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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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Here is good project for the incoming Attorney General Merrick Garland. You certainly would not let Janet Yellen have anything to do with it.

Our suspicions are heightened by the fact that the Fed ran very similar emergency bailout programs from 2007 to 2010 and did not require any funds from the Treasury to backstop losses. The Fed simply relied on collateral from the Wall Street firms borrowing from the Fed. If those firms don’t have the collateral today, then they’re likely insolvent and not legally allowed to borrow from the Fed.

We have carefully reviewed the CARES Act. There is not one word in the legislation that directs Mnuchin to place that $454 billion into the Exchange Stabilization Fund (ESF). But that’s where Mnuchin placed that money. We know this because the ESF’s financial statement says Mnuchin placed not only the $454 billion into the ESF but he also initially placed the additional $46 billion that he was allocated under the CARES Act to help airlines and businesses important to national security (for a total of $500 billion).


I can see the first month of the Biden clown cart will be a rocky affair as the appointees rock and roll for position and territory. Watch Ron Klain and his statements and decisions closely after 20 January.

Keep an eye on Wall Street on Parade for some hot topics.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jan 11 2021 11:11 utc | 101

Praise be to our benevolent Big Tech Overlords

Twitter and Facebook and Google and Apple have joined forces, like Marvel’s Avengers, to bravely eliminate the bad guys in our midst

Posted by: Triden | Jan 11 2021 11:28 utc | 102

Interesting triple-header from the AT today:

Meet your new freedom fighters, Americans:

Meet the militants chasing China out of Pakistan

Money talks, bullshit walks. That's the most important law of capitalism:

Chinese internet stocks soar as phony tech war fades: Washington left Alibaba and Tencent off its China blacklist for fear of retaliation

The American Flavius Stilicho:

Is Pompeo the last gasp of US imperial power?

The comparison with Nero made by the author presupposes the American Empire is still at its apex. I don't think that's the case.

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Changing subject, it seems one cop from the Capital Police committed suicide after the "Sack of Washington":

US Police Officer Commits Suicide After Capitol Hill Riot, Reports Suggest

Now those Trumpists not only are cop killers, they are also cop bullies. Not good PR, if you ask me.

Posted by: vk | Jan 11 2021 11:37 utc | 103

Fake news:

SolarWinds hack linked to Russian spying tools, say researchers

Here's the "evidence":

Investigators at the Moscow-based cybersecurity firm Kaspersky said the “backdoor” used to compromise up to 18,000 customers of the US software maker SolarWinds closely resembled malware tied to a hacking group known as Turla, which Estonian authorities have said operates on behalf of Russia’s FSB security service.

So, the backdoor "resembles" a tool that is only "tied to" a hacking group which "Estonian authorities" "have said" (i.e. claim without evidence) serves the FSB.

This is not the first time The Guardian uses absurd extrapolations to create a big fat lie. Last week, it put a criminal headline - with potentially grave consequences on public opinion and geopolitics - stating China had refused to receive a WHO team to investigate the origins of the SARS-CoV-2. China defused the fake news by releasing on its own MSM that they were still making the arrangements of the visit - which will happen this Thursday -, not that it had blocked the WHO.

What did The Guardian want to achieved with that headline? Prepare the British people for war against China? Are they insane?

Posted by: vk | Jan 11 2021 11:56 utc | 104

vk #164

Mentioning Estonia at any time would indicate pure unmitigated BS. But mentioning BOTH Estonia and the Grauniad in the one post is just painfully obvious that the entire story is bollocks.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jan 11 2021 12:04 utc | 105

Beware the "omniscient expats":

Some people from Xinjiang living overseas being coaxed to lie about 'missing' relatives: spokesperson

The name of the spokesman (of the Information Office of the Xinjiang regional government) is Zulhayat Ismayil, clearly an Uighur name. It's not some random Han nationalist speaking from Beijing.

For example, in an ABC News report, Azmat Omar, a Chinese citizen living in Australia, claimed that he had lost contact with his family members in Xinjiang, including his father, stepmother, three brothers, two sisters and over 20 nephews.

ABC "News" spreading fake news. Let's all pretend we're surprised.

Posted by: vk | Jan 11 2021 12:15 utc | 106

A note from exCIA MobBoss John "Struggle Sessions" Brennan

https://mobile.twitter.com/JohnBrennan/status/1348051973174652928
John O. Brennan
@JohnBrennan
Anyone now seeking national redemption by claiming to no longer support Trump must acknowledge how wrong it was to ignore & enable his corrupt, dishonest, & divisive agenda.

Total denunciation of a despot’s legacy is necessary to eradicate any remaining malignancy

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When John Brennan's got yer back you just know you're on the right side of history!!

Posted by: Triden | Jan 11 2021 12:27 utc | 107

@48 m

Why do anticommunists always lie?

The Spartacist uprising in January 1919 was also genuine German, the Soviet embassy in Berlin however supported the uprising financially and with propaganda material (leaflets etc.).

There was no Soviet embassy in Berlin in January, 1919 . Diplomatic recognition of the USSR by the Weimar Republic did not happen prior to the Rapallo treaty in 1922.


Posted by: aquadraht | Jan 11 2021 12:30 utc | 108

Kind of funny... until it's not.

From Joe Leonard:

"Becoming GMO People In A Brave New World"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N91z-Qm77r8. (8 min)

Posted by: gm | Jan 11 2021 12:32 utc | 109

Okay, I'll try again:
https://historynewsnetwork.org/article/169438
Review of Anne Applebaum’s “Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine”

Posted by: Mao Cheng Ji | Jan 11 2021 12:34 utc | 110

Posted by: Smith | Jan 11 2021 9:22 utc | 95

"Damn purge is already beginning and Biden isn't even Pres yet, fucking LOL"

Look at it this way: at last Pelosi has put impeachment back on the table. Now if the Dems end the filibuster in another fit of pique, we may eventually get a government that actually tries to govern again.

Yeah, lots of heavy breathing and frothing at the lips from the woke left. High dudgeon. Witch hunts. Self pity. I can remember when being "left" here meant you thought corporations should be harassed and people should be left alone: "Do your own thing." Homo sapiens my ass.

Joe and Nancy seem to be freaking out, one assumes because they have been pantsed in public, meanwhile Trump seems to be having a farewell visit to his wall. Interesting times.

Posted by: Bemildred | Jan 11 2021 12:43 utc | 111

v #55
I must have missed the post where it gives you the 'guardian of the truth' position here!

Posted by: michael | Jan 11 2021 12:48 utc | 112

Polygraph panic: CIA director fretted his vote for communist

    The CIA director said the agency's mission is to protect the values of the Constitution -- which include free speech.

    "We've all had indiscretions in our past," he said, adding neither some drug experimentation nor activism was a non-starter. "I would not be up here if that was disqualifying."

    He proceeded to tell the story of his test.

    "I froze, because I was getting so close to coming into CIA and said, 'OK, here's the choice, John. You can deny that, and the machine is probably going to go, you know, wacko, or I can acknowledge it and see what happens,'" Brennan said.

    He said he chose to be forthcoming.

    "I said I was neither Democratic or Republican, but it was my way, as I was going to college, of signaling my unhappiness with the system, and the need for change. I said I'm not a member of the Communist Party, so the polygrapher looked at me and said, 'OK,' and when I was finished with the polygraph and I left and said, 'Well, I'm screwed.'"

    But he soon got his admission notice to the CIA and was relieved, he said, saying that though the agency still had long strides to make in accepting gay recruits and minorities, even then it recognized the importance of freedom.

    "So if back in 1980, John Brennan was allowed to say, 'I voted for the Communist Party with Gus Hall' ... and still got through, rest assured that your rights and your expressions and your freedom of speech as Americans is something that's not going to be disqualifying of you as you pursue a career in government."

Well what else can you say to that other than "Gawd bless America!"

Posted by: Triden | Jan 11 2021 12:57 utc | 113

Mao | Jan 10 2021 19:05 utc | 35

I think the Nobel Prize for medicine should go to the Canadian scientist who just isolated Covid by discovering it's most dangerous outside from 8pm to 5am. Thus the current curfew in Quebec, with Ontario joining shortly.

Second nominee: to the medical staff that discovered there's no Covid in big box stores.

Seriously, thank you for the Cuban link.

Posted by: EoinW | Jan 11 2021 13:05 utc | 114

@ Posted by: Mao Cheng Ji | Jan 11 2021 12:34 utc | 110

Excellent review. Recommend everybody here to read it.

Posted by: vk | Jan 11 2021 13:12 utc | 115

I'd like to express my appreciation for the medical community. Their recent conscientious behavior is exactly what our society needed. In the past, when people died of influenza they were considered to have died of natural causes. No more of such callous thinking! Now we recognize that such people are being murdered by Covid and we are going to put a stop to that. It is indeed glorious to finally be Woke!

