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April 04, 2021

The MoA Week In Review - OT 2021-025

Last week's posts at Moon of Alabama:

> CF: Do they want to take on our global dominion and hegemony role? No, but we assert that they do. We posit that China thinks and behaves like us: “We had Manifest Destiny and it took us across the Pacific to the Philippines. Therefore, China must have a Monroe Doctrine and Manifest Destiny in mind.” This is wrong. Things don’t work like that. So I would argue that we have inhaled our own propaganda, and we are living in the appropriately stoned state that that produces. If we have sound policies, we can out-compete anyone. But we’re not looking at sound policies; we’re looking at pulling down our competitor. <

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Other issues:

Of the container ship Stuck In Mud in the Suez I wrote:

[T]he losses for Egypt add up. The hundreds of ships which are currently blockaded and the owners of their cargoes may also ask for compensation.

The ship is insured for probably up to 140 million. That will not be enough to pay for this incident. Many court claims will be made. The Japanese owners of the ship, the Taiwanese charterer, the German company managing the ship, the pilots and the crew will all be asked to pay for every penny that is not covered by the insurance.

On April 2 WaPo reported that the ship will have to stay in Egypt until the bills are paid:

[F]reeing the ship was a costly and time-consuming endeavor, and Egypt says it should be heavily compensated for the incident.

On Thursday, the Ever Given’s owner filed suit against the ship’s operator in the United Kingdom’s High Court, the Lawyer first reported. An early stab at limiting the owner’s liability, the lawsuit highlights the labyrinthine ownership structure of container ships, and how difficult it can be to determine who should be held responsible when something goes wrong at sea.

Flagged in Panama, the Ever Given is owned by two Japanese firms, Luster Maritime and Higaki Sangyo Kaisha, which are the plaintiffs in the lawsuit and are both subsidiaries of holding company Shoei Kisen Kaisha (itself a subsidiary of Japanese shipbuilder Imabari.) It is being leased by Evergreen Marine Corporation, a Taiwan-based conglomerate listed as the defendant. On top of that, the ship’s technical manager is Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement, a German entity that isn’t a party to the lawsuit and was responsible for hiring the Indian crew.
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That doesn’t mean that the company is willing to shoulder the financial burden alone. On Thursday, Shoei Kisen Kaisha declared “general average,” appealing to a principle of maritime law that states that the owner of cargo on board a ship should contribute to the cost of rescuing the vessel during a major casualty event, according to industry news site gCaptain.

Use as open thread ...

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Hunter Biden's job prospects just opened up.

President Joe Biden’s temporary halt to the U.S. arms deal and his decision to remove the Yemeni Houthi rebels from the state department’s list of global terrorist organizations have been touted as a harbinger of peace in Yemen, where a civil war that erupted during Barack Obama’s second term in office has persisted and expanded to include regional powers.

The Saudi-led coalition of Arab states has dropped more than 22,000 bombs in Yemen since its intervention in 2015 and has contributed to the death of nearly a quarter of a million people since the conflict began. American weapons systems have played a key role in the genocidal war that has produced millions of war refugees in what can only be characterized as the greatest human tragedy of the 21st century.

Maybe MBS has invited his resume.

As the American arms industry rides a wave of record sales to the Saudi regime and the Middle East in general, a pause to the relentless advance of the biggest war economy on the planet strikes one as a political strategy, widely telegraphed by Biden even before he became the Democratic nominee. As soon as the former vice president was projected as the winner of the 2020 election, Saudi Arabia went on a lobbyist hiring spree to prepare for what the regime led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman knew was coming.

It will have to be much better paid that the Uke fix as the big man is up a notch these days.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Apr 4 2021 9:22 utc | 1

Scotland's Dirty War


Oh lookee. The Guardian is getting involved.

Now what would we expect from the gang that betrayed Julian Assange and condemned him to a slow, tortuous death? You won't be disappointed!


For Alex Salmond and his new Alba party, the prospects are not looking good


David Clegg

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/apr/03/alex-salmond-alba-party-prospects-holyrood


Ring any bells? David Clegg:

So let me tell you what is being hidden from the Scottish people.
The story was broken by David Clegg, Political Editor of the Daily Record.

He just happens to be the former lover of Liz Lloyd.
It's all there on the internet from their trip to the United States.
Wings Over Scotland has documented it all.*


So let me add it all up:

For the Iraq Invasion it was Alastair Campbell who was the prime mover. For the Salmond assassination it is Liz Lloyd who is the prime mover. Here is some of her involvement. In January or February 2018 she was involved in the coralling of fresh meat into the Scot Gov complaints "procedure". In March 2018 she lured Alex Salmond back into the web using Geoff Aberdein. On April 2 2018 she sprung the trap and sought, with Nicola Sturgeon, to blackmail Alex Salmond. Salmond launched a judicial review. That is, he called their bluff. They sought to carry out their blackmail threat by publishing their doodles and fantasies on the Scottish Government website. Salmond sought an Interdict (injunction) to prevent such publication. So Liz Lloyd leaked the report to her former lover at the Daily Record, who published and destroyed the good name of Alex Salmond. When Salmond continued to resist, and was about to win the judicial review, Liz Lloyd recruited and suborned five other women to make claims for the criminal trial of Alex Salmond. Then Ms Lloyd made an accusation herself, became an alpha Betty, and was rewarded with lifetime anonimity (she is Ms A in the criminal pleadings).


So I say again, and even more strongly:

Now here is the kicker.

Liz Lloyd has not appeared before the Fabiani committee!

Now it just might be that SOMEBODY is protecting Ms Lloyd.
I know who is that somebody. But I don't want to upset people by naming her.
Posted by: John Cleary | Mar 21 2021 23:14 utc | 69

https://www.moonofalabama.org/2021/03/the-moa-week-in-review-ot-2021-023.html?cid=6a00d8341c640e53ef026bdec59858200c#comment-6a00d8341c640e53ef026bdec59858200c


* https://wingsoverscotland.com/?s=all+the+boys+and+girls


For the avoidance of doubt: what we have here is not a leak, and not a whistleblower. In fact it is the exact opposite, disguised as a leak.

The Scottish Government doodles and fantasies is not a report. It was quoshed by Lord Pentland in the Court of Session as being unfair, biased, and unlawful.

That is what the Daily Record published: a proven defamation.

So David Clegg is in REALLY deep shit Unless he can destroy Alex Salmond first.

THAT is the standard of journalism we have come to expect from the SIS house journal.

Posted by: John Cleary | Apr 4 2021 9:26 utc | 2

For some reason that link to my MoA comment fails.

It's the correct thread, comment #69

Posted by: John Cleary | Mar 21 2021 23:14 utc | 69

Posted by: John Cleary | Apr 4 2021 9:37 utc | 3

Viva Lula.

Despite being coy about next year, Lula is behaving as if he is already president, releasing statements urging his countryfolk to wear masks and inviting U.S. President Joe Biden to an emergency coronavirus summit on vaccine equity.

A towering figure in his homeland, the former street urchin and shoe-shine boy turned union leader was elected president in 2002 and served until 2011, leaving office with an 83% approval rating. The economy grew steadily and poverty was halved under his stewardship. While the U.S. was invading Afghanistan and Iraq, Lula declared his own domestic war — against hunger. His signature policy was the Bolsa Família package; a deal whereby mothers were given cash transfers of up to $150 per month if they enrolled their children in school and ensured they were immunized against yellow fever and other deadly diseases. An estimated 50 million people benefited from it. It was policies like these, Urban noted, that built his support among the country’s popular classes.

Bolsonaro has one more year to go if the gangs don't take him for a walk first.

“Bolsonaro is scared. His approval rating is dropping,” Fox noted. “If Lula decides to run, and he is not somehow again blocked from running, like in 2018, he has every chance of winning in 2022.” Fox added that, after a year of Bolsonaro’s downplaying or outright denying the virus that has killed over 300,000 Brazilians, Lula’s freedom has spurred the current president to act more responsibly. Things got so bad at one point last year, armed, criminal gangs chastised Bolsonaro’s recklessness, unilaterally imposing a lockdown in areas under their control. “We want the best for the population. If the government won’t do the right thing, organized crime will,” read an official communique from a group of drug dealers in Rio de Janeiro."

Thank you MintPressNews for a good report.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Apr 4 2021 9:38 utc | 4

John Cleary #2

Thank you, but I believe it is Sir Guardian these days. Perhaps Countess Guardian? Either way its the queens good little poodle.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Apr 4 2021 9:42 utc | 5

Michael Hudson and Pepe Escobar yarned up for two hours a few days ago and I would be sure that comrades have linked to it. I just visited Andrei Martyanov's site and found this extract (with video) and thought it worthy of repeating here.

