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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. <

Other issues:


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.
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. ...



Use as open thread ...

Posted by b on February 7, 2021 at 12:30 UTC | Permalink

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How's the impeachment going on"?

About as most surmised, massive amounts of theater, mixed with absolute reality.

DJT is guilty as sin, but, that doesn't mean he'll pay any price for that guilt, because he, like all the other POTUS's, works for the REAL group that rules the U$A, the malignant billionaires, and not for "we the people". The segment our nation's propaganda organs bark about daily.

Posted by: vetinLA | Feb 10 2021 18:51 utc | 201

What happens when you don't get your medecines => withdrawal symptoms. (Which he can't get in prison)


Nut job in a court room.

Posted by: Stonebird | Feb 10 2021 19:01 utc | 202

Wayne Madsen's "The New Guardrails for Biden’s Obama Interventionists" first paragraph is Too Funny:

"It might have come as a shock to the old Obama administration global interventionists who have landed top foreign policy positions in the Biden administration that the world has moved on from 2016. Whether it likes it or not, the Biden foreign policy team is dealing with a world that no longer reacts to every move made in Washington, DC. In fact, the U.S. capital city is now viewed as a place where a far-right insurrection nearly toppled constitutional rule and imposed a dictatorial regime rife with neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klan members, private militias, and other societal nasties. So much for lectures from U.S. ambassadors about the need to maintain a civil society." [My Emphasis]

What's laughable is the opposite ought to be true since the Kiev and DC events are so close according to the Narrative Minders. Indeed, it can be well argued that democracy died with the advent of programmable voting machines that don't leave a paper trail for accountability and the actual Coup occurred in 1963, which was cover-up by the subsequent government. Given the historical facts, it's far more likely that numerous nations shook off their hypnotic shackles emboldened by the promises of Multipolarity than anything Trump's goons did. Did Trump's goons increase the violations of the UN Charter beyond what Biden's retuning goons did? Hardly. The most empowering action done on behalf of the world's nations was Putin's 2007 Munich speech upon which Obama's subsequent actions can be judged that was bookended by Putin's 2015 UNGA speech where he famously asked Obama:

"I’m urged to ask those who created this situation: do you at least realize now what you’ve done? But I’m afraid that this question will remain unanswered, because they have never abandoned their policy, which is based on arrogance, exceptionalism and impunity." [My Emphasis]

I'm always amused in an unpleasant manner regarding Madsen's rather shallow historical memory. Continuity is the key as Putin said so well in 2015 and has since said the same on many more than one occasion. What constraints on that continuity exist are there because of the rise of a Multipolar world that's pushing back, standing up and saying NO!

What I await to see published by a major media outlet is an article arguing that dismantling the overseas Empire would be a Foreign Policy Coup and a vast boost for the domestic condition--and the patriotic thing to do.

Posted by: karlof1 | Feb 10 2021 20:19 utc | 203

Stonebird #202

That is why he is erratic and malleable.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Feb 10 2021 20:37 utc | 204

How's the impeachment going on"?

vetinLA #201 thank you for the reminder and the laugh. The straighbacked dimratss and the repugnant elite are just so anal. They have pretty much removed the left rabble and now they just have to remove the rightist rabble stains on their nice clean flag.

I wonder what the bill was for the post 'capitol invasion' cleanup. I would bet they were truly obsessive in that scrubbing.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Feb 10 2021 20:44 utc | 205

This feels unreal, so the first thing that hurts Global Times's credibility is an anime article. Now we have Bilibili, China's equivalent of Youtube, going mass purging for "misogynist" content.

Posted by: Smith | Feb 10 2021 21:20 utc | 206

Paco @193--

Thanks for posting that as it hadn't yet become available at the MFA's website. Here's the official translation:

"Russia’s attempts to become an independent state, to uphold its right to an independent foreign policy and to protect international law are coming against increasingly harsh resistance of our Western colleagues, who would like to teach 'obedience' to us. They would like us to accept the highly questionable interpretation of common human values, an interpretation that contradicts Russia’s cultural and civilisational traditions. They would like Russia to become a 'convenient' territory for promoting their own security, economic, social and political interests. We can see that these are becoming ever more aggressive with every passing day. We must actively apply our efforts, knowledge and experience, based on the wisdom of our predecessors, to consistently promote the foreign policy course formulated by President Vladimir Putin."

