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May 02, 2021

The MoA Week In Review - OT 2021-033

Last week's posts at Moon of Alabama:

> Correction: An earlier version of this story, published Thursday, incorrectly reported that One America News was warned by the FBI that it was the target of a Russian influence operation. That version also said the FBI had provided a similar warning to Rudolph W. Giuliani, which he has since disputed. This version has been corrected to remove assertions that OAN and Giuliani received the warnings. <
> The research also shows that poverty is highest among the least educated: people with a high school education, at most, had a poverty rate of 22.2% in March. During the same month, Black Americans saw a poverty rate of 21.2% and child poverty reached a pandemic high of 17.4%. <

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Posted by b on May 2, 2021 at 13:13 UTC | Permalink

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The European Parliament's vote to cut off energy imports from Russia and Russia's access to the SWIFT system looks like an act of economic suicide.

Considering Lavrov's comments regarding the role of the 'Perfidious Albion' in the recent embassy flare-up between Europe and Russia makes one wonder if the real target of this vote might not indeed be Europe. After all Soros, who works for the Anglo/American Elites, controls the European Parliament.

Next to 'sticking it to Russia' nothing would make the British happier than 'sticking it to Europe'.

Posted by: dh-mtl | May 2 2021 15:07 utc | 1

Many thanks,b. I found these two articles on Voltaire net (related to AbuKhalil's article) to be quite interesting as well:

The Middle East is Reorganizing

Turkey, A Global Problem

Posted by: robjira | May 2 2021 16:01 utc | 3

Rep Mike McCaul (R -TX) speaking in Con=gress: (he's on the Foreign Relations Committee)

Rep. Mike McCaul (R-Texas), the top Republican on the committee, told Axios: "With the potential for an Islamic State, coupled with what they're going to do to our contractors in Yemen and Afghanistan is, sadly, it's going to be tragic there and we all see it coming."

Wait... "our contractors in Yemen"????!!!! "Tragic"???
What is tragic is that they won't leave other countries alone. Neo-con killers know best, right?

BTW, Killery and Condi "mushroom cloud" Rice were present,
slavering for more kill kill kill.


Posted by: Miss Lacy | May 2 2021 16:12 utc | 4

@1 This non-binding resolution is the only one I can find. Do you have something more recent?

Posted by: dh | May 2 2021 16:29 utc | 5

Reviewing B's links one by one, I get the feeling this past few weeks are the proverbial lull before the storm. Now more than ever there are strong disconnects between the oligarch supported governments in the nation state system and the people who are the governed in each of the involved oligarch supported nation state governments.

At some point, I believe a rising likely to change the world political system is in the making. It may proceed without a leader; maybe spontaneously? No one I have contact with is happy with his or her government. None of the leaders of these governments that echo Oligarch demands are able to get along.. and even within the leaderships of these various domestic nation state governments there seems to be strong angry inter departmental dissent.. When leaders of one nation state refuse to tolerate the leaders in other nation states and when the leaders of the respective domestic nation state refuse to tolerate dissent from its own leaders, and when the governed of the nation states do not respect the leaders that are in charge, those few leaders with the real authority will move to increase control and to demand strict obedience from those they govern.

The MSM warlords have succeeded beyond their wildest dreams, they have so divided th people, that no one believes anyone. Interest rates are rising, probably into double digit rates, costs of living is rising, and incomes are falling..

Situations in which no one likes anyone else cannot continue for long. Everyone understands the nation state system has been used universally by the Oligarchs to make a few people very wealthy at the expense of the global masses. This condition of unrest is true in every nation state, with maybe the exception of China?

I predict the next few months will bring changes. The leaders of the various nation states are tightening control and demanding conforming non dissent. Increasing is the I-hate-you versions of international diplomacy. As the economic pressure on the masses increases so too will resentment. Private parties own nearly all of the public utilities, defense spending is extorting the peoples incomes, zoning has removed the alternative of growing on local farms community food supplies. Pressure will eventual force an event which will change many things. The event itself may not amount to much, from it will comes the commitment to bring about the pressure reducing change.

Posted by: snake | May 2 2021 16:34 utc | 6

Krushchev's niece goes cuckoo:

G.I. Joe Trotsky

Leon Trotsky may not claim a mass following nowadays, but the revolutionary tactics that he pioneered remain very much in use, and not only by communists or in today’s Russia, where they are called “political technology.” One such tactic, known as “entryism” — when members of an extremist group join, subvert, and ultimately take over a more powerful organization, which they then use as a political weapon — has gained adherents among far-right groups in the United States. Their target: America’s military.


But this is only a start. As Austin no doubt recognizes, rooting out extremism in the U.S. military will be an uphill battle. On a recent drive through Maryland’s Eastern Shore — a conservative enclave where many retired and active police and military live — I was shocked to discover that every third house seemed to be flying a pro-Trump flag.

She blame Leon Trotsky for the whole thing and then pictures herself surprised and shocked with the rise of the far-right in the USA. Could start looking herself in the mirror.



China’s Xinjiang policies ‘poorly explained and ruthlessly executed’

When you read the whole article (which is gigantic), all you see are many legitimate Chinese experts on the subject actually defending the Government's policies in Xinjiang and denying there's genocide.

The headline comes from this unique, completely taken out of context paragraph:

“The execution of some of our policies at the local level has gone overboard, like the policing [by local cadres] which may have gone too far in ensuring social stability,” said Li Sheng, former director of the Research Centre for Chinese Borderland History and Geography at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, a think tank in Beijing.

“The [cadres’] original intention might have been good and [they] didn’t mean to mess up Xinjiang. However, the execution [of policies] was varied and not of a high standard,” he said. “[But we should understand that] such problems exist everywhere. Didn’t it happen in the US where police officers have taken people’s lives in the execution of the law?”

The term "poorly explained and ruthlessly executed" doesn't appear in any quotations in the article. But, you know, never let the facts get in the way of a good propaganda.


A tale of two headlines:

The Economy Is (Almost) Back. It Is Looking Different Than It Used To. (New York Times)

America’s richest boosted their fortunes by $195 billion in Biden’s first 100 days (Russia Today)

Both articles talk about the same objective fact: the USA's GDP grew 6.4% in Q1 2021. Only one of them goes to the core of the question (guess which).


Out of despair, comes delusion:

Should Young Americans Be Required to Give a Year of Service? [NYT Editorial Board]

The NYT is consolidating itself more and more as the American Pravda.


Fun fact of the day:

In 2019 the number of Chinese firms in the Fortune top 500 companies in the world overtook the number of American ones for the first time

Posted by: vk | May 2 2021 16:42 utc | 7

The increase in murders is likely due to the
lead paint cleanup during the 90s
. There are nominal regulations ("Lead SAFE"), but their implementation leaves (left? Has the situation since improved?) the paper on which they are written as used toilet paper.

There were even occasional newspaper articles about the dust clouds around residential lead paint cleanup sites (guys using grinders, as late as 2011... though these have since disappeared), and demolitions are exempt from such regulations.

Also, populations of predominantly subsaharan African ancestry take up more lead than e.g. European or Asian ancestry. Note the 3-6 times higher black murder rate than white murder rate. While the academic literature claims that US blacks are more exposed to lead, these are ex cathedra claims, not supported by relevant evidence.

The evidence that gets cited is higher blood lead levels, which could arise both from greater exposure, and from greater uptake. A survey that was conducted on prevalence of lead painted housing (
supplemental to the December 1994
Current Population Survey) was strangely not analysed (link to microdata; when I looked at it, there was no indication of the greater black exposure that the literature implies).

Another scam in the lead literature is "geometric mean of blood lead level." The scam character becomes more obvious when "confirmed BLL" (a second measurement, used when the first is above a level of "concern."

To see that the geometric mean is a scam, one can take three approaches. Intuitively, if a zero reading occurs, the population geometric mean is zero, so they scam (per the governmental laboratory manuals) the zero readings into (depending on the year) 0.5 or 0.6 micrograms per deciliter (half of the minimum that the equipment can detect).

Another way to see that geometric mean blood lead level is a scam, is to see if the conditions needed for it not to be a scam are met. The purpose of averaging is to get a quantity that is representative of the dose effect. Thus a representative dose (in LaTeX notation) is


where the bar indicates averaging over possibilities (distribution) or instances of x (in this case, the measured blood lead level), and f(x) the dose response (must be monotonically increasing).

To make geometric the relevant averaging, f(x) must be logarithmic. Most studies find a low "dose" linear effect (e.g. IQ loss vs blood lead level; dose in quotes, as a single measure of blood lead is a poor proxy of dose) that becomes less steep at higher doses. The studies that do find a logarithmic dependence are at birth, during a Pb petrol/gasoline era. However, at birth, the blood lead in such is subject to exponential decay with time (biological half-life ~35 days), due to maternal leave and confinement causing a missing dose that becomes present if no maternal leave occurs. The missing (linear) dose contains a term that has the product of the prior dose rate (expressible in linear terms of blood lead before maternal leave), and the logarithm of the at-birth blood lead level.

Thus the logarithmic dependence in the "logarithmic dose response" studies appears to be an artefact of maternal leave, in the presence of a (low dose) linear dose response. In those studies, the geometric mean of the at-birth blood lead level is expected to be linearly related to the linear dose. Outside those studies, geometric mean blood lead is a scam.

The third way to appreciate the scam is to look at the population surveillance distributions of BLL, e.g. state surveillance and NHANES III and later. The high tails in these distributions can be fit (small numbers and unequal width bins, so interpretation e.g. with Poisson statistics needed) to a truncated hyperbola (1/x) better than Gaussian. This is expected if there is sporadic (interdose time substantially larger than biological half-life) dosing (i.e. Poisson process, aka exponential distribution of interdosing times), with a much smaller frequent dosing process.