It is instructive:

...here is what Hudson, who is close to "decision-making" circles posits:

"The Americans want war. The people that Biden has appointed have an emotional hatred of Russia. I’ve spoken to government people who are close to the Democratic Party, and they’ve told me that there’s a pathological emotional desire for war with Russia, largely stemming from the fact that the Tzars were anti-Semitic and there’s still the hatred about their ancestors: “Look what they did to my great-grandfather.” And so they’re willing to back the Nazis, back the anti-Semites in Ukraine. They’re willing to back today’s anti-Semites all over the world as long as they’re getting back at this emotional focus on a kind of post 19th-century economy. I’ve met these people. Their emotion is one of hatred and anger. You can look at their face and see what they’ve become. This is really dangerous. They are crazy. And Putin is quite right. America has got its power by breaking contracts. It broke all of the contracts with the native Americans to take their land. It’s broken the Iranian contract. It broke most recently the Ukrainian Minsk agreement, and the JCP before. So what’s the point of making an agreement with any Americans"

Andrei then wades in with a big stick as is his style: "Here is what I am constantly trying to stress--you do not negotiate with a mad bunch, especially afflicted with a narrow ethno-religious trauma, which over the years is being re-amplified in an echo-chamber of the American Jewish immigration, whose ascendance to the very top of the American political power and influence in the post-WW II period came through what some, wrongly, continue to view as intellectual neoconservative (Trotskyist) movement, which was neither "conservative", in any applicable sense nor, most importantly, intellectual. American neoconservative movement is a combination of a shoddy scholarship, if not altogether outright pseudo-religious demagoguery and falsification, and of a masterful, needs to be admitted, manipulation with the American propensity for self-aggrandizing for the reasons which, in reality, go completely counter to the interests of the majority of American population."

Solid, hard hitting as usual if you are up for it on a peaceful (if you are lucky) Easter Sunday.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Apr 4 2021 10:02 utc | 6

@uncle tungsten | Apr 4 2021 10:02 utc | 6

I have listened to 1h 20m so far. It is really some scary truth. Apart from the overall description of the predatory western class, what I noticed especially was the coming eviction of millions from their homes in the US, starting in June, leading to a "culling of the population". This is really on "lebensraum" level...

Posted by: Norwegian | Apr 4 2021 11:35 utc | 7

@Posted by: uncle tungsten | Apr 4 2021 9:22 utc | 1

I am continuously puzzled by the rewriting of history.
What is the point of saying the Saudi intervention began in 2015?
It began many years earlier.

The quote you give does use the phrase "Saudi-led coalition of Arab states" and not Saudi Arabia.
Is that the hedge that permits the misleading of readers?

Here is an article from 2009:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2009/nov/23/saudi-arabia-yemen-houthi-war


A crucially important conflict, woefully under-reported in the west, has now come to a head in the Middle East. In response to an ongoing fight that could spill out beyond the Arabian peninsula, Saudi Arabia has entered into direct war with the Houthi rebels in northern Yemen.

I am open to hearing that it began even earlier than the Guardian article says - 2009. But there it is - at least as early as 2009 and not 2015. I see the year 2015 given as the year it all began everywhere (Caitlin Johnstone, too).

Obama began bombing Yemen before he had completed his first year in office (2009).
As you may recall Obama killed dozens of women and children in a covered up war crime
seven days after he accepted the Nobel Peace Prize.

https://www.moonofalabama.org/2021/03/somewhat-out-of-the-mud.html?cid=6a00d8341c640e53ef0278801fa228200d#comment-6a00d8341c640e53ef0278801fa228200d

The Yemen government assisted in the cover up by saying that it was there own forces and not Obama that had criminally shredded dozens of civilians
with cluster bombs. Obama doubled the amount of military support he gave Yemen as a reward for the cover up.

Posted by: librul | Apr 4 2021 12:48 utc | 8

Really looking forward to hearing B's views as well as those of site regulars on the trouble in Jordan. (Posted this erroneously in another thread too)

Posted by: Illusionist | Apr 4 2021 12:55 utc | 9

Ecuador-- election day is next Sunday, April 11 and Arauz will win big unless the imperial mafias can derail it. I can assure you that every Ecuadoran remembers Lasso was finance minister in the late 90s when the puppet president switched to the dollar overnight and wiped out most people's bank accounts.
This piece in TeleSur exposes Lasso's real estate "shelters/laundry mats" in Florida, Latin America's cesspool of spoiled rich kids.
https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Ecuador-Lasso-Linked-to-Tens-of-Millions-in-Florida-Properties-20210402-0023.html

"A review of corporate and real estate records in Florida shows the Lasso-linked shell companies’ holdings have increased since 2017, raising questions over the legality of Lasso’s candidacy."
Mark Weisbrot's Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) did the digging. I like him.
If Arauz can win and consolidate power like MAS in Bolivia I look for Ecuador to
*give the middle finger to the IMF very quickly
*bring Correa back into the power center
*turn to China which means an acceleration of BRI in South America.
Ecuador has good history with China during Correa's terms. They kicked the U.S. Air Force out of their huge base in Manta and leased it to the Chinese. Imperial puppet Lenin Moreno let the U.S. empire into Galapagos but that will go away. https://www.military.com/daily-news/2019/06/18/ecuador-us-military-could-use-galapagos-island-flights.html
I was in Galapagos in 2002 after Ecuador switched to the hated Dollar and I can confirm that everyone knows about the U.S. (they're also very aware of Israel).
Lots of challenges for Ecuador, bordered with Colombia which is loaded with 2 bit gangster killers affiliated with the bigger mafia families dripping with drug money and hit lists, coupled with a huge CIA presence. Ecuadorans told me about the Peace Corps and their affiliation with the CIA. The only other border is Peru which is a basket case right now, not as much organized evil as Colombia but the masses are in disarray and hammered from covid. Colombia is where the threat lies for Ecuador. Barflies could benefit from a quick study/review of Plan Colombia which is Biden's Bible: he brags about being the "author" (remember, he has a history of doing that) and the Plan is still the process used throughout Latin America. Plan Colombia is the imperial mafia's version of BRI. Ultimately The Plan's core is to shovel huge amounts of money and arms into thugs while the banksters funnel huge loans to puppets who sell off pulbic sector. In Bidenworld that means he owns the thugs and the puppets. What could happen?
https://www.mintpressnews.com/biden-backs-revival-brainchild-plan-colombia-2-0-set-begin-next-month/276367/

Posted by: migueljose | Apr 4 2021 13:15 utc | 11

Regarding The Guardian, mentioned in John Cleary's comments 2 and 3,

“The Guardian had gone in six short years from being the natural outlet to place stories exposing wrongdoing by the security state to a platform trusted by the security state to amplify its information operations. A once relatively independent media platform has been largely neutralised by UK security services fearful of being exposed further. “
see https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2019-09-11-how-the-uk-security-services-neutralised-the-countrys-leading-liberal-newspaper/amp/

Regarding Mr Clegg’s role in the amplification of the state’s information operations, Stuart Campbell's article has information on his actions in the Salmond case and his earlier contact with a Special Adviser to the First Minister. https://wingsoverscotland.com/all-the-jolly-boys-and-girls/#more-120497.

Posted by: cirsium | Apr 4 2021 14:32 utc | 12

Behind paywall, could someone quote the cores measures?
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2021/04/04/national/japanese-school-open-pandemic/

Posted by: Mina | Apr 4 2021 14:39 utc | 13

Very good article as an introduction to financial capital:

Financial fictions: the old ones

Recommend the read.

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For the surprise of zero persons:

General of the Armed Forces of Ukraine admitted that the United States will not fight for Ukraine

Just remember what Trump said about helping the Poles sometime in the first years of his reign (that he wouldn't send Americans to fight for the damn Poles or something like that).

If the USA isn't willing to help Poland, it isn't going to help Ukraine. It's that simple.

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Bizarre piece of propaganda:

"The death of an empire" - back to the past, so as not to be repeated in the future

For the second week the TV channel "Russia 24" has been showing the documentary series "Death of the Empire. Russian Lesson" - the author's project of Metropolitan Tikhon of Pskov and Porkhov. Ten episodes have already been released - more than half of the 18-episode project.

"Metropolitan" is an Orthodox clerical office. Thus this is a revisionism of History by the Russian Orthodox Church.

Either way, the assassination of history begins outright in the review of the "analyst" Peter Akopov, who's a far-right ideologue from the Yeltsinite era:

The theme of the current film is not accidental for the Metropolitan - back in 2008, his first "Death of the Empire" ("Byzantine Lesson"), dedicated to the Second Rome, the great Orthodox empire, of which Russia became the heir, was released. Moreover, the Russian Empire perished just at the moment when it was more than ever close to becoming the geographical heir of the Romans - to plant a cross on Hagia Sophia, to seize Constantinople. The debate about what destroyed the Russian Empire continues today - but without agreement on the main causes of that catastrophe, we will not be protected from its repetition in the future.

Wait, what? Russia is the heir of the Roman Empire in the East? Besides becoming the center of Orthodox Christianity after the fall of Constantinople, I don't see any connection between the Russian Empire and the Byzantine Empire.

But the even more bizarre part comes at the end of this quoted paragraph, as Akopov states that "the Russian Empire perished just at the moment when it was more than ever close to becoming the geographical heir of the Romans - to plant a cross on Hagia Sophia, to seize Constantinople". My friend, if you didn't become the geographical heir of the Romans 400 years after the fact, you're not becoming that after 450 years. By the way, for an "anti-woke", "anti-globalist" self-proclaimed conservative, Akopov seems to be very imperialist, as Constantinople was never Russian territory, and Orthodox Christianity is not synonymous with Russia. This sounds like a Russian version of the Manifest Destiny to me.

This is not the first time I read about some Russian talking about their country as the heir to the Byzantine Empire. I hope this is not a thing among the Russians nowadays, because, if it is, we're doomed for a lot of bad things in the near future.

But this is not all. He continues with the lies:

Moreover, the endless induced disputes between "whites" and "reds" are producing an increasingly repulsive and harmful effect, they are becoming like manipulation with unsuitable means, like a deliberate special operation to split society. Mad anti-Sovietists and blind apologists of the USSR, denouncers of the "bloody tsarist regime" and obsessed anti-communists - all together they are not only corrupting our history, but as if they deliberately undermine all attempts to form and recreate national unity, all efforts of the authorities to unite society around national values, contradict the desire of the people themselves for community and solidarity.