I am looking forward to the Mission Accomplished speech, live from Joe's basement(cock roach audience naturally social distancing).

Posted by: EoinW | Jan 11 2021 13:19 utc | 116

The quickest way to end all Lockdowns is to simply freeze all income to government workers and pensioners. They're the biggest supporters of government authoritarianism because they pay no price. I wonder, if you stop paying the police, will they cease with the Gestapo impersonations? Heinrich Himmler is green with envy!

Posted by: EoinW | Jan 11 2021 13:24 utc | 117

How’s it going ?
This looks good
https://www.bostonglobe.com/2021/01/11/lifestyle/viral-video-arnold-schwarzenegger-compares-kristallnacht-trump-incited-riot-capitol/

‘‘I’ll be back’’

Posted by: Mark2 | Jan 11 2021 13:37 utc | 118

William Burns is Biden's new CIA Director nomination with with State Dept career and DC Thinktank experience.

Might have better constructive peer-peer dialogue potential with Russian Foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov. Now whence little Gina 'Abu Ghraib stinker' Haspel?

But, what about global opium and heroine supplies? Gulp, ...!

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/01/11/politics/william-burns-cia-director-nomination/index.html

Posted by: imo | Jan 11 2021 14:17 utc | 119

@ EoinW: "It is indeed glorious to finally be Woke!"

Indeed. Have you seen this one?

Posted by: Mao Cheng Ji | Jan 11 2021 14:42 utc | 120

On masks, i will give you some advice – salt your masks, especially if they are surgical masks. 3 studies now confirm that salting masks increases filtration efficiency and creates a self-disinfecting mask, killing the microorganisms falling on it. Salt coating is viable for at least 15 days.

The inventors received award in Canada.

Use 60 gr salt, 200 gr hot water, good mixing of solution, 2 hours bath per mask, overnight drying.

Posted by: Passer by | Jan 11 2021 14:45 utc | 121

vk@106 provides an excellent example of how omission of context and absence of perspective, then a little added hysteria, falsify the new without actually reporting false facts. In this case, the chances this guy was every "in contact" on a regular basis with his nephews is pretty much zero. You have to ask how much contact he ever had or you're not really investigating the question. The supposed loss of contact he reports very likely started when he started a new life in a foreign country and phone calls to another country cost a lot to his data plan. (Writing is for fossils, of course.) Then if prodded he finally calls from a new number they won't recognize and gets no answer he's "lost" contact. If you just leap to a conclusion it was nefarious causes by Han Chinese or Commies, that's just anticommunist paranoia.

Mao Cheng Ji linking to the Tauger review three times asks the questions, why? Mao Cheng Ji is a vociferous and mendacious defender of rabid anticommunists Trump and all his insurrectionary mob. Anne Applebaum is a key figure, along with Snyder (whose redbaiting attack on the anticommunist insurrection was cited as inadvertent farce,) in promoting the revival of the crudest anticommunist ideologies, suitable for J. Edgar Hoover and Joe McCarthy and the John Birch Society (intellectual ancestors of so many Trumpers here!) I suppose if you want to fake being a leftist openly endorsing a Snyder or an Applebaum is just too obvious. But endorsing Snyder/Applebaum cryptofascist ideas in action on Capital Hill, isn't. Putin is openly capitalist restorationist, so Putin is acceptable. And lots of people near as I can tell, think of China as a kind of reformed capitalism, with antitrust and public banking and other kinds of things that are called socialist. If China started expanding central planning or expropriated Alipay and Ali Baba and Ant, not so sure they would still love China any more.

Anticommunism is a vital motive and guiding principle in the Trumpists. Trying to divert to imaginary pacifism alleged by idiots like Lukyanov or suddenly discover the US is imperialist is equivalent to pretending the American Revolution was a counter-revolution to establish slavery or similar 1619 BS. Democracy is about class collaboration of us, the nation, against everybody else. Internationalism is socialist, communist and starts with fighting back in the class war at home. The filth storming the Capitol were about class unity under a leader (aka Fuehrer) to lead the nation to victory against the rest of the world. Just because a handful pretend that just means the US stops doing other countries the favor of fighting Communism or other nefarious enemies for the ungrateful masses of inferior countries doesn't mean they're committed to peace and justice among nations. It just means they're clueless.

Posted by: steven t johnson | Jan 11 2021 14:48 utc | 122

@Mao Cheng Ji | Jan 11 2021 14:42 utc | 120

Indeed, that seems to be the preferred sanitized greeting these days. Perfectly safe without any side effects.

Posted by: Norwegian | Jan 11 2021 14:49 utc | 123

The resigned chief of the Capitol Police, Sund, has said that a Gen. Walter Piatt, resisted sending in the National Guard, abetted of course by Trumpist Secretary of the Army McCarthy. Piatt should be arrested for court martial immediately and a loyal officer put in to protect D.C. from further attempts.
There are ongoing attempts to organize further actions in the days immediately prior to and upon the inauguration. The effort to falsify the reality of what happened as an accident by pols treating the rabble lightly (the Henry Farrell version) or in any sense just the repulsive white supremacy of white people (I say black faces there too) is part of the effort to retrieve the failure.

Posted by: steven t johnson | Jan 11 2021 14:59 utc | 124

Triden @107 re: Twit by CIA crime boss "Anyone now seeking national redemption by claiming to no longer support Trump must acknowledge how wrong it was..."

This narrative was intended for November 9, 2016, but Trump's upset victory foiled it. All corporate mass media in the US was primed to go all in on "Deplorable" shaming on that day in order to crush and demoralize the biggest threat to the imperial elites. Having to cross their legs and hold their shit for four years drove them mad, and now they are going to get their revenge.

There are posters (you know who I am talking about) who insist that Trump's win in 2016 was all part of the elites' grand plan, but what have the elites gained over the last four years? Their "Project for a New American Century" has gone even more than four additional years behind schedule, on top of which the US (Elon Musk) lost Bolivia. Worse still for the elites, all of the empire's preparations for regime changes in Venezuela, Hong Kong, and Belarus have gone to waste and will likely take at least a decade to reestablish. These things take years and $billions to set up. Things have gone so poorly for the elites these last four years that many of them are now placing all of their hopes in the ridiculous fantasy of a "Great Reset".

As crime boss Brennan's rant makes clear the establishment's herculean task is to somehow gaslight four score millions of Americans into believing themselves to be fringe bad people in order to get them to behave as the establishment wants. Though there is some crossover, that largely doesn't include the scores of millions more who would have voted for Sanders if given the chance and who also need to be beaten into submission.

The empire is losing it. When things get this dicey the elites will act like cornered dogs and resort to the unthinkable.

The history books might portray 2020 as the calm before the storm. No matter how the pieces land we are in interesting times.

Posted by: William Gruff | Jan 11 2021 15:07 utc | 125

Oh, was it linked three times? Somehow the previous two went invisible in my browser. Frankly, I was wondering if I banned here for some reason.

As for demagogic, dogmatic, ignorant anticommunism, I do hate it, dear Steven. Like I said in another thread: back in the day I very much appreciated anti-anticommunist retorts of one 'steven t johnson'.

But the same goes for demagogic, dogmatic, ignorant antitrumpism.

You, for example, seem unwilling (or unable) to rationally discuss the most basic characteristics of trumpism: its turn to protectionism and isolationism. Your reaction to Trump is a mirror image of Applebaum's reaction Stalin, I'm sorry to say.

Posted by: Mao Cheng Ji | Jan 11 2021 15:11 utc | 126

Steven "Flog'em & Hang'em" Johnson should team up with "Struggle Sessions" Brennan and get that "Cleansing Purge Roadshow"©® rolling asap.

Their joint-implementation of a "Crossroads Gallows" program, utilising locally-sourced sustainable lumber resources and employing local LGBTQI/BIPOC tradespersons would be a wonderful addition to Joe "Sharpest Knife In The Block" Biden's eagerly awaited first economic stimulus plan

Posted by: Triden | Jan 11 2021 15:11 utc | 127

@84:
As sometimes said: don't sweat the small stuff.
This "We are all Taiwanese now" stunt is Pompeo's act of petty spite for getting outfoxed in the Hong Kong colour revolution play.
Empire's useful idiots were let loose to trash the hapless city, fired up by the Western propaganda machinery.
Now Beijing is putting the stock on those pompous minions with the National Security Law, and their foreign masters can't do nuffin' except squeal human rights and apply some nuisance sanctions.
The West fails because it looks at China through ideological lenses and sees Communists, who can fall back on 5000 years of statecraft to push back at interlopers.
Beijing's moves can be likened to two classic strategies.
1. Zhuge Liang fools the enemy to fire all their arrows at straw men, which become ammunition against them.
2. The Empty City strategy. Invaders take over an ostensibly abandoned city, only to be trapped inside.
Global Times is cantankerous and sometimes risible, but even a broken clock is right, twice a day.
So when it says that crossing Beijing's red line on the Taiwan issue is not in the island's best interests, the incoming BiMala administration should take note.