The scam becomes apparent when one runs a Monte Carlo simulation of the sporadic dosing process and resulting blood lead level over time (dBLL/dt=R(t)-BLL/\tau; R(t) is dosing, thus sum of Dirac delta functions, one for each dose), comparing the arithmetic mean blood lead level with the geometric mean "confirmed" blood lead level; the arithmetic mean can easily be eight times larger than the "confirmed geometric mean." More fun: reduce the "level of concern" (supposedly because of concerns of harm at low levels), and observe the effect on the "confirmed geometric mean" relative to arithmetic...

There is one more fun scam in the literature that I have found. In the lead vs IQ studies, the main independent variables are dose proxy and parental IQ. Parental IQ is motivated by IQ twin studies, that suggest that IQ is largely determined by the direct action of genes, which while unpalatable to many (myself included), is at least intellectually consistent, and can also be motivated on other grounds. The problem is that the parents were also exposed in their infancy, thus the parental proxy contains a lead term which is being misassigned. One can do an a priori calculation of the effect of this on the dose response:


where the final term is "environment correlated with genes" (about which I remain resolutely agnostic). Note that one can even obtain a sign reversal in the apparent dose response, with sufficient exposure. Both the dose and the dose response are expected to be underestimated.

If in fact lead uptake varies with genes, then perhaps monozygotic twins will have a higher correlation of lead uptake than dizygotic twins.

Posted by: Johan Meyer (2) | May 2 2021 16:42 utc | 8

thanks b... the 'must see' on the bottom is indeed a great overview... the fact corbyn was kept from the halls of power says much about who is controlling the narrative and who remains in continues to highlight how messed up and influential the israel lobby is... it can't end soon enough..

Posted by: james | May 2 2021 16:44 utc | 9

"Gallias gallus"

Le Drian, the clown french minister of foreign affairs, a late "Socialist Party" member, expect something from Russia following the Czech Circus and EU "sanctions"

Je condamne fermement les mesures prises hier par la Russie à l’encontre de plusieurs responsables européens, dont le député @JMaireofficiel. Je leur exprime ma solidarité. Nous attendons de la Russie un comportement responsable, indispensable pour réduire les tensions actuelles.

I strongly condemn Russia’s actions yesterday against several EU officials, including MP @JMaireofficial. I express my solidarity with them. We expect Russia to behave responsibly, which is essential to reduce the current tensions.

Posted by: BLF | May 2 2021 16:49 utc | 10

Me again, b; Here's another really good one from Pepe Escobar

I wonder who are our contemporaneous Hypatia is? Perhaps ol' whatsisname...what was it?...oh yeah, JULIAN ASSANGE.

Many thanks again, b.

Posted by: robjira | May 2 2021 16:51 utc | 11

decent set of links and all, but...striker? seriously?

yes, let's all panic about portland based on the scum right ravings of a dipshit secret latino from queens. unz in general is turning into the dumbest site on the internet - and i'm saying that after linking an article containing "latinx". their recent headlines can be summed up thusly:


i'm barely exaggerating, by the way. each their own.

Posted by: the pair | May 2 2021 16:59 utc | 12

Good to see b referencing Max Blumenthal's piece in the Grayzone on how US sanctions are causing unemployment in Uyghur areas of Xinjiang province of China. I recall b mentioning that possibility some time back but this piece pretty clearly documents what is going on.

Posted by: ToivoS | May 2 2021 17:18 utc | 13

@ dh | May 2 2021 16:29 utc | 5

No, I have just similar information as the link that you posted.

What the 'non-binding resolution' does is it creates a red-line - Russia providing any active military support to Donbass. If Russia were to cross this red-line then there would be tremendous pressure put on the EU to carry out the threat.

Now that the red-line has been established one can be assured that the 'Perfidious Albion' will push the Ukraine to do everything possible to ensure that Russia can be blamed for crossing this red-line, much like Obama's red-line of chemical weapons in Syria.

Posted by: dh-mtl | May 2 2021 17:33 utc | 14

@5 I misunderstood your post to mean that the EU parliament had voted to cut Russian energy imports and expel Russia from SWIFT. Seems like an incredibly stupid move but the EU gets jerked around by its anti-Russian members.

I guess the plan is to let Russia stay in SWIFT if they agree to scrap Nordstream2. Some political genius in Kiev must have come up with that one.

Posted by: dh | May 2 2021 17:43 utc | 15

Johan Meyer @ 8

Why are we discussing this here? Anyway I know rather a lot about lead having spent a lifetime in coatings and living in a city where lead paint was comparatively common. At age 10 I even made a few gallons of the stuff while working with my great uncle. That would have been 1962 and while it was still legal the number of craftsmen using it was very small.

It is all selling fear. No one knows or cares all the places lead is used. Just two years back I watched a small commercial building being rehabbed. There was some kind of 1960s cladding or siding on the one face of the building, that was peeled and underneath was a brick wall completely covered in a painted sign and it was all lead. Tasted it plainly while driving by. The sign was being removed by a team of Mexicans working with wire scrub brushes mounted on power tools. Dust everywhere. No containment of any type. Would have been gallons of paint originally, hundreds of pounds of lead. Picked up a couple of larger chips and they were heavy as lead. Chromium and cobalt pigments. And a primary school maybe a hundred yards away and directly downwind. City Hall was two hundred yards the other way and the project plainly visible from the Hall. I knew they had a lead officer, went in and spoke with her. Big mistake. Do not interfere with real estate interests. When there is money involved and well connected money anything goes. The lead cleanup is just another money siphon. Interfere with the money siphon at your own risk.

Lead is dangerous. And then risk has to be quantified. No possibility of meaningful numbers ever when it is all fear mongering and all a scam.

Lead paint was always a high price specialty item. Very heavy to transport and enormous amounts of skilled labor to process a bucket. Rich people used it. And just not the main source of exposure.

Posted by: oldhippie | May 2 2021 18:14 utc | 16

Nice find by Chinahand:

F-35 Sales Are America’s Belt and Road (Foreign Policy magazine)

Posted by: vk | May 2 2021 18:56 utc | 17

I think this pretty much sums up the current/change in mood, in Russia - Well encapsulated in parts of Putin's speech

Posted by: Maximus | May 2 2021 19:41 utc | 18

I see Michael Hudson has posted three new items at his website since I last appeared here. I'd like to think some barfly posted the links to them, in particular this one, "America’s Neoliberal Financialization Policy vs. China’s Industrial Socialism". Mike opens by citing Machiavelli:

"Nearly half a millennium ago Niccolo Machiavelli’s The Prince described three options for how a conquering power might treat states that it defeated in war but that 'have been accustomed to live under their own laws and in freedom: … the first is to ruin them, the next is to reside there in person, the third is to permit them to live under their own laws, drawing a tribute, and establishing within it an oligarchy which will keep it friendly to you....'

"U.S. strategists have preferred Machiavelli’s third option: To leave the defeated adversary nominally independent but to rule via client oligarchies."

Michael then succinctly spells out the current crisis and its roots:

"The U.S.-China confrontation is not simply a national rivalry, but a conflict of economic and social systems. The reason why today’s world is being plunged into an economic and near-military Cold War 2.0 is to be found in the prospect of socialist control of what Western economies since classical antiquity have treated as privately owned rent-yielding assets: money and banking (along with the rules governing debt and foreclosure), land and natural resources, and infrastructure monopolies.

"This contrast in whether money and credit, land and natural monopolies will be privatized and duly concentrated in the hands of a rentier oligarchy or used to promote general prosperity and growth has basically become one of finance capitalism and socialism. Yet in its broadest terms this conflict existed already 2500 years ago in the contrast between Near Eastern kingship and the Greek and Roman oligarchies. These oligarchies, ostensibly democratic in superficial political form and sanctimonious ideology, fought against the concept of kingship. The source of that opposition was that royal power – or that of domestic 'tyrants' – might sponsor what Greek and Roman democratic reformers were advocating: cancellation of debts to save populations from being reduced to debt bondage and dependency (and ultimately to serfdom), and redistribution of lands to prevent its ownership from becoming polarized and concentrated in the hands of creditors and-landlords.

"From today’s U.S. vantage point, that polarization is the basic dynamic of today’s U.S.-sponsored neoliberalism. China and Russia are existential threats to the global expansion of financialized rentier wealth. Today’s Cold War 2.0 aims to deter China and potentially other counties from socializing their financial systems, land and natural resources, and keeping infrastructure utilities public to prevent their being monopolized in private hands to siphon off economic rents at the expense of productive investment in economic growth." [My Emphasis]

This is Hudson's best, tersest, explanation of the current crisis, that in reality has existed for a great many centuries. He then narrows to a few crucial specifics:

"Financialized industrial capital wants a strong state to serve itself, but not to serve labor, consumers, the environment or long-term social progress at the cost of eroding profits and rents.

"U.S. attempts to globalize this neoliberal policy are driving China to resist Western financialization. Its success provides other countries with an object lesson of why to avoid financialization and rent-seeking that adds to the economy’s overhead and hence its cost of living and doing business.

"China also is providing an object lesson in how to protect its economy and that of its allies from foreign sanctions and related destabilization. Its most basic response has been to prevent an independent domestic or foreign-backed oligarchy from emerging. That has been one first and foremost by maintaining government control of finance and credit, property and land tenure policy in government hands with a long-term plan in mind." [My Emphasis]

That is precisely why China's governing political method is so heavily distorted and demonized, and why all attempts to emulate it are viciously attacked--Iran, Cuba and Venezuela being prominent examples. The ongoing situation's very fluid, but the upper hand is clearly held by China and the emerging Eurasian Bloc. An example of China's lead is its successful initiation of its space station project to be completed and fully operational next year while Biden has given the reigns of the Outlaw US Empire's space project to Kamala Harris who is completely unqualified to lead such an endeavor.

I'd be remiss not to provide this link to Hudson's recent Macau lectures on Super Imperialism, which are in the form of you tube type videos. I've yet to fully explore them, but the course synopsis is here.

Posted by: karlof1 | May 2 2021 20:49 utc | 19

SouthFront got Stazi'd. Special thanks to heroic censors Clair Atkin and Nandini 'Goebbels' Jammi at for protecting everyone from dangerous 'disinformation'. Look, they're even gloating about it:

Posted by: PavewayIV | May 2 2021 21:33 utc | 20

Old Hippie @16
The reason I brought up Pb poisoning is the Unz and Michael Tracey links in the OP. Nevin indicated the infant & prenatal Pb poisoning cause of adult popular criminality/thuggery, although he seems to believe that uptake is purely a matter of exposure.

