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March 24, 2021

Open Thread 2021-024

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Below is a quote from a ZH posting about the F35 that makes your eyes roll back in your head

A Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II sustained millions (2.5) of dollars in damage last month while flying a routine training mission over U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground in Yuma, Arizona, when it accidentally shot itself. reports the F-35B was on a training mission at Yuma during a night operation when an externally mounted GAU-22 firing 25mm x 137 PGU-32/U SAPHEI-T (semi-armor piercing, high explosive incendiary-tracer rounds) discharged and "exploded after leaving the fighter's cannon," Marine Corps spokesman Capt. Andrew Wood confirmed to on Tuesday.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Mar 26 2021 3:20 utc | 201

juliania @Mar26 0:32 #194

I guess no one is interested in my post at #9 about Flannery O'Connor's writing

I love Flannery O'Connor's writing. She's one of my favorite authors.


Posted by: Jackrabbit | Mar 26 2021 4:04 utc | 202

Herd immunity reached in April.

Posted by: librul | Mar 26 2021 4:06 utc | 203

Ms. Juliana

Her work is now of historical importance since the civilization and culture of what she wrote about is now extinct.

Posted by: Fyi | Mar 26 2021 4:11 utc | 204

paco #101

Thank you I would love to visit Basque country. It may yet come to pass. I may stay there too.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 26 2021 4:22 utc | 205

Grieved & others, something that just occurred to me, kind of along those lines, is I was wondering why the secrecy about which vaccine a person will be jabbed with, and it makes sense in the context of a “pie-sharing” deal, where govts and the vaccine companies have agreed to share the number of people getting vaccinated. Purely speculative on my part.

Posted by: Featherless | Mar 26 2021 4:32 utc | 206

Below is an interesting Xinhuanet link to a timeline they have laid out of the accusations and counters to the forced labor cotton picking issue

Timeline: Facts about Xinjiang's cotton industry

Posted by: psychohistorian | Mar 26 2021 4:53 utc | 207

Must. Activate. Audio.

Posted by: blues | Mar 26 2021 5:03 utc | 208

This Covert Action article on the war in Yemen is worth a gander:

"Grassroots mobilization has led the Biden administration to pledge to end the war in Yemen; further activism is needed to make him follow through on his promise and to pressure Saudi Arabia to end its blockade . . . snip . . .With Biden now the president, activists have been able to secure important–if vague–promises from him to end U.S. complicity in the war."

The piece is suitably tough on the Obama/Biden administration, the gang who gave the big tick to this slaughter, it is a lot kinder to Biden/Harris prolly because the author hopes to keep on the good side of the current dim administration in the hope that playing nice will keep the Dims onside.

Hmm . . personally I do not see that working with a cabal which hasn't thought twice about reneging on promises ($15/hr minimum wage), however judging by the article those who have been working so hard inside amerika trying to stop the genocide, rapes and grand thefts, architected & equipped by amerika, comitted by Saudi slugs, really want to try and hold that posse of self serving politicians who call themselves Dims to the promises they've made before the resistance is forced to adopt more confrontational tactics.

Posted by: Debsisdead | Mar 26 2021 5:51 utc | 209

Timeline: Facts about Xinjiang's cotton industry

A nice presentation.

French Maxime Vivas is a French writer and journalist who has visited Xinjiang and wrote a book about his experiences. Vivas quote on US propaganda.

"China is a great economic and military power. But for propaganda, the US is the world champion. Thanks to the US, the French know the names of the 50 states of the USA and only four Chinese regions - Taiwan, Hong Kong, Tibet and Xinjiang." For more see link below.

Posted by: Tom | Mar 26 2021 6:17 utc | 210

Posted by: psychohistorian | Mar 26 2021 4:53 utc | 206

You beat me too it!

Posted by: Tom | Mar 26 2021 6:19 utc | 211

@bill 29: "The observable universe is finite, and the resolution with which we can ever observe it is finite (quantum mechanics) so a finite computer could simulate all of what we (as bits in a program or whatever) could possibly observe or experience"

It seems to me, in order to simulate all of what we could possibly observe or experience, you would have to create an exact copy of the world that we do observe and experience.

