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January 10, 2021

The MoA Week In Review - OT 2021-003

Last week's posts at Moon of Alabama:

Alexey Navalny @navalny - 18:13 UTC · Jan 9, 2021
1. I think that the ban of Donald Trump on Twitter is an unacceptable act of censorship (THREAD)
Rania Khalek @RaniaKhalek - 10:33 UTC · Jan 10, 2021
Entrusting Silicon Valley oligarchs to police speech on the social media platforms that dominate the exchange of information is gonna turn out great for the left for sure. No concerns here
I remember when Instagram and Facebook removed leftist videos about the elections in Bolivia following last year’s fascist coup. I’m sure that was just an accident and more of that won’t happen.
Also the many many many Palestinian posts and accounts that have been censored for challenging Israeli criminality surely isn’t coordinated or intentional, no reason to be concerned, really. Daddy Zuck and Jack are just trying to protect our minds from bad ideas 🙏🏽

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Other issues:

Covid-19:


Source - bigger

Venezuela:

Iran:

ICYMI:

Use as open thread ...

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This seems to have been a major financial mistake by twitter.

Their stockprice has fallen approx 20 % since Tuesday 5th Jan

Posted by: Triden | Jan 12 2021 4:38 utc | 201

Below are a couple of quote from two Reuter's postings that I thought relevant

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(Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump has privately blamed ‘Antifa people’ for storming the U.S. Capitol last Wednesday, even though clear video and documentary evidence shows the rioters were overwhelmingly his supporters, Axios reported.

Trump made the remark in a 30-minute-plus phone call Monday morning with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Axios reported bit.ly/2K4mNM6, citing a White House official and another source familiar with the call.

However, McCarthy told Trump in the call, which according to Axios was tense and aggressive at times, “It’s not Antifa, it’s MAGA. I know. I was there.”
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf told his staff on Monday he was stepping down, the agency said, a move that comes as his department coordinates security for the Jan. 20 presidential inauguration and after a deadly mob attack on the U.S. Capitol last week.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) press office said Wolf would leave his post at 11:59 p.m. on Monday. Pete Gaynor, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, will take over as acting secretary, the office said.
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What will happen between now and January 20th? More shit show instead of human focused governance, that's what!

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jan 12 2021 5:47 utc | 202

@AntiSpin #195:

Well there were hundreds on their site which you could have enjoyed to your heart's content, but it's been taken down. Sorry.

You do realize Parler had 20,000,000 accounts and 7,000,000 daily active users? “Hundreds” of threatening posts does not warrant its complete shutdown in a single day, with no advance warnings of removal given at all, no time given—say, one month—to remedy the deficiencies of its moderation system, not even enough time to backup users’ data from Amazon’s cloud storage.

Posted by: S | Jan 12 2021 5:54 utc | 203

@AntiSpin #195:;S #202: about Parler and the supposed lost data

Below is a ZH link about someone that says they have 70 terabytes or so of it

https://www.zerohedge.com/political/hacktivist-archives-every-deleted-parler-post-future-cancel-crusades

I am just the piano player here.......

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jan 12 2021 6:20 utc | 204

Briahna Joy Gray asks “Should we be mourning the Nazi site being shut down?”, then a minute later admits she has never visited Parler (neither has her co-host): Virgil Texas, Internet Censor (Bad Faith, January 11, 2021). Can’t make this shit up.

If everyone on Parler is a Nazi, does that mean that there are 20,000,000 Nazis in the U.S.? Or could it be that the “woke” definition of a Nazi has become way too broad? The Nazis were people who exterminated Jews, Roma and homosexuals for no other reason than them being Jews, Roma and homosexuals—a fact they couldn’t change even if they wanted to. They also exterminated communists, and their war against the Soviet Union has resulted in deaths of 26,000,000 Soviet citizens, mostly Russians. Are there people in the U.S. doing anything of the sort right now? No. Are there people in the U.S. dreaming of doing it? Yes. Are there 20,000,000 of such people? Absolutely not. It follows that Parler can’t possibly be a “Nazi site”, and such language, which is very common among the U.S. “left” and even some actual progressives like Briahna, is pure propaganda to cover for the overt repression being committed right in front of our eyes.

Posted by: S | Jan 12 2021 6:38 utc | 205

Ron Paul @RonPaul - 18:15 UTC · Jan 11, 2021

With no explanation other than "repeatedly going against our community standards," @Facebook has blocked me from managing my page. Never have we received notice of violating community standards in the past and nowhere is the offending post identified.

Ron Paul @RonPaul - 18:16 UTC · Jan 11, 2021

The only thing we posted to Facebook today was my weekly "Texas Straight Talk" column, which I have published every week since 1976.

Posted by: S | Jan 12 2021 6:47 utc | 206

I have never used twitter, never will, (although I read links there at times ...)

I used Faceplant about six months after my younger brother died to admin his page for the family, ten years ago.

I have always considered both to be bad ideas badly done. Crap in other words, commercial crap. I de-platformed myself quite deliberately some time back. No large commercial platforms. I do use gmail. So it appears that view has been vindicated. Saved a lot of money too.

The internet was designed as a public space that scales well, there was no thought of privacy or security, the problem was to connect up billions of people and let them talk, a tricky problem too, but they got it right.

So the problem we have with the internet is that we put all kinds of non-public needs-to-be-secure stuff like bank accounts out in this insecure and un-private place where anybody can try to get it.

Posted by: Bemildred | Jan 12 2021 7:54 utc | 207

@169:
How timely! Speak of Cao Cao , and Cao Cao appears, lol!
Cap Cao is Rashomon like: his character, a matter of perspective.
The great woodblock artist Yoshitoshi depicted him as a majestic warrior in 100 Aspects of Moon: upright and resplendent on a moonlit river before the epic Battle of Red Cliff.
A more prevailing view is a Trump like malignant narcissist: I would rather betray the whole world than have the whole world betray me.
Trump had the same idea like others - the relationship with China needs some fixing.
But he has no real world experience dealing with complex issues.
Trade wars are NOT easy to win
Nor tech wars.
Trump ultimately was more wrapped up with his own ego and hopeful legacy - the man who took China down and MAGA! - than any actual deliverables.
But that Ship of Fools ( with a nod at Katherine Ann Porter's title) has sailed into the sunset; the BiMala crew is dropping anchor.
Whether the new captain sets the compass towards conflict (in all its forms), or peaceful horizons, the other side will roll with the punches. Or the waves.
What lies ahead, or at the bottom of the South China Sea, no one knows.
Cao Cao is not around to tell.

Posted by: LittleWhiteCabbage | Jan 12 2021 8:02 utc | 208

@psychohistorian #203

In addition to archiving public Parler posts, which is legal, the activist has also hacked and archived photos metadata such as geo-location (private data that was never made public by the users), private photos and videos, and driver’s license photos used for account verification, all of which is illegal. But, of course, the activist will not be prosecuted—after all, all those 20,000,000 people are “Nazis”, right? So clearly, they are subhuman and have no rights whatsoever, according to the “anti-fascists” backed by global tech monopolies and CIA-controlled global mainstream media.

Posted by: S | Jan 12 2021 8:12 utc | 209

Posted by: vk

"Military Keynesianism doesn't exist."

Yeah, right. The new technologies developed by the Pentagon (including digital computing, the Internet, the GPS, digital photography, etc, etc, etc.) are completely inconsequential, as are domestic manufacturing jobs at Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Raytheon, Northrop, etc, etc, etc.

How silly of me.

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@ c1ue 190

"steven t johnson [...] you are a hammer and see everything as a nail. And not even a very good hammer..."

Indeed: not nearly enough passionate denunciations of WHITE SUPREMACY in Steven's Orange Man Bad song & dance. WTF?

Hopefully it's coming...

Posted by: Mao Cheng Ji | Jan 12 2021 8:51 utc | 210

The military has at times been an effective vehicle for developing new tech. They don't need to be profitable (to put things generously). The military cannot be expected to make the best use of the new tech though.

The military is a crappy way to create jobs, you get a few good jobs, and put a few people to work, where you could have many and many and even make a profit. In the USA the government is not allowed to compete with private business, make profit, etc., and then it is attacked for not being run like a business too. Great racket, eh?

There is actually plenty of work that needs to be done here, and plenty of money to pay for the work, the problem is the insistence that a few oligarchs have to make exorbiatant profits from every thing we do. What a dumb way to do things.

Posted by: Bemildred | Jan 12 2021 9:30 utc | 211

The illegal occupier of Palestine is thinking of occupying Yemen sometime soon. That will suck the dopey Dems in real easy.

Posted by: u | Jan 12 2021 9:37 utc | 212

The illegal occupier of Palestine is thinking of occupying Yemen sometime soon. That will suck the dopey Dems in real easy.

Posted by: u | Jan 12 2021 9:37 utc | 213

#212 is my post

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jan 12 2021 9:38 utc | 214

Excellent article about Ukraine and the challenge it will be for the Biden administration.

Some of the data is terrifying, like nine million Ukrainians voting with their feet and leaving the country, or a pro Russian party ahead in the polls without counting the eastern break away provinces or Crimea, like being illegal and punishable to start a conversation in any other language but Ukrainian until both interlocutors agree otherwise, or the fact that half the national budget goes to debt interest payments.

The question to be asked is: the people that created this mess should be rewarded with new jobs in the new administration? Well, Cookie Nuland will have a new chance to spread democracy, or jam and butter on top of those cookies.

Joe Biden and the Challenge of Ukraine

One more interesting tidbit, half a million Telegram downloads in January the 6th, while his founder Durov urges everybody to drop iOS and go for Android, seems like Apple does not think different anymore, actually they do not since they dropped the rainbow apple.

