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February 07, 2021

The MoA Week In Review - OT 2021-011

Last week's posts at Moon of Alabama:

> Lavrov: Power pressure, ultimatums, sanctions and penalties through exterritorial restrictions on those who want to develop normal relations are methods and instruments from a colonial past.

Unfortunately, the European Union increasingly resorts to these instruments, which are a US invention. This is sad. <

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Other issues:

Election:

To the President, something felt amiss. “It was all very, very strange,” Trump said on Dec. 2. “Within days after the election, we witnessed an orchestrated effort to anoint the winner, even while many key states were still being counted.”

In a way, Trump was right.
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Their work touched every aspect of the election. They got states to change voting systems and laws and helped secure hundreds of millions in public and private funding. They fended off voter-suppression lawsuits, recruited armies of poll workers and got millions of people to vote by mail for the first time. They successfully pressured social media companies to take a harder line against disinformation and used data-driven strategies to fight viral smears. ...

Covid-19:

Brexit:

Use as open thread ...

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It begins:

SMIC, China's biggest chip maker's profits triples:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXwsH2BybfM

"Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp (SMIC), the biggest chipmaker on the Chinese mainland, saw net profits triple during the first half, the company announced on Friday. These results were contained in SMIC's first earnings report since listing on the STAR Market in July, when its IPO became the largest on the Chinese mainland in a decade. In the first six months, SMIC's net profit jumped 329 percent to 1.39 billion yuan (US$200 million). Revenue reached a record high of 13.16 billion yuan, up 29.4 percent from a year earlier.
For the whole of 2020, SMIC aims to realize 15 to 19 percent revenue growth, the company said.
Analysts say mature manufacturing technologies and booming demand for chips have been fueling growth across the industry.
China’s integrated circuit industry revenue jumped 16.1 percent in the first half, despite COVID-19 and its influence, the China Semiconductor Industry Association said on Wednesday."


This means more money for the R&D that will be required to decouple from US-controlled sources.

As I predicted, the US' attempts to strangle Chinese chip innovation in it's crib will backfire and result in the opposite effect.

Posted by: Arch Bungle | Feb 7 2021 12:43 utc | 1

Posted by: Arch Bungle | Feb 7 2021 12:43 utc | 1

We become what we hate, and create the enemies who will destroy us. It is interesting to watch it in action. The Izzies make a great example too.

Posted by: Bemildred | Feb 7 2021 12:54 utc | 2

Posted by: Bemildred | Feb 7 2021 12:54 utc | 2


We become what we hate, and create the enemies who will destroy us.

Indeed.

The complement is also true: Our enemies become us the longer we fight them, a weak opponent that we pick on will grow stronger daily as they learn our methods and adopt our ways.

One should leave a weak rival alone unless one intends to make him stronger through adversity ...

Posted by: Arch Bungle | Feb 7 2021 13:01 utc | 3

Posted by: Arch Bungle | Feb 7 2021 13:01 utc | 3

Indeed.

Posted by: Bemildred | Feb 7 2021 13:16 utc | 4

What exactly is Europe supposed to do when Russia annexes parts of a European country. Issue some fruitless diplomatic protests? Declare war? Sanctions - which so far have been purely symbolic - are a way to signal to Moscow the earnestness of the situation without escalating to a point, where a diplomatic solution becomes impossible.

Lavrov should cease behave like a 17yo girl and issue some concrete proposals how to deal with the fact that all Western neighbors (with the sole exception of Belarus) are afraid of a Russia invasion. Otherwise the relations will continue to deteriorate beyond the reals of symbolism.

Posted by: m | Feb 7 2021 13:36 utc | 5

Result? More than 1,200 deaths per day and becoming the worst prepared nation against the pandemic in the world:

HCQ consumption grew almost 100% in 2020; Ivermectin consumption grew 829% in 2020 in Brazil

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Leyen admits China is a socialist nation:

Von der Leyen Says Quest for COVID Vaccines is 'Not a Competition', But Calls China 'Systemic Rival'

Only the suckers from the plebeian masses of the West still fall for the old divide et impera bullshit and consider China a bad country from which nothing is to be learned.

Meanwhile, the capitalist elites are working 24/7 to destroy the last beacon of hope for humanity.

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Live Updates: At Least 10 Dead, Over 100 People Missing in Glacier Burst in Uttarakhand, India

I think India should stop blaming China for all problems of the world and start to take care of its own people.

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‘Genie’s out of the bottle’: German FM pledges €21 million to help Belarusian opposition in fight to remove embattled Lukashenko

Speaking of genies out of the bottle, I would suggest Mr. Maas to stop looking east and start to look south - at the EU's "soft underbelly".

I've heard a banker has just taken over the Italian central government as a last and desperate attempt to save the country. I think it can't be saved...

For those who don't know: Italy is already bankrupt. The only reason it hasn't collapsed already is because it is in the Euro Zone: Germany is pretending it is not collapsed so the Euro Bonds can continue to be traded at its current rates and the Euro itself doesn't collapse (which would bankrupt Germany). But Italy itself is already destroyed: it is a literal walking dead nation-state. It is estimated Italy's default would generate an instant hole of more than EUR 750 billion to the German coffers - not enough (theoretically) to bring Germany down, but close.

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Biden’s message for the world: America is back

It took longer than I expected for the Western journalists (propagandists) to start using Biden's slogan as if it was information. And it surprised me the initiative came from an Asia Times columnist. You know, Asia Times - a.k.a. David P. Goldman's personal blog.

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US economic woes expose trade war absurdity

Hasn't the news come to Beijing yet? The USA has decided it is above reality! It makes whatever the fuck it wants!

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China’s pragmatic diplomacy is taking effect against US tarnishing: Global Times editorial

The liberals and the religious fundamentalists can keep masturbating in the world of ideas; the Marxists are the masters of the material - also known as the real world.

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Advantage China, as democracy slides from view in Southeast Asia

Editorial board of the SCMP: "guys, guys, I have a brilliant idea: what if we substituted the word 'capitalism' for 'democracy'?"

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As U.S. Vaccinations Ramp Up, Some Recipients Struggle to Secure a Second Dose

Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine granted conditional market approval in China

Hear this sound? This is the sound of the Chinese Juggernaut heating up its system and getting ready to roll over.

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Fortuna pipe-laying ship resumes work on Nord Stream 2 in Danish waters

Modern-day Germans hate the Russians. Problem is they also love cheap gas.

At the end of the day, we're all just animals. We need to keep our bodies warm during the winter just like the bear shitting in the woods next door.

Nothing personal, just business.

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Biden plays Deng’s card against Xi

Sure, buddy, whatever makes you sleep better at night.

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The Exponential Power of a $15 Wage Floor

Lenin who? Mao who? Fidel who?

Don't need to learn from these frauds! AOC, Bernie Sanders, bread-and-butter trade-unionist policies - those are the statesmen, policies and ideas that will revolutionize America and therefore the whole world!

Meanwhile, let's continue to low key support the destruction of Libya, Syria, Yemen and a future war against China, because that's a small price to pay for a USD 15.00 minimum wage...

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The Russian Embassy responded to the words of the Lithuanian Prime Minister about Sputnik V

Someone must remind the Germans chihuahuas are not watchdogs. They should be kept locked inside the house.

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Best for last:

COVID-19 may have spread in Wuhan market, but originated elsewhere: WHO expert

I wouldn't be surprised if the virus came from Italy. I also wouldn't be surprised if the virus came from the USA.

Just leaving this here for posterity.

Posted by: vk | Feb 7 2021 13:40 utc | 6

A development on the Indian glacier debacle:

'It Was Waiting to Happen': Hindu Monks Blame Dam Construction Activity on Ganges for Flood Tragedy

Wasn't India trying to invade Tibet on the argument China was building a dam there?

So, India can build a dam in their territory, but China can't? Did a hear it right?

Posted by: vk | Feb 7 2021 14:07 utc | 7

@ #6

As bad as Brazil is doing they are better than US and at current rate will not approach US.

Brazil has a coup regime imposed by US and is not sovereign or independent.

829% of not much remains not much. A tweet is a tweet.

Posted by: oldhippie | Feb 7 2021 14:43 utc | 8

“'It was all very, very strange,' Trump said on Dec. 2. 'Within days after the election, we witnessed an orchestrated effort to anoint the winner, even while many key states were still being counted.'
In a way, Trump was right."