Posted by: LittleWhiteCabbage | Jan 11 2021 15:19 utc | 128

Re: Where's Trump?

-Nick | Jan 11 2021 6:15 utc | 95

Maybe on his way to Russia asking for asylum.

Posted by: arby | Jan 11 2021 15:21 utc | 129

Did Trump just invoke the Insurrection Act of 1806???

INDY

Posted by: Dr. George W Oprisko | Jan 11 2021 15:34 utc | 130

Just an adendum to my comment @ 115. There's a major mistake in professor Tauger's review, which is this paragraph:

While this review article does not allow for a full discussion of the issue of genocide and Stalin’s responsibility, we can at least note certain conclusions from the sources presented here. Stalin and other leaders made concessions to Ukraine in procurements and were clearly trying to balance the subsistence needs of Ukraine and other regions, especially people in towns and industrial sites who could not access the surrogate foods that some peasants relied on to survive (see for example Applebaum ch.12). Soviet leaders did not understand the 1932 crop failure: they thought that peasants were withholding food to drive up prices on the private market, as some of them had in 1928. They worried about the Japanese take-over of Manchuria in 1931-1932 and the Nazi victory in Germany in early 1933, and feared nationalist groups in Poland and Austria could inspire a nationalist rebellion in Ukraine. Faced with these “threats,” Soviet leaders were reluctant to make the USSR appear weak by admitting the famine and importing a lot of food, both of which they had done repeatedly earlier. The famine and the Soviets’ insufficient relief can be attributed to crop failure, and to leaders’ incompetence and paranoia regarding foreign threats and peasant speculators: a retaliatory version of the moral economy.

The Japanese, for all intents and purposes, invaded the USSR in 1938 - the "Battle of Khalkin Gol" - in which the Guandong Army was defeated and repealed. It is a known fact that the Guandong Army intended to use the Khalkin Gol basin as a springboard to invade the Soviet Union proper and conquer the entire eastern portion of Siberia, thus closing the Soviets from the Pacific entirely while creating an appropriate buffer to protect Manchuria. In other words, the conquest of Manchuria in 1931 directly led to the invasion of Khalkin Gol in 1938.

The rise of the NSDAP in 1932-33 immediately worried the Soviets. The Nazi threat to communism was so great and obvious that even the Soviet's main diplomat in Europe at the time - Litvinov - frequently rose the question in his restless (and futile) attempts to form an alliance with France, the UK, Poland and Romania during the mid-1930s. Litvinov was a dyed-in-the-wool Menshevik who despised the Bolsheviks, highly educated middle class from a petit-bourgeois family, had an English wife and only kept in his job because he was the only one that new how to speak English fluently and knew Western Europe well. Hardly a man susceptible to "Bolshevik paranoia". And, in fact, the Third Reich indeed had a major plan to colonize the Soviet Union, ready in 1937 (Generalplanost), and indeed invaded the Soviet Union in 1941 (Operation Barbarossa), in what is regarded as the most ferocious and merciless war ever waged in modern History.

Poland not only was openly anticommunist, but was also the first nation to make a non-aggression pact with the Third Reich (1934). Indeed, the British, under PM Chamberlain, used this fact to refuse an alliance with the Soviets until the very end (the UK had a mutual defense agreement with Poland). This was all open and notorious knowledge well before the aforementioned pact, which was signed in 1934, but obviously took some years to negotiate.

But all of these facts are circumstantial evidence, because the famine happened in 1932-33. The NSDAP only definitely took over Germany in 1933, while Japan didn't export food to the USSR, so its invasion of Manchuria in 1931 was irrelevant to Ukrainian affairs. Unless the Soviets had the power of clairvoyance, it is highly unlikely those events influenced the Soviets to not import food in 1931-33.

The most probable reason the Soviets didn't import food at that time probably was the changing geopolitical landscape to a more anticommunist stance, which generated a situation of ever encroaching economic sanctions and embargoes. Let's just remember that the Treaty of Rapallo (1922), at the time it was signed, was illegal under the existing international law, i.e. it was a secret treaty.

Posted by: vk | Jan 11 2021 15:36 utc | 131

Arby @ 129
I’d suggest trump is in a bunker.
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b how about a post on platformming right wing fascist. I’m sure we’d all be very interested in your ‘honest’ view !!

Posted by: Mark2 | Jan 11 2021 15:42 utc | 132

@Mark2 | Jan 11 2021 15:42 utc | 132

b how about a post on platformming right wing fascist. I’m sure we’d all be very interested in your ‘honest’ view !!

No-one is interested in a post about you

Posted by: Norwegian | Jan 11 2021 15:55 utc | 133

@William Gruff | Jan 11 2021 15:07 utc | 125

The empire is losing it. When things get this dicey the elites will act like cornered dogs and resort to the unthinkable.

So in 2 sentences you have the good and the bad news. I find comfort in the fact that they are losing it, and there can be no doubt about it. I wonder if they have the imagination to do anything more unthinkable than what they have already done.

I think it is time to take guesses at on how long Biden will last. I would say 12-18 months at the most.

Posted by: Norwegian | Jan 11 2021 16:05 utc | 134

"The NSDAP only definitely took over Germany in 1933" "Unless the Soviets had the power of clairvoyance"

Clairvoyance? Meh. They had the power to analyze geopolitical trends.

Already in 1931 Stalin said: "We are 50-100 years behind the advanced countries. We must make good this lag in ten years. Either we do it, or they crush us."

https://www.marxists.org/archive/deutscher/1948/economic-policy.htm

He gave it 10 years - exactly 10 years before the war started. I don't think it would be too tendentious to argue that rapid collectivization is the direct consequence of this - correct! - prediction...

Posted by: Mao Cheng Ji | Jan 11 2021 16:06 utc | 135

@ Posted by: Mao Cheng Ji | Jan 11 2021 16:06 utc | 135

Yes, but he's talking about the imperialist powers in general (USA, France and the UK), not the Third Reich in particular.

The USSR was being sanctioned by the imperialist powers since the 1917 October Revolution.

Posted by: vk | Jan 11 2021 16:17 utc | 136

The USSR was being sanctioned by the imperialist powers since the 1917 October Revolution.

Posted by: vk | Jan 11 2021 16:17 utc | 136

Except for the Wall St bankers that loaned them a few million dollars

Posted by: Triden | Jan 11 2021 16:22 utc | 137

vk@131 seems to think Tauger made a major mistake because nobody knew there was a threat from Nazis and because there were no issues in importing food during the world depression. For the first, the Nazis were all about the anticommunism, and the antisemitism etc. only gets highlighted because the democrats shared that hostility. Invading the USSR on an anticommunist crusade was not an atrocity. Like Trumpers, anticommunism and racism are inextricably intertwined.

Further, although I have not seen the actual documentation, I have read reports that democracies barred accepting gold for trade goods (necessarily including food,) during the economic/political crisis of the depression. This sounds depressingly plausible to me.

What does not sound plausible to me is Mao Cheng Ji's belief in Trump's isolationism and protectionism. Trump said he had a nationalist program but without an infrastructure program, support for wages and employment, cuts in military spending, controls over finance (both banks and stock market,) taxation of wealth, it was just another pack of lies. And so is pretending to believe it. A nonexistent program is nothing to take into account. As for isolationism, economic warfare against multiple nations is not isolationism. Huge increases in military budgets is not isolationism. Pretending to open to North Korea then but refusing to actually make peace was just a stunt. Taking cheap rhetoric at face value is another form of lying.

In politics, aside from the occasional fig leaf, a Mao Cheng Ji or c1ue or William Gruff, side with the open anticommunists, barely crypto cryptofascists like gm and michael and Norwegian and Triden etc. The tender regard for Gen. Piatt really says it all, I think.

Posted by: steven t johnson | Jan 11 2021 16:29 utc | 138

It looks as though b's prediction that the Dems risk increasing Ter'rism in the USA is coming true. They seem to have almost come to terms with the fact that they can't force Trump to resign before Biden is sworn in. But Pelosi's even stupider (threatened) fall back position is to concoct an impeachment circus during Biden's first 100 days as Prez.

I'm 100% in favor of Pelosi proceeding with this insane plot to ruin Trump's future prospects of running for Public Office. The reason I like the idea is that if she successfully impeaches ex-President Trump, it will smooth the path for impeaching ex-President Obama and ex-President Bush II...
So I say "Bring It On Nancy, you silly old crank!"

