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January 24, 2021

The MoA Week In Review - OT 2021-007

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Grieved @ 87

By the way, as time goes by, I become more persuaded to the view that the virus is completely real...

That the virus is completely real has never been in doubt, I mean, aren't you the one who shelled out a hundred bucks for some kind of ultraviolet gizmo to sterilize your multiple masks many months ago? A rather extreme precaution, no?

Or am I parsing your reality incorrectly?

Posted by: john | Jan 25 2021 10:31 utc | 101

@ Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jan 25 2021 5:45 utc | 89

You're overthinking this.

Even if you posit doctors are lying en masse around the world on COVID-19 excess deaths, that wouldn't explain the overloading of the funerary services in many places (LA, Ecuador, Brazil etc.). Unless those caskets are empty, you have to explain those extra deaths.

It is a myth people with ongoing cancer treatment and other graver diseases were left without treatment because of the lockdown. Even in denialist countries like Brazil it was made clear from the beginning people with cancer and heart problems would continue to have full access to their treatments and surgeries. Oncologists and cardiologists (and other specialties related to geriatrics) were given an exemption and continued to treat their patients in person as normal. The myth was born in the UK, where the NHS warned it would have to "sacrifice" its cancer patients in order to accommodate the growing number of COVID-19 patients due to lack of ICUs, but as far as I know it never came to that point.

Debsisdead @ 88 sources exclusively talk about New Zealand, which was considered a Western model of applying and enforcing lockdowns. Its fall of deaths are evidence lockdowns work, not that the COVID-19 is fake.

Posted by: vk | Jan 25 2021 11:43 utc | 102

Hong Kong health experts question if weekend Covid-19 lockdown was worth the cost as city logs 73 new cases

Isn't it funny that only the capitalist parts of the world are questioning the effectiveness of the lockdowns?

Posted by: vk | Jan 25 2021 12:23 utc | 103

It seems that the World's two pandemics in the last 100 years are down to the same country.

So, who funded the developments that made Covid19 possible? Steve Hilton on Fox News deep dives and comes up with some really smelly weeds.

Who is going to take these guys to task for sidestepping Obama’s orders? Will the USG or even the rest of the World try and sue the bastards? They are certainly making a small fortune out of it.

Watch it while you can.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOA3ppL9snY&feature=emb_logo

Posted by: JohninMK | Jan 25 2021 12:28 utc | 104

Invermectin is cheap. Therefor it must be banned. Invermectin will get many people out of harms way and back to their economic, social and cultural productivity, therefor it must be cancelled, shut down, stopped before it renders vaccination obsolete. etc etc etc.

well said, uncle tungsten (74, Jan 25 3:24).

Posted by: cirsium | Jan 25 2021 14:14 utc | 105

After poisoning Navalny yielded some mixed results, could it be the perfect time to 'eliminate' Gauido and blame it on Maduro? Now the EU has refused to back the US in its shameless support of the puppet-turned-liability, rather than lose face with the latest EU snub, could Biden be tempted to use Guaido as a sacrificial lamb and launch into a new escalation on Venezuela?

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-venezuela-politics-eu/eu-states-no-longer-recognise-guaido-as-venezuelas-interim-president-idUSKBN29U1A3

Posted by: Et Tu | Jan 25 2021 14:34 utc | 106

Europe’s Bankruptcies Are Plummeting. That May Be a Problem.

Oh. Ok, then.

"The owl of Minerva spreads its wings only with the coming of the dusk."
- Hegel.

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Moderna Says It Believes Its Vaccine Protects Against Virus Variants

"Believes"?

By the way, the original headline in the home page was different: it stated that the Moderna vaccine was effective against the new variants (as a certainty), BUT Moderna was already preparing a booster. That headline was too Orwellian even by NYT standards.

The hypocrisy is even more glaring considering the fact that this is the headline below that:

China wanted to show off its vaccines. It’s backfiring.

The source for this "information" is:

Officials in Brazil and Turkey have complained that Chinese companies have been slow to ship the doses and ingredients. [...] In the Philippines, some lawmakers have criticized the government’s decision to purchase a vaccine made by a Chinese company called Sinovac.

At least for Brazil's case I know for sure it's all the Brazilian government's fault. Bolsonaro has been moving the sticks behind the scenes to delay the authorization of the Chinese vaccine the most possible, and has been sabotaging the imports of the ingredients - all of that in order to give the Anglo-Saxon vaccines time to dump their leftovers and thus make a quick buck at the taxpayers' expense. Bolsonaro is officially blaming China for obvious reasons, but nobody in Brazil except the most hallucinated pro-USA liberals are seriously believing him.

Posted by: vk | Jan 25 2021 14:35 utc | 107

@arby #59
Yes, the USD has fundamental value.
1) It is legal tender for all debts, public and private, for Americans.
2) It is an international reserve currency for central banks and trade.
3) It is still the primary store of value for non-Americans who seek to protect themselves against their own currency devaluation.

As for who is in the background promoting it: wow, really?
Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are the epicenter for every Ponzi schemer, cyber criminal, tax evader and currency control evader on the planet. Canada's largest cryptocurrency exchange, Quadriga, was founded and run by a literal former gold pyramid/Ponzi promoter who then "died" on a pilgrimage to India to found a children's orphanage.

Posted by: c1ue | Jan 25 2021 14:39 utc | 108

@karlof1 #61
No, bitcoin is nothing like cybergold. The very notion is risible. Gold, once it is mined, is effectively zero storage, infrastructure and usage cost (societally. Individually there are fees to store, to exchange for real currency etc).
Bitcoin in contrast costs huge amounts of electricity with every single transaction. It requires enormous internet infrastructure to function. And it has enormous risks: you forget your password - gone. It gets scammed/stolen - gone. someone achieves true quantum password cracking - gone. 51% mining supremacy is achieved - gone. Your hardware wallet - you haven't touched it for 6 years and can't layer all of the accumulated updates, or the company goes out of business and stops supporting the firmware - gone.

Bitcoin is nerd art. Every bitcoin is a Mona Lisa: unique and supposedly valuable and requires comparable facilities.

Posted by: c1ue | Jan 25 2021 14:44 utc | 109

Posted by: Triden | Jan 25 2021 3:13 utc | 72

For sure there are scammy creatures hanging around bitcoin, the same as there are scammy creatures hanging around anywhere money is moving fast and large.
Still I believe that bitcoin is pretty well on its own as compared to say a mining stock promotion.
These characters can't create bitcoins for themselves and then flog them.

Sure maybe a lot of the so called alt-coins they can but bitcoin has to be mined. They can't be mined by a fast talking mouth.

When guys like Michael Saylor put a half a billion into bitcoin they have done their homework.

Seems to me a scam is an operation containing a lot of lies. I don't see how bitcoin falls into that category.

As far as a Ponzi scheme I also do not see the connection. It is nothing like a Ponzi. There are no promises of big returns or large dividends.

For all I know it will come tumbling down to nothing but at the same time it could go to the moon in an environment where the all mighty US buck starts to show its true worth.

Posted by: arby | Jan 25 2021 14:47 utc | 110

@Jason #79
Things that are valuable because regular people agree on that - that is art.
Things which are deemed valuable because government decrees so - that is currency.
The hot Christmas toy in any given year has value - but it isn't currency. And similar to cryptocurrencies, Furby (or whatever) value shifts up and down dramatically with demand.
The difference is that the hot Christmas toy has short term high value which is real due to demand - i.e. millions of kids want them whereas bitcoin is a much more perfect Ponzi scheme because it has zero legal latent demand.
Yes, there is intrinsic usage for bitcoin: cyber crime, money laundering and currency control evasion. In countries like Brazil, it is becoming the bribery currency of choice. But none of these actual use cases for bitcoin mean it is money or has intrinsic value - the explosion of other cryptocurrencies shows just how "unique" nerd art is.
What is happening now is that the original Grayscale Bitcoin Trust arbitrage (Grayscale has a 6 month hold requirement and a 24%, plus minus, NAV vs. actual bitcoin) pulled bitcoin from ~10K trading range into a breakout above 13K. This arbitrage meant those executing it could reap a 40% gain with zero risk every year - not something to sneeze at.
At that point (~13K), the institutions started getting into the act. Fidelity, BlackRock, etc are all either already pushing or about to start pushing bitcoin funds.
The beginning of this flood is what drove bitcoin from 13K to 27K.
The scammers and mo-mo guys then jumped in - they nitro'd bitcoin from 27K to 40K+ in 2 weeks, over the holidays. Tether's effect is primarily in this type of action.
I just had dinner with Harris Kupperman last week (met him in person for the first time) and we talked about bitcoin - much of what I write above is from his multiple articles on the subject combined with my own research and experience.
His view, which I share, is that the core dynamic hasn't changed. Even with the huge "fall" (bitcoin is still above where it was on 12/27 - less than 1 month ago), butcoin is still the best performing asset in the entire market for the past year+ - which is saying a lot.
He wrote, months ago, that the "reflexive" dynamic of the bitcoin Ponzi was going to force every single hedge fund operator to go into it or lose customers (get redeemed) because these customers are all going to ask why their highly overpaid hedge fund manager isn't in the single best performing asset in the past year+. As each fund buys into bitcoin, it will add more upside pressure - and additional price increases mean even more pressure for the remaining holdouts.

Yes, this is a circle but that's how it goes (reflexive, remember?) - and bitcoin's market value is simply not large enough ($600B at the moment) to absorb significant inflows without a supply squeeze occurring.
I won't detail what he and I are watching in terms of signs to exit - that's something everyone who puts money into Bitcoin has to figure out for themselves.
Kuppy and I both went in last year, long before the institutional spike so we are in fundamentally different positions than anyone buying now or even having bought in the last 3 months.