No, no, no, Trump was not right, because the *custom* is to declare a winner within hours. The most relevant precedent, the 2000 election, saw Bush declared the winner within 24 hours. (Though any objective analysis concludes Bush lost Florida, which is why the Supreme Cesspool stopped all recounts, instead of merely extending recounts from Dade county to statewide.) The seemingly bland agreement that elections are somehow really in dispute merely because self-serving interests drag out the certifications is dishonest, support for a partisan trick. The custom is for candidates to concede. Were it not for the partisan interest, it would be "very, very strange" that this custom was so shamelessly flouted.

As for the revision of reality that turns systematic efforts to get out the vote and to prevent vote suppression into a valiant and victorious struggle for pure democracy free of all partisan interest? The answer is, of course, that people can do both the right thing and serve their own interests. There was never, never any defensible moral case for vote suppression.

Worst of all, the tacit premise of all this is that covid-19 is a hoax and that there were no health hazards posed by covid-19, therefore there were no reasons for expanding mail-in balloting, etc. other than to somehow, magically, fix the election. The implication that such balloting is rigged is lying. The premise that mail-in balloting has to be proportionally the same as in-person balloting is at best grossly stupid. At worst, it is an example of the old adage, "Figures don't lie, but liars can figure."

Fake left tripe about Color Revolutions turn black into white. Insofar as the tactics associated with Color Revolutions were engaged, it was Trumpers using them, to claim a non-existent victory.

Posted by: steven t johnson | Feb 7 2021 15:15 utc | 9

PS Another aspect to people bragging about how their genius saved democracy (aka won for their side,) is "Victory has a thousand fathers but defeat is an orphan." People trying to spin their usual activities plus pandemic accommodations into political genius is no more to be taken seriously than Trumpers claiming the stable genius gamed the Electoral College.

Posted by: steven t johnson | Feb 7 2021 15:35 utc | 10

What was the name of the British guy's blog where he took apart every detail of the Skripal hoax over many months? I know its been mentioned here. I want brush up on the details of that case and see what he's written about the newest "even deadlier poison" fiasco. Thank you. Also if anyone can link to any critical journalism on this new case in the British or US press?

Posted by: Jason C | Feb 7 2021 15:40 utc | 11

Posted by: Jason C | Feb 7 2021 15:40 utc | 11

Perhaps https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/ by ex. Ambassador Craig Murray?

Posted by: Arch Bungle | Feb 7 2021 15:42 utc | 12

Posted by: m | Feb 7 2021 13:36 utc | 5


What exactly is Europe supposed to do when Russia annexes parts of a European country.

You are delusional, sir.

Russia has done no such thing.

I don't see how you can call an area that has been in Russian possession longer than Ukraine has existed part of a "European Country"!

With an ethnic majority Russian population no less!

Posted by: Arch Bungle | Feb 7 2021 15:55 utc | 13

It appears to have dawned on our "elites" that they still need the rest of us:

Senior Democrats to unveil new $3,000-per-child benefit as Biden stimulus gains steam

Perhaps $15/hr will not be such a big deal after all.

Posted by: Bemildred | Feb 7 2021 16:01 utc | 14

@13 Arch Bungle
You sound like an Israeli talking about "Judaea and Samaria".

Posted by: m | Feb 7 2021 16:02 utc | 15

Arch Bungle @Feb7 15:55 #13

With an ethnic majority Russian population no less!

Yeah, and anti-Russian propagandist avoid mentioning that Crimea held a Referendum.

When they are reminded of this, the propagandists claim that it was held under duress. Yet we don't hear about any protests or attempted color revolution in Crimea. No doubt they are damn happy to have left Ukraine where political corruption is legendary and financial hardship is widespread.

!!

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Feb 7 2021 16:13 utc | 16

Posted by: m | Feb 7 2021 16:02 utc | 15

The difference between me and such a hypothetical 'israeli' is that I have a concrete, verifiable historical record in my hand, while the fake hebrew some crappy piece of literature embellished by order of King James.

Tell me what you know of the history of Crimea?

Posted by: Arch Bungle | Feb 7 2021 16:13 utc | 17

Jason C @Feb7 15:40 #11

Have you tried searching moa archives?

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Posted by: Jackrabbit | Feb 7 2021 16:15 utc | 18

steven t johnson

Fake left tripe about Color Revolutions turn black into white. Insofar as the tactics associated with Color Revolutions were engaged, it was Trumpers using them, to claim a non-existent victory

Not according to the Time piece.

That’s why the participants want the secret history of the 2020 election told, even though it sounds like a paranoid fever dream–a well-funded cabal of powerful people, ranging across industries and ideologies, working together behind the scenes to influence perceptions, change rules and laws, steer media coverage and control the flow of information. They were not rigging the election; they were fortifying it

Posted by: john | Feb 7 2021 16:31 utc | 19

vk | Feb 7 2021 13:40 utc | 6

"It is estimated Italy's default would generate an instant hole of more than EUR 750 billion to the German coffers - not enough (theoretically) to bring Germany down, but close."

Way off.
Quote; If TARGET2 collapsed, the Bundesbank would lose the trillion plus euros owed to it by the others and the ECB itself, and additionally have to pay up to €400bn of the net losses, based on current imbalances. That is currently a notional cost for the Bundesbank of at least €1.536 trillion, wiping out its own balance sheet.

https://www.goldmoney.com/research/the-rapidly-failing-eu

He estimates that it is the Euro that has the problems, through using TARGET2", (Inter central Bank settlement scheme) to ; " a mechanism that permits the PIGS to shelter nonperforming loans in increasing quantities, the TARGET2 setup has become rotten to the core

In other words, the Euro could bust, the Germans would find that they might have to "reinvent" the Mark and could find themselves in the position of "bailing out Europe", Which it won't do.
Also he thinks that would cause the end of the Central Bank system and "naturally" drag the US dollar into the muck as well. (Don't forget the "foreigners" have lots of "money"......, or something related to equities/asses, denominated in those two currencies as well.)

When we go down, we all go together.

Posted by: Stonebird | Feb 7 2021 16:34 utc | 20

@jasonC, 11

Rob Slane. https://www.theblogmire.com

Posted by: cirsium | Feb 7 2021 16:37 utc | 21

vk | Feb 7 2021 13:40 utc | 6

I only needed to see the HCQ headline and I knew who was posting!

Given that 2020 deaths were right on average, I'd love to know where all these Covid deaths are coming from? Creative counting? That might explain why influenza is on decline. Seriously, Covid is a flu virus. Bizarro World, here we are!

I envy the USA. People can actually flee Lockdowns and move to states without them(for now). Considering how divided society has become, couldn't we divide every country in two? One half for lockdowns and the other half for people who don't wish to live under lockdown. I guess that wouldn't work because governments would have to surrender half their power. We know they never willingly give up any power.

The other problem is that all the karens would no longer be able to behave like moral bullies if their country was made up only of karens. I suspect they might develop a distaste for lockdowns if they couldn't lord it over all the Covid Idiot Deplorables.

Posted by: EoinW | Feb 7 2021 16:39 utc | 22

Jackrabbit | Feb 7 2021 16:13 utc | 16

They say they have never bee so well off.

The Ukrainians actually limited them by depriving Crimea of investment from the Oligarch controlled Central Government. Since the reintegration into Russia, and the completion of the bridge, it has become a success story (Including a tourist attractions before Cov, and education - schools ). OK, they still have problems (water) as the Ukrainians have cut that off, but there is a new desalination plant being built.

Posted by: Stonebird | Feb 7 2021 16:42 utc | 23

re M @ 5 et al

We should note that the vital and strategically important Crimea was 'annexed' after a referendum with 95% support which was after a US planned, financed and executed coup against the Russian-friendly, democratically elected government of Ukraine DURING the Russian hosted international Olympic games.

The USA and its vassals are ALWAYS the aggressor in its for-profit quest of world domination.

Posted by: gottlieb | Feb 7 2021 16:50 utc | 24

Actions produce reactions. A consistent irrational belief among NATO and its followers is that NATO should act with constant aggressive impunity, but no one should react.

Posted by: TH | Feb 7 2021 17:03 utc | 25

john@19 ignores how the classic mode of a Color Revolution is to claim the government has rigged the election generally without bothering to produce any evidence, demands new elections, put people into the streets in the capital to make a crisis situation, then use the crisis to, in their minds, legitimate a new Color government. The media narrative is that the election was stolen. The Time article is wrong, john is wrong and it was Trump trying to stage a Color Revolution against the plurality who voted for Biden. The only significant difference between Trump's failed Color Revolution and the others is...actually, I'm coming up dry. One of the key points, more privileged, petty bourgeois supporters than working people, fits Trumpery like a Savile Row suit. Because pretending "deplorable" was supposed to mean "working class" rather than consciously racist is just an equivocation, not an argument, much less a fact.