Posted by: Paco | Jan 12 2021 10:41 utc | 215

Jimmy Dore, on Twitter[the BORG'S] twisted logic for banning Trump, and reactions around the world.

https://youtu.be/iz0jzKiwB5M (9 min)

Posted by: gm | Jan 12 2021 10:55 utc | 216

Donald Trump has now been totaly exposed, breaking news !
https://theharoldtribune.com/

Wow

Posted by: Mark2 | Jan 12 2021 11:23 utc | 217

AntiSpin | Jan 11 2021 23:33 utc | 184

You'd better hope they don't figure out why they've been banned. If they ever stop sitting on their guns and actually begin using them then the Woke Revolution is going to have a problem. Their window of opportunity for using those guns is closing on them.

Posted by: EoinW | Jan 12 2021 11:47 utc | 218

@214/13/12

I guess the twisted Ashkenazim logic du jour would be something like "King Solomon screwed the Queen of Sheba, so ergo, we own your arses/asses." They are obviously trying to set up the last of Netanyahu's and Sheldon Adelson's Iran baiting before they slink off stage for 4 years.

Posted by: imo | Jan 12 2021 11:52 utc | 219

S | Jan 12 2021 6:38 utc | 205

To call people at Parler Nazi is ridiculous. We're talking about people who were driven to Parler because their free speech was restricted on other sites. No not because they were threatening to kill people. I got hit with two FB bans - one for posting the Red Army raising the Soviet flag over the Reichstag in 1945 and the other for writing that Canadians are idiots for supporting lockdowns that destroy small businesses. The fact is that people at Parler are "live and let live" types who mostly want to be left alone. The violent talk is due to their frustration because the Woke won't leave them alone.

The case can be made that there are Nazis, plenty of Nazis, around now. They are all on the Left and, like good fascists, are allied with government power. No they aren't murdering millions or sending them to Concentration camps...yet. They are trying to make 75 million Trump supporters cease to exist virtually. That's the limit to their power this week. As the restrictions on their power fall away they will come up with more extreme measures. We're talking about people who support governments that destroy small businesses and force everyone to wear face masks. There are no limits for these people. The Israelis would murder every Palestinian tomorrow, if they thought they could get away with it. These Woke Nazis will murder every Conservative/Traditionalist when they think they can get away with it.

The question is: when does the Right wake up? Their self defence posture is doomed to failure. If they do not take the initiative and begin fighting back then they are going to be ruled by Nazis for good.

Posted by: EoinW | Jan 12 2021 12:05 utc | 220

Does anyone else have the feeling we are living through the final chapters of William Golding's The Lord of the Fly's? The fictional final chapter will not happen unless actual aliens appear in person (hardly likely).

Merge this with the recurring nightmare of Joseph McCarthy's drive to 'cleanse' government of 'communists' although this time the cleansing is not of an external 'third party' but focused upon the only balancing opposition to their ideology - how very perceptive and effective 'take 2' is; nothing remaining to oppose their rule and never likely to be seriously opposed outside widespread political violence.

The courts have been bent and corrupted beyond use, the legislative has been effectively divided beyond function, the executive has been eviscerated and neutered, political governance has been effectively destroyed, only remaining institutions are those of the plutocratic oligarchy.

Some fine mess to find oneself - no?

Posted by: Formerly T-Bear | Jan 12 2021 12:10 utc | 221

My Bad. That should be The Lord of the Flies.

Posted by: Formerly T-Bear | Jan 12 2021 12:14 utc | 222

And we have a new IHRA handbook to help us detect and combat the undercurrent of antisemitism which is present in all criticism of Israel:
https://twitter.com/kschnurbein/status/1347517360828243969.

Posted by: Tuyzentfloot | Jan 12 2021 12:57 utc | 223

Ali Abunimah worried that the new EU spokesman for Israel might be antisemitic but luckily that is not the case: https://electronicintifada.net/content/fuck-it-wipe-out-gaza-says-spokesman-new-eu-campaign/21296

Posted by: Tuyzentfloot | Jan 12 2021 13:00 utc | 224

@imo | Jan 12 2021 11:52 utc | 219

They are obviously trying to set up the last of Netanyahu's and Sheldon Adelson's Iran baiting before they slink off stage for 4 years.

Adelson beat them, he has "moved on".

Posted by: Norwegian | Jan 12 2021 14:22 utc | 225

@imo | Jan 12 2021 11:52 utc | 219

Re: Sheldon Adelson...

Casino mogul Sheldon Adelson dies at age 87 (on the 11th).

Posted by: gm | Jan 12 2021 14:30 utc | 226

Bemildred @211

If I were the evil dictator of America for a couple years the first thing I would do would be to redirect 90% of the military budget to the formation of a quasi-military "Civilian Corps of Engineering", with salaries too low to live on but too high to starve on. Anyone enlisting for a full four year term gets any medical or student debt taken over by the Corps and all of their living expenses covered (base housing, healthcare, continued education, quality meal hall nutrition, etc). Enlistment emphasis would be on fresh STEM grads, who would start with higher rank, but otherwise enlistment would be open to anyone. Advancement within the Corps would be based upon proven merit, but leadership roles would also include a democratic element like China's CPC employs internally.

Unlike the public works projects of the 1930s and 1940s the "Civilian Corps of Engineering" would have a scope far larger than building post offices and visitor's centers at national parks and maintaining hiking trails and stuff like that. Major projects would be building America's first true high speed rail network from the ground up, including all rolling stock, switching and signaling technology, and constructing the stations, each of which would be treated as an individual work of art to enhance the location and exemplify the local character. Urban and neighborhood transit systems would likewise be individually developed to build on the character of the target communities. The Corp would be tasked with rebuilding a modernized public Internet backbone and public data centers that support end-to-end quantum encryption that even the network management personnel cannot compromise even if the CIA held guns to their heads. All citizens would have free and unrevocable access to that Internet infrastructure and the set of streamlined, ad-free, secure, and entirely uncensored (and in fact uncensorable due to the quantum encryption in the infrastructure the apps would employ) social media apps that the Corps would develop to run on it.

The Corps would get first dibs on building hardware and doing research for other US agencies, such as NASA.

The Corps would also build and run campus-bases across the nation in which enlistees can pursue personal interests (writing stories about magical children? Painting velvet Elvises? Whatever floats their boat) so long as they do a few hours of grunt work for the Corp per week. The quality of life on these campuses would be far from luxurious but more than adequate to eliminate living concerns and allow enlistees to focus on their interests so that they can produce the next "Harry Potter" or "Moby Dick" or what have you.

The jewels in the Corps' crown, though, would a series of research centers that support research both pure and applied. To a degree these research centers would be like the campus-bases, and may even be co-located with them, but would be intended for more rigorous studies that also require specialized equipment and facilities. These research centers would have clueless pointy-haired bosses and useless project managers wandering around for atmosphere, but those PHBs and PMs would have no real authority.

All of this is doable, though some of it would be expensive. Customized local transit systems for small towns and suburbs would cost, for example; however, unlike current military spending these investments would have enormous economic multipliers (military spending has practically no economic multipliers... it is a net sink of value). Something like this "Civilian Corps of Engineering" would also have knock-on benefits throughout society. Having a guaranteed place to go and do interesting and meaningful work after graduation would help to build interest in American kids pursuing STEM studies. Though doing so would hurt capitalists' profits the Corps would be able to absorb a significant portion of the nation's unemployed. As well, infrastructure that is not profitable to build but invaluable to society would finally get developed. Finally, the "Civilian Corps of Engineering" would internally model a superior society that its retired "veterans" would proselytize and try to duplicate aspects of in the larger society.

Something like this "Civilian Corps of Engineering" could save America, but I'm not holding my breath.

Posted by: William Gruff | Jan 12 2021 14:34 utc | 227

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jan 12 2021 9:38 utc | 212-214

Izzies taking over Yemen: I see rumors and noises in that direction, it has the kind of desperate stupidity that I expect in the circumstances, so they might try it. The Houthis have water. And the Houthis will bomb them when they do, they have drones and missiles and plenty of bombs.

Posted by: Bemildred | Jan 12 2021 14:41 utc | 228

@ Posted by: William Gruff | Jan 12 2021 14:34 utc | 227

Major projects would be building America's first true high speed rail network from the ground up[...]

This is impossible in America because land is privately owned, and laws and regulations change from one State to the other.

In this scenario, your Civilian Corps of Engineering would have to buy every lot of land the rail would pass through, at market prices. And that's if they accept to sell it. One motherfucker refusing to sell his/her land, and the project would have to be delayed.

China can easily build railroads because all land is publicly owned. The only exception to that are specific lots of land owned by the peasant class that preceded the Revolution, but their land is not inheritable after the deal they made with the then victorious communists, and will fall to public ownership after their deaths. Either way, they are small in area, and concentrated in some big cities, so they don't affect the railroad building.

In the USA, land is unconditionally privately owned. The US Constitution foresees cases where the Federal Government can expropriate - with or without compensation - land for the public good, but, in practice, this is almost never used. The only case I can remember in the modern era was that small, 500 inhabitants village near Seattle that was expropriated in order to build a laboratory for nukes research during WWII, and even then the expropriated were fully compensated by the market prices.

See this video explaining the issue:

Why The US Has No High-Speed Rail

Posted by: vk | Jan 12 2021 14:54 utc | 229

vk @229

I specified "quasi-military" to describe the "Civilian Corps of Engineering". The military gets what the military wants in America, and that is one of the aspects of the Corps that would carry over from the military. Anyway, issues of eminent domain, or building over private property on viaducts or under such property in tunnels are just implementation details. The biggest impediment is that big business would never allow their owned politicians to go forward with something like a "Civilian Corps of Engineering" as described, so a revolution would be needed first.

