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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.”
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.
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. <

Other issues:


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.
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


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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psychohistorian #198

Thank you, and I really like Rodriguez and Woody Guthrie and some of the fine women who sang so sweet in the 60's and 70's. Divine sounds of life. There is an Australian singer Lisa Gerrard who has a fine grasp of the voice. She used to lead in Dead Can Dance. Trance voice and such a broad and engaging range. Play her Mirror Pool album with volume.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Feb 23 2021 8:37 utc | 201

@Arch Bungle (130)

From ZioZerohedge

Out of curiosity, what do you find 'Zionist' about ZeroHedge, at least nowadays?

Posted by: joey_n | Feb 23 2021 9:10 utc | 202

Piotr Berman | Feb 23 2021 2:39 utc | 176

Ukraine: Gorlovka. The battle rages on today. NATO/NeoWhatsits against Donbas civilians.

Crimea; Water still cut off.
This is what/who they are fighting for.
Picture in.........NOT in Russia

And an interesting thread about who is what in Ukraine.
Oligarchic "rivalry" coming to a country near us next? PLUS; No, it is not a "brochure" for real estate salesmen for the Ukrainian rich.

Posted by: Stonebird | Feb 23 2021 9:26 utc | 203

Satire: Dead people voting put an almost dead person into office: (4 min)

Posted by: gm | Feb 23 2021 9:33 utc | 204

Painful to watch, from yesterday speech at WH:

Creepy almost Dead President Biden commemorates the 500K+ Dead Covid People [who probably ALL voted for him, several times, by mail in the Nov 2020 election]. (~12 min)

[Watch for the part in his speech where he hilariously flubs "millstones" for "milestones".]

Posted by: gm | Feb 23 2021 10:23 utc | 205

gm @204

Painful indeed! I can see why the Mockingbird mass media is trying to steer people to read the speech rather than watch it. I suppose they are proud of the script but underwhelmed by the delivery. They don't want to waste a whole week's worth of work by the speechwriting committee simply because the undead talking head didn't get enough amphetamines to appear life-like.

Posted by: William Gruff | Feb 23 2021 12:44 utc | 206

@ Antonym | Feb 23 2021 7:57 utc | 199

T for Terrorist

Posted by: Norwegian | Feb 23 2021 13:25 utc | 207

Hey, Hey, Hey!

It appears that Pepe Escobar reads the comments at MoA
and may even appreciate drinking games.

Neocons never collide with reality
they just rewrite around it.

Have I got a drinking game for you !

The Neocon Reality Check Game

Zoom connect to a party of friends
and simultaneously read through the
linked Neocon article together.

A Superpower, Like It or Not
Why Americans Must Accept Their Global Role
By Robert Kagan
March/April 2021

Pepe read the article, I can't speak to how many times he played the game.

Escobar: The Art Of Being A Spectacularly Misguided Oracle

Peace is Forever War

Now let’s move to another oracle, a self-described expert of what in the Beltway is known as the “Greater Middle East”: Robert Kagan, co-founder of PNAC, certified warmongering neo-con, and one-half of the famous Kaganate of Nulands – as the joke went across Eurasia – side by side with his wife, notorious Maidan cookie distributor Victoria “F**k the EU” Nuland, who’s about to re-enter government as part of the Biden-Harris administration.

Kagan is back pontificating in – where else – Foreign Affairs, which published his latest superpower manifesto. That’s where we find this absolute pearl:

That Americans refer to the relatively low-cost military involvements in Afghanistan and Iraq as “forever wars” is just the latest example of their intolerance for the messy and unending business of preserving a general peace and acting to forestall threats. In both cases, Americans had one foot out the door the moment they entered, which hampered their ability to gain control of difficult situations.

So let’s get this straight. The multi-trillion dollar Forever Wars are “relatively low-cost”; tell that to the multitudes suffering the Via Crucis of US crumbling infrastructure and appalling standards in health and education. If you don’t support the Forever Wars – absolutely necessary to preserve the “liberal world order” – you are “intolerant”.

“Preserving a general peace” does not even qualify as a joke, coming from someone absolutely clueless about realities on the ground. As for what the Beltway defines as “vibrant civil society” in Afghanistan, that in reality revolves around millennia-old tribal custom codes: it has nothing to do with some neocon/woke crossover. Moreover, Afghanistan’s GDP – after so much American “help” – remains even lower than Saudi-bombed Yemen’s.

Posted by: librul | Feb 23 2021 13:37 utc | 208

Facepalm of the day.

How do Dims define "Unity"?

Here is the lead paragraph from an article at The Hill
about unity.

It speaks for itself.

This month’s impeachment trial in which seven Republicans joined 50 Democrats in voting to convict former President Trump of inciting an insurrection may be the high-water mark of bipartisanship under President Biden, according to grumbling GOP senators.


Posted by: librul | Feb 23 2021 13:49 utc | 209

Thank you to whoever linked to "Ilka", a Guatemalan woman who has written a number of articles and books about Guatemala. This article is in English.
The Mayans are our "Uighurs". Want to talk about genocide? Start with the 1500s, go through 5 centuries and then zero in on the last 70 years. Pick out Guatemala in particular, a literal paradise. My first extended stay I met a Mayan man on the bus in southern Mexico headed home. He was so soft, just a sweet, kind man, I thought he was gay. Turned out, he was married with 7 kids. But they have a spine. and a culture. and a history. They are currently being killed, wiped out by cartel mercenaries, gangs who coerce/recruit their kids. They are fighting back. But the "wokesters" are focused on the Uighurs.

Posted by: migueljose | Feb 23 2021 14:27 utc | 210

Re" Guatemala and the Uighurs" here's a link in English.

The link I posted @210 is in Spanish. I ordered a book from the website that chronicles the author's trip through the Sonora desert and her life as an "illegal" in the U.S. I'll let you know more about the book after I read it. It's in Spanish.

Posted by: migueljose | Feb 23 2021 14:58 utc | 211

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

Yes indeed, we are talking about the same book and author, Mikhail Bulgakov. He was a doctor even though he did not practice for too long. He wrote a book of short stories about a young doctor out of university who is sent to a remote village:

He became adicted to morphine, adiction that would torture him all his life. The great post soviet -greatest IMO- film maker Balabanov took those stories and made a film by the name "Morfiy" of Morphine, I truly recommend you to watch it, a fantastic film that depicts the backwardness of Russian villages during the revolution and the decadence of the burgeoise. There is a truly electrifying scene -among many- of an iced run on a sleigh, the doctor is pursued by a pack of wolves. The film maker took a liberty for the end of the movie that does not appear in the book and that obviosuly is not real but closes a circle of a fantastic story. I read both books before watching the TV serial or the movie, the serial is really worth watching in spite of its length, but try to search for the original with subtitles, I watched a couple of minutes of the one dubbed and it is awful, it kills the impresive acting of Basilashvily doing Voland, and the film Morphine too, high quality stuff both of them.

If you're interested in Bulgakov's life read about the phone call from Stalin, he asked him if he wanted to leave the Soviet Union and Bulgakov hesitated, so he did stay unlike another writer that just as Bulgakov wrote a letter to Stalin asking to be allowed to leave, which he did, the other writer was Evgeny Zamyatin who wrote the book "Us", many think that the book served as inspiration for Orwell's 1984, for lovers of anti utopian literature it is a must read.

Posted by: Paco | Feb 23 2021 15:00 utc | 212

@migueljose #211
When I last visited Guatemala I asked about the indigenous languages and culture. I was told that they don't teach the indigenous languages in school, it is simply not available. Eventually the culture will die out. Quite the contrast from China where the Turkic (and other) minorities have a choice, and are generally given special privileges such as the exemption from the one-child policy.

Posted by: bill baly | Feb 23 2021 15:12 utc | 213

Posted by: joey_n | Feb 23 2021 9:10 utc | 202

Study the forums. Any racial slur against any group is permitted but accounts are disabled the moment they begin mentioning the jews in a negative light.

Posted by: Arch Bungle | Feb 23 2021 15:17 utc | 214

An article on NEO that gets into the spook wars we've been discussing lately (D'Andrea etc.):

Iran Picked Up the Glove Thrown by Israeli Secret Services

All hearsay it seems, but I recall the events he mentions, and it has a certain explantory power. It appears Russia is getting in Israel's face about the attacks in Syria now.

Posted by: Bemildred | Feb 23 2021 15:17 utc | 215

Posted by: migueljose | Feb 23 2021 14:27 utc | 210

If there is a tragic story in this world, that is the story of that most beautiful and most unfortunate country, Guatemala. Not too long ago I posted at Lang's site a comment regarding the Alianza Para el Progreso program, he was bitching about wasted money, on top of raping and pillaging that country the guy thinks that the US spent money on them. I knew the guy was there during the darkest days of indiscriminate killing and disappearances, he was referring to AOC as Osorio Cortéz instead of Ocasio Cortéz and I knew right there and then that he coached the worst assassin that country knew, Arana Osorio, since that family name is quite rare in Spanish. I know that country probably better than my own, the most beautiful place completely ruined by the northern neighbor, in the name of democracy. If you are interested in Guatemala's culture and history read the Nobel prized writer Miguel Angel Asturias, I would put him on the same level as García Márquez even though he is not as popular. Of course Lang dismissed my comment the easiest way, labeling me a commie.

Posted by: Paco | Feb 23 2021 15:24 utc | 216

Posted by: migueljose | Feb 23 2021 14:27 utc | 210

I must say, the Uighur Genocide fiction has been an incredible success for the reptilian shapeshifter cabal that runs the world.

They've managed to successfully redirect the attention of the entire globe to an invisible castle in Xinjiang while they butcher and eradicate every single native culture that remains almost without any protest from the masses, or the powers that be (not that we could expect much from them to begin with ... but at least a weak cry of outrage?).

Well done, reptilian shapeshifters. Well done ...

Posted by: Arch Bungle | Feb 23 2021 15:25 utc | 217

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

Thanks for reminding me about the Russian attempts to develop their native semiconductor industry.

I once tried to research what the USSR had managed to develop in terms of semiconductor technology, computer architecture and indigenous computing technology and couldn't find much that wasn't either borrowed from the West or shipped off to the West (via defections and imigrations) to become part of the American semiconductor and computing industry.

To this very day it is a mystery to me why the USSR (modern Russia even) never managed to develop a competing semiconductor capability (barring the Elbrus) and native computer architecture (but produced huge volumes of fundamental science in the area).

Books on the subject are thin on the ground and my Russian friends not very talkative, despite my attempts to ply them with vodka.

Posted by: Arch Bungle | Feb 23 2021 15:34 utc | 218

Posted by: Arch Bungle | Feb 23 2021 15:34 utc | 218

Maybe you're not accompanying that vodka with the appropriate “zakuski”, that is appetizers.