Posted by: steven t johnson | Feb 7 2021 17:15 utc | 26

Time Magazine Feb 15 Edition has comprehensive that details the who, how, when and why the election was
-- they stop short of the word "stolen". I don't usually read Time, but Eric Weinstein mentioned it in his Dark Horse podcast as a worthy read.
https://time.com/5936036/secret-2020-election-campaign/

Posted by: Willow | Feb 7 2021 17:17 utc | 27

Posted by: Willow | Feb 7 2021 17:17 utc | 27

RE Time article: Not "stolen", "fortified", like vitamins. We have healthy elections.

That article looks like a "modified, limited hangout" to me. Strange days.

Posted by: Bemildred | Feb 7 2021 17:22 utc | 29

F William Engdahl takes a look at who and what is the real agenda begins the Great Reset, reducing the global population to less than a billion people.

Depopulation

According to those advancing the Zero Carbon agenda, it is just what they desire: the deindustrialization of the most advanced economies, a calculated decades-long strategy as Maurice Strong said, to bring about the collapse of industrialized civilizations.

To turn the present world industrial economy backward to a wood-burning, windmill turning dystopia where blackouts become the norm as now in California, is an essential part of a Great Reset transformation under the Agenda 2030: UN Global Compact for Sustainability.

Merkel climate adviser, Joachim Schnellnhuber, an athiest, in 2015 presented the radical green agenda of Pope Francis, the encyclical letter, Laudato Si , as Francis’ appointee to the Pontifical Academy of Science. And he advised the EU on its green agenda. In a 2015 interview, Schnellnhuber declared that “science” has now determined that the maximum carrying capacity of a “sustainable” human population was some six billion fewer people:


The Great Zero Carbon Criminal Conspiracy

Posted by: Down South | Feb 7 2021 17:35 utc | 30

Posted by: EoinW | Feb 7 2021 16:39 utc | 22

It's called Survivorship bias. Pandemic countermeasures and awareness can reduce all kinds of transmissible diseases not just CV19.

Posted by: Lucci | Feb 7 2021 17:35 utc | 31

When you watch the embedded video in the article you realise this woman is actually quite serious.

An MSNBC host suggested that Americans who criticize COVID lockdowns should be treated as domestic terrorists and hit with drone strikes and it barely even caused a ripple.

Nicole Wallace compared people who hold such opinions to Anwar al-Awlaki, a propagandist for Al-Qaeda who was killed in Yemen by a U.S. drone strike.


MSNBC Host Suggests Treating COVID Lockdown Skeptics Like Domestic Terrorists

Posted by: Down South | Feb 7 2021 17:42 utc | 32

Thanks vk, for everything and posterity is good. For those who are fed up with all the marx stuff of him and others, try to take a look into another way of german thinking of 19th century. Actualy is interesting that booth, Nietzsche and Marx, never really spoke about each other. Their modern follower does neither.
We all are not through half of the predictions they made seperatly and differently. Its interesting to see how north american thinking can find shelter with Nietzsche.
America’s Delusional Elite Is Done
The Author is young.

Another interesting emerging in germany is a story about a doctor named Winfried Stöcker. He is a sucessful bio entrepreneur and deeply involved with c19 tests. He is a MD as well and startet to vaccacinate himself, his family and this year around 100 people with the antigene s21. He says to take out the whole process of making the cell producing the antigen by giving it directly, like modern hepatitis vac work. His results look promising including that he made the process by publishing IP free. He starts to jump on the frontpages of MSM. He have very strong opinions about migration. Typical german outsider scientist. Only did find his german Webside. Wikipedia is also interesting.

Posted by: rico rose | Feb 7 2021 17:47 utc | 33

Peter Navarro, Trump assistant and his Director of Trade and Manufacturing Policy, made some quite shocking and damning statements about Trump's former DOJ attorney general (and life-long deepstater) Bill Barr this Sunday morning on Maria Bartiromo's political news program:

Peter Navarro: Joe Biden's executive orders are a 'deep state coup' by Bill Barr

https://www.rawstory.com/peter-navarro-deep-state-coup/

(Unfortunately it is the only story I could locate so far from the controlled media. The short 2.5 min Raw Story video clip is nearly worthless; it cuts out most of Navarro's ~8-10 min segment)

In sum, Navarro said that during the last weeks following Nov 3, Barr was quietly torpedoing/slow-walking Trump's drafted exectutive orders, particularly ones relating to requiring domestic onshore sourcing of strategic electric power grid
infrastructure (generation, transmission, switching/control equipment),

*While at the same TIME* Barr's DOJ was fast-tracking bureaucratic pre-approvals (already in Nov-Dec period !!) for the 30+ executive orders that biden's Caregivers made a big show of him signing the first days after the Inauguration, INCLUDING an order to PERMIT foreign (read: China) sourced key power grid infrastructure equipment.

If what Navarro says is true, Barr, as I said before, should be known evermore as *Barr-nedict Arnold*.

Posted by: gm | Feb 7 2021 17:47 utc | 34

thanks b... lots to chew on...

@ arch.. ignore the trolls..

@ jason c.. you might also want to take a look at john helmers site for that.. http://johnhelmer.net/

from the other thread - thanks juliania! i am really enjoying the book! i understand what they mean - those who have read it..

Posted by: james | Feb 7 2021 17:48 utc | 35

steven t johnson

The media narrative is that the election was stolen

No, the media narrative is that the election was won fair and square. Since apparently you haven't noticed, voices to the contrary are being censored at an alarming pace.

This is classic mode in totalitarian states.

Posted by: john | Feb 7 2021 17:49 utc | 36

To the President, something felt amiss. “It was all very, very strange,” Trump said on Dec. 2. “Within days after the election, we witnessed an orchestrated effort to anoint the winner, even while many key states were still being counted.”

BS, it wasn't "strange", a few days after the election--which was Nov. 3rd, not Nov. 30th--it was clear Biden had won, but that there would be recounts of close states like Georgia.

And those recounts confirmed Biden's win. Anyone claiming, or implying, that Trump won after that mid-November 2020 is either delusional and/or an active insurrectionist. Because NO evidence has come out that shows any especial problems with the vote count--so massively unlike 2000, 2004, and yes irony, additionally unlike Trump's "wins" of Michigan, Wisconsin, + Florida, in 2016, and therefore the presidency. What is cited as evidence that Trump "won" in 2020, by the likes of Trump and Rudy Giuliani, is unsubstantiated claims, wishes, and lies, with many of those lies being highly racist. This is much the same as the the "techniques" used to sell the US invasion of Iraq in 20003.

This type of validation of Trump's lies sides those who push it with neo-Nazis.

Trump's claim, cited by Time Magazine, is highly akin to Netanyahu and his ilk asserting what is called Israel was empty land circa 1890 CE and European Jewish settlers made it an attractive place for "fake" Palestinians to settle. It's Trump, Time Magazine, and now MoA, dressing up extremist lies in the form of "but there's the outlier exception", but the outlier exception is an utter invention.

Sad, that RT degrades its okay reputation by pretending that Jan. 6th wasn't a coup attempt, but RT is in "good" company with Glenn Greenwald.

Posted by: Jay | Feb 7 2021 17:53 utc | 37

yeah a coup attempt when the intel agencies knew about it way beforehand.. i have seen these types of false flags before!

Posted by: james | Feb 7 2021 17:54 utc | 38

killwallstreet | Feb 7 2021 17:22 utc | 28

While I accept that Iran will not make nuclear bombs. If the Bidens/israel force a "regime change" somehow, then the next "regime" will probably be worse and NOT necessarliy any more favourable to the US/Isr. eg. the MEK is a terrorist group, at the moment supported by the US and EU, but they are not "democracy" minded, (except for financial handouts). They could be worse. More extremist certainly.

However, one reason that the Israelis will be very careful if they decide to start a war, is that Iranian extremists could use an less-efficient, but more deadly alternative..

How much Uranium is necessary for a "dirty" bomb? If you think of the long-term physical disaster that is Fallujah, where only depleted uranium was used, then any nuclear exchange is a future human disaster.

Note, that NATO transforming Europe into a battleground will leave us in the same situation.