Posted by: Mao Cheng Ji | Mar 26 2021 6:55 utc | 212

Grieved @ 198

It is not only the old being discarded. Children cannot thrive when surrounded by faceless insane monsters and deprived of normal stimuli.

The price to be paid is infinite. There is no going back to the life humans have lived. The deed is done. Insane monsters.

Posted by: oldhippie | Mar 26 2021 6:56 utc | 213

OK it's Friday night where I live which means Art doesn't it? I dunno which is probably just as well cos I'm not sure how 'artistic' this offering is, called 'Watergate' it is a 6 part doco made in 2018 about the Watergate scenario, a piece of political theatre which fascinated amerikans and the world for close to 18 months back in the early 70's.

Why that, why now? Well on Monday I crashed into a NYT article about how documentary director Charles Ferguson had launched a lawsuit against A&M for mucking up the release of his documentary on Watergate. Made in 2018 the doco features contemporary interviews with many of the watergate personalities who're still extant - most but not all came from the impeach/charge camp, as well as news footage from the time and modern docudrama scenes taken from the Whitehouse tapes.

When I first read the article I assumed I had already seen the series, I do tend to gather and hoard political stories like a magpie, but when a search through my catalog indicated I didn't have, hadn't seen the thing I set about tracking it down.

Allegedly A&M only screened the doco once on the History channel back in 2018 and didn't publicise it too well because they wanted to stay on side with the then prez and they felt the series subtitle “How We Learned to Stop an Out of Control President” may upset the incumbent should CNN/MSNBC taunting about parallels encourage the low life to tune into the history channel and become angry.

I watched the whole thing and was entertained, even occasionally informed. Those who tried to upstage in 1973 hadn't changed but we also got to hear from the shit kickers in Archibald Cox's team - types fresh outta law school from both halves of the Amerikan Empire Party who provide the best perspective. Some of it was predictable, contemporary Bob Woodward makes you want to vomit more than ever while Carl Bernstein comes across as the reporter we don't have any more.

I finally found a set, garnered from Oz public service TV so if anyone wants to be reminded of Jeb Magruder, Chuck Colsen & the rest of that era's total scumbags in a well structured informative way grab it here

Posted by: Debsisdead | Mar 26 2021 7:42 utc | 214


John Helmer's latest: Where the Negotiations End and War Starts

"The Kiev regime of Volodymyr Zelensky is now in the same strategically vulnerable position as Petro Poroshenko's regime was after the presidential election of May 2014. Both were facing domestic alienation and armed opposition, which for different reasons in the east of the country and the west, were impossible for the presidents to overcome, compose or coordinate.

Both have calculated they should provoke s military confrontation in the Donbass in order to draw the US government and NATO allies into rushing a combination of fresh money in to Kiev and arms on to the line of contact in the east..."

Posted by: John Gilberts | Mar 26 2021 8:34 utc | 215

Does anyone else realize that the J. Michael Hudson who posted @118 is NOT Dr. Michael Hudson, the well-known economist?

You can click on the name @118 and immediately realize that the bio is not that of Dr. Hudson. Two different guys.

Posted by: teri | Mar 26 2021 8:54 utc | 216


Most likely after the climat change and covid-19 issues the oligarchs that rule the world have as the next"shock and awe " piece to be thrust upon us imbeciles the second coming of the christ or a move by (hologrammed) aliens who will be implementary to our own oligarch's dictatorship,or will be used to put our noses in the same direction,as "human race"threatened by aliens..Look how they are promoting belief in extraterrestrians,ufo's and other stuff.Does any one notice that this ufo thing started after world war two,at the times that CIA was born,and Nasa,and Nato.Maybe they caught the nazi scientists that built the Hunebu flying saucer,and continuing on that kind of vehicle in secret,thought it wise to put up the idea of entities from other planets visiting us.Opens a lot of possibilities,and pushes "the new frontier" idea a lot further.

