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March 10, 2021

Open Thread 2021-020

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Posted by b on March 10, 2021 at 17:21 UTC | Permalink

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@199 Dr. Wellington Yueh - "...atomization...Nobody was really interested in discussion of that at the time."

You were before your time. Dugin, however, is nailing it right now just as the scream is winding up to a noticeable pitch. Timing - plus many thousands of words for context - is everything.

Good. So now we can talk of it as an established view. And as a newcomer to the theme, I have to think that it's high on the list of important things to discuss. We will see this reappear...

Thank you.


Hey, it's Page 3. How about a re-link of what we're discussing, the most important theme of our time:
The Manifesto of Great Awakening. Against Great Reset

Posted by: Grieved | Mar 12 2021 5:58 utc | 201

@ Grieved | Mar 12 2021 5:58 utc | 201 with the follow on to the link to the Dugin piece providing other context for the civilization war I write about

I read the piece and quote part of it below

Thus, the last step left for liberals, who have traveled centuries toward their goal, is to replace humans-albeit partially-by cyborgs, Artificial Intelligence networks, and products of genetic engineering. The human optional logically follows gender optional.

This agenda is already quite foreshadowed by posthumanism, postmodernism and speculative realism in philosophy, and technologically is becoming more and more realistic by the day. Futurologists and proponents of accelerating the historical process (accelerationists) are confidently looking into the near future when Artificial Intelligence will become comparable in basic parameters with human beings. This moment is called the Singularity. Its arrival is predicted within 10 to 20 years.

As a techie with over 50 years in the field I consider it unadulterated BS to claim that in 10-20 years "Artificial Intelligence will become comparable in basic parameters with human beings."

What are these basic parameters? The hubris of such a statement colored my perception of the rest of the piece. Yes, atomization may be an accurate term for identity politics on steroids such as we are seeing now but the divide and conquer trajectory has existed for quite some time.

Another issue I have with the Digin piece is his characterization of the "enemy" as national and transnational bourgeois elite when I consider them one step below the real world lever movers.....not the Fortune 500 richest people but the Fortune 500 owners of the biggest trust funds (the ones owning the BIS, parts of the IMF/World Bank, SWIFT, City of London Corp, US regional Fed banks, and a few other Central Banks of nations and religions).
The national and transnational bourgeois elite are tools of the real elite and it is their numbers that are a big part of the culling intentions of the Great Reset. Us pond scum at the bottom never represent a threat to the longstanding elite that own global private finance but some of the new money needs to be neutered and/or cut down to controllable size for them.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Mar 12 2021 6:29 utc | 202

This is why we can't have nice things.

Posted by: Anonymouse | Mar 11 2021 16:55 utc | 133

Us "cryptards" are at least not missing the latest dose of our anti-psychotic medications. Thanks for the information-free rant and let's circle back in 40 years (if either of us are still alive and someone takes over the site for b) to see just how stupid cryptocurrencies actually are. Otherwise there's no point in arguing with someone whose whole 'point' is ad hominem fallacies based on out of date information or stuff everyone already knew to begin with.

Posted by: _K_C_ | Mar 12 2021 7:11 utc | 203

Posted by: c1ue | Mar 11 2021 23:35 utc | 173

I haven't read the comment you responded to, but maybe by "mathematically" challenging he meant "computational energy" challenging. Bitcoin mining of any mentionable scale requires TONS of electricity precisely because the computational work taxes GPUs pretty hard.

Posted by: _K_C_ | Mar 12 2021 7:14 utc | 204

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Mar 11 2021 7:03 utc | 106

I understand where you're coming from, but I personally know several people who decided to invest in the hardware required to mine BTC and their electricity bills exceeded the profit they were able to realize at the time. It's widely known that the Chinese gov't subsidizes BTC mining which again, requires a ton of GPU time, hence a lot of electricity. I'm not fucking with any more POW blockchain currencies and have decided to cast a small bet on POS coins instead.

Posted by: _K_C_ | Mar 12 2021 7:17 utc | 205

@psychohistorian #202 re: Dugin, AI

Don't let Perfect be the enemy of Good...maybe? There's lots of very good stuff in the article, and operationally useful info at that.

Also, yeah, AI is one of those fields like fusion. It's just 'round the corner, I swear! But keep in mind, human emulation is only a small area of AI research. There's lots of AI that already is much faster than human thought, and used to make different kinds of decisions. It doesn't have to behave like a human to be a huge problem. Benford's Galactic Center Saga is a really scary read, to that end. The machines and their motivations/behavior will be completely incomprehensible to biologics once they forge their own way (i.e., break from the biologics that create them).

Posted by: Dr Wellington Yueh | Mar 12 2021 8:06 utc | 206

psychohistorian | Mar 12 2021 6:29 utc | 202

Re In 40 years... there likely will be restated definitions of Artificial Intelligence, as the current definition has AI as separate and sourced from the human "mind"...a case of man's hubris.

It has already been posited in the record of science-fiction that the human "mind" is mostly the repository of AI sourced from elsewhere. "Intelligence" and "mind" and "spirit" and "thought/thinking" etc. will be/are going thru upgrades on a tolerable gradient the best case.

The not-best cases are sorta unspeakable at this late hour.

Posted by: chu teh | Mar 12 2021 8:38 utc | 207

re arby @ #170 who asked
"How come there isn't ranting and raving about Russian aggression on what looks like a very serious hit?"

IMO the reason is obvious. That is if amerika had instructed the 'western ' media that this was an issue that must be writ large with claims that adversary #1 in the axis of evil had fired a bunch of rockets into what is an amerikan protected & run facility, the low life 'reporters' who are tasked by corporate media to brainwash & indoctrinate their gullible empty-heads into believing the 'bad guys' #1 priority is destroying "all of us" would have had little choice other than demanding amerika lead the coalition of the killing into a major payback to ensure all of those unwhite slanty eyes from Moscow to Bukhara and on to Baku are forced to acknowledge the inherent superiority of FukUSi.
Yet FukUSi have absolutely no way of causing that to happen, in fact if they did escalate & retaliate so that their rivals did the same they would certainly lose short term (both militarily & economically), most likely in the long term as well.

Implementing sanctions as payback will do nothing other than demonstrating to their citizenry that such sieges are worthless posturing which does not work against rivals who're united & determined to walk their own path.

Therefore the only option is to instruct the ventriloquist dolls in the corporate media to regard the entire episode as a fly-bite on the arse, not worthy of consideration much less action.

Posted by: Debsisdead | Mar 12 2021 8:45 utc | 208

Posted by: psychohistorian | Mar 12 2021 6:29 utc | 202

I could not find the time to read Dugin’s Manifesto yet, instead I listened to an interview in the TsarGrad channel. There is no question he is a smart and articulate guy able to lay out a construct that makes a lot of sense when it comes to total atomization of society into individuals to the point of erasing culture, tradition, gender and at the end the fact of being human itself, the perfect panopticon. But there is something about him that keeps me alert, the aura of a “fanatic” in the etymological sense of the word, a temple priest of sorts. No doubt it is worth reading or listening to, with reservations. The vertex of the pyramid is unknown to us pond fry, all those billionaires and elite guys are close to it but nobody knows for sure who the “faceless drummers” are.

Posted by: Paco | Mar 12 2021 8:46 utc | 209

Debsisdead | Mar 12 2021 8:45 utc | 208

AI making new iterations of's not much of a stretch. Perhaps more accurate to suggest a little "something else" 99% overwhelmed by AI creates more AI.

Like a 1970 handheld calculator from Texas Instruments...awesome pure AI made by a 99% AI=overwhelmed-source.

Posted by: chu teh | Mar 12 2021 9:08 utc | 210

@Paco 209: "But there is something about him that keeps me alert, the aura of a “fanatic” in the etymological sense of the word, a temple priest of sorts."

Meh. He doesn't strike me as 'fanatical' in any sense of the word. Rather, he's a passionate advocate, staying on message. Which is typical (as I noticed) for former Nazbols. Prilepin is another example.

Specifically, their forceful advocacy of cultural relativism ('our civilization is what it is, and other civilizations can do whatever they want as long as they leave us alone') seems like the opposite of typical fanatic movements, such as the current strain of liberalism with its 'universal values' or any other actively proselytising group.