I would extend it to political thuggery and ethnic violence, e.g. the Soviet collapse and associated violence. Thus new exposure through the dirty cleanup may yet lead to severe new violence.

FWIW, it should be possible to estimate dose over time using K-edge fluorescence (e.g. K-edge subtraction) as different parts of bone have different Pb biological half-lives, with highest iirc 20 years.

Posted by: Johan Meyer (2) | May 2 2021 21:35 utc | 21

Posted by: killwallstreet | May 2 2021 15:08 utc | 2

Geez, that article is definitely funny (and certainly true), but whoever wrote it clearly isn't an English as a first language author. They need a copy editor too lest they be accused of being "Russian propaganda."

Under Obama, income inequality grew bigger and the gab between the richest and the working class/poorest Americans, widened.

Emphasis mine.

Posted by: K_C_ | May 2 2021 21:51 utc | 22

@ 19 karlof1... welcome back! i hope your trip was rewarding... i have been posting those michael hudson articles in honour of your absence! some folks here picked them up and ran with them.. i like the one you linked to.. teh macau lectures are in the wrong language and don't have subtitles last time i looked... cheers..

@ k_c_ whats the difference between a 'b' and a 'p' between friends?? if i start called b, p, b might not like that, lol...

@ 20 paveway.... those laws only apply to the usa although i am sure they want them applied to the whole world. .. the usa sure likes telling others how to act and don't set a very good example on that front either, do they??

Posted by: james | May 2 2021 22:35 utc | 23

karlof1@19 Conceptually interesting essay, but I think it ignores the Russian/Chinese partnership and the way Putin handled the Russian oligarchs that had arisen after the disintegration of the USSR. Putin has made a deal with those who remain that they should serve state interests and those who refused, like Khodorkovsky, were imprisoned or run out. When Putin needed a bridge to Crimea he got it, in record time. This is why the West has targeted certain people in 'Putin's inner circle' with sanctions. Remember the attempt to ruin Rusal? They know that attacking these people and their businesses is essentially attacking the Russian state. Perhaps this is a 'deal with the devil', but I think it was the best practical way for Putin to proceed. Russia also provides the nuclear umbrella for China - not formally, but practically - and has helped China modernize its defenses. Additionally, it is providing a significant amount of energy to China. Were it not for this partnership I don't believe China would have been free to proceed in the way it has. Also, for China with Hong Kong and Russia with Crimea both countries have shown a willingness to defend their territorial and economic interests, come what may.

Posted by: the pessimist | May 2 2021 23:33 utc | 24

@14 Couple more thoughts on 'red-lines'. The Russians have made it pretty clear that they have their own red-lines and they are in no mood to discuss the details. If Donbass is attacked Russia will react. And it won't be pretty. They won't give a shit about half-baked EU resolutions.

Posted by: dh | May 2 2021 23:41 utc | 25

@19 Cont'd--

Hudson's newest, "The Honest Sector", is essentially an abridged autobiography of his work as an economist, which many have seen him recite before. But here we have him calling out those responsible for the Neoliberal Trap:

"They created money as part of an accounting-system, a means of payment. They set one unit of grain (a bushel of grain was equal to one shekel of silver), so that you could keep foreign trade and domestic agriculture all in one set of unified accounts. Money thus was a by-product of accounting.

"You had 100 years of misinformation about money, essentially written by pro-bankers, Austrians and academics that said: Money must have developed when people wanted to barter. But that’s not how money was created! It had nothing to do with barter....

"Money wasn’t used at all for barter! You can understand why: the major domestic money was grain....

"So, the whole Austrian idea was wrong. The reason was not only dishonesty, but a vicious hatred of democracy by the Austrian school and by academic economics. Their hatred of democracy was the fear that a democracy might take control of a government and apply pro-labor policies that interfered with the profits of banks and the profits of the rich people. The Austrian school developed a whole theory of economics. Today it is the Chicago school junk economics, the monetarism.

"How do we create an economic theory where government doesn’t exist? If we can say that the whole economy works without government existing, except to interfere, then we can we can block democracy, we can prevent any government from actually doing anything. That’s the ideal of the Republican party and the Democratic party of the United States today, it’s the neoliberal idea today.

"It is essentially to circumscribe governments so that instead of the governments creating money, or instead of the governments regulating debt, the bankers, the financial sector will be in control, which is [sold to us as] the honest sector. [My Emphasis]

And thus today's Biggest of Big Lies taught as scripture at universities most everywhere:

"Every economic student today has said: there’s a business cycle and the business cycle is self-regulating. If unemployment goes down or there’s a crash, it’ll all automatically go back to normal without the government doing anything. That’s not what they believed in the Bronze Age. They knew that the government had to intervene and restore order."

And more are revealed as we read on:

"The Cretans and Egyptians, used a decimal system, so their rate of interest was one tenth. But Rome used the duo-decimal system, twelfths. It divided, just as you have the Troy Pound divided into twelve Troy Ounces, you had twelfths. In Greece, Rome, Babylonia, in every country, the rate of interest was the local fractional system. We realized, what was born was the whole argument that Aristotle later developed: how can interest be charged in monies of baron metal?

"You have again the Austrian school, the anti-socialist far right-wing extremists say: The creditors must have always been the good guys, because if you say the creditors are the bad guys, then you have an argument against today’s bankers, so the creditors must have lent out cattle and they must have lent out grain and took part of their return in the form of grain and cattle.

"No anthropologist has found any society, anywhere in the world, at any time, where people lend out cattle. Creditors foreclose on cattle, but they won’t lend them out. They take them, not lend them.
I realized that what was born, was not cattle, it wasn’t crops growing, it was time. If you have 1/12 interest, that means you pay 8,3 % a month. You had every rate of interest based on the time, and the debts in Greece were always owed on the new moon. When you have the moon, a new period, the debts are due. You had the whole timing of paying debt." [My Emphasis]

Hudson then points out what ought to be the obvious, the actual historic lessons taught by Greek and Roman history:

"In Rome, you had an oligarchy ruling from the very beginning. The kings were overthrown and the oligarchies were pretty much in control from the 5th century, end of the 6th century and onward. What you had was five centuries of repeated revolts, walkouts, secessions of the plans and civil wars. The common demand of all of the rebels was: cancel the debts, redistribute the land.

"They were all killed, the Romans believed in the kind of free market that the University of Chicago believed in. 'We can’t have a free market, if you don’t assassinate everybody who wants to challenge our power.'

"The oligarch’s 'free market' is, 'Liberty for us is the liberty to enslave our debtors. Liberty for us is the ability to do what we want to other people.' That was a free market as the Romans defined, and of course that’s Milton Friedman’s free market, and what libertarian economics is all about: Freedom for the wealthy.

"What they call the free market is a market dominated by the creditors, dominated by the monopolists and by the rentiers. Rome was a rentier society, so they killed one popular leader after another, ending with the stabbing of Julius Caesar, when they were worried that he was going to cancel the debts to resolve the debt crisis that had already occurred a generation before in the Catiline conspiracy, when Catiline tried to fight to cancel the debts, as his predecessors had tried to." [My Emphasis]

And the disclosure moves rapidly forward to today where the same basic dynamic is happening:

"We [Rentiers] can recover what was overthrown in the 19th century. We can restore what happened in the medieval times. We can have a neo feudal society. We can be money-large, and we’ll have the power that the landlords had over Europe for hundreds of years before democratic reform. All we have to do is stop democracy, and of course that’s where American diplomacy comes in." [My Emphasis]

And what do we see Republican politicos doing at the state and federal levels when it comes to enabling voting, the fundamental democratic act? And here's where the interviewer formulates the crucial question:

"Jussi: wow, this is a strong picture you’re painting. My question is this: can it be a coincidence that we have all the economic theories that we have? That we have beliefs that say: the state needs to have a surplus all the time, we have to borrow from private banks all the time.

"I don’t see that many who talk about the problem with private debt. It’s you and Steve Keens actually, and a few more, but not that many. I don’t see any big-name economists, I don’t see that in any papers, is there any reason for it, what do you think?" [My Emphasis]

Hudson's answer is very long and calls for the the cessation of economics as now taught. A viewer question allows Hudson to tell about the EU, his full answer going well beyond what I cite:

"Well you’re going to have to withdraw from the European Union, to begin with. Right now, Europe’s government is part of NATO. Europe is governed by a small office in the bottom of the Pentagon.

"We’re following the problem we had when I was analyzing the Vietnam war: How does America pay for all of the military bases all over the world? It pays just by writing treasury debt. Europe funds America’s military. For America: the vantage point of American diplomacy.

"I’m answering your question because I’m framing it. Europe has to conduct this money with US dollars. The Americans designed the Euro at the University of Chicago, again the root of all evil. No European country is any longer what political textbooks define as a state. A state has the ability to issue money, to do its own taxes and to declare war. No European country has any of these rights. Part of the rules of the Eurozone is: you cannot run a budget deficit of more than three percent.

"The intention of the US who designed this is: If the eurozone cannot run into debt, then there is not going to be Eurobonds for other countries, to hold their international reserves in. The only thing that they can hold their reserves in will be US dollars, which are the monetization of America’s military bases and military activities all over the world. A dollar is the embodiment of America’s military spending." [My Emphasis]

Perhaps the most interesting Q&A is about China and is last:

"China says: we’re not in it for the money, we’re not developing this transport and belt and road infrastructure in order to make a profit. We’re developing it in order to create a region-wide prosperity, in which we can all share.

"The whole concept of government banking: making loans on the basis of industrial engineering. In America, industrial companies are run by financial engineers. In China, loan making financial companies, are designed by industrial engineering principal saying: What kind of industry and what infrastructure do we need in China? What do we need for a train transport, for highway transport, for public power transport etc.

