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February 28, 2021

The MoA Week In Review - OT 2021-017

Last week's posts at Moon of Alabama:

1TVNewsAF @1TVNewsAF - 6:32 UTC · Feb 28, 2021
Sirajuddin Haqqani warns of never-seen-before fight if foreign troops don't exit Afghanistan by May.
"Today...we have the technology to use drones, we have our own missiles. This time if the Mujahideen resume fighting the enemies, it would be something they have never seen before."
Glenn Greenwald @ggreenwald - 15:03 UTC · Feb 24, 2021
It took only two years to go from disappearing Milo and Alex Jones to banning content said to "amplify narratives that undermine faith in NATO."
Imagine where the line will be two years from now.
Censorship is an intoxicating power that endlessly expands until it's smashed.

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Other issues:

Use as open thread ...

Posted by b on February 28, 2021 at 13:50 UTC | Permalink

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Universally, mobile phone use by students greatly interferes with the educational process. Pragmatic China has recognized this and developed mobile phone safes in which students can secure their phones. An example:

"At Beijing Jingyuan School, Shijingshan district, students are required to sign a cell phone commitment with their headteacher and parents, promising not to bring mobile phones to class. Each classroom is equipped with a mobile phone safe deposit box. Students are required to turn off their mobile phones and store them in the safe deposit box when they arrive at school."

I imagine the Outlaw Empire will raise a huff about infringement on student freedom or some such hooey. As a former teacher, I think the safe's brilliant.

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 1 2021 16:59 utc | 101

james @ 99, I enjoy and would mostly agree with your brief analyses of posters' comments. I think those would be most helpful to anyone new to b's site as sometimes what else there is doesn't hit the important news of the day, which yours have done.

I would add thanks to those who focussed on the EU's attempt to wrest away financial control from the City of London in certain respects. From the various comments I take it that derivatives feature into the mix, and perhaps we can hope to hear from Michael Hudson soon, as this would be a major battle, going back to when mortgages were 'tranched' during the Obama years and so many folk lost their homes in the reset that happened then. As I wander tv land I am noticing ads hoping to encourage folk to sell their homes, even offering to sift out buyers to select the ones who offer the most money. That seems rather illegal to me, but what do I know about 'illegality' these days? Time marches on...a chicken in every pot.

Posted by: juliania | Mar 1 2021 17:04 utc | 102

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K48cVOyVxtw

Claim of armed rebellion in North Korea involving 1500 soldiers. Supposedly, they rebelled against harsh new laws to use them as little more than slaves, away from their families.

Posted by: Eighthman | Mar 1 2021 17:12 utc | 103

blues@94 writes "USSA" which I have seen as a libel on the "United Socialist States of America." Or is this just a typo?

I think a strong capitalism economy is one which is actually raising absolute living standards for the large majority and is elevating a significant portion of the population into the middle strata and the banking system is able to finance major infrastructure improvements. It should be no surprise I think these indicators are evidence US capitalism is at its core weak. Of course, Trumpers, the majority of commenters here, believe firmly that a high stock market is the prime indicator of strength. The thing is, these indicators are even weaker for Russia than the US. As near as I can tell, the only signs of life are limited to a handful of major urban areas. I would answer your evidence and arguments for thinking Russian capitalism is strong, but you didn't actually make any.

Posted by: steven t johnson | Mar 1 2021 17:14 utc | 104

@ 101 juliania... thanks! i meant to comment on your post on debt forgiveness too - and the connection to lent... i am not sure if i am going to be able to articulate this properly, which is why i shied away from commenting... but i will try - oh and wanted to tell you i am at the 1/2 way mark on the brothers karazamov book.. it is so great!

the question i have on debt forgiveness is it is a design of the banks - debt - and it is the banks who are addicted to this game of debt as a way of making more money and keeping those with no money, or little money - away from it too.. the banks would be the biggest beneficiaries of debt forgiveness, followed by all the speculators who thrive on borrowing... ordinary people just get caught up in this game due the fact one has to borrow money to buy a place to live in todays world... what happened in 2008 is those big banks had their debts forgiven... the little people who got sucked into the easy mortgages and who really had something to lose - were not bailed out and really did lose in all this.... in a fair world it would have been the exact opposite... so, while i like this idea of debt forgiveness, it seems to me power is always interested in maintaining power and there is no better way to do this then thru money.... at this point i think we need a completely different system and one that is not beholden to keeping those in power, in power.... it has to be some type of inverse relationship going on, as compared to this top down one which works for those in power, or those who continue to inherit the rights of all people on the planet... and i like michael hudsons work, so maybe there is a lot i am missing in my understanding of all this... i agree with you - so much of what happened should have been defined as '''illegal''' but because these are the same people in power - it is called ''legal''.... we are conned regularly about laws and who they are written for... cheers - james

i guess that is why the saying - give to god what is gods and to ceaser what belongs to ceaser... it seems like we live in 2 worlds at the same time...

Posted by: james | Mar 1 2021 17:22 utc | 105

@95

So it is delusion then.

Does the west have anything at all to match at the prototype stage?

Why would conservative Russia wet their powder? Would any other military give you such insight? Yes, they could be bluffing but considering that Russia has heavily invested in defence, bluffing is a very dangerous game when you're surrounded.

Moving on from superweapon shenanigans, let's visit the past.

Trump sent 59 tomahawks into Syria. The Russians were advised in advance. Do they turn on the S300s etc? No, because that's a declaration of war (especially to nutty yanks). So why then did 36 tomahawks go missing? Maybe they'd gone off after a decade or two of storage? Maybe western tech isn't what it's cracked up to be? Or maybe Russian electronic warfare is far superior to what the west believes?

The latter is what the head of US special operations command reckons. General Raymond Thomas revealed his thoughts during the 2018 GEOINT symposium. Russian skills included communication disruption and even stopping support via AC130 (Ghost rider doesn't ride with no eyes and ears), there's even evidence that the Russians are spoofing GPS data. Quote "Right now in Syria, we're in the most aggressive EW environment on the planet from our adversaries. They're testing us every day" Not bad for prototypes and bluffing.

The fact is that the Russians are two steps ahead of everything the west can think of. Because they have to be. America has never experienced siege warfare, it's never been attacked on its own soil. These memories are burned into the Russian psyche and soul. Because they have.

Posted by: Some Random Passerby | Mar 1 2021 17:33 utc | 106

Will Russia suspend Twitter for its refusal to enforce Russian content laws? Well:

"According to Russian law, violating the rules governing the restriction of access to illegal content could see the firm hit with a fine of up to 8 million rubles ($110,000), with that amount increasing to one-fifth of the company's annual revenue for a repeat offense."

The 8 million rubles is mere chicken feed, but 20% of annual revenue is something worth aiming for. And when Twitter refuses as it will, shut it down. Yes, I completely agree with "Maria Zakharova, who called the social network 'a tool of global digital diktat in the hands of the Western establishment' and no longer an 'independent discussion platform.'"

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 1 2021 17:54 utc | 107

Posted by: Eighthman | Mar 1 2021 17:12 utc | 102

If something turns me off on any lady that's botoxed lips, and so much so when young. Awful looking, I'll find out about that "coup" somewhere else.

Posted by: Paco | Mar 1 2021 18:05 utc | 108

@steven t johnson | Mar 1 2021 15:24 utc | 92

"Putin is resolutely committed to capitalism with Russian characteristics and has never intended to fight imperialism"
One of the most revelatory things I've been told (not on this site) is "When Lavrov speaks of his American partners, one must assume he's saying the truth." So many people think in terms of absolutes. Yes, Russia genuinely pushed back against the Dark Throne in Syria--but to preserve a slice of its own, not to kick the bad guys out per the written alliance treaty it has with Damascus. Unfortunately, thinking said Throne would ever accept such a compromise only shows how deeply Russia misunderstands it--there is only one Lord of the Rings and he does NOT! SHARE! POWER!

Russian intelligence is supposed to be a fearsome thing, even though every provocation seems to catch them on the back foot. But Moscow has trouble hearing what is said openly: that the West wants a Russian enemy--to keep the EU together, because it covets her resources, and some other stuff going back centuries.

"his vaunted superweapons are largely unworkable prototypes"
Not quite my take. Yes, secret superweapons have underwhelmed at least since 1944. But Russian military strength seems real--or the country wouldn't even exist today. And this is all the "patriotic Russia experts" ever want to walk about (admittedly that's their expertise, so maybe good for them to stick to it). But so what? The Dark Throne doesn't engage the Russki's on the battlefield: it sics the Treasury Dept after Putin's rich friends, with the City of London making it a pincer movement. Since Russian elites have their families, loot, and most importantly their minds parked in NATO capitals, this is a target-rich environment, and you bet that those blows did connect.

For some years this was a tired ritual: after every US/IL-imposed humiliation, Russia would launch some expensive Kalibr's at cheap jihadi trash they could've just bombed. "See? We could actually do something if we wanted." Yeah but you don't want, and both sides know it. Willingness to fight is everything, as those same experts like to remind us when it suits their argument. The Taliban are defeating the US without Avangard and without SU-57 by, you know, killing them and stoically burying their own dead; that's how Ho Chi Minh did it as well.

Posted by: Ma Laoshi | Mar 1 2021 18:07 utc | 109

@dh-mtl | Mar 1 2021 16:21 utc | 96

>"Flipping The Byrd: 'Squad' Democrats Demand The Firing Of The Senate Parliamentarian
>Over Min Wage Mess" - If you can't corrupt the system, destroy it. Typical authoritarian
>behavior. Fascism at its finest!
Not how I'd read it. Said Parliamentarian agreed to be the fall gal this time round, and the Squad is playing along like the good Democrats they are, by distracting from the fact that it's of course their principal talent Biden who doesn't want to do anything for the rubes. Then when the Parliamentarian is up for re-election she'll do something heroic for a change and the Squad will forgive her. But like magic, somebody safe will be the bad guy that time, the Dems will sputter "But, but, the evil Repubs made us do it!", and the money will have its way again just like for the last 50 years.

Since Americans are, how shall we say it, not big on personal growth, and since the Dems have practiced the scam to perfection, it'll all continue the way it always has.