I also believe what Lavrov says in the paragraph prior to the one above is also very important as it takes note that Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs produces people of high professional integrity who aren't political strumpets and most often amateurs:

"This year we will also celebrate the birth anniversaries of our great predecessors, namely Vasily Kuznetsov, Mikhail Kapitsa, Yakov Malik and Yuly Kvitsinsky. The Department of History and Records, territorial department, the Council of Veterans, the Association of Russian Diplomats and the Council of Young Diplomats will be holding celebratory events so as to perpetuate the memory of these people’s contribution to our common efforts and to ensure that their experience, which is handed down from one generation to another, is actively applied. Today we need this more than ever before, primarily because of the international situation." [My Emphasis]

Indeed, the need for strong soldiers is well recognized by those closely following the geopolitical situation.

Posted by: karlof1 | Feb 10 2021 21:36 utc | 207

Stonebird @202--

Did you read this: "Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov answers questions on the open letter from Swiss neurologist Vitaly Kozak"? I made a short search for the letter but didn't find it.

Posted by: karlof1 | Feb 10 2021 21:56 utc | 208

@ 202 stonebird.. thanks for that.. explains a lot!!

@ 208 karlof1... those links you keep using from the ruskie gov't? don't load for me... i wonder why??

Posted by: james | Feb 10 2021 22:30 utc | 209

james @209--

Yes, I've seen your repeated problems with them. I'm using Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge as my two main browsers and those sites will always appear, although occasionally I must click the update button. If changing browser doesn't help and your page says can't connect, try the diagnostic button if it's offered. I sometimes have to do that repeatedly for some sites, and there's never anything wrong with connectivity so I finally do connect, so I suspect malware aimed at stopping me from accessing those sites. Long ago, IE did that with RT and I have to click through several dialog boxes when using that browser, but not when using ME. Do you have a local library offering internet access or an internet bar nearby where you can try? The last choice seems to be calling your ISP and asking it why you can't connect; otherwise, I don't have any further suggestions. It's too bad because there's good stuff there.

Posted by: karlof1 | Feb 10 2021 23:03 utc | 210

James, it loads for me on firefox. A little bit slow to load and sometimes I have to hit the reload button like Karlofi says.
It does act a bit like there is something trying to slow it down or block it.

Posted by: arby | Feb 10 2021 23:09 utc | 211

It's amazing that Putin would need to deal with issues like uneven salary payments and other related topics that at first seem too trivial for any head-of-state. But here we see that very thing, which IMO is related to public polling that reflects these problems. Putin notices the public's complaints and tries to get the government to also notice and to find a solution. Also as we plow through what seems rather mundane, we come across something shared--internet stock trading by the young and inexperienced. But unlike Neoliberal nations like the Outlaw US Empire where regulation's very lax and the head of government is unlikely to take any notice:

"The reason for this popularity is the low interest rates offered by banks of course, on the one hand, and on the other, the progress of digital technologies that make investment accounts simple and easily available. A user can now open an account and start trading with simple tools – a mobile device, a smartphone.

"We must not allow the stock market to be able to mislead people; you have issued instructions on this. This is what we are focusing on now, to prevent aggressive marketing by financial intermediaries.

"Compound financial instruments are now available on the market that are presented as an alternative to bank deposits and that boast higher return rates with allegedly the same level of protection. But this is not quite so. So, given the murky nature of these products with dubious yields (by the way, the return on investment for these products is not guaranteed, either) and with these risks in mind, we came up with a corresponding draft law and submitted it to the State Duma which will review it in February-March. This draft law protects our citizens from aggressive promotion policies on the part of the financial intermediaries and institutions which offer compound investment products to the public in our country." [My Emphasis]

The rest of the meeting covered by the transcript is usual government business. But there is one other thing that was revealed, and that was one of the big problems for the USSR during Stalin's reign, which Putin mentions at the outset:

"However, very often we can see – at least, it happens occasionally, to put it mildly – that some of our services play around with the statistics, and we can see certain adjustments of formal indicators. What happens as a result? According to the reports, everything seems to converge. But sometimes things converge due to various tricks, for example specialists get transferred to part-time work, as was mentioned during our discussion at the Council meeting, to compensate them half-pay or quarter-pay. At the same time, their workload remains the same, or even more." [My Emphasis]