Posted by: Stonebird | Feb 7 2021 18:06 utc | 39

IRT m @ 5: I say "When Russia annexes Europe, the annexed Europeans would do well
to learn Russian, become Christian and beg Putin for forgiveness. Hope this helps.

Again Vk @ 6, America is not the USA, the USA might be once again meddling in European affairs, but USA governed America hopes Europe and everthing East just disappears.

to EoinW @ 22 The answer to your question "where do all of these Covid deaths come from? " is simple: the Deaths are virtual, the dead are buried in the haze of private party propaganda and pharma advertising promoted by Showman Fauci trying sell RNA scripts as legitimate vaccinations. Lucci at 31 called Fauci's folley "survivorship bias".

About rigged elections, steven t johnson @ 26 consider this .. fixing an election not properly rigged


Jay @ 37 says "BS, it wasn't "strange", a few days after the election--which was Nov. 3rd, not Nov. 30th--it was clear Biden had won, but that there would be recounts of close states like Georgia." What I can say to Jay, is no American has been allowed to see all of the ballets at the same time. Until that happens and each ballet is validated. Biden's crew stole the election.

Posted by: snake | Feb 7 2021 18:26 utc | 40

Regulation Chinese Style:

"An industry observer who declined to be identified told the Global Times that the committee's move is a warning to all of China's giant internet-based platforms, including e-commerce, food delivery and express delivery, to strictly abide by the new law. These companies will be placed under constant supervision and scrutiny by the regulators. [My Emphasis]

"For example, if the lucrative online lending business of Ant Group is not scrutinized on a regular basis, the rising debt risks generated on the platform may one day make it a 'too big to fail' financial beast, the kind that will need a government bailout if it encounters severe problems, the observer continued."

One of the major lessons provided by the Neoliberals to the world is that of destroying regulation by owning the regulators via the infamous Revolving Door. China will not allow that to occur. BRAVO!! The Outlaw US Empire's business environment has become so corrupt many businesses don't want to do business within it and don't at all mind taking their HQs to China. The constant, most important point Stacey and Max make in their Keiser Reports is the utter debasement of market mechanisms within the Neoliberal financial and business world where price discovery and other vital basics no longer work or were deregulated out of existence.

Posted by: karlof1 | Feb 7 2021 18:39 utc | 41

China issues preemptive warning to those trying to force a boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics:

"China is a sporting and economic power with growing political influence. If any country is encouraged by extremist forces to take concrete actions to boycott the Beijing Winter Olympics, China will definitely retaliate fiercely. China certainly has the resources and means to do that."

The editor ridicules the CIA and MI-6 since they're what's really behind these groups:

"A group of 180 so-called human rights groups that have recently issued an open letter demanding a boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics are primarily from associations in support of 'Xinjiang independence,' 'Tibet independence' and Hong Kong violent rioters. They are just a band of disordered people." [My Emphasis]

Yes, those at CIA and MI-6 are most certainly "disordered people"--clinically so--and deserve to be incased inside padded cells for life.

Posted by: karlof1 | Feb 7 2021 18:52 utc | 42

Great quote, Bemildred

I looked it up and in looking it up came across MLK, Jr quotes
that are so applicable today.

https://mlk.wsu.edu/about-dr-king/famous-quotes/

(not in any order of preference)


On Justice

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
- Letter from Birmingham City Jail, 1963

The above immediately made me think of Julian Assange.

The above letter continued:

In a real sense, all life is interrelated. All men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be, and you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be.

I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality ... I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.

The time is always right to do what is right.

This one reminds me of where BLM and anti-fa have gone off the rails.


As you press on for justice, be sure to move with dignity and discipline, using only the weapon of love. Let no man pull you so low as to hate him. Always avoid violence. If you succumb to the temptation of using violence in your struggle, unborn generations will be the recipients of a long and desolate night of bitterness, and your chief legacy to the future will be an endless reign of meaningless chaos. (1956)

We believe in law and order. We are not advocating violence. We want to love our enemies. If I am stopped, our work will not stop, for what we are doing is right.
- 1956, in Montgomery, Alabama

There are more. Check out the link.

Posted by: librul | Feb 7 2021 19:02 utc | 43

What Still Works Cold Open - SNL
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LqK8GiIMYw

Posted by: Mao | Feb 7 2021 19:04 utc | 44

Severe Dysfunction in Washington and Wall Street Puts the U.S. at Risk of Capital Flight
https://wallstreetonparade.com/2021/02/severe-dysfunction-in-washington-and-wall-street-put-the-u-s-at-risk-of-capital-flight/

Posted by: Mao | Feb 7 2021 19:05 utc | 45

john@36 assumes the US is a fully-fledged totalitarian state, the only evidence being that Trump lost the election. This is not a sensible argument. After months of failure to produce actual evidence plus the double whammy of showing the true colors January 6 *plus* losing big-time, the slow disappearance of Trump black propaganda is hardly censorship. It would take the imaginary totalitarian US government to keep those voices loud. Making yourself look like an incompetent loser is a sure fire way of getting people not to listen to you.

Again, the classic media narrative in a Color Revolution is that the election was stolen. The would-be Color Revolutionists are the Trumpers. All the nonsense about Color Revolution is to try to pretend Trumpery is isn't on a blend of fascist/fascist lite/fascist adjacent right-wing nutjobs and crooks.

Again, the only way to insinuate moves to increase mail ballots is rigging the election is to go whole hog on covid denialism. Again, today's post assumes covid is a hoax and therefore there are only sinister motives for the extension of mail ballots. I think everyone pushing covid hoax theories gives conspiracy theories a bad name.

Posted by: steven t johnson | Feb 7 2021 19:35 utc | 46

@36 "No, the media narrative is that the election was won fair and square. Since apparently you haven't noticed, voices to the contrary are being censored at an alarming pace. "

And that's actually the most conclusive confirmation (to me, at least) that the election was indeed stolen.

They are not just being censored, it's much worse than that: Some of America's biggest companies are suspending donations to Republican Congress members who objected to the Electoral College's votes.

They are being destroyed; this is an equivalent of banana-republic 'disappearing'. I've never seen anything like that in the US. Or anywhere else, come to think of it.

If the election was clean, why would the establishment resort to these desperate measures?

Posted by: Mao Cheng Ji | Feb 7 2021 19:47 utc | 47

So,
About this super bowl thing,
A bunch of men in tights playing with balls on live television is totally patriotic...
Right?
#haveanicedayladies
😏

Posted by: Josh | Feb 7 2021 19:50 utc | 48

rico rose@33
Speaking of C19th Germans: Friedrich List could make a claim to have been more influential on economic development than either of the duo that you mention. Of course there is a lot more to it than that but List's is a name worth considering in the history of capitalism.

re the Presidential Election
I look forward to reading the Time article. As I have argued before all elections in the US are corrupt and every election delivers a 'mandate' so tawdry that politicians can do nothing except await orders from their masters, whose names are recorded in the contributions lists.
In the recent election Trump faced a candidate who, in any reasonable process would have been disqualified. Biden's pedigree, after all, is that of a practical and thoroughgoing racist owing his 'election' to the massive support of his long suffering victims, blacks whom he hadn't managed to get jailed, voting against Bernie Sanders and a reform platform, from Medicare for All to higher wages and support during this economic emergency, which reflected their needs and desires.
Add to that the clear evidence that Biden and son were immersed in crude corruption deals with Ukrainian oligarchs (not to mention others) and there was no way-short of election tampering- that he would have been on the ballot.
The truth is that US elections are run by parties which each specialise in aspects of election fixing. The Republicans specialise in vote suppression. Interestingly it is a strategy they came upon in the baggage of the Dixiecrats who joined them in the Southern Strategy. Together with gerrymandering (another time hallowed Democrat trick) they ensure that the minority platform of the plutocrats' Chamber of Commerce dominates US politics.
As to the Democrats: vote harvesting, in which mail in ballots are very useful, is their currently favoured tactic. It only works however so long as the Democrats can succeed in keeping reformers off the ballot and preserving the 'lesser evil' option which is the only thing that motivates America's marginalised voters in choosing them.
By ensuring that no serious Third Party contenders can emerge and concentrating their energies on fixing the Primary process- and the 2020 Primaries were a clinic in dirty tricks, bribery and 'counting out'- the Democrats have the luxury to run candidates like Biden and Harris who, in a fair election, would be also rans.