Posted by: Ma Laoshi | Mar 1 2021 18:28 utc | 110

TASS reports on key meeting between Lavrov and "representatives of leading foreign media outlets accredited in Moscow on Monday." I don't expect the European members to abide by Lavrov's basic request:

"[W]e hope that you will cover every angle of the events in an objective way too."

There's no transcript of this event posted to the MFA's site yet, so I can't tell if the request came before or after some examples of fake- and misinformation Lavrov cited. We already know that Reuters can't be trusted to report anything about Russia in an unbiased manner; and given China's experience, the BBC should also be included. Of course, European reporters are likely a minority which is why Lavrov said the following:

"Nevertheless, Lavrov said, an overwhelming majority of foreign journalists valued their reputation. 'We read much of what your editors publish. I see your striving to analyze and understand and to delve into the essence of events. In doing this you can always count on us as your sincere and active assistants.'"

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 1 2021 18:31 utc | 111

Friends, I'll be honest: MoA's coverage of the pandemic has been one of my biggest disappointments ever. He only ever plays the fear card. Civil rights violations? Police violence? Abuse of children? Tracking apps? Gates pushing vaccine passports? He barely ever mentioned them (if at all). In most of Europe, there is no excess mortality in people below 70. And yet, MoA continues stoking fear and pushing mostly useless masks. HUGE disappointment.

Posted by: Bert | Mar 1 2021 18:32 utc | 112

Bert @ 111

This is a stellar geopolitical site, but expecting innovative medical advice here is akin to asking your dentist to build you a microwave oven. Just ignore the COVID articles as I do.

Posted by: Free Thai | Mar 1 2021 18:42 utc | 113

Below is a good ZH link about the beginning of the fallout from the recent weather related power crisis in Texas

Credit Crisis Spreads As Largest Texas Power Coop Files For Bankruptcy

The shit show continues until it doesn't.....where is that tipping point?

Posted by: psychohistorian | Mar 1 2021 18:46 utc | 114

Who shot two holes in the car carrier? But without explosive shells.

Posted by: UnionHorse | Mar 1 2021 18:57 utc | 115

@ juliania... further to my comments @ 104, i thought about it some more while on a walk... i think the debt that gov'ts hold, which is held by the big private banks - that debt would be good to completely nullify... in fact, nations ought to be free to print their own money as they see fit and not be subject to control from the central bank hydra monster.... so, that is where i would start with the debt forgiveness.. in fact, i would make it national policy to cease and desist being a part of this private banking cartel hidden under the guise of the central bank system presently in operation..

Posted by: james | Mar 1 2021 19:12 utc | 116

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 1 2021 18:31 utc | 110

Thanks for the notice. It is a short introduction to an informal meeting, Lavrov celebrating the first day of Spring and wishing that the season comes to international relations as well, but not the Arab Spring way.

Lavrov and MSM rus

On another note, Slovakia jumps ship and receives the first lot of SputnikV, there you go Van der Leyen.

Posted by: Paco | Mar 1 2021 19:14 utc | 117

what kind of figures are that?? the US would have given 350 million dollars in «aid» to yemen....?!
you mean more than 10 million per inhabitant? or the cost of their military help to ksa/uae?
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-56242610

Posted by: Mina | Mar 1 2021 19:50 utc | 118

Hello Paco, and a Happy March to you! I'd read that several EU nations were stockpiling Sputnik V in anticipation of the EU's seal of approval since they didn't want to break the "Consensus Rule," but it's good to see at least one nation has the sense to put its citizen's wellbeing over such petty crap. Everyday I read of more problems with the mRNA-types and will not risk what remains of my life on one of those!!

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 1 2021 20:00 utc | 119

UnionHorse #115

Who shot two holes in the car carrier? But without explosive shells.

At fist look at the photographs I thought it looked like it had been rammed as there is so little soot + the vehicle stabiliser straps are intact, not melted, draped over rails. There is little soot and maybe the site was hosed off with a fire hose. But those draped stabiliser straps indicate no explosive heat. Perhaps the vehicles were relocated after the blast and thats why the straps are undamaged.

The exterior hull shots are the same - no explosive heat, minimal soot, one big hole and a few surrounding damage points. So I can only assume there are are high pressure but low heat explosives available.

Was this some form of armour piercing rocket mounted on a drone? They are in abundance in that part of the world.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 1 2021 20:52 utc | 120

paco #117

Thank you for the link.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 1 2021 21:02 utc | 121

uncle tungsten @Mar1 20:52 #120

Was this some form of armour piercing rocket mounted on a drone?

But could someone firing such a rocket have been certain that the rocket would go completely through the vessel? If the rocket had gotten stuck in the ship then it could be traced back to the origin. Would Iran take a risk of that happening? Seems unlikely.

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The exterior hull shots are the same ...

I haven't seen any exterior shots. Link?

The best photos I've see are from The Sun (UK) showing two holes, the larger being about 1m x 1m.

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... one big hole ...

I've only seen the first pictures that were provided early-on. They only show ONE of what is said to be FOUR holes (2 entry, 2 exit?).

I supposed that they showed the biggest of the holes. Compared to the ship's size, the hole is fairly small but the position of the holes near the waterline probably make them a danger to the ship.

!!

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Mar 1 2021 21:35 utc | 122

The latest USAi intervention in Haiti is going very bad because the people actually want elections and NOW and don't want USAi puppet EVER.

In the aftermath of Haiti’s catastrophic 2010 earthquake, the US helped the right-wing Tet Kale Party take and retain power, including backing the controversial delays in the 2015 election at the heart of the present crisis.

Huge protests swept across Haiti’s capital of Port-au-Prince over the weekend, as well as a number of other provincial towns, as Haitians took to the streets by the tens of thousands to demand President Jovenel Moïse step down.

They carried signs and sung songs and chants demanding an end to his power grab last month, as well as to the violence of gangs allied with his government, which have terrorized communities with kidnappings and killings.

I searched for news on the anti-imperialism and anti-dictatorship protests in #Haiti and found nothing. Haitian resistance has always been a threat to the imperialists, which is why they spend billions to contain/oppress the little nation that's only a third of an island.

The USA political elite are a curse on humanity. Look at them gouging the hearts and minds of the poorest of this earth. Look how they deny self determination of small island states that just seek to uplift themselves. See how the USAi political elite in their dread fear of 'socialism for the poor' abuse and debase tiny island states - just because they can.

This is gross, sadistic foreign policy.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 1 2021 21:36 utc | 123

Jackrabbit #122

See here for images of Helios Ray damage that I refer to.

It was from this post:

Some photos of "blast" internally on israeli Helios Ray; does not appear to be "huge." Also one photo of a shack destroyed by biden's "defensive" bombing.
(In russian,needs machine translation of descriptive phrases)

https://colonelcassad.livejournal.com/6586355.html

Posted by: Thomas Minnehan | Feb 26 2021 21:49 utc | 64

In the February 26, 2021
After U.S. Attack In Syrian Iran Demonstrates Its Escalation Dominance thread.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 1 2021 21:49 utc | 124

Jackrabbit #122

But could someone firing such a rocket have been certain that the rocket would go completely through the vessel? If the rocket had gotten stuck in the ship then it could be traced back to the origin. Would Iran take a risk of that happening? Seems unlikely.

The arms black market will be awash with these weapons - made in USA, Ukraine etc. The great arms sell off after the collapse of the USSR will have resulted in these arms being all over the place. Notwithstanding the arms depots in Uraine that went BANG.

The Sun pics you linked contain same images but there are two longer distance interior images not in the colonelcassad series.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 1 2021 22:01 utc | 125

Alastair Crooke is by far the best writer/thinker published by Strategic-Culture. This week's effort is revelatory yet again:

"A top Russian official, last weekend, said something which pinpoints the times we are living today. It may seem a throwaway remark, but behind it, just out of sight, lies something profound. He said that the JCPOA, (for very many, and not just for Iran), had become the prime symbol of how the rules-based global order is used precisely to squeeze-out a peoples’ sovereignty and autonomy – and to Gulliverise them into its Siamese twin, the rules-based monetary order....

"In the case of Iran, the superimposed ‘universal’ rules-of-the road were intended to supplant Iran’s NPT legal rights: to walk-back the Revolutionary impulse in Iran; drain its residue of radicalism through the drudgery of complying with tedious JCPOA rules; and ultimately force Iran’s assimilation into the global monetary governance too.

"Ok, nothing new – standard western procedure. Yet, those comments on how the JCPOA has become the icon on how to leach sovereignty from the blood of a nation speaks to a bigger shift affecting both Russia and Iran. They speak to a conversation in much of the world almost unimaginable within DC Beltway discourse....

"Russia’s 2007 insight was that the waters of the western spring-well of dynamism were becoming stagnant. In Davos last month, Putin suggested that the well-water was not just stagnant, but now contaminated. The western project had become stultified by the rigging of the entire system to the benefit of the 0.1%....

"Many Iranians have come to similar conclusion about Iran. When once most – maybe 80% – of Iranians would have wanted a feeler dipped into the well of western technical dynamism, today few want it. The danger to their own society of too close contact with stagnant water is obvious. Like Russia, they are focused on finding the inner energy from within their own resources and utilising the assets available to them. And discovering that those assets may be as present in Asia, as they once were in Europe.

"This is the ‘other’ conversation. Apart from the noisy narratives emanating out from the Beltway closed circuit on Iran, this alternative discussion – and Putin’s careful framing of it – is ‘out there’, widely dissected in much of the world. But it will not be heard in Washington. Biden in his Munich presentation, painted Russia as some sort of voodoo figure, uttering incantations damaging to the U.S. It was intended to imply that any person criticising America along similar lines, must therefore be a Russian agent – a traitor. Russia has become the voodoo doll [Link to Blumenthal's Reuter's scoop at original] to be held aloft, to frighten the American public, and to discipline public discourse."

And all this leads to what at first seems nonsensical--but:

"How is it, with Iran at the very cusp, like Russia, of a possible de-coupling from Europe, that reactivating the JCPOA has drawn some unexpected advocates [Link at Original] – current and former top Israeli security officials wanting to pull Iran back into the JCPOA....

"Is this the ultimate paradox? At the very moment when Iranian scepticism threatens to prevail, Israeli scepticism should wane? Maybe they will walk past each other, without meeting, and nothing will result."