Posted by: Mao Cheng Ji | Mar 12 2021 9:25 utc | 211

The Hill Sagar Enjeti has a good rant by on the USA military manufacturing consent to be in Afghanistan.

Ten minute video via utoob.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 12 2021 10:37 utc | 212

Craig Murray debates why the United Kingdom needs to be destroyed.

This is an interesting and well informed utoob debate between Craig and George Galloway. 30 minutes.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 12 2021 11:01 utc | 213

Posted by: psychohistorian | Mar 12 2021 6:29 utc | 202

The real good one was Limonov, what a tragedy that he left us in the middle of this mess, his eye was razor sharp and on top of it a poet, a great writer. One of his latest posts on LiveJournal was a loud rant about Prilepin, plus I'm with Limonov on first sights and personality appreciation, it has to be beautiful to be true, and unfortunately Prilepin is not beautiful to see or hear, maybe I'll find the time to read some of his works but as Limonov said, he is kind of fat and thick legged.

Posted by: Paco | Mar 12 2021 11:13 utc | 214

Posted by: Mao Cheng Ji | Mar 12 2021 9:25 utc | 211

214 was for you not Psychohistorian

Posted by: Paco | Mar 12 2021 11:14 utc | 215

@Paco, I don't know. His (Prilepin's) videos that I watched on youtube, I liked them. Never struck a false note with me.

I noticed there is, clearly, an organized campaign against him. I guess the establishment gets nervous about his new project, otherwise why so many shocking revelations and denunciations, all of a sudden. It's alright, we'll see what happens.

Posted by: Mao Cheng Ji | Mar 12 2021 11:43 utc | 216

What is for sure is that AI is well paid, taking money from where it could be used...
As in "France participating to star wars giant exercise with EU...USA etc" announced today simultanaeously with "Paris region overflowed with covid patients will srnd hundreds to neighbouring countries".
"The health minister said: “We are talking about tens if not hundreds of patients that could be evacuated from Ile-de-France to other hospitals in other regions around France.”"

But despite that, they don't plan to impose a weekend strict lockdown (not that I think it is efficient) as in the northern region and in Nice and region. The Parisian voters of Macron need to be pampered.

On top of they they are hardly able to program a computer.

Posted by: Mina | Mar 12 2021 12:12 utc | 217

Here are your vaccines, Europeans:

US hoarding millions of doses of unapproved AstraZeneca vaccine as EU & others suffer shortages – reports

Luckily, there's a way out of this: buy Russia's Sputnik V vaccine. It's cheaper and a much better product.


Russia could be winner in WWIII ‘nightmare scenario’ by capturing northern Europe & blocking NATO counterattack – Swedish experts

Scandinavian nations trying to milk some American funds, but the reality is the USA has already spotted the plan and will not cede. It will suck its allies (provinces) dry first.


Poland continues to descend into madness:

‘Lunacy’: Diplomat slams Polish ‘pseudo-historical’ claims nuns ‘murdered by Red Army’

Honestly, it's degenerated to a point where we can already safely call the Eastern European micro-nations "fanatic nations".

They got out of "communist serfdom" only to get into capitalist darkness.


No deaths from COVID-19 vaccines recorded globally, WHO says

The WHO is, so far, playing along the Western nations' propaganda over their failed vaccines, but there's a limit to this. I don't know which it is, but it's certainly measured in cadavers.

It would be one thing if the Western vaccines were the only game in town. But there are safer and cheaper options on the table (Russian, Chinese vaccines). The WHO has blood in its hands with the politicization of vaccination.


American Left, as always, serving as the fifth wheel of imperialism:

The Rise of the East Will Not End the Empire of the West: China has no interest in destroying the system on which its success was built.

Is the BLM feeling the heat from China's socialist model's success?


China embarks on new journey toward socialist modernization as key blueprint approved

Posted by: vk | Mar 12 2021 14:56 utc | 218

Posted by: vk | Mar 12 2021 14:56 utc | 218

Luckily, there's a way out of this: buy Russia's Sputnik V vaccine. It's cheaper and a much better product.

That's what we would like, but health is business or better said, death is business, the main imperial business.

Take a look at this with a machine translation, they want to do a "White Helmet trick" on SputnikV. This is getting out of control.

Posted by: Paco | Mar 12 2021 15:44 utc | 219

Here it is in English:

Posted by: Paco | Mar 12 2021 15:51 utc | 220

In EU media, the Sputnik is hardly mentioned since the Lancet article and the start of the process of "EU certification" (with tight lips). Since then, no news of that. We heard of the "coming Janssen" for days and now of the "just accepted Janssen, now ordered" all day long. But no one is looking for the studies of the Chinese and Russian vaccines in terms of secondary effects or allergies, now that they have been used for months and in many countries, including some which are not on the sanctions lists. It is a non -topic because it would go against "Big Pharma allied governements" policy (or rather, geopolitics).

Posted by: Mina | Mar 12 2021 15:52 utc | 221

Paco @ 219

In addition to simply making things up, they could do things like poison or otherwise sabotage supplies sent abroad. They think that Russia will be unwilling or unable to respond accordingly. The question is: are they right?

Posted by: Carl | Mar 12 2021 15:53 utc | 222

Posted by: Mina | Mar 11 2021 13:04 utc | 118/121

In my area of Istanbul there are certainly enough cats. Two have adopted me and my wife as "caregivers" or cat palace servants. There are a fair number of street dogs, too, though, fewer in my area than a few years ago.

Most Turks I know would prefer Sinovac, but the Gov't of course can't help but play up the Turkish owners of BioNTech. It is good PR for Erdoğan and other nationalists. The Germans seem to just as enamoured with them:

Posted by: Bluedotterel | Mar 12 2021 17:11 utc | 223

Paco @220--

Simple. No more rides on Soyuz to the ISS for US astronauts. They'll get to play roulette with the exploding SpaceX products.

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 12 2021 17:42 utc | 224

Global Times slaps the Outlaw US Empire into its place as a "minority" and totally unrepresentative of the genuine International Community:

"Both Blinken and Raab mentioned the "international community" in their statements on Hong Kong. They should be ashamed as they only regard themselves as the "international community." From Xinjiang to Hong Kong issues, only several Western countries - led by the Five Eyes members such as the US and the UK - have been jumping out of their skins to scold China. Don't they feel their team is small and isolated? The Republic of Belarus, on behalf of 70 countries, voiced support for China's stances on affairs related to Hong Kong at a meeting during the 46th session of the Human Rights Council recently. That truly represents the international community's voice. Compared with a joint community of 70 countries, those Western countries - including the US and UK - are actually the minority."

The concise rhetoric of this publication continues as it exposes the gross double standards and hypocrisy of the Outlaw Empire, and as a prelude to Anchorage it launches this truth attack:

"Countries such as the US and the UK have played an increasingly evil role in Hong Kong affairs. They have destroyed Hong Kong's prosperity and stability under the disguise of supporting democracy. Because of Beijing's firm resistance against their meddling, there has been no hope for them to control Hong Kong, therefore, they intended to 'kill' Hong Kong. Their actions are equivalent to seducing and inciting Hong Kong to commit 'suicide.'" [My Emphasis]

China isn't going to take any more shit from the Outlaw Empire members that have so plagued its history. IMO, it won't take much more for them to supplant Japan as the Imperialist Evil, which would be a complete reversal of China's public perception. That the designs of the Evil Outlaw Empire were foiled is a delight for the editor as he reveals in his conclusion:

"What an evil conspiracy this is! But we want to say the show staged by the US and the UK in Hong Kong has violated clear-cut rules. Their time is up. Beijing's series of resolute moves are aimed at driving them away. They will have to be audiences in the back rows from now on and look for other targets for their ambition. Hong Kong will grow healthily - nurtured by a big Chinese family. Let the US and the UK be tortured by their jealousy and hatred." [My Emphasis]

Blinken, Sullivan, and their staffs will be in for a surprise in Anchorage if they try to act the superior for the Chinese won't have any of that crap anymore.

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 12 2021 18:03 utc | 225

Blue dot,
Thanks. It seems they are not scared of too much cats to human covid transmission. Good to know.