"So, the conflict between the United States and with Europe is the tail in China. It isn’t a conflict about who’s going to make better iPhones. It’s a conflict to the death of economic systems. The United States and Europe cannot permit any country to survive that is not polarizing the economy.

"It’s a conflict between an economic system that impoverishes the economy, which is the political aim of the European governments and the American governments, or an economy that is structured so as to help economies grow, which is Chinese pragmatic industrial economy.

"We’re really talking about a conflict not among nations, but between what was industrial capitalism, which is evolving into socialism, or finance capitalism. The United States represents finance capitalism, and it imposed this on Europe as its satellite. As long as Europe lets itself become a satellite for finance capitalism, it’s going to end up being de-industrialized as the United States." [My Emphasis]

And for those that missed it, here's the transcript of Xi's 21 April speech at the Boao Forum. So, what's happening is a competition based on geoeconomics that China's winning because it actually invests in the promotion of industrial development unlike the Neoliberal Outlaw US Empire. As I told many during my trip across the USA, Trump had the right idea--MAGA--but was a total contradiction to accomplishing that since his wealth and mindset is all based on Neoliberal principals--the very forces destroying the USA.

Posted by: karlof1 | May 2 2021 23:45 utc | 26

"Danser Encore"

There has been a huge number of video's posted to YouTube of flash mobs performing "Danser Encore" an anti-lockdown song that has been a phenomenon in France. Eight videos of different flash mobs performing "Dancer Encore" have been posted to YouTube in the last hour alone.

This is the most recent version performed in Bordeaux posted only 3 minutes ago:

Flash-Mob Bordeaux Jardin Public le 1st May 2021

This is the most famous version with English subtitles (a literal translation) - the original version (without English Subtitles) has over a million views:

HK - Danser Encore - English subtitles - Flashmob Gare du Nord performed 4th March 2021

And the original version:

Danser encore (Officiel) by 'HK et Les Saltimbanks' videos 10th December 2020

A sympathetic translation of the refrain:

"We all want to sing and dance again,
To think and feel and embrace again,
Condemned to live according to your jail of rules?

The song is a message to Macron, the second verse:

"And when in the evening on TV,
Our Royal Highness announces
His latest decree,
We are irreverent,
But always with elegance"

Posted by: ADKC | May 2 2021 23:45 utc | 27

Welcome back karlof1 and hope your trip went well

I agree with "the pessimist" #24 that China/Russia are currently joined at the hip I wrote here months ago and was chided for the characterization. Any geo-political discussion that talks about one of them or the other needs to include the Yin to the Yang of that relationship or vice versa.

Its May 2nd/3rd and how many of the 26K empire contractors in Afghanistan are in the cross hairs of the Taliban

Has Iraq stopped trying to oust empire?

Is empire going to remove all the sanctions on Iran to return to the JPOCA?

How is empire going to respond to Mexico barring GMO seeds from its country?

What is empire setting up to happen in the Ukraine when the timing is better?

How is empire going to contain the populace tendencies in South America?

How long is empire going to remain in SyriaYemen/Libya/Lebanon/??? illegally?

Will empire stop Nord Stream II?

The shit show continues but the spinning plates are wobbling....

Posted by: psychohistorian | May 2 2021 23:55 utc | 28

pessimist @24--

I finished Glenn Diesen's book on Russia's geoeconomics while on my travels and he includes quite a bit of discussion about China and the dynamics you relate. Hudson doesn't touch on the differences between the political economics of China and Russia, and those Diesen relates are a bit dated, but we can easily see both are on the same page when it comes to goals and methods. IMO, the key is the degree of success their partners have in overcoming the roadblocks placed by the Outlaw US Empire. What becomes clearer daily is the utter bankruptcy of Neoliberal philosophy and the constraints it puts on the ability of the Empire to compete. And crucially, there's the developmental aspect stressed by both Xi and Putin--current development must be sustainable--and not just done for the sake of development--like that being done to expand Las Vegas into the biggest Super-Sprawl amidst a desert lacking a sustainable water supply I've ever seen.

Posted by: karlof1 | May 3 2021 0:06 utc | 29

james @23 & psychohistorian @28--

Thanks for your welcome backs! I'll admit it was nice to get away from being tied to a computer daily and trying to stay abreast of what's paraded as reality. I'm not going to try and catch up on all the various happenings, but will read a selection of essays, which are now mostly done. I do have some observations, one reported @29, I'll try to work in relevantly. Drove close to 8K miles and always found something in the geography to marvel about.

Posted by: karlof1 | May 3 2021 0:29 utc | 30

Thanks Karlof1 for your post. My initial reaction was that 'gee that's long post'. My final reaction, 'glad I read it in full'.
I learned a lot from it. BTW, welcome back, hope you had a good trip.

Posted by: Peter Schmidt | May 3 2021 0:30 utc | 31

Paveway IV #20-

A statement and package of sanctions was announced on April 15 by the US Treasury Department targeting Russian entities alleged to have interfered in the 2020 US election or identified as seeking to "subvert" the U.S. democracy system. As part of this, the Southfront website was identified as a disinformation propagator directly controlled by the Russian intelligence agencies. The resulting sanction package is usually enough for the social media industry to remove the identified transgressor. The Strategic Culture Foundation was also thus identified, and so should also soon be widely cancelled. SCF creates "false and misleading narratives", don't you know, and also "publishes conspiracy theorists". Southfront apparently promoted "perceptions of voter fraud" by publishing content "alleging that such activity took place."

Posted by: jayc | May 3 2021 1:28 utc | 32

I wish that someone at MOA would cover the George Karfunkel / Kodak stock fraud

$800 million that was supposed to go toward rebuiliding the corporate base in Rochester, NY imploded due to Israeli fraud and profits ended up in Tel Aviv - this is beyond the pale

Posted by: abee | May 3 2021 1:35 utc | 33

Posted by: snake | May 2 2021 16:34 utc | 6
"At some point, I believe a rising likely to change the world political system is in the making. It may proceed without a leader; maybe spontaneously?"
Your on to something, Snake. Look at Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Guatemala, Haiti. Lots of people are angry and expressing their disgust with the governments of their country: huge protests in the streets, general strikes in Colombia as we speak.
Take a look at how one indian town in Mexico responded 10 years ago. Cherán, Michoacán, is a beautiful community of 22,000 people, almost all of them are Purápecha, an ancient tribe with a distinct language that I think is still used. I got to know quite a few in the fruit orchards of southern Illinois in the 1970s, then visited the town in 1985. In 2010 the women had enough of the cartels who were clear cutting native lands of pine trees. Some locals had resisted and were kidnapped, disappeared and killed. Turns out, the people took their town and their forests back, replanted the trees, ran off the mayor and police, set up their own government. Sounds wacko, but they are 10 years into it now, don't allow politics, politicians, political bumper stickers are scraped off at the town checkpoints or you don't get in.
Bottom line:they drew on their ancestors' form of governance, no computers, not even paper, no campaigns, everyone is accountable, violence and crime are very low.

Posted by: migueljose | May 3 2021 2:28 utc | 34

@ karlof 26
re: "voting, the fundamental democratic act"
That's exactly the Washington position. Vote every two or four years, then go home and STFU. And tell the world: We have democracy! Bull. Don't even try "peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances" because that would suggest democracy, which is "a system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives" which of course doesn't exist anywhere. The citizens have zero authority to change anything about health care, or war, or wasteful military expenditures, or anything else. There is no established system to allow the citizens to govern themselves. Meanwhile the "representatives" they voted for are acting in their own interest, not ours. So I say phooey on elections and I won't participate in that charade.

Posted by: Don Bacon | May 3 2021 2:46 utc | 35

Below is a link to the latest from Wall Street on Parade that indicates why we may be at the edge of another crash that would make the one in 2008 look small

Archegos Unpacked: Equity Derivative Contracts Held by Federally-Insured Banks Have Exploded from $737 Billion to $4.197 Trillion Since the Crash of 2008

All the derivative positions of the Federally-Insured Banks referred to above have been given by the government "Superior Position" when the music stops to collect against the government ahead of pensions funds, municipalities, ma and pa and their kids......But COVID!!!!! COVID!!!!! Look over there, somebody died and we should all pay attention......COVID!!!!

Posted by: psychohistorian | May 3 2021 2:51 utc | 36

It seem only yesterday that Oz/China actually had a win-win courtship, peaking in Xi's visit to Canberra 2014 .
yet Hardly had Xi plane left Canberra, when the Ozzies seemingly when bonkers, gratuitously poking the dragon like crazy.
Today Oz/China relation is in shambles, entirely of Canberra own doing.

Ironically , its tiny NZ who offered some sage advise,

'This is no way to treat your biggest customer, we'd do it our way, not big bro way'

Canberra blew its top, practically accusing NZ of treachery, a quisling no less.

scomo's chest thumbing is hilarious,

'Sorry our national interest, sovereinty and values aint negotiable, we shall not give in to coercive polices from China'

Really ?
China was merely returning the favor, in response to Oz 14 points plan to 'civilise' the chinaman.

Everybody knows It was big bro who coerced Oz to poke the dragon, now its Canberra's turn to browbeat NZ, the only [[[five liars]]] member who at least retain a semblance of sovereignty !

hey scomo stop being an ass and making Oz the laughing stock of the world...

Do you really understand whats the meaning of sovereignty ?

Tiny Sri Lanka telling Pompass point blank,

We'r an independent country, we do our own thinking, thank you very much.

When will they ever learn,
When will they ever learn !

Posted by: denk | May 3 2021 2:56 utc | 37

Posted by: killwallstreet | May 2 2021 15:08 utc | 2

It's 2021, and yet they are still idiots who care about the farts coming out from the collective buttholes of their pretentious hypocrites called politicians, instead of focusing what they actually do.

Because old "no-M4A, no min wage raise" geezer is truly the champion of the masses.