Perhaps over the past several years, the genuine reality of Occupied Palestine's pickle finally dawned on its military, but not its politicians--yet:

"Or, maybe it is about the ‘dark secret’ that no one wants to discuss publicly – namely, that Israel has been out-foxed. Whilst all the world has been obsessing about the ‘Big One’ (the nuclear weapon prospect), and whether or not, Trump’s max-pressure would induce compliance with JCPOA, Iran has been preparing – not the Big One – but lots and lots of ‘Little Ones’." [All Emphasis Mine]

As usual with Crooke, there are several facets that need further looking into but perhaps the most critical is the fact that Imperial Planners and their Neoliberal Parasite allies now believe their own propaganda and can no longer see reality for what it is or are able to listen to other views. As Giraldi wrote last week, the Outlaw US Empire is moving "inexorably towards a totalitarian state intolerant of dissent." And that intolerance extends to basic truth-telling as with Psaki's daily remarks and NY Times "reporting" as b and others continuously document.

Perhaps the #1 thing the Outlaw Empire refuses to grasp is their complete, utter loss of Russia, China, and likeminded nations; that the Zero-sum game is now at a dead-end as ever more players dropout and join Win-Win. That the "stagnant waters" it's produced are now up to its knees and quickly deepening, and that only by reversing course can it save itself. Oedipus knew he was always correct until he realized that he was oh so very wrong, but mere self-flagellation won't cure today's problems as they go well beyond the individual.

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 1 2021 22:57 utc | 126

karlof1 #126

Thank you for an excellent post.

The zero sum game that the englander elite impose on their citizens and others in the world is considered from another angle by Valery Kulikov in NEO: here: Great Britain – the “Black Swan” in the World Fight against the COVID-19 Pandemic.

"The coronavirus pandemic that has swept the world over the past year has also tarnished Britain’s image, whose propaganda machine has actively, but unsuccessfully, sought to present the country to the world as a kind of “white swan” that has turned out to be “black”. Even a year ago, the British independent portal UKColumn noted London’s miscalculations in the fight against the pandemic “while Britain hurtles headlong towards neo-feudalist governance with heightened surveillance, micro-management of society and an uptick in fascistic policing.” In an article on the Canadian portal Global Research, the well-known journalist Kurt Nimmo wrote that the COVID-19 epidemic is not used to benefit the people, but to cover up the introduction of mandatory biometric identification. “COVID-19 is the perfect Trojan horse for a control freak state itching to not only micromanage the lives of ordinary citizens but also ferret out critics … and punish them as enemies of the state,” Nimmo writes."

Opportunistic extensions of state control over the citizens drives policy - never compassion. Every crisis is used as an excuse to extend the police state, to arrest people for social distancing at the beach on on a solitary stroll in the countryside. They even go so far as to arrest families for driving in an enclosed car cabin as if that is a greater crime than obeying the law of lockdown and living in a slightly larger enclosed cabin in their houses. Such is the mendacity of the englander elite.

"While Russia offered Africa 300 million doses of its Sputnik V vaccine, the World Trade Organization warned that wealthy countries, especially Britain, refusing to share their vaccines with less developed countries will negatively affect global GDP. Owning to this, the organization’s new director-general, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, called on Great Britain to send vaccines to developing countries, not to wait until there is excess supply in the country, and not to postpone the deadline for donating vaccines. As one argument, the WHO’s head cited a study done by the International Chamber of Commerce, which outlined the economic factors in favor of global vaccinations and showed that if developing countries did not vaccinate their populations by mid-year then global GDP would decrease by 6.4 trillion GBP. British media outlets note that according to the UN about 75% of all doses of the vaccines that are available in the world are concentrated in only 10 countries, while 130 countries across the world have not yet received a single dose.

"Against this backdrop, the increased debate in Great Britain about ethics was caused by its decision to test the COVID-19 pathogen on humans for the first time in the world, and under the pretext that “the number of those infected is dropping, and researchers need to keep working.” According to observers, it all sounds as if this means medical experiments from the country’s dark past: Britain is going to infect people with the coronavirus on purpose to gain a better understanding of it. As soon as March, volunteers will be isolated, infected, and monitored to obtain new information about the virus, and then about the efficacy of vaccines."

This savage elite is no 'black swan" perhaps a black vulture.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 1 2021 23:22 utc | 127

uncle tungsten @127--

Thanks for your reply and article. It looks like leading EU nations will find out the hard way that they never should have broken the UN Charter and aped the Outlaw Empire's imposition of extraterritorial sanctions. That's clearly the reason driving this headline:

"Germany Rejects Potential US Sanctions on Nord Stream 2 as Encroachment on European Sovereignty."

Sputnik reports: "Berlin stressed that it has closely coordinated the issue of extraterritorial sanctions with its EU partners." It sure has and in the wrong, illegal, immoral, direction that gave vastly undeserved credibility to the Outlaw Empire's illegal sanctions, further shredding the already tattered UN Charter. Merkel's cred must be extremely low as she's clearly failed as a Conservative as the tainted waters she created threaten to drown her at the end of her tenure.

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 1 2021 23:41 utc | 128

karlof1 #126 and 128


In your post at #126 you close with:

"Perhaps the #1 thing the Outlaw Empire refuses to grasp is their complete, utter loss of Russia, China, and likeminded nations; that the Zero-sum game is now at a dead-end as ever more players dropout and join Win-Win. That the "stagnant waters" it's produced are now up to its knees and quickly deepening, and that only by reversing course can it save itself. Oedipus knew he was always correct until he realized that he was oh so very wrong, but mere self-flagellation won't cure today's problems as they go well beyond the individual."

The englander elite and its US branch have been there before prior to the last two world wars and they have found a way to recover their domination. Historically this is achieved by provocations in key states that trigger 'outrage' and other hyped madness. We experience a cancel culture mania today because the elite media and its modern social media vehicles have a better way to trigger backlash and drive elite manufactured narratives. I guess in the past world war scenarios the delay between trigger and actual war on the ground was longer than it can be with today's weaponry.

Consider Taiwan, Armenia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Georgia and so on. These murderous elites and their newly established branch offices in Israel, the Baltics, various eastern europe states have definitely poisoned the waters surrounding eurasia and are perfectly capable of making the waters boil.

Like the frog in the saucepan this murderous elite have been raising the temperature for decades hoping that the frog wont detect its dilemma. Well the Russian support for Syria broke the spell as did the victory of China in recovering Hong Kong.

So now the malign western provocations are more overt than covert. Expect more. These are people who have plundered and warmongered their way across the planet many times and have always managed to get the victims to reimburse them manyfold for their expenditures on weapons and colonial 'governance'.

I appreciate Alastair Crook with his sage and expert analysis and he is one of the shining lights at Strategic Culture because he is lucid and perceptive.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 2 2021 0:09 utc | 130

Pinpoint

US releases unseen footage of Iran’s missile attacks on Al-Assad

Posted by: arby | Mar 2 2021 0:29 utc | 131

arby @131--

Thanks for that! Eleven out of sixteen Qiam-1s. I wonder if the jibes with Iran's figures. The 30%+ failure rate isn't what I expected. The next question is why was that released now, and its follow: did CBS truthfully report why the attack was made. And a third, why didn't Trump's team; or perhaps it was they, and CBS is just now airing the footage. But yes, a fairly nice line. Another question: How many would've died without the warning? And was it those thoughts that caused the latter head trauma instead of the blunt force absorbed while in shelters?

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 2 2021 1:09 utc | 132

#132 karlof1 & @131 arby

The US commander estimates that 100-150 personnel would have died without the warning. He says US intelligence detected the attack in advance but we know that Iran gave warning beforehand. I doubt the claimed failure rate of 30% - the commander was extremely impressed (to put it mildly), by the accuracy of the missiles. It seems unlikely that missiles so pinpoint would fail at much of anything.

Fars News has a couple of better stories on this:
Top US Commander: Iran's Missile Attack Could Have Killed 100 to 150 American Personnel

That story links to another one that I found compelling:
American Soldiers Still in Shock A Year After Iran's Missile Attack on US Base

“I still have anxiety,” Maj. Alan Johnson, who struggled to focus after absorbing the monstrous blast waves of several explosions, said.

“I still have recurring nightmares of incoming — just that sound of those things coming in,” he added.

[...]

Johnson stated that soldiers who had survived in bunkers were hesitant to leave them, even after an “all clear” message went out. Some were crying. Some were whimpering. Others were vomiting.

“The fact was, everyone had these symptoms of traumatic brain injury,” Johnson stated, noting, “But those symptoms were insignificant compared to what we went through all night.”

I don't mean to mock soldiers who've gone through an attack, but even now I find it stunning that this experience was so unique for these soldiers.

Everyone is afraid, but in some other militaries that we could name there are cultures supported by veterans that help the newer or younger ones to cope with the potential hardships ahead. But the US forces seemed completely devoid of any inkling that this could happen to them.

As if there was no culture within the US military that it could be attacked. And we have long speculated as to the enormity of a true defeat on the US psyche. This is perhaps a foretaste.

~~

The implications are profound. The description in the latter story of the group's preparations for the incoming attack reminds me of the descriptions we hear about Israel's IDF from Nasrallah and other resistance sources: namely, that the IDF soldiers are beyond simple fear or apprehension; they're spooked, as if a hex is on them that they can't rationally surmount.

It seems the same for these US soldiers as they knew that Iran's retribution for the murders of the martyrs was coming for them. They were spooked.

Is it guilt that does this?

Posted by: Grieved | Mar 2 2021 1:41 utc | 133

@132 karlof1

Damn that Typepad with its goddamned filter - it took out two good stories about the attack on the US base in Fars News.

It will appear at this place in the thread, one hopes, when b attends to his breakfast chores tomorrow.

Posted by: Grieved | Mar 2 2021 1:45 utc | 134

@129 John Cleary

Thanks, John. I gather then that the Lord Advocate has denied directing the two women to lodge their complaints.

Why am I reminded of the famous response of Mandy Rice-Davies in an earlier scandal: "Well, he would, wouldn't he?"

I'm trying to keep up with the story, but Wings is like MoA: if you land there you might not take off again for a long time.