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Jan 11 2021 16:35 utc | 139

Posted by: steven t "Flog'em & "Hang'em" johnson | Jan 11 2021 16:29 utc | 138

Like I said earlier, when you and exCIA MobBoss "Stuggle Sessions" Brennan, are screeching the same message in unison, you just know you're on the right side of history

Posted by: Triden | Jan 11 2021 16:37 utc | 140

A new offering by Paul Craig Roberts:

https://www.unz.com/proberts/is-americas-future-a-civil-war/ (1800 words)

As a person who grew up in the glorious aftermath of World War II, it never occurred to me that in my later years I would be pondering whether the United States would end in civil war or a police state. In the aftermath of the stolen presidential election, it seems a 50-50 toss up.

There is abundant evidence of a police state. One feature of a police state is controlled explanations and the suppression of dissent. We certainly have that in abundance.

Experts are not permitted forums in which to challenge the official position on Covid.

Teachers are suspended for giving offense by using gender pronouns.

Recording stars are dropped by their recording studios for attending the Trump rally. Parents ratted on by their own children are fired from their jobs for attending the Trump rally. https://www.rt.com/usa/512048-capitol-riot-employees-fired/ Antifa is free to riot, loot, intimidate and hassle, but Trump supporters are insurrectionists.

White people are racists who use hateful words and concepts, but those who demonize whites are righting wrongs.

Suppression of dissent and controlling behavior are police state characteristics. It might be less clear to some why dictating permissible use of language is police state control. Think about it this way. If your use of pronouns can be controlled, so can your use of all other words. As concepts involve words, they also can be controlled. In this way inconvenient thoughts and expressions along with accurate descriptions find their way into the Memory Hole.

With the First Amendment gone, or restricted to the demonization of targeted persons, such as “the Trump Deplorables,” “white supremacists,” “Southern racists,” the Second Amendment can’t have much life left. As guns are associated with red states, that is, with Trump supporters, outlawing guns is a way to criminalize the red half of the American population that the Establishment considers “deplorable.” Those who stand on their Constitutional right will be imprisoned and become cheap prison labor for America’s global corporations.

Could all this lead to a civil war or are Americans too beat down to effectively resist? That we won’t know until it is put to the test.

There is abundant evidence of a police state. One feature of a police state is controlled explanations and the suppression of dissent. We certainly have that in abundance.

Experts are not permitted forums in which to challenge the official position on Covid.

Teachers are suspended for giving offense by using gender pronouns.

Recording stars are dropped by their recording studios for attending the Trump rally. Parents ratted on by their own children are fired from their jobs for attending the Trump rally. https://www.rt.com/usa/512048-capitol-riot-employees-fired/ Antifa is free to riot, loot, intimidate and hassle, but Trump supporters are insurrectionists.

White people are racists who use hateful words and concepts, but those who demonize whites are righting wrongs.

Suppression of dissent and controlling behavior are police state characteristics. It might be less clear to some why dictating permissible use of language is police state control. Think about it this way. If your use of pronouns can be controlled, so can your use of all other words. As concepts involve words, they also can be controlled. In this way inconvenient thoughts and expressions along with accurate descriptions find their way into the Memory Hole.

With the First Amendment gone, or restricted to the demonization of targeted persons, such as “the Trump Deplorables,” “white supremacists,” “Southern racists,” the Second Amendment can’t have much life left. As guns are associated with red states, that is, with Trump supporters, outlawing guns is a way to criminalize the red half of the American population that the Establishment considers “deplorable.” Those who stand on their Constitutional right will be imprisoned and become cheap prison labor for America’s global corporations.

Could all this lead to a civil war or are Americans too beat down to effectively resist? That we won’t know until it is put to the test.

Posted by: gm | Jan 11 2021 16:48 utc | 141

@vk #14
You left out the embargo - which prevented the USSR from importing large quantities of food.

Posted by: c1ue | Jan 11 2021 16:58 utc | 142

@juliania #26
The US has a fundamentally lower density of population than China.
This isn't just overall - even "dense" US cities are relatively sparse compared to China. This was enabled/abetted by the automobile revolution - and so even if there were the will to build better rail, it is doubtful it would be useful.
For example: Even if I could take a train from San Francisco to Los Angeles - what do I do once I get there? You literally cannot walk to a grocery store from your house in LA, unless you have all day. In the San Francisco Bay Area: only in the downtown parts of SF can you survive without a car. I tried once to walk while visiting in Santa Clara - 45 minutes later, I managed to go around one single block of nothing but warehouses and office buildings.
There are serious structural issues with the US system that are not going to be fixed by any single or even dozen actions.

Posted by: c1ue | Jan 11 2021 17:03 utc | 143

The final craziness of the Trump tards: Pompeo desperately lashes out at Yemen, Cuba, Iran and China

https://twitter.com/ejmalrai/status/1348518408388816901

I’m warning Trump tards that trying to save the US Empire and behaving like rabid dogs will only lead to their destruction. Making yourself hated everywhere and by everyone, at home and abroad, will only fasten your demise.

You will have to learn to cooperate with others and give up on imperial dreams or you will be destroyed.

Posted by: Passer by | Jan 11 2021 17:08 utc | 144

@Tichard #29
Thanks for the link.
Worth reading, but I can't say I agree with Michael Roberts' critique.
He seeks to force definition of Hudson's neo-feudalism with medieval feudalism - which is nonsense.
Among the problems: feudalism expropriated produce directly because it generally had no alternative. However, there were many aspects of overall feudalism which modern practices closely resemble. For example: Roberts focuses on the feudal knight to peasant side - which was product and droit du seigneir. Yet even this is wrong: peasants also had to contribute labor to capital projects like the lord's fields, roads, castles etc.
But the feudal knights had to pay their obligations upward: money and or service themselves.
There were also trade guilds and free merchant towns; these generally paid in cash - and this is 100% monopoly rent (on power).
Roberts' also seeks to use "empirical" evidence of capital to prove his point - but misses the forest for the trees. The Chinese government controls all money within its borders. It doesn't need "capital" because it can and does print RMB whenever and however it feels it needs to, much as Trump and now Biden print USD as and how they see fit.

Neo-feudalism is about being able to extract value via power: the power of ownership and government enforcement of it, the power of proximity to the Fed, the power of state/local/federal government fiat and/or subsidy, etc.

Lastly: industrial vs. financial capitalism. Roberts' totally loses it here. If "industrial and financial capital" is truly tied together, then why are the largest and fastest growing institutions in the US, banks? Why aren't the industrial companies growing, as opposed to shrinking, with their unprecedented access to cheap labor all over the world?

So while academically interesting, Roberts' critique is devastating only in his own ivory tower.

Posted by: c1ue | Jan 11 2021 17:14 utc | 145

@dh-mtl #51
Amusing but wrong.
You left out the welfare classes in the US.
Between 15% and 30% of all US household receive welfare in whole or part.
This isn't just theory - this is the low part of the Democrat "high-low" strategy.
You also left out government workers. The federal government employs 6% of the entire work force by itself. State and local add another 12% or so.
18%+ of the workforce being government is a major demographic in and of itself.
And misidentifying or leaving out 33% to 48% of the population - that's a major oversight.

Posted by: c1ue | Jan 11 2021 17:22 utc | 146


[Trump tards] will have to learn to cooperate with others and give up on imperial dreams or you will be destroyed.

Posted by: Passer by | Jan 11 2021 17:08 utc | 144

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Anyone that still thinks "Imperial Dreams" are the sole preserve of "Trump tards" really hasn't been paying attention.

Posted by: Triden | Jan 11 2021 17:22 utc | 147

No comment (from the CNN covid live)
Israel’s Health Minister has told CNN he does not believe Israel has an obligation or responsibility to supply Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza with a vaccine for the coronavirus but stressed instead co-operation on treatment to avoid a surge in new cases of Covid-19 in the Palestinian territories.

Yuli Edelstein’s comments come after the World Health Organization (WHO) said it had held informal discussions with Israel’s Health Ministry regarding the possible supply of vaccines for the Palestinian health workforce as an “immediate priority target group.”

“We are cooperating with the Palestinians to make sure that they get proper treatment to coronavirus patients. At this stage we are not supplying vaccines, but we do understand that it is in Israel's interest to make sure we don't get into a situation where we are vaccinated and out of trouble, and on the Palestinian side there is another surge in numbers," Edelstein said on CNN’s New Day.

Posted by: Mina | Jan 11 2021 17:24 utc | 148

New Joe Leonard vid (it's on yootoob so you know what that means)

Donald Trump — Dead or Alive?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rsMSpqfJOqQ (6:37 min)

Posted by: gm | Jan 11 2021 17:24 utc | 149

@NemesisCalling #58
I would recommend that you stop thinking "zero sum". That's not how the real world works.
China does not have to succeed by having the US fail. In fact, a marginally competent analyst would understand that a United States descending into chaos is a huge danger for the entire world. Between nukes, huge military and poorly informed population - a failed state America would be a ticking time bomb.
Yes, China is nationalist. As with anything, only when you go to extremes, is this a problem. Do you see evidence of China goes to nationalist extreme at this point?
If not, please stop spouting nonsense.