Posted by: c1ue | Jan 25 2021 15:10 utc | 111

Just came out. Recommend the read:

Covid and fictitious capital

Posted by: vk | Jan 25 2021 15:12 utc | 112

Posted by: c1ue | Jan 25 2021

The US dollar is also a weapon and as such I believe the countries negatively affected by that will find a way around it.
At that point we will get to see the true value which will be not much if anything.
The dollars is only based on faith as far as I can tell. Nothing else.

Stir in the overworked printing press creating trillions more of them and we shall see what its real value is.

Posted by: arby | Jan 25 2021 15:13 utc | 113

JR @ 69

Thank you, JR. Yes, the Lancet has comprehensively discredited itself. So has nearly all of the medical firmament.

There is nothing to replace that medical firmament. Each of us pretends we are able to discover which authority and which evidence we are ready to believe in. None of us has particular ability to do that. For myself I will accept the current guidance from WHO that lockdowns are ineffective and meaningless. I accept the older guidance from Johns Hopkins that lockdowns are political, not medical. And otherwise, for myself, consider WHO as largely a cats paw for Bill Gates and Hopkins more like an arm of the intelligence community than a medical resource. Cue the WHOs on first routine. All madness.

Anyone who tells me to be totally passive and obedient and to STFU while waiting for inevitable doom is simply an enemy. That would be half of this bar? And why argue? “The science” is any damn thing any advocate wants it to be. I didn’t drag the science down to that level. The scientists and doctors took the money and did it to themselves.

Posted by: oldhippie | Jan 25 2021 15:14 utc | 114

@arby #110
What any good scammer understands is that value is in the mind of the potential buyer.
Every good con relies on the mark's greed and bitcoin is no different.
The pump and dumpers, the ponzi promoters etc manage bitcoin/crypto greed via Telegram channels where they can coordinate buys and sells among their herd of suckers. They make their money by front-running this herd as well as by charging fees to the most gullible/stupid.
This strategy isn't unique: robinhood exists entirely because it sells its users' behavior to the HFT and hedge funds who funded it even as it loses money on every trade (because rh charges no/low transaction fees)

Posted by: c1ue | Jan 25 2021 15:15 utc | 115

@arby #113
Currency is a tool. A shovel can become a spear with sharpening. Irrelevant.
The US dollar's value internationally is extremely firm:
1) the US is one of a handful of countries with economies large enough to support an international reserve currency. Switzerland, for example, could never do so - without losing control of its own currency which is a fate worse than death.
2) The currency has to be convertible. China is large enough but they can't let the RMB be convertible - the last time they opened the exchange window slightly, $1T left the country and funded the startup bubble worldwide, among others.
3) The country has to be willing to run deficits. Japan, for example, isn't. Yes, they have a budget deficit but the nation overall has a currency account surplus - Japan's need to import pretty much every commodity requires this hence them not being a candidate for reserve currency.
4) The entity has to be willing to run huge deficits internally. The EU is large enough, is self sufficient enough to run currency account deficits, but isn't willing to do so largely because of Germany and its mercantilist policies.

So there you have it.
USD for Americans - its the law.
USD for everyone else - TINA (there is no alternative).
Bitcoin certainly is NOT an alternative for the USD precisely because it is not fiat issuable outside of the mining. China could be if they can figure out how to keep their internal oligarchs from sending their money abroad while making the RMB convertible - maybe a digital RMB would do it.

Posted by: c1ue | Jan 25 2021 15:25 utc | 116

Posted by: c1ue | Jan 25 2021 15:15 utc | 115

Yes but front running like you say with RH goes on in all stocks. That in itself does not make the companies scams.

Posted by: arby | Jan 25 2021 15:26 utc | 117

@arby #117
I actually talked about this with Kuppy last week.
He considers HFT a problem but not crippling; he says they cost him $10K to $25K a day but apparently this isn't enough to deter his hedge fund activities. He said that up to 70% of trading volume activity in any stock is HFT (!).
As for scam: well - the value of the front running exists only so long as the herd is in the market. Every single market crash - whether bitcoin or the stock market or whatever - sees the vast majority of players exit (or bankrupt). At that point, the trading volumes and numbers of people participating plummet dramatically.
How valuable do you think RH's model is then?

Posted by: c1ue | Jan 25 2021 15:31 utc | 118

Well I put my money where my mouth is on Gold stocks and 1 bitcoin and other than the one bitcoin I have been wrong.
It is just that the list of sanctions seem to grow larger every day and the dollar is the tool used to enforce these sanctions.
IMO, if you want a real Ponzi scheme you need look no further than the dollar.
But timing is everything and so far the dollar is winning.

Posted by: arby | Jan 25 2021 15:36 utc | 119

@arby #119
It isn't the USD - it is the US control over SWIFT that enables the sanctions. The US can force compliance even in other currencies because of the SWIFT stranglehold.

Posted by: c1ue | Jan 25 2021 15:41 utc | 120

@ vk | Jan 25 2021 14:35 utc | 107

Moderna Says It Believes Its Vaccine Protects Against Virus Variants

"Believes"?

By the way, the original headline in the home page was different: it stated that the Moderna vaccine was effective against the new variants (as a certainty), BUT Moderna was already preparing a booster. That headline was too Orwellian even by NYT standards.

I caught a fragment of the Moderna CEO, Stephane Bancel, being interviewed on the Bloomberg(?) business news TV program this morning, saying that the company was gearing up to respond to the new CV variants with updated/modified versions of their mRNA "vaccine" (ie., gene therapy drug platform, from a medico-legal definition standpoint).

Posted by: gm | Jan 25 2021 15:51 utc | 121

@arby #119
As for gold stocks - I have seen this show many times now.
Gold is valuable! It is irreplaceable! It is going up because of money printing!
Companies that pull gold out of the ground should be literally rolling in gold! (gold miners)
Well, reality: gold mining is extremely inefficient. A better proxy for gold miner performance is energy prices - because it takes a whole lotta energy to pull gold out of the ground.
Then there's the operational problem: you have to invest a lot of capital up front, plus pay high ongoing energy and other costs, to pull this gold out of the ground.
In practice, it means a gold miner has to manage its exposure to gold prices via hedging. In reality, the gold miners do a really crappy job.
I say with 100% conviction that gold mining stocks make their money mostly by scamming people to buy them as opposed to performance of actual mining of gold.
As for other ways to "invest" in gold - the ETFs are also scams. Between the front running, fees and what not - it is amazing that anyone can make anything at all.
But the most important lesson: yes, the US is printing. So is Japan. So in China. So is the EU. Why would any of these nations want a hard currency? The only way gold really breaks out is if a major nation decides to go full backing with gold (or even hard fractional backing). I see that possibility as zero in the short term and medium term. Long term, who knows.
And I would note that I have a really long history with PMs. My mother bought 1000 oz of silver in the 80s when it was spiking then - she got it for $11. When that bubble collapsed - she had it shipped to her where it became an extremely heavy doorstop for 2 decades. I bought it from her for $15 - 35% gain in 20+ years! and sold it for $45 when that particular bubble recurred.
To say I am cynical about PMs is an understatement :)

Posted by: c1ue | Jan 25 2021 15:51 utc | 122

Well I think you would have to stir in the US's grip on things like the World Bank and the IMF who make loans to countries in US dollars. This is a very effective way of providing a bid for the dollar that only one country can actually create.
Seems to me I have read articles that say that the purchasing power of the dollar has fallen 98% since its inception.
The world does need a reserve currency but not one controlled by a control freak.
I guess that is sort of the appeal of bitcoin.

Posted by: arby | Jan 25 2021 15:51 utc | 123

@oldhippie | Jan 25 2021 15:14 utc | 114

Hopkins? I got the latest Hopkins (C.J. Hopkins, that is) on the glorious victories of our GloboCap Overlords over the Great Orange Hitler/Satan and his deplorable hordes in the Jan 6 Insurrection, right here:

https://www.unz.com/chopkins/thats-all-folks/

As they used to say at the end of all those wacky Looney Tunes cartoons, that’s all folks! The show is over. Literal Russian-Asset Hitler, the Latest Greatest Threat to Western Democracy, the Monster of Mar-a-Lago, Trumpzilla, Trumpenstein, the Ayatollah of Orange Shinola, has finally been humiliated and given the bum-rush out of Washington by the heroic forces of the GloboCap “Resistance,” with a little help from the US military. The whole thing went exactly to script.

Well … OK, not quite exactly to script. Despite four years of dire warnings by the corporate media, the Intelligence Community, Hollywood celebrities, the Democratic Party, faux anti-fascists, fake-Left pundits, and pretty much every utterly deluded, Trump-obsessed liberal with an Internet connection, there was no Hitlerian “Reichstag Fire,” no Boogaloo, no Civil War II, no coup, no white-supremacist uprising. Nothing. The man simply got on a chopper and was flown away to his Florida resort.

I know, you’re probably thinking … “Wow, how embarrassing for the GloboCap ‘Resistance,’ being exposed as a bunch of utterly shameless, neo-Goebbelsian propagandists, and liars, and hysterical idiots, and such!” And, in any other version of reality, you’d have a point … but not in this one.

No, in this reality, “Democracy Has Prevailed!” Yes, it was touch and go there for a while, as there was no guarantee that the Intelligence Community, the military-industrial complex, Western governments, the corporate media, supranational corporations, Internet oligarchs, and virtually every other component of the global-capitalist empire could keep one former game show host with no real political power whatsoever from taking over the entire world.