Posted by: willie | Mar 26 2021 10:22 utc | 217

Those Israeli occupiers are accident prone:

An Israeli newspaper claims that a vessel owned by the occupying regime has been “attacked” in the Gulf of Oman, the latest in a series of back-to-back Israeli-sourced claims about alleged maritime incidents.

The Times of Israel carried the report on Thursday, citing other “media reports.” It specified the vessel as “Israeli-owned Liberian-flagged container ship Lori,” purporting that the ship had “come under missile fire” earlier in the day.

and more at GeromanAT on twit (scroll down a few items)

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 26 2021 10:40 utc | 218

"the second coming of the christ or a move by (hologrammed) aliens who will be implementary to our own oligarch's dictatorship"

Posted by: willie | Mar 26 2021 10:22 utc | 216

I like the way you think. We could switch Biden to a hologram too. Holographic government, coming soon. Since everything is a confidence game now, let's take the next step. Macron would certainly be a much better Boss if he was a hologram.

Posted by: Bemildred | Mar 26 2021 10:47 utc | 219

Bemildred #218

You might think of Micron as a boss, but if he were a hologram I would promote him as a competent transporter of night soil or perhaps a chimney sweep.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 26 2021 11:38 utc | 220


Hugh Grosvenor springs to mind. He inherited about £9 billion when his father expired. Didn't pay a penny.

@213 much appreciated. Will try to find time to watch it

Posted by: Some Random Passerby | Mar 26 2021 11:56 utc | 221

@tungsten: Speaking of Micron ---

Russia waging ‘war’ on West, using its homegrown Covid-19 vaccines as tool for political influence, French President Macron claims

So what we have is Russia trying to help people with vaccines, and the politial class is entirely focussed on how bad it makes them look.

Posted by: Bemildred | Mar 26 2021 12:36 utc | 222

@Posted by: librul | Mar 26 2021 4:06 utc | 202

Though herd immunity arrives in April the variant-fearmongering continues.

Does that remind you of Russiagate? When one leak/accusation against Trump
was shown to be empty smoke another leak/accusation popped up just in time to keep the MSM
going 24/7 with their Russiagate rants. And that went on for years.

The centerpiece headline at Reuters is presently:
How the UK virus variant tore through an English island and onto the world stage

Covidgate - whatever it takes, whenever needed, fearmongering will be a news source away.

Posted by: librul | Mar 26 2021 12:53 utc | 223

Macron again ,I'm so sick and fed up with french presidents.Every five years one is appointed by a minority of voters.Then the guy has his say and sway on every f343ckng subject,while the french people complain,but the next one no different,will be there for another five years,unchallenged by lack of political opposition.

Now he comes up with criticizing Russia for being altruist and wanting to profit from the european slow vaccination acquisition and distribution campaign.For which he is the main cause,because he told Brussels that France and its Sanofi-labs and its world-famous Institute Pasteur would rapidly find and produce a vaccin.Well,they didn't.So it's Russia's fault.

France is still trying to oust Bashar al-Assad,and Netanyahu gave Macron a list of sites to bomb,when he paid him a visit last week.

Posted by: willie | Mar 26 2021 13:10 utc | 224

@203 FYI

Such a downer you are.

But I couldn’t disagree more.

America will see a nationalist resurgence where culture is actually allowed to thrive again, and where the disparate regions are reinvorgated by identity and custom.

Posted by: NemesisCalling | Mar 26 2021 15:13 utc | 225

Posted by: willie | Mar 26 2021 13:10 utc | 223

Well, at least we know he has invoked the Assad Curse, so he will be gone before Assad is.

Anyway, I know how you feel. I guess fake democracy looks much the same everywhere.

Posted by: Bemildred | Mar 26 2021 15:21 utc | 226

Biden's press conference was staged. Even a few mainstream people have noticed.

Posted by: Eighthman | Mar 26 2021 16:01 utc | 227

james 193 thank you, in turn I enjoy your posts.

I don't know if the City of London is part of the normal UK tax regime but I suspect it is. There may be special conditions for some types of corporate bodies and I would think definitely for the Worshipful Companies of various trades. For those living there, rich people don't of course, it would be like living over the shop, normal tax applies.