Posted by: Mina | Mar 12 2021 18:12 utc | 226

How many deaths will it take before we realise that Capitalism is killing us?
Why The United States Can't Handle Crises
Second Thought

The Virus and the Parasite

Posted by: Hemiola | Mar 12 2021 18:20 utc | 227

The War against Assange and Genuine Journalism is escalating with the manufactured Substack controversy that one RT writer months ago called:

"Legacy media’s war on Substack is just like Russiagate: Nothing to do with facts and everything to do with control."

IMO, it's rather clear what organizations are behind the attack on journalism--CIA & MI-6--as they don't want the truth about anything to be told with only their narrative being adhered to. As with so many things, it's now Russia and China who are the beacons of liberty and democracy and the champions of human betterment over enhancement of profits.

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 12 2021 18:26 utc | 228

Hemiola #227

On the bright side, capitalism is dying, small businesses everywhere closing, rental premises throughout suburbs and city second ring. Perhaps it will cease killing soon.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 12 2021 18:47 utc | 229

A note on the 5-G tech competition between the USA and China prompted by Escobar's comment on the USA's lack of a 5-G implementation. This article recaps China's 5-G installation and future plans:

"China has rolled out 718,000 5G base stations throughout the country, mostly scattered in large and medium sized cities, including 330,000 shared among the country’s four major telecom operators, data from the MIIT showed.

"More than 600,000 5G base stations were built and put into operation in China in 2020, a spokesperson from the MIIT said at a press conference in January.

"The base station is essential for the layout of 5G. How to build a high-quality 5G network with wide coverage, fast speed and good service experience at a low cost is an important issue.

"Last year, more than 1,100 5G+ industrial internet projects were launched, including a 5G-based remote consultation that was used in more than 60 hospitals in 19 provinces. New products and services that require 5G are emerging, such as 5G+ autonomous driving, 5G+ smart grid, and 5G+ online education." [My Emphasis]

By comparison, this article notes that US-located Ericsson:

"July 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ) is the first recipient of a U.S. manufactured commercial 5G base station from Ericsson's (NASDAQ: ERIC) new state-of-the-art smart factory in Texas. The equipment is the first 5G base station produced by Ericsson in the U.S. and marks another significant milestone as Ericsson continues to strengthen its U.S. capabilities in 5G research, design, manufacturing and service delivery." [My Emphasis]

Do note the date this was reported--just prior to August 2020--and just one unit delivered while China for the year installed over 600,000. In November of last year, China also launched its first 6-G system components as this article reports that was also likely involved in the testing of its Quantum Computing/Communications tech that as this article notes was launched in 2016. I posted a report about China's successful test of its quantum communications system late last year which is extremely significant as such a com system renders its substance unreadable/indecipherable.

China's leadership in com tech is clear and widening. It just needs to match that with its chip tech and manufacturing base. Very soon, perhaps as early as 2030, all Western tech will no longer be needed by China. Furthermore, China plans to show that AI applications are compatible with its sizable population because above all else China cannot afford to have its populace fearful of displacement by robotics.

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 12 2021 19:19 utc | 230

Yesterday I posted the trilateral statement outcome from Lavrov's talks in Qatar. Now we have this, "Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s statement and answers to media questions at a joint news conference with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani following a trilateral meeting, Doha, March 11, 2021."

The first Q is about Afghanistan, Lavrov's answer I include in full becuase it really can't be parsed; the second's about Syria:

"Sergey Lavrov (speaks after Mohammed Al-Thani): I support what my colleague and friend just said. We are genuinely interested in bringing an end to the Afghan tragedy as soon as possible. This is yet another example of the consequences of democratisation, which the countries outside of that region are trying to impose, including in Iraq, Libya and Syria.

"We are not competing with Qatar or any other country in this regard. We have not adopted a stance that could become a bone of contention. As you are aware, before the Doha process, there was the Istanbul process and the Moscow format, and no one ever thought of reproaching our Qatari friends for 'stealing the show.' This is a case of flawed logic.

"Indeed, we followed closely and supported strongly the Doha talks. I can’t agree with you saying they were a success. Many unresolved problems remain. We discussed this today, including with Emir of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani and Foreign Minister Mohammed Al-Thani. We would like to help these talks to continue, with each participant adopting a more constructive position.

"This is exactly why the Moscow meeting is being convened. It was initiated by Russia, the United States and the People’s Republic of China. The three countries will meet in an expanded format which will include Pakistan. The Afghan parties will be invited as well. This is in no way an official format, fixed by some decision. It is designed to encourage the parties to be more cooperative through informal discussions and a trust-based dialogue. So, I can only support what Foreign Minister Mohammed Al-Thani had to say." [My Emphasis]

The Moscow meeting will bear watching. As for Syria, based on Lavrov's comments Qatar intends to play a bigger role in the resolution of the Syrian tragedy in league with its Turkish ally. That development will also bear watching.

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 12 2021 19:42 utc | 231

Putin today met with the permanent members of Russia's Security Counsel:

"We will discuss the developments in the Middle East, in close proximity to our borders. Russia traditionally has paid close attention to this region. We have a lot of interests, friends and partners there. It is a region with great potential for developing our foreign economic ties, and also traditionally friendly for Russia.

"Let us get down to the current state of affairs and development prospects in this region for the short term."

So, economy and business, not defense? I found no further elaboration in the English language versions of the Russian media I follow. How closely tied to Lavrov's current trip was the discussion is also unknown. But I get the sense that something's up.

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 12 2021 19:53 utc | 232

The Fukushima Endgame: The Radioactive Contamination of the Pacific Ocean - Global Research


Nuclear Radiation: Categorization

At Fukushima, reports confirm that alpha, beta, gamma particles and neutrons have been released:

“While non-ionizing radiation and x-rays are a result of electron transitions in atoms or molecules, there are three forms of ionizing radiation that are a result of activity within the nucleus of an atom. These forms of nuclear radiation are alpha particles (α-particles), beta particles (β-particles) and gamma rays (γ-rays).

Alpha particles are heavy positively charged particles made up of two protons and two neutrons. They are essentially a helium nucleus and are thus represented in a nuclear equation by either α or . See the Alpha Decay page for more information on alpha particles.

Beta particles come in two forms: and . particles are just electrons that have been ejected from the nucleus. This is a result of sub-nuclear reactions that result in a neutron decaying to a proton. The electron is needed to conserve charge and comes from the nucleus. It is not an orbital electron. particles are positrons ejected from the nucleus when a proton decays to a neutron. A positron is an anti-particle that is similar in nearly all respects to an electron, but has a positive charge. See the Beta Decay page for more information on beta particles.

Gamma rays are photons of high energy electromagnetic radiation (light). Gamma rays generally have the highest frequency and shortest wavelengths in the electromagnetic spectrum. There is some overlap in the frequencies of gamma rays and x-rays; however, x-rays are formed from electron transitions while gamma rays are formed from nuclear transitions. See the Gamma Rays for more” (SOURCE: Canadian Nuclear Association)

“A neutron is a particle that is found in the nucleus, or center, of atoms. It has a mass very close to protons, which also reside in the nucleus of atoms. Together, they make up almost all of the mass of individual atoms. Each has a mass of about 1 amu, which is roughly 1.6×10-27kg. Protons have a positive charge and neutrons have no charge, which is why they were more difficult to discover.” (SOURCE: Neutron Radiation)

“Many different radioactive isotopes are used in or are produced by nuclear reactors. The most important of these are described below:

1. Uranium 235 (U-235) is the active component of most nuclear reactor fuel.

2. Plutonium (Pu-239) is a key nuclear material used in modern nuclear weapons and is also present as a by-product in certain reprocessed fuels used in some nuclear reactors. Pu-239 is also produced in uranium reactors as a byproduct of fission of U-235.

3. Cesium (Cs-137 ) is a fission product of U-235. It emits beta and gamma radiation and can cause radiation sickness and death if exposures are high enough. …

4. Iodine 131 (I-131), also a fission product of U-235, emits beta and gamma radiation. After inhalation or ingestion, it is absorbed by and concentrated in the thyroid gland, where its beta radiation damages nearby thyroid tissue (SOURCE: Amesh A. Adalja, MD, Eric S. Toner, MD, Anita Cicero, JD, Joseph Fitzgerald, MS, MPH, and Thomas V. Inglesby MD, Radiation at Fukushima: Basic Issues and Concepts, March 31, 2011)

Posted by: David G Horsman | Mar 12 2021 19:58 utc | 233

uncle tungsten @ 213, thank you very much for the Craig Murray debate with George Galloway. As a former British subject with a great-grandmother from Selkirk that was intensely interesting to me! I started out inclined towards the Galloway position, but ended up thinking Craig Murray had better arguments, especially when it came to his personal experiences in Edinburgh. (Apologies if I haven't spelled that accurately; Selkirk is easier!)

