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February 21, 2021

The MoA Week In Review - OT 2021-015

Last week's posts at Moon of Alabama:

> [E]very U.S. president since Bill Clinton has, at Israeli insistence, signed a secret letter upon entering office that effectively pledges the United States will not “press the Jewish state to give up its nuclear weapons so long as it continued to face existential threats in the region.”
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the U.S. government has promulgated a regulation—described in the U.S. Energy Department’s Classification Bulletin WPN-136 on Foreign Nuclear Capabilities—that threatens government employees with severe punishment if they acknowledge Israel has nuclear weapons. Naturally, the regulation is withheld from public release. <
> "Nothing has changed. Biden claims that Trump's policy of maximum pressure was maximum failure... But for all practical purposes, they are pursuing the same policy," he said.
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Elsewhere in his remarks, Zarif said that those alleging that the JCPOA has to encompass more subject matters than it already has should be sure that it will “absolutely not.”

The US and some of its regional allies have demanded that Iran’s missile program and regional influence be included in the nuclear talks. Tehran has roundly rejected any such prospect, saying it will not renegotiate “a done deal” and that its defensive activities and regional might are not open to any negotiation. <

> And in fact, Joe Biden’s administration will not cancel anything which was done by Donald Trump except for leaving the World Health Organisation (WHO). The Democrats are returning there now. <

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Other issues:

Xinjiang:

The piece below partly builds on our previous one: Why Do These Uighur Witnesses' Stories Constantly Change?

Sputnik Vaccine propaganda fail:

> “We still wonder why Russia is offering, theoretically, millions and millions of doses while not sufficiently progressing in vaccinating its own people,” the European Commission’s president, Ursula von der Leyen, told a news conference this week. “This question should be answered.” <
> “There will absolutely be excess supply in Russia. I believe that around 30% of Russian-made vaccines will be ready for export,” said Vitaly Shakhnazarov, quality director at COREX, a pharmaceutical logistics firm working through Russia and Eastern Europe.
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Kulish believes that the RDIF’s estimates of 30 million Sputnik doses manufactured monthly by March — 10 million of them in Russia and the rest in countries including Brazil, South Korea and Kazakhstan — may be conservative, and that by June the Russian pharmaceutical sector could overshoot its ambitions and produce up to 40 million jabs monthly. <

Covid-19 U.S. failure:

> The 2.7-year drop in life expectancy for African-Americans from January through June of last year was the largest decline, followed by a 1.9-year drop for Hispanic Americans and a 0.8-year drop for white Americans. <

Covid-19 On variants of concern:

  • In Kent - Patrick Cockburn / LRB
  • Eeek! - Rupert Beale / LRB

Boeing:

The cause was fan blade off (FBO) event on a Pratt & Whitney 4077 engine. This is the THIRD time this happens (UA1175 13 Feb 2018, JA8978 4 Dec 2020, UA328 20 Feb 2021). All incidents were contained and all three flights made safe landings. But one of these days an FBO will not be contained and a 777 will come down from such an incident. An FAA investigation of the 2018 event found unsafe procedures during P&W routine inspections of the fan blades : NDI Process Failures Preceded Boeing 777 PW4077 Fan Blade Off (FBO) Event (United Airlines N7773UA) - Aerossurane

Use as open thread ...

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@Grieved | Feb 22 2021 2:57 utc | 91

Thank you, Russia. For myself, living in the US, I felt powerless to broach this question to the powers that be. Russia has done it for me. This will not be the end.

Thank you for highlighting Lavrovs interview, with explosive contents. Like many, I have had the final question Lavrov asks on my mind, because the issue has been visible for anyone willing to see for years. Like you I felt powerless on how to deal with it, and I guess that is how we are supposed to feel. I join your thanks to Russia for speaking openly, and we must take the opportunity to get this aired everywhere.

Posted by: Norwegian | Feb 22 2021 6:20 utc | 101

Posted by: james | Feb 22 2021 0:07 utc | 75

That's it, but the dubbing is awful, takes away the excellent acting. A subtitled version should be better.

Posted by: Paco | Feb 22 2021 8:59 utc | 102

And in fact, Joe Biden’s administration will not cancel anything which was done by Donald Trump except for leaving the World Health Organisation (WHO).
But they are cancelling some of the good aspects of Trump's foreign policy, particularly those that involve Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Posted by: Ghost Ship | Feb 22 2021 9:16 utc | 103

Nathan Mulcahy @ 88

Nice to meet a few horses here

Just wondering if y'all nags are particularly susceptible to a relatively benign pathogen, or has the state of emergency really got you spooked?

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The fact that 50% of Russians, and I guess people in general, don't want the vaccine kind of dilutes the fear factor...

...but then, depopulation by other means kind of aggravates it.

Posted by: john | Feb 22 2021 10:37 utc | 104

Not much news this week, ever since Trump's departure, I'm starting to see less and less bombastic politics news, just same old US falling epic and Russia & China rising.

The only thing that personally affects me is the crazy Bitcoin burst that prevents me from a basic ass GPU, hope the bubble bursts soon.

Posted by: Smith | Feb 22 2021 10:40 utc | 105

So like I always do I scanned the headlines on Google's news portal (using a VPN and locked down browser to get their generic results rather than what they think I should be reading) and was shocked. For the first day in literally years there was nothing about the PotUS! Neither shrill hysteria about Trump nor masturbatory adulation of Biden. The Alphabet agency is back to cat video and "Eight Best [insert something nobody cares about here]" articles, which is really more the speed for contemporary western "journalism".

Apparently the Mockingbird mass media intends to tone down the attention on presidential politics now that it is becoming difficult to hide that Biden is cognitively incapacitated. Clearly they dope him to the gills with amphetamines to get him marginally coherent for occasional public appearances, but that has got to play havoc with what remains of his health and so they have to keep it to a minimum.

Maybe the tragic damage cases like poor Circe can climb down off the walls now? Take deep breaths and perhaps try to get the fugues in their heads under control? My advice has always been to put emotional distance between oneself and the Mockingbird mass media's mind-control narratives, but obviously some people cannot do that themselves. It could be that now the mass media will ease up on the hysteria-mongering and give these poor folks some slack in their mental leashes, giving them a chance to heal a little before yanking their chains and making them heel again.

Posted by: William Gruff | Feb 22 2021 10:50 utc | 106

@Grieved | Feb 22 2021 2:57 utc | 91

Do the GloboCap elites want depopulation, or do they just crave control and power OVER the populations that are useful for advancing their interests to gather yet more power and control?

Sure, the elites don't mind culling of "useless eaters" and the frail elderly who are net drain on their bottom lines, nor are they averse to employing cold-blooded/bloody divide-and-rule methods on broad scales to weaken restive populations, and thereby increase control over their fiefdoms.

At the same time, the GloboCap elites want to *swell* their fiefdoms with *useful* [submissive, easily controlled] *low cost* immigrant laborers and H1B tech drones to code the Borg MIC Gates et al's next version of SKYNET--to more effectively control *everything*.

Perhaps it is really just about *control*.

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

Posted by: gm | Feb 22 2021 10:52 utc | 107

What happened to Circe anyway?

He/she/they was always a laugh during the election months.

Posted by: Smith | Feb 22 2021 10:54 utc | 108

Clipping:

Poland, Ukraine Urge Biden to Do His Best 'to Put an End' to Nord Stream 2 Project

"Our calls for vigilance and boldness were heard in the US Congress, which pressed on with measures designed to stop this dangerous, divisive project. We call on US President Joe Biden to use all means at his disposal to prevent the project from completion", the pair added.

They think they have a voice in the US Congress? Should apply for Statehood then.

The ministers suggested that if completed, the project will add to Russia's drive "to try to convince the Ukrainian public that the West doesn't care about its own principles, and ultimately, about the security and prosperity of Ukraine".

But wasn't the critique against socialism from the Soviet space that it was "utopian", i.e. that it put its "principles" (ideology) before economic fundamentals?

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US & Japan ground all Boeing 777 jets with P&W4000 engines following fiery emergency landing in Denver

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Nearly HALF of Republicans would ditch their party for Trump and only 27% would remain GOP-loyal, poll finds

The American two-headed single party system clearly isn't up to the task anymore. Trumpism became an entity on its own (even if as a proto-ideology) and the Democrats are feeling the heat from the "Bernie or Bust"/Squad faction, who are only keeping their loyalty to Biden by sheer random ideological pragmatism (the left believes in a concept called "democratic centralism" and "accumulation of forces").

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UK, with severe poverty woes, hard to sustain global influence

I live in a Third World country, and I can tell you all the exact moment I immediately realized the UK was becoming a Third World country: when I read a Guardian article stating a significant proportion of British kids depended on keep going to school in order to have something to eat. That was the moment I felt home in the UK, even though I never set foot there.

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No.1 central document vows rural vitalization: Document details plan to advance modernization of agriculture, rural reforms

It is important to keep an eye on this, because, according to the laws of capitalism, it is impossible for a single nation-state to be, at the same time, an industrial, financial and agricultural power. You have to pick one and specialize in order to engage in the World Market. First World countries only keep their agricultural sectors (and, depending on the country, even manufacturing sector) thanks to constant and extremely generous subsidies from their central governments.

China is stating it can. It is putting socialism to the test.

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EU must be 'united and determined' on Russia sanctions, says Borrell

90 years old and still has not grown up.

I guess old dogs indeed can't learn new tricks.

Posted by: vk | Feb 22 2021 12:16 utc | 109

Can we just kill this bloody muppet show!

EU must be 'united and determined' on Russia sanctions, says Borrell, the chief muppet, and not even funny, has again opened his shithole to tell us what to think, Fuck him!

Posted by: Den lille abe | Feb 22 2021 13:10 utc | 110

On the Post-Pandemic Horizon, Could That Be … a Boom?

All I can do is tell what happened after the 2008 meltdown: the USG absorbed the rotten papers of the failed banks and other corporations and, after 2009, the West called it a "boom" and a "recovery" and it vanished from history as if it were a common cyclic crisis.