Therefore, it is so important that Metropolitan Tikhon proposes a completely different dimension of the events of 1917, capable of cooling both camps, who were being pushed head on. Tsarist Russia was not destroyed by the Reds - it was destroyed by a progressive, advanced, European-oriented society (educated and wealthy).

I don't know about the state-of-the-art of the "Mad anti-Sovietists and blind apologists of the USSR" in modern Russia, but the fact that the White Army was the first color revolutionary army in contemporary history, made of many foreign elements and funded entirely by the Western and Japanese imperial powers is not disputed. And the fact is the Orthodox Church supported the Whites and, in doing so, sold themselves to the Western powers.

But that lie is useful for his next logical argument:

The best people who dreamed of a "free Russia" and hated the government with every fiber of their soul - it was they who opened Pandora's box and plunged the country into confusion and chaos. Russia was ruined by February - not October, which became only its consequence. It was the betrayal of a part of the elite - and the advanced public itself was part of the elite and agitated a certain part of the tsarist bureaucracy - that caused the collapse of Russia and the subsequent civil war. And her defeat in the world war - when victory in it was really close.

Good, we're now in "the WWI didn't happen" territory. Not satisfied with Holocaust denialists, we now have WWI denialists. Sure buddy, WWI never happened, the Tsar never sent his peasants to die in the meat grinder of Germany, the Tsar never left the survivors starve to death on their way home, it never ruined the Russian economy, etc. etc.

By the way, the first thing the February provisory government did when taking power was to betray the promise they made to the Russian people and decide to continue fighting in WWI. Well, those Western powers that betrayed the Tsar were, at the same time, the powers that defeated Germany, so victory was not only not "really close" - it was impossible, at least from the point of view of the Tsarist Empire.

And it was not Nicholas II who was rotten, not the Russian government, not the domestic service class in the broad sense of the word - it was rotten that which considered itself the salt of the earth, the best, progressive people.

Nicholas II was so rotten that he fell to two virtually bloodless revolutions (February and October). The Bolshevik takeover was so smooth that even rabid anti-communist Solzhenitsyn admitted it in one of his propaganda pieces. The Tsar was so rotten that he was not even a relevant political figure anymore: he was murdered only in 1918, with the beginning of the Civil War (the very bloody counter-revolution).

He then proceeds with fairy tales about how the Russian intelligentsia betrayed the Tsar etc. etc.

Then he finishes with this nonsense:

Soon the Russian tsar and the commander-in-chief were betrayed and overthrown - and rich and liberal-oriented representatives of the "advanced public" came to power. Those who showed themselves to be absolutely incompetent, narrow-minded and irresponsible people - as a result, the country collapsed into turmoil and civil war, losing at the same time a practically won world war. The Bolsheviks (as the most radical part and unloved child of the same "advanced public") were able to take power only as a result of the reaction of the people who had lost their heads (both literally and figuratively) to the mediocrity, betrayal and weakness of self-proclaimed liberal rulers - but this is already other story. Metropolitan Tikhon spoke about the main reasons for the Russian catastrophe of 1917 - about February.

Let me see if I understood the Metropolitan's argument: 1) the Tsar fell because his bourgeois bureaucrats betrayed him; 2) they betrayed him because they became too "Western"; 3) this self-destruction opened the path to the rise of the Bolsheviks - who were only able to do so because the "liberal rulers" (bourgeois bureucrats) "lost their heads".

The problem is this: if the Tsar descended to a point where he depended on the bourgeois to keep himself afloat, didn't it make him the rotten part? Wasn't the Tsar who allied with the liberal powers in 1914 to wage WWI? If the Bolsheviks were merely the "unloved child", then why did the vast majority of the Russian population supported them? The hidden truth is precisely here: the Tsar treated his own people like garbage, disposable things, cannon fodder, a mindless mass.

There is a link in Ria Novosti for the ten published episodes (they're published in the VK). I really hope the Russian people doesn't fall for this absurd falsification of history. The whole thing is even more absurd because the Russian Orthodox Church tries to falsify and/or obscure what is the most well documented period of Russian History and one of the most well documented events in History. Thanks to the honesty and democratic spirit of the Bolsheviks (who debated everything in congresses and published everything decided within the committees), we know more about what happened in Russia during 1917 (and even before, from Bolshevik writers up to 1902) to 1928 than about any other country during the same time (even the so-called "Western Democracies"). The cause of the fall of the Russian Empire is not only not a mystery, but one of the most well-known facts we have documented today.


Posted by: vk | Apr 4 2021 14:45 utc | 15

The Gloves are off, the game is afoot ...

March 31: ... Anti-China Screeds

April 1: "America Is Back" Collides With A Multipolar Reality

April 2: The Russian Military Build-up [in response to NATO-Ukie provocations]

April 3: ... Al-Qaeda In Syria Is "An Asset" For U.S. Strategy [wink wink]


... and the Western masses are as clueless as ever. Sleepwalking into war.

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Just as moa readers have been expecting for years.

USA/NATO is catching up on hyper-sonic missile tech and is consequently feeling more confident / less exposed (yes, they are still behind, but the shit-your-pants moment has passed).

So hold on to your hats. Smoke 'em if you got 'em. And pray for peace. The Captain has turned on the seat belt warning: it's gonna get bumpy.

!!

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Apr 4 2021 15:17 utc | 16


Why Canada's 'left' opposition leader is neither and as in thrall to Israel as all of the other political leaders....


Why Couldn't Jagmeet Singh say 'Palestine'

http://yvesengler.com/2021/04/04/why-cant-jagmeet-singh-say-palestine/

Posted by: John Gilberts | Apr 4 2021 15:27 utc | 18

Thanks for all your work...

For me the main issue right now is what is going on in Ukraine. Putin/Russia says the introduction of NATO forces into the country is a red line, meanwhile Ukraine announces future military maneuvers/exercises/games with NATO forces in-country. How will this resolve?

The Biden Administration has put the same old regime-change war hawks like Victoria (Fuck the EU!) Nuland back into dangerous positions of power. For whatever reasons, when it comes to Russia, the Democrats are no different than QAnon acolytes. Their objectives are impossible to achieve - eg return of Crimea - yet they double-down upon their reckless miscalculations.

At some point - the point the first NATO troop lands in Ukraine - Russia will have no choice but to act in self-defense, which the Empire calls 'aggression.'

The largest concern as we edge toward midnight on the doomsday clock as 7th dimension game theory unwinds is a preemptive nuclear strike which leads to the obliteration of the future.

Empire needs an intervention. God is dead, and the aliens are shy. One expects the 1-2-3 punch from Russia, China and Iran.

Posted by: gottlieb | Apr 4 2021 15:36 utc | 19

Posted by: Mina | Apr 4 2021 14:39 utc | 13

just open it in incognito mode and read it urself..
incognito mode works on most such links..

Posted by: Per/Norway | Apr 4 2021 15:37 utc | 20

Nüshu

Curious whether the accent shows after posting.

Posted by: librul | Apr 4 2021 16:01 utc | 21

vk@45 is shocked at the flagrant mendacity of the Metropolitan, but shouldn't be. Whenever I read someone repeating stupid cliches about how religious people have holy books and therefore Marxism is a religion because it has a holy book, or a library of them (Capital etc.) I can only think someone doesn't know much about religion. One of the hallmarks of true religions is not having holy scriptures, it's forging holy scriptures. If religious people will falsify their own bibles they will falsify anything.

But I want to add, that if you think of the Metropolitan as a fiction writer, then it becomes obvious that the wretched progressive people are not genuine historical figures, but fictional prefigurations of "Western," "liberal," "progressive," "woke," etc. that are held to pollute the fictional Russian soul. The lost Eden of Russian national unity, imagined to be not just political but cultural, linguistic, spiritual, religious, racial (these things all blend together and there is no practical separation---indeed, someone insisting on a real distinction is likely perpetrating a fraud on behalf of one, usually but not always religious bigotry) is to be regained by spiritual revival. It is always claimed that you can't really reform society without renewing people's morals and therefore mere politics is impractical (against human nature.) But the inevitable failure of all such spiritual revivals refutes that nonsense. Living differently reforms societies, and that starts with very practical, even if difficult, changes in property and power. The example of the Metropolitan is indeed viciously reactionary. It is also very much the kind of thing Putin endorses. And in one of the hot button issues, loose sexual practices like slutty women and sissy men, Putin (and the larger part of the MoA commentariat) are as one with the Metropolitan.

Think about it.

Posted by: steven t johnson | Apr 4 2021 16:10 utc | 22

Per/Norway, thanks for the trick but it doesn't work for me (using brave; i tried before posting unpaywall and another extension, no way)

Posted by: Mina | Apr 4 2021 16:24 utc | 23

Forgot to mention an important excerpt from this review:

From the Chas Freeman interview:

If we have sound policies, we can out-compete anyone.

No, you can't. If you could, you would've already done it.

Everything in life has an deadline. You can claim ineptness of your individual politicians for four, eight years. But, after 50 years straight, it becomes a pattern, not an accident. The USA is declining literally (i.e. economically), not just psychologically or intellectually or ideologically.