Posted by: William Gruff | Jan 12 2021 15:05 utc | 230

"Billionaire casino owner and Republican megadonor Sheldon Adelson died at age 87 on Monday night from complications related to treatment for non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma."

https://www.axios.com/sheldon-adelson-dies-2f464db8-7b06-49f5-83ad-1f99f89b2b03.html

Posted by: imo | Jan 12 2021 15:12 utc | 231

@Gruff, CCC and "public service" as serving the public:

Yes, that's the idea, lots of jobs there, as many as you need. That idea was popular when I was young but we have been brainwashed out of it. (One suspects that has something to do with the need to funnel as many kids as possible into the military, which sucks as an occupation otherwise. I have a number of nieces and nephews who are or have been in the military because they lacked other legal options to get a hand up in life.) We could easily make use of the energy and drive to rebuild America and in the process give all this young people a life. A win-win, see how win-win works? As an old person I would be happy to use all of Jeff Bezos' money for that purpose.

Posted by: Bemildred | Jan 12 2021 15:15 utc | 232

It seems that USA is inhabited by Lilliputians, not on the account of the size of the inhabitants, which is impressive in both height and width, but on the nature of disputes that wrack the country with various levels of violence. In Lilliput, the basic controversy was if a soft-boiled egg should be eaten from the wide end or the narrow end (I always preferred the narrow, but to avoid that tricky issue, nowadays I stick to hardboiled eggs, peeled and cut lengthwise -- perhaps a wrong cut?). Trump himself diversified from real estate and TV reality shows to politics using "birthism", the allegation that Obama was not born on US soil. The right is a veritable geyser spewing one nonsense after another, overcoming limitations of the narrowing demographic base. The "left", more precisely gerontocrats who control Democratic Party with the help of youthful acolytes, arrived at a politically viable conclusion that the way to overcome balderdash (you may substitute it with bu....it) is to create its own brand of balderdash. Here is Nancy Pelosi commenting on Wednesday brouhaha that marred Capitol building:

And the message that it sent to the world, a complete tool of Putin, this President is. Putin’s goal was to diminish the role of—the view of democracy in the world. That’s what he has been about. With you, Mr. President, all roads lead to Putin. Putin wants to undermine democracy. That’s what he’s about domestically and internationally. And the President gave him the biggest of all of his many gifts to Putin, the biggest gift, yesterday.

As I commented before, this is a coherent framework for analyzing events and policies. We start with the fundamental question: does it make Putin happy? If it does, it is bad. If it is bad, it makes Putin happy. Is Trump really, really bad, to the point warranting bans on Twitter and plethora of lesser punishments, including prison? To answer the question, we need to check just how much mirth and happiness does he provide to Putin.

By the way, I got Pelosi citation from WSWS. There you can read some details how it came to pass that Capitol had such feeble protection. I am agnostic about the conclusion of a "fascist plot". We could read about such plots in Bolivia and Ukraine, and for a variety of reasons, this is not viable in USA. E.g. while police has right wing inclinations, you do not have the combination of racial, cultural and ideological differences of Bolivia, and cultural and ideological differences in Ukraine*. Then you have National Guard, the nearest was in Maryland, a Democratic bastion; according to WSWS, Pentagon did not give them permission to enter DC, but who knows what would happen in the case of actual attempt of an armed takeover.

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Jan 12 2021 16:00 utc | 233

What will happen between now and January 20th? More shit show instead of human focused governance, that's what!

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jan 12 2021 5:47 utc | 202

Ever the optimist, aren't you psychohistorian? "Human focused governance" shortly after January 20th? Really? REALLY?

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Jan 12 2021 16:08 utc | 234

About cultural differences dividing Ukraine. Similarly to soft-boiled eggs in Lilliput, everybody likes borsht, knows how to make it, and eats it regularly. But there is a fundamental distinction: is it a dish common to all denizens of former Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, plus Russia, or is it uniquely Ukrainian gift to humanity? This dispute spilled into pages of The Guardian, New York Times, heavy edits in Wikipedia. The latter is hard work, one language version at the time, recently Ukrainian diplomats reported proudly about the changes in the Turkish Wikipedia.

I checked Russian and Polish pages. Russian is as described, while Polish page was a bit bizarre. To my knowledge, Poles consume 3-4 varieties of borsht. One is called "barszcz ukrainski", i.e. Ukrainian, it contains vegetable pieces and potatoes, one "chlodnik litewski", Lithuanian cold soup with beets and beet leaves, and then "barszcz polski" which is totally clear, kind of consommé with intense burgundy color. It can be eaten with a savory pastry on the side, or with dumplings called "uszka". What was bizarre that the last one was described in the Polish page as traditional for a Jewish holiday, but now, again, the page only mentions that it is traditional for Christmas Eve (hard to imagine a Polish family eating supper on Christmas Eve without that borsht), with nary a word about Jews-- some hidden Wiki war. In any case, I seriously doubt if Polish borsht is eaten in Ukraine.

On edit: the clear borsht is mentioned only with Christmas tradition on Polish page on borsht, but this page has a link to a separate page on the clear borsht, there only Sukkot is mentioned. Perhaps an amicable solution for Polish and Jewish culinary nationalists (or religious fanatics?).

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Jan 12 2021 16:31 utc | 235

Mao Cheng Ji@183 "'If military Keynesianism was a real thing that actually worked, the gigantic military budgets the US has had for decades would have kept the US the greatest manufacturing power on Earth.'

And it did. And not just manufacturing, but also scientific and technological."

The US has steadily lost its share of manufacturing over the decades of military Keynesianism. It's scientific and technological expertise has also declined steadily. If military Keynesianism was a thing that actually worked, the US would never have lost its lead over China. The assumption that America is the greatest is jingo BS.

"'Trump's program is nothing but the Fed shoveling money into banks and stocks'
'

No, that was actually the Nobel Peace Laureate's program. QE1, QE2, QE3. QE3 ended in 2015, and the actual quantitative tightening started in 2018. Check it out, dear Steve. The pandemic-money-printing is a different story."

As I said, the money printing resumed in 2019, after the December crisis. Trump jawboned the Fed to support the stock market, which still isn't the barometer of US economy, much less the welfare of the citizens. If anything, it's the opposite, stock market up, people down. The world recession did not start with the pandemic. Trump always stood against the Fed tightening because it threatened the stock market.

"'The supposed recovery in wages and employment started before Trump'

The lowest unemployment rate in 60 years is not "recovery", dear Steve. It's the lowest unemployment rate in 60 years."

Blind worship of statistics is about as respectable as blindly assuming America is the greatest. It's popular, but that doesn't make it true. The lowest unemployment rate when labor force participation rates have declined means it is dishonest to interpret them as the lowest unemployment rates, especially given the long history of Mao Cheng Jis playing games with the statistics. Further, real wages count. Further, it is still true that a limited economic recovery after a major business cycle crisis as in 2008 is to be expected no matter who is President. The sensible question is, was there a strong and sustained recovery that increased employment and real wages and brought people back into the labor force? NO, there was not.

Posted by: steven t johnson | Jan 12 2021 16:34 utc | 236

All,

Anyone at the bar playing with this?

Inrupt

Posted by: Digital Spartacus | Jan 12 2021 16:52 utc | 237

@Posted by: juliania | Jan 11 2021 18:50 utc | 167

"The details pose still a question as to how the vaccine reacts on entering a warm human body, whether it retains whatever efficiency it may have had at the lower temperatures in preventing the virus from still infecting the person vaccinated."

(I haven't read all posts here so perhaps gm has already answered your query.)

The messenger RNA segments are very fragile as gm described earlier. They break apart easily, thus the need for very low storage temperatures. Their nanoparticle lipid membranes reduce fragility as well as facilitate cohesion to cell surfaces ( which is also of lipid material), providing the mRNA access to the cell cytoplasm.

Some of the mRNA lipid units may have already degraded previous to injection despite being cold stored, but the dose contains enough units to stimulate an immune response. Biological activity begins only after the mRNA has entered the muscle cell cytoplasm (where the vaccine is injected).

After entering the cell’s cytoplasm, the ribosome machinery (protein factory) is highjacked by the mRNA strand (the lipids are left on the outside of the cell wall) to produce a specific antigen based on the mRNA sequence recipe. These antigens then trigger the body’s immune system. The body’s immunological response mechanisms are not completely understood, but both short term and long term (they hope) processes are triggered, and hopefully not too much and not too little.

My question concerning this new mRNA technology is, what are the effects of triggering the body’s complex (and brilliant) immune system mid-cycle, so to speak, without the system having gone through the earlier stages of a natural immune response, which is multi layered and consists of multiple processes?
Inserting an antigen without the previous biological processes having been initiated may have adverse consequences for the body’s ability to attenuate the immunological response, or not. We don’t know.

Also, long-term studies take years, not months, to do. These mRNA vaccines are experimental drugs which have been given emergency-use authorization. Emergency-use authorized drugs, according to my understanding in usa anyway, cannot be mandated. Not that that would occur here where I live since the state government has been controlled by corporate interests since shortly after Citizens United (2010). Today the state legislature meets half unmasked (the red section). It refuses to mandate mask wearing in the assembly (similarly in this county where long-term care health workers pleaded with county officials for a mandate and were told no ) even though, according to recent calculations based on us population, 59% of infections are spread by people who feel fine — asymptomatic (25%) and pre-symptomatic (34%).

To your last point, the vaccines do not prevent infection. They prevent illness, especially severe illness, or that is the hope. That is why the UK has discarded the drug company protocol of two shots three weeks apart, instead choosing to give as many people as possible a first dose, this to prevent hospitalizations as they are in crisis situation.