Until our present days, you can hear American millennials telling they went through three economic crises in their lifetime. They're wrong: the West never recovered from 2008, which means they're still going through the "third" crisis - they "went through" shit.

Posted by: vk | Feb 22 2021 13:54 utc | 111

From DW: "The European diplomats were planning on imposing asset freezes and visa bans against individuals responsible for the repressive actions against protesters and Navalny himself."

This looks like the EU might blink. No reference to corporate or sector sanctions.

Posted by: schmoe | Feb 22 2021 13:55 utc | 112

France's rush back to the comforts of fascism has accelerated in recent months. Macron is now attacking LePen from the right. His political career began as a minister in the forgotten government of the now PASOKed 'Socialist' party-which has been a bad joke for the past eighty years- it didn't take him long before he was praising 'that great soldier' Marshal Petain who headed the collaborationist Vichy regime, currently he is involved in a reinvention of Action Francaise the world's first full blooded fascist party. His re-election campaign consists of blaming France's marginalised muslims-politcal hostages of a predatory African Empire on which the sun is not allowed to set- for everything.
https://www.middleeasteye.net/opinion/france-islam-leftism-macron-regime-low

Posted by: bevin | Feb 22 2021 13:59 utc | 113

This just in:


British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab will also mark Britain’s return to the U.N. Human Rights Council as a voting member by condemning the rights record of fellow council members China and Russia and will raise concerns about Myanmar and Belarus, his office said.
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“The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, or another independent fact-finding expert, must – and I repeat must – be given urgent and unfettered access to Xinjiang,” he will say.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-un-rights-china-idUSKBN2AL0NZ

One wonders why Mr. Raab doesn't just book a flight there himself and go where he wants to go.

One wonders further why Mr. Raab doesn't request immediate access to the holocaust-camp-in-waiting called Gaza if he's really so concerned about the fate of oppressed Muslims.


Posted by: Arch Bungle | Feb 22 2021 13:59 utc | 114

I've been following Scottish independence closely now for about six months, and so have formed a view of the protagonists. Nicola Sturgeon puts me in mind of Lady Mary Archer, someone I knew for about four years. She is oh so sweet and polished on the outside - indeed a High Court judge famously said of her "is she not sweet? Is she not fragrant?". But on the inside....phew!

I believe it comes from a sense of impunity, a sense they can do anything they like, however disgusting and depraved, and there is nobody that can touch them because they are best female friends with Queen Elizabeth II. And the result is, well, abomination.

Let me give you some insights.

The source of wealth for Lord Archer is Lloyds of London, specifically the asbestosis fraud. The quotes I am about to relate come from David McClintick's "The Decline and Fall of Lloyds of London", Time Magazine Europe, February 21 2000 vol 155 no 7

Caressed by a soft breeze, Ralph Rokeby-Johnson and Roger Bradley surveyed the forbidding fourth hole of the vintage Walton Heath golf course south of London. It was a bright Thursday in early October, 1973. 

"Orator, you're not orating," Rokeby-Johnson said. "Have I upset you?" Rokeby-Johnson had been needling the normally loquacious Bradley for inside information since they'd teed off in the autumn golf outing of Lloyd's of London, the world's pre-eminent insurance market. Bradley and Rokeby-Johnson were leading executives at competing firms in the market and Lloyd's men maintained a spirited rivalry in golf as well as business. 


But as they shop-talked their way along the first three holes, "Orator" Bradley had fallen silent, because he sensed that Rokeby-Johnson was himself harboring information that could prove explosive: the threat to Lloyd's posed by asbestos, the ubiquitous, benign-looking insulation material that was slowly but surely infecting workers in the asbestos industry with deadly lung diseases--asbestosis and cancer--prompting lawsuits and insurance claims in America. 

"What can you tell me?" Bradley finally asked as they idled on the fourth tee, waiting for the players ahead to clear the green. 

"What I can tell you," Rokeby-Johnson replied in a stage whisper, "is that asbestosis is going to change the wealth of nations. It will bankrupt Lloyd's of London and there is nothing we can do to stop it."

It was Jefrey Archer who devised a means to turn an impending disaster into the Midas touch.

Fast forward to February 2000. Over a quarter of a century has passed since Ralph Rokeby-Johnson shared his apocalyptic vision with Orator Bradley. Legendary Lloyd's of London, pioneer of the insurance industry and synonymous with it, has escaped bankruptcy. But the organization that was once part of the very bedrock of Britannia has been devastated by losses including massive compensation claims from American workers afflicted by asbestosis and lung cancer. The wealth of nations may not have changed dramatically, but Lloyd's fundamental character has changed, and thousands of Lloyd's investors--the so-called Names who pledge all their personal wealth to underwrite insurance policies issued by Lloyd's syndicates--have been ruined. 

The decline and fall of Lloyd's, like all engrossing tragedies, has been building to a spectacular d?nouement. The final act is now upon us and waiting in the wings are a group of Names who could yet prove to be Lloyd's nemesis. These are the dissident investors, including members of the so-called United Names Organization, who have refused to settle their asbestos-related debts with Lloyd's because, they claim, they are the victims of a massive and calculated swindle. Back in the 1980s, they argue, Lloyd's duped them into becoming Names by fraudulently misrepresenting its profitability and concealing the ruinous asbestosis losses that were in the pipeline. 

Do they have a case? The truth, they say, will soon out. Later this month, in what could prove to be the trial of the new century, the Lloyd's dissidents will claim in England's High Court that they have been the victims, not just of negligent underwriting, but of one of the greatest fraudulent conspiracies of all time. They will argue that they were recruited to Lloyd's at a time when the 300-year-old institution knew it was facing massive asbestosis claims and needed extra capital to absorb its forecast losses. The dissident Names will further charge that this massive fraud was not the work of a few posh-mannered, money-grubbing Lloyd's underwriters, but was condoned and indeed orchestrated by the Lloyd's hierarchy itself. 


How much was involved?

Admonished by their partners to stop the shop-talk, Bradley and Rokeby-Johnson dropped the subject until after the game when they settled with drinks in a corner of the tweedy bar of the clubhouse. 

"Were you serious about asbestosis destroying Lloyd's?" Bradley asked. 

"Of course," Rokeby-Johnson replied. On the back of his scorecard, he then proceeded to calculate that Lloyd's could be swamped by claims far in excess of the market's ability to pay--perhaps as much as $120 billion by the year 2000. 

"Do you mean 'million' or 'billion'?" the incredulous Bradley asked. 

"Billion," Rokeby-Johnson stressed. "It's the time bombs that worry me." 

"What are the time bombs?" 

"The time bombs are the young victims [of asbestosis] who will gradually develop lung disease. When they die, the lawyers are going to have a field day. Pick a figure, but it won't be far off what I've told you. See whether I am right. I shall be gone long before you."

The day after the golf match, Bradley recounted the conversation to a senior Lloyd's colleague who warned him against repeating it to anyone else. It seemed to Bradley then that at least a few Lloyd's insiders were aware of the looming asbestos problem even as they recruited new Names to bolster the market's capital base. 

And recruit they did. The number of names soared beyond 7,000 in the early '70s to 14,000 in 1978 and reached over 34,000 by the late '80s. After nearly three centuries of genteel, discreet one-by-one recruitment in Britain, Lloyd's salesmen fanned out across the world, especially North America, touting Lloyd's as an exclusive club offering secure investments to only a select few who qualified for membership. According to many of these new recruits, the Lloyd's sales pitch promised not only risk-free profits, but the opportunity to join an elite and prestigious "society" which had existed for 300 years and whose membership included titled British aristocrats. New investors signed up in droves. As one Name recalled later, "You don't need to drop the names of many English earls to attract a bunch of North American dentists."

Evans says the clinching argument for joining came again from Coleridge, who boasted to recruits that Lloyd's was backed by its own act of Parliament. "He said, 'Parliament would never have passed the act had Lloyd's accounts and regulation not been impeccable.' I thought to myself, if Parliament has given its seal of approval to Lloyd's, what more do I need?"

None the wiser, Parliament on July 23, 1982, gave Lloyd's its exemption from lawsuits. It could be held liable for damages only if a plaintiff could prove "bad faith," which is difficult to establish under English law where the "buyer-beware" principle is more firmly established than in the U.S. (an obstacle the Jaffray suit will have to surmount). Not only was Lloyd's still self-regulating, it was empowered to determine itself what was meant by the notion of self-regulation, unilaterally making rules governing its operations, without answering to any outside authority, even Parliament. Lloyd's secrets were still safe.

And Jeffrey Archer, what was his big idea?

In 1986, Lloyd's quietly added a clause to its contract with investors. Any legal dispute over the investment would have to be resolved in England under English law. Investors were not told that Parliament four years earlier had effectively inoculated Lloyd's from lawsuits in England.....Most lawsuits by private investors against Lloyd's in the U.S. were stymied, too. The fraud allegations for the most part never got a hearing because Lloyd's invoked the clause it had slipped into its contracts with investors beginning in 1986 calling for any legal disputes to be litigated in England. Even though the investors argued that they had been tricked into signing that clause--and Americans' rights under U. S. securities laws generally cannot be waived by such contracts--U.S. appellate courts ruled that the contracts were valid and that Names had to sue Lloyd's in England.


Archer has a plot in one of his books where a contract is central. One protagonist asks another "Did he sign"? And the other replies "Yes, he didn't see that, nor any of the other three clauses I had slipped in."

If you understand what happened you will understand why Lord and Lady Archer are such favourites of the British royal family.

But my point is about Mary Archer, and the blackness within. It was not enough for this person to reduce others to absolute penury, oh no. She had herself appointed as Chair of the Lloyds Hardship Committee.

If you tell Lloyds you cannot pay your bill you can claim hardship. But you will have to justify yourself before this committee. Can you imagine Mary's joy and pleasure at making others beg for mercy? Her ecstasy as she noses through the most personal matters of other women she has just cut down to size. She probably became quite moist at the excitement of it all.