It is a sad commentary on our culture that there is almost nothing here about the real question of the hour: the desperate and courageous struggle of India's poor against the genocidal IMF fathered 'reforms' being imposed by a political party whose leadership meets under a portrait of Adolf Hitler- the Aryan superstar.

Posted by: bevin | Feb 7 2021 20:29 utc | 49

"the only way to insinuate moves to increase mail ballots is rigging the election is to go whole hog on covid denialism. "

This is complete nonsense- either a failure to understand the rules of logic or, most likely, a deliberate attempt to change the subject.

Posted by: bevin | Feb 7 2021 20:36 utc | 50

Anyone have an update on “Ayatollah” Michael D’Andrea? The total news blackout on the story is fascinating IMHO.

Posted by: HD | Feb 7 2021 20:40 utc | 51

Mao Cheng Ji | Feb 7 2021 19:47 utc | 47

"I've never seen anything like that in the US. Or anywhere else, come to think of it".

The only theory that fits all the facts ; That Corporations and Oligarchs are taking over. Their candidate is Biden, and they put him in place.

We are now moving into a "multiheaded class-based dictatorship".

https://www.sott.net/article/448390-Twitter-indefinitely-suspends-Gateway-Pundit-account-after-announcement-of-more-video-showing-TCF-Center-election-fraud-will-be-released

The way to fight the Medusa, is to cut off the head.

Posted by: Stonebird | Feb 7 2021 20:53 utc | 52

@49 bevin
List, right. He was just not so provocative in his writings than the two. Very mainstream establishment. He did lay the path for german development since than, also in high appreciation by the eastern communist part. In the question what is the most important factor in economy, who gets the surplus, Marx said the capitalist say the capital is, the communist say the work. List said it is the soil. The Goverment have to take care, that every piece of land, maximise its economic output. Nietzsche does break all of this up, by saying its the will.

Posted by: rico rose | Feb 7 2021 20:56 utc | 53

steven t johnson

...the slow disappearance of Trump black propaganda is hardly censorship...

...slow disappearance..., wow, what an adjunct! You're an even bigger twit than I've always thought.

***

Mark Twain's, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, explores the paradox of a society that abolished slavery, but that promotes prejudice. It's a wonderful work of literary fiction.

It has been banned on many occasions, including from public school itineraries and public libraries.

Posted by: john | Feb 7 2021 21:08 utc | 54

Jason C #11

What was the name of the British guy's blog where he took apart every detail of the Skripal hoax over many months? I know its been mentioned here. I want brush up on the details of that case and see what he's written about the newest "even deadlier poison" fiasco. Thank you. Also if anyone can link to any critical journalism on this new case in the British or US press?

theblogmire.com. But it is the joyful band of bloggers who did intense analysis and on site examination that exposed the fraud. A crowd source par excellence.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Feb 7 2021 21:43 utc | 55

Russia is disconnecting from the EU

“My meeting with Minister Lavrov highlighted that Europe and Russia are drifting apart. It seems that Russia is progressively disconnecting itself from Europe.”

Josep Borrell, High Representative of the European Union

https://eeas.europa.eu/headquarters/headquarters-homepage/92722/my-visit-moscow-and-future-eu-russia-relations_en

Posted by: Passer by | Feb 7 2021 21:51 utc | 56


And that's actually the most conclusive confirmation (to me, at least) that the election was indeed stolen.

They are not just being censored, it's much worse than that: Some of America's biggest companies are suspending donations to Republican Congress members who objected to the Electoral College's votes.

They are being destroyed; this is an equivalent of banana-republic 'disappearing'. I've never seen anything like that in the US. Or anywhere else, come to think of it.

If the election was clean, why would the establishment resort to these desperate measures?

Posted by: Mao Cheng Ji | Feb 7 2021 19:47 utc | 47

Makes me wonder how many of those companies donate to Bernie Sanders and Congress members and candidates that are sympathetic to Sanders? Are the bereft Republican Congresscritters in the position of children cast out by hitherto loving mother? In my ears I hear the notes of "Sometimes I feel like a motherless child".

Republican strategy was predicated on core supports that consisted of less educated whites, energizing them while building all possible obstacles for other groups to vote (especially less educated non-whites) AND lavish funding from businesses of all sizes. But they also pissed off major business sectors. COVID enabled temporary reforms of voting, which in combination with VERY energetic funding and VERY disagreeable nature of Trump's appeal (best to love, best to hate type of guy) led to 10-20% rise of the number of voters -- that were quite meager before. All of those seems perfectly legal. One can ponder about the ease with each billions of dollars can be poured into politics, but it was not a concern of GOP before. Actually, dismantling any impediments for the role of money in politics was mostly THEIR achievement.

My prediction is that "big money" will return to GOP, and Democrats would be wise to develop strategies not based on funding advantage -- they exist and were already deployed, many times and in many places. Political situation in USA is unstable, as it should -- it is not like any party offers reliable solutions to the problems of citizens.

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Feb 7 2021 22:02 utc | 57

Posted by: oldhippie | Feb 7 2021 14:43 utc | 8

Brazil is likely under-reporting on COVID so don't take what you're seeing in terms of sheer numbers as the truth.

In fact, it's been reported that Bolsonaro's western lapdog regime engaged in a coordinated effort to ensure that COVID spread as far and wide as possible (obviously to take out the members of that society who were on the welfare doles and otherwise of little use to the capitalists/fascists):

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/brazilian-government-deliberately-allowed-covid-23415463

Posted by: _K_C_ | Feb 7 2021 22:02 utc | 58

Posted by: Stonebird | Feb 7 2021 20:53 utc | 52

Frightening isn't it? Now that "we" have allowed these tech giants and social media/newsmedia monopolistic entities to form and run amok it will be nearly impossible to stop it from metastasizing. No help that the Democrats are fully embedded (and in bed) with Silly-Con Valley thus cementing the merger of government and corporate America. The removal of all opposing viewpoints from the realm of mere discussion will only continue until there is an appetite in the American or European people or their elected representatives to break up these giant conglomerates.

That having been said, I look forward to viewing this new video and wish that Twitter had let that account remain so that when it does come out, it can be analyzed and debunked if it isn't true. By censoring it, Twitter only gives an immediate veneer of credibility to the notion that the election was in fact stolen (a truly ridiculous concept if you've done the work of actually tracking down each and every rumor/allegation - as was the case with RUSSIA RUSSIA RUSSIA post-2016).

Posted by: _K_C_ | Feb 7 2021 22:07 utc | 59

karlof1 #41

Absolutely. Install detailed and diligent oversight. For more proof of that necessity read the first few reports at https://wallstreetonparade.com/

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Feb 7 2021 22:14 utc | 60

@ bevin | Feb 7 2021 20:29 utc | 49.. some of us here including b have put a focus on what is happening in india with the farmers.. it was discussed last week on the open week in review thread as i recall.. i don't think it is being overlooked...

@ Passer by | Feb 7 2021 21:51 utc | 56... what a hit piece of propaganda that is!

"It seems that Russia is progressively disconnecting itself from Europe and looking at democratic values as an existential threat." the guy looks outward and wants to put the focus on navalny and the expelled diplomats, but it either incapable or unwilling to see the role the eu plays in any of anything... it is quite an impressive piece of propaganda and showing no ability to reflect on its own actions whether they be towards julian assange, the stonewalling of requests from russia to share their conclusions on the novichok and on and on the lists continues to grow.... i guess this is why they have this buffoon jself borrell as the top diplomat for europe, again making the west look like mental midgits next to russia... it is impressive and depressing all at the same time!

Posted by: james | Feb 7 2021 22:14 utc | 61

After months of failure to produce actual evidence plus the double whammy of showing the true colors January 6 *plus* losing big-time, the slow disappearance of Trump black propaganda is hardly censorship. It would take the imaginary totalitarian US government to keep those voices loud.

Posted by: steven t johnson | Feb 7 2021 19:35 utc | 46

The only good thing about the "slow disappearance" (swift edicts of major social media platform) is that it created a large population within USA that is affected by censorship. Before it was mostly the fate of progressives and other opponents of imperialism, a rather scant demographic (augmented by putative Russian trolls and other hobgoblins). But outright censorship flourishes under American tutelage in vassal countries, like Ukraine where three TV channels got banned by a lawless presidential decree, something instantly approved by American embassy and already celebrated by jubilant panels in Atlantic Council.

Given what passes as "black propaganda" these days, I would say that censorship, deplatforming, demonetization etc. are increasingly dangerous.