Posted by: J W | May 3 2021 2:57 utc | 38

Here is the part of The Demons that I found most wonderful: it is Chapter Seven, the last chapter before the Epilogue, titled Stepan Verkhovensky's Last Journey. All you need to know about who he is - he's the Russian version of Don Quixote, only he's a liberal, an elderly liberal. In this chapter he is simply heading he knows not where, on foot at first, but then...if you don't have time for anything else, just read this chapter. But here is what I most love in it:

He confessed and took the last sacrament very readily...."Oui, mes amis, I'm only surprised that you should take all this trouble for me. I'm sure I'll be up tomorrow and we'll be on our way. . .Toute cette ceremonie to which of course, I pay all due respect, was. . ."
"I'd like you to remain with the patient, Father," Mrs. Stavrogin said, stopping the priest as he was about to discard his surplice. "As soon as they bring in tea I'd like you to talk to him about divine matters, to sustain his faith."
The priest talked. All the others sat or stood around the patient's bed.
"In our sinful times," the priest started smoothly, holding his teacup in his hand, "faith in the Almighty is the only refuge of the human race from all the vicissitudes and hardships of life, as well as the only hope of the eternal bliss promised to the righteous. . ."
Mr. Verkhovenski suddenly became animated and a subtle smile appeared on his lips.
"Mon pere, je vous remercie, vous etes bien bon,mais. . ." [My father, I ask your pardon, you are very good, but...]
"There's no mais, no mais at all!" Mrs.Stavrogin cried, leaping up from her chair. "Ah, Father, he's the sort of. . . the sort of man that -- you'll have to start all over again in an hour, confession and all. . .That's the sort of man he is."
Mr. Verkhovensky suppressed a smile.
"Friends," he said, "I need God if only because He is the only Being who is capable of loving eternally. . ."

Today is Orthodox Easter, or its beginning, with Bright Week next and many special Sundays until Pentecost. And, Mrs. Stavrogin, yes, there is a mais -- there's always a mais! It's how we old liberals are!

And beauty, like beautiful, subtle writing, will save us. Happy Easter all!

Posted by: juliania | May 3 2021 4:14 utc | 39

If we need a date when the West started to go seriously wrong, let's start with Rome in the early 5th century.

Posted by: Serig | May 3 2021 5:36 utc | 40

Picked up the following quote from a BBC posting

President Biden, in his first address to Congress last week, made the point that he was not seeking conflict with China and said he had told President Xi in his call that "we welcome the competition" to be the dominant global power.

Notice that this competition is for "rules based dominance" [dog whistle for private finance controlled], not sharing [sharing = public finance control]....which continues to be the basis for the civilization war humanity is going through

Posted by: psychohistorian | May 3 2021 5:42 utc | 41

Easter greetings to you, juliana, and to b and all readers.

Posted by: Hope | May 3 2021 5:51 utc | 42

Posted by: james | May 2 2021 22:35 utc | 23

LOL. Thanks for the laugh. I guess I (and that author) could start posting in Cyrillic if we really wanted to get the regular CIA/DoS a-holes wound up about Russian meddling with our alphabet.

Posted by: K_C_ | May 3 2021 6:05 utc | 43

Syrian Girl @Partisangirl

Israeli who took over the home of a Palestinian family, "Even if i get out of your house, it won't be given back to you."


Posted by: Mao | May 3 2021 6:44 utc | 44

Robert Inlakesh @falasteen47

SHOCKING: Israeli Occupation Forces Assault Palestinian Christians In Jerusalem, Outside The Church Of The Holy Sepulchre.

This was done in front of live TV, in broad daylight. Right at the beginning of Orthodox Christian Easter.

All the people wanted is to access their church.


Posted by: Mao | May 3 2021 7:35 utc | 45

Will Lula Make a Comeback? Global Imperialists and Resource Extractors Shudder at the Prospect

With the potential comeback of Lula da Silva, Brazil may once again be on a path away from fascism and one that puts economic justice and anti-imperialism first.

Posted by: Mao | May 3 2021 7:40 utc | 46

Interesting take on upcoming German elections

Posted by: Et Tu | May 3 2021 8:23 utc | 47


Welcome back to the cage ;)

Have no fear the empire has dispatched the british bulldog to China's green seas and Russia's black Sea to set things right and calm those restless natives. Just like the old days only different :D

Yes I do like Michael's latest epistle. GRITTY.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | May 3 2021 8:24 utc | 48

@ Don Bacon | May 3 2021 2:46 utc | 35

The citizens have zero authority to change anything about health care, or war, or wasteful military expenditures, or anything else. There is no established system to allow the citizens to govern themselves. Meanwhile the "representatives" they voted for are acting in their own interest, not ours. So I say phooey on elections and I won't participate in that charade.

~~ Don Bacon

Yep. It's just a fascist dictatorship, but with the world's greatest public relations apparatus. "None are more enslaved than those who think they are free." ~~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Check out:

Strategic Culture

Posted by: blues | May 3 2021 9:11 utc | 49

psychohistorian #36

Holy Hudsons psycho check out this take away:-

But here’s the really dangerous and outrageous part of this. The OCC notes on page 10 of this report that “The four banks with the most derivative activity hold 88.4 percent of all bank derivatives.” In other words, four banks out of 4,989 U.S. banks are putting the entire system at risk.

Graph 10 of the same report provides the answer to just which four banks the OCC is talking about: JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Citigroup’s Citibank, and Goldman Sachs.

Yes, it’s true that Goldman Sachs is allowed to own a federally-insured bank called Goldman Sachs Bank USA. That’s where it has chosen to hold $42.2 trillion notional in various derivative contracts, including equity derivative contracts according to the OCC.

Well that got me thinking that the Chinese government control of finance sounds like a good system ... then I read this grubby little USA banksters practice:-

This highly problematic derivative contract does three other things as well: it allows the banks to avoid the Volcker Rule that bans them from owning a hedge fund while still letting them loan out their balance sheet to a hedge fund; it allows them to ignore the Federal Reserve’s Regulation T, which limits them to an initial margin loan of no more than 50 percent of the purchase price of the stock; and it allowed the banks to ignore their own internal broker-dealer rules on loaning against concentrated stock positions. There is also the riveting question of just who was paying the capital gains taxes on these stock trades. (See Did Archegos, Like Renaissance Hedge Fund, Avoid Billions in U.S. Tax Payments through a Scheme with the Banks?)

Rotten to the core but Biden and his kick-back cronies will just grasp a small portion and cruise on down the road - no conscience, no responsibility, no leadership. The united states has lost its mind.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | May 3 2021 9:48 utc | 50

migueljose #34

THANK YOU. that was a most interesting video of the Cherán, Michoacán, political response to enslavement politics.

Mexico has a strong spirit of democracy by collective action.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | May 3 2021 10:01 utc | 51

Alexander Mercouris delivers an analysis of yet another USA slap down interview with Lavrov.

A 33 minute utoob session re News Topic 137
Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s interview with Director General of Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency Dmitry Kiselev Moscow, April 28, 2021

I like the way Lavrov has let his down and dirty side out of the cage lately.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | May 3 2021 10:21 utc | 52

Johan Meyer @ 21

One thing your cited Nevin gets right is continued exposure from tetraethyl lead. Extremely widespread and persistent. Lead pipes and junction boxes are still a major source. Lead paint is the poster child but there are just not that many surviving structure used as residences that have the problem. Those structures are trivially easy to identify. Bitbinstead of identifying those buildings and keeping children out the tactic has been to demonize all older buildings and to ferret out trivial levels of lead. If the trivial level can be found in a coating insert the money siphon.

Lead was banned locally in 1968, nationally in 1978. The industry let it go when sales hit zero. Until early 1990s I could walk into any paint store and buy a pint of mildew prevention additive. That pint weighed three or four pounds and was basically all mercury. Customers demanded it. It was a big seller. I had to own a couple of empty cans, fill them with extender, show the customers I was adding it to their paint. That pint of mercury was as dangerous as a hundred gallons of lead paint. Mostly used in kitchens and bathrooms. No one is testing for mercury.

Posted by: oldhippie | May 3 2021 11:19 utc | 53

Airport security app Clear looks to score with U.S. ‘vaccine passport’

Major League Baseball's San Francisco Giants and New York Mets are among the first big businesses to demand guests prove they tested negative for the virus or are immunized against it. While the teams welcome paper proof, they encourage downloading records onto Clear's Health Pass feature for convenience.

Posted by: librul | May 3 2021 12:00 utc | 55

From the CSS article:

"During that same month of March, ‘little green men’ — armed soldiers not wearing insignia — began appearing in eastern Ukraine."

This must be a parallel universe Ukraine.

"Vladimir Putin is a garden variety authoritarian dictator who will deal ruthlessly with political opponents."

This must be a parallel universe Russia.

Posted by: Biswapriya Purkayast | May 3 2021 12:23 utc | 56

"Vladimir Putin is a garden variety authoritarian dictator who will deal ruthlessly with political opponents."

Posted by: Biswapriya Purkayast | May 3 2021 12:23 utc | 56

For such an ordinary dictator he sure seems to have them all figured out, and he sure does get them all upset. I have to like him for those reasons alone. Anybody who annoys the US' National Security "Interagency" creeps has to be good for the US' public. They have been screwing us all of my life here, trying to "rule the world", on the theory that with enough fancy weapons, you don't need a lot of soldiers to win. You would think at some point they would grow the Fuck up, but no.

Posted by: Bemildred | May 3 2021 12:40 utc | 57

So, Smoothie has a new post of that subject (May 2nd):

Why It Is Not Possible.:

To have normal, like in not a perpetual war of a different variety, relations between Russia and the US? The answer is rather simple--the United States views Russia as an existential threat. But that is a blanket, however correct, statement, the devil is in details. Let me explain. I am on record for years that the field of Russia Studies in the US is a wasteland. Even Matthew Rojansky, whose candidacy has been successfully sabotaged recently by neocon mafia which infested US foreign policy establishment top bottom, is not really an "expert" in Russia--he is an "expert" in US "think-tankdom" echo-chamber hustle and rubbing shoulders with big honchos, which then migrate onto CVs and Resumes for bearers to be recycled in the cesspool of Beltway "expertdom". The fact that Rojansky doesn't want an outright war with Russia and passes for a "realist" in D.C. was enough to remove him from the pool of "Russia Experts" trying to make it into the Biden Admin. Well, even an iota of a common sense towards Russian-American relations is a disqualifying trait in D.C.