Posted by: Grieved | Mar 2 2021 2:03 utc | 135

@80 uncle tungsten

FYI that's Godfree Roberts, whom we were all discussing here very recently. And purely fyi again, this appears to be a reprint of the original at Unz in 2019:

https://www.unz.com/article/when-china-leads-the-world/

Posted by: Grieved | Mar 2 2021 2:14 utc | 136

@67 uncle tungsten & @114 psychohistorian

Thanks to you both for the two articles. Both articles show ERCOT as the principal force bankrupting energy providers, but I'm not clear at present if this helps consumers or not - although the default guess is ready to hand of course.

Those two again for any who care:
Electric firm Griddy loses access to Texas grid amid state’s financial crisis
dit Crisis Spreads As Largest Texas Power Coop Files For Bankruptcy

Posted by: Grieved | Mar 2 2021 2:26 utc | 137

@ Grieved | Mar 2 2021 2:26 utc | 136 with the follow up on the Texas power debacle

Since you live in the state please educate us on the true mix of public/private entities involved. These coop power organizations, are they public or private coops?....or a mix?

Where did the decisions get made to lowball preventative measures?

Do you get to ride the lawsuit wave Grieved?....grin

Posted by: psychohistorian | Mar 2 2021 2:57 utc | 138

Why murikka sucks ?

gringos love the world so much, they've not much left for themselves. `!

Exhibit A

Ted Crux 2019

Amurikka stand with the people of HK, we'r all hkers now. [1]

iTS ALl very touching except,
does he stand with the gringos ?

Ted Crux 2021

Get Off Your Ass!, City ‘Owes you NOTHING!,’ ‘Only the Strong Will Survive

In case you'r wondering,
Cruz isnt any quirky freak,
he is the gringo syndrome personified.
They all wanna rule the world, even while roofs are crumbling in their own home,

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

Posted by: denk | Mar 2 2021 2:57 utc | 139

RIA Novosti has made an infographic comparing different COVID-19 vaccines (it’s appended to its articles about the vaccines, e.g., this article). Here’s the data from the infographic in a tabular form:

  Vaccine      PR  Eff.  Eff.  Storage  Price  Duration
(%) sev. temp. (US$)
(%) (°C)

AstraZeneca ✓ 62.1 100 2… 8 <10 unknown
CanSino 2… 8 middle
J&J 66 85 2… 8 10 middle
Moderna ✓ 94.1 100 −25…−15 37 unknown
Novavax 74.6 100 2… 8 16 unknown
Pfizer ✓ 95 75 −80…−60 19.5 unknown
Sinopharm 79.3 100 2… 8 >20 middle
Sinovac 50.4 100 2… 8 29.7 middle
Sputnik V ✓ 91.6 100 2… 8 <10 long

PR Peer-reviewed article on Phase III trial
Eff. Efficacy
Eff.sev. Efficacy in severe cases

I can’t vouch for the veracity of the data. It is certainly somewhat outdated (e.g., Novavax has announced 89.3% efficacy at the end of January). If anyone knows of a more up-to-date/accurate/comprehensive COVID-19 vaccine comparison, please share.

Posted by: S | Mar 2 2021 4:02 utc | 140

#139

Why COVID vaccines are so difficult to compare (Nature, February 23, 2021)

The article only mentions Pfizer/BioNTech, AstraZeneca/University of Oxford and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. Could it be that the available COVID-19 vaccines are suddenly so difficult to compare because the Evil Russia™–made Sputnik V happens to deliver one of the best efficacies—including 100% efficacy in severe cases—at the lowest price?

Posted by: S | Mar 2 2021 4:52 utc | 141

The unemployment problem in china.

https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202103/1216928.shtml
"Dearth of blue-collar workers in China severe after the Spring Festival"

"A video reflecting how severe the shortage is went viral on Chinese social media. In the video, the owners of garment factories stood in a line of about 3 kilometers in an alley in Guangzhou, South China's Guangdong Province.

Holding their ready-made clothes and advertising board that clearly showed job posts and salary levels, the owners hoped that pass-by job applicants would stop, look and perhaps ask for a job.

"We used to be the ones who picked the workers. Now the workers pick the bosses," Li Ailian, owner of a garment factory, said in the video."

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Mar 2 2021 5:03 utc | 142

The Shlomos go for the shekels again, remember the Lavi jet fighter project ?

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/israel-china-arms-export-suicide-drones

Did anyone call them 'our ally' despite no mutual defence treaty ?

Posted by: Paul | Mar 2 2021 6:05 utc | 143

This is a graph from "Visual Capitalist": How much do people spend on beer annually?

https://www.visualcapitalist.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/World-Beer-Index-2021-Per-Capita-Spend-on-Beer-FullWidth.html

Not surprising for a US publication, they claim the average Russian spends $1345.80 on beer annually, while the average US citizen only spends $1338.09. This is nonsense. Let's make a guess at what real values are:

According to costtotravel.com, in Russia a 0.33 l bottle of beer costs 124.83 RUB, or $1.67. According to wikipedia, in Russia beer consumption is 57.7 l/year. So I get a Russian pays something like $96 for beer, annually.

For the US, the same sources give 6.27 USD for 0.33l beer, and 72.7l beer/year, or a cost of $455.82/year. This sounds more reasonable. Why do US publications always lie?

Posted by: passerby | Mar 2 2021 9:24 utc | 144

John Cleary #129


Thank you for the link to the Scottish Parliamentary Committee inquiry attended by Alex Salmond. I must say Salmond is gracious and measured throughout and I empathise strongly with him in his forthright presentation and struggle for justice.

Brilliantly riddled with political jousting and some of the committee members exhibiting a delightful ignorance and tendency to subvert justice.

The entire case of the Government in its assault on Salmond is clearly based on their mala fide in pursuing their hapless prosecution. No wonder the court awarded the highest percentage in cost recovery to Alex Salmond. To think that these disgusting people are still hiding evidence from the Parliamentary Committee and that the Crown office threatens Salmond should he present certain evidence to a Parliamentary Committee is disgraceful. The Crown Office puts itself above the Parliament in the exercise of its diligence should the Committee members hold or peruse such evidence.

This is utterly wrong, and the Crown Office leadership should be dismissed for threatening a Parliamentary procedure and a key witness.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 2 2021 10:51 utc | 145

Peter AU1 @141 re: Full employment in China

The quants and number crunchers with their supercomputers who slave away for China's communists had warned the CPC that this was coming quite some time ago. That is why for many years they have been working on moving China's domestic workforce up the value added manufacturing chain, developing their "Belt & Road Initiative", and moving the lower end manufacturing out among the BRI participants. This is to:

  1. Deal with the tightening in low-skill labor market in China
  2. Deal with the growing glut in the domestic high skill workforce
  3. Grow new consumer markets in the world
  4. Maximize personal fulfillment and well-being in the world
  5. Deal with the unavoidable consequences of the Thucydides Trap

It is important to note that the very high probability of the US launching a trade war against China was (and remains) only a secondary consideration in their "Made in China 2025" project.

Posted by: William Gruff | Mar 2 2021 13:36 utc | 146

China aims for tech independence amid looming cut-throat race with US

To address that, the ministry has started to conduct a full review on 41 sectors and map out key industrial chains to "find empty spots as well as our weaknesses," Xiao said, "fixing the chain is to fix our shortcomings and weaknesses, ensuring that the chain won't break during crucial times."

[...]

At the press conference on Monday, Xiao said that China will focus on areas such as integrated circuit, core software, essential new materials and major equipment to address the "issue of the bottleneck."

"These are areas that we cannot find alternatives, if the US decided to cut off supply. They are the most important core technologies that we have to master," Fang Xingdong, the founder of the Beijing-based technology think tank ChinaLabs, told the Global Times on Monday, adding that while a complete breakup is unlikely, China needs to have that capability "so that the US would not take such extreme measures."

The USA has one ace in its sleeve left (not counting nukes). Let's see if China will have the strength to force it to use it and survive its impact. Then it will be able to proceed with the massacre of the Americans as the Western Civilization finally collapses and/or MAD happens.

On a side note, look at this:

That is on top of the agenda at the annual sessions of the National People's Congress (NPC), the top legislature, and the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), the top political advisory body, which is set to kick off on Thursday.

Apart from setting social and economic development goals for this year, the meeting will also focus on the formulation of the 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-25) and Long-Range Objectives through 2035. Through a series of top policy meetings and documents, China has set achieving technological independence as a top priority for years to come.

I would like to know which "Western Democracy" gives the power to its people to decide for something that even resembles the Long-Range Objectives.

--//--

West’s criticism of China's poverty alleviation success far-fetched

The World Bank took some 30 years to update its poverty threshold from USD 1.00 to USD 1.90 (which is still ridiculously outdated) and no Westerner ever complained about it. Now they see a problem with China's criteria!

Posted by: vk | Mar 2 2021 14:08 utc | 147

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/39537/the-air-force-needs-to-reverse-engineer-parts-of-its-own-stealth-bomber

The US has to reverse engineer its own bomber. This also happened with at least one nuclear weapon component - some sort of separation gel or something. I heard it happened with GM's original electric car plans.

Ridiculous. The US has serious supply chain work to do. Good Luck

Posted by: Eighthman | Mar 2 2021 15:36 utc | 148

Grieved @133--

It's 9am PST and your comments have yet to make it to the board. I'll continue to look for them.

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 2 2021 17:02 utc | 149

China prepares for:

"The annual legislative and political consultative sessions are usually a window into policy agenda and various economic and social development targets for the year. But coming at a crucial inflection point, as the country transitions into a new five-year plan and longer development visions, this year's meeting will also provide a clear direction and blueprint of where the world's second-largest economy is headed, following decades of rapid growth and mounting internal and external risks. That would follow a precedence set in 2020, when China did not set a specific target for the first time in decades....

"'Whether a number is released publicly or not, there are certainly targets for the government to coordinate various policies, including investments, debts and deficit,' Tian Yun, vice director of the Beijing Economic Operation Association, told the Global Times on Tuesday. But the overall trend is that the focus will be shifted toward areas that directly linked to people's livelihood, with jobs, consumer prices and other issues drawing much attention....

"Topping the agenda for the two sessions this year are discussions on the 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-25) and the long-range objectives through 2035. Early suggestions for the plan have indicated that China is aiming to become a mid-income country and double its 2020 GDP in 2035. That would require an average annual growth rate of between 4.7 percent and 5 percent in the next 15 years, according to some calculations....