Posted by: Paco | Feb 23 2021 15:43 utc | 219

@NemesisCalling #145
I admire your spirit.
I would note, however, that it would be necessary for the "conservatives" you note to first jettison or get free of the influence of the old money folk first - to have any chance of coalition with the progs.
I would also note that the prog movement is more than a little astroturfed - all you need to see is that utter lack of anti-war protests during the Obama 8 years vs. the W. Bush era.
So as much as I would love to see small c/small government conservatives ally with progressives over their shared class interests, I just don't see that in the cards in the near future.
I think it is far more likely that the majority of American people - who are neither prog nor liberal, small c Conservative or Big C old money - to start gravitating toward whatever group actually represents their interests.
In the past, most of them didn't care and didn't do anything political because their lives were good enough.
This is no longer true and has been getting less true every year for 20+ years now.

Posted by: c1ue | Feb 23 2021 15:46 utc | 220

@oldhippie #149
Yes except screwing over tens of thousands of wealthy people isn't the same as screwing over millions of deplorables/poor people.
This is more a slow motion armed (lawfare) robbery than "picking up" anything.

Posted by: c1ue | Feb 23 2021 15:48 utc | 221

@Bemildred #154
You hit the nail on the head.
The existing political parties aren't just a handful of people. Each is the tip of a pyramid of many people and their collective self interest.
How many is a good question, but it wouldn't shock me to be told that it is as much as 5% of the population. More likely around 2%.
The thing is - 5% can not rule the rest unless the rest either accept it or can be crushed by the 5% outright.
Thus there is a kind of grim math involved: how many of the previously apathetic/ignorant 9x% must convert to active before the stranglehold of the existing oligarchy is destroyed?
This is why divide and conquer is so useful a strategy because it is so much harder for a sufficiently powerful movement to occur within 1x% or 2x% of the population as opposed to the big pond.

Posted by: c1ue | Feb 23 2021 15:55 utc | 222

Good pictures of the destroyed starboard engine on the Denver-Honolulu United 777 plane

Posted by: gm | Feb 23 2021 16:05 utc | 223

@Arch Bungle #218
That's because the USSR/Russia never cared about the consumer side.
Thus all of their work is military/intelligence agency related.
Consumer: cheap. Military: durable.
Consumer: small (closely related to cheap). Military: works.
Consumer: throw masses of transistors at the problem. Military: create a custom design that addresses the need.
Consumer: good enough. Military: As good as is practical given above.
Now, to be fair, small does yield speed so the tradeoff isn't fully branched.
But Russian electronics work just fine - the radar, target acquisition and targeting systems for the hypersonic missiles and the S400/S500 system are clearly extremely fast and efficient.
Thing is - do you really need 7 nm tech for that? Answer is: no.
Silicon is also not particularly rad or EMP resistant.

Posted by: c1ue | Feb 23 2021 16:08 utc | 224

Re: "I can see why the Mockingbird mass media is trying to steer people to read the speech rather than watch it..."

-William Gruff | Feb 23 2021 12:44 utc | 206

I think you are probably correct there. I looked around for other videos of that speech with better audio/volume quality for listening on smartphones, w/o success...the Controllers must be jiggling the crappy sound on purpose so that the fewest people will actually listen all the way through to what the [almost] Dead President is muttering.

I think you are right about being pumped up with stimulants or something too. Biden's eyes used to be blue-green, but nowadays they are always so dilated when he's in public, that they look black/dark brown. He[his Caregivers] hide them behind sunglasses when he/They can during sunny days and outside appearances.

Posted by: gm | Feb 23 2021 16:34 utc | 225

@ juliania and @ paco... thank you both... i was able to watch the first of a 10 part series that i did find on youtube.. although the english subtitles are poor, one gets the brilliant content of the philosophical discussion in episode 1.. i am thinking it might be best for me to read the book, as opposed to watching the other 9 episodes..
here is episode 2 link if you are interested in seeing what i am watching -

Mikhail Bulgakov is a fascinating character and story teller... i am still caught up in the brothers karamazov book and don't imagine i will finish it for another good month! thank you both for drawing my attention to him and this book The Master and Margarita.. thanks also paco for mentioning those other books as well!

@ 211-212 migueljose / paco... i my late 20's i made a trip down to the yucatan pennisula visiting the area - merida, progresso and the archaeological sites chitzen itza, and also palenque which is a bit further away... i believe this is mostly all mayan culture and there are still mayan people in these areas.. i really enjoyed my experience and believe i would have crossed paths with some of the mayan people in this area, but i have never been to gautemala...i think the reason these people are not highlighted as the uighurs is for geo political purposes only... it is the way of the west... thanks for both your notes and comments..

Posted by: james | Feb 23 2021 16:35 utc | 226

Looks like Australia is set to be defeated by Facebook:

As Australian government caves, Facebook announces first proposed deal with media after lifting own news content ban

As some random Roman legatus must've said sometime, somewhere: the shadow of the Empire is vast.


Nazi-saluting historian with far-right ties resigns as regional director of Polish institute tasked with probing Holocaust crimes

Those artificial Eastern European micronations are having to resort to literal surviving Nazi elements in order to revise their 20th Century histories. Besides being outright anti-scientific (because it is anti-truth), it is an extremely dangerous operation, with risky and devastating outcomes in the long term.

Posted by: vk | Feb 23 2021 16:44 utc | 227

craig murray has an explosive post up on the alex salmond topic and more specifically the topic of scotlands future independence...

Alex Salmond – After Massive Suppression Attempts, Testimony Finally Published

Posted by: james | Feb 23 2021 17:04 utc | 228

@vk | Feb 23 2021 16:44 utc | 227

Slightly different analysis by Alex Christoforou

ZUCK & Morrison reach deal. Facebook news returns to Australia

Posted by: Norwegian | Feb 23 2021 17:27 utc | 229

One-Third of Deaths Reported to CDC After COVID Vaccines Occurred within 48 Hours of Vaccination

According to new data released today, as of Feb. 12, 15,923 adverse reactions to COVID vaccines, including 929 deaths, have been reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) since Dec. 14, 2020.

VAERS is the primary mechanism in the U.S. for reporting adverse vaccine reactions. Reports submitted to VAERS require further investigation before a determination can be made as to whether the reported adverse event was directly or indirectly caused by the vaccine.


The latest VAERS data show that 799 of the deaths were reported in the U.S., and that about one-third of those deaths occurred within 48 hours of the individual receiving the vaccination.

As is consistent with previous VAERS data reports, 192 of the reported deaths — or 21% — were cardiac-related. As The Defender reported earlier this month, Dr. J. Patrick Whelan, a pediatric rheumatologist, warned the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in December that mRNA vaccines like those developed by Pfizer and Moderna could cause heart attacks and other injuries in ways not assessed in safety trials.

Of the 929 deaths reported since Dec. 14, 2020, the average age of the deceased was 77.8 and the youngest was 23. Fifty-two percent of the reported deaths were among men, 45% were women and 3% are unknown. Fifty-eight percent of the deaths were reported in people who received the Pfizer vaccine, and 41% were related to the Moderna vaccine.

States with the highest reported number of deaths were: California (71); Florida (50); Ohio (38); New York (31); Kentucky (41); Michigan (31); and Texas (31).

Full story link

Posted by: gm | Feb 23 2021 17:30 utc | 230

“Power companies get exactly what they want”: How Texas repeatedly failed to protect its power grid against extreme weather

Looks like officials knew this harsh winter would come, but succumbed to the interests of the energy capitalists.

As I said previously: there are no surprises in capitalism; predictability is its second name.

Posted by: vk | Feb 23 2021 17:54 utc | 231

Posted by: james | Feb 23 2021 16:35 utc | 226

If you made it to Palenque maybe you went to San Cristóbal de las Casas, and if you were there then you have been to Guatemala, originally that part of México was part of Guatemala and the architecture of San Cristóbal is just like the colonial cities of Guatemala, as a matter of fact when I went there I had sort of like a "deja vu" feeling, it looked exactly like Cobán, a city in Guatemala where Father Bartolomé de las Casas lived.

Another remarkable book by Bulgakov is "Heart of a Dog", that was the book that got Bulgakov in trouble with soviet authorities since it is a satire of bolshevism, it has been screened as well.

Posted by: Paco | Feb 23 2021 17:59 utc | 232

Explosive Global Times Editorial today. My comment from Escobar's FB:

As we saw with Lavrov's latest interview, the gloves are coming off as China and Russia escalate the diplomatic war in response to the "US-centered, racist, and mafia-styled community" attacking them. The quote is from the Global Times Editor and deserves to be put in full:

"Canada, the UK and Australia, three members of the Five Eyes alliance, have recently taken action to put pressure on China. They have formed a US-centered, racist, and mafia-styled community, willfully and arrogantly provoking China and trying to consolidate their hegemony as all gangsters do. They are becoming a racist axis aimed at stifling the development rights of 1.4 billion Chinese."

Despite the proven fact that there's only one race of humans--the Human Race--the 5-Eyes nations continue to employ racism as a key tool of their so-called diplomacy. Again, the GT Editor:

"Five Eyes alliance members are all English-speaking countries. The formation of four states, except the UK, is the result of British colonization. Those countries share the Anglo-Saxon civilization. The Five Eyes countries have been brought together by the US to become the 'center of the West.' They have a strong sense of civilization superiority. The bloc, which was initially aimed at intelligence sharing, has now become an organization targeting China and Russia. The evil idea of racism has been fermenting consciously or unconsciously in their clashes with the two countries."

And this "idea" is nothing new and has existed for centuries. My research led me to a 100+ year-old work, The Day of The Saxon, and to the work that suggested it, The Empire of "The City", both of which are freely available at The Archive. What is suggested by them and the recent work (Tomorrow, the World: The Birth of U.S. Global Supremacy), reviewed by Pepe about the planning that resulted in the post-war Outlaw US Empire is that Empire is merely the continuance of the global Saxon Empire that still exists, and that what we're experiencing are the ongoing "political adjustments" that confer superiority to the Saxons since that's what they seek. In updated parlance, that would be Full Spectrum Dominance. As we know, the Chinese have already felt Saxon love and want no more of it and have finally made the connection between past and present. The Editor again:

"With a common language, a common historical background, and a coordinated attack target, such an axis is destined to erode international relations and allow hooliganism to rise to the diplomatic stage in the 21st century." [My Emphasis]

Hooliganism, an apt term given its roots in British football. Do read the entire editorial for there is much more commendable content. Those in the EU need to understand that they're doing the Saxon's bidding even through the UK is no longer a member as NATO still remains and is dominated by Saxons.

Posted by: karlof1 | Feb 23 2021 18:04 utc | 233

@ vk | Feb 23 2021 17:54 utc | 231

Very informative article. Thanks for sharing it.