I have always come back to the question, when they say "existential threat", who exactly is it that Russia threatens here? Why it's the money boys and the ones that want to "dominate" everything. I'm pretty sure the Russians (most of them is not all) would be happy to leave me alone. And of course he is a threat to all the "Russia experts" because he shows that they are not in fact expert on much of anything except Washington DC politics.

Posted by: Bemildred | May 3 2021 13:00 utc | 58

@oldhippie 53
Was the mercury in a biologically available form? Also, how well does it pass the blood brain barrier? The problem with metallic mercury (e.g. in fluorescent lamps) is that that vapour readily passes the blood brain barrier. Pb ions etc do too, as Pb is a Ca analogue. I recall that Hg ions do not pass the barrier as easily. Though still @#*$ing stupid to put it in paint...

Posted by: Johan Meyer (2) | May 3 2021 13:22 utc | 59

Paul posted what would be, the the darker past, the most outrageous display busting link possible, but lo and behold! It wraps nicely within the window width. Someone improved b's website, I guess, a blessing from an invisible hand? While this links looks so intimidating that I am afraid to click in it... this is actually a plus. In any case, in my wallet you cannot find even a tiniest speck of a crypto coin and I will restrict myself to other foolish investments that, at occasion, pay off.

For example, enticed by low price of avocados at Walmart at one afternoon, I got a nice sack of them, but then I was too lazy to eat them (not so tasty unless you mash and mix them making guacamole, and that takes some processing of ingedients). Few dollars down the drain? But no! Ripe avocados were still good after two weeks in the fridge (and ripening more more than a week before that), and at long last made very good guacamole, and warmed my cockles because I got them for 78c a piece and now they cost almost 50% more! They do not offer future contracts at supermarkets, so one cannot go overboard.

Posted by: Piotr Berman | May 3 2021 13:25 utc | 60

From the National Interest article, and why, oh why, Bernhard, did you make me go to the Nuttional Interpest, we have:

"Unable to prevent Russia from annexing Abkhazia and South Ossetia in 2008 and Crimea and Donbas in 2014..."

This article is full of such a load of gibbering insanity (for example did you know Putin is about to annex Romania?) that one can't list them all, but this quote will give you a good enough idea. Russia annexed Abkhazia, South Ossetia, and Donbass, did it? That would be news to the people of Abkhazia, South Ossetia, and Donbass.

Let's see who wrote it... it must be someone who's got at least a background in security or military matters, right?

"Ali Demirdas, Ph.D. in political science from the University of South Carolina..."

You don't say.

Posted by: Biswapriya Purkayast | May 3 2021 13:29 utc | 61

Meanwhile in Modistan:

Look what I woke up to.

And Modi wants to separate oxygen from air using turbines.

This is what you get when you put semiliterate criminals into power.

Posted by: Biswapriya Purkayast | May 3 2021 13:31 utc | 62

@Mao 46

Why would they be? Lula was quite happy to assist in the mass pedo/cocaine trader/beheader terrorism of MINUSTAH, ​as did Kirchner.

Remember, the UN still claims that the 2006 census in Haiti was 24 years after the 2003 census in Haiti. China also did its (admittedly much smaller) part---it was also part of MINUSTAH. That is, making the MINUSTAH mess that the 2006 census uncovered, hence the need to hide the 2003 census.

The funniest thing, though, is when powerful countries use neoliberal "privatization" schemes to have their state corporations buy up poor countries' state corporations. Two cases come to mind. One is Manitoba Hydro buying (and running into the ground) the Nigerian electricity utility.

The other is Vietnam using the MINUSTAH terrorism to buy up Haiti's telecom.

To paraphrase Emma Goldman re Bronstein, the Leninist complain too much.

The other beauty was bringing Nepali cholera to Haiti---it is fun to observe the UN deny the basics of genetic identification

Posted by: Johan Meyer (2) | May 3 2021 13:41 utc | 63

Another war lost by the USA:

Reaching ‘Herd Immunity’ Is Unlikely in the U.S., Experts Now Believe

Contrary to the other losses since the post-war, this one is the most hurtful because it is a defeat by the American people, not the American military.

Which induces us to revisit American History: were all of those defeats during the post-war era just defeats of the Pentagon? Or was the American people complicit in all of them? My guess is the American people, deep down, supported all those wars and will continue to support such wars in the future.


@ Posted by: Johan Meyer (2) | May 3 2021 13:41 utc | 63

Lula (or already Dilma, don't remember) fired the general once he discovered the fact.

The evidence this was a sincere act comes from the fact that this fired general was an essential personae in the 2016 coup d'Etat.

Posted by: vk | May 3 2021 13:50 utc | 64

You hear things first on Moon of Alabama:

From February

And I think that this is the reason that Lavrov finally took off the gloves when dealing with Borrell last week. For while he would bend over backwards to understand the EU position in the past, the UK has now quit the EU. The only ties now to the British Empire are those personal ones to the monarchs of Europe like, in the case of Borrell, Felipe vi and his father, juan Carlos. Both Knights of the Garter.

From Sputnik (in April!):

Lavrov Points to UK's Subversive Role in Russia-EU Relations

The United Kingdom is playing a significant subversive role in relations between Russia and the European Union, the Russian foreign minister stressed.

"As far as the relations between Russia and Europe are concerned, I still believe that the UK is playing an active and a very serious subversive role. It withdrew from the European Union, but we see no decrease in its activities on this track. On the contrary, they are trying to influence EU member states' approaches to Russia to the maximum possible extent."

Posted by: John Cleary | May 3 2021 13:53 utc | 65

I predict the next few months will bring changes. The leaders of the various nation states are tightening control and demanding conforming non dissent. Increasing is the I-hate-you versions of international diplomacy.

Posted by: snake | May 2 2021 16:34 utc | 6

This is a timely observation, with a recent illustration. Rudi Guliani is a lawyer and loud mouth who is almost as detestable as Alan Dershowitz in my private opinion, but nevertheless a human being endowed with rights -- apparently, quite alienable rights. His offices were raided and valuable property sized on a very ridiculous premise that he had temerity of suspecting Biden son-and-father duo of corruption and acting accordingly in conspiracy (?!) with POTUS. That is but a small episode of a much wider effort to harass and ostracize anyone casting apportion on the immaculate pair of Bidens, using tech censorship and "legal tools".

Of course, there is an element of " I-hate-you versions of international diplomacy" in it, but inconveniently enmeshed with a struggle of two wings in American domestic politics, where both sides deploy myths and other weapons of mass distraction, and export this approach around the world -- USA being a dominant power, its vices are copied with alacrity, even in Russia. In fact, various aspects of so-called Putin authoritariansm were copied from USA. To give one example, heaping difficulties on small parties that want to participate in elections (which is of course "harmless in New York state" because there we already have enough of large parties to give full representation to the citizens, right?).

Posted by: Piotr Berman | May 3 2021 13:54 utc | 66

I called it first!

Polls put German Green party in lead five months before election

Paraphrasing some HBO series: the shadow of the [American] Empire is vast.

Posted by: vk | May 3 2021 14:08 utc | 67

@psychohistorian | May 3 2021 2:51 utc | 36

But COVID!!!!! COVID!!!!! Look over there, somebody died and we should all pay attention......COVID!!!!

Indeed. Just like your prediction last October of Trumps imminent death.

It's indeed only a distraction from actual happenings.

Posted by: Norwegian | May 3 2021 14:53 utc | 68

@vk 64
While there was a particularly enthusiastically pedo/shooter of babies in the face Brazilian general, one does not cease to be a criminal when the crimes are performed without great enthusiasm. MINUSTAH is the crime.

Could you point me to records, e.g. at the UN or in Brazil, where Lula or Dilma renounced the MINUSTAH variety of terrorism as such?

Posted by: Johan Meyer (2) | May 3 2021 14:54 utc | 69

what makes us exceptional is not our ability to flout international norms and the rule of law;

- Obama, May 28, 2014, United States Military Academy Commencement Ceremony

Posted by: librul | May 3 2021 14:59 utc | 70

The great Transfer (government's monopoly power over money creation, debt and fair play competition) from government to private hands of Oligarch bankers and financial swindlers.

"The oligarch’s 'free market concept is wealth side unbounded liberty pauper side unbounded slavey' just as happened in Greece and other places..

Right now, Europe’s government is part of NATO. Europe is governed by a small office in the bottom of the Pentagon.

A dollar is the embodiment of America’s military spending." [My Emphasis]

China says ..We’re developing it in order to create a region-wide prosperity, in which we can all share.

"We’re really talking about a conflict not among nations, but between what was industrial capitalism..

summarizing Karlof1 @ 26 from POV of the poor American I submit the following.

Americans see what Karlof1 revealed as they try to invest in or run small family businesses. Mostly these small business are denied access to capital and access to any markets and are inundated with government regulation. The Oligarch criminals, see small business and upstart inventions as major threats to the monopoly powers they have stolen from government and used to accumulate their wealth.
Small businesses do not own and are not trying to create copyrights, patents, and govt rape the world contracts. The small business and small farmers want to provide services to the community in exchange for an earned living. The privately owned monopoly powered financial sector has forced Americans and Europeans to invest in the stock market, because they have eliminated every other means to keep your money. The stock market makes it easy for e monopoly powered players to rape the world.

Unless a new idea can somehow be sucked up into(promoted to) the privately owned monopoly powered major stock market companies (who get their capital from interest free sale of stocks)<= new ideas and small mon and pops cannot find investors to get anything off the ground. This is all part and parcel of what Karlof1 @ 26 said.
I agree.. the Oligarchs are using government as weapons against their competitors. That's why the military bases, the large volunteer army, and the defacto meaningless elections are occuring. The voting population have no say<= in what happens in the dungeons of power, but who is to serve in an Article II type job, can make a big difference to those who are part of the private ownership of monopoly power.