And here was GloboCap's dress rehearsal in Berlin last summer for the Jan 6 Capitol Reichstag show:

https://consentfactory.org/2020/09/02/new-normal-gleichschaltung-or-the-storming-of-the-reichstag-building-on-29-august-2020/

On March 21, 1933, the Nazi-controlled Reichstag passed a law making it a crime to speak out against the government. The “Regulations of the Reich President for Defense from Treacherous Attacks against the Government of the National Uprising” made even the slightest expression of dissent from Nazi ideology a criminal offense. This new law, among other totalitarian measures, was part of a process known as Gleichschaltung … the process of achieving rigid and total ideological coordination and uniformity in politics, culture, and private communication by forcibly repressing (or eliminating) independence and freedom of thought and expression.

GloboCap hasn’t done anything that heavy-handed in the course of rolling out the New Normal totalitarianism, but that’s mainly because they do not have to. When you control the vast majority of the global corporate media, you don’t need to pass a lot of ham-fisted laws banning all dissent from your totalitarian ideology. This isn’t the 1930s, after all. Over the last ninety years, the arts of propaganda, disinformation, and perception management have advanced to a point that even Goebbels couldn’t have imagined.

The skill with which GloboCap and the corporate media delegitimized the anti-New Normal demonstrations in Berlin, London, and other cities last weekend is a perfect example of the state of those arts. I’ll focus on Berlin, as that’s where I live, and the so-called “Storming of the Reichstag” incident, but it works pretty much the same way everywhere. I believe there was a curious incident involving a person with a fascist flag in London, and that the UK media have now officially chosen David Icke to be the movement’s figurehead.

In Berlin, in the days leading up to the protests, government officials and corporate media propagandists did what officials and propagandists do … they relentlessly repeated their official narrative, namely, that anyone protesting the New Normal (or doubting the official Coronavirus narrative) is a “violent neo-Nazi extremist,” or “conspiracy theorist,” or some other form of existential “threat to democracy.”

Posted by: gm | Jan 25 2021 16:13 utc | 124

New from Alistair crooke:

Recently, Netanyahu wrote a letter to Deputy PM Gantz, saying henceforth that he was assuming sole command of Israeli policy toward Iran. Gantz and officials were outraged. And Israeli officials subsequently leaked that behind that letter was Netanyahu’s concern that some in Israel were forming a favourable view towards a Biden initiative for re-joining the JCPOA. In fact, what the security officials have been saying behind Netanyahu’s back is that what they need is a deep discussion with the Biden team – in secret (and with no leaks). Of course. They need to discuss this new Iranian deterrence paradigm with the U.S., before the latter hurtles into negotiations on a ‘new’ JCPOA.

Why? Because the U.S. returning to JCPOA, does nothing to change the strategic situation of an Israel surrounded by smart missiles. How to deal with this change? Netanyahu, for electoral reasons, wants to continue with his ‘old line’: That he will salami-slice, and chase the Iranians out of Lebanon, Gaza, Iraq, etcetera. The problem is that this policy is a lie.

Netanyahu’s “massive” attacks on Iranian infrastructure are mostly PR, and are carefully mounted to avoid war (empty warehouses are hit, more often than not). Netanyahu is afraid to start a region-wide war. Effectively, Israel needs a radical new approach. It has reached the crux: The questions now, are whether Israel is so painted into a corner of its own making (the initial demonisation of Iran was done to pave the way for the Labour Party to change policy, and to reconcile with its Arab ‘near-abroad’) that any solution is politically impossible. Secondly, whether any new approach would be politically saleable in the U.S. (given the preponderance of hawkish, pro-Israel lobbies) – and, finally, whether a new paradigm could be sold to a transformed Iran, that now holds the upper hand when it comes to peace or war in the Middle East.

Internecine and Existential Struggles in a Transformed World

Twenty years and more in the making, this debacle.

Posted by: Bemildred | Jan 25 2021 16:16 utc | 125

@arby #123
The World Bank and IMF were created post WW2 to help Europe and Japan recover. The US economy was something like 45% of the entire world's GDP then - so naturally Truman used this to cement the US as veto power over those institutions.
The thing is - China got to where it is without any significant IMF or World Bank loans, nor did they get trapped into an endless cycle of debt/reborrow/default/re-indebt.
As for "98% of value" - yes, that true but so what? Would you trade modern health care, transport, the internet etc for 5 cent a gallon gas?
Read the "cross of gold" speech by William Jennings Bryan: a hard currency is equally, if not more, oppressive than fiat.
The issue is not the architecture of the currency - the issue is how government acts.
Crypto and gold bug faithful believe that architecture (i.e. hard currency) will fix everything but the historical record says the exact opposite. Hard currency entrenches those who are already rich and retards growth - both in absolute and relative terms.

Posted by: c1ue | Jan 25 2021 16:29 utc | 126

I agree with you on the benefits of a fiat currency over a hard currency.
IMO, having the reserve currency of the world is an enormous , fabulous thing to own. It is what I perceive as the abuse of that status that can/will cause its demise.
So far I am dead wrong.

Posted by: arby | Jan 25 2021 17:07 utc | 127

Highlights of Xi's Davos speech give a good indication of future global direction provided there's no war generated by the Outlaw US Empire:

"In the notably sharp-toned speech, the Chinese president did not name any specific country, but the extensive references of unilateral and populist trend were clearly aimed at policies orchestrated by the US government over the past several years, which have not only plunged the US into disarray but also disrupted global cooperation to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic and other challenges, Chinese analysts noted.

"While criticizing those toxic policies, Xi also mounted a staunch defense of inclusive multilateralism based on mutual respect and equality, and transcends ideological and political differences, vowing that China will play a more active role in promoting open, inclusive and balanced economic globalization. The stress on mutual respect and equality could also be viewed as a basis for rebuilding China-US relations under a new US administration, analysts pointed out."

The article's header consists of a box holding the six main highlights of Xi's speech where he spoke as a leader of the newly emerged Eurasian Bloc representing 1/3 of humanity having values based on those enshrined in the UN Charter. When Xi and Putin speak of global governance, they speak of governance centered on the UN, not that of a dying unilateral Empire or something of a similar construct:

"International governance should be based on the rules and consensus reached among us, not on the order given by one of the few."

Multipolarity and multilateralism constitute the new reality. Global problems are too big to be solved by mere Blocs, so we must all join together and build "a community with a shared future for mankind." Genuine Humanism based on the concepts that undergird the UN Charter--FDR's Four Freedoms: Freedom from Want and Fear; Freedom of speech and worship. No further acceptance of unilateral actions that have impeded these goals from becoming reality is going to be tolerated. The days of Empire and the threat they held to humanity's viability are over.

The Fascist Neoliberal world order enforced by the CIA and NATO Terrorism is at its end but still flails frantically trying to keep its head above water. The Outlaw US Empire essentially faces three choices: One, it can continue to try and fight the rising Multipolar tide that will culminate in nuclear war; Two, it can retreat into itself to continue the exploitation of its citizenry and fall into Great Depression 2.0; Three, It can face the music and cease its unilateralism, admit its massive crimes, ask for forgiveness, and become the responsible global citizen FDR and Henry Wallace wanted it to become and finally attain the Four Freedoms for its own people.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 25 2021 17:08 utc | 128

@122 c1ue

Pm's are not an investment, they are a hedge.

Have we yet experienced the full collapse of the dollar? No we have not. Are we over-levereged as a nation, waiting for the bubble to burst? I would imagine.

We will see what pm's can do then!

Posted by: NemesisCalling | Jan 25 2021 17:17 utc | 129

China Becomes Foreign Investment Top Dog, Rakes in Billions as US Loses Ground Amid Pandemic

Trump's decoupling dream come true.

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Appeals to bring more young Russians to US as ‘soft power’ tool could backfire, there's no guarantee they will like what they see

McFaul says that “Biden’s team should come up with new ways to grow these ties [with ordinary Russians] even over Putin’s objections. In the long run, forging and sustaining links with Russian society will undermine anti-American propaganda as well as American stereotypes about Russia.”

To this, McFaul adds that, “The new administration should make it easier for Russians to study in and travel to the United States,” and urges European states to do the same.

My take on this is very simple: the West cannot even absorb their own youth anymore. What makes them think they can absorb Russia's?

Besides, it's not so simple an operation to attract young people to your country to study. The logistics are very complicated, and it requires a lot of resources not even counting the promise of jobs within your own country (in the case of STEM students). Even the brain drain from countries with large populations such as China and India don't surpass much above the low to mid six digits. And those programs take time to gain traction - decades in most cases. And all of this already taking into account the fact that your country still has to be an attractive place.

Discontent already exists in Americans with Indian STEM from H1B1 visa program. As the excess population rises, so will resistance to new influx of immigrants - specially high-skilled ones. This will snowball to a stage where Americans become second-class citizens in their own country (as you would have to guarantee the jobs for the foreigners in order to sweeten the deal).

Posted by: vk | Jan 25 2021 17:23 utc | 130

"..The myth was born in the UK, where the NHS warned it would have to "sacrifice" its cancer patients in order to accommodate the growing number of COVID-19 patients due to lack of ICUs, but as far as I know it never came to that point..." vk@102

The Pandemic is also a Panopticon offering a complete survey of the actual workings of the capitalist system. The particular instance that you cite is best understood not merely as an indication of the UK government's commitment to 'herd immunity', albeit accompanied by massive campaigns of lockdowns that can't work (and are not intended to) and all manner of scams to funnel taxes into the pockets of the wealthy, but also as part of the long battle, which began in the 1950s, to undermine, corrupt, discredit and privatise the NHS- its socialist principles being a stench in the nostrils of the City of London and Wall Street.