BTW, thank you to you and Paco for the link to the 1966 film by Andrei Tarkovsky about the 14th-15th century icon painter Andrei Rublev. A beautiful, gorgeous film. Thanks. Watched it over the weekend.

Posted by: suzan | Jan 12 2021 17:07 utc | 238

Posted by: Digital Spartacus | Jan 12 2021 16:52 utc | 237

With any system using a central repository, the question is going to be who owns that repository and how well-defended is that ownership and control? The current evildoers pretended to not be evil in the beginning, this is to be expected. Ideally such things should be public service enterprises, businesses if you like owned by all for the benefit of all, with the need to make a profit removed. They still need to work financially, but that does not include exorbitant profit to anyone. For-profit business hate this of course because they cannot compete with it and still make exorbitant profits.

So that is the question I would have about that project. I can see the benefits of a centralized system, but how to maintain beneficial control is the critical question for me.

No, I haven't looked into it yet, but I've heard of it recently.

Posted by: Bemildred | Jan 12 2021 17:08 utc | 239

Posted by: LittleWhiteCabbage | Jan 12 2021 8:02 utc | 208

To compare Cao Cao to Trump is highly disrespectful of Cao Cao. And you must know Mao compared himself to Cao Cao:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poetry_of_Mao_Zedong#Snow_(1936.02)

No, the point is that Cao-Cao/PLA is a land power and afaik doesn't have any naval victories under its belt on the waves. The adversaries, US, UK+, Japan, are established naval powers.

Which is why Pompeo is calling the bluff, and why Global Times notes it is a time of "making prestige" for China.

Is the Strait the Red Cliff of CCP? Man aspires and Heaven determines.

Cao Cao: “the only heroes in the world are you and I.”

It is puke inducing to even imagine the Orange Ape attempting that line. You, Little Rotting Cabbage, are not Chinese at all.

Posted by: BoredDragon | Jan 12 2021 17:19 utc | 240

Mao Cheng Ji | Jan 11 2021 18:24 utc | 165

"Antifa is not "free" to loot." Antifa is not about looting, imo. I've seen them, they were middle-class kids. Antifa is about physically attacking non-conformists, the unwoke who dare to speak. They are brown-shirts of the Woke movement.

Maybe this was a make-shift jobs program for locked down millennials: maybe Antifa was hired to loot.

See the interview with CA Fitts @ minute 28:38
Catherine Austin Fitts Full Interview Planet Lockdown


Her study revealed that the riots took place in Democratic ruled cities with US Fed Reserve Bank branches and OpportunityZones that allow capital gains to be rolled into these zones, which zones correspond with the riots, such that the capital gains are sheltered from taxation.

Posted by: pogohere | Jan 12 2021 17:20 utc | 241

@216 gm

Jimmy Dore believes that gov't should come and regulate private businesses.

This is a very dangerous, slippery-slope for obvious reasons. He is very mistaken in this thinking.

What the government should be doing is ensuring the ability of competing views and products (iow, regulating monopolies) to arise in moments just like this.

What you get when you have the fed playing theater with these tech monopolies is what you have been seeing endlessly over at cspan where FaceCuck Ceo Zuckercuck is getting pinned in a fake wrestling tour by some swamp senate committee.

...

CONSERVATIVES, all 75 million of us, STOP USING BIG TECH PRODUCTS.

STOP WATCHING PRO SPORTS.

STOP WATCHING MSM STUFF.

...

It looks as though FOX news, in an effort, to stop the hemorrhaging of viewers, is sliding in more conservative opinion shows.

This is a clear ruse to return to fake wrestling, duopoly, civility. As are senators like Ted Cruz who are feigning support for POTUS currently and being theatrically pinned by the other side via their useful idiots advocating censorship.

Anything coming out of D.C. right now is wickedly evil. STAY AWAY lest you get sucked back in.

Posted by: NemesisCalling | Jan 12 2021 17:27 utc | 242

William Gruff @227--

Thanks for composing such an elegant suggestion. Unfortunately, I agree it would need a successful revolution to be implemented. However, it's just those types of proposals that need to be included in Revolutionary Manifestos.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 12 2021 17:48 utc | 243

@Piotr Berman #233:

As I commented before, this is a coherent framework for analyzing events and policies. We start with the fundamental question: does it make Putin happy? . . . To answer the question, we need to check just how much mirth and happiness does he provide to Putin.

Correct, but when determining whether Putin is happy or not, you should never pay any attention to what Putin actually says or does. You must divine the answer solely from the wails and murmurs of sexy virgin priestesses intoxicated by vapours rising from a crack in a mountain (a science-based approach).

Posted by: S | Jan 12 2021 18:27 utc | 244

@William Gruff | Jan 12 2021 14:34 utc | 227

If I were the evil dictator of America for a couple years the first thing I would do would be to redirect 90% of the military budget to the formation of a quasi-military "Civilian Corps of Engineering"

An infrastructure-building CCE would help, but if you leave the oligarchs in place they will overwhelm you eventually. That is what is happening in Venezuela, and what may happen yet in Russia. It did not happen in China, or in Cuba, as both countries dispossessed their elites. If the formation of the CCE is Step One, then Step Zero may be even more important: destroy the oligarchs.

Of course, in order to dispossess the oligarchs, we need to know who they are and what they own. So we'll have to dox them first.

As the oligarchs control the media, then a major part of Step Zero is implied: a cleanup of the media.

All this may seem an overwhelming task, but I believe that if you want a lasting improvement for the 99%, Step Zero is more important than all the other steps combined.

Thanks to Bemildred for some good comments.

Posted by: Cyril | Jan 12 2021 19:21 utc | 245

@NemesisCalling | Jan 12 2021 17:27 utc | 242

Jimmy Dore believes that gov't should come and regulate private businesses. This is a very dangerous, slippery-slope for obvious reasons. He is very mistaken in this thinking.

Yes, it is very dangerous -- for the one percent. However, the 1% is proving (if that needed proving) that they can be extremely dangerous to the 99%: as proven by the recent trillion-dollar bailouts -- far beyond grand larceny -- and the censorship of the President of the United States.

The regulation of private business may be dangerous for the 99 percent as well, but it may work if not corrupted. We'll see. We have already seen how deregulation has NOT worked; I think it's time to try something else.

Posted by: Cyril | Jan 12 2021 19:47 utc | 246

"Yes, it is very dangerous -- for the one percent."

Meh. Government ('liberal-democratic' government, that is) and "the one percent" (big business, that is) is the same thing.

Did you notice these recent news items:
https://www.google.com/search?q=suspend+donations+lawmakers+site%3Anewsmax.com

Posted by: Mao Cheng Ji | Jan 12 2021 20:08 utc | 247

Posted by: Mao Cheng Ji | Jan 12 2021 20:08 utc | 247

And why do you think it is that those private businesses find it worthwhile to suborn the government? It costs money to buy congresspersons. It is precisely because the government is the one institution with the size and capability to make them obey the law, and to destroy them if they don't. Businesses here are conceived as criminal enterprises, you can be sued for ignoring a profit out of good will.

In my view, that is the governments primary job, to keep the assholes at bay, for the rest of us, the non-assholes who do not want to be billionaires and prance around and reduce as much of the planet as possible to rubble.

Posted by: Bemildred | Jan 12 2021 20:31 utc | 248

@248 bemildred... but the gov't has been co-opted by the corporations... i agree with cyril @ 246 and mao cheng ji @ 247.... at this point the usa is a corporation masquerading as a democracy... and it is the 1 or 5% who they are looking after... not the little people... getting rid of public infrastructure, privatizing everything that the public ought to own... toll hwys, private hospitalls, private everything - run by large corporations that have a priority to the bottom line, as opposed to the usa public... see max 737 for a perfect example...

Posted by: james | Jan 12 2021 20:59 utc | 249

@Bemildred

"It is precisely because the government is the one institution with the size and capability to make them obey the law, and to destroy them if they don't."

I think it's because this is the mechanism. This is how it was designed, or how it's evolved.

Do you know the famous quote from 'Madison Debates', 1787, about the danger of "leveling spirit"?

"An increase of population will of necessity increase the proportion of those who will labour under all the hardships of life, & secretly sigh for a more equal distribution of its blessings. These may in time outnumber those who are placed above the feelings of indigence. According to the equal laws of suffrage, the power will slide into the hands of the former. No agrarian attempts have yet been made in in this Country, but symptoms, of a leveling spirit, as we have understood, have sufficiently appeared in a certain quarters to give notice of the future danger. How is this danger to be guarded agst. on republican principles? How is the danger in all cases of interested coalitions to oppress the minority to be guarded agst.?"

https://avalon.law.yale.edu/18th_century/debates_626.asp

Posted by: Mao Cheng Ji | Jan 12 2021 21:52 utc | 250

Yesterday I linked to this Nomi Prins article which was followed by today's Keiser Report which looks at similar stats but from a much different POV. Here's the relevant Money Supply Graph by Shadowstats, while in its Commentary #1454 Shadowstats notes the Fed's redefinition of M1 Money supply, and reiterates "The broad outlook for a U.S. Hyperinflationary Economic Collapse remains in place"--which is the common denominator for all three sources. Yesterday I opined it would take over $$8Trillion in cash infusions to the populous to deal with the aggregate demand shortfall that would flow first to consumers then to small-medium--local--businesses. The hyperinflation discussing by Keiser and his guest is very important and will probably be echoed in Shadowstats upcoming Flash Commentary #1455, which ought to be published by the 13th. It will do no good for me to discuss the Keiser Report discussion; you, the reader must watch.