Austerity may turn out to be a double edged sword. This is an interesting situation to watch.

Also thanks for your kind words about my grandson. He was born on my birthday, which a little bit compensates for not having seen him physically, though the marvels of technology keep me up to date on his progress. I do give him lots of mental cuddles, and I'm one who believes in spiritual ties, so there is that.

Posted by: juliania | Mar 12 2021 20:26 utc | 234

@Dr Wellington Yueh #184
Sadly, you don't seem to understand that traversing or whatever nonsense you want to come up with - is not hard work for any type of modern processor.
You're Dunning Krueger is immensely strong.
The cost to perform a single hash compute is negligible - but the overall impact is not when bitcoin mining platforms are rated in the terahashes per second.
For example: Cleanspark new mining platform buy

The Company has now secured a total of 3,650 miners or 318 PH/s of additional Bitcoin mining hash rate capacity

PH/s = petahashes per second = 1000 trillion hashes per second.
318 PH/s / 3650 = 87 trillion hashes per second per platform.
A single blockchain encoding is basically one hash. Why then are petahashes per second needed?
Please stop embarrassing yourself with ongoing stupidity.

Posted by: c1ue | Mar 12 2021 20:57 utc | 235

Grieved @ 197, glad to hear you are all wearing masks! Maybe I'm just too countrified a person, one of the 'small is good' folk who hesitate about talking of humanity at large and how the future will be or can be manipulated. Technology is amazing, I agree, but I wasn't very impressed by the Davos 'great reset', any more than I have been impressed by Davos in general. I will have a look at your first link, but apologies if I can't go very far. The Craig Murray/George Galloway debate at uncle tungsten's 213 post is a bit more my speed.

Posted by: juliania | Mar 12 2021 20:58 utc | 236

@_K_C_ #204
No, he is an idiot. He thinks that the computational difficulty of hashing is what uses up so much electricity.
It is not.
If you have antivirus on your computer - the AV program creates a hash for every file on your system. A single hash is not in the least bit computationally challenging, energy intensive etc. It is, in fact, why hash functions were created: to enable fast and easy one way encoding.
If you have a windows computer, you can open up the Command Line and create hashes manually via the CertUtil command.

Hashing is not some magic wand or esoteric math.

The reason bitcoin mining wastes so much energy is because quintillions (1000*1000*terahashes) of hashes are being calculated every second of every minute of every hour of every day, all year long, to try and correctly guess the random 64 bit hexadecimal number chosen for each new block - so they can then do the 1 hash calculation to create the next block.

That other person is stupid and has no idea of either CPUs, hashes, math computation in computers or their own overweening ignorance.

Posted by: c1ue | Mar 12 2021 21:06 utc | 237

US Reportedly Considering Dumping AstraZeneca Vax Abroad Amid Safety Concerns

This could be commercial warfare, because, albeit the AstraZeneca vaccine is indeed dangerous, it's not any more dangerous as the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines (which are available in the USA).

The Americans may have leaked this rumor to implode AstraZeneca in the vaccine game, thus opening up more market share for their domestic pharmaceuticals.

Posted by: vk | Mar 12 2021 22:21 utc | 238

vk@218 is correct that the Andrews piece in The Nation believes capitalism has a future; that the Cultural Revolution actually dragged China backward, lowering production and increasing poverty; that China is imperialist; that Chinese bourgeois are not the primary beneficiaries of Chinese capitalist roading but white people (all of them apparently?) are. The thing is, this is all straightforward enough anti-Communism. Not all leftists are Communists, but I say no leftists are anti-Communists. (In practice the non-Communist leftists are not much account, being largely irrelevant eccentrics.) This is rather irritating to mild-mannered academics who pride themselves on their urbanity, as if liberal manners and a socially conscious lifestyle are the true markers of the left.

Posted by: steven t johnson | Mar 12 2021 22:35 utc | 239

The Americans may have leaked this rumor to implode AstraZeneca in the vaccine game, thus opening up more market share for their domestic pharmaceuticals.

Posted by: vk | Mar 12 2021 22:21 utc | 238

It is a sad statement that our system and our media has got us to the point where conspiracies like that and many others are definitely a possibility.

Posted by: arby | Mar 12 2021 23:29 utc | 240


Thanks for you contributions on this and other threads. You save me and others hours of time that it would take to keep up with the goings-on that you report about.


Posted by: Jackrabbit | Mar 12 2021 23:40 utc | 241

@116 john

Thanks for the link to the earlier Dugin piece, from April 2020. I had skimmed it at the time but now I want to sit down and re-read it quietly. What little I've dipped into just now shows me the precursor to his recent work, the beginnings of what became a clearly unified context to see what is happening today.

Back then, Dugin was evaluating the massive shock-wave of change that had occurred in the world, that no one had quite seen coming in such a game-changing way. He did a good job back then of articulating what we were all largely understanding also, that the forces of social control were taking advantage of the pandemic to advance their own long-standing agendas.

It's interesting for me now to look at that article and see the genesis of the thesis he has now brought forth. It took him almost a year, one could say, to analyze and fit this transformative shock into a literally global and historical context.

Here's how he starts this earlier article:

The breakdown of the global liberal world order and its foundations

What is happening now is a global breakdown of the world order. It does not matter at all whether the nature of the coronavirus is artificial or not, nor is it even of principal importance whether, if it is artificial, it was deliberately released by the “world government” or not. The epidemic has begun - it is a fact. Now the main thing is to trace how the "world government" has reacted to it.

- Pandemic and the Politics of Survival: The Horizons of a New Type of Dictatorship - Alexander Dugin

I included the section heading in that quote because as we saw the tyranny of control elevate during the pandemic, it was natural to think that the rule of law was further breaking down. But Dugin's heading, even then, points to the opposite: the collapse of the power of centuries-old liberal culture to rule the world any longer. I'm curious to see how much of what he has subsequently written, he saw back then.

Dugin is an important thinker, and he is listened to in Russia, where thinking counts for something. I expect to read your link in a new light, and I suspect his two essays can be paired as an entire paradigm of a revolution that can only grow as time rolls on.

Many thanks again.

Posted by: Grieved | Mar 13 2021 0:35 utc | 242

Jackrabbit @241--

Thanks for your reply! It's much appreciated!

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 13 2021 1:11 utc | 243

@c1ue: Wow, ad hominem and strawman in the same paragraph.

CPU = really slow, has to emulate math for large numbers
GPU = medium, wider processor and wider memory buss
FPGA = what can you afford?

Of course FPGAs are ridiculously fast. They're also prohibitively expensive for most private citizens. You're citing a company buying a batch of them and comparing that to us talking about why little guys got pushed out of the market, and why it is also an energy-intensive operation, and why general-purpose hardware is stuck in the slow lane.

You state the performance numbers, but omit the power numbers. Quick scan of their site does not reveal a datasheet for this device. This is yet another item on my stack to investigate.

Seems like you really want to call people stupid. Well, I'm no genius, but I can tell you, you're picking on the wrong guy.

Posted by: Dr Wellington Yueh | Mar 13 2021 1:31 utc | 244

Custom mining hardware: quick DuckDuckGo, choose random 'best mining hardware of 2021' page, reveals devices that are using 3000+ watts. The CleanSpark page states it now has 3,650 devices. So, 11Mw of mining hardware, set up in one of their custom microgrids. It's likely they use something more power-efficient, FPGA cards stacked in a large chassis, like most modern supercomputers. I'll be generous and grant them a WAG of 2Mw for the setup. That's 2Mw on all the time.

After I finish my dinner I'm gonna burrow in to their 'microgrid' stuff. That ought to be a good read.

Posted by: Dr Wellington Yueh | Mar 13 2021 2:12 utc | 245

@ karlof1... i would like to say the same as jackrabbit has said @ 241... thanks for all your kindness with the links and etc.. no need to reply.. thank you..