Posted by: gm | Feb 23 2021 18:08 utc | 234

@Posted by: karlof1 | Feb 23 2021 18:04 utc | 233

Interesting link but have a quibble. Maybe quibble is not a strong enough word, actually.

"My research led me to a 100+ year-old work, The Day of The Saxon"

Problem is they aren't Saxon.

They may be called "Saxon", but that "100+ year-old work" did not have the benefit of modern day DNA analysis.

DNA of the nation revealed...and we're not as 'British' as we think

Study looked at the nation’s ethnicity dating back 500 years from 26 global regions[i]
Reveals the genetic make-up of the average UK resident, and variations in English, Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish genetic make-ups
Average UK resident is 36.94% British, 21.59% Irish and 19.91% Western European (French/German)

You may notice that the percentages in the above line do not add up to 100%

There is up to about 3% Spanish mixed in there, 2% Greek/ the article.

Found this line interesting also.

Within England, London is the most ethnically diverse region, having the highest amount of heritage from 17 of the 26 regions[ii] analysed. Yorkshire was found to have the highest percentage of British (Anglo Saxon) ancestry (41.17%). The East Midlands has the most Scandinavian ancestry (10.37%) as well as the most Eastern European (2.47%).

Posted by: librul | Feb 23 2021 18:32 utc | 235

@ paco - thanks for the additional book suggestions! i didn't make it to San Cristóbal de las Casas... in the early 80's there was a train that went from mexico city to merida and had a stop which a person could get off along the way, in palenque.... as a consequence we got off and spent a few days there.. but because we were using the train for most of our travel, we didn't get to san cristobal... i did want to go there because i have heard it is beautiful, but have yet to be... much later - in the early 2000 years, we travelled to oaxaca at least 3 different times, staying in the city and doing many day trips out of the city via local bus.. those were memorable times and i would like to go back to oaxaca at some point... where is home for you at present paco??

Posted by: james | Feb 23 2021 18:34 utc | 236

In line with the essay I linked to yesterday asking about the level of democracy in China is this opinion piece by the Global Times editor where he chastises the NY Times and other BigLie Media outlets for their utter lack of impact on policy making whaen compared to China:

"The New York Times printed nearly a half-million dots running down the length of the front page on Sunday. Each of the nearly 500,000 individual dots represents a life lost in the US to the coronavirus. Such a report can easily arouse sympathy, but the fact is that the media in the US didn't play a useful role to prevent those deaths from happening. The polarization of the two-party system in the US has marked the media supervision there with the profound brand of partisan struggle. There has been no real supervision of public opinion independent of politics in the US. So half a million deaths were staged under the noses of the top Western media outlets.

"To put it bluntly, the actual effectiveness of public opinion supervision in the US is in many cases less powerful than the power of public opinion on the Chinese Internet. If there is a mistake in China that damages people's livelihood in a large scale, public opinion in the internet will definitely react, and the government will definitely pay enough attention to it, and adjustment will follow." [My Emphasis]

The emphasized part is something we saw in the essay and is one of the reasons why China's government monitors its internet and social media--not for surveillance purposes as with 5-Eyes nations, but as another avenue to obtain feedback on performance. One other point drawn from that essay is you don't have any need to monitor your populace when 90-95% approve of the ongoing governance. Satisfied people don't revolt. From what we see within the Outlaw US Empire and all other Neoliberal nations, people are very dissatisfied with their lives and future potentials because of their governments's ongoing failed policies that never seem to get reformed despite clear public unrest aimed at change. The entire idea of a eugenics-centered Reset shows the huge degree of contempt elites have for the masses as they don't want to expend any energy or wealth to solve the masses's problems. And that contempt arises from Elitist British views and actions over the past 8-900 years.

In the English-speaking world, the media today is used to control the masses, to fetter them politically and keep them from attaining their potential. In today's China, Media is used to set the people free, to allow them to voice their opinions, provide feedback to government, all of which helps them to attain their potential. The West's propaganda tries to paint the opposite picture, but only ends up condemning itself through its actions, such as the censoring of Trump and marked escalation of other political censorship.

Posted by: karlof1 | Feb 23 2021 18:42 utc | 237

Posted by: Arch Bungle | Feb 23 2021 15:34 utc | 218

Why do the Russians not have their own fancy chips?

I think c1ue got it right, not interested in commercialization, high-density chips and speed are marketing points rather than an answer to some need. I would add that they have likely not abandoned analog methods to the extent we have, not having the commercial incentive to do that, and realizing that digital is not the answer to every control problem.

They are going to have to make some sort of changes soon anyway, I don't see X-Ray lithography being a thing. Or we could realize that for most purposes what we have is fine, and for what isn't fine, we need something new and better.

I had an 8088 with and 8087 co-processor for some time in the 80s, cut my teeth on it. Incredibly slow but you could program "on the bare wires".

c1ue: Re #154: thank uou, took me quite a while to get to that point of view. One of the positive results of the last 20 years is to make it all very plain.

Posted by: Bemildred | Feb 23 2021 18:58 utc | 238

karlof1@237...the latest michael hudson interview touches on some these issues.

Posted by: emersonreturn | Feb 23 2021 19:05 utc | 239

liburl @235--

Comparing today's apples with yesteryears oranges. And we're talking about the .001%. It's also not my term but that of the author, Homer Lea, who is certainly applying Social-Darwinism in his analysis. Many contemporaries agreed with Cecil Rhodes and his ideas and a great many powerful people still do. What matters isn't the veracity of their beliefs; rather, it's that they do believe in them and are more than willing to act based upon them. The only way history has shown to deprive such people of their superiority complex is for them to be leveled, to be made commoners, and get a taste of their own medicine. Mark Twain wrote The Prince and the Pauper as a statement whose theme is one of the most imitated in books, film and theatre--Even Disney helped in its distribution and popularity. But the Class War continues despite all the attempts to inform people it's the #1 problem they face. While racists enlist race in their hopes of starting a Civilizational War that makes the proper "political adjustments" globally.

Posted by: karlof1 | Feb 23 2021 19:07 utc | 240

Vaccine makers Pfizer and Moderna pledge massive boost to U.S. supply after sluggish rollout

Didn't know the free market needed "pledges" in order to function. I thought the magical power of demand was enough...

Posted by: vk | Feb 23 2021 19:10 utc | 241

NYT waives the white flag, admits Assad won the war against the USA-ISIS:

Having Won Syria’s War, al-Assad Is Mired in Economic Woes

Posted by: vk | Feb 23 2021 19:23 utc | 242

I traveled to Guatemala in the early 80s, we drove from Vancouver through California to Mexico's Quintana Roo province in the Yucatan, stopping in Palenque in Central Mexico, an amazing stone city in the jungle. Howler monkeys before dawn, heard within the caverns, spooked us to run up the pyramid to the sacrifice chamber at the top, and wait for the safety of the coming morning.

It's no wonder these people worshipped the sun.

We visited other ruins in Mexico including Tulum, which had a tiny store and 5 or 6 concrete huts on the beach, met a Brit who lived in a tent and sold spear-hunted fish to the "restaurant". He traveled once a year to Germany to work as a carpenter but lived the rest of the time on the beach. Nothing like the current huge parking lot and trinket shops, and condos which are there now. Swimming in the Caribbean, filled with colorful fish within the safety of the reef.

We traveled South to Belize for New Years, however the VW van (of course!) broke down outside Belize City and took some time to repair, so we arrived in that hellhole New Years Day.

Avoid Belize City if possible, it's full of drug dealers and gangsters. However there is a lovely spot called Mom's Cafe.

We drove into the highlands where I ate my first fresh-from-the-tree orange, bought from a fellow who skinned it in seconds with his machete. Amazing! We also were treated to an impromptu reggae show, when we stopped at a gas station to have a bite. I asked for a rum and coke, they said what size? You could buy a quarter, half or full bottle of rum, and coke in bottles. As we sat, a man came into the dining room with a drumstick and turtle shell, and began playing a catchy beat. one by one other players joined him and soon a full band had us tapping and clapping along. Alas we were broke and had little to offer them, so the show didn't grow too much more.

The highlands of Belize look a lot like photos I've seen of Africa, rolling plains, with ranches run by South Africans and other wealthier immigrants. To the South are hills and jungle which create the natural border to Guatemala, with huge plane trees visible in the mist.

We crossed the border on foot, being careful not to look too hard at the hoochies and posts manned by British-led Belizian soldiers, who with their camo and weapons were prevalent in the country at the time. Across the river the Guatemalan soldiers were encamped on their side of the border.

We traveled by bus to the town of Flores, which is in the middle of a lake with a single road leading to shore, reminiscent of Venice with the outskirting buildings awash.

From there we continued to our destination, the Mayan city of Tikal. This awesome place has been excavated and features a huge grass field in the jungle, with giant pyramids on each end. To the North I recall it was bordered with one-story stone buildings, shops, where like today the owners would live in wooden buildings upstairs. There is also a long structure where you can stand at one end, and speak to someone a hundred yards away at the other end. Like the Greek amphitheatres with their natural amplification this shows a mastery of architectural acoustics.

Tikal has an airport built for 737s and a modern hotel, both were closed because the promised US American tourists never came. We stayed in rough accommodations near the gravel highway. There were about 8 or so of us gringos, and one or two locals to cook and so on. We stayed several days because the infrequent bus didn't show up and eventually rode out in the back of a dump truck back towards civilization.

From the government's tourism plan for Tikal there were tiny Japanese buses which drove from the impromptu living quarters through a maze of trails in the jungle, to the stone city. I think the micro-buses were free, perhaps included with the ticket (cheap for us) to enter the national park. I recall seeing through the trees a huge mountain covered in vines and flowers, wondering how it could have such a regular shape. Of course it was yet another pyramid not yet excavated.

Speaking with locals in Flores, two contrasting opinions arose. I asked a fellow who picked me up hitchhiking what he thought of the US. He, a medical student with a car, thought that the USA was God's gift.

Another young man I met invited me to his family's tiny, yet elegant concrete home. His opinion was of course the opposite, I don't remember too many details but he probably spoke of family members pressed into the military and killed. The impression was that the USA was seen by him as a malevolent occupying force in his country.

Traveling in rural Central America gives you an entirely different understanding of these people and their lives. With very little, they exist happily in the mostly temperate climate and abundant life. Tortillas made in a local factory run by a diesel engine and burning propane to cook them as they clank along a metal-mesh conveyor belt, from the start where corn in 5-gallon plastic buckets is soaking, nearby the tables where the mash is rolled out and place on the belt.

From there the conveyor carries the line of tortas over open flames, making two right turns before depositing them at the end to be piled and bagged, ready to sell.

Chickens in the yard behind a roadside restaurant featuring a metal roof held up by tree trunks, not milled posts. A fire, the ubiquitous Coca-Cola metal table and plastic chairs. You don't have to wonder what's for dinner.

