ever was (and to say again, even the officially alleged death toll has tremendously diminished; from any non-insane point of view the pandemic is over), a vague sense driven by a government-media terrorist propaganda campaign which in some way mustered a huge amount of atavistic superstitious fear among the masses.

(I've long been saying this vast reservoir of free-floating fear-itself was over the dire existential economic position of the masses and ecological position of the civilization. The idea of an infinitely deadly pandemic proved to serve as the perfect cathexis for all this fear, as well as offering the opportunity for superstitious propitiatory rites like masking and hex distancing. These go along with changing one's light bulbs and such as purely worthless gestures which somehow are supposed to propitiate some menacing demon while not having to change one's ways in any real way. Or at least to alleviate the great fear. I think a rabbit's foot would work as well.)

Posted by: Russ | Oct 6 2020 5:28 utc | 199

"I saw the picture of him(Trump) in the car today wearing his mask doing a drive-by for his adoring supporters.

His eyes told me he's really scared and emotional. He's behind the glass with Covid and his fans are healthy on the other side. That's something he can't handle and has no experience dealing with."
Posted by: Circe | Oct 5 2020 2:51 utc | 83
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Circe,
Did it just make you want to hold his hand, look deep into his frightened eyes, and tell him it will all be OK Mr. President?

Posted by: CitizenX | Oct 6 2020 6:17 utc | 200

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