No, this is not my imagination. When "Lady" Archer got rid of her secretary for "disloyalty" she didn't just fire her. She sued her, took away her house and bankrupted the poor woman. Remember, she's best friends with the Queen.

These people are monsters. And Nicola Sturgeon is one of them.


Note to b. I do not have a link to the Time Magazine piece, but i'd be happy to post the entire text if your readers are interested.

Posted by: John Cleary | Feb 22 2021 14:10 utc | 115

Our government propaganda organ may be starting to wind down the anti China stuff now Trump is gone.
An article by the Australian that was part of the WHO mission to China re the origins of covid.
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-02-22/australian-doctor-on-the-who-covid-19-mission-china-origin-covid/13180078

"The market in Wuhan, in the end, was more of an amplifying event rather than necessarily a true ground zero. So we need to look elsewhere for the viral origins."

"The most politically sensitive option we looked at was the virus escaping from a laboratory. We concluded this was extremely unlikely.

We visited the Wuhan Institute of Virology, which is an impressive research facility, and looks to be run well, with due regard to staff health.

China's vaccine plan

One year after China reported the first COVID-19 outbreak, health authorities have approved a home-grown vaccine, with the aim of inoculating 50 million residents before Lunar New Year in February.

Read more
We spoke to the scientists there. We heard that scientists' blood samples, which are routinely taken and stored, were tested for signs they had been infected. No evidence of antibodies to the coronavirus was found. We looked at their biosecurity audits. No evidence.

We looked at the closest virus to SARS-CoV-2 they were working on — the virus RaTG13 — which had been detected in caves in southern China where some miners had died seven years previously.

But all the scientists had was a genetic sequence for this virus. They hadn't managed to grow it in culture. While viruses certainly do escape from laboratories, this is rare.

So, we concluded it was extremely unlikely this had happened in Wuhan."

"Our mission to China was only phase one. We are due to publish our official report in the coming weeks. Investigators will also look further afield for data, to investigate evidence the virus was circulating in Europe, for instance, earlier in 2019.

Investigators will continue to test wildlife and other animals in the region for signs of the virus. And we'll continue to learn from our experiences to improve how we investigate the next pandemic."

I bet they won't be allowed to look in yankistan for the origins. The whole piece is worth a read as it cuts yankistan/five-eyes covid propaganda of the last year to pieces.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Feb 22 2021 14:43 utc | 116

@m #27
There's an easy answer: Russia isn't in lockdown.
Someone I know just came back from St. Petersburg, Russia. People on the street aren't wearing masks hardly at all although wait staff is.
Bars, restaurants were closed right before and after the New Year but are open otherwise.
And you can go almost anywhere to get a 48 hour COVID test for $15-$20, or stay at home and have it delivered for $30 or less.
Perhaps St. Petersburg is different than the rest of the entire country - but I think not.

Posted by: c1ue | Feb 22 2021 14:54 utc | 117

Posted by: Nathan Mulcahy | Feb 21 2021 23:05 utc | 67

More info about Ivermectin going back to April 2020...

https://dr1.com/wordpress/2020/04/24/ivermectin-is-a-winner-treating-covid-19-patients-in-dr/

Posted by: notlurking | Feb 22 2021 14:57 utc | 118

@Piotr Berman #40
Ted Cruz is so successful at hiding his intelligence that it never appears. Ever.

Posted by: c1ue | Feb 22 2021 14:59 utc | 119

@Smith | Feb 22 2021 10:54 utc | 107

One is tempted to think the contract expired.

Posted by: Norwegian | Feb 22 2021 16:27 utc | 120

@John Cleary #114
This is an interesting tale, but the single largest question that popped up in my head was:
Are these Names all uniformly incompetent and/or stupid? I presume these tens of thousands of people are all fairly, if not significantly well off. Don't they have lawyers? Are their lawyers also all incompetent?
Secondly, when you anger a huge number of wealthy people - these people either already have or can buy political assistance. Where is the balance of power in this situation?
Lastly: even if the new Names were idiots (very possible) - I can't say I am automatically sympathetic. People who have money, who lose it to a high profile grifter, don't elicit that type of reaction from me.
And the type of people who are recruited with promises of "joining the elite" - i.e. the climbers and wannabe-s - even less so.

Posted by: c1ue | Feb 22 2021 16:31 utc | 121

Barbara Slavin @barbaraslavin1 is the Director of the Future of Iran Initiative at the Atlantic Council, she a true Israel firster Zionist this why she has her job at Atlantic council here see her recent comment on FM Zarif’s question on Israel Nukes. I think FM Zarif hit the right nerve that made her expose her biases on Israel.
Usually this bitch tries to hide her true face and shows herself as well-informed Iranian analyst, which she is not.

https://twitter.com/barbaraslavin1/status/1363559346232295424

Posted by: kooshy | Feb 22 2021 16:35 utc | 122

Alistair Crooke explains the Great Reset:

"Yes, the Republican Party may be entering a period of contention or civil war, but if the ‘show trial’ showed anything, it demonstrated again the hold that Trump has over the party base. The trial might well have consolidated that hold if anything – even if some old-style conservatives depart a metamorphosised GOP, in search of a more peaceful and civil anchorage. McConnell’s conservative contingent seems, in retrospect, to emerge as the ephemeral element, rather than a key pivot around which a new GOP might form.

Yet Biden, in many ways, is in the politically weaker position. His party is less than homogenous – it is a more conflicted bunch. Many of its components simply detest each other. The Clinton-Obama neoliberal wing is fixated in its belief that they, and the U.S., have been on the global side-lines for far too long – and are agog to jump back in. They are escalating in Afghanistan, in Syria, and preparing a new push in Ukraine. Trump’s troop withdrawals have been all reversed (even for Germany) – and numbers deployed rather, have been augmented.

In spite of their heady eagerness to lead the world, they are likely to find themselves banging heads with a changed world. Iran, Russia – even the EU – are not showing regard to the Biden bugle call: ‘America is back’."

The ‘Transition’ of the Élites

Posted by: Bemildred | Feb 22 2021 17:15 utc | 123

Yes, james, that I am! And yes, orthodox system is slightly different -- though sometimes the moveable feast coincides with other churches. It is all to do with figuring Easter from the moon calendar, which is also the jewish way for its feasts. And for eastern Christians, the date of Passover is taken account of, since that is when the Crucifixion occurred. So, Passover comes before our Easter, never after. And as Pentecost comes 50 days later, that feast also jumps around.

By the way, I have on my wall a saying I very much like, when we are feeling pessimistic about events - I think I've posted it before, but it's worth repeating:

"Eschatologically speaking, an event of the past can be caused by what happens in the present, or even by what has not yet taken place." MANOUSSAKIS

Posted by: juliania | Feb 22 2021 17:22 utc | 124

@John Cleary #114
I recall reading a reference in an investment book to joining the Names back in that time period. It was presented as a virtual sure thing- I believe they said that no member of the Names had ever lost their personal funds in 300 years or whatever- and it was kind of a "secret of the wealthy" that one could get in on and thus be part of the smart money. They did tell you that you pledged all of your assets in order to become a member of the Names, but the return was really at the level where the perceived risk was very low, maybe a few thousand a year on a million (in a time of substantial interest rates), and you could still do what you like with that million in assets. And the possibility of casually bringing it up at the club or at a cocktail party no doubt provided some attraction.

Posted by: bill baly | Feb 22 2021 17:26 utc | 125

Posted by: kooshy | Feb 22 2021 16:35 utc | 121

Atlantic Council. What more do you need to know?

Posted by: Arch Bungle | Feb 22 2021 17:29 utc | 126

My post @ 123 was in answer to james @ 10.

Posted by: juliania | Feb 22 2021 17:33 utc | 127

@ 126 juliania... thanks! got it! different date.. i find the quote you've shared fascinating...

Posted by: james | Feb 22 2021 17:47 utc | 128

Blinken & Biden continue to ignore reality when it come to Iran and their need to DO instead of Talk. Sputnik published this Khamenei tweet:

"Over the past few days, the U.S. and the 3 European countries have used arrogant, unjust rhetoric regarding Iran. They keep asking why Iran has stopped carrying out its #JCPOA commitments, but they don't mention that they never carried out their own commitments." [My Emphasis]

Blinken is cock-fire sure that he'll be able to "lengthen and strengthen the nuclear agreement." Well, he'll soon be made a liar if he's unable to even talk to the Iranians because sanctions remain. Khamenei even went as far as suggesting Iran could enrich to 60%. As I've written, the Outlaw US Empire is powerless to do anything since Trump withdrew/broke the treaty, which essentially allows Iran to operate under the NPT's guidelines. Iran has explained what actions it requires the Outlaw US Empire to take before it will negotiate anything. It's so simple and straight forward a three-year-old could understand, but apparently grown men cannot. And as the world watches, what little remains of the USA's credibility runs down a storm-drain of inaction.

Posted by: karlof1 | Feb 22 2021 18:36 utc | 129

Another Boeing splatters it's enginers all over the place:

Monday, Feb 22, 2021 - 12:50

A Longtail Aviation Boeing 747-400 freighter suffered an inflight engine failure shortly after taking off from Maastricht Airport, a regional airport in Beek in Limburg, Netherland, on Saturday.

The plane was powered by Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engines - the same engine that just exploded over Denver - when one of its engines suffered a failure.

A spokeswoman for Maastricht Airport, Hella Hendriks, was quoted by The Guardian as saying, "witnesses heard one or two explosions shortly after takeoff and the pilot was informed by air traffic control that an engine was on fire."


(From ZioZerohedge: https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/boeing-747-suffers-engine-issues-drops-metal-parts-across-dutch-town)

I can't get the song "It's raining men" by The Weather Girls out of my head now ...

Posted by: Arch Bungle | Feb 22 2021 18:37 utc | 130

c1ue @ Feb 22 2021 16:31 utc | 121

The short answer to your one and two is the meeting between George HW Bush and John Major at Camp David in 1982. It is also the answer as to why Major sought to obtain "dirt" on Clinton, for which Clinton never forgave him. If b asks me to post the whole piece that will make more sense.