Visiting people this way instead of the surly and begging crowds that are attracted to tourist destinations and border towns shows humans at our natural best. Without the influence of wealth disparity people are friendly and happy.

So that inspires me to find natural happiness as well. There is a lot of good in this world.

Posted by: jonku | Feb 23 2021 19:31 utc | 243

@220 c1ue

The biggest threat to anti-estab conservatives, currently, is to be sucked back into the theater of the duopoly.

I don't see this happening. That is why I feel it more likely that no further Republican President will ever be elected.

In other words, cramming the genie back in has been rendered nigh impossible by the Trump phenomenon.

The more probable option, if we survive to the next Prez election, would be the new conservative party, perhaps, but not neccessarily, led by DJT, winning the executive. To do this, it would have to set-out certain party points to rally upon: a FINAL end to MENA meddling; sanctioning American businesses and oligarchs who peddle internationalism under the guise of "Free-market capitalism;" strict border-control and national conversations around the importance of domestic labor.

But we must also understand where this party is being funded. If it is backed by zionist and jewish money, then it will have to be called out and rejected, leaving the existing establishment to collapse under its own weight so that conservatives will have an even larger window and leverage to demand actual change.

A great comment on zerohedge was: (paraphrase)

Right now, there are two options: save the system or save the currency. Currently, the elites are trying to save the system thinking they can forestall a currency collapse, but we all know this is nonsense and a collapse (indeed, a currency collapse which will lead to system collapse anyway) is on the horizon. The better option would be to swallow the pain and end the game now to get the rebuild going sooner.

@ Karlof1

If you think that conservatives need progressives like you, you are quite deluded. But I still implore progs to not ask for everything; indeed, come to the table as good-faith bargainers. Your voice is needed when explaining the role of our military-adventurism within our decline, just as psycho's insistence on informing us on public finance would also be of great value.

But you are both foolish if you think that 80 million or so conservatives would willingly follow, or better yet, trade, one culture of death for another.

You can have a public medical option without abortion, euthanasia, trans-surgeries, etc. But you can not have a public option without the force of these 80 million alongside you.

You ask us you come along with you.

My point was that it will be us who are leading the way. Scoop yourself up in it.

Posted by: NemesisCalling | Feb 23 2021 19:48 utc | 244

@Posted by: Paco | Feb 23 2021 15:00 utc | 212

”...Evgeny Zamyatin who wrote the book "Us", many think that the book served as inspiration for Orwell's 1984, for lovers of anti utopian literature it is a must read.”

I’ve been appreciating your recommendations over the past months, Paco. Thank you. I wish I could read/listen to them in the original language.

I noticed the other day that this book by Evgeny Zamyatin is available online for free:

Authorized Translation from the Russian

Posted by: suzan | Feb 23 2021 20:01 utc | 245

NemesisCalling @244--

Thanks for replying. What do you see when you read the Constitution's Preamble then take a really deep look at the state of the nation? If the nation had no poverty and universal healthcare, do you think we'd still have an abortion problem? If Pro-Life is really to become Pro-Life in all its manifestations, how much inner turmoil would you expect to see? What sort of issues could the Establishment use to divide and rule if the public was actually satisfied with its condition? The aim of the Federal Government is to continue to create a more perfect union, or do you disagree with the Preamble? Isn't continual improvement of the human condition a Conservative value? Or perhaps I should term it a Universal Value. Has our nation actually tried to do that? IMO, the answer to that question is clearly NO. So then, why is that? And more importantly, how do we go about solving it?

Posted by: Karl Sanchez | Feb 23 2021 20:04 utc | 246

Well, Now everyone knows I'm Hispanic, actually a Visigoth with some Iberian traits as I confessed once before.

I hope b makes this into an article. Our investigative ally Kit Klarenberg has linked Reuters to UK propaganda efforts aimed at Russia:

"Among a tranche of secret UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) files recently leaked by hacktivist collective Anonymous are papers indicating that Thomson Reuters Foundation (TRF) – the international newswire namesake’s 'charitable' arm – has engaged in information warfare initiatives on behalf of Whitehall.

"These endeavors form part of a wider effort to demonize, destabilize, and isolate Russia, at home and abroad. At Whitehall’s direction, TRF has covertly cultivated Russian journalists, established influence networks within and outside Russia, and promoted pro-Whitehall, anti-Moscow propaganda in Russian-speaking regions.

"These activities have been comprehensively exposed by journalist Max Blumenthal [link at original]. TRF tenders for the projects submitted to the FCDO were signed by its CEO Monique Villa, former managing director of Reuters Media and now adviser to Thomson Reuters' CEO, suggesting the company itself is directly involved in the cloak-and-dagger operations of its ‘non-profit’ offshoot at the highest levels." [My Emphasis]

And there's oh so much more!! And yes, the Saxon Empire still exists.

Posted by: karlof1 | Feb 23 2021 20:20 utc | 247

@Posted by: karlof1 | Feb 23 2021 19:07 utc | 240

"It's also not my term but that of the author, Homer Lea"

Righto. I was quoting.

I winced at this line of yours.
Quoting you:
"The only way history has shown to deprive such people of their superiority complex is for them to be leveled, to be made commoners, and get a taste of their own medicine."

Who doesn't relish the idea of the bad guys getting a taste of their own medicine.

I am assuming that you meant the 0.001% and not the general population. Unfortunately to get to the 0.001% you would likely have significant
collateral damage, possibly the creation of a victim culture. Humans being humans, the flip side of "superiority complex" is "martyrdom complex" and that can be equally nasty.
Hillter wrote "My Struggle" and created a movement of victims. And the Ziolinists have done the same. They both seemed to flip back and over
conveniently as the need arises between victim and the chosen people or in Hillter's case, "the super race".

I remember a line from the book and tv series Riley Ace of Spies. Instead of putting Lenin, etc up against the wall and creating martyrs
Riley planned to have them marched through Moscow without any pants! A martyr without pants just does not work! Ha!

Posted by: librul | Feb 23 2021 20:24 utc | 248

Dang, I had intended to include one more particularly interesting paragraph from my link @235

The history of Great Britain is often told in terms of the invasions with different groups of invaders displacing the native population. The Romans, Anglo-Saxon, Vikings and Normans have all left their mark on Great Britain both politically and culturally. However, the story of Great Britain is far more complex than the traditional view of invaders displacing existing populations. Modern studies of British people suggest the earliest populations continued to exist and adapt and absorb the new arrivals.

Posted by: librul | Feb 23 2021 20:27 utc | 249

In regards to the central No. ! document on rural revitalization in China. The thrust is largely about increasing food production so that China is less reliant on food imports. To my mind, to make this highest priority reveals fear that trade may be cut off. The possibility the Chinese government foresees a need to restrict imports to save money is even more startling. The announcement the central government wants to establish a breeding program (plant seeds as well as animals I'm sure, though it doesn't say,) raises issues about government support of technological development versus the support for private capital. In plant seeds, that means an entity that acts like Monsanto. There are no figures attached nor any universities/technical institutes, whether central/national or provincial/local mentioned as centers.

"The document vows to hold the 'red line' of 1.8 billion mu (120 million hectares) - an area about the size of South Africa - of arable land, strictly implement land use control, and aims to build 100 million mu of high-standard farmland to ensure harvests, high yields and stable production within the year of 2021." The news that land use control has lapsed so badly the central government has to draw red lines on total arable acreage is more alarming. This suggests that turning over land use decisions to capitalists (or their allies in local governments) has already reduced arable acreage, limiting crops to what is profitable enough in the badly regulated Chinese economy.

"For example, the document says the country will focus on large and medium-sized resettlement areas, and people who move there will be assisted with employment. Meanwhile, it will continue to improve supporting infrastructure in resettlement areas, including public service facilities, industrial parks and community governance capability." This suggests the program is to concentrate land holdings, probably in private hands because it avoids mentioning government roles in agriculture per se. This means displacing (driving off inefficient small-holders.) The ideal appears to be American style agribusiness. The emphasis on providing a place for the people ejected is very un-American of course. Infrastructure to help local people farm more effectively is not mentioned in a place it would be mentioned were it intended. The almost explicit rejection of small resettlement areas suggests the goal is to remove large numbers of people from farm lands proper.

"Previously, the rural economy relied on government support to build roads. After this is accomplished, establishing water conservancy projects, promoting the agricultural products processing industry and enhancing villages' transport capability might be a direction for the next step, experts said." It has been customary for most government to "support" building roads, as toll roads built for profit or private building for political prestige etc. have not been a viable development strategy pretty since perhaps the early Roman Republic. This might be an awkward way of gliding over a goal of stopping national subsidies and pushing such financing onto provinces? Or maybe not? Being able to process crops and move them from the fields has always been an important step in marketing food. Weakness in processing, storage and transport were a major factor in some of Soviet agriculture's unsatisfactory performance.

"The document also highlights on the Party's construction of grass-roots organizations and rural governance, as well as the construction of spiritual civilization in rural areas. It vows to intensify efforts to crack down on illegal religious activities in rural areas and overseas infiltration." The chances of overseas infiltration from anything but Chinese diaspora are likely to be nil, zip, in the boonies of China. This provision suggests that the decades of privatization since reign of the guan xi emperor Deng has produced a lay of petty bourgeois. As so often, the petty bourgeois appear to be ripe for commitment to reactionary dogmas that favor property. The difficulty here is that the likely number one source of overseas infiltration would probably be fanciful nationalistic faux modernized faux secularized verisions of Confucianism. (No, Confucianism is not a religion in the classic mold of European relgions...but it is folly to judge everything, even, no *especially* complex phenomena like religion solely from a European perspective.) If they mean Falun Gong, Falun Gong as near as I can tell is an inevitable outgrowth of the repudiation of Marxism so widespread in China today. By all appearances, the outside support is merely prolonging its life, not creating it.

Conspicuously absent are clear commitments to anti-desertification, reforestation, carbon sequestration by plants in non-farmed area. Even more glaring is an absence of any concern with coastal waters and fishing.

The general vagueness reflects I fear even more rapid decline in national/central planning. The notion that more market control of investment and production will solve problems is very Dengist but not well-founded in a realistic understanding of the world.

Posted by: steven t johnson | Feb 23 2021 20:57 utc | 250

@ jonku | Feb 23 2021 19:31 utc | 243

Sounded like it was a great trip. You certainly covered a lot of territory.

It reminds me of the adventure of some then young/foolish friends of mine in the US who attempted to travel by car from Michigan down to Costa Rica (?) during the early '80's. They said that border crossings at some of the countries they traversed along on the Pan American highway (?) were very problematic. They only got through maybe the first C. American country beyond Mexico, before they were stopped cold at the next country's border crossing. They had to turn back because they could not afford to pay some sketchy unwritten entry "fees" [bribes]. Can't recall which country it was they said where denied entry to. Honduras maybe?