Much of what the Covidiots say about the pandemic has some truth in it. The problem is that they mistake the opportunism of the capitalists- which leads to their taking every chance offered by lockdowns, the necessity of enforcing them, and the disruptions in the economy, brimming with speculative possibilities- for conspiracies planned by imaginary elites and implemented in total secrecy.

The same thing happened over the JFK assassination and 9/11- both crises which led to the sudden opening up of new possibilities which were quickly exploited by those with easy access to power. In the case of the Kennedy assassination this allowed CIA and Pentagon hawks to intensify the war in Vietnam- which LBJ welcomed as a chance to consolidate his position as a war President. While 9/11 offered a veritable cornucopia of exploitable opportunities to the dominant exceptionalist factions in Washington, not to mention their brethren, zionists and Third Way enthusiasts, around the world.

The underlying problem is a failure of imagination: many people cannot bring themselves to understand that capitalism is not only evil, the distillation of all the evils born of man exploiting man, but capable of being eradicated and replaced by socialism as soon as humanity chooses to act.
This pessimism not only leads to defeatism-giving up without a struggle- but to a constant need to deny any positive developments, such as those to be seen in China, and in doing so to approve of imperialism's crimes, on the grounds that China, Russia, Iran, perhaps even Cuba or Venezuela, are also either empires or aspire to become them. "Neither Washington nor Moscow" being a nice sounding way of supporting Washington.
This might help: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZlD5RXkeuA

Posted by: bevin | Jan 25 2021 17:29 utc | 131

@vk 112

Only the link and none of your value-add commentary? I hope you don’t take the IMO unfair “brevity” advice from that other reader. Why? My selfish reason: Due to time constraints, I rarely navigate to links people provide here and usually rely on their “take aways”. Especially from regulars here at the bar.

Since I’m not paying you though, uh, “no pressure”. ;-). But, seriously, thanks again for what you contribute regularly.

Cheers.

Posted by: oglalla | Jan 25 2021 17:30 utc | 132

@ Posted by: oglalla | Jan 25 2021 17:30 utc | 132

This one I really recommend you to read. Explains why the stock market (Wall Street) has been booming in this pandemic, the bitcoin debate etc. etc.

Posted by: vk | Jan 25 2021 17:50 utc | 133

Article about dollar's status stays neutral and correctly reports it will lose 50% of its already shrunken value before it reaches the next bottom. The Enron bookkeeping employed by the Fed can no longer hide the fast rise in cost of goods due to dollar losing value rapidly against most commodities, oil and gasoline being the most obvious. Inflation for 2020 was about 10% in a recession year with extremely high unemployment--a very awkward indicator for the Neoliberal Parasites. Since all their assets are dollar denominated, a falling dollar means a drop in their value, so they're shorting the dollar as a hedge. Ending the hundreds of billions wasted on its overseas empire while raising taxes on the Monopolies represent the only real budget options since there's no doubt about the need for domestic stimulus. Following Larry Summers's advice at the article's end is what the Parasites want, but will further fuel the populist upheaval.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 25 2021 17:52 utc | 134

EU breaks with Biden and its own parliament's resolution and no longer declares Guaido to be Venezuela's president. What will come next? A decision on Nord Stream 2?

Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 25 2021 17:58 utc | 135

@vk

Okay, I’ll read it.

Hey, the H1b program drains brainpower from abroad. “Domestic discontent be damned” is the attitude, made possible by other distractions. I’m not surprised if they continue despite the grumbling. It never stopped them before.

Posted by: oglalla | Jan 25 2021 18:25 utc | 136

(Oh and please tell us where does someone who is supposedly not a petit-bourgeois himself get the time to collect all those links and post them here, often at the top of the threads??)

Posted by: Lurk | Jan 24 2021 20:04 utc | 34

Don't blame the messenger.

Posted by: vk | Jan 24 2021 20:26 utc | 36

Breathtaking honesty there, VK. Good for you!

And you Lurk! Bothering innocent workers who are just doing their job. Blame VK's employers, she's just doing her job. A gir's gotta eat, ya know.

Posted by: AmusedDragon | Jan 25 2021 18:29 utc | 137

@ Posted by: AmusedDragon | Jan 25 2021 18:29 utc | 137

So, you don't believe the pro-Navalny militant base is Russian the well-to-do middle/upper middle class? Do you think Navalny is a working class hero in Russia?

Posted by: vk | Jan 25 2021 18:36 utc | 138

@131 bevin

Yes, but we (the left) have not intimated the evils of globalist-internationalism, either. You can not expect people, once you have helped them escape from a bear trap, to follow you into another one.

As I have argued to vk before, capitalism and marxism are both smashed as theories against the rock that is the nation.

This goes beyond market and monetary theory into the realm of philosophy and spirit.

It is one of limits, not some far off dream of togetherness that awaits us alone in death. You are fighting against the Tao.

Posted by: NemesisCalling | Jan 25 2021 18:36 utc | 139

Putin's Pep-talk on Russian Students Day reminds them their aspirations are also those of All Russia and that burden will be offset somewhat by continuing state support and provides students a unique opportunity to provide direct feedback of the sort that's become rather familiar with Putin's presidencies. Putin provides the following delvelopments:

"We have already expanded state-funded places at higher education institutions. An additional 34,000 students will enroll at federal budget expense in the upcoming academic year. This mainly concerns higher education institutions in the Russian Federation’s regions. Consequently, at least 60 percent of Russian high-school graduates can expect to study free of charge under higher education curricula.

"We will expand the share of state-funded students because the number of high school graduates will increase here in the next few years, due to positive earlier results achieved by our programmes to support families, to increase birth rates and to facilitate demographic development.

"Affordable higher education is a highly significant matter in the context of social and national development and in providing equitable and equal opportunities for people’s self-realisation. Nevertheless, the quality of education, its content and modern level is no less important." [My Emphasis]

A national education system operated as a foundational asset for the entire nation to facilitate the nation's ongoing success thus uplifting one and all. Some would call it Socialist; I call it Commonsense!!

Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 25 2021 18:37 utc | 140

vk | Jan 25 2021 11:43 utc | 102

It is not a myth about leaving cancer, and other patients, aside. My neighbour is Spanish. Her mother has been waiting for "urgent" Cancer treatment in Spain for over ten months.

Posted by: Stonebird | Jan 25 2021 18:51 utc | 141

@NemesisCalling #129
You say PMs are a hedge. Hedge against what?
Job loss? Purchasing power? Civil order?
It doesn’t do any of the above.
The only instance where PMs actually benefited the holders was a very narrow window during the Weimar hyperinflation.
And even then - there were literally dozens of
Pump fakes: selling too early is just as bad as selling too late.
But even that example is bad precedent. That hyperinflation occurred because the Versailles treaty forced a huge external debt onto Germany.
That isn’t going to happen in the US.
PMs have not matched the pace of inflation on the US in literally any time window you choose.
Not is it even secure from the gubmint: FDR passed an executive order confiscating private gold - why do you think that can’t be repeated?
I have a hard time accepting claims which just don’t hold up to history.

Posted by: c1ue | Jan 25 2021 18:53 utc | 142

c1ue | Jan 25 2021 18:53 utc | 142

Nothing is secure from a totalitarian government.

At least you can hold precious metals and put them someplace besides a bank or stock market where others control them. History shows that gold and silver have been used as money for 5000 years, doesn't that hold up?

Central Banks are currently stockpiling gold while publicly denigrating it. Digital dollars are going to be dumped in exchange for commodities and eventually spurned as the endless trillions continue to roll out courtesy of the Keynesian fools running the Central Banks. All Americans will become millionaires lol

Posted by: Perimetr | Jan 25 2021 19:03 utc | 143

Wot is a PM?
On this page no one has given the name in full. You deserve to be in the military!

Posted by: tucenz | Jan 25 2021 19:10 utc | 144

@142 c1ue

Interesting you mention confiscation at the END of your post.

And why would I be worried about gubmint knocking on MY door? Once the word gets out that confiscation is occuring, do you think those that are rightfully prepared for such an event will simply hand it over?

Who do you think will come to collect?

Policeman, sherrifs? How many of those long to see the tyrannical state of the U.S. disembowled? And yet you think gubmint will have the proper compliment of foot soldiers to take a bullet for the technocrats who were bad at government? You haven't thought it through.

Why is Putin having Russia stockpile gold?

...

Everyone knows the value of gold is being artificially suppressed.

Even with the above fact, it hasn't changed the fact that it is a relatively safe hedge even during "good" years where its value is stable.

During bad years, of which we are accelerating to, it will get you ahead in one way or another, even if you are only trading back to worthless dollars, where you can buy an acre of land for $2 billion Kamala-dollars.

Posted by: NemesisCalling | Jan 25 2021 19:12 utc | 145

Bemildred @125--

Just into Crooke's essay and see that it must be read with an understanding of Xi's Davos Speech. There's no mere resetting policies back to Pre-Trump--a decade's worth of change or more occurred during Trump's 4 years. These three paragraphs are key to understanding:

"Even domestically, much has changed (and Trump should not be blamed for these key shifts that essentially hark back to the Greenspan era). The structure of the U.S. economy now is unrecognisably different to the myth of U.S. capitalism: Asset markets have been severed from their true returns, and soar away – unconstrained from any anchor in cash earnings; price discovery, via market interaction, no longer exists; markets are not free, but Treasury managed; enterprise capitalism has morphed into monopolistic oligarchism; innovation and small businesses have been crushed; fewer Americans work for younger companies; inequality is rampant; money printing and debt are no longer limited by any prudent considerations – but rather as an exciting MMT ‘opportunity’ ahead; and interest rates no longer act as the mechanism by which capital is directed to its most effective and productive, use. Big changes, all.