As to Trusts, like the US and I assume others, the wealthy park their assets in them as they are regarded as corporate bodies that don't die so no death tax. But that doesn't mean they bear no tax, they do. How much depends on their age and type.

Also anyone can set up a trust but it is not worth it unless you are putting over £1M into it. The operating costs are high and there is a tax bill every 10 years.

Posted by: JohninMK | Mar 26 2021 16:13 utc | 228

Mr. NemesisCalling

You are quite evidently unfamiliar with US social formations as well her recent changes.

What used to be called South has been inundated by Northern transplant's; major Southern cities are no longer Southern - barring, perhaps, Richmond - but are surrounded - like the North - by Hick Towns.

"Resurgent Nationalism" in America - be they, per chance, the Judeo-Christians that sold US jobs abroad to go fight Muslims - ruining small towns in Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan?

The same Judeo-Christians that earlier, through their control of the US Supreme Court, destroyed the ethnic, closely-knit Catholic neighborhoods all over that country and thus helped such cities as Philadelphia?

Which Nation is America, pray tell me?

Posted by: fyi | Mar 26 2021 16:25 utc | 229

Well, I must say Western apparel corps virtue signaling for fabricated claims in Xinjiang to offend their largest consumer market, has to be on the list of dumbest moves in history.

Posted by: J W | Mar 26 2021 16:29 utc | 230

@ teri | Mar 26 2021 8:54 utc | 216 - i think that was immediately obvious to anyone paying attention.. cheers...

@ JohninMK | Mar 26 2021 16:13 utc | 228.. thanks john... when i say the city of london, it is really a spiders web that isn't about living their, but about the financial system that has been created and how it is referred to - 'city of london' - a reasonably opaque term upon closer inspection which would throw most people off! either that, or it has to be taken literally! the poster @ debs is dead shared a video appropriately called teh spiders web which is really well worth the watch to get a more complete understanding of what is at work.. finances account for such an important role in so much of everything and yet most people are in the dark about much of it too... this video is quite good, although i think it could be better and could have been shorter too.. i don't know if a transcript is available, but that would have been nice if there was one, as you could get thru it quicker.. as the top poster notes - some of the video has been censored as well, which pretty well tells one just how relevant the message is and how those in power are opposed to being found out just how corrupt their system of power and rot works...

so, it is true what you say about trusts - they are for rich people.. do you think the really wealthy pay much in the way of taxes?? i kind of doubt it myself.. the city of london - and what i mean by that as captured in this video i shared here, it good proof of it too as i see it... check the video out if you have some free time.. cheers..

Posted by: james | Mar 26 2021 16:30 utc | 231

Some Random Passerby 221

I think you will find that apart from a title, some nick knacks, and some small change (in his terms) Hugh Grosvenor inherited little directly from his father on his death. He would only have paid tax if his father had saved money from his annual allowance or external income (his father was in the British Army). For example the latest Duke of Bedford did pay tax due to his father squirreling away over £1m. The later makes for good publicity for the peons.

What he did become was the prime beneficiary of the Grosvenor Trusts (not sure of names and quantities) worth, as you say, about £9 billion. With proper planning he would not have paid much tax.

As the prime beneficiary he will be able to draw on the vast income of the Trusts estates and other assets. Living in and benefiting from what is there is pretty automatic. But, given the Trustees role is not handing out money hand over fist to a potential spendthrift but preserving the wealth for the future generations, he might find it a hard sell to get it sometimes. The Trustees also have to take into account the needs of the other beneficiaries like his mother and sibling(s) etc.

Posted by: JohninMK | Mar 26 2021 16:33 utc | 232

@vk #3
Regarding the "Asian banker" article:
That is a load of garbage. The MFH report from the US Treasury clearly shows that Asia has not been buying hardly any of new US Treasury issuance for over a decade. That's why the foreign holders of US Treasuries has fallen below 25%.