Posted by: c1ue | Jan 11 2021 17:26 utc | 150

@ Posted by: c1ue | Jan 11 2021 17:14 utc | 145

Marxist theory of capital(ism) is only an absolute truth when taking capitalism as a whole. If you analyze just by isolated countries, then you have to take into account the factor of the international division of labor, where each country specializes in one area of capitalist reproduction. In the USA's case, it is finance and defense.

Posted by: vk | Jan 11 2021 17:27 utc | 151

Posted by: Triden | Jan 11 2021 17:22 utc | 147

Yeah, but your opponents are taking you over and intend to wipe you out. I suggest you not to try to anger the rest of the planet too with futile attempts at "Murica Number 1!" , "Murica has the biggest dick" etc.

Posted by: Passer by | Jan 11 2021 17:28 utc | 152

video
BREAKING: President Trump Speaks After Big Tech Shutdown

Scheduled an hour from now

Posted by: Norwegian | Jan 11 2021 17:28 utc | 153

Paul Craig Roberts got too crazy even for Counterpunch, which is bunch of green fanatics who don't like the existence of so many people spoiling nature and believe in Left/Right unity against, well, somebody, I forget exactly. They believe Marxism is tyrannical because science is totalitarian etc. They promote Louis Proyect for God's sake, which proves they're dreadful...but again, Roberts is too crazy even for them! Roberts is one of the reasons I lost all respect for Counterpunch's politics.

It starts off with Roberts congratulating America on defeating the Nazis and seeing the purge of the left in "McCarthyism" (a real thing miscalled by just one man's name.)

It continues with crackpot assertions. I know of no instance in which actual experts are forbidden forums. Equal time for a handful of people is not part of free speech in science, quite the opposite in fact.

I can't say no teacher was ever fired "for using gender pronouns" because the weirdest things happen but the idea that this is a serious problem is like the claim that vote fraud is a huge problem: An inflammatory lie.

Recording stars and other attendees are being fired for rioting, not for attending a rally. Roberts, just sentences before, approved people being fired for just being suspected of being members of a party which hadn't committed any crimes like rioting in the Capital building.

Antifa is not "free" to loot. They are a handful, unorganized, widely suspected of being infiltrated by cops and always face police in riot gear if not the National Guard.

Etc. Etc. Etc. The proper response to the Roberts of the world is undying hatred and contempt for their malice and their lies. Repeating this vicious, witless garbage confesses to being so low that you look up to the likes of Roberts.

Posted by: steven t johnson | Jan 11 2021 17:28 utc | 154

@Ian2 #87
Linux is NOT more resistant to anything.
Linux is better about some aspects of security but is far worse in many others.
The main reason Linux was more secure in the past was because it is not retail. Linux is the province of servers and so Linux was used in <5% of overall computing by CPU if we exclude the Apple OS (which is a flavor of Linux).
Nor is open source a panacea. One of the guys who first said open source was more secure, around 2005, changed his view a couple years ago. Specifically he said that when he first made the statement, every Linux line of code was more or less looked at - all 10 million of them. But today there are 10 billion or more lines of open source code. Nobody looks at most of them.
More concrete examples:
the vulnerability that took down Experian - that was Linux. Specifically Apache software, Struts addon, on Linux platform, both of which are open source.

Posted by: c1ue | Jan 11 2021 17:34 utc | 155

c1ue @ 143, thank you for responding. The difficulties you point to are not insurmountable. It doesn't have to do with population density; it has to do with government policy and the assignment of priorities in spending. Where there's a will there's a way.

Posted by: juliania | Jan 11 2021 17:35 utc | 156

@vk #151
You continue to be wrong.
The US is actually a major telecoms, agriculture and manufacturing center.
Finance is big, but defense is big only in the US and primarily only to itself, secondarily to a few deep pocketed allies like Saudi Arabia.

Posted by: c1ue | Jan 11 2021 17:41 utc | 157

steven t johnson | Jan 11 2021 17:28 utc | 154

If PCR only writes "vicious, witless, garbage" then what's the problem? Why are you wasting your time and energy trying to refute him?

It is remarkable what bad winners the Woke Left really are. You'd think you people would be satisfied after stealing the election. Plus being allied with every authoritarian government in the West. You've got it all, yet you still aren't happy. Being naturally unhappy people you hate everyone who doesn't think exactly the same way you do.

The Woke Left have driven conservatives from the MSM. Then you silence and ban them on social media. Yet that still isn't enough as you now go after them on Parler. Apparently they are not allowed their own space anywhere. Do they still have a right to exist...or am I getting ahead of myself?

What's the end game here? I've asked this about the Lockdowns and Pandemic Paranoia as well. The Woke Left spews its hatred at anyone who dares to not conform. That's all they ever offer - hatred. I've always hoped that if you give them enough rope, they'll hang themselves. I shudder to think what the collateral damage is going to be. We've already lost our free society. As it was correctly pointed out above, 2021 is going to be too interesting.

I'd like to add a big thank you to B. There are still a few oasis of free speech available. Not many and we're learning quickly that nothing lasts. This site and comment section is appreciated while it does last.

Posted by: EoinW | Jan 11 2021 17:51 utc | 158

@Posted by: Norwegian | Jan 11 2021 17:28 utc | 153

RE: "video BREAKING: President Trump Speaks After Big Tech Shutdown"

Compare and contrast with recorded Jan 7 Trump [deep fake?] 'concession speech: analysis:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbL0gw8LRlM (11 min)


Posted by: gm | Jan 11 2021 18:03 utc | 159

@ Posted by: c1ue | Jan 11 2021 17:41 utc | 157

I was explaining why the financial sector grows more than the rest in the USA. I didn't state that the USA is a finance center around a desert, but that it is specializing as it develops.

No nation-state is pure - even Switzerland has a strong manufacturing sector - but we can observe patterns of development based on a division of labor at the international level.

Posted by: vk | Jan 11 2021 18:06 utc | 160

@vk

Another critique of Applebaum:

Politics, Starvation, and Memory: A Critique of Red Famine
Tarik Cyril Amar
Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History, Volume 20, Number
1, Winter 2019, pp. 145-169 (Review)

Posted by: Prof K | Jan 11 2021 18:17 utc | 161

I notice this morning that b had bolded the editorial by Fyodor Lukyanov, so I will have a go at commenting on that critique of what the author sees as an 'exceptionalist' mindset on the part of USAians in general.

First I will make the following observation: I think that most foreign observers, unless they have spent some time in the US, are at a disadvantage in that they perceive US mindset through the eyes of this nation's journalistic offerings, and that happens with respect to organizations such as Valdai, where it is not ordinary citizens that are part of the discussions there,but reporters and intellectuals. So Mr. Lukyanov is not getting the full picture of US mindset.

My second observation is that the crowds which are drawn to political rallies, particularly in this time of the virus, also don't entirely and absolutely represent the general feeling of this diverse country, any more than they would in any other country. So, blanket observations talking about 'exceptionalism' are equally out of proportion with respect to conclusions drawn from those observations.

I'm foreign born, and it has taken me more than half a lifetime to come to some conclusions about people in this country. I haven't lived everywhere; I can't speak to every community, every state. I've lived on the east coast, on the west coast, in the middle, and where I am now, the tail end of the Rocky Mountains. Each place different, but the common thread has indeed been a pride in the American heritage, love of country.

Nothing about the politics of today diminishes that pride in country -- but it's the same pride that other countries have in their own heritage, how their families live and have lived for however many generations - even just three generations are enough. That's my feeling: grandparents, parents, children.

It doesn't depend on hegemony. It doesn't depend on 'being right'. It doesn't depend on the corrupt politicians currently shouting their stupid speeches. It doesn't depend on making the world look like us. The world should look like itself - beautiful in all its unique and special characteristics, ways of governing for the people's best interests.

I'm proud of FDR, of building the UN. That's the US I joined myself and my family to.

Posted by: juliania | Jan 11 2021 18:18 utc | 162

Are trumps militia planning to head for Biden’s inauguration ?
I think not. I think their all piss and wind just like all his supporters on this blog. Ha ‘truth’ you muppets don’t know the meaning of the word.
We see you.
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Freeze there bank accounts.

Posted by: Mark2 | Jan 11 2021 18:21 utc | 163

The proper response to the Roberts of the world is undying hatred and contempt for their malice and their lies. Repeating this vicious, witless garbage confesses to being so low that you look up to the likes of Roberts.

Posted by: steven t johnson | Jan 11 2021 17:28 utc | 154

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And you're just the man for 365/24/7 professions of sanctimonious morally-superior "undying hatred amd contempt" ain't ya, Flog'em?

No better example

Posted by: Triden | Jan 11 2021 18:21 utc | 164

@ Steven

"A nonexistent program is nothing to take into account."