"Also at core for the 14th Five-Year Plan and the long-range objectives through 2035 are the ability to make breakthroughs in core technologies to reach tech independence, as the US is escalating a tech race with China. Discussions over breaking the tech "bottleneck" has already become a hot topic ahead of the two sessions, with analysts and markets expecting major policy support and development plans following the two sessions. The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said on Monday that it was drafting a plan to tackle areas of shortcomings and weakness."

Of course, none of these proceedings will be reported in Western media despite the impact the discussions will have on their own internal markets, such is the West's arrogance. Instead, poor Westerners will be subjected to ever more misinformation about China and the world as Western governments continue with their policy of preferring lies over truth. This attitude is the result of the erosion of morals and ethics during the Cold War and serial violation of International Law that is no longer in the West's favor. Given the West only consists of about 1/7th of global population, it's very possible the continuance of its policies will result in isolation from the vast majority of humanity with potentially adverse results.

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 2 2021 17:26 utc | 150

"Who shot two holes in the car carrier? But without explosive shells."

Posted by: UnionHorse | Mar 1 2021 18:57 utc | 115

I'd like to see if the owners of said vessel massively upped their insurance recently before I point my finger in any specific direction.

Posted by: Jon_in_AU | Mar 2 2021 17:47 utc | 151

james @ 105, excellent! Half way is a very important place in great novels, almost like being at the top of the mountain. I am so happy you are enjoying yourself!

I can't really do more than compare Sunday's parable to what ought to happen with banks, since I am no economist. But remembering and adding Bill Black to the equation, I would suppose that with debt relief occurring for the less advantaged 'prodigals' and not the selfrighteous 'elder sons', as Michael Hudson points out, relief is going to come (unlike in the parable) out of oligarchs' ill gotten gains. Bill Black would have put those big banks into receivership in 2008, as he did during the Keaton Five scandals of his era. There should be plenty about that at the nakedcapitalism archives, as he was writing about that at the time. So, it would not be of 'benefit' to banks per se, except in that they would be whittled down and become healthy again.

The more accurate comparison of 'elder son' would be those who are not oligarchs but have done well enough to support them currently and be averse to forgiving the debts of others when they themselves have had to pay off their own debts. Which they have done through effort enabled by their 'father', through whom such efforts have been possible in a state of which even the less able to do so are citizens also. Ultimately, their 'father', the state, would become healthier both for them and for their brothers. E pluribus unum.

Posted by: juliania | Mar 2 2021 17:56 utc | 152

Some updates on Scotland:

This fella was on today:

https://www.parliament.scot/HarassmentComplaintsCommittee/Meeting%20Papers/20210302SGHHCPublicPapers.pdf

Mr Salmond comments: “I believe that the Committee should ask the Lord Advocate
directly whether he instructed two unwilling complainants to make police statements.”
I did not direct any complainer to make a police statement; indeed, I have no power
which would enable me to issue such a direction.

James Wolfe. Queen Elizabeth's lackey in Scotland.

The game is called "Spot the Sophistry, identify the casuistry, and see if they can tell the difference"


Anyway, my warning to Ms F.


John Cleary says:
1 March, 2021 at 10:49 pm

Sooner or later Ms F will realise that she MUST out herself to save her own life.

Learn from others. Monica Coghlan and Angela Peppiat.
And of course Jill Dando (though unintentionally).

You are in the same place as Angela Peppiat.
When she saw what had happened to Jill, and then Monica, she knew she had to fight for her life.

Lord Archer’s QC sought to under-mine her honesty. But questions about expenses claims and a disputed £10,000 bonus failed to dent her credibility.
Why did she risk her reputation in what some would describe as an act of disloyalty to a man who had trusted her so much that he left a picnic basket full of signed, blank cheques by her desk? The answer is that he offended her deeply by questioning her integrity.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-61503/The-woman-knew-hed-nailed-day.html

Huh?
Ten days of hostile cross-examination, because he questioned her integrity?

I think not.

Angela Peppiatt became Lord Archer’s personal assistant in 1985 after he was appointed deputy chairman of the Conservative Party. She was a main witness in the recent trial.
During the perjury trial she told the court that in May 1987 Lord Archer asked her to fill in a blank 1986 diary, using a list of names he provided, and to deliver it to his solicitors. She says this was the diary used during the 1987 libel trial.

Mrs Peppiatt told the court she had kept the genuine diary after she left Lord Archer’s employment in December 1987, and handed it to police in 1999.

She said she had photocopied the new diary pages before and after making the entries. The court also heard that she counter-signed a letter with another assistant, Caroline Norman, saying she had acted under Lord Archer’s orders.

Angela Peppiatt told the court she had falsified a 1986 diary

During the perjury trial she told the court that in May 1987 Lord Archer asked her to fill in a blank 1986 diary, using a list of names he provided, and to deliver it to his solicitors. She says this was the diary used during the 1987 libel trial.

Mrs Peppiatt told the court she had kept the genuine diary after she left Lord Archer’s employment in December 1987, and handed it to police in 1999.

She said she had photocopied the new diary pages before and after making the entries. The court also heard that she counter-signed a letter with another assistant, Caroline Norman, saying she had acted under Lord Archer’s orders.

Michael Stacpoole was a good friend of Lord Archer’s for around 20 years, and worked with him on business and fund-raising deals.

He was a high society PR man who later gained notoriety when he was photographed handing over an envelope of cash to the prostitute Monica Coghlan, on Lord Archer’s behalf.

When the Monica Coughlan story broke, Mr Stacpoole left the country.


Monica Coghlan

In 1986 Monica Coghlan claimed that Lord Archer had agreed to pay her £70 for sex. She told her story to the News of the World which then taped Archer on the telephone offering her money to flee overseas.

Lord Archer told Ms Coghlan to go to London’s Victoria station to collect the money. Michael Stacpoole was photographed by the paper offering Coghlan a packet said to contain £2000.

The scandal caused Lord Archer to resign from the Conservative party. He sued the Star newspaper, which had alleged he had spent the night with Monica Coghlan.

Lord Archer won the case and £500,000 in damages.

Monica Coghlan died in a car crash in April 2001.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/1441326.stm


John Cleary says:
1 March, 2021 at 11:04 pm
holymacmoses says:
1 March, 2021 at 10:22 pm
I wonder why Mr Salmond suggested that the committee should ask Mr Wolffe whether he suggested that the two complainants should make statements to the police?
holymac,

Salmond’s suggested question was whether the office of the Lord Advocate had instructed the two complainants to make their statements to the police.

We are talking about coercion by those very same people who are acting “in the complainants interests”. The original complainants (F and K) were forced, against their will, to do what they did NOT want to do.

Remind me again about the definition of rape, of sexual assault. Anything to do with using force to overcome resistance?

Posted by: John Cleary | Mar 2 2021 18:01 utc | 153

For the avoidance of doubt.

Ms F and Ms K were forced to start proceedings by thugs hiding behind the royal prerogative.
Very nicely dressed thugs, of course. Probably just as smooth as the salesmen who conned the stupid Yanks into unlimited liability at Lloyds of London.

Thugs, nonetheless.

And of course Queen Elizabeth II has no knowledge of any of this.
She wouldn't break her Coronation Oath sworn before God.

We know that, because she is wonderful.

And we know she is wonderful because they keep on telling us so.

Posted by: John Cleary | Mar 2 2021 18:03 utc | 154

Biden's woeful foreign policy's reviewed here. The following tells you what to expect by reading further:

"So Biden’s old-style New Cold War is upon us, and although he said the big priority was “modernizing our military capabilities while leading with diplomacy” it is obvious that while he’s certainly giving the Pentagon and the military-industrial complex their very own expensive booster jab, there isn’t anything remotely diplomatic about insulting and threatening other countries in a major speech to a military grouping whose leader and supporters are desperate for reasons — indeed any pretext — to justify its existence."

As suggested in my comment @150--By continuing its destructive #1 policy goal of attaining Full Spectrum Dominance, the Outlaw Empire will only escalate its division from a 100% resistant humanity, something the Duopoly is apparently blind to from its East Coast Bubble buried in its pile of close to worthless dollars. This paragraph slays the lies and attempt to forge a new Iron Curtain:

"Indeed, China is coming closer to Europe. It is rapidly extending its trade links through the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) because this makes economic sense for both Europe and China. Eighteen member countries of the European Union have signed a Memorandum of Understanding concerning the BRI, and as noted by Silk Road Briefing (a private commercial organisation), 'an examination of the Export data released by the World Bank, and available on their TCData360 website has revealed that EU member states who have signed up to China’s Belt and Road Initiative are seeing their export volumes growing at a significantly faster rate than those who have not', while 'Chinese and Russian efforts to link East and West Europe are spurring faster export rates.' This gigantic initiative, costing trillions of dollars, is intended to benefit all involved. It would be economic suicide for China to destroy it by 'intimidating' or in any fashion discriminating against its partners." [Several links at original]

As the author shows, it's all too easy to refute the Empire's idiotic talking points with reality, which tells the reader what's actually lacking from most Western policies, such as the added sanctions related to the criminal Navalny.

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 2 2021 18:05 utc | 155

Why do I talk about Jill Dando?


Dando death claim in Archer case


Disgraced peer Lord Archer is to appeal against his perjury conviction, citing evidence including a claim that he was responsible for Jill Dando's death.
He says the verdict should be quashed as some evidence - such as the baseless claim - was not shared at his trial, his wife has told the Mail on Sunday.

Police were told Ms Dando was killed by mistake after the former Tory peer ordered a prosecution witness's death.

His ex-employee Angela Peppiatt lived in the same road as the TV presenter.

'Preposterous claim'

The former deputy Tory chairman was jailed for four years in 2001, and was released in 2003.

Archer's wife Mary said that her husband was preparing his appeal, but could not say how long it might take before it reached court.

His argument will hinge on claims that certain allegations against him were not divulged.

These include the charge that he ordered Ms Peppiatt to be killed.

The claim was that television presenter Jill Dando - who lived very close to Ms Peppiatt and drove a similar car - was murdered in 1999 by mistake.

Speaking on her husband's behalf, Mary Archer told the newspaper: "I have long known false allegations were made to the police to assist the prosecution and undermine Jeffrey's defence.