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Feb 7 2021 22:23 utc | 62

Mao Cheng Ji #47

They are being destroyed; this is an equivalent of banana-republic 'disappearing'. I've never seen anything like that in the US. Or anywhere else, come to think of it.

If the election was clean, why would the establishment resort to these desperate measures?


Well try Haiti as 'anywhere else': Jean-Bertrand Aristide comes to mind.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Feb 7 2021 22:24 utc | 63

Finally read Pepe Escobar's report on the Myanmar Coup. The complexity of the situation results from several factors, the most important being what was called the "Nationalities Question" when it came to the USSR--Myanmar's "135 ethnic minorities"--and the fact that the region suffered at the hands of first British Colonialism then the ravages of WW2 which generated lots of negative fallout. What's not noted in the linked Wiki is the 1962 CIA orchestrated coup that created the current political chemistry.

One might think this coup will have negative affects for China's BRI, but that's actually unlikely. In contrast, Thailand is the most politically unstable nation within ASEAN thanks to its longstanding ties to the corrupt West and its CIA and MI-6 actors. Besides Myanmar's military, Pepe gives us a partial roster of the numerous guerilla groups:

"The basic fact is the guerrillas won’t go away. The top two are the Kachin Independence Army and the United Wa State Army (Shan). But then there’s the Arakan Liberation Army, the China National Army, the Karenni Army (Kayah), the Karen National Defense Organization and the Karen National Liberation, and the Mon National Liberation Army."

The CIA attempted a Color Revolution, the 2007 Saffron revolution, that failed and consolidated hold on the government by the Tatmadaw who wrote the current 2008 Constitution, which allows them to "control the crucial Interior, Defense and Border ministries, as well as 25% of the seats in Parliament, which allows them veto power on any constitutional changes." Pepe notes the coup allowed for:

"The military takeover involves the Executive, the Legislative and the Judiciary. A year long state of emergency is in effect. New elections will happen when order and 'eternal peace' will be restored."

Then there're these additional bones in the soup:

"ASEAN won’t raise eyebrows against the Tatmadaw. ASEAN’s official policy remains non-interference in the domestic affairs of its 10 members. Bangkok – where, incidentally, the military junta took power in 2014 – has shown Olympic detachment.

"In 2021, Myanmar happens to be coordinating nothing less than the China-ASEAN dialogue mechanism, as well as presiding over the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation – which discusses all crucial Mekong matters."

Until the people living from Thailand to Bangladesh learn how to live with each other, strife and all its related problems will continue and be used by CIA & MI-6 to destabilize a key region of China's BRI. And since China's policy is similar to the ASEAN's hands-off policy, the only possibility for the betterment of the region's many different peoples is for a very broad-based people centered revolt that follows China's example.

Posted by: karlof1 | Feb 7 2021 22:24 utc | 64

Jason @ 11:

As others before me have already said, Rob Slane who lives in Salisbury covered the Skripal poisoning farce in considerable detail in his posts on The Blogmire. Several of his regular commenters like Liane Theuer also did original investigative work and it was they who discovered that the Skripals were being held at the US airforce base at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire.

John Helmer has published a book on the Skripal poisoning hoax and acknowledges The Blogmire and its commenters as valuable sources of information.

Slane has left behind the Skripal poisoning hoax until such time as something new appears that adds to the hoax narrative (not likely - it has probably been played for all it is worth now) and is currently covering the lockdowns in the UK. The last post he put up on the Skripals is at this link. The comments forum there is discussing the Navalny poisoning farce.

Posted by: Jen | Feb 7 2021 22:26 utc | 65

@57 "Makes me wonder how many of those companies donate to Bernie Sanders "

Surprisingly, a lot of finance companies, hedge funds, gave money to his presidential campaign, as I remember from querying opensecrets.org a few months ago.

I have the impression that Sanders has never been a real presidential candidate, but rather a tactical operation, for Ds to increase a turnout amount the youth, students. I have the impression that he was totally in on it, just played his role in the show. Both in 2016 and 2020.

And if I'm right, they probably 'donate' to him just fine.

He's a player, a career politician, doing it for 40 years. If he was some sort of a rebel, he wouldn't survive for 4 year, let alone 40. Look at Tulsi Gabbard.

Posted by: Mao Cheng Ji | Feb 7 2021 22:34 utc | 66

Piotr Berman #57

My prediction is that "big money" will return to GOP, and Democrats would be wise to develop strategies not based on funding advantage -- they exist and were already deployed, many times and in many places. Political situation in USA is unstable, as it should -- it is not like any party offers reliable solutions to the problems of citizens.

I see the dimratss as having picked up Damocles sword in that they and the election strengtheners have enabled postal voting and extended hours etc etc. This will be vigorously excluded, undermined and gamed in all dimratss primaries as they want 'only the right people' to be winners in their candidate pre-selections.

There will ultimately be one law for the nation and yet a much more constrained law for the DNC Corporation. And they will hide behind that Corporation shield to absolve themselves from compliance with the 'people's law'.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Feb 7 2021 22:35 utc | 67

There'll be no new or reentered into JCPOA under Biden:

"Asked whether the US would lift sanctions 'first' to get Iran 'back to the negotiating table,' Biden simply responded: 'No.'"

Good. Now we can move on to other things.

Posted by: karlof1 | Feb 7 2021 22:44 utc | 68

Posted by: Josh | Feb 7 2021 19:50 utc | 48

Bread and circuses inside the core of the imperium to keep the masses distracted.

Posted by: _K_C_ | Feb 7 2021 22:50 utc | 69

Jason C @11

You might have been thinking about John Helmer, the Australian at johnhelmer.org he has written a ton on the subject including a book.

Posted by: JohninMK | Feb 7 2021 22:56 utc | 70

bevin@50 "This is complete nonsense- either a failure to understand the rules of logic or, most likely, a deliberate attempt to change the subject."
Trying to change the subject to "logic" is deliberate. bevin doesn't mention which "rules of logic" are violated for the simple reason there is no violation of "logic" that bevin can name. Making a supposed criticism about how this or that is all wrong without being brave enough to actually *say what was wrong* should never convince anyone, not even the person spouting such vacuous tripe. Screaming "wrong" is a simulation of a criticism. It merely signifies your ox was gored.

The biggest reason fascism was so unpopular for so long after WWII was because the stink of losing was so strong. After January 6, the stink of losing on the Trumper's means they are being dumped by some of the big donors and being shafted by some of the big tech social media. It took the hard right of the Republican Party nearly twenty years to take over the whole party after Goldwater lost so big, but Reagan came through. Trump has done a Goldwater with the ignominious failure of his autogolpe. But there is no reason to think OAN and Newsmax will disappear, Parler or an imitation will be re-built with a competently made platform, after the stink dissipates the big money will come back. The Republican Party, which isn't even going to dump trash like Greene or Boebert, nor a Gaetz or Gomert or Cawthorn, much less a McCarthy or a Hawley or a Cruz or a Nunes. There's nothing too vicious, stupid or crazy that will bring the Republican Party back. The narrative about how Trump-God is cast down and now His faithful are being persecuted is nothing but wretched servility in panic mode.

Posted by: steven t johnson | Feb 7 2021 22:58 utc | 71

"There Is No Modern Precedent": American Murder Rate Soars 30% In 2020

https://www.zerohedge.com/political/there-no-modern-precedent-american-murder-rate-soars-30-2020

-In my city the final 2020 murder rate increase over 2019 was more than 50%...

Posted by: gm | Feb 7 2021 23:00 utc | 72

On Mike Adams' broadcast yesterday he brought up that the Dems proposed legislation on gun control will include a publicly searchable database with all legal gun owners on it. He discussed that that publicly available list of who owns what would be an open invitation to criminals (not legal gun owners) with a shopping list of weapons they need will people in their local who had them. A bit like a dating site for guns.

My concern is more the opposite, it is also a reverse list of all those citizens who don't own guns and are therefore extremely vulnerable to those same criminals who will have a pretty good idea of where the sitting ducks are.

I bet no-one gave a thought to that aspect, or maybe they did.

Posted by: JohninMK | Feb 7 2021 23:02 utc | 73

@57 "Makes me wonder how many of those companies donate to Bernie Sanders "

Surprisingly, a lot of finance companies, hedge funds, gave money to his presidential campaign, as I remember from querying opensecrets.org a few months ago.