Unlike the falsification of production reports because one feared for their life under Stalin, this relates to pay structure and its lack of clarity, something that was seen and a solution attempted via a 2012 Executive Order, but still isn't resolved. The point being the mechanics of Russian Bureaucracy still needs improvement, which is why IMO Putin also pays attention to the little details. He apparently likes to repeat this anecdote:

"Colleagues, to complete the first part, do you know what I want to bring up? I have already recalled this and reminded all my colleagues about Alexander III. Do you remember? I have already talked about this. He once said: 'When Durnovo, the Minister of the Interior, reports to me, I understand everything. But it seems that he does not get it. When Vitte reports, he understands everything, but I do not. When Krivoshein (the Railway Minister at one time) reports, neither I nor he understands anything.'"

Posted by: karlof1 | Feb 10 2021 23:38 utc | 212

@ karlof1 and @ arby... thanks.... i am using brave as a browser.... brave seems to be the problem.. i can load it on firefox as arby notes... i can check to see if brave is doing something to prevent it from opening... i will ask a techie friend who also uses brave browser and get back if i find out anything more... i don't want to have to flick back and forth between different browsers!

Posted by: james | Feb 10 2021 23:43 utc | 213

it opens for my friend using the brave browser, but not me... a bit of a mystery at this point.. must have to do with my particular settings in brave browser..

Posted by: james | Feb 10 2021 23:54 utc | 214


TASS noticed what I did and published this report: "Putin castigates state bureaucracy for ‘playing the numbers game, tweaking statistics.’" Since I didn't see the video and hear his vocal behavior, I can't say he "castigated" anyone. But I know Putin wants to run an honest shop, so these problems do likely irk him somewhat.

Posted by: karlof1 | Feb 11 2021 0:07 utc | 215

@214 james

I had trouble a while back connecting to Twitter links when they came from here. I could open the link in an incognito window, or if I pasted it in directly, just not referring from MoA. So I cleared all the Twitter cookies in the browser I was using and that alone solved the problem. Interesting, eh?

I speculate that there was a moment when Twitter said, screw these people coming from MoA, no tweet here can be any good if they're on it (not in those words of course - it was all zeroes and ones, but just as rude), and that got folded into the cookie of the day.

I also speculate that who's up and who's down can vary, algorithmically, but the cookies may persist beyond that change. Who can say what Brave thinks about the Russians, or if they had a bad day that you're still reliving?

Posted by: Grieved | Feb 11 2021 0:37 utc | 216

karlof1 @203:

"...What I await to see published by a major media outlet is an article arguing that dismantling the overseas Empire would be a Foreign Policy Coup and a vast boost for the domestic condition--and the patriotic thing to do..."

Probably an ignorant thing for me to say, but I am wondering if all this sanction imposing on everyone is just the US saying 'We got nuthin to give anyone."

Posted by: juliania | Feb 11 2021 0:42 utc | 217

@ grieved...

thanks... i just tried opening it in a private window and it works! so, i guess i have to do it this way now.. i will remember in the future...

on a funny note - a friend is following the trump hearing and saying how they are using the full 8 hours to go over stuff today... i told him someone out to make a book called 'tweets from trump' given that he will never tweet again.. we figured it would be an instant classic since he is banned... my friend even gave a review - "Such a great collection of brain droppings with no rival in history. " we were having fun with this thought!!

Posted by: james | Feb 11 2021 0:44 utc | 218

out - ought

i think quicker then i type, lol...

Posted by: james | Feb 11 2021 0:45 utc | 219

Hello b. I hope you are well.

Do you follow Scottish politics? because at this moment one of the great sagas is playing out in real time.

The British State fears Alex Salmond above all others. They know he can take Scotland to independence, and that means an end to the United Kingdom.

A bit over three years ago a plot was hatched to take Salmond out of commission in a classic pre-emptive strike.
He'd joined RT (Russia TV) as a commentator. So they set him up as a sex pest.

What they did is quite breathtaking. EVERY MAN'S GREATEST FEAR

The defense this man has put up these three years has been nothing short of heroic.