"I am astonished that the police did not make known to us, as the law requires they should have done, the preposterous claim that Jeffrey commissioned the murder of Angela Peppiatt.

"We believe that some of this material was included in the successful applications by the prosecution to the trial judge to withhold material from the defence on the grounds of public interest immunity," Mrs Archer said.

She added the failure to disclose all of the information "fatally undermines the fairness of Jeffrey's trial".

'Reparations'

A Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) spokesman said it would not comment about a case ahead of a possible appeal.

"If an appeal is launched then we will deal with it in the normal way and deal with the Court of Appeal in the normal way," he said.

Barry George was jailed for life in July 2001 after being convicted of Ms Dando's murder.*

Jeffrey Archer has served a five-year ban from the Conservative Party, and in February Conservative Party co-chairman Dr Liam Fox hinted the party would consider his return.

"I'm sure that in line with people having served their sentence and having done some reparations for what they did wrong, we would look at that sympathetically," he said.


http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/4386441.stm


*Subsequently quashed by the Court of Appeal in 2007.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barry_George
Yes. Another fit-up.

Posted by: John Cleary | Mar 2 2021 18:10 utc | 156

The louder he talked of his honour, the faster we counted the spoons.


Lord Wolfe, Lord Advocate of Scotland to the Committee:

Any suggestion that prosecutorial decisions in that case were susceptible to political
influence would not only be unfounded, but would be a serious slur on the integrity
of the professional prosecutors involved, who, as part of their professional
responsibilities, routinely take difficult and sometimes unpopular decisions, always
independently, in the public interest.
I also reject the criticisms of the steps which the Crown has taken in respect of the
evidence to the Committee. All decisions, in relation to these matters have been taken
by senior professional prosecutors, exercising their professional responsibilities
independently and with a view to the proper application of legal rules and restrictions
which are designed to protect the integrity of the administration of justice.

https://www.parliament.scot/HarassmentComplaintsCommittee/Meeting%20Papers/20210302SGHHCPublicPapers.pdf

Can this possibly be the same team that submitted a signed statement to Lord Pentland to the effect that there were no further documents?

You know. The same team that committed this perjury?

Now I know that they have faced no sanction for this felony, but that does not mean that Wolfie and his gang are not criminals: they are.

It just means that Queen Elizabeth II has taken a personal interest.
And of course, she knows nothing about what she is doing.
That would be a breach of her Coronation Oath, wouldn’t it?

Posted by: John Cleary | Mar 2 2021 18:14 utc | 157

I often make reference to the deteriorating state of the USA's infrastructure but usually don't provide any link to an item that details the problem. That's rectified with this unfortunate tale about Jackson, Mississippi--the state capital-- issue with its water delivery and sewage system since it got clobbered by the Big Freeze over two weeks ago that the Media chose to focus on Texas instead. I'm surprised China doesn't write about the gross human rights violations in Mississippi and elsewhere more that it does. However, it's quite clear why major media chose not to report about the situation in Mississippi--truth telling is too hard a task and the actual state of the nation is something to be kept from its citizenry.

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 2 2021 18:49 utc | 158

Thanks Grieved @ 135

I honestly do not know. It's all lawyerspeak, where words mean something different to their everyday meaning. He could be talking about himself, his department or something outside his department.

The word used by Salmond was "instructed". Either way we are talking coercion.


uncle tungsten @ 145

The Crown Office does indeed put itself above Parliament. But what's incredible is that Parliament does nothing about it.

That has been the story throughout.

For example, the Crown Office submitted a signed affidavit to the effect that there were no more documents. When documents later emerged the Government QC spent all his time groveling to the judge. But the judge, Lord Pentland did nothing about it, just like Parliament.

So who is in charge of the country? Who is the supreme authority in this game of rock, paper, scissors?

I KNOW it is Queen Elizabeth.
But Brits are brainwashed: they will not accept that she has gone rogue.

Posted by: John Cleary | Mar 2 2021 18:55 utc | 159

There's a good analytical essay at The Saker's, "They say that great myths die hard...," the link to which I'll put in a separate comment since they've been eaten by TypePad recently. An example of its content is this review of what's happening between Pakistan, its neighbors, and the region beyond:

"In recent history Pakistan has been heavily dependent on Saudi Arabia, in part due to a Sunni majority and a large amount of outstanding loans financed by the Kingdom. As Sheikh Imran Hosein put it unflatteringly, Pakistan has served as “a shoeshine boy for the Saudis.” Several wedges are growing between this strong historical relationship.

"First, Pakistan is warming to its neighbor Iran and the new prime minister of Pakistan has accelerated ties with its western neighbor in many areas. One is the accelerated development of a massive Istanbul-Tehran-Islamabad railway which highlights an emerging challenge to Saudi supremacy: the nascent Turkey/Iran/Malaysia/Qatar bloc in the Muslim world could potentially expand to include Pakistan. Keeping Pakistan away from Iran has long been an intention of the Saudis, who sought to fuel tensions with their neighbor by financing anti-Shia terrorism in Pakistan in the 80s and 90s. Nevertheless, the two countries seem to be getting over it and the populations of both nations rate each other positively in opinion polling.

"Another sign of nervousness in the West about Pakistan-Iranian integration is the failed attempt to stop the construction of the new Iran-Pakistan oil pipeline with threats of sanctions. This will further pull Pakistan into the Iranian orbit.

"A new major straining factor on the relationship with Saudi Arabia is Riyadh’s unwillingness to defend Pakistan’s claims to the disputed Kashmir border region. Pakistan has hoped that the Kingdom would defend its claim, but Saudi Arabia has been unwilling to do so.

"Finally, there is the issue of Israel. Saudi Arabia would like to recognize Israel as soon as possible but doing so would cause massive protests in Pakistan and ruin the Saudi reputation there. Therefore it is trying to pressure Pakistan to first recognize Israel, something which would be unpopular and put the Pakistani government in a precarious situation domestically."

Yes, the balance is shifting!

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 2 2021 19:08 utc | 160

The link to 160.

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 2 2021 19:10 utc | 161

Grieved's posting is now up at comment number 133 and I encourage barflies to read it.

Yes, Grieved, I believe that guilt plays a big part in the visceral reaction these soldiers experienced.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Mar 2 2021 19:16 utc | 162

Great clip from Gravitas India on the power and profiteering of Pfizer

https://twitter.com/WIONews/status/1364636644549124103

"Pfizer has become a terror. The US pharma company is reportedly asking for military bases and sovereign assets as guarantees for vaccines...."

Posted by: John Gilberts | Mar 2 2021 19:36 utc | 163

Kudos to the Democrats, U.S.A.!

They have selected the only person in the entire universe that can make Donald J. Trump look good without making any effort. The wind is sown, the harvest will come.

Invest in popcorn futures.

Posted by: Formerly T-Bear | Mar 2 2021 19:40 utc | 164

@ 133 grieved... thanks for your post on that event on the usa base in iraq via the iranian bombs... it is very telling...

i think the perpetual usa brainwashing goes something like this - " we are the best and greatest".. it flies in the face of the very measured response from iran.. i think the other aspect to this is an absence of reflection on the part of the political leaders in the usa... add to it the idea that there can be no accountability - words from obama when asked about the war iraq, and etc. etc... same could be asked of obama in the 2008 bail out.. there is no accountability in any of the key events that have shaped the usa in the past 20 years... it doesn't work well with the "we are the best and greatest" line as i see it.. in fact it is very corrosive on this particular mantra.......i am sure a psychiatrist or psychologist would have a few words to say on this topic!

Posted by: james | Mar 2 2021 19:51 utc | 165

and one other important point - the media keep this out of the usa msm... this is also key... americans are not supposed to know - they are supposed to be dumbed down only.. that is the intended byproduct in the medias role in all this... keep negative stuff like this off the news... this is why we are reading it here thanks your sharing.. just wait til the censorship reaches new heights!

Posted by: james | Mar 2 2021 19:53 utc | 166

I doubt that it is guilt. It is shock that this could happen at all plus the actual shell shock.

Posted by: arby | Mar 2 2021 20:07 utc | 167

James, yes about keeping things like this out of the news. As far as most Americans know about it it was just a few headaches."

Posted by: arby | Mar 2 2021 20:10 utc | 168

Bravo New Zealand:

https://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU2103/S00046/nz-super-fund-disinvestment-in-israel-banks-lesson-for-new-zealand-government.htm

Good links, thanks Scoop.

So the Geneva Conventions still have some meaning in NZ. Both Australia and NZ have signed the Additional Protocol, becoming High Contracting Parties. I am still waiting for Australia to pay more than lip service to its obligations. Over to you P.M. Pastor Morrison, its the law of the land.

Posted by: Paul | Mar 2 2021 20:10 utc | 169

arby | Mar 2 2021 20:07 utc | 167

"It is shock that this could happen at all"

Remember the "Cook" incident in the black sea where the ship was left "dead in the water" electronically, after an overfly by the Russians?
Same thing - about 20 personnel were said to have left the navy or have had nervous "breakdowns". I don't know how many really were that affected, but do the US teach "immunity comes with a badge" in the US military?

Posted by: Stonebird | Mar 2 2021 20:15 utc | 170

Grieved @133--

"It seems the same for these US soldiers as they knew that Iran's retribution for the murders of the martyrs was coming for them. They were spooked.

"Is it guilt that does this?"

Such psychology was explored by the directors of the Spaghetti Westerns spawned by Sergio Leone and is why I reference them so often through their titles. Take the three outlaws awaiting the train at the beginning of Once Upon a Time in the West--when the ennui is finally overcome by a brief moment of terror: a circumstance Leone repeated in everyone of those films. That Clint Eastwood's character's The Man With No Name is yet another play on the theme. And there are many others, particularly the greed that is the aim justifying the most immoral of means.