I have the impression that Sanders has never been a real presidential candidate, but rather a tactical operation,

Posted by: Mao Cheng Ji | Feb 7 2021 22:34 utc | 66

OpenSecrets.org does not publish secrets that are not open (at least I did not find the estimates of "dark money" there). Given that programmers were donating to Sanders campaign, you get high aggregate from software companies etc. Sanders rejected PAC support (he got one union-PAC support even so) and was not supported by "independent organizations" -- this is were the dark money resides. Even so, he did quite well.

He could do better, I agree, and he was impressive considering his age, but not in absolute terms. Comparatively, Biden did not age well, and barring the "miracle" when he was anointed, one could argue that his was not a real primary campaign. "Have you been to Iowa caucuses? It was confusing!" -- to cite him from the campaign train

https://www.opensecrets.org/news/2019/09/sanders-vs-warren-who-has-more-working-class-donors/

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Feb 7 2021 23:09 utc | 74

it is an interesting observation seeing who reads others posts and who doesn't...

Posted by: james | Feb 7 2021 23:13 utc | 75

I want to reiterate my point more clearly. Regardless of their merits, Howard Dean, Obama (1st election) and Sanders got adequate funding and volunteer support, it is possible to win without corporate money. But it is hard work, requires choosing issues that resonate well with the public and so on. Getting gazillions from big shots is hard work too, to some extend, but visiting wine callers and other nice venues, hobnobbing with people who dress well, smell well and provide good food (and some decent wine) is more pleasant than town sessions with rude locals and lamentable refreshments.

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Feb 7 2021 23:30 utc | 76

wine callers -> wine cellars (damn you, autocorrect!!!)

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Feb 7 2021 23:31 utc | 77

501 Deaths + 10,748 Other Injuries Reported Following COVID Vaccine, Latest CDC Data Show (Children's Health Defense Team associated with Robert F. Kennedy)

"These numbers reflect the latest data available as of Jan. 29 from the CDC’s Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System website. Of the 501 reported deaths, 453 were from the U.S. The average age of those who died was 77, the youngest was 23."

Posted by: ADKC | Feb 7 2021 23:33 utc | 78

Paul Robinson offers balanced article on Ukraine whose title says much:

"Western pundits believed post-Maidan Ukraine would serve as an ‘example’ for Russia – in reality, it’s become a cautionary tale."

The 2014 Ukraine Coup now stands as a complete failure by its instigators where the Zelensky government just proved itself to be far more authoritarian and undemocratic than any other in the region with perhaps the exception of Latvia. The situation there makes the remarks/lies by Borrell after his meeting with Lavrov even more idiotic given the well known facts of the matter. He might as well have planted a pie on his own face since it's now clear he's just another clown.

Pretty much everything Western Neoliberals have touched since George HW Bush declared the New World Order Paramount in 1990 has turned into shit not even good enough for fertilizer.

Posted by: karlof1 | Feb 7 2021 23:35 utc | 79

_K_C @ 58

Have no fear. I assume incompetence and mendacity are the best to be hoped for in compiling the numbers. Delusions and magical thinking have a greater effect. Bolsonaro probably did not do the conspiracy thingy you mention because he only wished for that and couldn’t organize his way out of a paper bag.

The local numbers where I am are complete rubbish, entirely fail to describe observed reality. By the numbers my locale is doing worse than many many areas where the media breathlessly report stacks of dead bodies. No stacks of dead bodies here.

Posted by: oldhippie | Feb 7 2021 23:38 utc | 80

^^ By the Mirror pictures it seems the Brazilian president look like one of the 3 Stooges members.

Posted by: Nick | Feb 8 2021 0:14 utc | 81

'To the President, something felt amiss. “It was all very, very strange,” Trump said on Dec. 2. “Within days after the election, we witnessed an orchestrated effort to anoint the winner, even while many key states were still being counted.”'

Stranger still: Trump declared victory ON ELECTION NIGHT despite knowing that millions of postal votes in battleground states were waiting to be counted (despite his best efforts to sabotage the postal service). Trump's right: unbelieveable election fraud did occur, because he committed it.

Posted by: Sigil | Feb 8 2021 0:41 utc | 82

"Ben Norton
@BenjaminNorton
·
2h
Ecuador's leftist candidate Andrés Arauz just declared victory in today's election

Early exit polls show his socialist Correista party beating right-wing US-backed banker Guillermo Lasso massively

We're waiting for more conclusive results, but this looks like a historic victory"

Posted by: arby | Feb 8 2021 0:44 utc | 83

_K_C_ @Feb7 22:02 #58

brazilian government deliberately allowed covid

IMO one could make a case that USA and other Western countries also deliberately allowed Covid-19 to spread.

Too many mistakes, too many lies for it to be otherwise.

  • Trump's lies about the severity of the coming pandemic;
  • A focus on "bending the curve" instead of eradicating the virus;
  • Sending people home to die and infect their family/nursing home;
  • Crazy slow learning curve and reluctance to learn from other countries
  • Conflicting advice about mask-wearing;
  • Covid-19 testing failures;
  • Failure to test properly study possible treatments (like HCQ+Zinc);
  • Over-reliance on the hoped for vaccines, coupled with over-optimistic expected delivery: late summer! no, election day! wait, end-of-year, etc.;
  • Western failure to deliver a workable standard vaccine like Russia and China. Astra Zeneca has had many problems (recently announced: it doesn't protect against SARS-COV-2 variants) and Johnson & Johnson's vaccine still is not approved!

This list is not complete.

!!

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Feb 8 2021 0:45 utc | 84

Everything Wrong With the Capitol Shooting In 21 Minutes Or Less

2-4-21

~21 min

The simulated riots in DC was a powder-keg long in the making. The evidence for preplanning and setting up a situation for disaster is overwhelming. In this episode, we're going to show you how a little stage direction and fake blood became an instrumental role in furthering the division of the nation. Strap yourselves in- it's going to be a bumpy ride... down the Babbitt hole.

Also available here
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Posted by: pogohere | Feb 8 2021 1:19 utc | 85

@ pogohere | Feb 8 2021 1:19 utc | 85

Something I’ve noticed with some fishy-feeling false flaggy stuff is that, contrary to more believable events, where you can hear and feel the « electricity » in the air, and peoples’ faces have believable facial micro-expressions (shock, dread, fear, surprise, panic...) in these fake ones, it feels like people are waiting around more than anything else.

I first noticed this with the Boston marathon bombing. Everything just felt like the « energy » didn’t match the supposed action.

Posted by: Featherless | Feb 8 2021 1:51 utc | 86

@karlof1 68

Do not worry, Khamenei set the conditions for JCPOA:

If they want Iran to return to its commitments, America should first revoke all the sanctions and then we will do verification and if the measure was valid, we then will return

https://en.mehrnews.com/news/169614/Leader-sets-clear-condition-for-JCPOA-return

Posted by: Arata | Feb 8 2021 1:53 utc | 87

Zarif

In an interview with CNN on Sunday, Mohammad Javad Zarif noted that the US must provide guarantees that actions taken by the former US government which were in violation of the nuclear deal would not be repeated.

https://en.mehrnews.com/news/169644/US-must-ensure-Trump-s-actions-won-t-be-repeated-Zarif

Posted by: Arata | Feb 8 2021 2:00 utc | 88

Thank you b for the link to the CEPR story 'The coronavirus fail and the international elites'.

CEPR: Center for Economic and Policy research. AKA lightweigt dimratss apologists if you get my drift.

I say 'story' because that is what it is. A pathetic fairy story written by CEPR 'senior economist' writer.

This entire scribble fails to make one mention of the many vaccines for Covid-19 produced by any other country than the USA. They don't exist in the stenographers brain of Dean Baker, Senior Economist, CEPR. He has this to say:

The logical path would have been to open-source all research on treatments and vaccines, both so that progress could be made as quickly as possible, and also intellectual property rights would not be an obstacle to large-scale production throughout the world. This would have required some collective agreement where countries agreed to both put up some amount of research funding, presumably based on size and per capita income, and also that all findings, including results from clinical trials, would be quickly posted on the web. This way, the information would be quickly shared so that researchers and public health experts everywhere could benefit.

This sort of international cooperation was obviously not on Donald Trump’s agenda. Mr. “America First!” was not interested in the possibility that we might better be able to tame the pandemic if we acted in cooperation with other countries. But it wasn’t just Donald Trump who rejected the idea of open research and international cooperation, it really wasn’t on the agenda of any prominent politician, including progressives like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. It was an issue in the scientific community, but as we know, people in policy circles don’t take science seriously. (I describe a mechanism for advanced funding of open-source research in chapter 5 of Rigged [it’s free].)