"The U.S. Central Bank no longer controls this Leviathan (lest its actions spark a dangerous market tantrum). Its energies rather, are wholly devoted to ensuring that interest rates stay zero-bound (as the mountain of U.S. debt cannot be sustained, were rates to rise, in real terms). Painted into a corner (there is no pushing back of the clock’s hands here), the best Yellen can do now is to pursue this make-believe economic model à outrance – to take it to its furthest limit, and hope to supress yields, even as the Treasury issues evermore debt paper.

"The era of the Biden ‘reflation’ is in full swing already. Commodities are on fire; agricultural prices have risen 42 percent since touching bottom in April; industrial metals have risen 54 percent – both are higher than they were before the pandemic began." [My Emphasis] (Biden had nothing to do with this.)

In other words, stability continually undermined for 40 years has produced an Ogre that BidenCo must now bring under control or risk amplification of an ever more Populist Public.

Crooke notes one major sea change wrought by Trump:

"The European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) surveyed 15,000 people from 11 countries: It found that six out of 10 thought China would become more powerful than the U.S. within the next 10 years: “Our survey showed that Europeans’ attitudes towards the United States have undergone a massive change. Majorities in key member states now think the U.S. political system is broken – and that China will be more powerful than the U.S. within a decade; and that Europeans cannot rely on the U.S. to defend them,” the report said. Such a poll result truly speaks to metamorphosis, rather than just ‘change’." [Emphasis Original]

Crooke on Russia's change during TrumpCo:

"The biggest paradox of all however, is that whilst as the U.S. has shifted into an experimental MMT economy, Russia has done the opposite. It has gone economically ‘prudent’. It is one of the few to have kept its economic variables functional. It is not encumbered by debt or deficits, and it invests in productive capacity. Before long, we will see western capital flight into the stability of the Russian economy. President Putin will not be bothered by Navalny, nor the return of Bill Burns (the former U.S. Ambassador to Russia)." [My Emphasis]

What Crooke omits is discussion about the newly formed Eurasian Bloc, although he does conclude his essay discussing on of its prominent members, Iran, and the problems facing the Zionists in Occupied Palestine and the Outlaw US Empire in any return to the JCPOA:

"Why? Because the U.S. returning to JCPOA, does nothing to change the strategic situation of an Israel surrounded by smart missiles. How to deal with this change? Netanyahu, for electoral reasons, wants to continue with his ‘old line’: That he will salami-slice, and chase the Iranians out of Lebanon, Gaza, Iraq, etcetera. The problem is that this policy is a lie.

"Netanyahu’s 'massive' attacks on Iranian infrastructure are mostly PR, and are carefully mounted to avoid war (empty warehouses are hit, more often than not). Netanyahu is afraid to start a region-wide war. Effectively, Israel needs a radical new approach. It has reached the crux: The questions now, are whether Israel is so painted into a corner of its own making (the initial demonisation of Iran was done to pave the way for the Labour Party to change policy, and to reconcile with its Arab ‘near-abroad’) that any solution is politically impossible. Secondly, whether any new approach would be politically saleable in the U.S. (given the preponderance of hawkish, pro-Israel lobbies) – and, finally, whether a new paradigm could be sold to a transformed Iran, that now holds the upper hand when it comes to peace or war in the Middle East."

No wonder Twitter wants to shut down Khamenei's and Zarif's accounts as those atre the only cards Zionists have to play.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 25 2021 19:23 utc | 146

vk# 102

You misread my proposition entirely.

I was surmising about deaths from encounters with medical service providers outside of covid related deaths. That is: deaths from bad pharmaceutical prescribing, inadequate surgical, medical and post operative procedures.

Bluntly put: the covid situation and associated fear combined with avoidance results in less contact between populace and provider for conventional service requests. Does this result in less deaths for that group?

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jan 25 2021 19:29 utc | 147

tucenz | Jan 25 2021 19:10 utc | 144

PM can refer to a Precious Metal (gold and silver being the most commonly referred to) or a Prime Minister or evening

Posted by: Perimetr | Jan 25 2021 19:34 utc | 148

New Multinational Union Organizes, a series of events that slipped by unnoticed thanks to the focus on Trump/Biden:

"By working with UNI Global Union, Googlers may hope to replicate the recent successes of Amazon employees. While the Amazon workers don’t have a legally binding agreement in place with the e-commerce giant, UNI Global Union’s ‘Make Amazon Pay’ campaign last month gained the support of over 400 legislators in 34 countries with its demands for improved working conditions, paying its fair share in taxes, and taking responsibility for its carbon footprint.

"Amazon has been subject to intensified scrutiny given its surge in profits during the Covid-19 pandemic and is, like Google, currently facing a raft of antitrust legislation in the US, EU, and elsewhere. Both corporations have faced public outcry for their heavy-handed efforts to control the flow of information, and both have been raked over the coals by their own employees for allegedly collaborating with repressive regimes (including the US government's immigration authorities, in Amazon's case) on facial recognition and other AI products."

Combining the efforts of unionized workers and all affected nations is essentially the only way to control the globalized tech behemoths and is also a way to limit Global CIA/NSA illegalities. As the newly formed Eurasian Bloc is showing, the way forward is through global solidarity that can become capable of controlling remaining global rogue forces.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 25 2021 19:44 utc | 149

Wot is a PM?
On this page no one has given the name in full. You deserve to be in the military!

Posted by: tucenz | Jan 25 2021 19:10 utc | 144

Precious Metal

Posted by: Triden | Jan 25 2021 19:46 utc | 150

During the discussion Russian students had with Putin I reported on @140, a comparison was made between what occurred on 6 Jan in DC and the illegal Navalny demos:

"Putin drew attention to the January events in the US 'when the mob stormed the parliament.' 'What are they doing with these people?' he asked, recalling that the FBI vowed to find all those who participated in the siege and imprison them. 'Between 15 and 25 years [behind bars] for domestic terrorism. They came out with political slogans too but it fell outside of the scope of law. Why everything outside the legal framework should be permitted in Russia?" he noted.

"'Least of all should underage children be pushed to the front,' Putin continued, noting that 'this is what terrorists do' when they 'drive women and children ahead of them.' 'The focus is a little shifted here, but essentially it is the same,' the president stressed." [My Emphasis]

Ah yes, White Helmet tactics. I'm very pleased TASS reported on this as I expected some questions related to the illegal protests would be asked of Putin by the students. One can imagine the questions that prompted these replies by Putin:

"'Law enforcement agencies should act in the scope of law as well. They also should serve the Russian people and the state but also in the framework of their duties and law....

"'Nobody should resort to them [unauthorized rallies] trying to protect their ambitious goals and tasks, especially in politics. That's not the way politics is done, at least if it is responsible.'"

According to other news reports, people knowing they're infected by COVID attended the illegal demos and face endangering public health charges. Navalny's to remain in jail until 15 Feb.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 25 2021 20:15 utc | 151

Outlaw US Empire and its Tech giants collude on double standards that break Russian law and violate their own community bylaws:

"'Social media networks headquartered in the US have shown the world how they can moderate content, particularly within the US, banning the US president for allegedly spreading fake news and threats to take some illegal actions. However, in this case, although a slew of fake news was detected and Moscow officially rejected it, there were no moderation efforts. It turns out they are breaking their own community rules.'"

I'm still trying to find a translation of Maria Zakharova's remarks she made that I reported on yesterday.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 25 2021 20:45 utc | 152

Thanks for the PM explanation. Obvious in retrospect, but google didn't show it on first page for "PM, finance" search so I asked.

Triden, although previously in other comments I enjoyed your use of the "bedwetter" epithet, I concur (sorry to be "so fucking Canadian" (Jimmy Dore phrase)) with james and Grieved concerning your disparagement of Karlof1 for the solids he drops here regularly. His syntax, I can almost recognize instantly and consequently will read the comment because I have never found the time wasted.

Posted by: tucenz | Jan 25 2021 20:47 utc | 153

So, looks like AstraZeneca didn't put aside the vaccines it was supposed to keep, to be able to ship the bulk of them to EU as soon as the vaccine was approved, but actually sold them to a big buyer who paid more for that.
Considering what's transpired during the last week, anyone want to bet that it's Biden administration that came with loads of cash so that the US wouldn't slow down its vaccine campaign? I mean, they went to China with litteral suitcases full of cash last spring, to hiajck and buy facemasks before they were shipped to the European customers who had bought them.
If true, for any serious country, this would be tantamount to an act of war. Of course, the bunch of traitorous shits that pass for EU leaders will do nothing, like the good lapdog slaves they are.

Posted by: Clueless Joe | Jan 25 2021 20:48 utc | 154

@vk, 102

research about the situation in the UK from July 2020.

“Over the lockdown period as a whole Government policy has increased mortality rather than reduced it.” https://www.lboro.ac.uk/news-events/news/2020/july/new-approach-to-recording-covid-deaths/

The lockdown was not about saving lives. It was about protecting the NHS. So medical services were cut to the bare minimum and sick old people (the cohort which are most vulnerable to SARS-CoV-2) were sent out of hospital and back to nursing homes.

Posted by: cirsium | Jan 25 2021 21:27 utc | 155

karlof1 #151

people knowing they're infected by COVID attended the illegal demos and face endangering public health charges. Navalny's to remain in jail until 15 Feb.

Navalny being home increases his chance of covid infection if he maintains his vigorous public profile so being in prison may aggravate his chance or save him due to isolation. Who knows? Given his reported metabolic condition I would not give him much chance of survival if he caught the dread virus.