On your point three, absolutely, that is part of Archer's idea. Who is going to have any sympathy for rich people moaning about losing their money? "Fuck'em!"

bill baly @ Feb 22 2021 17:26 utc | 125

I remember something similar. It was the same book that advised of the value in obtaining an Irish passport. At the time (early '90's) Lloyds was still incredibly prestigious and exclusive, and Ireland was a wee little bog in the Atlantic. Times change!

Posted by: John Cleary | Feb 22 2021 18:47 utc | 131

Sorry. Camp David in 1992.

Posted by: John Cleary | Feb 22 2021 18:49 utc | 132

Boeing is having major problems keeping their planes in the air this week, sounds like time for another bailout from the US government!

Posted by: Kadath | Feb 22 2021 18:50 utc | 133

i've just realised that a key part does not come through.

The fraud lies mainly in that Lloyds would charge the same losses over and over again to different "Names". Say the losses were $500 million in one year. Lloyds would charge out, say $3 billion. The English courts, being the plaything of the Windsors, would rubber stamp the charges, and the royals and their confederates pocketed the difference - $2500 million. And since everybody knew that the losses had been "horrendous" nobody would look twice at any complaints.

The Names were well and truly kippered.

And the Windsors were piling up enough money to bribe their way to power in the Unitd States and Europe.

Posted by: John Cleary | Feb 22 2021 19:01 utc | 134

John Cleary @ 115 and onwards:

Your comments on Lloyds as a giant Ponzi pyramid scheme have been interesting to read.

There! I said it! Lloyds: one giant Ponzi scheme.

Posted by: Jen | Feb 22 2021 19:32 utc | 135

Oops, forgot my manners @ 135 as I so often do here at MoA: a Big Thanks to John Cleary for posting the information about Lloyds in an entertaining way

Posted by: Jen | Feb 22 2021 19:35 utc | 136

Bemildred @123--

Crooke's essay explores what Conservatives within the Outlaw US Empire might do to regain power and how easily the Ds can lose it. What he omits saying is there's a massive vacuum politically consisting of people who reject both sides of the same coin and seek an alternative. Trump was and continues to play a faux Populist who did nothing for the great mass that saw him as genuine Populist. He ought to be damaged goods because of that but isn't thanks to the Ds. The socio-economic stats enumerated in this article could easily fuel a populist candidate/party that proclaims its #1 goal to be the uplifting of society's wellbeing while throwing the MIC and Wall Street under the bus by citing their parasitism of the past 50+ years. Of course, that's exactly the type of speech BigLie Media was created to bury with BigTech now added to that suppression. And much of this could also be applied to Europe.

Bismarck and Putin are both what I'd term Progressive Conservatives, which almost seems a contradiction until one recalls just what traditional conservatism consists of--support for family and national wellbeing and advancement that's devoid from all Culture War crap. Such people would agree that Black Lives Matter and also extol the additional fact that All Lives Matter, that every life needs to be provided the same opportunity to fulfill its potential. WTF's radical about that? Ah, from the elite perspective that sounds a lot like Levelling. Well, yes and no. What must be levelled and made the same for all is educational opportunity that allows one to fulfill potential. Yes, I know that also means the "baseline" must be augmented to the point where all kids come out of the starting gate as evenly matched as possible--and that's where most of the political conflict lies in the allocation of resources to make that reality. And given the number of false start failures due to political sabotage, many are rightfully jaundiced about putting politicians in charge of such an attempt again. But if the status quo's to be changed for the better, then that policy must again be tried/pushed/implemented and made to succeed.

During the 1930s, the US citizenry tried to take a different direction by electing a vastly different bunch to Congress while investigating the causes of WW1 and the Great Depression only to be derailed in their efforts due to WW2. IMO, the fundamental basis of the citizenry hasn't changed all that much in the 90 years that's elapsed. The attempt at global empire has clearly failed and only promoted death abroad and misery at home. More of the public admits that now than during the 1960s. As during the 1930s, the only way to change course is to change the politics and their practitioners. The public must empower itself to create the Great Reset and understand that the change they usher in will take over a generation to make a lasting impact. The public also needs to understand that's the best way forward and to ignore the Establishment voices telling them not to become Isolationists or Socialists and recall the wisdom of the song "Smiling Faces Sometimes":

"Smiling faces, smiling faces sometimes
They don't tell the truth
Smiling faces, smiling faces
Tell lies and I got proof
Smiling faces, smiling faces sometimes
They don't tell the truth
Smiling faces, smiling faces
Tell lies and I got proof."

Posted by: karlof1 | Feb 22 2021 19:36 utc | 137

@John Cleary #134
Let me first say that truth is often stranger than fiction, so I do not automatically dismiss what you posted.
Yet the story you have continued still relies on the capability of England and the US cooperating to screw over tens of thousands of its own moderately to significantly wealthy.
When has that ever happened?
Secondly, to attribute this to the Windsors: $2.5 billion may seem like a lot to you and me, but it doesn't amount to a hill of beans to the royal family in the UK. Something like 30% of the all the land in the UK is controlled by the aristocracy still and the majority of that is controlled by the royals. So why again would $2.5 billion matter?
Again, not to say it didn't happen but the impetus to this alleged crime isn't very strong - the best way to rob a bank is to own it.
A country, even more so.

Posted by: c1ue | Feb 22 2021 19:43 utc | 138

Jen,

Thank you.

It's more than sixteen years since I wrote something longform at b's invitation, and I'm not sure he has forgiven me for that effort. So any appreciation by his readers is most gratefully received.

:)

Posted by: John Cleary | Feb 22 2021 20:26 utc | 139

@ John Cleary... thanks also for your posts here today.. quite fascinating and sounds very true too.. on an unrelated note - any relation to john cleary the piano player from the uk who is popular in new orleans and points beyond??

Posted by: james | Feb 22 2021 20:30 utc | 140

Posted by: karlof1 | Feb 22 2021 19:36 utc | 137

I found it interesting that Crooke saw the same things in the Kagan piece that I did: if you oppose war you are in isolationist and don't really care about the people we want to "help". A very colonial attitude, at it's roots, and something I had not seen since Raygun, who was trying to re-arouse our enthusiasm for war (Greneda, Panama). The War Party has been around forever and they never learn a thing.

I have seen the great political opening you bring up mentioned in a few other places, and quite agree that it is there. The problem is and was how to break the hammerlock the present establishment has on the machinery of power, elections. Further, to really be effective, you need a cadre of loyal people to man your new adminsitration. This was a major problem Trump had, only clowns and backstabbers would work for him. The deep state OTOH has a deep bench.

Progressive conservatives are just sensible people who have experience of how things really work, you are (almost) always better to keep what you can from the past and to build on it rather than to start over anew. Nobody is smart enough to design utopia from scratch, and there is not one way to get there either.

I am pleased to see discussion of stewardship and conservation coming back into fashion, somewhat. Another form of "conservatism" that is well worth our time. I am a flaming commie liberal economically, but I can relate to that kind of conservatism very well.

Thanks for your interesting comment.

Posted by: Bemildred | Feb 22 2021 20:34 utc | 141

vk @109:

It is important to keep an eye on this, because, according to the laws of capitalism, it is impossible for a single nation-state to be, at the same time, an industrial, financial and agricultural power. You have to pick one and specialize in order to engage in the World Market. First World countries only keep their agricultural sectors (and, depending on the country, even manufacturing sector) thanks to constant and extremely generous subsidies from their central governments.

Not being an economist I can't vouch for whether your understanding of capitalism is authentic, but I would surmise that to some very large extent China in the past two decades has accomplished turning agricultural pockets of regions into exhibits of modernities where industries/commerce/agricultures thrived and complemented each other in synch. A look at metropolis Beijing, Wuhan, Shanghai would testify to that. China knows this can be done. That's why they are now putting the idea on a pedestal and encasing it as central Document Numero 1!

This also complements China's desire to maintain 6% growth for the next quarter century, of course.

Posted by: Oriental Voice | Feb 22 2021 20:53 utc | 142

@ karlof1 | Feb 22 2021 19:36 utc | 137... thanks for your post...that is a great song you quote at the end... i remember listening to it on the radio as a kid..

Posted by: james | Feb 22 2021 21:15 utc | 143

Arch Bungle #130

A spokeswoman for Maastricht Airport, Hella Hendriks, was quoted by The Guardian as saying, "witnesses heard one or two explosions shortly after takeoff and the pilot was informed by air traffic control that an engine was on fire."

Its reassuring to know that the pilots have excellent computers with comprehensive systems monitoring. That 8088 chip is a doozy - no need to upgrade yet.


Posted by: uncle tungsten | Feb 22 2021 21:17 utc | 144

@123 bemildred

Yes. Mark my words: conservatives will coalesce into a true anti-establishment party much faster than the progs will.

That is why I have spent much time trying to find a way to get progs and conservative deplorables on the same page, and quickly.

Yet I can't help but feel that many decent progs are going to end up fighting the conservative movement which is in truth the only capable force of thwarting the establishment globalists, due to their inability to admit that conservatives are correct.

It is merely that simple. Progs and left-leaning urbanites detest the uncouth. Yet it is us who are going to upend the globalists.

Sad, but we will have to cleave through them in order to reemerge nationalist.

Posted by: NemesisCalling | Feb 22 2021 21:33 utc | 145

John Cleary #115

Australian PM Malcolm Fraser is said to be one the Names that got seriously stung by the wasps of Lloyds. I recall the Queen was gracious enough to grant him a knighthood :))

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Feb 22 2021 21:44 utc | 146

Bemildred @141--

Breaking the Hammerlock--there are two excellent historical examples that few nowadays know of because they've been disparaged and swept under the rug: The 1880-1900 Populist Movement and its shortlived twin during the 1930s. They show that to undo the Hammerlock, it must be eaten away from the bottom->up, and most importantly that it can be done. As was done before, you capture your locality, then your state district, then your congressional district, then a majority of your state districts, then a majority of your congressional districts, then your state's governorship, then your senate seats. It seems long and arduous; but given circumstances like those of the past which are repeating again, it can happen quite rapidly. And again, this isn't about Red or Blue dominance; rather, it's all about becoming Purple and breaking free from the false duality that's been forced upon the polity.