Posted by: gm | Feb 23 2021 21:14 utc | 251

@246 karlof1

Well, wrt to the Constitution, I believe it is rather clear that all human life, at all stages, from conception to untimely and timely death is to be respected and not to be infringed upon.

I know it is hard for liberal mothers to not view the person growing in them as their own property, and not what they truly are in their role as custodians of precious, unique life.

It is antiscientific to say that a unique human being, at that point in time, could be duplicated at another moment; the 1s and 0s of a dna strand has infinite combinations, and so the Tim born at this moment could never be born at another. And yet we often render this human life as a tool towards an end: a tool to the state for labor extraction, a tool for the mother to be contented in motherhood, a tool for the father so to pass on his name. But if that unique person is to be rendered a tool that can be duplicated at another point in time, then this defintion also implies its opposite, that, at certain times, it as an object could be deemed unusable, useless, and unwanted.

Abortion is merely the objectification of life. Its prevalence in our culture, in the same vain as our wars abroad, cast a large shadow over our spirit, obscuring the welcome to life which is endemic to all thriving and natural peoples.

What we have is a culture of death. No wonder that no one bats an eye when we hear of weddings being bombed in Iraq. These browns are just mere objects on the way to a more perfect freedom for all! Minor inconveniences, eh, Karlof1?

Posted by: NemesisCalling | Feb 23 2021 21:39 utc | 252

Satan's Diary
by Leonid Andreyev

Possible early influence on Bulgakov

"Satan has returned to Earth for a sightseeing visit in the form of the American billionaire Henry Wondergood. Accompanied by his faithful demon butler Toppi they head for Rome, but are sidetracked by an unforeseen accident and end up at the home of the inscrutable Thomas Magnus and his divine daughter Maria. As Satan begins to discover the meaning of being a man, the satanic aspects of mankind become ever more apparent to him"

Posted by: C4 | Feb 23 2021 21:51 utc | 253

@252 says a DNA strand is a life, which is scientific racism, which is never good science, and turns DNA into a fetish, a magical talisman with a pretend-secular name. No one honestly thinks uniqueness of DNA means anything or they'd get freaked out over identical twins/triplets/quadruplets/quintuplets. Given that fetuses can and have on occasions (rarely I think and hope,) absorbed a competitor in the womb, charges of murder against the new-born perpetrator would be justified. But it's idiocy, so no, no murder charges in the nursery please! Last but not least, the greatest abortionist of all is God. By far the most unique conceptions are murdered in the womb by Him. 50% maybe? Scientists are afraid to study the issue because, the murderous compulsory pregnancy freaks.

Another grotesque howler: The state does not extract labor services. Your employer does that. And conservative hate and despise any and all people employed by the state, except for soldiers, but not for extracting labor services but not extracting enough, but paying with taxes. Oh, the horror of it all!

Dragging in nonsense about how being aware that the birth of an unwanted child is a moral evil in itself, *especially for the child,* is somehow connected to racism is a non sequitur, following solely from malice. But to attack karlof1 for this, when the commenter was Karl Sanchez is wonderfully symptomatic.

Posted by: steven t johnson | Feb 23 2021 21:56 utc | 254

emersonreturn @239--

Thanks for alerting me to the new Hudson item: "The Democrats Role in Distracting with Identity Politics," which is far more about economics that ID politics. An outtake:

"The looming global fracture is becoming a fight against the most basic organizing principles of economies throughout history. All successful economies have been mixed. And to promote survival and prosperity, it is necessary to subordinate private gain-seeking to public objectives benefitting the 99 Percent, not just the One Percent....

"The policy of American industrial capitalism in the 19th century is the same as that of socialism: to minimize the cost of living and doing business. Privatization is largely responsible for de-industrializing the U.S. economy. While leaving 95 or 99 percent of the population to stagnate, it has been a bonanza for the 5 to 1 percent....

"I don’t think you should call it [the $1.9 Trillion] a 'stimulus.' It’s disaster relief. The idea is to catch up. The aim should be to at least put the economy back where it was before – that is, still in the Obama Depression.

"What WAS a 'stimulus' was the $6 to $8 trillion created by the Federal Reserve to buy stocks and bond, including junk bonds, to fuel the Wall Street boom. That is the essence of the K-shaped recovery. Rising prices for wealth, falling wages and net disposable income for living labor, after deducting the payments to the FIRE sector that families have to pay off the top – rent and debts, medical insurance contributions, FICA paycheck withholding (the most regressive tax), and monthly payments to privatized utility monopolies.

"The $1.9 trillion checks of $1,400 or $2,00 actually should be sent out monthly, not part time. Europe pays its laid-off work force 80 percent of their normal wages, so that they will not be plowed under by the covid shutdowns." [My Emphasis]

And there's much more. Hudson sees the real crisis as yet to come, and warns not to expect any help from Biden as many of the bad policies now in place were his doing. One thing is clear: Europeans won't suffer much at all compared with the Outlaw US Empire's citizens. The Obama/COVID-Trump Great Depression will only involve one nation, although it will certainly try to blame others for its failed policies; and given its great immaturity, might even end humanity in a fit of pique.

Posted by: karlof1 | Feb 23 2021 23:12 utc | 255

librul @248--

Thanks for your reply. Yes, Revolutions definitely generate all sorts of damage, even those that are peaceful, which is what the USA has experienced since 1913, and moreso since 1981. Trying to discern the origins of our current calamity is very instructive and impossible to properly explain in several paragraphs of commentary. Hudson's first edition of Super Imperialism was over 400 pages, much of which resides at the core of discernment. IMO, this simple historical example will suffice for the moment: The Romans essentially borrowed most everything from the Greeks, although they did create their own Creation Myth, The Aeneid. In like manner it can be said the Americans borrowed most everything from the British, which in turn made the former susceptible to subterfuge from the latter, and that appears to be the case.

Posted by: karlof1 | Feb 23 2021 23:29 utc | 256

NemisisCalling @252--

"What we have is a culture of death."

Yes, and handed to us by the motherland, England. At least the Spanish revere their dead as do most Asians. I cited as an example not too long ago the movie Once Upon a Time in The West and its genre kin as providing a profound explanation of our Culture of Death for a Few Dollars More. Have you ever watched it? It's quite a lot like Moby Dick having multiple levels of interpretation. You have read Moby Dick, Yes? Odd things happen, like both Sanders and Trump's use of Neil Young's Rockin' in the Free World in the 2016 campaign.

Seems to me the opposite's occurred since 1787 when it was intoned that we strive to create a more perfect union if what's been constructed is a Culture of Death. The current direction's the same as it's been since. So, how do we take a bunch of Red and Blue people and make them purple and stop our malaise?

Posted by: karlof1 | Feb 23 2021 23:52 utc | 257

@254 steven

Once again you are impossibly easy to refute.

Yes, life itself is a struggle to emerge.

But there is an ocean of difference between the willful abortion of life and the thrashing of partially-formed limbs in the womb which happens to affect their sibling.

Is it right to also work hard before and during prenancy to ensure proper health and vitamin/mineral levels? I would say yes. Perhaps you would say that God is responsible for force-feeding people vitamins and that people have no say in how and to what health their children are born in.

But if life is pain and struggle, which I can safely say it is, then this means to know that not everything ends well. But optimism is, of course, intrinsic to faith. Go ask Job. Or Abraham. Or Mary.


If the state does not want more babies, why is there public money spent in these countries on PSA's promoting procreation by word and incentive?

The state, like the immediate family, has a biological imperative to survive. It survives by work, toil, and labor of its members. The same as any family.

It is sad seeing Marxists unable to think along spiritual lines. 'Tis the willful stunting of human understanding. Smh

Posted by: NemesisCalling | Feb 24 2021 0:17 utc | 258

@ jonku | Feb 23 2021 19:31 utc | 243... thanks for sharing that jonku.. sounds like a wonderful trip... these kinds of adventures were much more common going back 40, 50 or more years ago.. i am not sure how much they happen today... but it is a beautiful way to travel, regardless where one goes...

Posted by: james | Feb 24 2021 1:26 utc | 259

"Yes, life itself is a struggle to emerge.

But there is an ocean of difference between the willful abortion of life and the thrashing of partially-formed limbs in the womb which happens to affect their sibling." <-- NemesisCalling

How various people may receive this message?

Those who "think along spiritual lines": OMG! <-- this is a guess
Those who do not: WTF??

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Feb 24 2021 1:40 utc | 260

Thanks very much, Paco @ 212, the introductory information for the novel (which is all I have read of Bulgakov's work) did not mention his medical profession, nor his morphine addiction. Here is what wikipedia says about it (I know the source is not always accurate but in this case it would seem fairly reliable):

At the outbreak of the First World War, he volunteered with the Red Cross as a medical doctor and was sent directly to the front, where he was badly injured at least twice. Bulgakov's suffering from these wounds had deleterious long-term effects. To suppress chronic pain, especially in the abdomen, he injected himself with morphine. Over the next year his addiction grew stronger. In 1918, he abandoned morphine and never used it again. Morphine, a book released in 1926, is his account of that trying period.

His description of Pilate in the novel is most certainly as a result of his experience with morphine; it is really a powerful rendition of character, and based upon Bulgakov's own experiences - another motif is cowardice in the face of imperial might, certainly a factor in his inability to release the novel and, like Pilate, his subservience to Stalin. (That is discussed in the introduction by the translator, Pevear.)

Posted by: juliania | Feb 24 2021 2:18 utc | 261

@Bemildred #238
I have no idea how much further the commercial processes will go.
However, it is abundantly clear that the commercial benefit for these new processes is extremely limited.
One of the primary reasons why the PC and laptop market was stagnating for year prior to COVID and WFH was that there really was minimal difference in performance between 2 or even 4 generations of hardware.
I am typing this on a refurbished laptop whose progenitor was originally purchased in 2016. I say progenitor because this is now the 3rd chassis which the hard drive and one or two other components have been migrated to.
In the 90s, you could visibly see the difference between computers bought in different quarters. In the 00s, business and engineering/technical specialist software migrated to laptops, thus absorbing the performance increase.
In the last 10 years? Much less clear. A former coworker of mine - I just helped him buy a 64GB Ram, 2 TB NvME SSD laptop with a graphics coprocessor for $1600. It is 90% pure ego why he bought it - there are a few corner cases where that performance *might* help.
On my side - I will buy a refurb laptop with 32GB Ram, 512 GB NvME SSD plus 1TB hard drive for $1099 mostly because I am literally unable to connect to a number of wifi setups due to my OS being Win 7 still. That's the only reason.
On the cell phone side - the benefit of additional compute power has long since passed necessary. There just isn't the interface to even make use of it - all that power is mostly playing cat videos and using social media.
But I would note that analog design is still very much with us. The major power consumption sink in a cell phone is the cell signal comms; the digital is increasingly minimal.
Similarly, while WiFi is pretty old now - latest generations of WiFi are 1000mbps or more which ups power consumption significantly.
But overall - not at all clear that there is a growing market anymore for PCs and laptops. That's what ends the long, profitable growth ride of the semiconductor industry.