PTSD is an odd brain bugger--some are crippled for life by it while others never experience it or in others it drives them to a berserkness that results in being KIA'd as with Steve McQueen's character, Reese, in Hell is For Heroes and other cinematic examples mostly from the early 1960s are were the Spaghetti Westerns. As a "garrison" soldier of Empire being somewhere you sense you shouldn't likely promotes some sense of guilt that the military tries to erase via training and propaganda. I'd watched all the movies I cited above prior to my enlisting as an economic draftee in 1979 (at 24) and knew much more about what I was potentially getting myself into than the 17-18 year-old kids. But the S-2, NSA affiliated intel unit I served in as a Reservist was always cast as Soviet/Op-Force in the exercises we participated in and always won, which sent a queer message to my unit which we discussed rather often. Many of the NCOs had served in Nam in similar units and had no guilt from their involvement, although none ever engaged in combat. Our unit's atmosphere was very similar to Explorer level scouting.

Truthfully, most of the kids I trained with at that time were very poor soldiers, most barely able to pass the 4th grade reading test--several were illiterate! All of us were economic draftees; only the Puerto Rican National Guard officer candidate was gung ho in any manner, and he couldn't hit a target to save his life. But that was then, although I suppose not much has changed except for the educational quality of the enlistee. I'm willing to bet that none of the troops at that base ever expected to come under fire of any sort. Thus the surprise and shock was even more devastating. The role played by Bob Newhart in Hell is For Heroes is similar to those kids in Iraq--a typist who never learned how to use his rifle yet is thrust into a situation where his life is now dependent on that training.

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 2 2021 20:24 utc | 171

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 1 2021 21:02 utc | 121

MID site today, the meeting of Lavrov with Uzbekistan Foreign Minister. Not to be taken lightly, the most populous country in Central Asia, and not a close ally of Russia, SputnikV to be produced in Uzbekistan, which somehow makes me envy them, I do not foresee a vaccine being produced let's say in Honduras, or an airplane in Guatemala like the famous and still active Il-76 that were produced in soviet Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

A couple of questions touching on relevant issues, like the talked about European covid passport, voluntary vaccination as promised disappears, and more sanctions, sanctions galore, a brief who cares but there is a rule in diplomacy, reciprocity, and of course we are going to respect it.

With Uzbekistan FM rus

Posted by: Paco | Mar 2 2021 20:37 utc | 172

New Illegal Outlaw Empire Sanctions on Russia "Represent Anti-Russian Attack", a rhetorical response that given their 100% Bull Shit Nature amounts closely to a Declaration of War. I would hope all Russian interactions aside from the diplomatic missions with the Outlaw Empire completely cease entirely, and in April Russia should take sole possession of the ISS. An obvious change in disposition in Syria aimed at pushing out the illegal occupation of the nation by the Outlaw Empire also need to be made.

Russia must put its foot down and declare no more bullshit!

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 2 2021 20:47 utc | 173

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 2 2021 20:24 utc | 171

There is an annual festival in the town of Tabernas, home of the Spagheti Western, Clint made a name for himself in what was then a God forbidden corner of Spain. Some western towns were erected as sets, and some still remain as tourist atractions, with the saloon, hotel, bank and gallows. Maybe I should have said "there was.." cause the way things are going .... they're gonna crucify all of us, a blank year in a place where close social gathering is the norm.

Tabernas Hollywood

Posted by: Paco | Mar 2 2021 20:53 utc | 174


Governor of Texas lifts mask ban opens all businesses to 100% watch the dominos fall.

Posted by: Quanah | Mar 2 2021 22:00 utc | 175

Fars News links

Grieved #134

I have had trouble with Fars links so I got round that by citing Fars + the title of the news item and got the message posted.

Maybe tiny url link will slip past.

Fars seems to be on the 'absolutely must suppress' hit list.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 2 2021 22:43 utc | 176

I just sent a Fars News home page test link. It vaporised in transit. No link in this post.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 2 2021 22:50 utc | 177

The Scottish Government have finally surrendered, the night before Sturgeon's appearance.

It is as damning as could possibly be. It confirms every one of my own allegations.
It's all there, in ten or eleven small pdf's.

All the dirt you could ever hope for.

https://www.gov.scot/publications/legal-advice-related-to-the-parliamentary-inquiry-into-the-scottish-governments-handling-of-harassment-complaints-sghhc/

Posted by: John Cleary | Mar 2 2021 22:57 utc | 178

Paco @174--

It would be excellent to come to Espana and visit one of my ethnographic homelands. The family emigrated from Salamanca in several waves from 1906-1911 and went to California where Hipolito had bought land to start a vineyard and citrus operation in Cucamonga, some of which still remains thanks to the homage to our heritage by my cousin Roseann. Very much like Spain, the land was desert made fertile by irrigation. Nice some of the sets still exist. I recall Michener's description of Southern Spain in The Drifters, which impacted me when I read it in my early 20s. Someday maybe....

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 2 2021 22:58 utc | 179

paco #172

Thank you for that link. It was interesting to see the close higher education relations between the two and especially the high number of Uzbek students supported by the Russian government.

No student debt! Now that is a good idea ;)

I trust they will avoid the mendacious interference from UKUSAi.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 2 2021 23:03 utc | 180

This becomes more and more surreal. Our old friend Wolfie tonight:

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This man has just put in doubt the validity of search warrants in Scotland.
Can you imagine how the underworld is leaping with joy tonight.

The Scottish Government is literally falling to pieces.

Posted by: John Cleary | Mar 2 2021 23:13 utc | 181

@ John Cleary | Mar 2 2021 22:57 utc | 177... thanks john... without going thru all the pdfs, you make a point about it confirming your allegations... is this a switch for the scotland gov't to share this and if so, what is the ultimate message they are trying to get out, or cover up as the case may be?? thanks.. if this is significant, i suspect craig murray will make a post on it..

Posted by: james | Mar 2 2021 23:20 utc | 182

@ 180 john... i am unable to appreciate the gravity of these actions....

Posted by: james | Mar 2 2021 23:21 utc | 183

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 2 2021 20:24 utc |


"Truthfully, most of the kids I trained with at that time"

Kids.
Whilst driving through the US several years ago we pulled into a highway stop, restaurants, gas, etc.
There were several military vehicles there and lots of KIDS in military garb.
As we were leaving my wife said it looked they thought they were at summer camp which described the exact feeling.

Posted by: arby | Mar 2 2021 23:27 utc | 184

Paco 174

Not sure if you are familiar with the Spaghetti Western "Once Upon a Time in the West"? It features some gorgeous scenery from Spain...one of my all time favorite movies, and I am not usually that fond of Westerns.

Posted by: Haassaan | Mar 2 2021 23:31 utc | 185

james,

Queen Elizabeth II runs the nations within her empire through their constituent legal systems.
The top man (or woman) ensures that all decisions are controlled.
In many such nations that top person is the head of state. That person controls the law indirectly, through others.

James Wolfe QC is Her man in Scotland.
He is now caught in the contradictions of his own making.
Queen Elizabeth makes, shall we say, capricious decisions.
But she is never held to account.
Until now. Is Scotland up to it?

Posted by: John Cleary | Mar 2 2021 23:32 utc | 186

@113 Free Thai
Yes, I did notice that too. After her first article on Covid (nothing to worry about) he received orders to switch into fear porn. Orders from German secret services. I can deal with controlled disidence and gatekeepers, eventually you can see trough their agenda.
On top of that, what used to be good analysis has become a mere description of facts with no real deep insight. On a positive note, b (being non English speaker) has a charming way to put his thoughts/handlers orders in English. But I don't care reading anymore his charming diktats. I simply skip the whole article and go directly to comments. Say, for instance, he posted something yesterday or so with the word biden in the tile, but I couldn't tell you more than that.
For me, what is good here is the 'related' articles in the 'week in review' and, of course, the very hight level of a handful of comenters. I won't mention any name (we all have our favourites :-) but we're all thinking more or less in those 5-7 'personas' that still make us click the bookmark. To them all, a great thank you for their continuos, infatigable and enlightening contribution.
With love from the South of Europe (soon to be quicked out of the German EU club)

Posted by: Oropaco | Mar 2 2021 23:54 utc | 187

john

thanks... did you happen to watch that video that debs shared a week or so ago called the spiders web? it goes right into explaining what you articulate in your post..

this is very much happening and in the present moment..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zT9pa5AOuE

Posted by: james | Mar 2 2021 23:55 utc | 188

arby @183--

Thanks for your reply! I've several stories from those days as you might imagine. The military was desperate for bodies and was taking anybody--even those that were unable to write as I related above. They got weeded out in somewhat traumatic fashion for them as inner-city kids since the military was often their last legitimate opportunity for a future outside of the coming gang wars which had yet to commence. One short, wiry black kid who puffed himself up as big and tough was close to tears when I walked past his desk during the writing test--he tried to hide his blank paper as he couldn't read. I finished that test first and waited outside for almost an hour before the second recruit emerged. 10%--11/118--were washed out by that test. How did they get past the recruiters? The wash-out rate for my cadre would be vastly greater today with the higher standards. One kid from my platoon was always out-of-step and did thousands of pushups as a result, but he graduated. My bunk-mate was a 20 year-old gay man from the Bronx named Harper that nobody wanted as a partner, so I took him on and saw to it he graduated. At least he could shoot well. The live-fire drills where you belly crawl underneath barbed wire and real bullets were discontinued about 18 months or so prior to my enlistment, so we were only exposed to the sounds of artillery and gunfire. I much preferred the old WW2 barracks as opposed to the high-rise dorms as they felt more realistic of what a soldier's life was supposed to be--very basic with few frills. But the "old ways" didn't get the recruits, so the "soft ways" were introduced. All that was in 1980. My reserve unit had only one private, all the rest of us were NCOs or officers, so we sorta looked like the Over-the-Hill gang when we went on exercises. It was odd but very educational. Later when I was in college and taking Greek History, I wondered how we'd have fared as Hoplites and was thankful I'd never get to find out.

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 3 2021 0:19 utc | 189

Caitlyn Johnstone rewrites Plato's Cave:

"Over and over and over again. And over and over and over. The excuses change, the narrative spin changes, the component parts of the agendas change, but it’s only ever the same one story: wealthy and powerful people seek more wealth and power, and narratives are spun to advance these agendas.

"Once you see the clouds as clouds, you never again get confused about what those shapes in the sky really are. You see different iterations of the exact same dynamic where you used to see individual breaking news stories."

Yep, it's the same old Ever Fonkey Lowdown. The Never-ending Class War day #1,537,380 or thereabouts. But now there's at least a choice for those mobile enough to vote with their feet who are informed.