Posted by: karlof1 | Feb 22 2021 22:06 utc | 147

NemisisCalling @145--

The last sentence of my 147 is especially for you. Partisanship must cease if we as a polity are going to emerge victorious over our oppressors.

Posted by: karlof1 | Feb 22 2021 22:08 utc | 148

c1ue

They pick up 2.5billion as you and I pick up $0.25 off the sidewalk. Most st of the work is done by minions. Minions who fail to deliver are dealt with as Lloyd’s deals with Names.

Posted by: oldhippie | Feb 22 2021 22:12 utc | 149

Posted by: NemesisCalling | Feb 22 2021 21:33 utc | 145

Thank you for your comments. A messy subject. Well I think the "anti-establishment" part is the central thing, the thing you rally around, the thing everybody can agree on. Back in the day it was the part of the 60s that failed spectacularly.

The left-right distinction doesn't really work now, if it ever did. I put it in the same divide-and-rule category as all the others, race, religion. The first and foremost important distinction is money and no money, safely housed and clothed and fed, and lacking that security. If you don't hae that your democracy doesn't mean spit. Democracy for "winners" only

The current US left is an integral part of the PMC, as is the right wing, two sets of grifters and deeply dependent on each other. You can see the Dems as we speak avoiding as best they can the opportunity they had to do real damage to Trump, not to save Trump, but to save the Republicans.


Posted by: Bemildred | Feb 22 2021 22:14 utc | 150

Poland, Ukraine Urge Biden to Do His Best 'to Put an End' to Nord Stream 2 Project
vk @ 109. Congress of the USA to interfere with the completion of Russian-German Nord stream II project because the LNG cartel in USA governed Texas, Lousisana , Oregon want to require every man women and child in Europe to pay monopoly prices for LNG. As I see it failure of Nord Stream II will be extremely dangerous to the survival of the solar and wind renewable energy efforts; its a do it or die situation for dominate energy is the goal of the LNG cartel.

by: Den lille abe @ 110 exciting words?

Blinken certain to "lengthen and strengthen the JCPOA nuclear agreement."..in spite of withdrewal/and denial of the treaty, by: karlof1 @ 129 Maybe but LNG is using the USA to drive no deal because LNG cannot allow sanctions to be removed. The 9th mind control layer(privately owned media) will convince the Sheep, that Iran is not in compliance (even when they are not) which will end allowing the USA to use force against Iran until it abides by the terms of a broken JCPOA agreement, even when the USA is no longer a party. .. if sanctions are removed there will be no viable market for LNG.. if Nord 2 is completed there will be no viable market for LNG. If Venezuela sells its gas on the open market there will be no vialble market for LNG, the LNG Oligarchs are dogmatic; heads at the USA will roll if anyone is allowed to compete with LNG.

John Cleary @ 115 and onwards: Lloyds: one giant Ponzi scheme. by: Jen @ 135 just like wall street the only honorable institution in the world that remains is blue sky. But blue sky is backed up by the patent an copyright monopolies which congress passed into law.

Uncle tungsten @ 146 we don't need a third party, we need a formalism about the rules of politics different from the constitution.. Federalism is a product of greedy capitalist; it deprives the masses of a rational participation in their own governance, and it deprives the masses of access to the affairs of government.
Three votes (2 senators and 1 member of the house) for each voter is not a reasonable participation in the government.

Posted by: snake | Feb 22 2021 22:15 utc | 151

Bemildred #123

Thank you for the link to the Alastair Crooke report and the following debate between you and karlof1.

On the global scale, I trust all nations that are the target of USA destruction can adopt a 'no talks before all sanctions lifted and past agreements honored' approach. There is sufficient agreements in place to make the USA squirm. The key is to have zero side talks. Iran has made its point well in proposing USA act on lifting sanctions and then proof of its action by testing responses, then negotiating agendas for talks. USA action first, proof second, discuss third.

North Korea did exactly that with Trump by agreeing to a multi point strategy and it was immediately dishonored by Bolton/Pompeo who insisted on reversing the order of actions and North Korea walked away from further 'talks'.

The neo-conservative murderous elite described by Crooke cannot stand for being ignored or having their deceptive trickery held to account and if blinken/biden can't get even 'talks' underway then the knives will come out.

Sticking tight to 'no talks before all sanctions lifted and past agreements honored' approach will be a difficult course but hugely rewarding IMO,

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Feb 22 2021 22:30 utc | 152

To all,

What happened to the names was much, much worse than a ponzi.

What Mr Ponzi did was to take the money from new investors in order to pay ousize returns to existing investors. He relied on the publicity to lead more and more investors to want a piece of the cake. In other words it was voluntary.

What happened at Lloyds was similar to the efforts by the Clown Prince a couple of years ago. Once Lloyds had a Name on the rack they kept on squeezing and squeezing until there was nothing left. There was no limited liability. Names could not say "so much and no more". Some names (the ones that Mary Archer and her chums disliked) would be hit for multiple times the amount they thought they were insuring. Hence the importance of re-insurance as the only way to limit your losses.

Posted by: John Cleary | Feb 22 2021 22:32 utc | 153

Posted by: karlof1 | Feb 22 2021 22:06 utc | 147

That would be how you do it inside the system. It's pretty much what the "conservative movement" did following the Reagan Revolution, helped along by the Democrats. The Dems still seem quite comfortable with the situation. I would say that the failure of those past attempts points to where the difficulty lies. The two parties have institutionalized themselves as part of the government. If you are not one or the other you are nobody (rhetorically speaking). Nobody wants to be defenestrated from the upper classes. So I come back to the fact that the system is rigged, very rigged, and in ways that are hard to unravel within the system. This guarantees them control and us decline. Each time we have failed to clean house. The discussion we had a while back about the cultural revolution in China seems relevant, we have never really had our popular revolution here, just insincere cosmetic reforms. Nothing done about the bit pots of private and unaccountable money.

Posted by: Bemildred | Feb 22 2021 22:33 utc | 154

snake #151

Three votes (2 senators and 1 member of the house) for each voter is not a reasonable participation in the government.

You will need a preference distribution system or/plus a proportional representation system otherwise the dominant pair will remain the dominant pair. New Zealand has a system that works for them as they have no states. The USA exploits the 'first past the post' system to deny the overall preference expression of its electors because that would complicate the monopoly control of the bipolar party.

The USA insistence on States Rights is the first con in the big election swindle that they must overcome. It is a illusion of equity disguising a power grab to the thieving class. The USA ruling class has no sense of equity for anyone.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Feb 22 2021 22:45 utc | 155

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Feb 22 2021 22:30 utc | 152

One of Crooke's better efforts I thought.

Well I'm fascinated/obsessed with the show at the moment, waiting to see how it works out. A lot at stake for us all. I will say I wouldn't give "Biden" a nickel until they put some skin in the game. I don't think "Biden" can wait, he has much bigger fish to fry than Iran, unless he intends to just give up and cooperate. Whatever he does, it has consequences. No free lunches. I am curious to see what "Biden" does about the Izzies, there is considerable chaos over in that direction too.

It is my impression sitting out here in MSM-land that the Iranians know the score, are not confused. I don't think I want to analyze beyond that. The question is how sober of an assessment of the situation can "Biden" get a grasp of? Do they have the intellectual/emotional stones for it?

I thought his explication of what the "Great Reset" was really about accurate. Basically, clinging to the past.

Posted by: Bemildred | Feb 22 2021 22:54 utc | 156

Fars news reports on the contention in Iran to have sanctions lifted first.


Some 221 Iranian legislators voted to send a report of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission that entails a legal complaint on the government's violation of the Strategic Action Law on Lifting Sanctions to the Judiciary, calling for the punishment of those responsible for the agreement.

The Joint Statement of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has also been enclosed to the complaint to demand the Judiciary to verify the violation.

Iran plans to end its voluntary implementation of the Additional Protocol to the NPT on Tuesday and the AEOI-IAEA agreement that came at the end of the IAEA Director General Raphael Grossi to Tehran on Sunday night also endorsed the move. Yet, the legislature's dissatisfaction with the agreement mainly pertains to a paragraph that says Tehran will cut off online transfer of data by IAEA surveillance cameras, but continues recording for three months. If sanctions are removed by then, Tehran will deliver the recordings and data to the IAEA, and if not, they will be discarded. The IAEA surveillance cameras and online data transfer is part of the inspections carried out under the additional protocol to the NPT, which Iran has been implementing on a voluntary basis as part of the nuclear deal undertakings.

“The joint agreement and statement of the International Atomic Energy Agency and the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran is a clear violation of the law on strategic action to lift sanctions and protect the interests of the Iranian people, and we request an interim cancellation by the Judiciary,” the legislature's complaint sent to the judiciary said.

It added that President Hassan Rouhani, as head of the executive, is charged with the implementation of the parliaments approvals, and should, hence, account for the violation alongside all others involved in this violation.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Feb 22 2021 22:54 utc | 157

IAEA and Iran inspections.

I never have delay in posts being displayed but sending links to Fars News has tipped me into purgatory.

For now take a peek at the leading stories there on the inspections. Tensions are high within.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Feb 22 2021 23:18 utc | 158

China is able to ensure food security for 1.4 billion people: Ministry of Agriculture

669.5 billion kilograms is good (much better than Brazil, for example, which has more than triple the arable land and of a better quality and seven times less the population) - but doesn't put China out of the woods. It will still have to import food for the foreseeable future - and probably forever.

It is not a shame to not be self-sufficient in food. You can count on your hands the number of nations that are self-sufficient in food today (and some of them, like Norway, are only self-sufficient because of their extremely low populations). It is not an indictment of failure to not have enough arable land to produce food for almost 1.5 billion people.