Thank you for exploring for Maria Zakharova's remarks, I look forward to that as she is an eloquent speaker.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jan 25 2021 21:38 utc | 156

Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 25 2021 19:23 utc | 146

Yes, thank you for your comments. I thought it was one his better efforts, he is always interesting but sometimes not particularly clear (not that I blame him when dealing with this sort of subject). Here he went over a lot of ground and seems to have a better grip on what to say about it (which I generally agree with).

I've been of the opinion since the Iranians shot down our drone and bombed the base in Iraq, that we are in a build up to the point at which someone will bell the cat, so to speak. I think that is likely going to be Iran and/or it's "resistance" allies, and likely pretty soon now. The Izzies might start it themselves, they seem to have finally woken up to their situation, some of them. I don't see any sign that Biden and his minions are even well-informed at this point. Dicey.

Posted by: Bemildred | Jan 25 2021 21:55 utc | 157

migueljose # 7

I found the missing link to Brazilwire.

Thank you, it looks like an interesting site with rich material on South America.

On Ecuador, do not discount the USAi creating a major intervention should the left win that election. They will never condone such a loss of control.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jan 25 2021 22:01 utc | 158

@ Posted by: cirsium | Jan 25 2021 21:27 utc | 155

It is widely accepted the UK failed to enforce lockdowns. They were all dead letter and were ignored by the British population.

Posted by: vk | Jan 25 2021 22:04 utc | 159

@Karlof1

This might be the Zakharova clip with Solovyov. It is a teevee program so I doubt there is a transcript or translation. Zakharova gets excited at the end comparing both Sputniks, the first satellite and the first vaccine, both events announced as peaceful and cooperative.

Events unfold so fast that it feels old since it was under the old Trump regime. Strange days, as the Doors would sing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lLFMKYzFWk

Posted by: Paco | Jan 25 2021 22:40 utc | 160

uncle tungsten @156--

Thanks for your reply! I don't like ending up in virtual box canyons when doing research. Again, these are her words as cited by TASS: "It is a crisis, a profound crisis of the Western mode of thinking, the Western pseudo-democracy and pseudo-liberalism." The program is a weekly, "Voskresny Vecher (Sunday Evening) with Vladimir Solovyov" on the Rossiya-1 television channel. Solovyov has several web presences but they haven't been updated for years in some cases. The link provided gets to the video of the show but requires registration to watch; and without translation, watching does me no good. It appears Russia has the laws in place that China lacked last year, so I'm ready to see some sort of reciprocal action by Russia aimed at the US Embassy if it doesn't heed the warning that they broke Russian law. With all the national economies in Russia's near abroad failing after embracing Western Neoliberalism, many are now voting with their feet given Russia's national recovery and very rosy opportunities. The Baltic States with their pride will go bankrupt before looking to Russia for help, but Georgia might come to its senses and rightly judge its 30 year divorce from Russia as the great mistake it was. What happens with Ukraine is anybody's guess. The vigorous rise of the Eurasian Bloc and first round of BRI implementation will also make Bulgaria and Romania rethink their position. The promise of better economic days is very attractive bait. And Eastern Europe's traditional cultures won't easily accept what the Outlaw US Empire will push.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 25 2021 22:41 utc | 161

Precious metals are valuable because our primative monkey brains found(find) it pretty and shiny, similar to turquoise, or conch shells, or bedazzled loin cloths (which will at least hold your nuts). It is a fetish value based on the norms of a handful of conquering societies. The value of gold is a fading cultural relic, and will have little worth in a modern economy, if we ever get that far.

In the short-term, gold may have value as a hedge, in the event of a minor economic breakdown, but that value will still be tied to the survival of the cultural norms that give precious metals their value in the first place.

A major economic breakdown, one involving civil war or nuclear war, will see precious metal's value reduced to its use value, which is practically nil. If we manage to avoid those things, and evolve, then precious metal's will lose their value, as their worth isn't tied to anything real and has no place in modern economics.

That gold still has the value it does is kind of embarrassing, and shows how closely we still resemble flea-scratching chimps. Give a monkey a big brain, and he will think he is the center of the universe, pimping himself out with shiny bling.

Posted by: Jason | Jan 25 2021 23:07 utc | 162

Bemildred | Jan 25 2021 21:55 utc | 157

I think the reality is that the "broader resistance" have communicated / are communicating to those in decision making places that any military escalations will be met decisively and proportionately. The world could change very quickly. If some in the Bidet administration, US "infrastructure" etc can ensure that nothing stupid happens then enough time can go by for Bidet and Xi to be singing from the same songbook with Putin then joining them. That is my hope.

The examples you cite are a tiny fraction of what the "broader resistance" is capable of.

Posted by: tucenz | Jan 25 2021 23:10 utc | 163

Does WEF working hard, doesn't it?

Posted by: Cosmos | Jan 25 2021 23:24 utc | 164

Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 25 2021 22:41 utc | 161

Here you have a text in Russian not of the Solovyev program, but with basically the same postulates, a digital translation will do.

Izvestiya


Posted by: Paco | Jan 25 2021 23:25 utc | 165

Why would a Red State parent give up their son or daughter
to serve in the army of the US of A
when the Commander in Chief
and the majority of Congress
are traitors to the Constitution?

Posted by: librul | Jan 25 2021 23:50 utc | 166

There should be a minimum 6-week hard lockdown, enforced by police and military, and paid for by drastic cuts to the Pentagon and a draconian tax on billionaire wealth. No non-essential business should be allowed to operate at all (that means no one buying stupid yoga clothes and new home office furniture), and everyone should be forced to shelter at home. Not a repeat of the fake lockdown we had last March. A real one.

Why won't this happen? It would save lives and allow the US economy to rebound strongly in the mid-term, as the Chinese and New Zealand lockdowns and zero-covid strategies proved.

OR.....

We could put the entire population on Ivermectin prophylaxis....

15-20 micrograms/kg body weight of Ivermectin on day 1, day3, day 7, day 14, and every two weeks thereafter
1000 mg Vit C / day
2-5000 iu Vit D /day
20 - 50 mg Zn / day
500 mg Quercitin / day

and stop the virus in it's tracks...

INDY

Posted by: Dr. George W Oprisko | Jan 26 2021 0:22 utc | 167

How will the USA regain its advantage in this world?

I was looking back at some earlier reports to gain an insight into the means by which the USA gave the game away and the means that might restore its place in the economic world. It has allowed itself to be completely captive to global private finance AND ownership of the keys to its salvation. If it dfoes not nationalise its key industries then it can rest assured of its doom. IMO it is now almost impossible for it to nationalise a pizza parlour let alone an education or engineering sector.

This (posted here before) from Strategic Culture of November 2020 "How a Wise Decoupling May Be a Good Thing for Both China and the West". It is worth reconsidering from time to time.

If the USA is to survive the oncoming collapse and break free of its apocalyptic war agenda, then certain realities WILL have to occur. These realities include (but are not limited to):

1) Regaining its lost industrial potential, with an emphasis on the machine tool sector which the west once enjoyed as a world leader

2) Regaining the lost scientific and technological capacities which the USA once had when it still valued productive thinking under the days of JFK and NASA

3) Regaining a grasp of education which values productive citizens over consumer subjects

4) Regaining control over national credit under federal banking, dirigisme and other long-term investment practices that rely on regulating Wall Street speculation and other unproductive forms of banking.

How might these vital capacities be regained?....

The USA is incapable of nationalising its education sector and is incapable systemically of having the patience to await the benefits. It will continue to sustain an education sector that is designed to transfer $$$ in taxation directly to private corporation pockets and to do so by reducing the the number of salary earners between the input $ and the $ that end in private corporation pockets. The private corporations will continue to perfect the swindle of returning the least possible effort in return for those $$$.

Ditto for defence spending and every other sector.

The USAi is hoist by its own petard and has a dull brained president surrounded by ideological obsessives, cultural paranoiacs, a narcissistic Congress and Senate. It will not be capable of restoring its real economy and will continue to imagine itself as a world leader. It will berate and negate and cancel all unorthodox thought from those that favour nation building.

The rest of the world's nations had better take note. Clearly many have.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jan 26 2021 0:28 utc | 168

Does anyone know of a detailed economic study/model analyzing the profitability of the BRI, specifically the overland rail component?

Most of the discussions and articles I have seen claim that the overland rail component is a loss making enterprise.

However, I have my doubts: it is far from clear that the development of Central Asian overland rail routes is loss making ... and knowing the Chinese it could in short order be part of a far more profitable model.

Apparently you have drunk the NeoLiberal Economics Koolaid....

Connectivity via rail is for the purpose of facilitating trade between China and it's neighbors via modes impervious to US/UK/NATO naval intervention. Profitability is irrelevant. Security of conduits is paramount.
This is an existential issue.
Same with construction of Hydropower plants on the Mekong/Irrawady/Bhamptura.

China thinks differently, that is why they grow and the AngloZionists don't.

INDY

Posted by: Dr. George W Oprisko | Jan 26 2021 0:36 utc | 169

How will the USA regain its advantage in this world?

It will not.....

USA domestic petroleum liquids production is scheduled to drop to 5 million bbl / day by july. Shale is loss making at prices less than $80 / bbl. Investors/banks have wised up. $$$ has dried up. There are no greater fools with $$ to burn... Drop in production ~ 45% / annum exponential declining function.

US corporate governance favors quick returns via share buybacks stock kiting schemes instead of product development. Boeing / GE / Lockheed / and other Fortune 500 firms not hiring engineers, not developing new products. Experienced engineers going to China for work or retiring. Shortly, US will not have enough petroleum geologists, mining engineers, software engineers, hardware engineers, electrical engineers, civil engineers, chemical engineers, etc to run it's industries.

Lawyers, political scientists, historians, economists... can't do the math.... are useless....