The single most important discovery made by Marx in his Capital is that capitalism is just a phase in human history and, as such, has an absolute and inexorable expiring date. The USA, as a capitalist nation, will eventually reach a moment where nothing else can be done and then it will collapse (or succumb to a communist revolution; both are theoretically possible). Capitalism is a strictly social organization and has an entropy - it will end, with an 100% certainty.

The only way capitalism is made the final stage of human history is with the literal extinction of the homo sapiens or a global catastrophe so devastating that can literally thrown humanity back to the Stone Age (i.e. reduce it to some hundreds of thousands of specimens or less).

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More on the material base of soft power:

Cold War mentality won’t restore US’ declining soft power, by Xu Yelu

Long story short: soft power is nothing without the material base over which it can project itself. You can use universalist language however you want - but the shrinking of the space over which you're doing it will make your universalism look more and more pathetic and crazy over time.

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Is this a joke?

India has key first-mover edge on China in Iran: India doubling down on Iran's Chabahar port project as strategic counter to China's Belt and Road gains trade traction

No, it doesn't. For three very simple reasons:

1) China is much more reliable than India, specially for long-term projects. You don't know when India will play the independent power and when it will play the American vassal role. Three years from now, it is possible India will be using this port project to blackmail Iran. Or not. Fact is, Iran doesn't and can't know. But it knows China will honor its part if Iran honors its part;

2) As if that wasn't enough, China is bigger and can invest many times over what India can invest in Iran. That, combined with #1, means that, 10 out of 10 times, Iran will choose China over India;

3) Even disregarding #1 and #2, we have the objective fact that Iran is a big nation with a big population in a very good geographical position. It has a potential economy large enough to accommodate both Chinese and Indian infrastructure investments.

Posted by: vk | Apr 4 2021 16:32 utc | 24

thanks b!

i am curious about what is the deal with jordan as well.... obviously no plot to overthrow the usa-israel installed puppet would be given the green light unless usa-israel was okay with it... ever wonder why it is okay for the usa to accept jolani into the fold? look no further then israels role in trying to keeps its neighbours in a state of destabilization on a permanent basis..

Posted by: james | Apr 4 2021 16:34 utc | 25

This is funny:

This is the legacy of Britain's year of Covid: power unchecked, scrutiny sidelined, by John Harris

An associated theme that has run through Boris Johnson’s time in office has been the sidelining of parliament: the attempt to suspend it for five weeks during the Brexit contortions of 2019, the pitiful levels of debate and scrutiny allowed on coronavirus rules and legislation, and the shameful rushing-through of the new police, crime, sentencing and courts bill.

Why was the "levels of debate and scrutiny" "pitiful", Mr. Harris? Because of the lack of parliamentary debate?

Funny, because I don't remember the lack of parliamentary debate shying away the British press from elaborating bizarre conspiracy theories on Xinjiang and Russia - places that are hundreds of kilometers away from the British journalists. On the contrary: "evidence" magically abounded on those two topics, over which the British MSM was more prolific as ever.

Here's my advice to you and your colleagues: do your job and investigate the Johnson government (which is just some hundreds of meters away from you). Stop omitting yourselves on the subject. Stop publishing the official line. Stop publishing pro-Big Pharma fluff on the AstraZeneca subpar vaccine. Do your job.

Posted by: vk | Apr 4 2021 17:03 utc | 26

Wait, what? Russia is the heir of the Roman Empire in the East? Besides becoming the center of Orthodox Christianity after the fall of Constantinople, I don't see any connection between the Russian Empire and the Byzantine Empire.

There were two empires, western and eastern. The western fell centuries before the eastern. The ultimate legitimacy at the end was leadership of Christianity.

When the western Roman empire collapsed, the center of Christianity shifted to Constantinople. Following the Muslim ascendancy, this religious center shifted to Russia.

The series you speak of, refers to spiritual themes. Russian believers see Russia as the "third Rome".

They are lot lying. It is you who is mis-representing religious history.

Now, we are in a fight to the death between The Third Rome, and the anti-christ...... disagree???

That is what Russians believe.....

Tell me..... is NATO really prepared for a religious war to the finish????

INDY

Posted by: Dr. George W Oprisko | Apr 4 2021 17:22 utc | 27

@ Posted by: Dr. George W Oprisko | Apr 4 2021 17:22 utc | 27

If Russia is the heir of the Byzantine Empire solely on the basis of religion, then Brazil (the largest Catholic nation) is the heir of the Western Roman Empire. As I've said before: equating Russia to Orthodox Christianity is not less exceptionalistic than the USA with its Manifest Destiny ideology.

There's no such a thing as Religious History. There's only one History, which can be subdivided in different subjects for specialization purposes (e.g. Art History, Western History, Chinese History).

Either way, the base of political legitimization of the Orthodox Church in Russia - the Monarchy - doesn't exist anymore. So it really doesn't matter even if it did matter.

Posted by: vk | Apr 4 2021 17:32 utc | 28

No.
You cannot out-compete anyone.
That's simply another of your repeated'manifested' arrogance. As our parents used to say, 'the use of a smoking pipe turns your mouth crooked'.
Quite the opposite, many can out-compete you.

Posted by: augusto | Apr 4 2021 17:33 utc | 29

I'm glad you noticed Mercouris' contribution to the analysis on Ukraine, b. I hope he's right, and he might not be, but over the last few weeks his coverage of the possibly game-changing developments surrounding the Russia-China 'Strategic Partnership' has been well worth a listen. I recommend it, barflies!

Posted by: Ash Naz | Apr 4 2021 17:42 utc | 30

It would appear the the Turkish Baytraktar drone has shown itself to be particularly deadly in the Libva conflict and in the Nargorno-Karabahk war ... there are several reports indicating that Turkey has supplied these drones to the Ukrainian army.

A question for those expert in the weapons field -- is there a battle-field defense for these lethal artillery-placement and tank killers?

Posted by: chet380 | Apr 4 2021 17:48 utc | 31

Regarding the crisis in Jordan, the King has been loudly at odds with the Israelis of late, and it would make a really awkward situation if the Izzies were trying to overthrow the King, and he caught them at it. That was myfirst thought when I heard about it.

Posted by: Bemildred | Apr 4 2021 18:26 utc | 33

Wait, what? Russia is the heir of the Roman Empire in the East? Besides becoming the center of Orthodox Christianity after the fall of Constantinople, I don't see any connection between the Russian Empire and the Byzantine Empire.

Posted by: vk | Apr 4 2021 14:45 utc | 15

vk does not know the connection, but the rulers and aristocrats of Russia knew it very well. In a monarchy, "inheritance" is literally inherting from parents, be it actual suzerainty or claims. Grand Duke of Moscow married the daughter of the last Roman Emperor (ruling in Morea/Pelonesus after Constaniple was lost) . "The marriage of Zoe/Sophia (Thomas's second daughter) to Ivan III of Moscow served to strengthen Moscow's claim to be the "Third Rome", the ideological and spiritual successor to the Byzantine Empire. Sophia and Ivan had several children and numerous descendants. Though the Palaiologos name was not passed on, many of them used the double-headed eagle iconography of Byzantium. "

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Apr 4 2021 18:34 utc | 34

@ Posted by: Piotr Berman | Apr 4 2021 18:34 utc | 34

This is not special to Russia at all. It was very common since the end of Antiquity for entire empires and kingdoms to change their religion on the basis of marriage (read: international treaties/alliances). This was a common feature of the time, in an era where formal bureaucracies weren't as strong as they are today.

That Russia became Orthodox on the event of the marriage of its prince with a Byzantine princess is not extraordinary at all. That it never changed religion again (that is, until the Bolshevik Revolution separated religion from State, in 1917) is a mere fruit of historical chance.

Posted by: vk | Apr 4 2021 18:58 utc | 35

@ gottleib (19)

"Their objectives are impossible to achieve - eg return of Crimea - yet they double-down upon their reckless miscalculations."

What if their real objective is to drive a wedge between the RF and Europe so that it is politically impossible for them to trade, leaving the field open for the US energy sector?

"At some point - the point the first NATO troop lands in Ukraine - Russia will have no choice but to act in self-defense, which the Empire calls 'aggression.'"

What do you imagine the Russians will do, launch an offensive? After years of turning the other cheek, they are going to hand a massive PR victory to NATO, destroying any remaining chance of economic co-operation with Europe? I think they are smarter than that.

It appears to me that the Western capitalist empire has given up on dominating the entire planet, now they seek to divide it. I do share your concerns about a potential nuclear holocaust, I have been posting on the subject since the end of the ABM treaty. I'm not sure whether the Western capitalists are using the Nixon doctrine or whether they really are insane, I suspect it is a bit of both. I don't know what the Russian response will be, idle threats are not their way but I doubt that it will involve knocking the board over.

Posted by: MarkU | Apr 4 2021 19:00 utc | 36

@24 vk - re: Iran/India

In addition to that, the is the issue of Modi's nasty anti Islamic nationalism, which is likely to persist with US encouragement. (India having good relations with its neighbors and gaining enough strength so that it can again consider non-alignment, is anathema to US interests in Asia)

Posted by: ptb | Apr 4 2021 19:14 utc | 37

Dr. Oprisko @ 27, thank you for attempting to correct misapprehensions about Russian Orthodoxy. I will simply add to your definition of religious history that by no means all Russian Orthodox think in these terms, since the faith is universal as far as national origins are concerned and has been for a very long time. Nor can it be assumed that Putin has these beliefs, since he always stresses that every faith with a Russian heritage is equal and to be enjoyed by all Russians in the multipicity of cultures that is Russia in the fullest sense.