I don't think there is another male politician in the world who would withstand it all.

They are currently trying to imprison Craig Murray because he reported on what is going on.

The coverup is of truly breathtaking proportions.

And the tide is finally turning as more people can see what really has been going on. Nicola Sturgeon is a wrong'un. A nasty, wicked wrong'un.

It's all coming out.

And that is largelydown to this man

Truly the Jimi Hendrix of the genre (in my opinion)

I'm worried that Alex is in danger.

British intelligence are all over this. Already identified is the Crown Agent, David Harvie, a key player in the attacks on Salmond and a prime mover in the nobbling of Parliament.

I'm worried by this woman,_Baroness_Smith_of_Gilmorehill

This is the widow of John Smith, the Leader of the Labour Party, who died suddenly on 12 May 1994.

In 2018 she was on the Board of Parliament's British/Ucranian Friendship Society, alongside oil&gas men and spooks.

She is a Deputy Lieutenant - she controls the legal system, the courts, at county level and represents the Queen.

In 1995, nine months after the sudden death of John Smith, she was elevated direct to The Lords as Baroness Smith of Gilmorehill. Meanwhile Tony Blair had become the new Leader of the Labour Party.

I am concerned that it was this lady who put the target on Salmond's back. Now things are going badly and all the filth is pouring forth.

She will do whatever is necessary to get the job done.

I'm not accusing anyone of anything. But I do have inside and personal knowledge of the facts surrounding the death of John Smith. I know there was a power struggle over Anglia Television and a criminal conspiracy was involved. I am ninety percent sure that John Smith was an obstacle that had to be eliminated.

Oh! And her daughter is Sarah Smith, the Scotland Editor for the BBC.

Forgive me, b, I'm not blogwhoring. But this is something huge that is going to climax in the next three months.

This is Spartacus
The more eyes on what is going on in Scotland, the better.

Posted by: John | Feb 11 2021 1:40 utc | 220

Rumours of a pandemic are evident: if Whitney Webb is correct.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Feb 11 2021 3:56 utc | 221

Oops Susan has previously posted that link. Thank you.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Feb 11 2021 4:13 utc | 222

@ susan and then uncle tungsten | Feb 11 2021 3:56 utc | 220 with the Whitney Webb link about potential cyber pandemic...thanks.

I read the piece and can only conjecture that it represents the thin-edge-of-the-wedge the West is trying to place between Russia and China....that is the only justification I can see and the Russia banker guy is an oligarch that maybe doesn't like Putin.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Feb 11 2021 4:38 utc | 223

karlof1 | Feb 10 2021 21:56 utc | 208

No, Unfortunately I haven't seen the letter.

I love the way Lavrov uses what I call "sequence and logic", to formulate his answers. Putin also uses continuity in his as well (Alexandre III, lovely).
The ability to refer back to events is one of their collective strong points, as opposed to "western" thought processes which only last a day and a half. (History has it's uses !)

"one of their collective strong points". I wrote this and then wondered is this a "Russian" trait or one reserved for the present Elites?

for example specialists get transferred to part-time work,..... to compensate them half-pay or quarter-pay. At the same time, their workload remains the same, or even more." (from your 212 and 213 posts). This is standard "capitalist" procedure. yuk.

Posted by: Stonebird | Feb 11 2021 8:41 utc | 225

"Free speech" at the Guardian.
Craig Murray wrote that Nathan Robinson lost his employment as a Guardian columnist on US politics for these tweets:
"Did you know that that US congress is not actually permitted to authorize any new spending, unless a portion of it is directed toward buying weapons for
Israel? It's the law. Or if not actually the written law then so ingrained in political custom as to functionally be indistinguishable from law."

Posted by: Peter Schmidt | Feb 11 2021 9:33 utc | 226

Posted by: karlof1 | Feb 10 2021 21:36 utc | 207

This might be completely off topic and probably irrelevant, but this morning I spent my precious first hour awake reading something that was quite a surprise. With a high definition of a “Manifesto” Konstantin Bogomolov, a theater director, husband of celebrity star Sobchak and both members of Moscow’s beau monde of liberals writes in liberal medium Novaya Gazeta “The Abduction of Europe 2.0”.