And for those living in nations other than the Outlaw US Empire, a hyperinflationary dollar will affect you too. I suggest everyone ought to become literate when it comes to understanding what might happen to your money.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 12 2021 22:55 utc | 251

Posted by: Mao Cheng Ji | Jan 12 2021 21:52 utc | 250

Yes, I know about that. I think they designed our government to protect their interests as they saw them at the time, and it has evolved into what it is, which is a lot more democratic than they intended, and yet they have also kept it very corrupt, to the point that bribery of politicians is the norm.

Posted by: Bemildred | Jan 12 2021 23:01 utc | 252

maybe i need to start putting peoples names in highlight more to get a response or acknowledgement.. oh well..

Posted by: james | Jan 12 2021 23:10 utc | 253

Mao Cheng Ji @250--

The Levelers were a Puritanical sect that supported Cromwell against the King in the English Civil War that was double-crossed by Cromwell and exterminated almost completely. Leveling was seen as a form of Christian Communalism where everyone in the society had the same economic standing--it was to be a Classless Society of a Proto-Socialist nature. Madison shows where he stood in the nascent USA's Class Structure with his statement--he had no time for peasants, nor did he agree with Jefferson's idea that all are born equally in the eye of God. You might be interested in Bernard Bailyn's The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution, the 1992 edition that contains his additional essay on the Constitution's ratification.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 12 2021 23:15 utc | 254

The hypocrisy of the U.S. “left” knows no bounds:

Twitter Public Policy @Policy - 18:22 UTC · Jan 12, 2021

Ahead of the Ugandan election, we're hearing reports that Internet service providers are being ordered to block social media and messaging apps.

We strongly condemn internet shutdowns – they are hugely harmful, violate basic human rights and the principles of the #OpenInternet.


Posted by: S | Jan 12 2021 23:24 utc | 255

Karlofi--
So far I listened to the first few minutes of Keiser.
He said Franklin wrote that when the people can vote themselves free money that will be the end.

First off the people did not vote themselves free money. The government saw the markets crashing and millions of people being thrown out of work, and this was happening fast.
They decided that they needed to throw money out to save banks, airlines, and other big conglomerates. Throwing some chicken bones to John Q was out of fear, not voted for.

Posted by: arby | Jan 12 2021 23:56 utc | 256

An also to my above.

If that is what Franklin said then that sounded to me more like people voting for single payer health care were the enemy.

Posted by: arby | Jan 12 2021 23:58 utc | 257

@246 cyril

Just so I am not being misunderstood, as a nationalist, I do believe in regulating monopolies, absolutely.

You do this by making sure the playing field that which competition can arise is equally viable to all potential parties.

If Amazon is restricting web hosting, this should be illegal. If twitter, as a private business in a sector where other companies like it can come to be, wants to not serve straight white males, the government should not bring in Jack Dorsy for a lecture or a probe. This is the epitome of duopolist tactics.

If, however, our government forced amazon to provide platforms for opposing products, this would be in line with its job, provided that there are no other alternatives for web hosting.

If also becomes a problem if all the web hosters in town are secretly alligned to restrict these opposing products. Then you have antitrust.

What Jimmy Dore is advocating is more theater where you bring in Cuckerberg from FaceFuck and grill him on fairness until he provides an acceptable definition of hate speech and why he can't allow it. Then, of course, the senate committees will have you believe that they were doing their job.

Posted by: NemesisCalling | Jan 13 2021 0:04 utc | 258

Hi arby @256&7!!

Nice to get a response, thanks so much! Regarding BF's remark, who controls the government and the candidates people are allowed to vote for? The Neoliberal Financial Parasites who control the Duopoly--We the People have zero control of economic policy. Clearly, going back to 1988 and Greenspan, the vote by the Parasites was for the obfuscational term used by Max: Free Credit, which is exactly the same as Free Money: You're given free credit and you spend it and owe nothing since it's free; you get free money and spend it and owe nothing either. Now that I've cleared the air from Max's obfuscation, you can see that since corporations are people who've demanded free money and received it in the $$Trillions, that Franklin's adage makes sense, although the dollar has yet to crash. Hope that helps!

Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 13 2021 0:10 utc | 259

259 Cont'd--

Single payer healthcare isn't free money since all citizens contribute via taxes. It would be free money if you've avoided paying any federal tax and received free medical care.

Here's a good question: Whose job is more important to society, and who should be paid more: The person cleaning public bathrooms or the person trying to solve esoteric physics equations?

What moral objections might there be to a society that provides all the basic needs of its citizens? If want is eliminated, then wouldn't the motivation for crime disappear? What would justify placing restrictions on a person's intellectual, artistic, athletic, etc., pursuits? Wouldn't it be easier to support them?

I don't mean to put you on the spot here, but the above are very simple yet very important questions about the sorts of people and society we want to have to live within.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 13 2021 0:26 utc | 260

It cracks me up how the self-described right winger NemesisCalling is further to the left in the traditional reckoning than the self-described leftist faux left antifa fascists who post their off-the-wall rants about Trump here. Perhaps us old school leftists will have to relabel our ideals because the concept of "left" has been poisoned by abject stupidity and hysterical hypocrisy? Is the left-right metaphor irredeemably ruined by people insisting that the left is all about "identity politics"? It would be tragic if the damage goes that deep.

Posted by: William Gruff | Jan 13 2021 0:29 utc | 261

A BBC journo attempts to lecture Aliev on the “freedom of speech”, Aliev rips on her over the persecution of Assange: Алиев застал врасплох журналистку BBC своим вопросом об Ассанже (2 min video in English with Russian subtitles).

Posted by: S | Jan 13 2021 0:37 utc | 262

Karlofi--

"corporations are people who've demanded free money and received it in the $$Trillions, that Franklin's adage makes sense, "

Well they didn't vote in the normal sense.

IMO, the only reason they sent money to the People this time was they knew they could not pull off the 08/09 theft without a very possible insurrection.

I am a Canadian and the fact that some of my tax dollars go to single payer healthcare does not even enter my head. I think virtually every Canadian feels the same way. The very fact that needing healthcare and receiving it without worry is worth every penny of whatever they drag out of me in taxes.

Posted by: arby | Jan 13 2021 0:49 utc | 263

Thanks for your reply, arby. Yes, there's much to improve here!

William Gruff @261--

I recall Reagan having something to do about the rise of Identity Politics, but I don't remember the specifics, although it might be related to his intense homophobia.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 13 2021 1:11 utc | 264

Below is the quoted ending text of a posting at The Register about the SolarWinds networking security compromise situation

"
Public attention was drawn to the sale of hundreds of millions of dollars of SolarWinds shares by two US venture capital firms days before news of the hack was announced. Both firms involved, Silver Lake and Thoma Bravo, deny wrongdoing; insider trading is a criminal offence. Based on SolarWinds' own timeline, the two investors sold up before SolarWinds itself was aware of the hack: two days after the sale, the company announced it was taking on a new CEO; three days later, the hack was discovered; five days later the world was told. Sometimes there is such a thing as coincidence.
"

At what point does the volume of lies keeping this shit show functioning exceed the overall carrying capacity of the system?

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jan 13 2021 1:32 utc | 265

I think P&I just cleansed my comments on the 1965 genocide from this article...

https://johnmenadue.com/sinophobia-as-a-political-weapon/#disqus_thread

Posted by: denk | Jan 13 2021 1:42 utc | 266

'Australia, US, UK, Canada criticize Hong Kong mass arrests'

Not a day goes by without these [[[five liars]]] fussing over something in China...
The UIghurs, the Tibetans, HK, social credits, you name it.

A Martian reading the MSM would think the [[[five liars]]] are some fervent sinophiles !

Just wondering.
Where'r these !@#$%! during the 1965 genocide and 1998 mass rapes targeting Chinese Indonesians ???

Posted by: denk | Jan 13 2021 3:15 utc | 267

@227 William Gruff

Yes, I've thought about something like The Corps myself, and others here seem to resonate, so I suspect the idea is in the atmosphere and not just in one's single, insular mind.

Therefore, please continue to nurture and expand that thought, and share it.

After all, ideas must go into the winds in order to seed the future, and I have always thought this discussion group existed precisely to hone those ideas into their best and most digestible forms so that others could take them and run with them. Revolutions are enacted by the young warriors of the time, but they pick up the formed and polished ideas of the elders who came before them in order to form their ideals and their eventual policies.

And so, forming and polishing those ideals is a noble activity, and may be the greatest thing we can do here.

At first, I suspect, we come here because we want to fix things. And then, perhaps, we take on a longer timescale as the truth of what must be fixed becomes more certain.

So, generations then, it will take.

~~

I have thought the Corps could subsist for the first year on an issuance of specialized bonds of a certain quality - 30-year at minimum, and also owned by the people who work in the Corps - prohibited to be traded but maybe to be used as collateral for loans - except not claimable by anyone but the owner (so that "40 acres and a mule" doesn't get swallowed into oligarchy) ..... I'm not sure what that does as you play the story out, but it was just a place to start.

And when I thought it, I was alone.

So maybe we could discuss these things.

We're talking about the human capital of the nation, the unheard voices and the unused hands of the discarded. They could build infrastructure that would return a yield on investment over the years and decades, and fund new issues of bonds. Maybe Asia would buy their long-term bonds? Maybe state banks could fund them?

You would have a labor force eligible to learn your curriculum, with all the things currently left out of education. You would have a voting bloc. You would have, in the direst extreme, a bloc committed to the Constitution and the nation's integrity. You would have an alternative society, aborning.

It is perhaps even possible that you could start the growth of this new world without being crushed by the current world.

And this is the essence of revolution: not to overthrow the current order but to build the new order, gradually replacing the old as it decays and falls to the ground from its own expiration.

The young generations now will need ideas to embrace, and I have total faith in their ability to rip a new world out of the dead hands of the thieves and secret-society ghouls who feast on this nation, as soon as they know what they want. But they must have ideas for what they want.