Posted by: c1ue | Mar 26 2021 17:42 utc | 233

@mastameta #14
I can't imagine how you lose most of your savings when the stock market has not crashed.
Furthermore, it is clear you don't look at core data vs. read people who have no idea what is going on.
As I noted above - Asia has not been buying hardly any US Treasuries for well over a decade. This data is publicly available at the US Treasury site - just internet search for "major foreign holders of us treasuries".
Yet even that is irrelevant. What really matters is that there is still no alternative to the US dollar internationally. Despite the "sitout" by Asia, foreign holders of US Treasuries are still around 25% - down from well over 30% prior to the "embargo".
Essentially none of the new debt since 2008 has been monetized by foreigners. That should tell you something.
But what it tells you is not that the US dollar is going down tomorrow.
There has to be an alternative first and there is none at this moment in time.
Secondly, the only way you can lose huge amounts of principle with a stock market that is treading water is using ETFs or derivatives. If you aren't a seasoned investor with a deep capital base - you shouldn't be messing with those things. Newbies - whether Robinhood or a traditional brokerage - dabbling in derivatives is like chicks pushing themselves into shark infested waters.

Posted by: c1ue | Mar 26 2021 17:49 utc | 234

Alistair Crooke on baked Alaska:

Blinken’s Pièce de Théâtre Failed; Its Script Was Passé

Posted by: Bemildred | Mar 26 2021 18:52 utc | 235

@ Bemildred | Mar 26 2021 18:52 utc | 235 with the baked Alaska link...thanks

I think the intent is to crash the system real hard so the personal suffering will insure global private finance is not one of the symptoms complained about even though part of the process will be debtmageddon. I think debtmageddon has been structured by now to have the holders be pension funds, individual investors, etc...all but the elite that have moved their debt to others.

With a hard crash the derivative issue will be quite the show with some backroom dealers for the elite saying they own everything and everybody....grin

The shit show continues until it doesn't..

Posted by: psychohistorian | Mar 26 2021 19:04 utc | 236

Posted by: psychohistorian | Mar 26 2021 19:04 utc | 236

There certainly are a lot of loons with apocalyptic ideas running around, but it's hard to discern which ones to listen to. Many, one suspects, are doing it for unseemly reasons. Some of them, obviously, are doing so for good reason.

I am mainly struck by the general incompetence of the "elite" classes in the West these days, they have always been con men, but they used to have some grip on reality. Now they all live in TV-land. It is hard to see any forward progress being made while they remain in the way.

And yes now it's all about the money, and the fear of losing one's place, and access to the money river.

I'm a big fan of public finance, public banks, Post Office Banks. Anything to stop the profit-driven circling of the drain here.

Posted by: Bemildred | Mar 26 2021 19:15 utc | 237

james 231

The reason I know a bit about trusts is that I am a beneficiary of one. My father, who retired as an RAF Wing Commander, having worked his way up from being a clerk in the Port of London, ended up in a house and garden worth about £1m (it cost £10k when he bought it in 1967). So he was UK middle class, definitely not rich. He wanted to protect his legacy from his sons potentially avaricious wives plus put it beyond the reach of the taxman after he had paid his due. So a trust was the solution and whilst it costs my brother and I quite a lot our children will benefit. We would then expect the trusts to be liquidated.

No, the really wealthy are not large taxpayers, they have advisors who make sure they don't and in particular have long running trusts. Do the normally wealthy and rich pay lots of tax then quite often yes, especially if it was generated in their lifetime. Many move it outside the UK but like the IRS our Inland Revenue is hot on their tails. Anyone earning £100k up is paying a lot of tax. Most of the wealth spread around the UK is in the houses we live in and the local tax on that is pretty low, especially on the valuable houses and estates.

Thanks for the link, I have found it and will watch.