But yes, keep walking on the technology, because, someday, humanity will have to be able to produce infinitely more food in an infinitely smaller piece of land (due to global warming). It will also be useful in wartime, probably in the WWIII that it is going to have to wage against the USA.

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Party chief rejects Xinjiang genocide claims, foreign delegates condemn West’s interference in region

Nothing to add here. Propaganda should be treated like propaganda an publicly and readily dismissed, as it is.

Posted by: vk | Feb 22 2021 23:24 utc | 159

Lavrov's Q & A was 'interesting' but I'm not convinced that channeling Connie Francis was the best idea Russia has ever had...

They said your cheating heart will make me cry
And like a fool I gave it a try.
I should've listened when they told me so
Many many tears ago.

But I could not believe the things they said
Because my heart over ruled my head.
I should've listened when they told me so
Many many tears ago.

I laughed out loud when they told me
That you
just suit yourself.
But your cheating heart has shown me
That I was only foolin myself.

I know it's too late for a brand new start.
For I have cried you out of my heart.
I should've listened when they told me so
Many many tears ago.

There are lots of things Russia can do, legally, to make AmeriKKKa's chickenshit Prima Donnas so angry that they won't be able to STFU about it, or DO anything sensible about it. That's what Russia should focus on.

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Feb 22 2021 23:40 utc | 161

House of Commons vote 266-0.

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/politics/article-parliament-declares-china-is-conducting-genocide-against-its-muslim/

Grandstanding and posturing led by the reactionary right wing, but with full acquiescence and support from the nominally "progressive" pols.

Looks like Olympic boycott next up in the newly dusted-off Cold War Playbook.

Posted by: jayc | Feb 22 2021 23:40 utc | 162

Seven billlion $$ :

Iran claims agreement with S. Korea to unfreeze its assets

Posted by: Bemildred | Feb 22 2021 23:54 utc | 163

James, thank u

Unfortunately not. I wish I could play the piano.

Musicians are very special and very lucky people.

Posted by: John Cleary | Feb 23 2021 0:02 utc | 164

Warren Buffett (ie., Berkshire Hathaway) Just Sold His Pfizer Stock. The question is why?

Berkshire opened a position in Pfizer (NYSE:PFE) in the third quarter of 2020. In a regulatory filing last week, though, Berkshire revealed that it had dumped all of its shares in the big drugmaker. Pfizer became one of 37 stocks Buffett sold last year and one of 15 of which he completely exited. Now that Buffett has sold all of his Pfizer stock, should investors who aren't billionaires follow suit?

Many investors are wondering why Buffett closed out Berkshire's position in Pfizer so quickly. It's first important to note that Buffett might not have made the decision himself. He has increasingly delegated authority to Berkshire's investing managers Todd Combs and Tedd Weschler in recent years. However, Buffett presumably went along with the decision to sell Pfizer...

Berkshire reported a value of $136.2 million for its more than 3.7 million [Pfizer] shares in its Q3 13F-HR filing to the SEC,

https://www.fool.com/investing/2021/02/21/warren-buffett-just-sold-his-pfizer-stock-should-y/

[Hmm...Did someone perhaps catch wind of a slew of ugly (wrongful death?) lawsuits coming down the pipeline against Pfizer from families of vaccine associated deaths?]

Posted by: gm | Feb 23 2021 0:15 utc | 165

Hoarsewhisperer #160

There are lots of things Russia can do, legally, to make AmeriKKKa's chickenshit Prima Donnas so angry that they won't be able to STFU about it, or DO anything sensible about it. That's what Russia should focus on.


Agreed, but you should allow for AmeriKKKa's chickenshit Prima Donnas feeding off the merest whiff of fart gas. And that is sufficient to send them into accusatory histrionics. I am sure there will more pinpricks from Russia now that the clarifying is out in the open.

jayc #161

I am not surprised at the UK vote on poking China and it is likely that the Olympics leverage will be next. It is a simple matter for China to host an alternative Covid recovery games and invite all nations with covid free status to a major humanity uplifting celebration of defeating the virus. They could have plenty of Sinovac available for attendees. I am sure there is no shortage of historical Asian competitions that can invoked for the purpose.

The next Asian Games known as Asiad games are scheduled to be held in Hangzhou, China from 10–25 September 2022.

The Far Eastern Championship Games existed previous to the Asian Games and they could be resuscitated for a 2021 event to fill the space vacated by the bellicose belligerents. Every Muslim nation could be invited as poke in the eye to the western clown.

China now has massive resources to manage a pre games quarantine scenario.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Feb 23 2021 0:24 utc | 166

Israel court circus continues year after year and now stalls again until after elections.

The Jerusalem District Court announced Monday night that it was postponing the evidentiary stage of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s corruption trial until April 5, ceding to a request by the premier’s legal team for the proceedings to start after the March 23 elections.

Hearings will be held three times a week, from Monday through Wednesday, from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., the court said.

At the same time, the judges in the case rejected a demand by Netanyahu’s attorneys to cancel the criminal indictments against the premier over the attorney general’s apparent failure to approve the criminal investigations in writing.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Feb 23 2021 0:34 utc | 167

Its amazing how sanctions and the threat of sanctions can drive a nation to achive excellence and self determination in a wide range of technologies.

Farsnews dot ir reports 'Iran Gains Self-Sufficiency in Production of Pipeline Equipment, Pipe-Laying'

“We have reached full self-sufficiency in production and implementation of pipelines to transfer oil and oil products under the harshest economic conditions and sanctions,” Sattari Nayeeni said on Monday.

“I say this with confidence that if today we want to build a new pipeline in the country, one hundred percent of it will be done by domestic experts and manpower completely,” he added.

In relevant remarks last month, Secretary of the Iranian Oil Industry Equipment Manufacturers Association (IOIEMA) Ali Panahi said that more than 85 percent of oil industry parts and equipment needed by the country are produced by expert engineers inside the country.

“Presently, more than 85 percent of parts and equipment needed in the oil, gas, refining and petrochemical industries are manufactured in the country,” Panahi said and put the number of companies affiliated to the association at 820.

He said that182 of this number are knowledge-based companies, adding, “These companies have created 80,000 and 250,000 direct and indirect employments respectively.”

“Given the high capability of these companies, the capacity of manufacturing oil industry equipment is estimated at €5 billion,” he added.

He reiterated that Iran ranks first place in West Asia in terms of manufacturing oil industry equipment.

Apologies to barflies as I cannot post a link as they are all being swallowed by the minotaur of pure thought.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Feb 23 2021 0:46 utc | 168

@karlof1 #137

The public should also recall the wisdom of Phil Ochs:

“Love Me, I’m A Liberal”

I cried when they shot Medgar Evers
Tears ran down my spine
And I cried when they shot Mr. Kennedy
As though I’d lost a father of mine
But Malcolm X got what was coming
He got what he asked for this time
So love me, love me, love me, I’m a liberal

I go to civil rights rallies
And I put down the old DAR
I love Harry and Sidney and Sammy
I hope every colored boy becomes a star
But don’t talk about revolution
That’s going a little bit too far
So love me, love me, love me, I’m a liberal

I cheered when Humphrey was chosen
My faith in the system restored
And I’m glad that the commies were thrown out
From the AFL–CIO board
And I love Puerto Ricans and Negros
As long as they don’t move next door
So love me, love me, love me, I’m a liberal

Ah, the people of old Mississippi
Should all hang their heads in shame
Now, I can’t understand how their minds work
What’s the matter, don’t they watch Les Crain?
But if you ask me to bus my children
I hope the cops take down your name
So love me, love me, love me, I’m a liberal

Yes, I read New Republic and Nation
I’ve learned to take every view
You know, I’ve memorized Lerner and Golden
I feel like I’m almost a Jew
But when it comes to times like Korea
There’s no one more red, white and blue
So love me, love me, love me, I’m a liberal

I vote for the Democratic Party
They want the UN to be strong
I attend all the Pete Seeger concerts
He sure gets me singing those songs
And I’ll send all the money you ask for
But don’t ask me to come on along
So love me, love me, love me, I’m a liberal

Sure, once I was young and impulsive
I wore every conceivable pin
Even went to socialist meetings
Learned all the old union hymns
Ah, but I’ve grown older and wiser
And that’s why I’m turning you in
So love me, love me, love me, I’m a liberal

(1965)

The original recording: Phil Ochs - Love Me I'm A Liberal (YouTube).

Posted by: S | Feb 23 2021 1:00 utc | 169

RE: More info about Ivermectin going back to April 2020...

https://dr1.com/wordpress/2020/04/24/ivermectin-is-a-winner-treating-covid-19-patients-in-dr/

-notlurking | Feb 22 2021 14:57 utc | 118; cc: Nathan Mulcahy #67

Thanks for that link. It tells an interesting story.

What is known is that the owner of the clinic, Dr. Jose Natalio Redondo, early on decided to go ahead with the experimental drug based on positive results by Australian scientists. There were still no random controlled studies; the government was not recommending the drug, but that was what they had on hand to use.

Among those 'Australian scientists' is Dr. Thomas Borody, and scientists from Monasch University.

Here is a piece about them and Borody's so-called 'Triple Therapy (Ivermectin, Zn, Doxycyline) regimen:

https://www.thepharmaletter.com/article/australian-gps-urged-to-prescribe-ivermectin-triple-therapy-to-fight-covid-19

Posted by: gm | Feb 23 2021 1:12 utc | 170

There's a brief exchange in the Open Thread at Pat Lang's Turcopolier musing upon what dirty tricks President Sleepy is planning in Syria. The exchange was sparked by a commentator complaining that his wife fell for some 60 Minutes tosh, a day or so ago, about Assad gassing 4000 Syrians (aka killing his own people).