In the other comment thread I listed a bunch of real policies/steps this administration enacted. You weren't interested.

"support for wages and employment"

Protectionism -- tariffs -- that is support for wages and employment.

And, I should add, this was an extremely successful case of supporting wages and employment: the lowest unemployment rate in 60 years plus very fast wage growth for low-income workers.

Not too shabby for a "nonexistent program".

"Huge increases in military budgets is not isolationism"

But of course it is. Huge increases in military budgets is an increase in domestic manufacturing, domestic science and domestic R&D. This is perfectly obvious: military keynesianism.

You're not interested in rational discussions, you're just parroting the Orange Man Bad line.

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"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.

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

juliania @162--

You might be interested to read my take on Lukyanov's essay, some of which corresponds to your assessment.

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One of the rather disturbing trends I'm seeing is the plethora of people demanding Trump be disciplined when they did nothing of the sort during the Obama/Biden crime spree. Yes, I called Trump out for Treason for his Do Nothing Policy in response to COVID for which there was/is plenty of evidence, but there was never any movement there despite the mounting pile of bodies. Of course, such an indictment lacked any possibility of attaching additional anti-freedom legislation to it unlike the current false-flag created situation. The legislation being called for now is specifically for the protection of the Neoliberal Parasites from the growing number of citizens who would like them drawn and quartered for the $$Trillions they've stolen and the millions of people they've dispossessed and will continue to do so. Any type of Occupy Wall Street Movement would immediately be deemed Domestic Terrorists and destroyed along with its activists. So, in essence, that's what these people wanting to derail Trump are also crusading for--the Assanging of all forms of resistance to the Neoliberal Parasites giving them a free hand to enslave as many as possible via debt. Look for legislation allowing the return of Debtors Prisons and rapid expansion of the Prison Industrial Complex's system of Slave Labor to appear as soon as Biden is installed.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 11 2021 18:41 utc | 166

Thanks to suzan and jen for answering my question about the temperature at which Pfizer vaccine is administered. 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 guess time will tell.

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

"...but it's the same pride that other countries have in their own heritage..."

Not exactly, imo. In my observations, people in other countries often have more realistic views of their own cultures, their "heritage", all that stuff.

American Exceptionalism is a real thing.

Here's a Gallup poll, 2010:
https://news.gallup.com/poll/145355/american-exceptionalism-pdf.aspx

"Because of the United States’ history and its Constitution, do you think the U.S. has a unique character that makes it the greatest country in the world, or don’t you think so?"

Yes: 80%

Posted by: Mao Cheng Ji | Jan 11 2021 19:05 utc | 168

Posted by: LittleWhiteCabbage | Jan 11 2021 15:19 utc | 128

Zhuge Liang sends message from beyond to remember that Cao Cao had his worst defeat fighting a naval battle with a naval power.

Posted by: LurkingDragon | Jan 11 2021 19:05 utc | 169

"There in my mail this morning is a sample issue of epoch times.

Here is a few articles on the front page.

Cnadian Pension money keeps pouring into China as risk escalates

Canada at a crossroads facing an Aggresive Bejiing

The ties between Canada's elite and the Chinese regime

China had covid months before official timeline

more on the front of the second section


Communist China's Silent War against the West.

Calgary mayor, other officials target of Chinese Regime influence

How Chinese data trove on 2 million people including Canadians, Serves Bejiing's Warfare."

Posted by: arby | Jan 11 2021 19:08 utc | 170

@juliana - #162:

"Pride cometh before a fall!"

The pride you note in the US is based on propaganda & the false perceptions (as resolution to their primal desire to find meaning in their miserable lives), which a majority of US citizens have developed, as a result of being hornswoggled by that very same Bernays-inspired propaganda; in other words, acceptance of their exceptionalism on this planet!

That's the blind used by USians to shield themselves from the realities of life - via blind acceptance of 'realism'; a facsimile, thereof!

Posted by: nudge | Jan 11 2021 19:12 utc | 171

I'm sure many will find Alastair Crooke's essay to be very relevant and even helpful:

"The ‘insurrection’ at the Capitol Building – for those who may have witnessed revolutionary mobs elsewhere – was comparatively inoffensive (one unarmed, former U.S. Air Force vet protestor, was shot dead by the police through a closed door). Clearly, this assault on the Hill was never intended as a real ‘coup’; it was rather Trump manoeuvring to keep his base energised and mobilised – and with him firmly in control of the Party. Nonetheless, it has been PR disaster, leaving many of his supporters bewildered. If the aim were to expose details of fraud as part of the confirmation hearing, it failed.

"If it were a coup at all, it was one aimed by Trump at the GOP ‘old guard’, such as Romney, (who was taunted as a traitor, by fellow passengers during his flight to Washington). It is the country-club GOP élite who are struggling to ‘take-back’ the Party from the Trumpistas. Will they succeed, in the light of what has happened? The Deep State has closed ranks irrevocably against Trump. Are his nine (cats’) lives now expended?"

Biden had no "Bernie Crowds" or even talked about the need to form a Movement. Into the vacuum created entered Trump's Troops; Trump may get decapitated politically, but the millions of his Troops will remain a potent force. Crooke continues:

"Not trusting in the election, in U.S. democracy, therefore flags a profound change in politics taking hold in America and in Europe. The Georgia loss, perhaps, is less crucial now: Elements of the GOP are preparing for radical opposition (to save the Republic, which they see as courting complete loss). The objecting members of Congress knew that they could never succeed in obtaining supporting majorities in both houses of congress for their objections. Their aim rather, seemed to be to establish a baseline (evidence of fraud) for future activist opposition to the results of the 2020 election. Along this baseline they will insist that Biden/Harris are not legitimately elected, and are usurpers against whom any means of resistance is justified. They hoped to inherit Trump’s base, and to ‘ride its wave’. Is there a vacancy now? That is a question for 2021.

"The next question for 2021 then, concerns that old adage: ‘Beware not to win too much’. It can be a mistake to corner your adversaries to having nothing to lose. The Blue state has ousted Trump; and Blue has taken everything across ‘the board’, and are ready to implement the ‘Re-set’ – the ultimate subjugation of Red by main force, achieved by the preponderance of wealth, ruling institutional leverage, and military power. A social ‘woke’ revolution, as well as a political transformation. The full outcome would likely reconstitute the constitutional order, in ways unrecognizable to most Americans today....

"Despite the GOP Old Guard attempted ‘counter-revolution’ (talking 25th Amendment action), the divisions between the two Americas are now so great that it can only mean ultimately a de-coupling of the ‘across the aisle’ chumminess (even if this has to be postponed until the 2022 congressional election round). Is Jake Sullivan’s optimism that Biden’s chums across the aisle will allow him to push through his China policies unscathed – especially as Biden is viewed as deeply blemished in respect to China? Might 2021 rather underline the new era of civil conflict, rather than a return to old civilities – and hence to new, ‘take no prisoners’ politics?...

"There is too, a fragile and peripatetic frontier (in both America and Europe), between the notions that Covid lockdowns are a deliberate élite ploy to concentrate the economy in the hands of a few oligarchs – and, on the other hand, a conviction that the infection is a grave risk, requiring a high degree of public discipline. Where this ‘frontier’ flows; on which side of the median it comes to rest during this year; as well as the success (or lack of it) in rolling out effective and safe vaccines, will constitute a key political event – maybe even an existential one for some governments and institutions." [My Emphasis]

Crooke closes with a review of economic "progress" since the mid 1970s that provides another metric for understanding the lack of real growth despite huge productivity gains--or are those numbers skewed too?! Crooke is correct that the main political stink will mostly occur within the Outlaw US Empire, but the EU also faces its share of problems, mostly related to fallout from the pandemic. Other crucial questions are asked that I omitted from excerpting; so, do read the entire piece!

Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 11 2021 19:18 utc | 172

Putin in very formal tone speaks for the two presidents of a just finished war. Some interesting statistics, like area cleared of mines and the number of explosive units removed, plus the number of refugees returning home.

At first sight and for the great discomfort of whoever fears Lazarus coming back to life, that is to say Putin putting -no pun- back together the USSR, this video will give them no comfort. What it should give them though, is a lesson on real and true peacekeeping, since that word in the west has been thoroughly devalued, many years ago Mark Knopfler sang, “you might even catch a bullet from a peace keeping force”… Once upon a time in the west…

http://kremlin.ru/events/president/news/64877

Posted by: Paco | Jan 11 2021 19:55 utc | 173

@aquadraht 108
The treaty of Rapallo was signed by Russia, the Soviet Union was founded only in 1923. The Weimar constitution was only enacted in August 1919.

January 1919 was in a transition period.

Strange times create strange bed fellows and pne such couple was Imperial Germany and Soviet Russia. From the treaty of Brest Litowsk to the November Revolution the relationship between the two was fairly good. From the German perspective the Bolsheviks were the partner to implement the treaties provisions - no other Russian government would have signed the treaty of Brest Litowsk ever, certainly nit the Whites - and from the Soviet perspective the Germans provided precious time for the consolidation of the new government.