Posted by: james | Mar 13 2021 2:24 utc | 246

Somehow I ended up on the #Fraudsquad email list. It was not at my request! But I will monitor it unless they erase me after seeing my brief response.

Rep Ilhan Omar is sending this "Fighting to cancel rent and mortgages" to the list:

"For years, we have been fighting against gun violence and mass shootings. Yesterday, we passed the Bipartisan Background Checks Act. This legislation will require universal background checks on all gun sales. Like many of you, I have been moved by the courage and determination of countless Minnesotans who have fought for decades to end gun violence. I’m proud to be a cosponsor of this bill and look forward to it hopefully becoming law.

"This week, exactly a year ago, Minnesota confirmed its first case of COVID-19. I know this year has been incredibly difficult, but I remain optimistic that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Thankfully, our state has reached a milestone of being the 5th in the nation for the number of vaccinations administered. I remain extremely grateful to our incredible healthcare workers who have gone above and beyond to serve our community. You can view testing sites here and sign up for the Vaccine Connector here. Please contact my District Office with any questions at (612) 333-1272.

"Supporting the American Rescue Plan
President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan into law yesterday. Because of this, checks will start to hit bank accounts this weekend. In this package, dependents and mixed status families will now be eligible for stimulus checks. The bill also gives added nutrition assistance to families in Minnesota and ensures food goes to laid off restaurant workers. It expands the child tax credit—drastically reducing child poverty. You can read my full statement here.

"Fighting to Cancel Rent and Mortgages
Yesterday, I introduced the Rent and Mortgage Cancellation Act. While the American Rescue Plan extends the national rent moratorium—this is not a long-term solution. People across this country will be forced to pay tens of thousands of dollars in back rent when it ends. In some cases, local governments are allowing evictions to continue despite the moratorium. In other cases, landlords are going bankrupt due to lack of income. To avoid an even larger crisis, we must cancel rent and mortgage payments during this pandemic. You can read my release here.

Now I cannot see how they overlooked Medicare For All or the $15mimum wage objective that was at the core of their election promises.

There was not one mention above or in the balance of the email of ending military bases, bringing the troops home, restoring capitalism for the people in the USA. Rebalancing wealth away from the %1 was omitted. There was no agenda for progressive action and agitation for change in the coming 18 months or so up to the mid term elections.

They are just sad chirpy, coloured birds hopping about in their cage, singing for their supper. Treachery has sunk their voters to this pit of despair. Wall Street rejoices, they are under control.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 13 2021 3:03 utc | 247

China Mars mission sends back some great images from orbit. Three minutes posted 4 March.

This utoob channel seems to be China's official site for space watchers.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 13 2021 3:09 utc | 248

Dr Wellington Yueh #245

The mining machine demand has driven a large production of mighty fast high end hardware. I have scratched about and found one supplier bragging that they "will not supply China hardware" all made at unspecified (BUT NOT CHINA) - pandering to the myth that China spies on you. Not that the USA would have deliberate back doors to peek at your mining operation or even guide its results. /s.

High priced processors are these little black boxes and I guess they drive some real fancy nano metre development and fabrication. This is an entire high tech industry supplying blockchain mining machines and so I guess there is the other side of the ledger: you invest in the hardware and pay the power costs and generate a bitcoin from time to time (with luck).

Meanwhile the assemblers of the hardware sell up a storm and the global private finance investors assist your startup.

Meanwhile China has obviously developed a non SWIFT exchange alternative and seriously explored an digital currency option. So it goes.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 13 2021 3:26 utc | 249

Interesting take from Thom Hartmann on "cancel culture"

Posted by: vetinLA | Mar 13 2021 3:34 utc | 250

@uncle tungsten @249:

Yes, FPGAs. The bit width can be huge if necessary, and they are built for this purpose using highly-optimized implementations of the hashing algos. It's the kind of box that will do whatever you want, and cost whatever you got. But it's a Red Queen's Race. The faster you find new coins, the harder it is to find new ones until they're gone.

My critic seems to think I've never written a hash algo. I have, for utility purposes, not crypto. Solid crypto takes more smarts than I've got (so much for Dunning-Kruger). It also takes more smarts than he's got. It takes more smarts than most humans posses. He also maintains that these black boxes just rip 512-bit numbers out of the ether, with no math involved.

Wikipedia: SHA-2 with a SHA-256 pseudocode example...lots of math. A software-only implimentation of this is what runs in VPN software, for instance. It's the algo BTC uses.

FPGA implementation of SHA-1 with...hmmm...lots of math, albeit very optimized and done on something a bit alien compared to standard mathematical processors.

My critic might be surprised to learn that my former life involved writing data injectors for satellite data de-commutators, a test jig for a device driver that ran a gapless 6250 bpi tape drive for seismic oil exploration. Ported 2 of my boss/master's products from VAX VMS to OpenVMS AXP (Alpha arch). One of those was a software performance analyzer that did blind walks of debug symbol tables from whatever language could exist on the VMS platform (C, C++, LISP, Fortran, Cobol, whatever). That was late '80s to early '90s.

And I've had a somewhat interesting career of 35+ years...with 1.5 days of college education. So, Dunning-Kruger? Phuq no...I know my limits.

Anyway, I'm not done yet. My critic is gonna hafta eat his hat!

I'm will read the 'quantum communicator' article you posted earlier. That sounds tantalizingly close to a possible Dirac Transmitter.

Posted by: Dr Wellington Yueh | Mar 13 2021 3:53 utc | 251

I indeed have made the attempt to read the Great Awakening piece, and I'm very sorry to say that I've found it hard going. It's a grand analysis and I get that it is drawing positive conclusions, but my stumbling blocks start with lumping Plato and Aristotle together. They are not the same. Aristotle did study under Plato but his methodology as well as his conclusions are philosophically very different, just as Greek and Eastern Christian theologians differ in many respects from western Catholic theology. So if you are going to make them sound the same, that is already proceeding along the wrong path as far as I am concerned.

I am not surprised that many Russians are impressed - they would be, having had much of the original knowledge base from eastern scholars influenced by the west in early days, back as far as Peter and Catherine the Great. The difference I see is in the difference between Tolstoi and Dostoievski, the latter being more 'greek' to me in regard to a definite eastern mindset; for instance, closer to Buddhism even. The western influence I think does come from the logic of Aristotle, who is fine in some respects, but whose more analytical approach leads to Thomas Aquinas and on to logic based reliance on reason.

Orthodoxy does not, in its monastic or classical form do this. The two Christian branches diverge, the reason being that an Orthodox Christian does not approach Christ through his or her pastor but directly, much as the Protestants later would do. The Church or its representative pope doesn't stand in the way of that direct pathway between Christ and the individual. The individual is required to make his own personal approach to God, has to think about what he is doing in that respect. Church theologians from each branch deviate in this manner.

You can see this in Dostoievski's novels. You see it in Bulgakov. They don't concern the society at large but rather the persons and personal relationships. Much as Platonic philosophy can't be separated from the characters in the dialogue which illustrate the arguments.

I can't forget that Aristotle was Alexander the Great's tutor. Nor that Plato on the other hand, founded a long lasting school in Athens, based on exploring philosophy by the Socratic method. Which ultimately lead to my own college being based upon the study of the 'liberal' arts -- a place where students were and are taught to think for themselves. We are not so far from the Greeks that we can't examine their thoughts and see how they apply to modern times. It's a better approach, I think, than trying to do something Great, like 'capture the will and imagination of humanity.' What is this thing, 'humanity'? It's a big task to explain centuries of human history! I can't explain it all, and I don't think anyone really can. Study it, sure; explain it?

Personhood is important because that is where the questions of justice, mercy, compassion, truth, honesty have their value upheld. In relationships one with another. And these are important human characteristics which should be in our arts and our music, passed on to our young people, practised by the leaders we choose in our governments.

Best I can do, sorry.

Posted by: juliania | Mar 13 2021 3:55 utc | 252

Alexandria Ocasio Cortez is real piece of work. I suspect she has now transcended #fraudsquad and is now at the #ClassEnemysquad. This betrayer has ignored millions of Americans strenuous support for her original position as demonstrated by Bernie Sanders endless full house rallies for Medicare for All and the $15 minimum Wage. Those hundreds of thousands that got her the position in Congress she holds. The person who has repeatedly insisted that when you have leverage - use it!