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Feb 23 2021 1:13 utc | 171

#168

An update by Ben Grosscup:

“Love Me, I’m A Liberal” (2019 version)

I mourned the Tiananmen martyrs
Whose free speech was so brutally quelled
And I cheered when Mandela walked freely
After so many years in a cell
But Mr. Assange can rot in prison
Those secrets were not his to tell
So love me, love me, love me, I’m a liberal

I’ll sign just about any petition
And I’ll gladly accept your brochure
I love Oprah and Magic and Foreman
It’s great to see blacks become entrepreneurs
Capitalism could be more inclusive
Revolution just isn’t the cure
So love me, love me, love me, I’m a liberal

I cheered when Obama was chosen
My faith in the system restored
And I’ll never forgive Ralph Nader
For the race he stole from Al Gore
And I love hard-working Latinos
As long as they don’t move next door
So love me, love me, love me, I’m a liberal

Something happened to working class voters
They’ve disgraced America’s name
Someone’s controlling the way that their minds work
And Vladimir Putin’s the man who’s to blame
But if you think you can win Single Payer
You must be completely insane
So love me, love me, love me, I’m a liberal

I listen to All Things Considered
I’d consider anyone’s views
I watch Colbert and Rachel Maddow
I use irony in everything I do
But when Trump set his sights on Maduro
There was no one more red, white and blue
So love me, love me, love me, I’m a liberal

I vote for the Democratic Party
They’re strengthening NATO command
I saw Bono at the Live 8 concert
I’d buy anything endorsed by his brand
We’re gonna make poverty history
I’m on Facebook, taking a stand!
So love me, love me, love me, I’m a liberal

Sure once I was young and impulsive
I wore every conceivable pin
I fought for a socialist future,
Which I actually thought we could win
Ah, but I’ve grown older and wiser
And that’s why I’m turning you in
So love me, love me, love me, I’m a liberal

Posted by: S | Feb 23 2021 1:19 utc | 172

uncle tungsten & Bemildred--

Last week, Grieved linked to a book available at The Archive, The Empire of "The City" which is free to download. It's quite a sensation, and I cited a bit from it as soon as I began reading. Here's another outtake:

"News that definitely points to the existence of the secret world supergovernment of "The City" is treated with dense silence. The current activities of what has been identified as the most powerful international society on earth, the "Pilgrims," are so wrapped in silence that few Americana know even of its existence since 1903. As a glaring example let us consider the cross-examination of Henry Morgenthau, Jr. as to the contacts of his father with the peculiar activities of the mysterious and secret British statesman Viscount Reginald Esher by Senator Gerald Nye in a Senate hearing on January 28, 1940. Apparently not one newspaper in the United States gave one inch of space to this immensely sensational exposure, while Senator Nye,
like many other statesmen who have ventured too far into forbidden realms, has been effectively submerged."

Great prose, yes?! Even more interesting information, Yes! There's much to commend it, and much to learn from it. The geopolitics it discusses certainly impacts the domestic world and explains the current idiocy of the UK toward China. They think themselves still at the head of an Empire because they are.

Posted by: karlof1 | Feb 23 2021 1:26 utc | 173

In a recent post, Moon looked at the case of a Uyghur woman named Tursunay Ziawudunwhom who had spent some time in a reeducation camp in Xinpiang, China. What was striking about her was the fact that her current depiction of conditions in the camp in which she had been detained so closely resembles the Western propaganda stereotype of these camps and so importantly departs from the descriptions she offered when first reaching the West that it is almost certain that her present claims owe more to Western coaching than to her experiences in China.
I notice today that the Canadian House of Commons passed a motion denouncing the Chinese for their mistreatment of the Uyghurs and employed as a witness a Uyghur woman named Kalbinur Tursun. These is a striking similarity in the names and when you look for images of two on the web you find they look very similar. I wonder if ‘they’ are the same person? Is there anyone out there who knows something I don’t?

Posted by: Roger Milbrandt | Feb 23 2021 1:48 utc | 174

Roger Milbrandt @173

I don't know anything but I noticed the exact same similarity. Also, in a CBC.ca article posted today online, Michael Chong, Conservative FA critic "said the evidence of China's crimes is overwhelming. He cited survivor testimony, satellite images, video, documents and media reports from major U.S. and international news outlets." (Quote is from the article.)

I guess that clinches it. (sarc)

Posted by: spudski | Feb 23 2021 2:01 utc | 175

karlof1 #172

Thank you for that. I am reading it now.

Roger Milbrandt and spudski, these western controllers will never stop denigrating China and Russia, never. Even after they have their noses bloodied, they will never stop. It is hysteria and hatred and envy and ignorance and they are full of it.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Feb 23 2021 2:38 utc | 176

vk cites

The ministers [of Poland and Ukraine] suggested that if completed, the project [NS-2] will add to Russia's drive "to try to convince the Ukrainian public that the West doesn't care about its own principles, and ultimately, about the security and prosperity of Ukraine".
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Isn't it a bit absurd? Can a sane person doubt that "the West" does have principles, or admit that it does but "does not care about them"? Absolutely not. Given that, and given the prevailing sanity among Ukrainian public, wouldn't the putative Russia's drive be doomed to futility, and thus irrelevant? Too bad that "the ministers" in their haste forgot to mention which principles do they have in mind.

Actually, there are some concrete principles that, quite sadly, are being imposed on Ukraine, to the benefit of Ukrainians, but that are subject of derisions by "channels of Russian informational terrorism" with some resonance in various parts of Ukraine. The underlying principle is freedom, and the derived principle is that the prices of utilities should be settled on FREE MARKET, this includes electric power, water, gas and, where co-generation plants exists (most of Ukrainian cities), heating the apartments. This seems to be already the case, but the market of utilities still has so many deviations from full FREEDOM that INF refused to extend the next tranche of the promised credits.

Rather than admire the bold steps toward FREEDOM, pro-Russian segment of Ukrainian media, and pro-Russian politicians were negative toward those efforts, and segments of the population got convinced. But that feeblemindedness was prompted by the cost of utilities exceeding those in many EU countries, with Ukrainians having several times smaller income. NS-2 seems rather unrelated. As so is the resolute response of Ukrainian government: the owner of three most vocal TV channels, a deputy of the opposition, was sanctioned by the decree of the President, and within minutes after he signed the decree, security forces shut down the channels and their TV studios. A week later (i.e. last week), co-leader of the largest opposition party was put under sanctions and all his assets were removed from his control for three years. That affects his wife too, no word yet about the children. But security council promises to gather this week again, so "pro-Russian voices" will be shut down further and further, week after week.

In the same decree, the largest Ukrainian chain of sporting goods was placed under sanctions for a good measure. The owners are known, and many people are baffled, as the owners did not participate in politics or narratives of any kind.

With such admirable resolve, Russian narrative is doomed in Ukraine.

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Feb 23 2021 2:39 utc | 177

James joseph 94
Wtf are we doing, playing the great game in the world as if we were a ‘Player’. We are better served by keeping our nose clean from us entanglement ....the us is a buring viking ship funeral for the us middle class. Stick a fork in it!

Canada's main role is to lend a beard of legitimacy to America. If Canada is involved it must be a just cause. The quiet polite poodle. Palatable on the world stage. Our media sing the narratives and hide American ownership of Canada's best bits. We don't need to invest in defence because who would attack us besides them? Who in the world would come to our defence if they did? So we perform these little favours to keep the beast from rolling over... on us.

Posted by: ld | Feb 23 2021 2:44 utc | 178

@ ld | Feb 23 2021 2:44 utc | 177 with the superb and succinct description of the current fealty of Canada, Oh Canada to empire to the South

Pithy, comprehensive and true....well done!

Posted by: psychohistorian | Feb 23 2021 2:50 utc | 179

Posted by: karlof1 | Feb 23 2021 1:26 utc | 172
(Book: The Empire of "The City")

On a not unrelated theme, a few weeks ago I posted the outline of a 2020 TV doco called Secrets of America's Shadow Government and prepping for Continuity Of Government in the event that the psychos in charge miscalculate. A couple of weeks later I noticed that it was only Episode 1 of an ongoing series, not a stand alone doco, having missed Episode 2. The film makers have gone to great lengths to expose AmeriKKKa's dirty linen in an extremely unflattering context.

Episode 6 is about the CIA and FBI and whose interests they do and DO NOT protect. It also touches on Morgenthau's characterisation of AmeriKKKa as "dual state" and has caught up to the Trump Show. But the details are presumably being aired in Episode 7.

One nice touch is that after every ad break the program resumes with a few seconds of banner headline declaring WHILE THE REST OF US DIE.

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Feb 23 2021 3:20 utc | 180

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Feb 22 2021 21:17 utc | 144


That 8088 chip is a doozy - no need to upgrade yet.

Especially in the hands of the Dutch!

Speaking of that venerable old chip, if you're looking for a good time:

https://www.homebrew8088.com/

A nice holiday project ...

Posted by: Arch Bungle | Feb 23 2021 3:26 utc | 181

Arch Bungle #180

Thank you I will take a good look at that. I started out on the 6502 which was pretty good in its day. I purchased an 'evaluation board', keyboard and assembled a power supply then fiddled away for many hours. It got me onto the internet of the day.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Feb 23 2021 3:36 utc | 182

The obedience of Canada is absolute.

A pro-Palestinian restaurant in Canada is being taken to court and faces the threat of losing its license over posting pro-Palestinian and anti-Zionist tweets, despite the Ottawa government’s claim to be an advocate for human rights and freedom across the world.

(Also testing if PressTV gets past the minotaur of pure thought ;)

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Feb 23 2021 3:42 utc | 183

Sputnik V lands in the Gaza strip.


Ashraf Shannon

PRESSTV, Gaza

The Gaza Strip began its Coronavirus vaccination campaign using the Russian Sputnik 5 vaccine. Medical workers will be the first to receive the jabs.

The vaccination comes after long delays by the Israeli regime that only allowed a small shipment of the vaccine to reach Gaza last Thursday after coming under heavy criticism by human rights organizations.

Another shipment of the Russian vaccine arrived in through the Egyptian controlled Rafah crossing on Sunday. Nearly fifty five thousand people in the blockaded Gaza Strip have been infected with the Coronavirus mostly since late August 20. Some 550 Gazans have also died of COVID-19.