Posted by: Grieved | Jan 13 2021 4:24 utc | 268

@NemesisCalling | Jan 12 2021 17:27 utc | 242

Jimmy Dore believes that gov't should come and regulate private businesses. This is a very dangerous, slippery-slope for obvious reasons. He is very mistaken in this thinking.
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Government ALWAYS regulate private business, the question is why and how. For example, production of medicines has to be regulated to avoid harm. The way it is used in USA assures that (a) it is hard to be harmed by dubious medications or low quality, and (b) people get harmed because they cannot afford them. I was describing how it is beneficial for 20% of population (or more) to have a small tube of Acyclovir cream, but in USA if you want one, the brand version of 5 g tube of cream is 900, generic is 600, and in Poland it is available in a pharmacy without prescription for 2-3 dollars. In Poland it is produced by a small company making cosmetics (hence they know how to make creams).

I got myself 15 g of ointment for 50 dollars, raising a question why those products for 300, 600 and 900 dollars exists at all, and this can be explain by arcane ways health insurance works in USA. The absence of cosmetic makers making extra buck with cheap Acyclovir cream can be explained by arcane ways of FDA. In both cases we have regulatory capture.

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Jan 13 2021 5:00 utc | 269

What You Should Have Been Taught About the Indonesian Mass Killings of 1965-6 (Explore Parts Unknown, Vincent Bevins and Febriana Firdaus, October 4, 2018)


Over the next few months the military, under Suharto, oversaw the mass slaughter of between 500,000 and 1 million people. Almost all of them were civilians and were targeted for their political beliefs, their ethnicity (Chinese Indonesians were also targeted), for belonging to labor unions, or for example, liking music enough to gravitate to the left-wing cultural organization that held concerts in Indonesian villages. Civilian groups, especially conservative Muslim organizations, worked with the army to eliminate leftists and alleged leftists en masse.

Witnesses and perpetrators alike said that soldiers decapitated, strangled, and threw suspected Communists into rivers. According to interviews with survivors carried out by scholars such as Jess Melvin, some members of the PKI turned themselves in to authorities, thinking they’d be safe in military hands, only to be executed. Another million Indonesians were herded into brutal concentration camps for a decade or more.

Officials in the U.S. government supplied the perpetrators with communications equipment, weapons, and lists of names of alleged Communists.

“It really was a big help to the army,” Robert J. Martens, a former member of the U.S. embassy’s political section, told the Washington Post in 1990. “They probably killed a lot of people, and I probably have a lot of blood on my hands, but that’s not all bad.”

The U.S. fascists—the real ones, i.e. those who have murdered millions—sure like to brag about their crimes. After all, what’s going to happen to them? Nothing, as the U.S. “anti-fascists” don’t really care about such petty things as genocides of millions. Yet when a policeman is killed in an altercation with Trump supporters, who then occupy a government building for a few hours to interrupt electoral proceedings, and some guy even goes as far as putting his feet—the horror!—on Pelosi’s table, then that is surely the worst thing ever, an incredible fascist coup by horrible fascist terrorists, and therefore a social network with 20,000,000 accounts—all fascists, of course, because the “anti-fascists” believe so, so it must be real—must be erased in one day, without being given even a single chance to improve its moderation systems. A strong “anti-fascist” action, bravo!

In fact, the action was so “anti-fascist” that it was cheered on by the CIA, the Dem Party, the Wall Street, the Big Tech, the mainstream media (except one TV channel), the “progressive” media, the academia, most foreign vassals of the U.S. and their propaganda apparatuses, and legions of “anti-fascist” woke supremacist brownshirts who know they will always prevail over their chosen targets because the moderators are biased in their favor. Such a strong “anti-fascist” alliance! Kinda too strong and too oppressive to be “anti-fascist”, don’t you think? Especially considering what this “anti-fascist” alliance has been doing to foreign countries for more than a century (see an example above). But thinking is too dangerous for you “anti-fascists”, as it may lead to you developing your brains, starting thinking for yourselves, and ultimately becoming actual anti-fascists, whom the “anti-fascist” alliance considers “fascist apologists”.

Posted by: S | Jan 13 2021 6:20 utc | 270

@269 Piotr

I did elaborate on that initial thought. It was poorly written. My apologies.

Yes, government should regulate monopolies and ensure consumer safety and medicine that is affordable.

The most important duty of regulating enterprise is prohibiting monopolies. Should have said that. The real issue here is not that twitter banned stuff, it is that competing views can not arise through demand because of antitrust (Amazon restricting web hosting).

Posted by: NemesisCalling | Jan 13 2021 6:23 utc | 271

@240:
Lol! you poor thang.
Sounds more chameleon than dragon, with dodgy reading comprehension.
Prolly could not grasp the point that Cao Cao historically is a complex character.
Mao was certainly capable of self-aggrandizing, often to bolster his position.
70% good,30% bad, the party's official verdict today.
Cao Cao's nemesis was Guan Yu, worshipped in temples dedicated to him throughout diaspora.
Among reasons Mao embraced Cao Cao was to make a stand against what he believed feudal superstition.
The little Guandi temple at Juyongguan on Great Wall is most prescient.
Were you in school today when news came out that all State Department junkets abroad have been canned?
Bad weather, especially due to fog of war over Taiwan Straits. Lol‼️
Off for more adrenaline rush, wild market swings!
No time to help you upskill your reading grades.
So please don't clutter up this thread further.
PS: I don't usually click on links.
PPS: Watch the Cao Cao drama series on YT.
Or the one based on Yang Naiwu and Xiao Bai Cai ( Little White Cabbage) , one of four big Qing dynasty court cases.
Enjoy.

Posted by: LittleWhiteCabbage | Jan 13 2021 6:52 utc | 272

@Bemildred #248
It isn't just that the donor class buys government cooperation/non-prosecution. It is that it buys this for so very little.
In other countries, the amounts of money by which American politicians sell out their constituents is insulting.
In other words, they're not even selling out for a respectable amount.
That's how little these people think of their fiduciary duty.

Posted by: c1ue | Jan 13 2021 14:27 utc | 273

@karlof1 #260
Single payer isn't the solution.
The solution is a national system of health care provision.
The main reason Medicare For All would do some good is that Medicare has a price list.
It is better than what is going on elsewhere in the US medical system, but it is a far, far cry from what is seen in all the other nations.
I would only vote for Medicare For All if the price list is retained; my bet is that any serious groundswell to implement Medicare For All will see the price list destroyed or corrupted. That's what happens when you let idiot agitators and lobbyists define the debate.

Posted by: c1ue | Jan 13 2021 14:30 utc | 274

Posted by: c1ue | Jan 13 2021 14:27 utc | 273

Yes, I quite agree, it's annoyed me since I realized the situation here, in my 20s, it's like they don't realize their own power, they not only sell us out, they do it for peanuts. We are in the process of losing our "hegemony" right now because of the eagerness of these weasels to sell us out for a few bucks. I approve of that, I think "hegemony" is a lousy idea, but since they claim to support it, I have to think they are stupid. And everybody keeps voting for these clowns, and reading their news media, and so on. I suppose they prefer that sense of superiority to the actual exercise of power themselves, and that I suppose happens because there is not really anything they want to do.

Posted by: Bemildred | Jan 13 2021 14:37 utc | 275

denk 267

No R2p, no sanction, no condemnation, not even murmuring, not a single drop of croc tear, not a peep from the 'internatonal community'.

Well…
[[[They]]] were having an orgasm over one of CIA'S gretest hit in 20C
——————–

Marshall Green, US ambassador

The US is generally sympathetic with and admiring of what the army is doing.”

Robert J Martens, political officer in the US embassy

‘It was a big help to the army,’. ‘They probably killed a lot of people and I probably have a lot of blood on my hands, but that’s not all bad. There’s a time when you have to strike hard at a decisive moment.

Time

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‘Indonesia: Hope . . . where there was once none’.

New York Times columnist James Reston

‘A gleam of light in Asia

Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt,

‘With 500,000 to a million communist sympathisers knocked off,’ ‘I think it’s safe to assume a reorientation has taken place.’

What might that ‘reorientation‘ be to warrant rubbing off three millions souls and getting the whole [[[family]]] in rapture?

James Reston

‘ The savage transformation of Indonesia from a pro-Chinese policy under Sukarno to a defiantly anti-Communist policy under General Suharto is, of course, the most important of these developments’

Oh I see, another panda hugger bumped off, time for a cuppa eh ?

No doubt the three millions ‘collateral damage’ are worth it, Albright would approve.

Posted by: denk | Jan 13 2021 15:57 utc | 276

Some will recall seeing Russia's Caliber missiles camouflaged within typical rectangular shipping containers. Given TrumpCo's actions and those quite likely by BidenCo, I mused about how many such shipping containers are placed at key points in Venezuela and Cuba. For those needing a reminder, check out the 8 min video here.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 13 2021 16:22 utc | 277

Further fallout from the 6th has thrown a big wrench into Pompeo's plans for Taiwan and meeting with NATO and EU officials prior to his ouster from office on the 20th. China was spared having to respond to the planned provocation of US Ambassador to the UN Kelly Craft's planned visit to Taiwan. Indeed, sources for the linked article provided the following revelations:

"Li Haidong, a professor at the Institute of International Relations of the China Foreign Affairs University, said the Trump administration felt that they are unwelcome everywhere and had overestimated themselves in still believing their allies and American political parties would always back its actions.

"European countries do not want to associate themselves with Trump's team, and they do not recognize Trump's diplomatic policy, Li said.

"'In fact, the international community, including Europe and many American politicians want the Trump team to leave office as soon as possible,' Li told the Global Times.