Consider the class betrayal of this person as perfectly exposed in her tweet about the impeachment of Cuomo for the dead in the aged care homes and the allegations of sexual abuse and harassment in his office:

After 2 counts of sexual assault, four counts of harassment, the Attorney General's investigation finding the Govenor's admin hid nursing home data from the Legislature and public, we agree with the 55+ Members of the New York State Legislature, that the Governor must resign.

So for her, 55+ members of state and an official or two start the ball rolling to dump Cuomo and she is full of demands for 'do the right thing'. This is the banality of betrayal. Disgusting.

To hell for the millions who were once inspired by her promises but are not the 'right stuff' for her to bother with any more.

Check out the full 8 minute utoob story at The Damage Report.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 13 2021 4:49 utc | 253

Dr Wellington Yueh #251

I'm will read the 'quantum communicator' article you posted earlier. That sounds tantalizingly close to a possible Dirac Transmitter.

Thank you, I don't recall posting on 'quantum communicator' but would be interested if you could give me a precise post #number. You inspired me to dust off my old Dirac Transmitter and I finally found an old OA91 diode in one my spare parts bins that needs to be soldered in to get it going again. I will let you know how that goes ;)

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 13 2021 5:05 utc | 254

Sorry, Uncle...was karlof1. Thanks, karlof1! Aging, so head seems mushy at times. Also, did read and it wasn't what I'd hoped, but was nonetheless exciting. I've read some about it a while back, neat to see it 'grow up'.

Understood electronics, but was too clumsy to be trusted with a soldering iron...kept burning things! My dad was not happy about me etching my own boards in the garage, either.

Posted by: Dr Wellington Yueh | Mar 13 2021 5:18 utc | 255

Dr Wellington Yueh @255--

Yeah, I had a few other choices to put up as links. Most of the real juicy writing about Quantum Computing and 6-G are in the specialist journals which are often paywalled. From what I've read, China is close to being capable of having all its digital electronic com encrypted, and that will surely be shared with Russia if not developed along with Russian personnel. Then there's how it fits in with AI. From what I understand, without the advanced com at minimum, AI won't be worth much. It kicks in with quantum computing's speed.

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 13 2021 6:12 utc | 256

uncle tungsten | Mar 13 2021 3:09 utc | 248:

That SciNews YouTube channel is great but it's not an official Chinese channel. IIRC, the guy is from Hungary.

Posted by: Ian2 | Mar 13 2021 6:13 utc | 257

Ian2 #257

Thank you for your clarification. Its a bit like looking for needles in the haystack. But it is a straight messaging channel it seems.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 13 2021 7:57 utc | 258

Meanwhile the vaccine derby is looking more like a cross country challenge. It looks like the USA has entered a mule when the rest of the world needs a thoroughbred or is choosing a reliable runner from the Russian Federation. This report from Strategic Culture sums it up fairly well.

"Over 4o countries have so far officially approved the use of Sputnik V and worldwide interest appears to be growing for deploying the Russian jab. Compared with Western alternatives, it is much more affordable – by a factor of 10 – and can be stored and transported easily without hi-tech conditions. This is of particular importance for scores of poorer nations across Asia, Africa and the Americas.

"Russia’s willingness to supply its vaccine to other nations reflects a sound medical strategy of promoting widespread and speedy immunization. The global pandemic requires a collective solution. No nation is safe until all are safe.

"Meanwhile, the United States, Britain and the European Union stand accused of “vaccine nationalism”, whereby they are prioritizing their own national protection to the neglect of others. Not only is this ethically dubious, it is also misguided. As long as the Covid-19 virus continues to spread in other parts of the world, then new, more deadly variants can evolve through mutation which can in turn counteract vaccination efforts, even in those nations which are striving ahead with rollout success among their own populations, as in the US and Britain.

"Europe has particular challenges. Its vaccination rollout has been dogged by supply chain delays and politically the 27-nation bloc must be seen to act in concert which slows overall administering.

Three vaccines have been approved so far by the EU: those of Oxford-AstraZeneca (Anglo-Swedish); Pfizer-BioNTech (American-German); and Moderna (American). A fourth vaccine from Johnson & Johnson gained approval this week, but it may take weeks before it reaches arms."

It is truly astonishing to see the western global idiocy and national chauvinism sabotaging access or actually hindering a public need in a pandemic.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 13 2021 8:07 utc | 259

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 13 2021 8:07 utc | 259

Hubris and greed are going to have a much worse effect on the European Union of Soviet Republics and Monarchies than the Brexit clown cart. Boy, those russkies picked the appropriate name for their vaccine, the shock has been greater than the original Sputnik beep beep.

Posted by: Paco | Mar 13 2021 10:20 utc | 260

The USA military has really only been victorious in one battle in the past 70 years. That battle has raged throughout the entirety of those 70 years. They have won out against the forces of accountability. Early signs of their impending victory emerged when American Airlines flight 77 crashed into the audit office section of the Pentagon on 9/11/2001. That ended a long audit and no doubt the entire audit trail of documents and digital records that were being combed through at the time.

The USA military publicly won another Dien Bien Phu event recently when it was accused of vanishing up to 23 Trillion over many years. Every mainstream media apologist just allowed the story to expire peacefully as it showed how much the USA military was needed and essential to murican freedoms.

Today they seem to have won the battle yet again in Afghanistan, a battle with all the familiar hallmarks of CAN DO US Army knowhow.

They have brought the people in that nation into abject disability and poverty and have spent a fortune (with their allies) to achieve that sort of victory. But it is a double victory - a twofer as they say. They have also won the audit war again. This is accountability practice perfected in double speak and as only the thieving military and its Industrial Complex can do.

Strategic Culture writer Brian Cloughley, British and Australian armies’ veteran, former deputy head of the UN military mission in Kashmir and Australian defense attaché in Pakistan reports how The Tragedy of Afghanistan Health Care displays all the hallmarks of a deliberate, gruesome, malign farce. "The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, SIGAR, is one of the few senior figures in Washington from whom one can expect the truth concerning the nation that is in a state of utter chaos caused in the main by the U.S. invasion of October 2001."

The report goes deeper into a quagmire of statistics that would make you scream:-

"in October 2001 the then U.S. president GW Bush announced he had ordered the invasion “to disrupt the use of Afghanistan as a terrorist base of operations, and to attack the military capability of the Taliban regime.”)

Back in reality-land, SIGAR has produced another detailed report about Washington’s disastrous management of the massive sums of aid money which it has thrown at the country in the vain and ingenuous hope that in some miraculous fashion it would transform the place into a western-style democracy.

The war in Afghanistan has been a disaster from Day One. In 2005 the Senlis Council noted that “After five years of intensive international involvement in Afghanistan, the country remains ravaged by severe poverty and the spreading starvation of the rural and urban poor. Despite promises from the U.S.-led international community guaranteeing to provide the resources and assistance necessary for its reconstruction and development needs, Afghanistan’s people are starving to death… More than 70% of the population is chronically malnourished, while less than a quarter of the population has access to safe drinking water.”

Here is the victory that the US Army has achieved "fifteen years later, the UN Children’s Fund informs us that “Afghanistan has one of the world’s highest rates of stunting in children under the age of five: 41 per cent. Stunting is a sign of chronic undernutrition during the most critical periods of growth… The rate of wasting in Afghanistan is also extremely high. Wasting, as its name suggests, is literally wasting away to skin and bones. The crushing result of acute malnutrition, it poses an immediate threat to a child’s survival.”

They do this at home too FYI. Diverting $trillions to line the pockets of the corporations. In one country its warlords, and at home its corporations. THIS is the evil that stalks humanity.

"In the case of construction, which included “schools, prisons, a hotel, hospitals, roads, bridges, and Afghan military facilities” the expenditure since 2008 has been 7.8 billion dollars, a sum that is very difficult to imagine. But put it this way : it so happens that last year the world population figure was calculated by Yale University as being 7.8 billion. It’s an interesting comparison."

"Of this 7.8 billion dollars, SIGAR “identified about $2.4 billion in assets that were unused or abandoned, had not been used for their intended purposes, had deteriorated, or were destroyed.” Further, “only $343.2 million out of the $7.8 billion in assets were maintained in good condition.”