Posted by: JohninMK | Mar 26 2021 20:10 utc | 238

to Grieved I made the comment about the fact that there can be no existing treatment for an "emergency use" permission to be granted for a drug. My remark, which I have made a few times to people who do not want to hear it was in this instance in response to JB (I believe she calls herself) who pointed out a talk given by a Dr. Peter McCullough. Recommended to watch it. You can find it on website. I think the degree of resistance and hostility to any talk of treatment is chilling. The unnecesary deaths are tragic.
to Karlof1 Thank you for the quote from Putin regarding the Arts. He seems to be very well read! I am reminded of the Russian behavior after the liberation of Palmyra. Some of you will recall that a young Russian soldier became aware of the imminent arrival of the headchoppers, as Paveway used to call them. This hero called in an
airstrike on his position - knowing that it would mean both his death and the liberation of Palmyra.
The Russians then sent the Mariinsky Theater to give a concert - a requiem one might say. The Russians send music - the evil empire only destruction.

Posted by: Miss Lacy | Mar 27 2021 0:45 utc | 239

I just watched the exchange between Rand Paul and Fauci on the critical question of reinfection and Fauci's insistence on wearing masks. I am no fan of either of these people.

My take away is that Fauci is a bullshitter and the medical fraternity of the USAstan needs to disown him. His desperate clinging to straws in the face of expanding immunity by those that have already been infected and recovered or in most cases didn't infect in any clinically critical way, is a disgrace to science, an insult to intelligence and a cover for profiteering.

If you can stand to goto zero hedge momentarily, you can watch the exchange in this report. Fauci simply does not get it that if you continue to bullshit in these critical circumstances, you do more to deter vaccination than to encourage it. Fauci is simply a conflicted, one dimensional man on a disaster mission and has been so from day one.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 27 2021 2:54 utc | 240

Reuters in Dubai report that Iran and China are expected to finally sign their 25-year strategic cooperation deal on Saturday during the ongoing visit of Chinese foreign minister to Tehran.

“This document is a complete roadmap with strategic political and economic clauses covering trade, economic and transportation cooperation ... with a special focus on the private sectors of the two sides,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh told state TV.

I've found nothing in the English version of Far News but in their Persian language there is something regarding China, or the article that I'm looking at is something else.

Posted by: Ian2 | Mar 27 2021 4:53 utc | 241

I take it that links to Reuters or Far News are not allowed here. In any case, Reuters is reporting that Iran and China are expected to finally sign their 25-year strategic cooperation deal on Saturday during the ongoing visit of Chinese foreign minister to Tehran.

Excerpt from Reuters article:

“This document is a complete roadmap with strategic political and economic clauses covering trade, economic and transportation cooperation ... with a special focus on the private sectors of the two sides,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh told state TV.

I've found nothing in the English verion of Far News but there is something in the Persian version (See Source 2 below for details).

Source1: reuters [DOT] com / article / us-iran-china / china-iran-expected-to-sign-25-year-accord-iranian-state-media-says-idUSKBN2BI30W
Source2: farsnews [DOT] ir / my / c / 32160

Posted by: Ian2 | Mar 27 2021 4:59 utc | 242

Ian #241

I had trouble with Fars being blocked but not if I converted it to tiny url. Some have been posting long naked URl's here and there is no complaint that I have seen.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 27 2021 7:59 utc | 243

Pete Buttigieg wins the Yellow Vest award.

"Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg says taxing drivers by the mile “shows a lot of promise” and could be a way to fund a big infrastructure overhaul."

Go for it Pete and lets just see if the French will come to the USA rescue one more time. Pete could of course just tax the US military for every kilometer everywhere in the world and drag back some of the stolen revenue from the US people's taxes.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 27 2021 8:33 utc | 244

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 27 2021 8:33 utc | 243

The Marie Antoinettes in charge now are oblivious that somewhere around 60% of the US populace were already living from hand to mouth before Covid, and way worse after.

Posted by: J W | Mar 27 2021 9:25 utc | 245

J W #244

Thank you, as a practitioner of the art of merry prankster I would advocate that an independent run for the Senate in each state and change their name (by whatever legal means exists) to Thomas Paine. I surmise that the rust belt will elect a dozen or so. The coasts will add another six to twelve and that will make for interesting times.

"A body of men holding themselves accountable to nobody ought not to be trusted by anybody."