So yes, there was a Russian embassy in Berlin at that time.

Posted by: m | Jan 11 2021 20:04 utc | 174

Paco @173--

Thanks for that FYI! The joint statement that was agreed and signed looks very promising. As I've written, the emerging Eurasian Bloc is far and away a more powerful entity than the former combination of USSR and Warsaw Pact in both economic and armed forces terms. It's also multi-ethnic and multi-confessional yet remains secular in its uncompromised adoption of the UN Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights-assets its adversaries lack. An action the Bloc should undertake at the UNGA is to pass an act declaring all unilateral sanctions and attempts at imposing extraterritorial laws to be 100% against the UN Charter and thus have zero force in international law while imposing penalties for those nations attempting same, such as suspension from the UN until the offending nation makes null all such sanctions and laws.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 11 2021 20:25 utc | 175

That’s strange I’v seen a lot of footage from the recent trump led insurrection attempt, read a lot of trump supporters views, didn’t see any mention of Yemen.
b knows he backed the wrong political horse, this is a very transparent distraction by him, a face saving exercise nothing more.
Sad but predictable. My sincere advice to all the trump supporters here is ———- just let trump go, or he will drag you down with him.

Posted by: Mark2 | Jan 11 2021 20:36 utc | 176

karlof1 | Jan 11 2021 20:25 utc | 175

That would be nice. I have come to the conclusion that the "outside the US bloc" are moving towards a more pro-active status. The general tone has hardened, and there is the distinct feeling that they are all beginning to ignore US dictats wherever they can. That they will now take the initiative seems a likelihood. The internal struggle in the US gives them the opportunity to take the lead now. Nothing "spectacular", as both Russia and China have been advancing steadily, but not quickly enough to provoke a direct reaction.

There is also the advantage of taking the initiative before the Neo-war Bidenettes get into "action" mode.

One thing that might be against my rosy picture is that Israel and the Zionist financial machine have taken full control over the Democratic candidates, (Over $100 million for Ossof in Georgia race etc.) and the Israeli Airforce hare stepping up raids and overflying of Lebanon. Three raids on Damascus already this year.
They too might be tempted to start something soon.

Posted by: Stonebird | Jan 11 2021 20:53 utc | 177

@177 Stonebird

I agree with your sense of the outside world moving more decisively.

As to the Zionists...we have long mooted that the US is begging for more than the slap that Iran gave it a year ago, and is racing towards its destiny of receiving an actual military defeat in a theater of battle.

I mention this only because it seems a whole lot easier for this to happen to Israel first, or even as proxy to deliver the same impact to the US (given the symbiosis). The way that Israel keeps pushing with its little pinprick episodes, it might, I suppose, feel the hubris rising and mistake it for the rising sap of vitality.

But the IDF is severely afraid, badly broken in its moral fiber - bad conditions for soldiers, especially ones facing Hezbollah and Iran/Iraq/Houthi

Yes, Israel's civilian forces in the US Congress may be feeling all-powerful at present, but if the IDF receives a defeat - and it must if it miscalculates how far across the line it can posture - then what would the US do? Invade the Middle East?

Headline following US intervention disaster and defeat: "Biden Standoff in Middle East Rout - bases destroyed, thousands feared dead".

All this Woke and propaganda/censorship crap is one thing, and bad to be sure. But actual military power is another, and neither the US nor Israel possesses it against its contemporary opponents. Only against its domestic populations - and even there, at least for the US, only perhaps, and perhaps not.

Posted by: Grieved | Jan 11 2021 21:27 utc | 178

karlof1 #166

So, in essence, that's what these people wanting to derail Trump are also crusading for--the Assanging of all forms of resistance to the Neoliberal Parasites giving them a free hand to enslave as many as possible via debt. Look for legislation allowing the return of Debtors Prisons and rapid expansion of the Prison Industrial Complex's system of Slave Labor to appear as soon as Biden is installed.

Thank you karlof1, unfortunately that is a highly probable outcome of the Biden clown cart. All those 'debtors sponging off society' etc, the spin masters will be crafting the speeches even now in anticipation. It does not bode well for a peaceful and prosperous future in that fair land.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jan 11 2021 21:41 utc | 179

Parler CEO on the fate of the app as big tech is set to 'destroy' the company (Fox News, January 10, 2021):

And it’s not just these three companies. Every vendor—from text message services to email providers to our lawyers—all ditched us too on the same day, and they’re trying to falsely claim that we were somehow responsible for the events that occured on the 6th.
[. . .]
Amazon is the largest cloud storage vendor in the world, and we use them to host our servers—hundreds of them, hundreds of servers—and they gave us. . . Basically, they said: “You have 24 hours to get all of your data and to find new servers”. So where are you going to find 300 to 500 servers in a 24-hour window and how can you send all of the data from everybody out to them, in a 24-hour period? It’s an impossible feat [. . .]

Parler CEO says 'there's nothing left' after Big Tech kicks app off platforms (Fox News, January 11, 2021):

We woke up on Friday, we thought everything was normal, we were #1 on the App Store—literally #1 in the United States, ahead of TikTok, ahead of everybody, ahead of Facebook, ahead of Twitter—and there’s no indication of any serious problems from Apple, Google, Amazon, there’s no serious threats, no anything. We had cordial correspondence with all of them including weekly calls, and then all of a sudden there’s this “massive threat”, and “we’re gonna get rid of you tomorrow”, and now today there’s no site remaining.

Posted by: S | Jan 11 2021 22:10 utc | 180

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. Utter nonsense, every word of it.

The supposed recovery in wages and employment started before Trump. I'm not unreservedly endorsing Shadowstats, but taking official statistics as solidly reliable is unwise in my best judgment. The same kind of evidence that said Trump was presiding over a great economy is the same evidence that led Clinton to believe that people would vote their wallets and elect her. Either they didn't or their wallets were screaming more than the official statistics said. Statistics are much easier to falsify than votes, so it is remarkable anyone believes them but not the bipartisan voting system. Government offices are not run bipartisan. If the economy was doing so great under Trump, the financial crisis of December 2019---*before the pandemic*---would not have made Trump frantic to keep the Fed shoveling billions of dollars into the economy. Most people haven't done too well since the crash of 2008, something the upper strata have not noticed. Fat cat or liar?

Trump's program is nothing but the Fed shoveling money into banks and stocks, tax giveaways to the rich, more money wasted on guns, tariff wars that have no more accomplished their end than Jefferson's Embargo Act brought the British Empire to its knees. Again, the alleged success wasn't. Trump's supposed success was nothing but a partial recovery from 2008, something that started under Obama. And so far from being successful, Trump's hodge podge of BS and crackpot economics---the stock market is not the barometer of national prosperity for God's sake!---we went into yet another world recession. The pandemic didn't cause the recession, it merely triggered it, because Trump completely failed to improve any fundamentals whatsoever.

(Just in case anyone here thinks Obama did, he didn't either. The capitalist system is irrational and nobody can fix crazy.)

Posted by: steven t johnson | Jan 11 2021 22:34 utc | 181

#WalkAway campaign's Facebook page removed, founder responds on 'Ingraham' (Fox News)

Facebook has deleted the Walkaway Foundation page, providing the following explanation: “Pages that are hateful, threatening or obscene are not allowed. . .” There was nothing hateful, threatening or obscene on the page—just testimonials from people who have decided to leave the Democratic Party. It’s just that in the “free” and “democratic” United States it is not allowed to publicly advocate for leaving the Democratic Party.

Posted by: S | Jan 11 2021 22:38 utc | 182

"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.

"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.

"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.

Posted by: Mao Cheng Ji | Jan 11 2021 22:54 utc | 183

@ 180

"Every vendor—from text message services to email providers to our lawyers—all ditched us too on the same day"

Poor babies -- obviously they're not interested in figuring out why. The truth would be far too damaging to their egos and to their violent, criminal aims and purposes. They just want to whine and complain and blame everybody else.

Posted by: AntiSpin | Jan 11 2021 23:33 utc | 184

@ Posted by: Mao Cheng Ji | Jan 11 2021 22:54 utc | 183

Military Keynesianism doesn't exist. It's a fantasy term some liberal economists invented in the 21st Century to try to convince the masses FDR didn't implement socialism in his New Deal.

The New Deal was definitely socialism. The key here - that completely discards Keynesianism from the picture - was consumption: FDR directly took over the means of production that were necessary for economic reconstruction and later the war in order to control not only supply, but also demand. Consumption was then brutally repressed, and the USA had to ration domestic consumption of some metals (aluminium) and grains (wheat). The capitalists that owned the taken over fabrics had to produce whatever the USG wanted to produce, when it wanted, and how much it wanted. The free market was restrained over what it could produce and what it could not, and how, even though they were still allowed to profit. Clement Attlee did the exact same thing, without the war effort part and on a much lower scale.