We are indebted to Brian Coughlin and Strategic Culture for letting us peep through the hole into this charnel house of brilliant US Army endeavours. Just as we are indebted to Michael Hasting and Rolling Stone Magazine for an earlier glimpse of the same butchers at the same task in 2010. (pdf)

"Last fall, during the question-and-answer session following a speech he gave in London, McChrystal dismissed the counterterrorism strategy being advocated by Vice President Joe Biden as "shortsighted," saying it would lead to a state of "Chaos-istan."

The remarks earned him a smackdown from the president himself, who summoned the general to a terse private meeting aboard Air Force One. The message to McChrystal seemed clear:

Shut the fuck up, and keep a lower profile

Now, flipping through printout cards of his speech in Paris, McChrystal wonders aloud what Biden question he might get today, and how he should respond. "I never know what's going to pop out until I'm up there, that's the problem," he says. Then, unable to help themselves, he and his staff imagine the general dismissing the vice president with a good one-liner.

"Are you asking about Vice President Biden?" McChrystal says with a laugh. "Who's that"

The same army today, in the same place, undoubtedly has the same attitude and is celebrating the same victory: unaccountability. And the Congress is now surrounded by their comrades in arms and a big wire fence.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 13 2021 10:22 utc | 261

Paco #260

Boy, those russkies picked the appropriate name for their vaccine, the shock has been greater than the original Sputnik beep beep.

Thank you for that line I immediately thought the next version they make could be called Stalingrad 43 (or XLIII).

But I do like the nice Russian touch of Sputnik V. I had a good laugh when I first saw it and its multiple entendre.

Perhaps the Cubans should name their next one JFK~LXI.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 13 2021 10:34 utc | 262

Grieved @ 242

I'm sure you're correct that Dugin's earlier piece alluded to much of what he said in the recent one, but at the time he plunged me into darkness, abandoned me to the secular gods of the plague, fancied cyborg guardians, their green LED eyes and bleeping sensors piercing the drab...the naked life, as he called it, the military-medical dictatorship. Scary shit.

So I was almost physically relieved to read his new manifesto, even if we already knew that the poles, the diverse cultures of Russia, China, and probably even Iran, are unconquerable, as opposed to the rule-by-simulacra of our Globalist elite.

But there is trepidation in Dugin's analyses, though it's strangely reassuring to know that deep thinkers like him are also feeling their way in the dark.

...the global liberal world has collapsed before our very eyes, just as the USSR and the world socialist system fell in 1991. Our consciousness refuses to believe in such colossal shifts, and especially in their irreversibility. But we must. It is better to conceptualize and comprehend them in advance - now, as long as things have not yet become so acute

That was from almost a year ago, maybe in another year we'll get Alexander's coda...

Posted by: john | Mar 13 2021 11:38 utc | 263

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 12 2021 10:37 utc | 212

Maybe Saagar Enjeti should address his phony rants to his fellow members at the Hudson Institute: Doug Feith and Scooter Libby...non?

Posted by: v | Mar 13 2021 12:40 utc | 264

uncle tungsten @ 261, thank you for this post. It well deserves a thread of its own. I was reading that an important saying in Buddhism is "We all struggle". To put it in Orwellian terms, "Some of us struggle more than others". And that is putting it mildly.

What a legacy of shame and ashes.

Posted by: juliania | Mar 13 2021 17:14 utc | 266

@ 265 arby.. that is a positive development as i see it... thanks.. it is just as the top quote says "Jeanine Anez, who seized power in Bolivia as an interim president after the November 2019 ousting of then-president Evo Morales, has been arrested on suspicion of sedition, the new government has announced." great news!

Posted by: james | Mar 13 2021 17:22 utc | 267

john@263 & grieved@ 242, thank you for both the links & observations. i was struck as you were john by the paragraph you highlighted. a world changing within the blink of an eye is incomprehensible until it happens. slow & then sudden, very like a boar scarer, within days, after years of planning the ussr ended. the western oligarchs, besotted & delighted with their past planning now have their work cut out, staggering & bloated from inebriation & excess they must now gather their wits sufficiently to conceal the shining resurgent success of russia & china, waving the flag of good will amongst men & the goal of universal gain & benefit, from our slumbering bernays' numbed flocks so as to continue the gain & enrichment of the .0001%.

Posted by: emersonreturn | Mar 13 2021 17:23 utc | 268

@Dr Wellington Yueh #244
Yep - I call people who pretend they know something, but actually know nothing - what they are: stupid.
You don't understand anything about hashes.
You don't understand anything about bitcoin mining.
You don't understand anything about how computer perform math calculations or what they are capable of doing.
So what else should I conclude given your repeated demonstrations of ignorance?
Furthermore, you have done no research.
You have performed no critical thinking.
And lastly: you riposte by saying "but ASICs can't be afforded by regular people".
Yes, bitcoin mining has obsoleted "regular people" for a long, long time. There's a reason why bitcoin miners are corporations with news releases.
Maybe after you've performed a minimum of due diligence in studying the blockchain field, we can have an intelligent discussion.
Until then, stop spouting nonsense.

Posted by: c1ue | Mar 13 2021 21:22 utc | 269

Here is a very solid starter to understanding the catastrophe we are in with (the mRNA) vaccines:

It's really a "I can not believe this is happening' moments in life. And we are talking about other matters, as if there is anything more important right now.

Posted by: JB | Mar 13 2021 21:34 utc | 270

Sputnik news gives cover for Anez, the coup director and ex president of Bolivia. This news item is so poorly written and it seems to be Google sourced. It is a piece of propaganda in favour of the coup plotter. Why print this crap when there are better sources?

Perhaps Sputnik Has been taken over by the grauniad.

Commenting on her arrest and questioning Sputnik follows with this tripe: "Anes succeeded Morales in the autumn of 2019 when she was an opposition lawmaker. Morales fled Bolivia due to violent nationwide protests, prompted by his controversial victory in an election that would launch his fourth consecutive presidential term.

"After taking the office, Anez arranged for a new presidential vote, which took place last October. The election was won by Luis Arce, a member of Morales' Movement for Socialism party. The ex-president hailed Arce's victory as the Bolivian people regaining political power via democracy."

Not mentioned: There was a murderous witch hunt for all leftists and there were crimes against humanity by the military under her direction.

Shame on Sputnik for running this BS whitewash.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 13 2021 23:57 utc | 271

c1ue #269

Well after reading most your debate with others and the focus on # and stuff, I still say it reads like snake oil, smells like snake oil, looks like snake oil, resembles a mighty clever ponzi array made of snake oil strings and sparkly #'s.

It is most likely safe to assume it is snake oil for now.

Good luck.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 14 2021 0:03 utc | 272

@263 john

Yes, Dugin's earlier piece scared me too, probably why I forgot most of it. But I did manage to read it carefully today.

When he wrote it there was a very terrified feel in the world about this novel virus. I think he was correct to see that the long lineage of "liberal democracy" has been destroyed at a stroke. And he then saw correctly the miltary-medical technical control force arising.

But since then he's seen how hard it is to get rid of people - they keep being real, and half of them working in those military, technical and medical fields became very unhappy over the course of 2020 with how poorly the systems were handling the crisis. And they rebelled in small and sometimes large ways, to the extent of their feelings; some becoming whistleblowers, some becoming saboteurs, and some taking their guns down from the wall and heading out into the streets.

For large sections of populations of countries, the need for authenticity and truth in the face of death proved equal to or larger than the plausible paths offered to survival, if humans sensed inauthenticity woven throughout that plausibility.


Ordinary people were the ones who had to go, back in last April, as Dugin saw clearly, but as juliania @252 points out, Personhood is a strong force in humans. It's everything, in fact. And a bunch of super-rich transhuman wannabes are perhaps not capable of wresting that personhood away from people.

We shall see. The war is on. And Dugin, I believe has called it accurately. For myself, as a non-scholar, I have to research a little just to see that Dugin's timelines of "atomization" and its effect on global thinking and organization over the centuries is coherent. It rings true, but for me a lot rests on the premises. Because knowing the goals and terms of the war, finally, allows one to choose one's position in regard to that war.

And the war, as he details it, is compelling to me. And if, in his earlier essay, he could see that no-one quite knew what was coming next, but that it was probably terrifying, then now we can see in the light of his thesis that what is coming is simply banal.