"Diao Daming, an associate professor at the Renmin University of China, told the Global Times on Wednesday that the cancellation of Pompeo's travel plan was likely due to European leaders declining to meet him.

"A Reuters report said Luxembourg's foreign minister and top European Union officials had declined to meet with Pompeo, and a diplomatic source said that US allies were 'embarrassed' after the violence in Washington last week."

If true, those slaps to the face of Pompeo are better late than never. Instead of travel, Pompeo will likely attempt to convince the incoming Biden team to continue the illegal policies begun by Obama and escalated by Trump; and since they were indeed begun by Obama/Biden, he may be listened to positively. And it's that latter fact about Trump that must be remembered--in many cases, Trump merely continued Obama/Biden policies or escalated them, immigration being one of the most protested.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 13 2021 16:59 utc | 278

Further fallout from the 6th has thrown a big wrench into Pompeo's plans for Taiwan and meeting with NATO and EU officials prior to his ouster from office on the 20th. China was spared having to respond to the planned provocation of US Ambassador to the UN Kelly Craft's planned visit to Taiwan. Indeed, sources for the linked article provided the following revelations:

"Li Haidong, a professor at the Institute of International Relations of the China Foreign Affairs University, said the Trump administration felt that they are unwelcome everywhere and had overestimated themselves in still believing their allies and American political parties would always back its actions.

"European countries do not want to associate themselves with Trump's team, and they do not recognize Trump's diplomatic policy, Li said.

"'In fact, the international community, including Europe and many American politicians want the Trump team to leave office as soon as possible,' Li told the Global Times.

"Diao Daming, an associate professor at the Renmin University of China, told the Global Times on Wednesday that the cancellation of Pompeo's travel plan was likely due to European leaders declining to meet him.

"A Reuters report said Luxembourg's foreign minister and top European Union officials had declined to meet with Pompeo, and a diplomatic source said that US allies were 'embarrassed' after the violence in Washington last week."

If true, those slaps to the face of Pompeo are better late than never. Instead of travel, Pompeo will likely attempt to convince the incoming Biden team to continue the illegal policies begun by Obama and escalated by Trump; and since they were indeed begun by Obama/Biden, he may be listened to positively. And it's that latter fact about Trump that must be remembered--in many cases, Trump merely continued Obama/Biden policies or escalated them, immigration being one of the most protested.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 13 2021 16:59 utc | 279

Further proof that Russia's a developing nation is provided by this report by Russia's Minister of Education:

"As for our 2024 objectives, Mr President, you can see on the first slide the main parameters that have been set out in the form of express instructions in your executive orders. Our first objective is to build new educational establishments. Last year, we built 828 kindergartens for 122,000 children, and we will build another 767 kindergartens this year.

"Last year, we built 277 schools for 169,000 students. This year, we will launch a four-year long project to build 1,910 schools for 1.2 million students. It is important that we have coordinated the allocation of an additional 300 billion rubles with VEB and Sberbank, which means that we will be able to build 500 schools more."

That's almost 4,000 new schools. Another excellent development is Russia's approach to distance education:

"As for distance learning or home schooling, it was a forced measure that we had to take last year to protect the health of our teachers and students amid the pandemic. This is why our schools introduced remote learning. But it will never replace traditional learning. Our schools reopened on September 1, and only revert to remote learning in a targeted manner when this is absolutely necessary.

"We have already created a digital education environment, which has complemented and reinforced traditional learning by responding to new challenges. The digital education environment includes a national system of videoconferences, which has been created to abandon our dependence on foreign analogues, and a national social network used for interaction between students, parents and teachers." [My Emphasis]

As a former educator involved in the development of distance learning platforms as the new century began, I was very pleased to read the bolded areas above, particularly the last one as it's a well proven fact that the best education comes when all three participants act as a team, something test-focused education within the Outlaw US Empire denigrates. Then there's the all important component known as discovery learning:

"I would also like to tell you about an impressive and very successful project we completed last year, the "Bolshaya Peremena nationwide contest for school students. You have met with its finalists, bright and talented children who can inspire both their peers and adults with their ideas. This year, not only high school students but also 5th-formers will take part in this contest.

"Last year, we adopted a strategy for the development of secondary vocational education. We are synchronising curricula at colleges, where 60 percent of school students enrol after the 9th form. We can see that there is considerable interest for technical trades. Therefore, it is extremely important for children to be able to realise their potential and to find jobs in the professions they acquire at colleges in their cities and regions." [My Emphasis]

The number of competitions open to Russian school kids dwarfs what's available here and doesn't just target those students placed in higher level tracks (Tracking is supposed to be illegal but continues most everywhere) as all students are encouraged to participate. The biggest champion for the rebuilding of Russia's educational system is Putin who well understands the importance of challenging and providing many more opportunities for children to discover their forte, their bliss, and thus their pathway into adulthood. While Russia continues to develop and finetune its education system, the priority within the Outlaw US Empire is to privatize schooling, dumb-down curricula, prioritize testing, increase class sizes, defund schools districts and drive teachers nuts with evermore paperwork, all of which drives them out of teaching as a profession, whereas the exact opposite's happening for Russian teachers as reported. It won't take long for the disparities to become more noticeable than they already are since the war on education's been ongoing for 20+ years now. After all, if you're not interested in supporting the Real Economy, then why waste money on educating the human capital it requires.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 13 2021 17:46 utc | 280

Further proof that Russia's a developing nation is provided by this report by Russia's Minister of Education:

"As for our 2024 objectives, Mr President, you can see on the first slide the main parameters that have been set out in the form of express instructions in your executive orders. Our first objective is to build new educational establishments. Last year, we built 828 kindergartens for 122,000 children, and we will build another 767 kindergartens this year.

"Last year, we built 277 schools for 169,000 students. This year, we will launch a four-year long project to build 1,910 schools for 1.2 million students. It is important that we have coordinated the allocation of an additional 300 billion rubles with VEB and Sberbank, which means that we will be able to build 500 schools more."

That's almost 4,000 new schools. Another excellent development is Russia's approach to distance education:

"As for distance learning or home schooling, it was a forced measure that we had to take last year to protect the health of our teachers and students amid the pandemic. This is why our schools introduced remote learning. But it will never replace traditional learning. Our schools reopened on September 1, and only revert to remote learning in a targeted manner when this is absolutely necessary.

"We have already created a digital education environment, which has complemented and reinforced traditional learning by responding to new challenges. The digital education environment includes a national system of videoconferences, which has been created to abandon our dependence on foreign analogues, and a national social network used for interaction between students, parents and teachers." [My Emphasis]

As a former educator involved in the development of distance learning platforms as the new century began, I was very pleased to read the bolded areas above, particularly the last one as it's a well proven fact that the best education comes when all three participants act as a team, something test-focused education within the Outlaw US Empire denigrates. Then there's the all important component known as discovery learning:

"I would also like to tell you about an impressive and very successful project we completed last year, the "Bolshaya Peremena nationwide contest for school students. You have met with its finalists, bright and talented children who can inspire both their peers and adults with their ideas. This year, not only high school students but also 5th-formers will take part in this contest.

"Last year, we adopted a strategy for the development of secondary vocational education. We are synchronising curricula at colleges, where 60 percent of school students enrol after the 9th form. We can see that there is considerable interest for technical trades. Therefore, it is extremely important for children to be able to realise their potential and to find jobs in the professions they acquire at colleges in their cities and regions." [My Emphasis]

The number of competitions open to Russian school kids dwarfs what's available here and doesn't just target those students placed in higher level tracks (Tracking is supposed to be illegal but continues most everywhere) as all students are encouraged to participate. The biggest champion for the rebuilding of Russia's educational system is Putin who well understands the importance of challenging and providing many more opportunities for children to discover their forte, their bliss, and thus their pathway into adulthood. While Russia continues to develop and finetune its education system, the priority within the Outlaw US Empire is to privatize schooling, dumb-down curricula, prioritize testing, increase class sizes, defund schools districts and drive teachers nuts with evermore paperwork, all of which drives them out of teaching as a profession, whereas the exact opposite's happening for Russian teachers as reported. It won't take long for the disparities to become more noticeable than they already are since the war on education's been ongoing for 20+ years now. After all, if you're not interested in supporting the Real Economy, then why waste money on educating the human capital it requires.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 13 2021 17:46 utc | 281

Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 13 2021 17:46 utc | 279

They had a solid system that was almost lost, truly they're recovering lost time when it comes to education. There is a special relation and ritual to it, from elementary school when the first of September children go nicely dressed with flowers for the new school course, a real ceremony. That is why the terror atack in Beslan was so vile, all terror atacks are, but that one was especially vile since it was against children and against knowledge on a first of September.

Another note, the Berlin Patient that was Circus anounced a new tour, back to Mother Russia, a couple of indictments waiting for him. The usual choir is already making noise, it'll get a lot louder.

Posted by: Paco | Jan 13 2021 18:09 utc | 282

Although this transcript is incomplete, it does tell us much about the state of Russia's COVID crisis. Before that report begins, Putin provides a few remarks related to Russia's ongoing development:

"Overall, we must pay more attention in the near future to infrastructure development in general, not just roads, but also railway construction, development of pipeline systems and of transport in general.

"We recently discussed the importance of the country’s spatial development and connectivity between various Russian regions, bearing in mind the huge size of our territory. We must tie this to the development of the real economy with a view to modern trends of economic development in the world and in our country." [My Empasis]

I wanted to emphasize Putin and Russia's focus on its Real Economy, which is what the Neoliberal Parasites running the Outlaw US Empire are ignoring at their peril. The following excerpt from the pandemic review portion provides yet another insight into the workings of Russia's political-economy:

"Yesterday, at the Coordination Council meeting, the Prime Minister instructed to allocate about 2.7 billion rubles to the regions for the provision of medicines in outpatient clinics in February. We are currently preparing a corresponding document for submission and signing.