Thank you also for the transcript of Xi speech.. quite enlightening.

slowly understanding is coming into view..and it worse than we thought, it Oligrach planned, instead of government incompetence. Yet another big factor in this transfer of monopoly power from government into private monopoly powered Oligarch hands. That factor is the divide and conquer strategy that keeps the voting and dissenting masses from organizing. Probably explains why the private financial sectors pay salaries of those who rebel at the government. They want half the voters to think one way and the other half to think another way.

Posted by: snake | May 3 2021 15:03 utc | 71

@vk | May 3 2021 13:50 utc | 64

Reaching ‘Herd Immunity’ Is Unlikely in the U.S., Experts Now Believe
The problem isn't lack of Herd Immunity, but rather an overdose of Herd Mentality.

Posted by: Norwegian | May 3 2021 15:10 utc | 72

@ Posted by: karlof1 | May 2 2021 20:49 utc | 19

That guy Hudson seems pretty smart.

I think he has also explained that it is not Capitalism vs Socialism it is Corporate Socialism (I think also called Corporatism) vs Socialism. The corporations manipulate the public to attack their own interests - what else is new.

He has also explained how the US uses it military to infect the world with the dollar.

And also how the owners use global agendas to over-ride the interests of those countries who would resist their influence - backed by US military and sanctions presumably.

I believe (as one not knowlegeable in world affairs) that it seems the same struggle underlied the French and Russian revolutions (commerce v sovereign), possibly the American Civil War. But I am over my head there.

“Everything predicted by the enemies of banks, in the beginning, is now coming to pass. We are to be ruined now by the deluge of bank paper. It is cruel that such revolutions in private fortunes should be at the mercy of avaricious adventurers, who, instead of employing their capital, if any they have, in manufactures, commerce, and other useful pursuits, make it an instrument to burden all the interchanges of property with their swindling profits, profits which are the price of no useful industry of theirs.”
― Thomas Jefferson, Letters of Thomas Jefferson

Posted by: jared | May 3 2021 15:39 utc | 73

It seems Belarus will become another Ukraine:

Posted by: jared | May 3 2021 15:57 utc | 74

@ 3 robjira... i got round to reading those articles.. thanks for sharing them... regarding his comments on palestine, i have come to see the topic of palestine-israel differently... if you think of the 2 major world powers - britian at the time of the balfour declaration, and the usa at the time of the the so called founding of israel 1948, as being instrumental in facilitating the zionist dream, it looks different.. it becomes an issue of palestinians fighting the 2 imperial powers of the 20th century as opposed to say palestine fighting israel... in this context it has never been a fair fight and the palestinians have never been given a fair shake in any of it either... so, while i appreciate you sharing the article - i will share the one i challenge here - - i still don't agree with some of his conclusions which seem on the flippant side to me... cheers..

@ K_C_ | May 3 2021 6:05 utc | 43.. thanks k_c_.... i have come to appreciate the many instances of humour that some of the posters here at moa are especially given towards! i am not that great at it myself, but i can try, lol...

Posted by: james | May 3 2021 16:18 utc | 75

How they manipulate us:

It's not because they believe it is B/S.
It's just because they are victims.
/S They are so cute when they try to form an opinion. /S

Posted by: jared | May 3 2021 16:20 utc | 76

Thanks for all the replies! I see little has changed in that the trends occurring at the beginning of April are still in play now. The vast regional economic differences I anticipated I did indeed encounter: Homeless camps are very prominent on the West Coast in Eugene, Salem and Portland--not because of lack of work but because of the great lack of affordable housing. Other areas actually booming and having no visible homeless issue because housing is affordable: Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, Indiana, Tennessee, and Nevada. People I talked to in Indiana said businesses are dying for lack of employees. The old coal districts of West Virginia and Virginia where my daughter lives are still very depressed with many storefronts empty, but still no homeless camps because housing is very inexpensive, although mean, but a roof is a roof. Down on the border between Georgia and Alabama where my wife's family lives is similar, although the economy is better. As I wrote above, the biggest eye-opener was Las Vegas, and when you consult the US Drought Monitor, you can see why--the sprawl being constructed there has no where near enough water resources to be sustainable. And that sprawl is quite massive, but the housing is very cheap compared to that on the Coasts, while most jobs are service industry. Local media during my short time in California ran investigative specials on the big lack of water issue that has plagued my home state for decades--I toured most of the areas depicted as Exceptional Drought by the Drought Monitor in Colorado, Utah, Nevada and California. California's largest reservoir, Lake Shasta, was at least 50 feet low when it ought to be close to brimming--and the persistence is seen in bars with grass growing on them. And as the news programs depicted, Shasta isn't alone--the latest snow pack measurement was cancelled due to lack of snow to measure!

Pro-Trump sentiment remains strong in many states, while political focus is on gaining local control where citizens still have a modicum of power and voting still matters. An important bit of COVID fallout not well reported is the demographic change it's causing in fly-over states. IMO, what I've reported is most relevant to MoA. Repeating my trip as a deliberate investigator would yield more than what I've written as there were crucial regions omitted in our travels. We attained the primary goals of our trip--visiting our families--and made it home in one piece.

Posted by: karlof1 | May 3 2021 16:39 utc | 77

jared @73--

Thanks for your reply! Jefferson is referring to those known as "Stock Jobbers" in that era's vernacular. What makes Hudson unique is his background, education, work experience, and how they combined to prompt his investigations which we are now enriching us.

Posted by: karlof1 | May 3 2021 16:54 utc | 78

@ karlof1 | May 3 2021 16:39 utc | 77 with the comments on US drought

Here is another, to a significant degree, manufactured issue by the global financial elite to keep control....when you are up to your ass in alligators, can you remember that your original intention was to drain the swamp?

We need to change the financial narrative by which the West in motivated from predatory to sharing and then come together to deal with the global crisis precipitated and instantiated by an inherently predatory social structure. The water agreements that exist in the US are not in the best interest interest of the public is the short answer.

Posted by: psychohistorian | May 3 2021 17:07 utc | 79

Re: Pro-Trump sentiment remains strong in many states, while political focus is on gaining local control where citizens still have a modicum of power and voting still matters.

Posted by: karlof1 | May 3 2021 16:39 utc | 77

Welcome back. What a treat it must have been to see things first hand. We live in Atlanta and have traveled a number of times recently to the mountains in N GA and NC. I liked seeing all the Trump flags and much as it hurts to acknowledge the poop shows real people making a real's at least something. It seems like every rural house has an out building with some type of construction equipment...they're building the megalopolis sprawl by day and retreating back home by night. My brother in Sarasota said he and his wife started driving in the rural lands and all the Trump signs scared them back to city.

Too bad Trumpers are mostly still supporters of the corrupt extortionist status quo Empire. I just wish the Empire lovers would at least agree to own it and start wearing British wigs or Darth Vader masks.

TPTB cannot be out organized or out gunned. It will probably collapse first, otherwise it will take nothing short of millions showing up in person, digging in, and demanding a completely new, military, deep state, end of data collection\surveillance, and a return to a pro human Bill of Rights based republic.

Posted by: DaveNItUp | May 3 2021 17:16 utc | 80

Well it seems the taliban is giving the US a proper send-off.
Not as many US deaths as Vietnam, but I wonder about the state of mind of those returning.
At least, unlike Vietnam they are returning while US is on a spending binge.
I remember being on a flight with nice lady from Wisconsin and she got talking about how proud she was of her son returning from Iraq/Afganistan. And I prodded her that for many returning the memories were difficult to live with and her mood quickly turned and she was almost in tears describing how her son's marriage had fallen apart and he was have extreme anger issues and getting in fights and trouble with the law and how she hardly recognized him - he was a cheerful, upbeat person when he left and returned angry and sullen. Z/H used to post a lot about the elevated suicide numbers of those returning and how they maintain a network of buddies on suicide watch.

Paint it black, baby.

Posted by: jared | May 3 2021 17:21 utc | 81

Obama, the Head-fake President.

what makes us exceptional is not our ability to flout international norms and the rule of law;
- Obama, May 28, 2014, United States Military Academy Commencement Ceremony

No, Obama tells us, what makes us exceptional is our head-fakes.

Obama, the Exceptional Head-faker.

Here he calls head-fakes
affirmations through action.

what makes us exceptional is not our ability to flout international norms and the rule of law;
it is our willingness to affirm them through our actions.

And what "actions" did Obama then cite?

1) And why I will continue to push
to close Gitmo -- because American values and legal traditions
do not permit the indefinite detention of people beyond our borders.

He didn't say close Gitmo he said push (a head-fake).
(Obama never closed Gitmo)

2) That’s why we’re putting in place new restrictions on how America collects and uses intelligence --
because we will have fewer partners and be less effective
if a perception takes hold that we’re conducting surveillance against ordinary citizens.

"if a perception takes hold".
It's all about perception (head-fakes).

The above was from May 2014; on the Jay Leno show, Aug 2013, Obama had tried to create this head-fake:
"There is no spying on Americans, we don't have a domestic spying program,"

We now know a lot more about President Head-fake
and his spying on Americans and Presidential campaigns.

Obama the Hope and Change President

"a cruel world"
"oppression will always be with us"
"We can admit the intractability of deprivation"
"there will be war"

- Fitting words to end with as you accept your Nobel Peace Prize (/S)

But...there is "a place for a child's dreams".
So we can Hope. And Hope according to Obama means to "strive";
but actually Change? - not so much.

"a cruel world"
"oppression will always be with us"
"We can admit the intractability of deprivation"
"there will be war"

To think otherwise is "a child's dream".

Seven days after the above words
Obama slaughtered dozens of women and children in Yemen.
Going "hands on and taking the GWOT to another country - Yemen" (ABC broadcast, Dec 2009).
He used a sledge hammer to kill an ant. Targeting one "terrorist"
he sprayed civilians with cluster bombs.

Obama signed off on the use of Tomahawk missiles carrying cluster munitions.
You can view the use of cluster munitions at the 35 second mark.