Whatever the Metropolitan is saying is his own personal opinion. It is not what Russian Orthodoxy is. That is one of the reasons there is no Pope in Orthodox Christianity. We are all entitled to our own opinions being all in direct relationship with God; there is no intermediary telling us what to think.

Posted by: juliania | Apr 4 2021 20:05 utc | 38

Posted by James @25

In attempting to answer you Question on Jordan I consulted the Genealogy of the Hashemite Family, in 'A soldier With The Arabs' by Lieutenant-General Sir John Bagot Glubb. A good man, soldier and historian.

Sherif Husain of Mecca, later King Husain of the Hejaz, was the grandfather of King Husain of Jordan who was the father of of todays King Abdulla and his half brother.

It was King Husain of the Hejaz who agreed to begin the Arab Revolt and agreed to the treaty with the British, which the British broke at the end of WW1 by dismembering the ME and facilitating the entry of the zionists to Palestine.

The house of Saud deposed the Hashemite family in 1925. Every so often the Hashemites refer to 'our grandfather' and the Saudis take offence.

It appears that the present trouble is the work of the Saudis who despise the Hashemites because their mere existence threatens the legitimacy of the house of Saud.


Posted by: Paul | Apr 4 2021 20:24 utc | 39

i found a good video of new orleans piano player james booker.. check it out if interested.. a band joins him about 20 minutes into it.. James Booker Live at Montreux Jazz Festival 1978 *FULL CONCERT*

Posted by: james | Apr 4 2021 20:44 utc | 40

The smartest guy that President Biden knows:
BREAKING: Hunter Biden's New Hilarious Answer About His Laptop


Posted by: Norwegian | Apr 4 2021 20:49 utc | 41

Interesting to see the second paragraph of a German newspaper's article on Ukraine mention the alleged killing of a child by Ukrainian bombardment. Article


From Google translate:

"The armed forces never use their weapons against civilians or civilian objects, said a spokesman. On Saturday, pro-Russian separatists in the Donetsk region blamed government troops for the death of the child. An explosive device is said to have been dropped using a drone, which killed the boy and seriously injured his 60-year-old grandmother. Independent confirmations were initially not available."

Also a joint statement from France and Russia was rather bland and didn't mention "Russian aggression":

France and Germany are concerned by the growing number of ceasefire violations in eastern Ukraine, which come after the situation had stabilised since July 2020. We are closely monitoring the situation and in particular Russian troop movements, and call on all sides to show restraint and to work towards the immediate de-escalation of tensions.

"We reaffirm our support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognised borders. As mediators in the Normandy format, France and Germany are continuing their efforts to see the Minsk agreements implemented in full, and regular negotiations are being held to that end.

In this regard, we welcome the extension of the mandate of the OSCE’s Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM), and call for an end to the restrictions on the mission’s freedom of movement so that it can accomplish its objectives in accordance with its Mandate."

Posted by: schmoe | Apr 4 2021 20:58 utc | 42

James @ 25, Paul @ 39:

The Hashemites of Jordan claim to be direct descendants of the Prophet Mohammad and therefore should be the custodians of Mecca and Medina, and the Caliphs of the Islamic world. These cities along with Jeddah and others on the Saudi side of the Red Sea were part of the Hejaz kingdom before it was usurped by the Saudi-ruled Kingdom of the Nejd in the late 1920s / early 1930s.

I suppose King Abdullah's links with Britain - his mother is British - perhaps count for very little.

Posted by: Jen | Apr 4 2021 21:06 utc | 43

@ paul and jen.. thanks... always interesting! how much did britian help seal the deal on the borders and rulership of ksa and jordan?? if someone knows, i'd be curious....

can't never get me enough british imperialism! i see they are still trying to dish it out with scotland at present..

Posted by: james | Apr 4 2021 21:21 utc | 44

Posted by: Jen | Apr 4 2021 21:06 utc | 43

Yes, Jen this is true. One of the reasons Husain was Sharif of Mecca was by his descent from the Prophet. His son Faisal1 of Iraq was popular with Iraqi Shia for the same reason and because he was non sectarian.

The Saudis and the British have always hated the Shia.

I have also heard Queen Elizabeth is a very distant descendant of the Prophet through the King of Spain's connection to the British royal family. There has never been an official royal tour to the bandit state, but many royal tours to Arab countries. They probably remember who murdered their Tsarist cousins.

Posted by: Paul | Apr 4 2021 21:33 utc | 45

Posted by: james | Apr 4 2021 21:21 utc | 44

The Ottoman Turks ruled the Arab heartland for 400 years and divide it int administrative districts, provinces and special status for a number of great cities.

The British and French agreed to divide the region between themselves after WW1 and very vaguely followed the old boundaries, with some notable and disastrous changes.The secret treaty was called the Sykes Picot Treaty, which followed the existing treaty with the Arabs, before the Arabs were double crossed.

The KSA was left alone despite being poor and in need of development.They were not in the future plans, oil had not been discovered there yet.

The Arab leaders protested that they were just as advanced as the Greeks and the Romanians so they didn't need Mandates and 'advisors.'

The British and French were in the thrall of the zionists at the time. Similar to the US and Australia et al today.

Posted by: Paul | Apr 4 2021 22:02 utc | 46

So hold on to your hats. Smoke 'em if you got 'em. And pray for peace. The Captain has turned on the seat belt warning: it's gonna get bumpy.

!!

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Apr 4 2021 15:17 utc | 16

And the Captain of President Potted Plant Biden flying clown car is Peter Graves? (spoiler Airplane!) Team Depends are going to need their depends soon I think.

Will Russia provide security for NS2? Polish ships attempted to ram the pipelaying ship. The Poles are pushing their luck. The Russians have six ways from Sunday to screw the Poles.

https://russtrat.ru/comments/4-aprelya-2021-0010-3703

Posted by: Tom | Apr 4 2021 22:06 utc | 47

$42 Obvious typo by me: "Also a joint statement from France and Russia. . ." "Russia" should have said Germany in that quote. Ugh.

Posted by: schmoe | Apr 4 2021 22:21 utc | 48

Chet 380 @ 31

The Bayraktar is small and slow and unarmored. Most anything knocks it down. To include rifles. Main advantage has been it is small enough for some radar operators to disregard as ground clutter. Turkey made about 110 of them. Production stopped when Rotax found out what Turkey was doing with their engines. Roughly half of them have already been shot down. With everyone warned about them the remainder will go quickly.

It says a lot that this oversized model airplane has received so much notice. If that’s all you got, you got nothin.

Jackrabbit @ 16

If all goes well and no problems arise US imaginably could have a few samples and working prototypes of hypersonic craft in five years. Maybe. When we want good rocket motors mostly we buy them from Russia. Our manufacturing base is hollowed out, we import nearly all of our engineers, we don’t even seem to know what basic science is. So in five years we could have some beta samples of what Russia has fully deployed right now. We are at least ten years behind. No reason to believe we shall ever catch up. Take a look at what Russia has and has in pipeline. But some flack sends the press releases around and even jackrabbits take the bait. Controlling the narrative does not work so well with physical hardware.

Posted by: oldhippie | Apr 4 2021 22:52 utc | 49

Even if by some miracle USA get completely equal parity with Russian in new strategic nuclear weapons and hypersonic anti shipping missiles, it will still be USA's loss:

1. USA wish to have upper hand in strategic weapons so it can attack first (see ABM shield, secret deployment of cruise missiles near Russian borders etc.). Russia, otoh, want balance and MAD secured peace. Even if USA has catch up same capabilities as Russia, it is still Russia's mission that is accomplished, not USA's.

2. USA is empire that has its (carrier) fleet as main hammer. Even if USA has same hypersonic missile capabilities as Russia, it is Russia than can completely live without its surface navy, as its strategy is defensive in nature (and its submarine force is more than enough for its mission). USA, otoh, can't live without its surface fleet and carriers - without them its essentially stops being what it is.

So, even if USA catches up with Russia in technology, it still loses and Russia wins.

Posted by: Abe | Apr 4 2021 23:30 utc | 50

So I would argue that we have inhaled our own propaganda, and we are living in the appropriately stoned state that that produces. If we have sound policies, we can out-compete anyone. But we’re not looking at sound policies; we’re looking at pulling down our competitor.

There is no "we" with respect to how the U.S. government and military act - at least not a "we" that includes the actual people of the USA, the body politic. These policies and propaganda are designed to create or sustain economic conditions that favor western billionaires' ability to obtain ever more wealth and pulling down our competitor (whether it's China or whoever) is just another way of putting it. Hell, if "we" (as Americans) were really trying to pull down China, even the policies Chas Freeman acknowledges are not sound make no sense. The rest of the world, save Canada and maybe Australia/New Zealand aren't listening. Nobody outside the USA cares what bullshit propaganda is fed to Americans through a non-stop firehose. The EU just became China's largest trade partner last month, didn't we (I live in EU)? So what are these sabre rattling, scare mongering policies doing other than hurting actual American consumers, engendering ill-will toward Asian Americans broadly in the USA and endangering the status of the USD as the global reserve currency??? They sure as hell aren't pulling China down, so what IS the USA really accomplishing?

Posted by: _K_C_ | Apr 5 2021 0:52 utc | 51

@ _K_C_ | Apr 5 2021 0:52 utc | 51 who ended with
"
They sure as hell aren't pulling China down, so what IS the USA really accomplishing?
"

The USA is the current proxy for the global private finance elite and you didn't mention the UK/City of London Corp which is behind Canada and Australia as members of the Commonwealth.