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 3 2021 1:18 utc | 190

@181 james

Wings Over Scotland has some current material (Murray is not writing about this at the moment):
The earth-shattering kaboom

This story starts by quoting a BBC reporter to this effect:

Following tonight's publications the Scottish Conservatives are to submit a motion of no confidence in First Minister Nicola Sturgeon; they say there is "no longer any doubt that she lied to the Scottish Parliament and broke the ministerial code on numerous counts"

And Sturgeon is due to speak to the Committee tomorrow - happening in a few hours, I suppose, on Scotland time.

More smoking guns seem to be appearing - and these are presumably what John Cleary is so exultant about with the pdf files - and at the same time Scottish officials (most recently now Deputy First Minister John Swinney) are blatantly lying and saying these guns don't exist, contrary to the sheer fact that they do.

~~

It's a very brutal tale of lying to feed the UK Wurlitzer, and breaking laws and abusing government privilege to silence truths. As the dust settles, what usually matters is what the bulk of the voting population believes it has heard - except that in this case, astonishingly, the courts and the police seem to be impartial and not part of the frame-up. So there is hope.

It's a tricky story for latecomers like us to appreciate because it's been going on long enough that most nuances of a complex legal situation have become shorthand reference for those who have been following for a long time. As happens in such things, commenters are riffing on events, as between people who know the nuts and bolts already.

But it seems that the greatest scandal has been the withholding and suppressing of evidence by the agents of the British Government (in their own right and as handlers of the SNP and Sturgeon) - and that now some of the evidence is coming out to corroborate the very fraught (or at least taut) legal positions of Craig Murray and Alex Salmond and others.

The stakes are very high on a number of levels. It's actually a breathtaking event, and it must be absolutely charged with angst and passion for those supporters of the causes at stake.

Would it be wrong, I wonder, to compare this event with Watergate and the impending resignation of Nixon?

Posted by: Grieved | Mar 3 2021 1:43 utc | 191

Texas continues to hog the news, as the governor announces lifting ALL pandemic restrictions:
Texas gov lifts mask mandate & OKs businesses to operate at 100% capacity

This will be interesting. I'll be happy to continue wearing a mask while we let events show us who's right about the lethality of this epidemic.

Honestly, after a year of intense study and still knowing nothing, one might just as well flip a coin.

Posted by: Grieved | Mar 3 2021 1:58 utc | 192

@Grieved | Mar 3 2021 1:58 utc | 191 who wrote
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Honestly, after a year of intense study and still knowing nothing, one might just as well flip a coin.
"

What does this say about Western medicine? Has there been more intense study or obfuscation? Not all of the medical establishment but the public facing portion is sick to the bone with the God of Mammon cancer.

That cancer is making them mad and not capable of thoughts like yours..."I'll be happy to continue wearing a mask while we let events show us who's right about the lethality of this epidemic."

Just because people in America have the freedumb to act stupid does not mean they are absolved of the responsibility not to take others down with them.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Mar 3 2021 2:21 utc | 193

@ 190 grieved... thanks.. and thank you for the wings over scotland take on this... things appear to be coming to a head... there is a lot to the story, but not sure watergate is a good comparison... it seems to be headed in that sort of direction though, minus the fact that sturgeon will be put in prison.. that seems extremely far fetched.. more like step down and that will be it... she can claim her memory was faulty.. lets wait and see.. thanks again!

Posted by: james | Mar 3 2021 4:38 utc | 194

Posted by: james | Mar 2 2021 23:21 utc | 182

Re: Ms Sturgeon's dilemma: it seems to be the usual question with mis-government, whether the government is to follow its own laws as meticulously as it wants its subjects to. It is the very same issue we have here and you have it there in Canada too. In the UK it's the class system, here it's the NatSec people, in Canada the sellouts to US here, someplace else its the religious police, or other sellout elites. Everywhere there are the local bigshots and their minions, the local mafias.

Ms Sturgeon has looked a bit demented to me for a long time and I did not know why. And it's hard to tell with the British because they make a fetish of being demented like we make a fetish of being dumb and belligerent here. But now it all kind of fits. I can imagine her being honored by the Queen's notice.

It will be interesting and very informative to see how it plays out now.

Posted by: Bemildred | Mar 3 2021 5:18 utc | 195

YouTube REMOVES video of Trump’s CPAC speech from RT channels – yet it’s ok with the SAME video posted by Western outlets (RT, Nebojsa Malic, March 2, 2021)

Having a video of former US President Donald Trump’s speech at CPAC may get you warnings and a deletion from YouTube, but apparently only if you’re RT, as the platform seems to selectively apply its arbitrary and capricious rules.

On Tuesday, RT and its German-language channel RT DE got a notice from YouTube that the video of Trump speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Florida on Sunday was being flagged for a “strike” under the platform’s rules on “supporting the 2020 US presidential election” announced in December.

Those rules say any questioning of the 2020 US presidential elections or claims of fraud is verboten. However, YouTube explicitly says “news coverage and commentary on these issues can remain on our site if there’s sufficient education, documentary, scientific or artistic [EDSA] context.”

A live-streamed public address by a former US president is the very definition of “news coverage.” According to one estimate, over 31 million people watched in on various social media platforms.
. . .
Yet when asked for a clarification, YouTube responded that the video lacks “enough context that additionally describes and demonstrates that this is Trump’s violative CPAC speech” and that “more details and explanatory information must be provided.”

There was no answer as to how such details and explanations should be provided in a live feed that did not have a correspondent commenting, or if it would be enough to include it in the text description underneath – something RT and our video news agency Ruptly have repeatedly asked about, without ever getting a response.

After RT’s inquiry YouTube proceeded to delete the video outright, for violating its “spam, deceptive practices and scams policy.”

Meanwhile, Trump’s speech was posted on YouTube by multiple other outlets – Reuters, ABC and The Independent, for example – without any of the aforementioned “context” or disclaimers. While it’s impossible for us to know if they also got warnings or strikes, their videos are still up, so it certainly appears that RT was singled out for enforcement.

Back in December, YouTube said it would boost “authoritative news” and suppress “problematic misinformation.” It now seems that the same exact video is treated as “problematic misinformation” when it comes from RT or RT DE, but as “authoritative news” when it comes from a Western corporate outlet.
. . .

Posted by: S | Mar 3 2021 5:21 utc | 196

james, I don't know if you caught my reply to yours @152 (lots else of interest in the variety of subjects as usual here.) But before I finish, still in my head is your quotation about rendering to Caesar... so I'll give my two cents on that. While the parable of the prodigal son isn't directly involved with inheritances, still the whiff of finance is there, and is in quite a few other parables as well. So, I think it is fair to make the parallel stretch into the financial realm as I did with my post. I wasn't originally talking about the banks themselves (Caesar's realm) but about people, their debts. And as we can see from the Lord's Prayer, which Michael Hudson has referred to, the comparison of debts is right at the heart of that important request, not of Caesar, but of God. And it is the way his son tells us we ought to pray.

Rendering to Caesar isn't about people, it's about taxes, coinage bearing Caesar's face. Debts, though, that's a different matter. And very definitely, God IS concerned in that matter.

Posted by: juliania | Mar 3 2021 5:40 utc | 197

Grieved #190

Would it be wrong, I wonder, to compare this event with Watergate and the impending resignation of Nixon?

It is as if the entire prosecution case against Julius and Ethel Rosenberg was discovered to have been a malicious frame up by the President who then lied and lied and lied to the press and Congress about their actions and called all the glaring evidence of the lies as someone's imagination. Then to top it all off threatened to prosecute the members of a Congressional inquiry with revealing/betraying state secrets.

It is the stuff to bring down Presidents and in this case the Queen's pet Sturgeon. Queenie wont look too good but then what turd does?

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 3 2021 7:21 utc | 198

174# Karlof1,

thank you for referencing Spaghetti Westerns!Actually,the pictures directed by Sergio Leone stand out amongst the genre,they are somewhat different from other westerns even spaghetti ones.
I don't recall viewing red Indians in them.

Once upon a time in the West shows the connection between corporate enterprise and gangs.Quite different from the John Wayne kind of pictures,the protagonists get mythological proportions by the slowness of the action,close-ups,and the eternal music of Ennio Morricone.It seems that Leone protracted certain scenes to fit them with the music.

The Good,the Bad and the Ugly is set during the NewMexico campaign in the Civil War,and is much more an anti-war film than a western.

I've always wondered how those pictures are received by american public,do they pass on tv?

Leone's "Gia la testa" (Duck you sucker!)fr.(Il était une fois la Révolution) German(Todesmélodie) is set in the beginning of the 20th century in Mexico.It starts with a quotation of Mao-Tse-Toung,and talks about the friendship between Highway robber Juan (Roy Scheider) and IRA bombmaker Sean (James Coburn)who fled Ireland.Great scenario and development,protagonist's facial expression telling everything,lots of food for thought.You can see it as a tribute to revolutionary movements in latin america as well,at the same time it shows the uselessness of revolutionary violence,when heroes die to have the same kind of corporate dominance government some times after...

Posted by: willie | Mar 3 2021 7:53 utc | 199

On Sturgeon and other fish rotting from the head: I found the comment below to be a real possibility as Acute Narcissistic Personality Disorder never admits fault, always blames some other, will stoop to unknown depths to destroy opponents etc etc.

VONC is a vote of no confidence
VOC is a vote of confidence

Typically (in the westminster system) when a government loses on those votes it is duty bound to call an election.

zebedee says:
2 March, 2021 at 7:39 pm

Is the following possible?
. Sturgeon refuses to resign after personal VONC
. Government is defeated in VOC
. Sturgeon calls election, with her still as party leader
. committee is aborted since Parliament session ends now
. Election date remains May
. Scottish voters reelect SNP government

In this case, with Sturgeon appearing to be a stooge for the englander queen (as she has persistently frustrated calls for another plebiscite on Scottish Independence), there will be high stakes and hot tempers.

Sturgeon set out to manufacture a 'me too' attack on Alex Salmond the previous First Minister of Scotland and the entire filthy machination has collapsed.

Finally if the Scottish National Party stays entirely united then they could get re-elected with Sturgeon still as leader and simultaneously rotting from the head.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 3 2021 7:59 utc | 200

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