If the New Deal was Keynesian, then consumption would be absolutely free and unlimited, the government merely controlling the flow of money through fiscal and monetary tools.

Posted by: vk | Jan 12 2021 0:27 utc | 185

Posted by: AntiSpin | Jan 11 2021 23:33 utc | 184

The usual incredibly stupid and extremely shortsighted response.

Posted by: Triden | Jan 12 2021 0:27 utc | 186

I highly suggest this detailed economic report by Monthly Review, "The Contagion of Capital." If possible, the reader should try and meld the article's discussion with those of Dr. Hudson, which is a tall task given their length and complexity but possible.

Real Unemployment within the Outlaw US Empire today sits at 26.3% and is unchanged from December 2020.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 12 2021 0:29 utc | 187

Anti Spin---

You have any examples to back this conjecture up?

"to their violent, criminal aims and purposes."

Posted by: arby | Jan 12 2021 0:29 utc | 188

Nashville bombing: Where the investigation, recovery stand at the start of Week 3
Jan 11, 2021; 6:00 am

by Natalie Neysa Alund and Rachel Wegner; Nashville Tennessean

https://www.tennessean.com/story/news/local/2021/01/11/nashville-bombing-update-week-3/6578422002/

Nashville bombing motive, explosives still under investigation

As of Sunday evening, a motive in the bombing remained under investigation by the FBI, the ATF and Metro police. So did the type of explosives used to detonate the blast.

Nashville police continued to release more details about when the department's top brass was notified about a previous warning about the Christmas Day bomber. Metro police officers did not make contact with Anthony Quinn Warner in August 2019 after a woman believed to be his former girlfriend reported he may have been building a bomb in his RV.

Nashville Police Chief John Drake announced a five-member team that will review the department's response to the 2019 report.

Police say 63-year-old Warner blew up a city block with an RV containing unidentified explosives about 6:30 a.m. on Second Avenue North outside an AT&T switch facility. The bomb injured at least three people, damaged dozens of downtown buildings and crippled telecommunication systems throughout the Southeast for days.

Recovery efforts continue

Nashville Mayor John Cooper announced that a curfew for a section of downtown has been extended. The curfew will end 5 p.m. Jan. 15 for the area bounded by Union Street, Second Avenue North, Broadway and the Cumberland River.

Additionally, Cooper said several streets are closed around the scene of the blast, including:

First Avenue North and Second Avenue North from Broadway to just north of Union Street
Church Street from First Avenue North to Third Avenue North
Commerce Street from Second Avenue North to Third Avenue North

Second Avenue North between Broadway and Commerce Street reopened to pedestrians late Friday afternoon, the Metro Nashville Police Department announced. Vehicle traffic is still not permitted.

According to the Office of Emergency Management, estimated numbers of affected entities from Fourth Avenue to the riverfront and from Union Street to Broadway include:

1,200 employees
400 residents
At least 45 businesses
46 parcels (each parcel can contain multiple structures)
The Metro Nashville Codes Department deemed 10 buildings unsafe.

To some, this is just your average, routine everyday 5G Lizard People-inspired *Lee RV Oswald* hikikomori suicide by barbeque grill propane tank(s).

Trust The FBI. Trust the Plan. [Or else....]

Posted by: gm | Jan 12 2021 0:31 utc | 189

@steven t johnson #138
Good to see that you continue to be as incompetent as usual.
You clearly have no idea at all of my views despite the many posts I have put up, because ultimately you are a hammer and see everything as a nail.
And not even a very good hammer...

Posted by: c1ue | Jan 12 2021 2:41 utc | 190

@juliania #156
I agree that it is theoretically fixable.
The problem is that I do not see any evidence whatsoever that the mindset - which led to the present situation - has changed.
And to be clear, this isn't a car or public transport dichotomy per se.
It is the failure of the American federal, state and local governments (for the most part) to focus on what is better for their constituents as opposed to the donor class.
Private interests are pushing electric cars instead of electrified public transport in the US even as most other nations focus on public transport in their cities and between regions. Until this mindset changes, the theoretical will never happen.

Posted by: c1ue | Jan 12 2021 2:46 utc | 191

@vk #160
Your ongoing attempts to shoehorn reality into an incorrect and outdated matrix are interesting but a failure.
The financialization of the US is not a government policy - it is an outcome of government neglect and is furthermore a very recent development. It can be traced directly to Ronald Reagan, in fact.
On the other hand, the technology and agricultural focus of the US government has not changed since before the Industrial Revolution.
The United States, for example, had more steam ships and steam warships during the Civil War than the entire rest of the world.

Posted by: c1ue | Jan 12 2021 2:49 utc | 192

@juliania #162

How much do people love a country in which their future and their children's future opportunities are net negative? Both in perception and reality?

How much do people love a country where their fundamental beliefs are denigrated by the federal government both overtly and covertly?

How much do people love a country where their livelihoods are treated as literally irrelevant in the face of a serious but not world-ending pandemic?

I've said before that the United States is unified only by a common belief in the American Dream - the positive aspect of the United States - and the destruction of this dream bodes ill for a huge area with multiple, distinct and opposing viewpoints.

This most recent election is only one of many where the "red states" vote en masse vs. the "blue" coastal and big city elites.

Now throw in the "in your face" non-representational government diktats which have destroyed the livelihoods of literally tens of millions of people - interesting times.

Posted by: c1ue | Jan 12 2021 2:56 utc | 193

If anyone has seen any current Trump (or any direct family member) appearances/video footage from today, please share them.

I've been looking around, but have not found any yet.

Posted by: gm | Jan 12 2021 3:15 utc | 194

@ arby | Jan 12 2021 0:29 utc | 188
"You have any examples to back this conjecture up?
'to their violent, criminal aims and purposes'."

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

Posted by: AntiSpin | Jan 12 2021 3:53 utc | 195

@ arby | Jan 12 2021 0:29 utc | 188

This is the sort of stuff that got them taken down:

"On Parler, which has become a haven for conservatives and right-wingers away from what they see as censorship on traditional social media sites, the election result and Trump's lack of progress in the courts has inflamed tempers.

One user threatened: "#WeThePeople want to kill all of you cheating traitors and if justice is not served > go ahead and hold your breath because...it wont take us LONG to get to you and settle the score!"

Another user wrote: "We only have a brief moment to strike and win the Civil war if Biden does steal the election. This will be the day before inauguration. If it doesn't happen then we already lost and can never have a free country again. #civilwar #civilwar2."

These social media platforms are awash with talk of civil war and taking up arms in response to the legitimate election loss. Many talk of awaiting Trump's "order" to take violent action against their political opponents.

One sinister tweet read: "If Biden Steals this election fraudulently, #killdems."

https://www.newsweek.com/trump-biden-defeat-violent-threats-social-media-1551461

Posted by: AntiSpin | Jan 12 2021 4:02 utc | 196

https://mobile.twitter.com/7815PWK/status/1347862994554920961

P KELLY
@7815PWK
Slow handclap for the morons applauding TECH GIANTS holding so much unaccountable power. A THREAD on what you are backing Clown face

Posted by: Triden | Jan 12 2021 4:03 utc | 197

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 millenials: 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 4:06 utc | 198

Posted by: AntiSpin | Jan 12 2021 4:02 utc | 196

Other than the targets of the hate and threats, this is literally no different from what one can see written on Twitter .

For example trans-activists frequently post rape and death threats against feminists who dare to assert that there are fundamental differences between males and females, or even to claim sonething as mild as "woman =Adult human female"

PseudoLeft "activists" like Antifa and BLM post exactly the same sort of threats as you have c&p'd above. Their targets are people who are to the right of them, on the political spectrum. Their language is everybit as potentially "seditious" or "treasonous". Other than that the sentiments expressed as almost identical

Yet Amazon has no problem at all hosting twitter on its servers. Google has no issues with adverts for twitter.

So clearly the violent language, or potential for encouraging "sedition" or "treason", is simply NOT the issue.

Clearly something else is motivating this cancellation

Posted by: Triden | Jan 12 2021 4:17 utc | 199

ExNYT "journalist" Kurt Eichenwald recently posted a tweet threatening violence on non mask wearers and encouraging others to follow suit..

It stayed up on twitter for several days. He eventually removed it when it began to receive too much negative reaction.

But he was never reprimanded nor suspended for it by twitter. Nor was he the subject of any negative mainstream media attention due to that call to violence

Twitter "moderators" frequently allow violent, racist, sexist and potentially seditious content to remain on the website. I can only presume it is because they agree with the politics of the person posting it, and are in favour of such sentiments being directed at the target.

Amazon, Google etc have no problem with that

Posted by: Triden | Jan 12 2021 4:30 utc | 200

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