Can global private finance exist without a country to front it? I think that the next crash will test that postulate and fail. Picking up the pieces from that fail will be the challenge....I expect the elite to own property and things WTSHTF and the pension funds and joe6pack will be left with the debt...will the world swallow that assumed "legal" reality? I sure as heck hope not!

Oh well, another week and the shit show continues until it doesn't.

How close are we to a major event horizon?
Iran is locked out from attack as is Venezuela, NK, and now seemingly Ukraine. Will empire be driven out of Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan soon? How do Jordan/Yemen/Libya, fit into the equation?


Posted by: psychohistorian | Apr 5 2021 1:18 utc | 52

@ 46 paul... thanks paul... i admire your understanding of history here - something i lack and which would give me a broader perspective..

Posted by: james | Apr 5 2021 1:23 utc | 53

Below is a Xinhuanet posting the shows China making friends and telling the bully to back down

"
BEIJING, April 4 (Xinhua) -- Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Sunday urged the United States to truly respect China's core interests and take a correct view of China's development.

Wang made the remarks in response to media query about China-U.S. relations after meetings with his counterparts of Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines and the Republic of Korea in China's Fujian Province.

Citing that the foreign ministers have regarded China's development and growth as a historical necessity, Wang said it is believed that China's development conforms to the common expectations and long-term interests of all countries in the region, which should not be blocked.

He said the foreign ministers believed that facing the challenges of globalization and the post-epidemic era, China and the U.S. should have more dialogue and cooperation in this region, instead of game and confrontation, fulfill the obligations of major powers, and demonstrate the responsibility of major powers.

"China is willing to respond to the expectations of all parties and continue to make its own efforts to this end," Wang said.

Regarding the arguments of competition, cooperation and confrontation repeatedly put forward by the U.S. on its relations with China, Wang said China's position is consistent and clear.

China welcomes dialogue on the basis of equality and mutual respect, Wang said, adding that China does not approve of one-upmanship in the world, and does not accept that one country has the final say in world affairs.

"China welcomes cooperation if there is the need, but cooperation needs to take into account each other's concerns and mutual benefit. It cannot goes in the fashion of one side unilaterally raising conditions and making lists," Wang said.

China will not evade competition if it is needed, but competition should be fair and just and abide by market rules, and refrain from setting obstacles, abusing power, and depriving others of their legitimate right to development, Wang said, adding that if there is still confrontation, China will deal with it calmly and face it fearlessly.

"We resolutely resist gross interference in China's internal affairs, and more resolutely oppose unlawful unilateral sanctions imposed on the basis of lies and false information," Wang said.

He said China will not compromise or retreat, as it sticks to the basic norms of international relations and stands for the interests of many developing, small and medium-sized countries. China definitely has the right to fight back since it must defend national sovereignty and national dignity.

"Dialogue is better than confrontation, and cooperation is better than confrontation," Wang said, urging the U.S. to actively respond to the expectations of regional countries and the international community, work with China to show what a major power should be like, and jointly maintain regional and world peace, stability and development.
"

Posted by: psychohistorian | Apr 5 2021 1:37 utc | 54

Posted by: james | Apr 4 2021 21:21 utc | 44

Thanks James, it's a pity those governing us now and in the past know so little about history.That's why the world is in a mess.

I suggest reading books since the internet has been sanitised and various sites and 'institutions' hijacked.

For the ME try the third edition of 'The Gun and the Olive Branch' I know it is required reading for those appointed to the ME desk of the Swedish foreign ministry. It's easy to find. For the Balfour Declaration, you can't go past the prize winning book "Balfour in the Dock...' by Colin Andersen.

Posted by: Paul | Apr 5 2021 1:50 utc | 55

thanks paul! i will try to catch up... just finishing a few russian novels at the moment..

Posted by: james | Apr 5 2021 1:53 utc | 56

Here is a mighty interesting one hour video with Yukon Huang comparing China USA, 2017. I stumbled across it by serendipity whilst taking a break from a rerun of the Hudson/Escobar part2 video. Now I am interlacing the two as an exercise on a very rainy day.

It is fascinating and I would love to see a discussion between Hudson and Huang. You might arrive at the same conclusion or you may know more of Huang and accuse me of heresy. Either way this video is worth your time as it details the fine grain social and political circumstances that define the differences.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Apr 5 2021 3:17 utc | 57

Fauci Fail

I mean wth !

The most basic of information is not being disseminated.

Am scheduled to get my J&J Covid vaccine this week.
I will be watching those in front of me in line get their shots if possible.
I want to be sure the people giving the injection are doing it right.
There is a right way to give the vaccine and it isn't happening, not consistently.
Can you believe it.


But Dr. Tom Pitts, a neurologist who practices in New York City, says as he’s watched the images, he has noticed too many instances in which the skin is being pinched as the needle is inserted.

That could lead, he says, to the vaccine being injected into the subcutaneous fat, the fat layer under the skin, instead of into the muscle where it needs to go.

If that happens, Pitts says the vaccine will not be effective.

https://www.nbcmiami.com/news/donotsqueezemyarm-doctor-sounds-alarm-on-how-to-properly-inject-covid-19-vaccine/2353866/

Amazingly the article doesn't tell the right way to do the injection [face palm].

I have found other articles that do give the right method but it is late at night and I am too tired to try to re-find them again,
so I'll just tell you. Instead of squeezing or pinching the skin, the two fingers should **spread** the skin flat.

They can shut down a country but they can't disseminate basic information. Never be surprised when you encounter incompetence.

Oh yeah, another thing the above article didn't say is that some nurses are applying the shots at a 45 degree angle instead of 90 degrees.
90 degrees means the needle is inserted straight in not at an angle. 90 degrees is the right way to do it.

ps, I will be cleaning my own arm immediately beforehand just in case the nurse isn't competent to apply an alcohol wipe to the injection spot.

Posted by: librul | Apr 5 2021 3:26 utc | 58

"..I have also heard Queen Elizabeth is a very distant descendant of the Prophet through the King of Spain's connection to the British royal family. .."Paul@45
Not Spain, Portugal through Charles II's marriage that also brought him Bombay and Tangier, not to mention a well pre-Meghan pigmentation question.

Posted by: bevin | Apr 5 2021 3:27 utc | 59

Mr Swhartz,
Before the Rothschilds, who controlled the money?

Posted by: Me | Apr 5 2021 3:34 utc | 60

oldhippie @Apr4 22:52 #49


... US imaginably could have a few samples and working prototypes of hypersonic craft in five years. Maybe.

No they have them already. TODAY.

U.S. Military Awards Contracts Striving To Take Lead In The Hypersonic Arms Race

The U.S. currently has no hypersonic weapons and no defenses against hypersonic weapons. However, last week, the Uni[ted States] Army awarded contracts to Lockheed Martin LMT +0.4% and Dynetics to provide ground-launched hypersonic weapons to an unspecified unit by the end of the fiscal year. The unit will receive the weapons for training and integration purposes, with the payloads expected to be delivered in 2023. While this timeline is aggressive, it leverages years of technology development from a collaborative effort between the military, industry, and government labs. Last March, the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Hawaii successfully demonstrated an intermediate-range hypersonic weapon. Moreover, this past December, the United States Air Force successfully tested an air-launched hypersonic weapon. As such, many of the challenges related to this endeavor are tied to transitioning the technology for industrial production.

=

When we want good rocket motors mostly we buy them from Russia.

No. SpaceX is now the leader.

!!

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Apr 5 2021 3:35 utc | 61

MarkU @Apr4 19:00 #36:

It appears to me that the Western capitalist empire has given up on dominating the entire planet, now they seek to divide it.

That is unclear at best.

USA/Empire are upgrading weapons, militarizing space, and conducting a hybrid war on many countries. Failure is not an option in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan (naming only the most obvious long-running conflicts). USA/West bio-warfare capability has been enhanced with the development (now fully tested) of mRNA technology.

Going all out to develop capabilities that enable dominating the planet is a funny way to "give up on dominating the entire planet".

!!

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Apr 5 2021 3:47 utc | 62

Would you believe this?

"I am an Israeli living in Europe. I never served in any role in the Israeli intelligence services," Shaposhnik reportedly said. "I don’t have any knowledge of the events that took place in Jordan or of the people involved. I am a close personal friend of Prince Hamzah."

pssst "wanna buy a bridge? I have one really good price..."

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Apr 5 2021 3:49 utc | 63

@ uncle tungsten | Apr 5 2021 3:49 utc | 63 with the Jordan intrigue...thanks

I laughed at the reports about Jordan telling the press that they had notified Occupied Palestine to tell them everything was ok....like Mossad isn't two steps ahead of all Jordan politics

But we do like seeing the pot being stirred so all parts boil evenly.......