Posted by: c1ue | Feb 24 2021 2:25 utc | 262

@ steven t johnson

Good analysis on that document.

The chinese under Xi Jinping has tried to appeal to nationalism, rather than Marxism, which is now we see chinese commenters trying to appeal to vague ideology like "Confucianism" and going back to their fake tradition ("hanfu") and mysticism.

This is a sign that Dengism consumerism isn't enough to cure the class struggle, thus their appeal to ancient "good ol' day".

I predict that after the USA loses their empire hold over the world and China lacks an enemy to unite against, their state will degenerate.

Posted by: Smith | Feb 24 2021 2:28 utc | 263

Sorry james @ 222 - I didn't mean to distract you! By all means finish TBK! I will watch the link you have provided, though I can't imagine the film could have caught the droll nuances of the book. I'm much grateful to Paco though, as Bulgakov's earlier life certainly influenced this novel. And as I said, the remarkable way in which it presented itself to me fitted very well with its internal peresuasiveness.

Posted by: juliania | Feb 24 2021 2:34 utc | 264

thanks juliania... well, you haven't distracted me, other then given me more attractive book ideas!! i really do have to finish the ones i am working on first!! cheers...

Posted by: james | Feb 24 2021 2:58 utc | 265

vk @242

Yes and amazingly the NYT is allowing oomments from people who know the truth of that tragedy. Assad will need considerable foreign aid to survive given their economic woes so I would not say the US/Saudi/Israel have lost yet.

Posted by: schmoe | Feb 24 2021 3:20 utc | 266

Surprisingly good article on the Global Times:

Fewer young people in China are willing to get married, and the country has seen a continuous sharp drop in the marriage rate and increase in the divorce rate in the past eight years, a survey showed.

From 2013 to 2020, the number of marriage registrations fell from a record high of 13.47 million couples to 8.13 million, according to a report by Tsinghua University's Evergrande Research Institute.

Data is presented, not just speeches and promises.

Now let's look at the why:

Marriage rates fell differently among regions, and they were generally negatively correlated with GDP. The more prosperous a city was, the lower the marriage rate was. Marriage rates also fell markedly in provinces with population outflows and aging problems.

The pursuit of personal freedom and independence, as well as the high cost of raising children, are behind the decreasing willingness to get married, said Ren Zeping, dean of the Evergrande Research Institute.

High housing prices and high education costs have also deterred young people from getting married, especially in big cities, Ren told the Global Times on Tuesday.

And what do the people say
"There are many answers, but the basic one is the lack of an efficient social security system. There is too much pressure in life. People's concepts of family and clan are changing as well," a netizen said.

Although many netizens said they feel pressure to find the right person, both from their parents and themselves. Many are also wary of divorce if things don't work out.

Many opt for being single as they believe that the gap between the rich and the poor means staying alone is a better choice. Some also worried that marriage would affect their careers.

""Prosperous city", yet the people still feel don't have enough money to raise family. This is the state of the world nowadays, and this article paints the true picture of China, it's not so competition-free as many here have claimed.

But the fact this article is written means maybe the Chinese govt might be on to improve things, if not, this is just following the footstep of Japan.

Posted by: Smith | Feb 24 2021 3:27 utc | 267

Sorry, james @ 226, from just the first frame of that I shut it off -- no way is it what the book is presenting, which is farcical and humorous. Bulgakov had his novel memorized -- he went over and over it to get the right effect and the shock value I think much depends on our imaginations at full play and his actual descriptions of what is happening, not how it would look, with musical interpretation. I think you lose that with a visual representation -- I have watched the Russian series on TBK also, and I would say the same for that, even though they did better than the American version, which was awful.

It's about words. Do save yourself for the words - they are exquisite, even in translation
. And the contrast in the words between the two narrative forms used in the novel is like Dorothy going to the land of OZ -- happening in the second chapter of the book, which starts:

Pontius Pilate

In a white cloak with blood-red lining, with the shuffling gait of a cavalryman, early in the morning of the fourteenth day of the month of Nisan, there came out to the covered colonnade between the two wings of the palace of Herod the Great, the procurator of Judea, Pontius Pilate...

It's the reader's imagination, first shocked by the earlier tone of fantasy, being now given an epic scene, tragic as the first chapter was can't be made real except as the words carry it forward. The novel reads like that theatrical image of the two masks of tragedy and comedy combined - that's the only visual that works. And it's like poetry. You can't make a film of a poem, or you shouldn't try. The words are sufficient.

Posted by: juliania | Feb 24 2021 4:44 utc | 268

psychohistorian @ 199, this is my favorite Phil Ochs song -- I tried to sing it, never could. Sends chills up my spine, this one:

"The Crucifixion"

And the night comes again to the circle studded sky
The stars settle slowly, in loneliness they lie
Till the universe explodes as a falling star is raised
Planets are paralyzed, the mountains are amazed
But they all glow brighter from the brilliance of the blaze
With the speed of insanity, then he dies

In the green fields a-turning, a baby is born
His cries crease the wind and mingle with the morn
An assault upon the order, the changing of the guard
Chosen for a challenge that is hopelessly hard
And the only single sighing is the sighing of the stars
But to the silence of distance they are sworn

So dance dance dance
Teach us to be true
Come dance dance dance
'Cause we love you

Images of innocence charge him to go on
But the decadence of destiny is looking for a pawn
To a nightmare of knowledge he opens up the gate
A blinding revelation is served upon his plate
That beneath the greatest love there is a hurricane of hate
And God help the critic of the dawn

So he stands on the sea and he shouts to the shore
But the louder that he screams the longer he's ignored
For the wine of oblivion is drunk to the dregs
The merchants of the masses almost have to be begged
Till the giant is aware that someone's pulling at his leg
And someone is tapping at the door

To dance dance dance
Teach us to be true
Come dance dance dance
'Cause we love you

Then his message gathers meaning and it spreads across the land
The rewarding of the fame is the falling of the man
For ignorance is everywhere and people have their way
Success is an enemy to the losers of the day
In the shadows of the churches, who knows what they pray
And blood is the language of the band

The Spanish bulls are beaten, the crowd is soon beguiled
The matador is beautiful, a symphony of style
The excitement is estatic, passion places bets
Gracefully he bows to the ovations that he gets
But the hands that are applauding him are slippery with sweat
And saliva is falling from their smiles

So dance dance dance
Teach us to be true
Come dance dance dance
'Cause we love you

Then this overflow of life is crushed into a lyre
The gentle soul is ripped apart and tossed into the fire
It's the death of beauty, the victory of night
Truth becomes a tragedy limping from the light
All the heavens are horrified, they stagger at the sight
And the cross is trembling with desire

They say they can't believe it, it's a sacrilegious shame
Now, who would want to hurt such a hero of the game?
But you know I predicted it, I knew he had to fall
How did it happen? I hope his suffering was small
Tell me every detail, I've got to know it all
And do you have a picture of the pain?

So dance dance dance
Teach us to be true
Come dance dance dance
'Cause we love you

Time takes a toll and the memory fades
But his glory is growing in the magic that he made
Reality is ruined, there's nothing more to fear
The drama is distorted into what they want to hear
Swimming in their sorrow, in the twisting of a tear
As they wait for the new thrill parade

The eyes of the rebel have been branded by the blind
To the safety of sterility the threat has been refined
The child was created, to the slaughterhouse he's led
So good to be alive when the eulogy is read
The climax of emotion, the worship of the dead
As the cycle of sacrifice unwinds

So dance dance dance
Teach us to be true
Come dance dance dance
'Cause we love you

And the night comes again to the circle studded sky
The stars settle slowly, in loneliness they lie
Till the universe expodes as a falling star is raised
Planets are paralyzed, mountains are amazed
But they all glow brighter from the brilliance of the blaze
With the speed of insanity, then he dies

Posted by: juliania | Feb 24 2021 4:57 utc | 269

@ juliania | Feb 24 2021 4:57 utc | 269 with her favorite Phil Ochs song

Thanks for that. I had forgotten it and was moved by the refreshment.

How do we collectively become your Jesus and throw the money changers out of the temple? The Christian leadership sure as hell is not leading the way...pun intended.

I respect the myth of christianity like other the teachings of religions but despise that it has let itself become part of the jackboot of social control in the West

Posted by: psychohistorian | Feb 24 2021 5:26 utc | 270

Are you still looking for a copy of Master and Margarita? I've come across an OK version with english subs. Ask me and I've the magnet somewhere or really nicely & I'll fire it into the cloud.

Posted by: Debsisdead | Feb 24 2021 6:01 utc | 271

John Cleary's comments make for a most enlightening and entertaining read. Many thanks to Mr Cleary, and also to b for privileging his calculated musings. I love the Nicola Sturgeon as Lady Mary Archer and both as abominations piece. I think Ms Sturgeon, the Westminster welded leader of the S.N.P., is a horrible woman person too, weaponising sexuality in a particularly nasty way to destroy the dignity of Alex Salmond, possibly for his lifetime, and then to publicly disempower her political rival Joanna Cherry, who genuinely does champion the status of women, over the accusation of "transphobia".
Sturgeon's zealotry and lust for power (but not for Scottish independence, of course) is truly shocking. I'm keen to read any more tidbits on British polity and royalty that Mr Cleary has to offer, even when he is just tantalising- ( Re. a previous post: Who is the great aunt of Diana's who gave the nod to Diana's assassination?)
That was a great summary of the travails of Lloyds of London, and the necessity of the Names. Uncle Tungsten proffered an Australian Name, Sir Malcolm Fraser. This much maligned former Prime Minister lost a lot of money to the Lloyds scam, and I even recall Tammy Fraser selling home made jam from the farm gate!
U.S. media may be pilloried for fakery but it does exhibit a freewheeling expressiveness, unlike the U.K., and by extension Australia.
But there is a paradox evident here on M.O.A. commentary, and that is that many American commentators seem oblivious to the world beyond the U.S., and furthermore they are doubling down on their own version of reality.
John Cleary is a welcome addition.

Posted by: Australian lady | Feb 24 2021 6:09 utc | 272

Below are two ZH links, the titles of which say almost everything that needs to be said....

Amnesty International Rescinds Navalny's 'Prisoner Of Conscience' Status After Discovering His Past

Biden Readies His First Major Sanctions On Russia For Navalny Crackdown

Some chinks in the armor are developing it seems

Posted by: psychohistorian | Feb 24 2021 6:29 utc | 273

Another CJ HOPKINS satirical *jab* at our GloboCap Overlords.