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 27 2021 9:42 utc | 246

The Suez wedgie is likely to be bad news for Saudi Barbaria too:

Crashing Saudi Oil Economy Explains Urgent Yemeni Peace Offer

Posted by: Bemildred | Mar 27 2021 10:26 utc | 247

Bemildred, thanks, an excellent summary.

Raw courage in defence of their own lands beating brute force. Reaping the whirlwind takes on a new meaning in the age of ballistic and cruise missiles.

Whilst it is the Saudis reaping at the moment it is just an act in the larger play of the US/Israel reaping the whirlwind of its long term actions against Iran.

Imagine how much stronger the US's position would be if Iran had not been forced into the huge and successful development of ballistic missiles for its, and its friend's defence.

Posted by: JohninMK | Mar 27 2021 11:49 utc | 248

Posted by: JohninMK | Mar 27 2021 11:49 utc | 247

Yes, you can say the Houthis have given a very good account of themselves in that war. I think they have had some help, but only Hezbollah comes to mind as peers. What has been done to Yemen is a crime, and I hope to see the day the price is paid for it.

Posted by: Bemildred | Mar 27 2021 12:09 utc | 249

@ Bemildred | Mar 26 2021 18:52 utc | 235

Thanks for the link.

Alistair Crooke on baked Alaska
Blinken’s Pièce de Théâtre Failed; Its Script Was Passé

is a must read.

Posted by: Bernard F. | Mar 27 2021 14:48 utc | 250

Posted by: Bernard F. | Mar 27 2021 14:48 utc | 249

Thanks, Crooke fills in some details too, a coup de grace. I expected Blinken to be smarter than he is. He is way underestimating the Chinese diplomats. The days of awestruck peasants in long gone. They speak English beter than he does. Racism makes you stupid.

Posted by: Bemildred | Mar 27 2021 15:07 utc | 251

On F-35 New failure
by: psychohistorian | Mar 26 2021 3:20 utc | 201

As USAF is mitigated on this Flying Iron and as RAF not anymore interested in buying...

Perhaps not infortunate and just a smart way to keep the supply chain running?

Posted by: Bernard F. | Mar 27 2021 15:10 utc | 252

Bemildred #250

Given blinken has been in State Department so long then it is possible he has been the architect of much of the debacle of the past decade+. He certainly lost his chance to create any room to move, rather he slammed every door shut. I doubt that any one will attend Biden's climate summit other than ambassadors from China and Russia.

I would rate Biden's chance of meeting either leaders in this term as zero.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 27 2021 20:50 utc | 253

In France we can't watch the youtube video of Putin in the Crimea ceremony and celebration.Imagine the french people who are mostly very angered with the covid-pandemonium handling ,seeing how Putin adresses 80000 people without masks.

A video featuring a doctor reporting about ivermectine in an american senatorial hearing is suppressed as well.More and more frenchies start to understand that the government has done everything,from the beginning of covid-19 to accelerate and propagate the epidemic.Following the Macron governments action timeline everything leads to this conclusion.Treatments were prohibited,medics put out of practice as a punishment for talking and writing about HCQ and ivermectine.
The Interior minister puts out 90000 gendarmes to control the people not being more than six on the street.Seriously,the whole medical world is losing trust and confidence with the people on a very big scale.French are used to government corruption,and can live with that,because everybody likes to fraud a little.You know they are quite sure to be able to find a doctor who will give you a vaccin-passport for money.That's the way rebellious french people used to think.But now,the man in the street suddenly starts to understand that government,big pharma,medical experts are just screwing him on a cosmic level never seen before.The fear mongers are on tv all day long,and the only thing we hear is so many dead and more to come etc.They are destroying our country ,our social coherence and the lives of our children.

A whole bunch of covid mongerers were seen together eating in the newly opened restaurant"Les 3 Présidents",owned by a former master-cook at the Elysee under Sarkozy,Hollande and Macron.All tv pundits,MSM journalists and medical experts,twenty at table,no masks,and did they have fun!