Posted by: psychohistorian | Apr 5 2021 4:00 utc | 64

Facebook data on more than 500 million accounts leaked online
Associated Press
Apr 5, 2021 – 7.57am

New York | Details from more than 500 million Facebook users have been found available on a website for hackers.
The information appears to be several years old, but it is another example of the vast amount of information collected by Facebook and other social media sites, and the limits to how secure that information is.
The availability of the data set was first reported by Business Insider. According to that publication, it has information from 106 countries including the phone number of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook users, Facebook IDs, full names, locations, birthdates, and email addresses.
Facebook has been grappling with data security issues for years. In 2018, the social media giant disabled a feature that allowed users to search for one another via phone number following revelations that the political firm Cambridge Analytica had accessed information on up to 87 million Facebook users without their knowledge or consent.
In December 2019, a Ukrainian security researcher reported finding a database with the names, phone numbers and unique user IDs of more than 267 million Facebook users – nearly all US-based – on the open internet. It is unclear if the current data dump is related to this database.
“This is old data that was previously reported on in 2019,” the Menlo Park, California-based company said in a statement. “We found and fixed this issue in August 2019.”
AP

Posted by: Paul | Apr 5 2021 4:55 utc | 65

...
"I’ve met these people. Their emotion is one of hatred and anger. You can look at their face and see what they’ve become. This is really dangerous. They are crazy. And Putin is quite right. America has got its power by breaking contracts. It broke all of the contracts with the native Americans to take their land. It’s broken the Iranian contract. It broke most recently the Ukrainian Minsk agreement, and the JCP before. So what’s the point of making an agreement with any Americans."
...
Michael Hudson.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Apr 4 2021 10:02 utc | 6

This is Wrong-think, imo.
Russia's over-arching strength is Putin's willingness to engage in dialogue with ANY adversary. He 'negotiated' a compromise with the Russian Oligarchs who OWNED most of Russia's privatised assets when he came to power. He did it to ensure that the State got a fair share of the revenues, by making it clear that it's Putin's Way or the Highway. They accepted Putin's way (99% of Nothing is still Nothing).

Rejecting an offer of dialogue ("We don't talk to Ter'rists!") when there's a potential problem is NEVER a good idea. If nothing else, it helps to firm up one's knowledge and commitment to Victory if/when things turn nasty.

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Apr 5 2021 4:55 utc | 66

psychohistorian #64

Thank you, if the pot is on the boil as a result of this shenanigan then the USAi wont be far away. Things could go badly for the USA if they are linked to this failed plot. They need Jordan on side to maintain their prison and terrorist training facility in Occupied Syia's southeast. It is a mighty stupid maneuver from Occupied Palestine IMO.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Apr 5 2021 4:59 utc | 67

Hoarsewhisperer #66

True, but there is a difference between dialogue, talks, pleasant meetings, and AGREEMENTS. I doubt Putin will meet with Biden in this term outside a remote chance of a global meeting. Biden has failed at every reassurance gesture so far. And Blinken has confirmed in Alaska that his boss is a turd.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Apr 5 2021 5:07 utc | 68

Hoarsewhisperer @Apr5 4:55 #66

Further to Hoarsewhisperer's point: Putin has said that Russia's strength is that it is a middle-man between China and the West. Putin believes this middle position gives him leverage over both sides.

To occupy this middle ground requires negotiation, even when one of the sides is recalcitrant.

Yet USA/Empire is denying Russia that privileged intermediary position by cutting off trade ties and stoking conflict. They treat Russia like China treats "renegade" Taiwan. IMO USA/Empire still believes that Russia will eventually chose to join the West rather than be (as they see it) China's junior partner.

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Posted by: Jackrabbit | Apr 5 2021 5:19 utc | 69

Hoarsewhisperer, uncle tungsten

I think karlof1 might be able to shed further light on this matter.

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Posted by: Jackrabbit | Apr 5 2021 5:21 utc | 70

We sampled tap water across the US – and found arsenic, lead and toxic chemicals

118 of 120 cities had levels higher than recommended in at least one of the three dangerous chemicals that theGuardian and Consumer Reports tested for.

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Posted by: Jackrabbit | Apr 5 2021 5:36 utc | 71

We sampled tap water across the US – and found arsenic, lead and toxic chemicals

118 of 120 cities had levels higher than recommended in at least one of the three dangerous chemicals that theGuardian and Consumer Reports tested for.

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Posted by: Jackrabbit | Apr 5 2021 5:36 utc | 72

"we have inhaled our own propaganda, and we are living in the appropriately stoned state that that produces"
To call the state of propaganda-induced delusion "stoned" is an insult to all cannabis users.

Posted by: wuff | Apr 5 2021 6:14 utc | 73

Posted by: wuff | Apr 5 2021 6:14 utc | 73

"is an insult to all cannabis users."

Indeed. All these drunks and abstainers projecting about things they know not. A mild and not generally obnoxious weed known mainly as a good source of fiber for rope and stuff until a few decades ago, when it was taken to be a handy political weapon, and all hell broke loose about it since then. A completely invented problem when we have plenty of real ones, and we could use the good non-plastic rope etc. too.

Posted by: Bemildred | Apr 5 2021 6:36 utc | 74

John Cleary #2

Thank you, but I believe it is Sir Guardian these days. Perhaps Countess Guardian? Either way its the queens good little poodle.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Apr 4 2021 9:42 utc | 5


You're right uncle. We know that Sir Guardian hates jocks like Alex Salmond.

Never murdered ANYBODY.

This is the sort of Chocolate Scotsman Countess Guardian can get behind

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/commentisfree/2021/apr/04/civil-partnership-why-alastair-campbell-and-fiona-millar-tied-the-knot


LOVE the dress!

Posted by: John Cleary | Apr 5 2021 7:35 utc | 75

I posted this on an old tread that is superceded with this.

It is in response to m

Thank you, the concept of 'extremely unlikely' in the context of a bio-weapon attack or even a lab accident is always hedged by the known data referred to as human folly or accidental release.

Consider the coronavirus and I will write from what happens in my land. We have very few cases, we have high competency medical practitioners, we have a rigid quarantine system. The first virus escape came about because the security people were f#king the quarantined people and they were also escorting them about on shopping sprees. The virus shut down a state for a month or two costing $billions.

The latest escape was entirely inadvertent (we are told) as a doctor and a nurse supporting infected people in quarantine walked the virus out into the world and bingo people start with symptoms and confirmed tests. Human accident! At a time of extreme attention to bio-security.

So. There are many labs running investigative work on this virus throughout the world and particularly in the USA it seems. No investigation by WHO not even a global round up of data sets and potential matching with hospitalisation or deaths prior to Military Games in Wuhan and yet their entire whitewash is ONE PARAGRAPH of dismissal.

No I do not think this is credible and I do know from my human experience that accidents happen from humans and their pursuits. From forgetting to close the gate and the chooks escape into the garden to catastrophic design failures at nuclear power stations to F35's cannons accidentally firing at take off.

I also know that humans are capable of evil. Exactly how did African swine flu arrive in China? Fall Army Worm from northern USA? Chicken fever from offshore (perhaps migratory birds)?

The probability of virus escape from any of 1000? experimental sites and perhaps 5000+ people transitions over days and many years since the SARS original outbreak is HUGE. Then there are the mink farms and who knows what other convenient human follies. Don't forget the carousing cats in your neighbourhood or the flights to exotic destinations 2+ years ago. Any epidemiologist with solid skill in risk analysis will give you advice.

And the WHO wont do the real data assessment/matching work in todays modern epidemiological era?

THAT alone is BS.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Apr 5 2021 7:45 utc | 76

Veteran CIA analyst Ray McGovern explains how Neocons nearly "mouse trapped" Obama into war against Syria for the bandit state. I like McGovern's definition of a neocon. Revealing video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nW02a9xuChM

Posted by: Paul | Apr 5 2021 9:31 utc | 77

Twitter abuzz with Biden in hospital news. Although the video in circulation doesn't seem legitimate.

Posted by: AV17 | Apr 5 2021 9:43 utc | 78

Paul #77

You made my day digger. That was a mighty good report from Ray McGovern. I have been doing video on and off today and my head needed that as a fine finale. We will need a lot of luck with the incumbent clown these days though.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Apr 5 2021 10:18 utc | 79

Jackrabbit #70

Hoarsewhisperer, uncle tungsten

I think karlof1 might be able to shed further light on this matter.

Ok thank you. No sign of karlof1 yet in this thread, maybe he is in a house of worship or his boat.


I am sure Putin will talk with Biden if the winds are favourable. But I was quoting Hudson who is much freer to see things differently. If I were in Putin's shoes I would meet under the right conditions - withdraw all sanctions and, once verified, then we meet.

Successive yankee governments built this casket and they can either lie in it or break it down and breath some life into fair play and good relations.

I see the Brits are crapping themselves following the China sanctions were slapped on them. Just think of the consequences if that escalates. Ask the Aussies - their pentecostal PM just spiked their canoe regarding China. There is a cost for playing the rsole.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Apr 5 2021 10:42 utc | 80

Jordan

We are probably looking in the wrong direction. Israel has a "problem" of what to do with the Palestinians it is trying to "ethnically clean" from the territory it controls. You should know about the regular (2-20 per day) "kidnapping" of Palestinians, the "night visits" to potential candidates for the upcoming elections to dissuade any Hamas-oriented candidates. Regular settler agression, the destruction of housing and the occasional murder by the IDF. All, it seems to me, to keep a reign of terror going, designed to make the Palestinians leave.

But where could they go? Millions of them.

Lebanon, full, and has many new problems after the bombing of Beirut and the installation of US. (massive new "Embassy") and British watch-towers along the frontier between them and Syria.

Syria; Full and has problems of it's own. (Limited number still a possibility, but Israel would not want them to join the resistance against themselves)

Gulf States>. If the Palestians are rich, otherwise not really welcome.

Europe or other states. Mentioned by Israel as "possible" some time ago, but unlikely to accept several million more displaced persons willingly.