INDY

Posted by: Dr. George W Oprisko | Jan 26 2021 0:44 utc | 170

vk @ 102

The myth was born in the UK, where the NHS warned it would have to "sacrifice" its cancer patients in order to accommodate the growing number of COVID-19 patients due to lack of ICUs, but as far as I know it never came to that point.

You and your fucking myths!!!!!!

Essential medical services were shutdown in the UK during the lockdown to protect people from COVID-19 and redirect staff to what was seen as other more critical functions at the time.


The UK has three cancer screening programmes for breast, bowel and cervical cancer. Because of COVID-19, there are delays to invitations and follow-up appointments.

The NHS has had to make difficult decisions. Screening was delayed to protect people from COVID-19, and allow the NHS staff who run screening programmes to support critical services



Cancer screening and coronavirus (COVID-19)

It’s been 6 months since the UK entered lockdown.

And with life slowly opening back up, at least for now, the events of March can sometimes seem distant and otherworldly. But the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the devastating impact it’s had on cancer services, remain.


What’s happened to cancer services during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Posted by: Down South | Jan 26 2021 0:59 utc | 171

c1ue #118

I actually talked about this with Kuppy last week.
He considers HFT a problem but not crippling; he says they cost him $10K to $25K a day but apparently this isn't enough to deter his hedge fund activities. He said that up to 70% of trading volume activity in any stock is HFT (!).
As for scam: well - the value of the front running exists only so long as the herd is in the market. Every single market crash - whether bitcoin or the stock market or whatever - sees the vast majority of players exit (or bankrupt). At that point, the trading volumes and numbers of people participating plummet dramatically.
How valuable do you think RH's model is then?

Sounds to me that HFT is a scam in itself. Am I to believe that algorithms trading against each other repetitively at high speed is anything other than machine driven gambling on one algorithm's interpretation of the behaviour of another algorithm, mostly outside of the human buy and sell in the market place. Are the humans just strapped on for the ride through a cabal of trading companies?

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jan 26 2021 1:11 utc | 172

@ uncle t # 168 who wrote
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I was looking back at some earlier reports to gain an insight into the means by which the USA gave the game away and the means that might restore its place in the economic world. It has allowed itself to be completely captive to global private finance AND ownership of the keys to its salvation. If it does not nationalize its key industries then it can rest assured of its doom.
"

I continue to posit that the key industry that needs to be "nationalized/made totally sovereign" is finance. If humanity can follow China's lead, the motivations in the other industries will revert to doing what is right, rather than what is profitable.


In regards to your HFT comment in # 172, you have calling HFT a scam correct. It is programmed/manufactured theft under the guise of AI.

Thanks for your comments.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jan 26 2021 1:29 utc | 173

arby #110

When guys like Michael Saylor put a half a billion into bitcoin they have done their homework.

Seems to me a scam is an operation containing a lot of lies. I don't see how bitcoin falls into that category.

As far as a Ponzi scheme I also do not see the connection. It is nothing like a Ponzi. There are no promises of big returns or large dividends.


When people follow 'guys like Michael Saylor [and see him] put a half a billion into bitcoin they [think] have done their homework [and follow like fish chasing a lure] THEN they have been sucked into a ponzi scheme where the lure is a fast buck if they follow the (smart?) leader. Then the smart leader progressively sells out at a sweet peak and the chumps watch it dip for a month or two. Unless of course there are lots of paid journalists and bloggers and facebook praise singers pumping the lure of the endless profit of bitcoin.

Sounds like rumours of gold in them thar hills.

There are a large number of lies (or exaggeration?) in bitcoin and all spun within a sheath of mystery and complexity and even 'mining' to smear some credible lipstick on the scheme.

There is a sucker born every minute and they invest in BS and love a veneer of mystique and bitcoin falls squarely into the category of lies and scams and fancy imaginings and the lure that suckers are forever chasing. Yes, people buy and sell and some make a profit - same as any ponzi scheme.

While the BS is pumped the ponzi is inflated.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jan 26 2021 1:32 utc | 174

Dr. George W Oprisko #170

Thank you, yes it is going down the gurgler and with any luck it will take the Perfidious Albion along for the ride. There will be much collateral damage.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jan 26 2021 1:37 utc | 175

@ uncle tungsten | Jan 26 2021 1:32 utc | 174 who wrote about bitcoin
"
While the BS is pumped the ponzi is inflated.
"

I went looking and Amway is still around. Investors in that ponzi scheme at least would have something to show for their money.

In the world of money, bitcoin is a repeat of the tulip mania of the 1600's. Just because we have been living with fiat currency since 1971 doesn't mean that currency which has no intrinsic value is here to stay....or can replicated by a non-sovereign entity successfully. But hey, there is a sucker born every minute as the saying goes.


Posted by: psychohistorian | Jan 26 2021 1:47 utc | 176

Had not noticed this story in the BORG media yet:

Baseball great Hank Aaron dead after receiving experimental Cornavirus mRNA injection:

https://healthimpactnews.com/2021/baseball-legend-hank-aaron-dead-after-receiving-the-experimental-moderna-mrna-covid-injection/

Posted by: gm | Jan 26 2021 2:18 utc | 179

gm #177 etc.,

The mRNA stands for mort, malady, malfunction, mishap, misconstrued, misinformation, millions in litigation, murder, I could go on: but you get my drift.

I cannot see any nation relying on that alone as they strive for maximum uptake of vaccination. The other conventional vaccine forms will have to be simultaneously available to get a high population ratio vaccinated. One major vaccine screw up will set back this science for a very long time and that will be a very bad outcome.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jan 26 2021 2:20 utc | 180

From Hank Aaron's Wikipedia entry:

Aaron lived in the Atlanta area.[92] In July 2013, media reported that his home was burglarized with jewelry and two BMW vehicles having been stolen. The cars were later recovered.[92]

Aaron suffered from arthritis and had a partial hip replacement after a fall in 2014.

Aaron publicly received a COVID-19 vaccination on January 5, 2021 at the Morehouse School of Medicine at Atlanta, Georgia. He and several other African American public figures, including activist Joe Beasley (84), Andrew Young (88), a former U.S. Congressman from Georgia, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and the 55th mayor of Atlanta, and Louis Sullivan (87) a former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, did so to demonstrate the safety of the vaccine and encourage other Black Americans to do the same.[93][94]

Aaron died in his sleep on January 22, 2021, at age 86, in Atlanta.[95][96][97][98] His funeral will be held on January 27, followed by his burial at South-View Cemetery.[99] He died of natural causes.[100]Aaron lived in the Atlanta area.[92] In July 2013, media reported that his home was burglarized with jewelry and two BMW vehicles having been stolen. The cars were later recovered.[92]

Aaron suffered from arthritis and had a partial hip replacement after a fall in 2014.

Aaron publicly received a COVID-19 vaccination on January 5, 2021 at the Morehouse School of Medicine at Atlanta, Georgia. He and several other African American public figures, including activist Joe Beasley (84), Andrew Young (88), a former U.S. Congressman from Georgia, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and the 55th mayor of Atlanta, and Louis Sullivan (87) a former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, did so to demonstrate the safety of the vaccine and encourage other Black Americans to do the same.[93][94]

Aaron died in his sleep on January 22, 2021, at age 86, in Atlanta.[95][96][97][98] His funeral will be held on January 27, followed by his burial at South-View Cemetery.[99] He died of natural causes.[100]

So he died "in his sleep" 16 days after receiving the Moderna experimental CV mRNA injectiion.

Need to check in on the others who got the Moderna mRNA jab with him that day: "including activist Joe Beasley (84), Andrew Young (88), a former U.S. Congressman from Georgia, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and the 55th mayor of Atlanta, and Louis Sullivan (87) a former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, did so to demonstrate the safety of the vaccine and encourage other Black Americans to do the same.

Hope they are doing well.


Posted by: gm | Jan 26 2021 2:43 utc | 181

@ Posted by: Down South | Jan 26 2021 0:59 utc | 171

Read the articles you linked. Then come back here to apologize to me.

Posted by: vk | Jan 26 2021 2:47 utc | 182

@ Posted by: gm | Jan 26 2021 2:43 utc | 181

There's a video showing Pence and a photo showing Pelosi taking the Pfizer vaccine.

A placebo?

Posted by: vk | Jan 26 2021 2:49 utc | 183

Dr. George W Oprisko | Jan 26 2021 0:22 utc | 167

Re Using Invermectin as therapy...

Noted dosage earlier was 200 mcg per kilogram bodyweight, not 15-20 mcg...so might be error in here. Please double-check if using Invermectin.

Posted by: chu teh | Jan 26 2021 2:51 utc | 184

gm #181

Take a look at these records but Tiffany Dover seems accounted for on this list.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jan 26 2021 3:06 utc | 185

In Brazil, things are much the same as in Iraq. FBI? CIA? much the same really.

From Brazilwire: US Intelligence Penetration of Brazil: an Interview with Bob Fernandes

Now, with Brazil delivering the Alcantara rocket launching base to the United States, with Embraer sold off and then given back by the Americans, it is now something that is much more in the open. Unfortunately, as Brazil is continental in size and focused in on itself, there is no habit of looking at the outside world, not even at its neighbors. Brazilians don’t think this is important, they don’t pay attention to or understand the meaning of this. Brazilians, in their great majority, do not care or understand what this means. They don’t understand what it means for the Federal Police to have an operation… Brazil had 15 Federal Police bases which operated within the shared information regime with the CIA. Imagine this in any other country.. But here, nobody gave it a second thought.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jan 26 2021 3:15 utc | 186

Biden plans to launch aid program in Central American

Telesur video 24 minutes

I imagine it will be yet another color revolution seeding project.