The "terrorist" was not even a member of an FTO (Foreign Terrorist Organization),
so Obama was legally exposed and thus went into coverup mode.
(they missed the "terrorist" but not the civilians)

Seven days before Obama had been in Oslo (December 10, 2009) accepting his Nobel Peace Prize:

"Somewhere today, a mother facing punishing poverty
still takes the time to teach her child, scrapes together what
few coins she has to send that child to school -- because she
believes that a cruel world still has a place for that child's

Let us live by their example. We can acknowledge that oppression will
always be with us, and still strive for justice. We can admit the
intractability of deprivation, and still strive for dignity. Clear-eyed,
we can understand that there will be war, and still strive for peace.
We can do that -- for that is the story of human progress; that's the


of all the world; and at this moment of challenge,
that must be our work here on Earth.

Thank you very much.

Obama: There is a place for a child's dreams -
Hope and Change

Posted by: librul | May 3 2021 17:22 utc | 82

Posted by: Mao | May 3 2021 6:44 utc | 44

I thought it was interesting that both the Palestinian and the Israeli were speaking English.

Posted by: arby | May 3 2021 18:13 utc | 83

Here is the link to an interesting article by Nicolas Wade (former NY Times journo) about the origins of the SARS-CoV2 virus:

Posted by: R.A. | May 3 2021 18:39 utc | 84

@ Posted by: R.A. | May 3 2021 18:39 utc | 84

In spite of his having worked for Mockingbird Times, it's a very interesting and well organized article. Making my brain hurt.

Posted by: jared | May 3 2021 19:10 utc | 85

@ Posted by: R.A. | May 3 2021 18:39 utc | 84

The question would not be: "Was it released from the lab at Wuhan?"
That would be a question for someone with much imagination.
The questions would be:
1) "Was it created at the lab in Wuhan?"
2) "Was the release accidental?"
3) "Was the release done for the purpose of financial or political gain?"
4) "What did Fauci et al know and when did he know it?"

Posted by: jared | May 3 2021 19:33 utc | 86

That would be a question for someone without much imagination.

Posted by: jared | May 3 2021 19:34 utc | 87

did anyone resolve all the questions around 9-11 in all the ink that was spilled on that? does anyone think it will be different with covid?

as i see it, it will be an ideological divide and used to refer to others who don't share their viewpoint as conspiracy or coincidence theorists...

Posted by: james | May 3 2021 19:37 utc | 88

The conclusion nails it, he lays it out.
"Paging Dr. Fauci."

I have not read an article that good in.. I can't remember.

Thanks, R.A.

Posted by: jared | May 3 2021 20:01 utc | 89

Johan Meyer(2)

Thank you for your posts.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | May 3 2021 20:01 utc | 90

Speaking of the release of covid, the Military World Games in Wuhan were on October 18-27, 2019, and the Fed's ongoing emergency loan operations to Wall Street trading firms started on Sept. 17, 2019.

Posted by: lysias | May 3 2021 20:12 utc | 91

find the furin site
all about how the virus works.. its long but historical , factual and informing.

Posted by: snake | May 3 2021 20:37 utc | 92

Perhaps lead poisoning partially explains the craziness of Ukraine.

The above is a map of the world showing in red who, as of August 2017,
has not enacted legally binding controls on lead paint. Plenty in Africa are a No to controls.
In Europe/Asia it is a better story with one lone splotch of red (No) north of the Black Sea.
What crazy place that you know of is located there?

Posted by: librul | May 3 2021 20:45 utc | 93

Wouldn't anything happening since after about 2008 be coinciding with some form of US money-printing?

Military World Games (Wikipedia); I'm pretty sure I've still got an unused sticker in a box together with a few other bits and pieces like my dog tags etc. The sticker is so old the location isn't even in the Wikipedia article lol.

So neither is anything special and there's no particular reason why either would have anything to do with an assumed act of war and crime against humanity.

Attacking with a virus is too simple for anything like that to make sense, you don't even infect yourself and travel instead you infect someone visiting you at "home" just before they return.

I blame paperback novels :)

Posted by: Sunny Runny Burger | May 3 2021 20:52 utc | 94

Or spray it onto frozen food in a 3rd country (that would come closer to Chinese reports since they've found the virus on the packaging of imported frozen goods).

Although that is much more easily (and less belligerently) explained by the cold-loving traits of the virus, the high rates of infection at various meat-plants around the world (including in Germany), and it being detected on the outside rather than the inside.

I'm pretty sure I've pointed all of this out before :P

(I still blame paperbacks).

Posted by: Sunny Runny Burger | May 3 2021 21:08 utc | 95

Librul I thought it's the eastern part of Ukraine that is heavily industrialized and where you would find all the pollution of any kind, the crazy "nazi-catholics" (ancestors saved by papal intervention) come from the extreme westernmost part.

Posted by: Sunny Runny Burger | May 3 2021 21:16 utc | 96

Johan Meyer @59

Cannot tell you how bio available it was. Presented as a thick milky white liquid. Mixed readily in either acrylic or oil base paint. Heavy enough that it was shipped in special heavy cardboard cases of 24. Those cases were small and major heavy, guys who were used to shuffling five gallon buckets of paint around all day treated those cases with respect. At that time my brother was working at the paint store I used, asked him and his manager how well it sold.This was at a small Main Street store on it’s way out, about the smallest shop that could keep the door open. It was 100-200 pints a week in season, maybe 5000 a year. So tons of mercury in a small market.

About a year before the mildew additive got pulled off the shelf there was a scare over Fuller O’Brien paint cans. They had been using a flashed on can liner that contained a bit less than a milligram of mercury per can. That liner was not going anywhere until the can rusted through. Thousand of cans were pulled out of customers basements and returned to store. Fuller O’Brien had to send two semis just to the one tiny store to collect all that hazardous waste. Same customers freaking out over micrograms were ordering their tradesmen to use kilos. Most environmental concerns have real basis in fact. Incapacity to measure risk , lack of any sense of proportion, terminal innumeracy, plus some spin and some scam dooms any hope for environmental progress.

Posted by: oldhippie | May 3 2021 21:38 utc | 97


Covid and the stenography by Nicholas Wade at medium. Propaganda.

Try this from nature regarding the 2015 'research' in a BSL3 lab in the USA.

From the research team that sought a specific exception to the ban on 'gain of function' experiments':


Department of Epidemiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA

Vineet D Menachery, Boyd L Yount Jr, Kari Debbink, Lisa E Gralinski, Jessica A Plante, Rachel L Graham, Trevor Scobey, Eric F Donaldson & Ralph S Baric

Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA

Kari Debbink & Ralph S Baric

National Center for Toxicological Research, Food and Drug Administration, Jefferson, Arkansas, USA

Sudhakar Agnihothram

Key Laboratory of Special Pathogens and Biosafety, Wuhan Institute of Virology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Wuhan, China

Xing-Yi Ge & Zhengli-Li Shi

Department of Cell Biology and Physiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA

Scott H Randell

Cystic Fibrosis Center, Marsico Lung Institute, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA

Scott H Randell

Institute for Research in Biomedicine, Bellinzona Institute of Microbiology, Zurich, Switzerland

Antonio Lanzavecchia

Department of Cancer Immunology and AIDS, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Wayne A Marasco

Department of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Wayne A Marasco


V.D.M. designed, coordinated and performed experiments, completed analysis and wrote the manuscript. B.L.Y. designed the infectious clone and recovered chimeric viruses; S.A. completed neutralization assays; L.E.G. helped perform mouse experiments; T.S. and J.A.P. completed mouse experiments and plaque assays; X.-Y.G. performed pseudotyping experiments; K.D. generated structural figures and predictions; E.F.D. generated phylogenetic analysis; R.L.G. completed RNA analysis; S.H.R. provided primary HAE cultures; A.L. and W.A.M. provided critical monoclonal antibody reagents; and Z.-L.S. provided SHC014 spike sequences and plasmids. R.S.B. designed experiments and wrote manuscript.

Methinks the problem is in the USA and a compliant population that has a strong record of 'participating' in medical experiments. From 2015 to 2019 there is a good pool and time period for any escaped virus to meander about perfecting its contagion and vectoring though 'vaping disease' on to a powerful killer.

Don't whistle the tune of the obfuscators, the names are listed. They and their labs are under big pharma control and (mostly) in the USA.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | May 3 2021 21:43 utc | 98

DaveNItUp @80--

Thanks for your reply! Wife's family lives very close to the KIA assembly plant in West Point, GA, and we were there to visit and provide care, not explore the area. The opposite was true at my daughter's at Blue Field, VA/WV where we had an opportunity to explore the depressed coal region where ruins crumble next to new construction, although the ruins and their still livable kin predominate. I suggest seeing that area since you're close, particularly the exhibition coal mine in Beckley, WV and its museum. The Lost World Caverns near Lewisburg are also worthy of seeing. As a closet-geologist, I found WV very intriguing. Driving through the hollers in KY, WV and VA is like a trip through time back to the 1930s and TVA days, although the poverty isn't as bad as then. Blue Field, WV was once the center of King Coal, but now looks like many Rust Belt towns. Decent houses can be bought for under $40,000--not trailers, but real brick and mortar with two-stories plus basement. By contrast, in Oregon that house would fetch 300K+. In Indiana, one reason so many businesses lack labor is the lack of housing. Indeed, one of the most noticeable disparities nationally is the gross misallocation of resources for housing and related misallocation of labor--problems China solved a few decades ago. The Trumpers I talked to all agreed that Trump had the right idea--MAGA--but was the wrong man to implement such an undertaking as he remains part of the Swamp he vowed to drain, while Biden is no better. So, the political fight still exists, but won't be discussed by BigLie Media for what ought to be obvious reasons.

Posted by: karlof1 | May 3 2021 21:45 utc | 99

@Posted by: Sunny Runny Burger | May 3 2021 21:16 utc | 96

That makes pretty good sense for a rabbit. I believe you are correct about the location of industry.

Posted by: librul | May 3 2021 21:54 utc | 100

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