Local authorities in the Gaza Strip struggled for months to lower the Coronavirus infection rates through strict measures. The Israeli blockade has compounded the struggle of health workers in Gaza, undermining their efforts to contain and track the spread of the Coronavirus.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Feb 23 2021 3:49 utc | 184

The sane American speaks out. I am sure there are many who share his view. The cancel demons will be unleashed to silence another brave soul.


“Removing the sanctions imposed after the US repudiated the accord is the only plausible starting point for negotiations intended to revive the JCPOA. This is the only logical starting point. There absolutely cannot be any other,” foreign affairs journalist Patrick Lawrence told Press TV in an interview, referring by abbreviation to the nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Sunday that US President Joe Biden has spurned predecessor Donald Trump’s “maximum pressure policy” against Iran only in words, but has so far pursued the same course of action in practice.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Feb 23 2021 3:58 utc | 185

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Feb 23 2021 3:36 utc | 181

Ah, the legendary 68000 series. A shade before my time, unfortunately ;-)

I'm backed up to next year with eval kits - so many chips, so little time.

By the way, there is a dear gentleman at King Mongkut's University of Technology who makes these retro kits from old stock:

http://www.kswichit.com/

For a reasonable price he'll ship you selection of 68000 series kits if you wish to relive the glory of your youth.

Posted by: Arch Bungle | Feb 23 2021 4:07 utc | 186

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Feb 23 2021 3:36 utc | 181

Ah, the legendary 68000 series. A shade before my time, unfortunately ;-)

I'm backed up to next year with eval kits - so many chips, so little time.

By the way, there is a dear gentleman at King Mongkut's University of Technology who makes these retro kits from old stock:

http://www.kswichit.com/

For a reasonable price he'll ship you selection of 68000 series kits if you wish to relive the glory of your youth.

Posted by: Arch Bungle | Feb 23 2021 4:07 utc | 187

Arch Bungle

The Russians are at it too.

I have to say that specific advertising policy of the former head of MCST Babayan in the form of periodic high-profile claims that the new processor Elbrus E2K is about to “break” Intel, permanently ending zilch, being zero from the beginning, has raised in me distrust of this company since the beginning of the 2000s. Moreover, when Babayan with a team of leading employees left for Intel in 2004, I thought that this was definitely all.

And yes, the company went quiet, and all the following years just quietly profited from something for the defence industry, almost without communicating with the outside world. It withdrew into itself. With long interruptions, it dryly posted new versions of processors on its website:

2005 – Elbrus-2000, which turned out to be a very simplified version of the E2K. Processor technology 130 nm, frequency 300 MHz, 1 core.

2010 and 2011 – Elbrus-S and Elbrus-2C+. Processor technology is 90 nm, the frequency is 500 MHz, 1 and 2 cores, respectively.

2014 – Elbrus-4C. 65 nm processor technology, frequency 800 MHz, 4 cores.

All of this was produced and financed for the defence industry, and so everything would have been sluggish and continued further, if not for the events of 2014. The fall in the ruble exchange rate and the sanctions of the western world have led to the need to have their own computing equipment not only in the military, but also in the civilian segment. But, I must say, the Medvedev government was particularly slow to do so.

Medvedev again, what a miserable turd.

Thank you for the 68000 referal. I will take a peek but I might avoid repeating the glory of my youth and aim for keeping my orchard in good condition and the occasional walk in ancient woods. I still tinker but with small things.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Feb 23 2021 4:20 utc | 188

Meet the new Dimratss, just the same as the old Dimratss. Just ask any Palestinian.

Motivated by their justifiable aversion to former US President Donald Trump, many analysts have rashly painted a rosy picture of how Democrats could quickly erase the bleak trajectory of the previous Republican administration. This naivety is particularly pronounced in the current spin on the Palestinian-Israeli discourse, which is promoting, again, the illusion that Democrats will succeed where their political rivals have failed.

Take recent remarks, made by the new US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, during a CNN interview on February 8. Blinken’s comments reminded us of the clever – albeit disingenuous – US foreign policy under previous Democratic administrations. His select words may seem as a complete departure from the belligerent, yet direct, approach of former US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo.

“Look, leaving aside the legalities of that question (meaning the illegal Israeli occupation of the Syrian Golan Heights), as a practical matter, the Golan is very important to Israel’s security,” Blinken said. Later in the interview, he went on to, once again, acknowledge, yet, at the same time, sideline the question of ‘legalities’. “Legal questions are something else,” he said, before continuing to speak vaguely and non-committedly about the future of Syria.

Betrayal is what Dimratss do best (after invasions that is).

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Feb 23 2021 4:32 utc | 189

Steelcityscribblings is always worth a stop over. A great video of Irish MEP Clare Daly flogging the enemy is a worthwhile treat. There are a few gems posted here.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Feb 23 2021 4:44 utc | 190

uncle tungsten 182
Israel, winning hearts and minds across the globe using the boot on neck approach. Canadian Zionists rule the roost here too.

on another note:
Michale Che debacle on SNL has caused quite a stir amongst the AIPAC/Hasbara groups on FB.

Psychohistorian @ 178 thank you for your kind words.

Posted by: ld | Feb 23 2021 5:29 utc | 191

sorry Mr. Che.... Michael

Posted by: ld | Feb 23 2021 5:31 utc | 192

Paco, was your series you first mentioned an adaptation of the novel I am reading? I was puzzled by your mention that 'Bulgakov was a physician' -- the author of 'The Master and Margarita was not, so not to confuse James any further than I have - and James, just to clarify, the quotation I gave is not from the novel. Here's a bit, and I'll include psychohistorian in this conversation as well:

"But here is a question that is troubling me: if there is no God, then, one may ask,who governs human life and, in general, the whole order of things on earth?"
"Man governs it himself," Homeless angrily hastened to reply to this admittedly none-too-clear question.
"Pardon me," the stranger responded gently, "but in order to govern, one needs, after all, to have a precise plan for a certain, at least somewhat decent, length of time. Allow me to ask you, then, how can man govern, if he is not only deprived of the opportunity of making a plan for at least some ridiculously short period--well, say, a thousand years, but cannot even vouch for his own tomorrow?
And in fact," and here the stranger turned to Berlioz, "imagine that you, for instance, start governing, giving orders to others and yourself, generally, so to speak, acquire a taste for it, and suddenly you get ... hem ... hem ... lung cancer ..." - here the foreign smiled sweetly, as if the though of lung cancer gave him pleasure - "yes, cancer" - narrowing his eyes like a cat, he repeated the sonorous word - "and all your governing is over!..."

Posted by: juliania | Feb 23 2021 6:41 utc | 193

Sorry for misspellings; it's late here. Should be "foreigner" at the last, of course, one who is 'part of that power which eternally wills evil and eternally works good' [Goethe,'Faust']

Posted by: juliania | Feb 23 2021 6:47 utc | 194

@ juliania | Feb 23 2021 6:41 utc | 192 who quoted
"
"Man governs it himself," Homeless angrily hastened to reply to this admittedly none-too-clear question.
"
You write of only two options, man or man's creation in language of the concept and instantiation of a deity

I have always been drawn to the Lao Tze description of the latter: "The way that can be named is not the real way."

I studied science early on in my life and when I learned that humans only know some things about this stuff we call matter that makes up only 5% of the Cosmos, I marveled at the anthropological hubris of humans. I think we are capable of evolving beyond this self-centered view of our place in the Cosmos and being motivated by the awe of our ignorance rather than the lies of our myths.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Feb 23 2021 7:03 utc | 195

Id #190

Thank you, Michael Che must have a reasonable understanding of the demography of the occupied lands as he gets the percentages right.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Feb 23 2021 7:03 utc | 196

The information wars are heating up around Fort Detrick:
Laboratory exploded

state of the nation

A vague 5 minute video that itemises the timelines and points at least.:- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0q1qx0OVYg

I am merely listing these as points of interest. There is much more.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Feb 23 2021 7:15 utc | 197

psychohistorian #194

I think we are capable of evolving beyond this self-centered view of our place in the Cosmos and being motivated by the awe of our ignorance rather than the lies of our myths.

Thank you and I share that view. Each day I drop in here to remind myself of the awe inspiring beauty of being: https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/archivepix.html

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Feb 23 2021 7:23 utc | 198

@ uncle tungsten | Feb 23 2021 7:23 utc | 197 who shared the same APOD spiritual awe that I have enjoyed since it started.

Thank you for sharing. It is my daily hubris reset and I wish other could grow in themselves from it.

And since we are sharing Phil Ochs around here, I regularly think of his song line "...I don't have the answer but I know a flamingo dancer."

My favorite Phil Ochs that fits still today is "Outside of a small circle of friends"
"
Oh, look outside the window, there's a woman bein' grabbed
They've dragged her to the bushes, and now she's bein' stabbed
Maybe we should call the cops and try to stop the pain
But Monopoly is so much fun, I'd hate to blow the game
And I'm sure it wouldn't interest anybody
Outside of a small circle of friends

Ridin' down the highway, yes, my back is gettin' stiff
13 cars are piled up, they're hangin' on a cliff
Now maybe we should pull them back with our towing chain
But we gotta move, and we might get sued, and it looks like it's gonna rain
And I'm sure it wouldn't interest anybody
Outside of a small circle of friends

Sweating in the ghetto with the colored and the poor
The rats have joined the babies who are sleepin' on the floor
Now wouldn't it be a riot if they really blew their tops?
But they got too much already, and besides, we've got the cops
And I'm sure it wouldn't interest anybody
Outside of a small circle of friends

Oh, there's a dirty paper using sex to make her sales
The Supreme Court was so upset they sent him off to jail
Maybe we should help the fiend and take away his fine
But we're busy reading Playboy and the Sunday New York Times
And I'm sure it wouldn't interest anybody
Outside of a small circle of friends
"

Posted by: psychohistorian | Feb 23 2021 7:32 utc | 199

NATO troops in Irak??
That A used to stand for Atlantic but was really American. the T was for Treaty but sounds more like Traitor now.
EU get out of this joke!

Posted by: Antonym | Feb 23 2021 7:57 utc | 200

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