Close the USAi embassies, send the gringo home, close down the NGO fronts, wind up the cicada noise.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jan 26 2021 3:20 utc | 187

I am speculating that Pfizer made huge "keep quiet" payoffs to the families of people like Chattanooga nurse Tiffany Dover (if she is indeed dead) and that Miami Beach OB-Gyn Gregory Michael, who died of immune thrombocytopenia/brain bleed 16 days after getting the Pfizer CV mRNA jab.

It might be harder for drug Co's to buy the silence of families of rich famous Black stars like Hank Aaron, or, heavan forbid, the prominent families of legendary influential emeritus Black political/civil rights leaders who might succumb after receiving the CV mRNA injection alongside Aaron.

Posted by: gm | Jan 26 2021 3:34 utc | 188

Posted by: Down South | Jan 26 2021 0:59 utc | 171

Read the articles you linked. Then come back here to apologize to me.

Posted by: vk | Jan 26 2021 2:47 utc | 182

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You truly are a world-class idiot

British Medical Journal :- Covid-19: “Staggering number” of extra deaths in community is not explained by covid-19

Posted by: Triden | Jan 26 2021 3:48 utc | 189

@185 uncle tungsten

That is one chilling video.

For readers who may not be up to speed on what you and gm@181 & 188 are discussing - like me 30 minutes ago - this is the discussion on vaccine recipients who have died and whose death may be covered up: on the surface by a fog of propaganda; and deeper down by arrangements with the family, as gm speculates at #188.

That video again, worth watching for the whole 10 minutes (published by an Italian account but an English video):
Tiffany Dover No Fake.

Tiffany Dover is the nurse who took the vaccine on live TV and then during her press conference, 17 minutes later felt dizzy and fainted to the floor. This video covers the news stories that all explain from the same script how this was nothing to do with the vaccine. The narrator in the video then takes us through an online death record search that shows her now dead. No news about her death, but no live appearance of here anywhere either.

I know nothing about the online records search - it seems solid, but the whole point hinges on it, so maybe others will have their own forensic conclusions and contributions.

At this stage, we are seeing fragments of news items from around the world showing mishaps from vaccines. We know enough about big pharma to know that no life is as precious to it as the next sale of vaccine units, and no truth is sacred.

So it begins to appear that perhaps the plot is thickening, and the collateral damage is growing and thus getting harder to hide, and perhaps even is a catastrophe about to happen for corporate profits.

This evolving story will take some diligence to track, I think. I thought it was worth a larger shout out.

Posted by: Grieved | Jan 26 2021 4:35 utc | 190

Uncle tungsten @157
thanks for the comment, sorry I forgot to put in the link but you did!. My mistake.
Your perspectives are greatly appreciated.
I know you already posted the link for the website but here's the specific article.
It's hard for me to get a bead on Lula. He seemed to really like Obama but I think he now sees that it was Obama/Biden and their "People" who tore Brazil apart. He seems unafraid...
https://www.brasilwire.com/lula-speaks-of-u-s-power-behind-bolsonaro/

Posted by: migueljose | Jan 26 2021 5:23 utc | 191


This sheila, Raina MacIntyre's video has the good oil on the terminology of epidemics, especially stuff like 'herd immunity' which she proves can only be achieved by a mass vaccination program.
She starts off slow as she explains the basics, but is worth sticking with as she may start on the basics but she doesn't treat laypeople as being stupid, just unschooled in the jargon of epidemiology.

I'm pointing to this vid because prof McIntyre demonstrates exactly why herd immunity will be impossible to achieve without mass vaccination using a vaccine that has 80% or more efficacy.

I personally believe that the astra zeneca efficacy is higher than the 60% many (primarily in Big Pharma) are stating, but equally the two mRNA vaccines, Pfizer & Moderna, are probably less than the 95% efficacy they claim.
For example Pfizer waited until the start of the December 'silly season', when western humans are too distracted by the oncoming holidays, before it published limited results in The New England Journal of Medicine.

IMO if Pfizer really wanted their publication to reach a maximum audience and get as much feedback as possible, they would not have waited until the time of year that governments & corporations finally release information that they really don't want to, yet must because of legal, political or social pressure.

Prof McIntyre explains and demonstrates that if a group of humans, aka a nation, really wants to reach herd immunity for a particular infectious disease, any vaccination of 60% efficacy or less would need to administered to every person in that nation and since 100% vaccination is impossible (lowered resistance from organ transplants, allergy, refusal etc)until a vaccine that has at least 70% efficacy, is affordable and can be simply transported & stored, herd immunity is a mirage.

Posted by: Debsisdead | Jan 26 2021 5:41 utc | 192

Tiffany Dover

Given the controversy about her, one would think that the media would have covered Tiffany's receiving her second dose (which should've happened on or about Jan 17) but I can find no such coverage.

My search terms: "Tiffany Dover" "second dose" 2021

I reordered the terms because "Tiffany Dover" brings up lots of reporting from when she got her first dose but reordering didn't help.

!!

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Jan 26 2021 6:02 utc | 193

@gm | Jan 26 2021 2:43 utc | 181

Need to check in on the others who got the Moderna mRNA jab with him that day: "including activist Joe Beasley (84), Andrew Young (88), a former U.S. Congressman from Georgia, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and the 55th mayor of Atlanta, and Louis Sullivan (87) a former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, did so to demonstrate the safety of the vaccine and encourage other Black Americans to do the same.

Hope they are doing well.



Are the elderly being murdered to alleviate the problem of empty pension funds?

Posted by: Norwegian | Jan 26 2021 6:08 utc | 194

somebody posts an article from may 13 2020 to show that excess deaths can't be explained by covid. what happened after that?

Posted by: pretzelattack | Jan 26 2021 7:09 utc | 195

Posted by: tucenz | Jan 25 2021 23:10 utc | 163

"I think the reality is that the "broader resistance" have communicated / are communicating to those in decision making places that any military escalations will be met decisively and proportionately. The world could change very quickly. If some in the Bidet administration, US "infrastructure" etc can ensure that nothing stupid happens then enough time can go by for Bidet and Xi to be singing from the same songbook with Putin then joining them. That is my hope.

The examples you cite are a tiny fraction of what the "broader resistance" is capable of."

Thanks for your comment. The "resistance" has made it's position quite clear, I think, the question is whether anybody is listening; and if so, if any of them gets a say in what happens. Iran put the tit-for-tat idea out there a few days ago.

I think Iran likely has all sorts of stuff under the table, what they showed is pretty good, but it would/should like to keep it there. Patience and industry have served them pretty well so far.

There needs to be a major house cleaning at the top here, root and branch, and I don't know if we can pull it off, but if we do I think your hope is quite reasonable, and that would be my hope too, although I'm not holding out much hope for Biden at this point. It's nice to have Trump out, but it's not much of an improvement in terms of quality of government,

Posted by: Bemildred | Jan 26 2021 7:12 utc | 196

Posted by: tucenz | Jan 25 2021 23:10 utc | 163

See maybe something like this:

Yemen Might Be Miles Away But Its Threat to Israel is Real, This is Why

It was already clear in 2006 that the Izzies needed to make peace, that Hezbollah had achieved "credible deterrence", and the Israeli situation has only gotten worse. What are they going to do if the Houthis slap them around in public? What will Uncle Sugar do? When you are ready to confront the bully, you have the littlest person do it, and you have him or her do it in public, and you back them all the way. (Israel is now a hostage. MAD for all, and at some point in here it's going to be made clear.

Posted by: Bemildred | Jan 26 2021 7:44 utc | 197

Stonebird | Jan 25 2021 18:51 utc | 141

Maybe tht's so in Spain.

Across the border, in Portugal, I can attest that my aunt, 84, was diagnosed with lung cancer in the end of October and is now going through a third series of chemotherapy.

It's true that many peope stay away from hospitals and health facilities for fear of contagion, and those in need shouldn't, and some of them die. But, at least from my experience, it is not true that people are dying because they are being denied care.

All public health services are now divided in Covid and non-Covid areas. For the past couple of weeks there was a huge spike in contagion and mortality rates that is now stressing the Covid part, but the non-Covid part is responding better then before because of diminished demand, even considering that a big chunk of human resources were reassigned to Covid.

Posted by: estouxim | Jan 26 2021 7:45 utc | 198

https://www.businessinsider.com/us-troops-prefer-biden-but-veterans-favor-trump-polls-show-2020-10?op=1
title self explanator. no, the national guard/troops weren't turning their backs on biden. for one thing that could get them court martialed. use common sense, please.

Posted by: pretzelattack | Jan 26 2021 7:53 utc | 199

Grieved #190

Debsisdead #192

From what I have seen and read, I see that a range of vaccines in conjunction with a range of prophylactics will restore social and economic and cultural functionality. That is contingent on first restoring a higher level of confidence in our leading health advocates. Pfizer's mRNA seems like it has already met its maker and the product will not attain 'vaccine of choice' status (if you will permit me the rare understatement). I actually have a strong impression that it will be withdrawn.

We need a mix of approaches. Governments that are rushing to push pfizer into everyones veins are going to be resisted and outmaneuvered by a savvy public to the extent of not attaining adequate uptake. The prophylactic approach using ALL remedies with some track success will assist mightily in dampening the pandemic to a lower level threat.

The peak medical advisory groups simply should not hold our social, economic and cultural norms hostage to their purity of product offerings. Let a thousand flowers bloom. Strenuously contain the Health Sector tendency to totalitarian dictats until we get on a sane course.

Good luck to us all with that as many have been asking for that simple, calm, measured approach since day one.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jan 26 2021 9:02 utc | 200

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