That leaves Jordan. Which has always been suggested by Israel as the best solution (for Israel). The Jordanians themselves do not want all the Palestinians, as they would then become a minority in their own Land. The "tribes" (that Hamza is accused of "talking to") are presumably the successors of the Original Bedouin. (see addition below)

The King is "responsible" for the Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem. The Religious extremists and settlers have been trying to ----> evict(?), destroy(?), Occupy(?) the mosque for some time, progressively limiting Muslim access.

The Israelis cut the water supply to Jordan - but I don't know what was at the origin of the argument. Perhaps this; There has been friction about land that Israelis have been using/occupying in Jordan, which Jordan has reclaimed.

There is always the problem of the "West Bank" which is still Jordanian territory. including water resources.

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So the "tribes" that Hamza was talking to would be against any increase in the power of the King, (US, British Puppet) or him trying to "please" the occupiers and their enablers.
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The tribes themselves were effectively part of the armed forces under the British, and conducted themselves very efficiently during the time of the six day war. They had been trained in defense but not in attack, so the IDF could not make many inroads into Jordan proper, and were probably lucky that the Bedouin manned army didn't have the training to advance against them in turn.

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You don't need any "foreign power" to make an appearance, in spite of what the King says.

Almost inevitably Iran, and/or Russia/China will be accused, but they are unlikely to have been behind the attempted "coup".

Posted by: Stonebird | Apr 5 2021 11:17 utc | 81

Paul @ 45, Bevin @ 59:

The claim that Queen Elizabeth II is descended from the Prophet Mohammed came from the publisher of Burke's Peerage in 1986. In the linked article the publisher does not refer to King Charles II and his wife Catherine of Braganca, as the couple did not have any legitimate issue though Charles II had plenty of illegitimate offspring, one of whom was apparently an ancestor of Diana Spencer.

On the other hand there has long been a rumour that the Saudis and their spiritual advisors, descendants of Mohammed al Wahab, have Jewish ancestry.

Posted by: Jen | Apr 5 2021 11:21 utc | 82

If you want to go this way, Muhammad himself probably had Jewish ancestry, through Abd al-Muttalib's own relation to the Jews of Yahtrib.
Does it change anything? Isn't the Quran full of Biblical themes?
What is now called Judaism was a very different religion in Late Antiquity. And it was a proselytizing religion making converts all over Arabia and North Africa.

Posted by: Tom | Apr 5 2021 11:27 utc | 83

@61

SpaceX is now the leader?

That poster in the file with steven t johnson.

Posted by: oldhippie | Apr 5 2021 12:41 utc | 84

The Grayzone has a very long (3hr)youtube, at around 1hr 20min Max, Ben and Aaron were talking about Chomskey, discussing Chomskey's signing of an "open letter" by some well known liberals criticising a number of websites of enabling Asaad; apparently there were two open letters, one which named websites and one which did not. Chomskey signed the one that did not. The one that named websites included Moon of Alabama, the Grayzone and others. Max Blumenthal talks about how he was wrong in his initial support for the Arab Spring and how he changed and ultimately diverged from Chomskey and others like Democracy Now. Blumenthal and Ben Norton were more critical of Chomskey than Aaron Mate. For me it was a good, open conversation and reflects well on the Grayzone for discussing their internal disagreements with respect along with what I thought was a helpful analysis of the challenging dynamics among those of us on the left. Later on, Ajit Singh comes in and together they give a very thorough critique of the Uighur genocide fairy tale, naming names-- well worth the time IMO.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QxtzgHRHxQU

Posted by: migueljose | Apr 5 2021 13:59 utc | 85

oldhippie @Apr5 12:41 #84: SpaceX is now the leader?

Yup. SpaceX's Raptor Engine has higher chamber pressure, greater efficiency, and is reusable. MD-180 has two chambers and the equivalent Raptor configuration (essentially two raptors) has greater thrust.

How does the SpaceX’s Raptor engine compared with the Russian RD-180?

Comparison of orbital rocket engines

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Posted by: Jackrabbit | Apr 5 2021 14:00 utc | 86

@oldhippie | Apr 5 2021 12:41 utc | 84

LOL, indeed! SpaceX is launching farm silos nowadays, but with limited success.

Posted by: Norwegian | Apr 5 2021 14:08 utc | 87

@Jackrabbit | Apr 5 2021 14:00 utc | 86

Yup. SpaceX's Raptor Engine has higher chamber pressure, greater efficiency, and is reusable.

Well, for something to be reusable it must first be usable.

Posted by: Norwegian | Apr 5 2021 14:11 utc | 88

SpaceX' Raptor engine is a work in progress. It still blows up too often and has never flown above 10km. While I am sure they will eventually get it working reliably, comparing the Raptor to a proven reliable engine that has been in revenue production for two decades is nonsensical.

Posted by: William Gruff | Apr 5 2021 14:28 utc | 89

Simpler than that. Elon Musk is a rich boy fronting a project. SpaceX is part of “the narrative”. It is fiction.

Posted by: oldhippie | Apr 5 2021 14:53 utc | 90

oldhippie @Apr5 14:53 #90

I'm no fan of Elon Musk. And I have no disagreement with "rich boy fronting a project" (same with Bezos and Branson). But the rocket engines are real.

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Posted by: Jackrabbit | Apr 5 2021 14:57 utc | 91

William Gruff @Apr5 14:28 #89: nonsensical

Not nonsensical. The engine exists and is well past prototyping/initial testing.

Russians are now working on similar engine designs (full-flow staged combustion fueled by methane).

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Posted by: Jackrabbit | Apr 5 2021 15:02 utc | 92

Hey fellow MoA barflies!!!

I believe that karlof1 is now on holiday for a month traveling across US by auto to see wife's family

Suck it up and pitch in where karlof1 would have, please and thank you!

Posted by: psychohistorian | Apr 5 2021 15:06 utc | 93

Anyone else notice that Mars has a blue sky? The Rover showed distinctly blue sky. And haze. As happens in a thick atmosphere. Who cares how fake the narrative world is. It is the consensus reality. If you don’t earnestly and sincerely believe in consensus reality best take your meds.

US was the leader in Hypersonics. Why does this program insist on capitalizing that? Anyone remember the X-15? 1960s boy toy, it did exist, it did work. Much later was the X-51 Waverider, which was a scramjet. This poster does not know if the X-51 ever went past artists renditions, it was well funded and promoted for a time. But we don’t do any of that any longer. A committee writes a script and it is done. Sometimes there are videos of models, sometimes there is CGI, mostly they tell you a story and beat you over the head with it.

Posted by: oldhippie | Apr 5 2021 15:33 utc | 94

@oldhippie | Apr 5 2021 15:33 utc | 94

Anyone else notice that Mars has a blue sky?

The apparent color depends a lot on image calibration, and that is sometimes not done, or the colors are tweaked to enhance features otherwise difficult to see. Mostly, the Martian sky appears pink from the red dust in calibrated images (="what we think it should look like").

There is really no such thing as true color in any image, be it on Mars or Earth. It depends on what you want to highlight. In this Martian panorama with "enhanced color" the colors are tweaked to make it easier to see some features
https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/images/panorama-above-perseverance-valley-enhanced-color

The same panorama looks very different in this version
https://i.pinimg.com/originals/88/1d/50/881d50238cdbe97213f91ebc5d53d8fe.jpg

What we would see if we were there? It depends on the filter in the helmet :-)

Posted by: Norwegian | Apr 5 2021 16:14 utc | 95

Alistair Crooke:

China and Russia Launch a ‘Global Resistance Economy’

Posted by: Bemildred | Apr 5 2021 16:18 utc | 96

@55 paul... wanted you to know i ordered a 2nd hand copy of that book you mentioned... 'The Gun and the Olive Branch' - 3rd edition.. will let you know when i finish reading it... cheers and thank you..

Posted by: james | Apr 5 2021 16:20 utc | 97

@ 96 bemildred... thanks for the article.. it is interesting how he defines the position of the eu being squeezed and in the middle of all this..

Posted by: james | Apr 5 2021 16:27 utc | 98

USA, that WARfare state....
A death merchant masquerading as a country,.

The Washington-based Quincy Institute, arguably the most intellectually stimulating American think tank nowadays, in its compulsively readable publication Responsible Statecraft featured on Tuesday an investigative report titled Weapons biz bankrolls experts pushing to extend Afghan War, authored by Eli Clifton, noted expert and journalist on US foreign policy.

It was an expose of the interest groups that dominate the narratives on America’s ‘forever wars’. Clifton made a case study of the controversial report by a group of experts established by Congress, which recommended that the White House should extend the May 1 deadline for withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, as stipulated under the Doha pact with the Taliban.

But the fine print is: “Two of the group’s three co-chairs and nine of the group’s 12 plenary members… have current or recent financial ties to major defence contractors, an industry that soaks up more than half of the $740 billion defence budget, and stands to gain from protracted U.S. military involvement overseas.”

https://www.indianpunchline.com/indias-forever-wars-and-forever-warriors/

Posted by: denk | Apr 5 2021 16:39 utc | 99

The Russians had developed full-flow staged combustion rocket engines in the 1960s. Powering them with methane is nothing special in and of itself and is only notable because methane can be easily produced on Mars by simple processes in-situ without the need for an extensive local industrial base.

The Raptor engine is neat and all, and I am sure it will eventually fly great, but it is still in the prototype stage of development while engines like the RD-180 have been lofting spacecraft for many years.

Posted by: William Gruff | Apr 5 2021 16:48 utc | 100

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