And, of course, he blames Trump.

Not one mention of enabling all the vaccines in circulation to be made under license in the USA or one of its colonies. Never a mention of the economics of BIG PHARMA.

This is a puff piece and I can only assume b linked to it so someone would bite. So here I am biting on this exemplar piece of degenerate drivel passing as 'thoughtful journalism'. If these critical thinkers are advising Xerxes Biden then you can be sure "there will be no changes". I would benefit more gnawing on an apple than this old bone.


RT does an infinitely better analysis on a continuing basis and that is nowhere near as good as the many sources of sane discussion and even heretical thoughts and links here at MOA over the past year+

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Feb 8 2021 2:58 utc | 89

gm and Stonebird

I published a younger dryas link for you at the new york times thread (uncle tungsten | Feb 7 2021 21:20 utc | 136). You might appreciate the science.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Feb 8 2021 3:22 utc | 90

@ 43 librul; Thanks for the MLK quotes. My favorite has always been this one;

"Rules and regulations have never changed a man's heart, but, they can restrain the heartless."

arby @ 83: Hope the news on the election in Ecuador is valid, if so, the U$A will begin soon to undermine it..

Posted by: vetinLA | Feb 8 2021 5:58 utc | 91

@61 james
What's the matter? Borrell came to negotiate. The priority of Lavrov was to "win" the press conference.

I think we all agree that Lavrov did indeed win the presser by a big margin.

Congratulations to that shining victory of Russian diplomacy.

Posted by: m | Feb 8 2021 7:34 utc | 92

@Piotr, Re: Sanders
I was wrong about hedge funds, misremembered, my mistake.

But look at the 'defense' industry, 2020:
https://www.opensecrets.org/industries/recips.php?ind=D

Sanders is in the third place ($760K), after Biden ($3M) and Trump (2M).
Not too shabby, for the reputed Vermont hippie...

Posted by: Mao Cheng Ji | Feb 8 2021 8:44 utc | 93

_K_C_ | Feb 7 2021 22:07 utc | 59

Thanks. I don't know who said it but, "If you want to know where they want us to go, you only have to look at China". ie They want us to become, something they imagine the Chinese to be. ( docile, mask wearing, low paid, plebs) They really should have looked first, because reality is different. The will to WIN is ingrained, and is included in a "plus-generational" attitude to life.
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uncle tungsten | Feb 8 2021 3:22 utc | 90

Thanks for Link. I'll try to look at it later. Fascinating subject.

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General MoA consumption. Bill Gates is investing heavily in China. Why? Playing both sides again?

https://twitter.com/BrianOSheaSPI/status/1358442957460897794/photo/1

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At last, two members of the Deep eState have been unmasked.
Experts for hire on Zoom

Posted by: Stonebird | Feb 8 2021 9:20 utc | 94

uncle tungsten | Feb 8 2021 3:22 utc | 90

Short version but complete. Very good.
I had heard of another "version/part" of the same theory. Where the low angle of the meteorite (or comet breaking up), coming in low over Siberia first, would have thrown masses of air and ejecta (Earth and water in this case)into space. Forming a semi vacuum behind it. Which in turn caused an massive influx of super cold (hailstorms, air) across Siberia. (Or via the four part of the same comet?) I'll definitely watch the longer version. (ie impact on the US and Fauna.) I am still not quite sure how the impacts relate to Siberia AND the US at the same time.

Those 7.54 earthquakes, multiple megaton blasts would have been quite something - unavoidable! The longer version (only skimmed, but I couldn't resist peeking) giving real calculations is going to be studied by me.

Posted by: Stonebird | Feb 8 2021 9:53 utc | 95

Joke of the week:

Forget GameStop and scrutinize Chinese listed companies

1) it's ok to scrutinize the Chinese listed companies. The USA can do that anytime - the GameStop case has nothing to do with this;

2) why, in order to scrutinize the Chinese listed companies, do we have to "forget GameStop"? False choice;

3) There's absolutely no evidence the GameStop phenomenon is happening with the Chinese listed companies: other companies, much less solid than the mentioned Chinese ones, have seen as spectacular growth in the same period and nobody blinks an eye. Even then, why is the author defending short sellers as if they were some kind of force of good?

4) Reddit is pro-China now? I'm sure they'll be delighted with the news.

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Looks like the Myanmar coup is not going the West's way so far:

Myanmar’s coup must be reversed: Japan Times Editorial

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So dramatic...

Hong Kong’s present is Tibet’s past

Here's a quick and easy exercise: look at a map and see where Tibet is and how big is is and do the same with Hong Kong. Then pick up a general history book and compare the two.

You'll realize the obvious: Hong Kong is just a city.

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How All Americans Can Benefit From the Tools of the Information Age

For the ones too lazy to read the whole article: yes, the authors are referring to mass surveillance tools.

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Minerva's Owl taking flight:

Hong Kong’s millionaires feel the pinch from pandemic, social unrest, while mainland Chinese peers go from strength to strength, Hurun Report shows

Hong Kong was the only city in the top 10 in China to see a drop in the number of US dollar millionaires in 2019, as the city was ravaged by protests. The gloomy picture is unlikely to change anytime soon as the pandemic deals a further crippling blow to the city’s economy, say analysts.

Those protests were always about protecting the local capitalist class. Good to see their extra-official pamphlet finally admitting it.

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Extreme double standards over China reflect irreversible decline of the West, by Mu Lu

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Kiev could prosecute journalist for asking opposition leader if Ukraine would be better off as part of Russia amid media crackdown

It's not violating freedom of speech if it's against the Russians...

Defending the move, Mikhail Podolyak, an adviser to Zelensky, said, “it’s clear that sanctions on Mr. Medvedchuk’s TV channels are not about the media and not about freedom of speech. It’s just about effectively counterfeiting fakes and foreign propaganda.” Without action, he argued, the opposition media would “kill our values.”

Ok, good to know. Noted.

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‘No evidence’ AstraZeneca jab doesn’t prevent hospitalisation & death, UK minister says, after recording 147 cases of SA variant

AstraZeneca will now have to lobby extra hard to to push their useless stash down the Third World countries' throat. Somebody call Bolsonaro!

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We Know Very Little About America’s Vaccine Debacle

Seems the USA will have to import 1.3 billion vaccines if it wants to inoculate 300 million. And that's just a guess, as we don't know what the fuck is going on.

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U.S. Treasury Secretary Yellen: Too soon to say if changes needed to address market volatility

Let the woman who received USD 7 million in de facto bribes from Wall Street during the last two years to sit on the system like a bored mule.

Posted by: vk | Feb 8 2021 12:22 utc | 96

Germany's Ministry of the Interior hired scientists to justify corona measures (in German use translation service)

Interior Minister Horst Seehofer accused of having commissioned scientists to create a calculation model aimed at "manipulating" the real severity of the health emergency.

"The Federal Ministry of the Interior engaged scientists from several research institutes and universities for political purposes in the first wave of the corona pandemic in March 2020. It commissioned the researchers from the Robert Koch Institute and other institutions to create a calculation model on the basis of which the Ministry of the Interior, Horst Seehofer (CSU), wanted to justify tough corona measures."

Posted by: ADKC | Feb 8 2021 12:40 utc | 97

sigil@82 "'To the President, something felt amiss. 'It was all very, very strange,' Trump said on Dec. 2. 'Within days after the election, we witnessed an orchestrated effort to anoint the winner, even while many key states were still being counted.'

Stranger still: Trump declared victory ON ELECTION NIGHT despite knowing that millions of postal votes in battleground states were waiting to be counted (despite his best efforts to sabotage the postal service). Trump's right: unbelievable election fraud did occur, because he committed it."

Quoted for truth. Say it again!

Posted by: steven t johnson | Feb 8 2021 13:50 utc | 98

People here have posted links with collections of adverse reactions to our new mRNA vaccines - for the US.

I found a similar database for the EU. It's an awfully long web address. Anyway, this is courtesy of EudraVigilance or "European database of suspected adverse drug reaction reports", a part of the European Medicines Agency EMA. Mind you, those are suspected reactions. To date some 40,000 cases, a large chunk of those coming from Italy.

Any thoughts on the numbers?

Posted by: Scotch Bingeington | Feb 8 2021 14:06 utc | 99

The "extra lobby" has already begun:

Johnson says government 'very confident' of Oxford vaccine despite South African variant concern

This statement is from just one hour ago.

Posted by: vk | Feb 8 2021 14:18 utc | 100

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