"I would like to note once again that at yearend, the output of domestic medicines had increased many-fold compared to the level at the start of production. The average weekly increase in the output of anti-COVID products grew 301 percent between April and December, and 38 percent between November and December. Our industry and the Ministry of Industry and Trade have made significant efforts to this end. [My Emphasis]

A "Coordination Council" that facilitates efforts to increase efficiency in combating the Pandemic! I can think of more than a few nations that need that! Oh, but according to Neoliberal Dogma, that would be government interference in the marketplace and is not to occur. Yet further evidence as to why Collectivist nations are outperforming those captured by Neoliberalism.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 13 2021 18:11 utc | 283

Although this transcript is incomplete, it does tell us much about the state of Russia's COVID crisis. Before that report begins, Putin provides a few remarks related to Russia's ongoing development:

"Overall, we must pay more attention in the near future to infrastructure development in general, not just roads, but also railway construction, development of pipeline systems and of transport in general.

"We recently discussed the importance of the country’s spatial development and connectivity between various Russian regions, bearing in mind the huge size of our territory. We must tie this to the development of the real economy with a view to modern trends of economic development in the world and in our country." [My Empasis]

I wanted to emphasize Putin and Russia's focus on its Real Economy, which is what the Neoliberal Parasites running the Outlaw US Empire are ignoring at their peril. The following excerpt from the pandemic review portion provides yet another insight into the workings of Russia's political-economy:

"Yesterday, at the Coordination Council meeting, the Prime Minister instructed to allocate about 2.7 billion rubles to the regions for the provision of medicines in outpatient clinics in February. We are currently preparing a corresponding document for submission and signing.

"I would like to note once again that at yearend, the output of domestic medicines had increased many-fold compared to the level at the start of production. The average weekly increase in the output of anti-COVID products grew 301 percent between April and December, and 38 percent between November and December. Our industry and the Ministry of Industry and Trade have made significant efforts to this end. [My Emphasis]

A "Coordination Council" that facilitates efforts to increase efficiency in combating the Pandemic! I can think of more than a few nations that need that! Oh, but according to Neoliberal Dogma, that would be government interference in the marketplace and is not to occur. Yet further evidence as to why Collectivist nations are outperforming those captured by Neoliberalism.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 13 2021 18:12 utc | 284

Paco @280--

Thanks for your reply! In my Russian language classes we were shown a culture related series of films to help us with the language and introduce various aspects of Russian culture and traditions. It was actually produced during Soviet days, До свидания лето was its title. Yes, Beslan was a horror indirectly sponsored by BushCo. As for the fool, it makes sense his handlers would send him back so more crowing can ensue. In his case, it's a shame the Gulag no longer exists.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 13 2021 18:25 utc | 285

Paco @280--

Thanks for your reply! In my Russian language classes we were shown a culture related series of films to help us with the language and introduce various aspects of Russian culture and traditions. It was actually produced during Soviet days, До свидания лето was its title. Yes, Beslan was a horror indirectly sponsored by BushCo. As for the fool, it makes sense his handlers would send him back so more crowing can ensue. In his case, it's a shame the Gulag no longer exists.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 13 2021 18:25 utc | 286

“If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn't be. And what it wouldn't be, it would. You see?”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland / Through the Looking-Glass


Headline:
Ocasio-Cortez: Congress looking into ways to rein in 'disinformation'

My subtext:
AOC in Wonderland


“And we're going to have to figure out how we rein in our media environment so that you can't just spew disinformation and misinformation. It's one thing to have differing opinions, but it's another thing entirely to just say things that are false.”

Posted by: librul | Jan 13 2021 18:30 utc | 287

Anti-Spin--

I don't know why but your email query to me was caught by my spam eliminator both coming and going. So, here's my reply to you since it will just get snagged again:

Well, from a Green Party perspective, it most certainly was as it was barred from appearing on all 51 ballots. There were certainly breeches in election integrity versus the Gold Standard suggested by the League of Women Voters and election integrity activist Brad Freidman of the BradBlog. That both candidates represent the Duopoly and its Neoliberal Parasite Masters means as I wrote at MoA that the election was over before any votes were cast with the winning party being the Duopoly and the losers being the vast majority of US citizens. What genuine difference in this election was there from only having one party to vote for that has zero intention of reforming anything while doing all it can to escalate the status quo and continue to fuel the causes of Great Depression 2.0? Any opportunity to vote for change was blatantly stolen; but as I just said, that occurred well before election day. The one constant visited upon the US Body Politic since 1980 is the rapid degeneration of effective governance that serves to construct a "more perfect Union" that satisfies the needs of We The People and attempts to achieve the Four Freedoms goal announced 80 years ago--particularly the Freedom From Want. Fortunately there's a way to use Federalism to establish The People's control of the federal government that I described at MoA earlier today.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 13 2021 18:33 utc | 288

librul @284--

I wonder if she knows about Operation Mockingbird, which from her statement I doubt. Perhaps Twitter will educate her.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 13 2021 18:36 utc | 289

Posted by: librul | Jan 13 2021 18:30 utc | 284

AOC does sound think as a brick all right, what a disappointment.

@Paco, karlof1:

Yes, the Soviets did have a first class education system, STEM in particular, I only wish we had not sold ours out to the finance racketeers, and I'm glad the Russians saved theirs. We could probably rebuild ours here too, but it would take a generation or more, fighting off attacks all the way.

Posted by: Bemildred | Jan 13 2021 18:39 utc | 290

@ 280 Paco

Interesting read from John Helmer regarding Navalny.

Navalny

Posted by: Digital Spartacus | Jan 13 2021 18:49 utc | 291

@Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 13 2021 18:33 utc | 285

You posted:
"Well, from a Green Party perspective, it most certainly was as it was barred from appearing on all 51 ballots"

If (a BIG if) Ballotpedia can be trusted
"Green Party presidential nominee Howie Hawkins is on the ballot in 30 states."

The very unDemocratic (make that: totalitarian and corrupt)
Democratic Party is responsible for kicking the Green Party off the ballot in several states
(state election committees have many DNC members and stooges on them).
This is nothing new. Every election cycle the Green Party has to spend lots of money that should go for campaigning
defending itself in court against the Elites funded DNC.

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/08/24/gree-a24.html


In a series of blatantly undemocratic actions, Democratic Party state election commission members have kicked Green Party candidates off of the ballots in several states within the last week. The moves express the fear within the ruling class over the growth of social opposition and display the political gangsterism of the Democratic Party.

Posted by: librul | Jan 13 2021 19:03 utc | 292

I knew Pepe Escobar was planning on a new piece, published at Strategic-Culture, an excellent source now censored--cancelled--by Facebook. Pepe relates Reality along with the Narrative, and we should all hope he's dead wrong:

"As it stands, we’re deep into Hardcore Class War. The Top of the Scam Gang are in full control. The remains of “Democracy” have gelled into Mediacracy. Ahead, there’s nothing but ruthless purge, protracted crackdown, censorship, blanket surveillance, smashing of civil liberties, a single narrative, overarching cancel (in)culture. It gets worse: next week, this paranoid apparatus merges with the awesome machinery of the United States Government (USG).

"So welcome to Full Spectrum Domestic Dominance. Germany 1933 on steroids. 1984 redux: no wonder the hashtag #1984 was banned by Twitter."

Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 13 2021 19:05 utc | 293

@ Bemildred 252
"...and yet they have also kept it very corrupt, to the point that bribery of politicians is the norm."

This isn't corruption or bribery. Rather, this is what Marxists call 'political economy'.

Posted by: Mao Cheng Ji | Jan 13 2021 19:07 utc | 294

Posted by: Digital Spartacus | Jan 13 2021 18:49 utc | 288

Wow. That an impressive list of drugs.

Posted by: Bemildred | Jan 13 2021 19:11 utc | 295

Posted by: Mao Cheng Ji | Jan 13 2021 19:07 utc | 291

"This isn't corruption or bribery. Rather, this is what Marxists call 'political economy'."

Now you are just being clever. I'm not a Marxist. I think what was intended at the time was minimal government, a government whose main purpose was to maintain the property rights and political control of the current "owners", and to resist the attempts of their fellow Europeans to take the colonies back, or the natives to do the same. They wanted the King off their back, he was grifting off them. Later on it "evolved".

Posted by: Bemildred | Jan 13 2021 19:22 utc | 296

@ 295 Bemildred

He still contends he was poisoned and is suggesting that new charges are being crafted to sideline him when he returns.

Posted by: Digital Spartacus | Jan 13 2021 19:24 utc | 297

Bemildred @296--

The Articles of Confederation was that "minimal government" that was ousted by the Constitutional coup, which itself is a hodgepodge of compromises that resulted in our very unique form of Federalism that's constructed very much like a Rubik's Cube--Three branches of government and three levels of government all capable of interacting. It's entirely possible to gain control of the two non-federal levels and their branches and throttle the federal level. That's the only real option left to oust the Neoliberals and finally gain citizen control of the USA's entire governing system, which is what I wrote about two days ago that's reflected in my reply to Anti-Spin.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 13 2021 19:40 utc | 298

Digital Spartacus @297--

Those charges are already drawn. For Russia, the man's a flea and isn't going to deter Russia's development or its goals.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 13 2021 19:44 utc | 299

@Bemildred #275
No, they realize they hold the power. These people wouldn’t be taking bribes at all if they didn’t.
I stick to my guns: the politicians think so little of their constituents that the acts of betrayal aren’t considered worthy of real payment for effort or loss.

Posted by: c1ue | Jan 13 2021 19:47 utc | 300

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