Because of the Manifesto’s nature it might not auto-translate very well, but in any case I’ll leave it up to you, it still might be readable. More than the Manifesto itself what is interesting about it is the turmoil caused among the liberals in Moscow, some of its members have answered already insinuating that Bogomolov has sided with the Russian government and therefore has committed treason against liberal ideas. I found interesting points in it, and in some of the answers provided among others by the well known in the west film maker Zvyagintsev author of “Leviafan”.

Things are moving and quite fast, the humiliating visit of Borrell to Moscow has had consequences, the schism among liberals will be interesting to follow. Enjoy if you can:

The Abduction of Europe 2.0

In the mean time we are still locked up and waiting for the vaccine, which I think was the main purpose of the failed Borrell’s visit, to save the ass of his boss Von der Leyen. But the irony of it all is the snooty attitude of the pleader that allows himself to lecture the provider in his own turf.

Posted by: Paco | Feb 11 2021 10:49 utc | 227

Albuterol reduces COVID hospitalizations by 90% (it says on the internets).

One of my brothers had asthma and used Albuterol, I wouldn't mind having some around either, but my problem is not as bad as his was, and I haven't seen an MD in 5-6 years. However, it seems like an obvious thing to try here, because it opens up your airways.

Posted by: Bemildred | Feb 11 2021 10:50 utc | 228


I bet you know and agree with this guy Rawiri Waititi

Posted by: dan of steele | Feb 11 2021 11:38 utc | 229

Can’t Find an N95 Mask? This Company Has 30 Million That It Can’t Sell.

Why they can't sell? Well, in the article it says the price of a N95 made-in-the-USA costs USD 4.00. Hard to sell them at this cost when you can buy the exact same product (same quality) for less than USD 0.90 from China - unless you can find a corrupt hospital administration willing to buy overpriced.

Posted by: vk | Feb 11 2021 12:10 utc | 230

A short interview with Adam Curtis about "social media" which I agree with:


Adam Curtis: When we say: “Facebook is a dark, manipulative force”, it makes the people in charge seem extremely powerful. The truth is that people within the advertising and marketing industry are extremely suspicious about whether online advertising has any effect at all. The internet has been captured by four giant corporations who don’t produce anything, contribute nothing to the wealth of the country, and hoard their billions of dollars in order to pounce on anything that appears to be a competitor and buy it out immediately. They will get you and me to do the work for them – which is putting the data in – then they send out what they con other people into believing are targeted ads. But actually, the problem with their advertising is that it is – like all geek stuff – literal. It has no imagination to it whatsoever. It sees that you bought a ticket to Budapest, so you’re going to get more tickets to Budapest. It’s a scam. In a way, the whole Facebook/Cambridge Analytica thing played into their hands because it made it even more mystifying. I’ve always thought John Le Carré did spies a great service because he made it seem as if there were endless depths of mystery and darkness when in fact, if you’ve ever researched the spies, they are (a) boring and (b) useless. I mean really, really useless. I researched MI5 once and they hardly ever manage to capture any traitors… it’s usually someone else who points them in the right direction. And in a way I think that’s true of this. The tech companies are powerful in the sense that they’ve got hold of the internet, which people like me think could be a really powerful thing for changing the world and disseminating new ideas, and they’ve got it in this rigid headlock. To do that, they’ve conned everyone into thinking that their advertising is worth it. And in the process, they’re destroying journalism.

I think it has a negative effect, I avoid sites that are encrusted with distractions. You go there for the content and they don't let you read it. And I avoid buying on the internet for the same reason, any response just encourages them.

Posted by: Bemildred | Feb 11 2021 13:33 utc | 231

"More than 70 MEPs have since signed a letter demanding that European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen fire Borrell, accusing him of “failure to stand for the interests and values of the European Union during his visit,” and causing “severe damage to the reputation of the EU.”"

Obviously Lavrov rattled a few cages in the EU.>EU making Russia into ‘phantom enemy

Posted by: arby | Feb 11 2021 16:01 utc | 232

@vk (6) claims that

Modern-day Germans hate the Russians.

Do you have any links to opinion polls to confirm this?

Posted by: joey_n | Feb 12 2021 9:04 utc | 233

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