People with other ailnesses are not going to see the doctor anymore,because of the ordeal.And when only twenty percent of nurses and doctors want to take vaccination for them selves why should anyone trust the proposed vaccines?

Posted by: willie | Mar 27 2021 21:26 utc | 254

Getting to the bottom of the Cotton Capers and the USA belligerence against China. The USA blackballing is looking threadbare as you might expect.

BCI is not to be trusted and has found a useful idiot - Verité...

Based on what they learned in Xinjiang, the Shanghai office submitted several reports to the BCI head office, reaching the conclusion that "no forced labor" related issues have been found.

However, the BCI head office seemed less than "satisfied" with the results. The head office also invited Verité, an organization that "provides businesses with tools that help to eliminate labor abuses," to investigate cases in Xinjiang.

The Global Times has learned from sources that members of Verité who were responsible for the "investigation" never went to Xinjiang to carry out any surveys. Instead, they obtained all their information by searching online and citing information from the US Congress, anti-China forces, including the World Uyghur Congress, and biased US-based organization Human Rights Watch. The Verité report called this "flawless data," thus reaching "flawless" conclusions.

Under great pressure from the US, some international companies were forced to pick sides in the "forced labor" stunt. The Global Times has learned that many BCI members, including Adidas and H&M, have organized investigations in Xinjiang. H&M also said in a release that although they did not purchase in Xinjiang, they went to factories in Aksu Prefecture and found no "evidence" of "forced labor."

After that, H&M came under pressure from the BCI head office. On September 15, 2020, the US Customs and Border Protection Bureau announced a ban on imports from five Chinese companies and a manufacturer over "forced labor." H&M then announced it would "phase out our indirect business relationship" with Huafu Fashion on September 16, 2020.

All proving once again that the USA is not a trustworthy trade partner.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 27 2021 21:31 utc | 255

Barflies who might be interested to ask Verite for its take on the Global Times story could contact them as follows:

phone +1 413.253.9227 or email

Verite, Inc.
44 Belchertown Road
Amherst, MA 01002
+1 413.253.9227

Among their listed clients are US Department of State, Philip Morris, Walt Disney, US Department of Labor, Nestle. All quality people for sure.

Methinks this story is the start of a great unravelling (no pun intended) but it is in its right place.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 27 2021 23:31 utc | 256

Crashing Saudi Oil Economy Explains Urgent Yemeni Peace Offer

Posted by: Bemildred | Mar 27 2021 10:26 utc | 247

This headline is a stretch. KSA economy sagged a while ago, but it is an artificial and bloated. E.g. most of the workforce is imported, so keeping the native population at an accustomed level is not hard, although massive shedding of temporary workers could cruelly hit the real estate sector -- or not, but not a huge concern for an average holder of a Saudi passport.

Periodic peace offers are similarly not genuine -- or worse, and they provide a thin patina of a rightful position. "You ask for three billion euro worth of ammo and weapons, but did you try peaceful solutions?" "Sure, we made four (? more?) peace offers, to no avail." "Great, do you want the shipment to go through Suez Canal, or airlifted?"

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Mar 28 2021 11:59 utc | 257

I was amused by the Bloomburg article on Biden's plan to rival the Belt & Road Initiative, which very gently, pointed out the disparity between the scale of the two projects; on the one hand, 2 or 3 $Trillion over 8 years and a similar sum spent in a few months on the other.
I also liked this article in today's Global Times;

"US President Joe Biden unveiled a roughly $2 trillion American Jobs Plan focused on infrastructure and the climate crisis in a speech in Pittsburgh on Wednesday. To win support, he said that the "once-in-a-generation" investment would "put [the US] in a position to win the global competition with China in the upcoming years."
"The US should force itself to forget about China more often. What the US needs to do is struggling with itself. It has been more than a decade since it has called for the construction of the high-speed railway. Why hasn't a single kilometer been built? What does this inefficiency have to do with China? Trump overturned many of Obama's policies and now Biden overturned Trump's policies. Is this what China seduced the US to do?"

Posted by: foolisholdman | Apr 3 2021 12:50 utc | 259

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