They will bring it on, those privileged ones, and they will do a shabby job of it, even with all its cruelty - both things stemming from pure carelessness. But now we know the stakes, and the goals. The Singularity is what they hope for. And they really think people like Bill Gates and his shitty Microsoft technology, or Zuckerberg with his greedhead uncouthness, will be able to achieve it.

Meanwhile the freedom geeks in the hills will plot their counter moves and cyber raids as part of the human-led war of resistance against the nonhumans.

Posted by: Grieved | Mar 14 2021 0:37 utc | 273

The thing to keep in mind is that the true ruling elite, the top of the top, the wealthiest of the wealthy, are idiot and incompetent, just as much as the bulk of the 1% and our current Western leadership. They rule over a shitty system that doesn't work, makes things worse, and is going down fast. They aren't good enough to create the Singularity, and if it ever appeared, they're way too inept and stupid to take real advantage from it or even to control it. They will never truly win because they're totally unable to actually rule the world, as we've seen for decades. They're not at the top because they're the best and brightest, that's not how they've been selected; they're mostly born into it. Odds are that some are actual inbred morons like the last Spanish Habsburg.
Of course, we have to get rid of them if mankind is to survive - and by "rid", I obviously mean the way with hemp rope or full metal jacket.

As for Dugin, I fail to see why he sees the current trends in the US as a bad thing. The assumed globalist plan for the world is bad, but seeing the US atomized and the end of the US as a country, a culture, a society, wouldn't be a bad thing for people outside the US.

Posted by: Clueless Joe | Mar 14 2021 2:00 utc | 274


You haven't posted anything remotely technical, just 'It's so fast!' I'm posting from ~10yr old memory, when I spent a good deal of time reading about the topic. I have no use for knowing xcoin mechanics in my daily life, so I dropped it. Since you've poked me in the eye (repeatedly), I'm now reviewing stuff I read, and researching the new stuff. It doesn't interest me at all outside the pure elegance of the math involved.

Any dude with a few dollars can buy 1 or 2 FPGA cards. 3,650 FPGA cards is not Joe Blow's neighborhood.

Again, I'm not a punching bag...I hit back.

Posted by: Dr Wellington Yueh | Mar 14 2021 3:25 utc | 275

@274 Clueless Joe - "the end of the US as a country, a culture, a society, wouldn't be a bad thing for people outside the US"

I agree with most of what you're saying but the situation about the US, in Dugin's context is twofold:

1. The scream and the rebellion is being born in the US - largely unconsciously as yet - because this is where the force of identity destruction is most powerful and focused at the moment. And the scream comes from those with identity who are increasingly being robbed of it. So that's the dynamic.

2. The people doing this don't live in the US in the way we used to think of what domicile and community mean. They live in the environment of their money, which is globally mobile. This is not the taking down of one country. This is removing the community and social bonds of all humans in the world, until all that is left is the naked individual, who either has money and the privilege to hold possessions, or does not.

So the idea of the US going down is an old one, that doesn't quite so much matter anymore. The evil is global. The war is global. It happens that bastions of opposition cohere in nations that defend their sovereignty - of course, because that's a large part of the antidote to the evil.

But the evil itself has no country, and wants no countries whatsoever to exist. Simply the naked individual, with no markers of humanity, no gender, no tribe, no race, no nation - simply two markers, whether useful to the extraction process, or beyond one's shelf life. A simple yes/no switch. Life or death, and no retirement unless you can pay for it, and survive the taxes on that.

That's what Dugin sees, and is saying. That's the war that humans must fight, against the very rich, who can afford to be non-human, devoid of all conscience, devoid of any sensibility or compassion for humans.

You're correct, they're degenerates. That's what money does. First, it closes the heart. After that, anything goes.

Posted by: Grieved | Mar 14 2021 4:44 utc | 276

I guess if JP Morgan is ok with cryptocurrency then it must be a legitimate and sound investment.

You just know this will end well when you see words like this: "JPMorgan is set to offer a new kind of derivative stock that will allow its clients to invest in cryptocurrencies and other digital assets through a special vehicle that circumvents current federal restrictions on cryptocurrency investing.

Square, Inc., MicroStrategy, and NVIDIA Corporation, which makes the chips used by cryptocurrency miners around the world, will account for 68% of the basket’s market value. If approved, the structured note offerings will provide a way for more “risk-averse” investors to take part in the growing crypto and digital asset market. But not everyone is keen on the idea of one of the world’s leading financial services firms spearheading a cryptocurrency investment “gateway drug.”

Jeff Dorman, chief investment officer of the L.A.-based digital asset investment company Arca, called JPMorgan’s new product a “garbage portfolio” in a recent tweet. While valid in the sense that the profitability of the companies, which these instruments are attached to, has (currently) little to do with the cryptocurrencies themselves, Dorman’s criticism fails to account for the rise of impact investment markets anchored in the blockchain, an emerging investment model that seeks to fashion securitized debt instruments out of social and health problems."

There is snake oil and then there is derivative snake oil and then there is venom too, I guess.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 14 2021 4:45 utc | 277

Craig Wright aka Satoshi Nakamoto (perhaps) ran into a small spot of bother in USA. I guess he too admires the scent of the tulips.

Craig is valantly defending his honour: "The Kleiman v. Wright lawsuit was launched in 2018 when Ira Kleiman, the brother of Wright’s former business partner and purported early Bitcoin core developer Dave Kleiman alleged that Wright defrauded Kleiman of 1.1 million Bitcoin subsequent to his death in 2013.

"The Kleiman estate is seeking a portion of the Bitcoin allegedly held by Wright — including the mysterious “Tulip Trust”, which is rumoured to contain Satoshi Nakamoto’s 1 million Bitcoin hoard.

"Wright has moved to have the Kleiman lawsuit dismissed on multiple occasions since the filing, providing email evidence to the court in May 2019 that purportedly demonstrates a 2012 exchange between Kleiman and Wright associate Uyen Nguyen in which Kleiman cedes sole membership of the firm.

"Testimony provided to the court by cyber security engineer and FBI consultant Dr. Matthew Edman, however, identified the email chain as fraudulent — placing the timestamp on the exchange as 2014, one year after the Kleiman’s death.

True this was in late 2019 and then this later in the story: "Should the Kleiman estate be awarded with the 500,000 Bitcoin it seeks, US estate law would require the estate to fulfil a 40% tax obligation. August 2019 prices would place the Kleiman estate’s tax obligation at over $USD 2 billion, potentially forcing the estate to sell over 200,000 Bitcoin — an amount that would significantly impact the Bitcoin market.

"Judge Reinhart’s recommendation is yet to reach the District Court judge presiding over the Kleiman v. Wright case, which will not be decided until a final trial in March 2020."

I have been unable to discover what happened in that mid 2020 gathering of the vultures and if anyone can reveal that outcome for me, do tell. After all Craig has asserted copyright on the Satoshi Nakamoto white paper.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 14 2021 5:03 utc | 278

Just another data point along the information superhighway....

BEIJING, March 13 (Xinhua) -- The number of investors in China's securities market reached around 181.48 million by the end of February, industry data shows.

Individual investors accounted for 99.77 percent of the total, while institutional investors accounted for 0.23 percent, according to the China Securities Depository and Clearing Corporation Ltd.

From Jan. 1 to Feb. 28, the securities market attracted about 21.73 million new investors.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Mar 14 2021 6:26 utc | 279

Below is a link to a The Register posting about NFTs – or non-fungible tokens that will appeal to the tulipbits folk

"We can't avoid it any longer. Here's a story about the NFT mania... aka someone bought a JPEG for $69m in Ether
How can we put this? Imagine beanie babies were screenshots that needed their own power plant

Posted by: psychohistorian | Mar 14 2021 6:36 utc | 280

psychohistorian #280

That was a delight to read and I can see that the settlement part of these NFT assets could get interesting even more so when planes are no longer flying about.

I am reminded that at the base of the great pyramids there is always a mortuary temple. It seems we are building these follies again.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 14 2021 9:16 utc | 281

Posted by: psychohistorian | Mar 14 2021 6:36 utc | 280

We live in the Age of Bullshit for sure. Let's face it, the USA has always been the native land of con men and bunko artists. The computer, instead of being used as a tool to help us understand, is used as a sort of magic fetish to sell more bullshit.

Posted by: Bemildred | Mar 14 2021 11:28 utc | 282

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