This time specifically at their anonymous fact-checkers' reassurances that all those experimental mRNA gene therapy covid vaccine associated deaths happenig in the West are *purely* coincidental, and likely in fact, pure disinformation.

Posted by: gm | Feb 24 2021 8:02 utc | 274

First, thanks Juliana for the Phil Och song.

It scans as poetry for me and deserves the melody. I’ll try to listen to an internet version although a live interpretation would be so much sweeter.

Thanks dm and James for your response. Crossing the border in a hut between Guatemala and Belize there was a painted sign with English, Spanish and ideographs, perhaps Chinese.

It said no money should be paid to the border guard. After questioning us on our funds we settled on a few precious $US for the privilege. Reminds me of someone I knew who managed multimedia roadshow to showcase business propositions — she said she carried lots of cash to ease the border crossings with crates of equipment. This would be in Europe as well.

And James, swell that you enjoy visiting Merida Mexico.

I’m told it is the first European city in the New World. I’ve been ther e twice and loved the central square with its fountain and tourist carriage rides as well as the bustling mercada, such a contrast.

The tiled lobby and mosaic stairway of our hotel is memorable, as are the giant murals showing the Bolivarians and native people’s victory as the drove the colonial Spaniards out of their country.

Posted by: Jonku | Feb 24 2021 8:40 utc | 275

Earth freezes over.

In addition to some commentary here on inevitable global warmig, the converse, the asteroidal history of the Younger Dryas period following the end of the last Ice Age of 13,000 years ago etc etc.

Here is a good and provocative piece from F. William Engdhal at NEO.

He talks of Maunder Minimums and Dalton Minimums and Volcanic activity and lots more of the philosophical and scientific links to sun spots and other exotic things that go bump in the night.

Raise sheep and minks and sow winter crops.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Feb 24 2021 8:48 utc | 276

@Arch Bungle (214)
That racial slurs on ZeroHedge comments are kept on definitely isn't new, but I certainly could remember seeing comments that accused Jews of creating all these troubles.
It was months ago IIRC when ZeroHedge redesigned its website, replaced certain fonts with others, splashed some yellow where blue used to be, etc.. Do you reckon this is when they started that?

Posted by: joey_n | Feb 24 2021 9:32 utc | 277

Two lost posts from the phone while trying to edit autocorrect errors, so back to the computer.

james, swell that you continue to visit Merida Mexico. I understand it is the first Europena city in the New World.

I was taken by Merida's central square with its fountain and horse-driven carriage rides, also the tiled lobby and mosaic stairway in our hotel. Also the contrast with the mercado with its booths of goods for sale.

The city hall is memorable with huge painted murals showing the Bolivarians and natives driving out the colonial Spaniards.

I see in Mexico the indigenous people as part of the culture, not rounded up in reservations like in the USA and Canada, although that is changing too as these nations find their voice in our political culture.

I wonder if it is that the Mexican people were not affected so much by the diseases brought by the Europeans, or is it that the warm-blooded Spanish were more able to integrate rather than conquer as the British did.

In Canada the French immigrants intermarried and became Voyageurs, collaborating with their neighbours. Their offspring, called Metis, are still not recognized in Canada as having the same rights as the original people.

It is an interesting history and the details and ramifications are yet to be known.

p.s. I hate typing on the phone and implore my fellow barflies to use a computer to interact with us rather than the lame phone which allows you to read but not easily contribute to these discussions.

Posted by: jonku | Feb 24 2021 9:34 utc | 278

james #228

Alex Salmond – After Massive Suppression Attempts, Testimony Finally Published

Thank you for that post. I await the news that Nicola Sturgeon has done the honorable thing. But I wont hold my breath as she has as much honor as the queen of the englanders. Good work by both Salmond and Murray here as it is a daunting task to bring down the minotaur of the state and the wounds take time to heal.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Feb 24 2021 10:08 utc | 279

@Bemildred #238
I have no idea how much further the commercial processes will go.
However, it is abundantly clear that the commercial benefit for these new processes is extremely limited.

I'm no physicist, but they are bumping up against quantum effects now, and at a certain point the EM starts damaging the substrate. Plus the power costs. They are doing some very "interesting" things with fusion etc. but not cheap.

Without getting into the arguement, let me just agree, I use a 12 year old desktop I inherited from my brother 11 years ago, replaced the CMOS battery 2 times, the power supply once, disk is still doing fine. It is never on when I an not present, so that helps. Performance wise it is no problem, the bottleneck most evident is network speed (cable no less). I will give it up when the driver issues make me, like you say. I would not take a "smart phone" if you gave it to me. I used to do a lot of hardware hacking, but now it's not interesting. I think what performance increases they manage tends to get absorbed by the buildup of software layers of crud beneath.

Posted by: c1ue | Feb 24 2021 2:25 utc | 262

Posted by: Bemildred | Feb 24 2021 11:41 utc | 280

@NemesisCalling #244
In order for the Republican party (old) to be replaced by a new one - the majority of the rank and file of that bureaucracy/political machine/movement has to change allegiances.
It is far from clear to me that this is happening/has happened.
I would personally welcome the proposed changes in policy that you outline above but those changes infringe directly upon the rice bowls of a significant number of the aforementioned rank and file.
Nor has Trump shown any particular talent for swaying those rank and file to his purposes (he really doesn't have a cause).
But time will tell.

Posted by: c1ue | Feb 24 2021 12:32 utc | 281

@Bemildred #280
Quantum effects have already been an issue for many years. Even at 22nm, the number of electrons traversing a transistor in a transition was already in the dozens; one disappearing due to tunneling would not only potentially affect the value of the transistor's operation (i.e. 1 to 0 or 0 to 1 would not trigger), but was statistically certain to happen regularly in a chip with hundreds of millions of transistors operating at gigahertz speeds.
Equally, EM effects on the substrate were occurring long ago. The "hot electron" effects I described in a previous post is that - as is the dark twin "hot hole" effects (an electron gap moving through the substrate).
I have been assuming the quantum effects and what not have been resolved as major concerns since I have not seen/heard any reports of common mysterious CPU failures but who knows.

Posted by: c1ue | Feb 24 2021 12:36 utc | 282

@ Bemildred & c1ue

I still upgrade my comp in a 2-3 years interval depending on the prices of things.

Feel good not living in the USA where we are worried about our information will be used against us I guess.

Posted by: Smith | Feb 24 2021 12:42 utc | 283

Posted by: Smith | Feb 24 2021 12:42 utc | 283

Feel good not living in the USA where we are worried about our information will be used against us I guess.

That is part of it. The less they know, the less they can annoy you. To put it another way, the less they think they know, the less they will annoy you. Running on "obsolete" tech can enhance your security too, the black-hat hackers tend to focus on the most prevalent tech at any particular time.

@c1ue: well like I said, I'm no physicist, and it's been a while since I tried to keep up. We seem to be tied to present silicon-based tech for commercial purposes for some time, anyhow, too much invested, but it sure looks "mature". They are going to have to come up with something new or "commodity hell" awaits them.

Posted by: Bemildred | Feb 24 2021 12:59 utc | 284

phil ochs was better and far more honest than dylan.

Posted by: pretzelattack | Feb 24 2021 13:51 utc | 285

Posted by: c1ue | Feb 24 2021 2:25 utc | 262

I have been a gaming PC hardware enthusiast for 20 years, and I find the current breed of hardware-intensive games so uninspired and boring on the gameplay side that I mostly stopped caring about the upgrading my hardware for those. Even if their stories were interesting, there's always Youtube to watch all of them for free.

Posted by: J W | Feb 24 2021 13:55 utc | 286

@ J W

Got to have my PC to play strategy games (my favorite genre!) such as Total War or Age of Wonders or CRPGs.

These games look like they aren't hardware intensive, until you see multiple units on screen in ultra settings and the framerate starts dropping.

And they are almost always PC exclusives too.

Posted by: Smith | Feb 24 2021 14:56 utc | 287

Those damn communists. Only want free stuff...

The Golden Age of Free Stuff Is Upon Us

The pandemic has spawned an enormous wave of items tossed out on New York City’s streets — including kitchen sinks, a Korean wedding chest and even a Tiffany bracelet.

What a bunch of parasites, choosing the easy way by scavenging MY garbage, instead of the correct Protestant, hard work way...


Postmodern witch-hunt:

Scapegoating GTA: Chicago’s crime epidemic has real-world reasons, but sure, let’s blame ‘violent video games’ again


Side effects of "End of History" mindset:

Can You Believe This Is Happening in America? We used to dream big. Now we’re increasingly thinking short term.


Converges with my opinion on the whole situation:

How Polish wargame where it loses to Russia could become a self-fulfilling prophecy


NATO’s expanding role hides the reality of a US empire in decline


What we already knew is now officially confirmed:

Leaked docs reveal how Reuters charity secretly serves as a tool for British influence across the world


Sochi 2.0:

Western politicians sink to level of separatist WUC in Beijing 2022 boycott push

Russian athletes will be able to compete normally in the next Olympic games. What the WADA and the IOC's plan was all along was to get rid of Russia's national symbols - its name and flag - from their competitions. It was a propaganda coup all along. They now look to do the exact same thing with China, by another route (boycott).

Posted by: vk | Feb 24 2021 15:27 utc | 288

Re: "He talks of Maunder Minimums and Dalton Minimums and Volcanic activity and lots more of the philosophical and scientific links to sun spots and other exotic things that go bump in the night".

-uncle tungsten | Feb 24 2021 8:48 utc | 276

Hey I'm a [cyclical] Global Cooling (GC) believer---and the GloboCaP "toxic" CO2-driven Global Warming-snake oil hucksters and tools like Bill Gates and Obamas, are doing their *investing* based on GC too.

Do you think if they actually *believed* all that the WEF guff put for the last 2 decades about the ice caps melting and ~30 meter sea level rises by 2030 yada-yada?

If so, why did Gates scarf up gazillions of acres of low-lying Florida and Mississippi Delta farmland in Louisiana, Arkansas, and Mississippi that Klaus Schwaub intones, in a thick foreboding accent [but with just the hint of a partly suppressed grin on his Dr. Evil visage perhaps/] will *all* be under water soon?

And why did Obamas just buy an exclusive $15M estate on Martha's Vinyard that sits at a reported elevation of *0* feet above sea level?

Pay attention to the husksters' actions, not their words...

Posted by: gm | Feb 24 2021 16:18 utc | 289

Uncle tungsten @276, as a native kiwi living in the US I look forward to more sheep - lamb's become way too expensive. But seriously, since around the '90s we have had a curious mini winter period mid February. It used to be that early January, just before school started again, at least a week of very cold temperatures would hit New Mexico raising kids spirits as school would frequently be postponed for that week. However, since the 90's that frigid week has gradually slipped further and further into early spring, now hitting mid February. Accurately or not, I refer to it as the 'polar vortex' and always save some of the wood supply for that week. I think of it as a rotund gentleman's belt buckle, gradually slipping as his tum descends, and will come around again right about Orthodox Easter, not then as cold but cold enough to threaten blossoming fruit trees.


Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I've tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To know that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.

Posted by: juliania | Feb 24 2021 16:18 utc | 290

Thanks, psychohistorian @ 270, I would agree with you that it is a challenge to follow the path I have taken, which is the one less travelled by, to quote again Frost. But it is certainly possible, with the help of the internet, though one must pick and choose, and there are many false teachers, beginning with evidence of this from Paul's writings to the various infant churches. You do really have to go back to the beginning, but I found that an exciting journey.

The journey was only beginning for Phil Ochs in that song - he died too young but with his intensity I feel sure he'd have continued on. And it's a different path for each, I feel, so just keeping to your inner voice is key. And I wouldn't say Christianity is the only path; that I've always sensed was as foolish as MAGA for the US. Of course, for me it is; but there are many mansions...

I'm of a literary bent, for instance, have always just loved the written word. So, that speaks to me louder than maybe it would to others.

Posted by: juliania | Feb 24 2021 16:36 utc | 291

@ jonku | Feb 24 2021 9:34 utc | 278.... actually i was only in merida the first time.. afterwards i have gone numerous times to oaxaca! but i agree with you the downtown area of merida is quite beautiful as memory serves! oaxaca has a different kind of charm.... i don't have a cell phone, so no typing on a cell phone on this end! it is interesting what you say about the difference between mexico and canada or the usa in terms of cultural integration... it is definitely different.. i think there may have been a lot more intermarriage with the indigenous people in mexico then in canada or the usa, but i don't know for sure.. good to hear from you.. thanks for your comments...

@ uncle tungsten | Feb 24 2021 10:08 utc | 279... ditto your comment at the end! thanks...

Posted by: james | Feb 24 2021 17:04 utc | 292

Posted by: james | Feb 24 2021 17:04 utc | 292

Oaxaca is a lot more like Guatemala than Mérida or Yucatán. It is located at the same altitude than Guatemala City, and traditionally the highlands is where most of the Guatemalan population inhabits. I can't claim to know Oaxaca as much as I know Guatemala, but what a beautiful place, kind people, old Spanish colonial architecture and sites like Monte Albán and Mitla. Too far away now since flying across the Atlantic does not look as appealing as it used to, but I have truly endearing souvenirs of the place and its people.

Posted by: Paco | Feb 24 2021 17:35 utc | 293

Russia's remarks on latest illegal EU sanctions. Russia has also applied to Germany for permission to finish the Nord Stream 2 project in its waters as the project is 95% complete. We shall see what happens next. Here's the gist of Russia's statement:

"This new faulty decision of the EU Council has been adopted amid an unprecedented anti-Russia information campaign ongoing in the EU following the talks which High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell held in Moscow on February 5. Western media outlets unanimously denounced the talks as 'worthless' and 'humiliating' and called for increasing the sanctions pressure on Russia. That information offensive was obviously designed to find a pretext to convince the EU foreign ministers about the need to settle the score and make up for the alleged loss of diplomatic face by the EU by aggravating relations with Russia still further.

"The above shows once again that the opponents of improving relations with Russia are guided by political considerations rather than their declared commitment to human rights and fundamental freedoms. It is notable that EU Global Human Rights Sanctions Regime established by the EU Council in December 2020, just as the two previous mechanisms of sanctions against cyberattacks and chemical weapons, will be used first of all against Russians. Brussel’s attempts to present these illegal tools as “horizontal” and “global” cannot conceal the anti-Russia essence of these instruments of their Russia containment policy.

"We regard as categorically unacceptable the continued illegal and absurd demands to “free” a Russian citizen who has been found guilty of committing economic crimes in Russia in accordance with the Russian legislation.

"In international practice this in described as interference in the internal affairs of a sovereign state. However, the EU obviously does not intend to respect the ethics of interstate relations and is using the myth of its own infallibility in the sphere of human rights, which has been laid bare by the daily footage of police violence in many European cities and the ongoing offensive against the freedom of the media and the Russian language, to promote its concept of a rules-based world order."

It's abundantly clear the EU gets its marching orders from the Outlaw US Empire for I very much doubt it would engage in the current level of hypocrisy on its own. IMO, the EU nations are in for some pain thanks to their collective idiocy.

Posted by: karlof1 | Feb 24 2021 18:05 utc | 294

Lavrov's been a busy man again today addressing two important conferences, Conference on Disarmament and 46th session of the UN Human Rights Council.

This is perhaps the most important segment from the disarmament conference:

"We consider it unacceptable to maintain NATO's ‘joint nuclear missions’ that violate the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT). American nuclear weapons must be returned to US territory and their overseas deployment infrastructure eliminated.

"The NPT Review Conference is going to be the central event of the year – a key international legal instrument in the field of nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament and one of the foundations of the modern international order. All states parties to the NPT need to do their utmost to ensure that the Review Conference helps to strengthen the Treaty. They need to combine efforts to consolidate all three components of the NPT (non-proliferation, disarmament, and peaceful use of nuclear energy) in their harmonious interrelation.

"Other issues on the NPT review agenda also require a constructive approach, such as creating a zone free of nuclear weapons and other types of weapons of mass destruction, as well as their delivery systems in the Middle East, and the situation around the Iranian nuclear programme. We call on everyone, primarily the new US administration, to intensify efforts on these tracks that are highly important for the international community." [My Emphasis]

I knew the NPT issue was going to arise and become a big thorn as the Outlaw US Empire is of course in gross violation of the treaty it accuses Iran of violating. On the human rights conference, the following IMO is most important because so much is built upon its basis:

"Today, the global media is becoming a place for pursuing narrow and self-serving geopolitical goals. Fake and aggressive media campaigns undermine internal political stability in sovereign states, fuel unrest and violence. Of particular concern is the ease with which false advocates of democracy irresponsibly use youngsters and children for their political purposes. This is unacceptable.

"Those who for decades have been preaching about freedom of speech and expression to the whole world are now demonstrating intolerance of alternative views. A number of countries deliberately seek to impose political censorship and limit access to information in violation of UN, OSCE and CoE commitments. The recent closure of television channels broadcasting in the Russian language in Ukraine and the Baltic countries, searches of journalists’ offices and homes, and their expulsion are glaring examples of this.

"Of growing concern are non-transparent policies of social networking platforms which openly manipulate public opinion by banning or censoring user content at their own discretion. In this regard, it is of paramount importance to develop rules for regulating social networks at the national and international levels to prevent such abuses. States that have undertaken commitments to ensure freedom of access to information for all citizens must now prove that they are able to deliver on these commitments rather than hide behind corporate policies." [My Emphasis]

The exposure of Reuters as a propaganda tool along with all the others exposed as allied with MI-6 and thus the CIA to further the Imperial goals of what's now clearly a joint US/UK Outlaw Empire is quite relevant to the discussion. Unraveling the past is showing the enemies of humanity are those claiming to be the heirs of the Greco-Roman Empires whose realities are the polar opposite of what their philosophers and moralists proclaimed them to be.

Posted by: karlof1 | Feb 24 2021 18:39 utc | 295

Posted by: karlof1 | Feb 24 2021 18:05 utc | 294

The sanctions mania is bordering the ridiculous, the EU keeps on shooting itself in the foot, the local press calls it "punishment", but the punishment is for an occupied Union rushing down the road to irrelevance. We have a serious problem, a lot of well fed bureaucrats, imperial satraps that like siamese twins do not conceive life away from the empire, and they are right, there is no life for that plancton outside the master’s shade.

Posted by: Paco | Feb 24 2021 18:47 utc | 296

Posted by: karlof1 | Feb 24 2021 18:39 utc | 295

Maduro is showing the way, the EU ambassador kindly asked to go home. What a shame for us in Spain, doing the dirty work for our eternal rivals, tha anglosaxons, against our own people, since Spain is any and every place where our language is spoken. Sad feeling.

Posted by: Paco | Feb 24 2021 19:04 utc | 297

Putin frames the problem in his meeting with FSB:

"We can see that there is no reduction in the scale of global challenges, such as terrorism, cross-border crime and cybercrime. Against this complicated background we also have to deal with the so-called containment policy towards Russia. Actually, this is something we have been well aware of for a long time. This is not competition as a natural part of international relations, but a consistent and highly aggressive policy aimed at disrupting our development, at slowing it down and creating problems along our external perimeter and contour, provoking internal instability, undermining the values that unite Russian society, and ultimately, at weakening Russia and forcing it to accept external management, just as this is happening in some post-Soviet states, as we can see.

"This is not an exaggeration. In point of fact, you do not need to be convinced that this is the case, because you know this very well and possibly even better than anyone else. It is enough to read the publicly available strategic documents and the extremely direct statements made by officials in a number of countries. They are not even trying to conceal their unfriendly attitude towards Russia and several other independent and sovereign centres of global development.

"But the point is not the aggressive rhetoric, but real, practical actions. A targeted information campaign is being waged against Russia with various peremptory and unsubstantiated accusations. Even absurd and anecdotal conspiracy theories are being used. For example, take the recent attempts to question our achievements in medicine, in the fight against coronavirus." [My Emphasis]

Putin then shares his assessment of the effectiveness of the negative policies employed against Russia:

"Again, this kind of policy towards Russia is absolutely futile. We are ready to conduct an open dialogue, to find compromise solutions so we can deal with the most difficult problems, on the basis of mutual trust and respect. But one thing is unconditional for us, and that thing is Russia’s sovereignty, its national interests, the security of our citizens, and our people’s right to determine their own future. And these values, the foundations of our development must be reliably protected.

"In this regard, relying on the foundation already laid, on the service’s growing capabilities and potential, we need to ensure an even higher quality of work in all the main areas. Its effectiveness and efficiency must correspond to the nature and dynamics of the threats that we face." [My Emphasis]

An excellent review and pep-talk combo perfectly appropriate for the day following Defender of the Fatherland Day. The FSB is a very comprehensive organization charged with a great number of tasks.

Posted by: karlof1 | Feb 24 2021 19:12 utc | 298

Paco @296&7--

As Putin said, the EU's policy is "futile," but they are blind to their own actions, basking in their "master's shade." As Hudson points-out in his most recent interview, the EU is unlikely to suffer the same fate as the Outlaw US Empire, but it will be substantially affected when our economy takes its next dive. It is then that it will understand its massive mistake of alienating Russia and China. Furthermore, other Global South nations observe the EU's behavior and look to the far more friendly development assistance offered by China and Russia; so, the EU loses other opportunities because of its idiocy.

Posted by: karlof1 | Feb 24 2021 19:26 utc | 299

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