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May 09, 2021

The MoA Week In Review - OT 2021-035

Last week's posts at Moon of Alabama:

> “We deny any involvement or awareness of our forces in such act,” reads a statement from the CTG sent to Rudaw English. “General Qasem Soleimani was a close friend of the late Mam Jalal [Talabani], and counter-terrorism units once fought on the frontlines against terrorism where Qasem Soleimani was also fighting.” <

Other issues:


Pandemic failures:

> Federal health officials revised coronavirus guidance on Friday to acknowledge that people can get infected by inhaling very fine, aerosolized particles carrying the virus, following warnings from health experts since last year.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised that airborne transmission is one of several ways the virus can spread, adding that people more than six feet away from others indoors can become infected, according to the agency’s website. <

Imperial Collapse Watch:


French Revolutions long read:

Use as open thread ...

Posted by b on May 9, 2021 at 12:43 UTC | Permalink

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About the mortality from covid, it is very difficult to find the current stats per case per dead in hospital. It seems to me that France has 10 times more dead than other countries in the EU or Switzerland, or Japan, but I am not an excel wizard... If anyone could help with good links, thanks

Posted by: Mina | May 11 2021 11:01 utc | 101

Deranged Indian blogger(??): "Look at the state of the entire *Indian subcontinent*. *The Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan* have no *second wave* in these countries or in any other country in Asia. Those countries today have similar conditions as they were in India two-and-a-half months ago." Typically for ranters, the facts are off. There was a spike of new cases and deaths in ALL subcontinental countries from the beginning of April (at least, in Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, I did not check the other). E.g. Pakistan before the spike had ca. 3 times larger COVID mortality than reported in India, and then the daily deaths quadrupled. Similar in Bangladesh. However, this spike started to recede after two weeks while in India it skyrocketed and the "spike" did not recede yet, and the amplitude was much more dramatic.

Seems that Pakistan and Bangladesh handled the same wave of Covid better and India got complacent.

Posted by: Piotr Berman | May 11 2021 11:34 utc | 102
This Martin Jacques guy seems like a phony, so we have a gem like this:
"The Soviet Communist Party represented a very small group, the working class. The CPC has really a deep root and represented the vast majority of the Chinese people."

Always hate the newer "communists" or "labor" who essentially bring up the USSR as the bad example while praising China, they still can't answer how the USSR has free healthcare and guaranteed job unlike China. So much for muh reform, muh Deng Xiaoping.

Deng Xiaoping was purged 2 times and it took Mao's death for him to regain power and restore capitalism.

Posted by: Smith | May 11 2021 12:42 utc | 103

Very good videos (5 months old but still useful) about the various types of vaccines.

Posted by: Mina | May 11 2021 13:06 utc | 104
Sorry for double post but GT is getting some weird articles, look at this gem.
"It seems that the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is, to some extent, still there. When it comes to consumption, there are still many people who are too afraid to spend money. During the past two years, China's economy has performed quite well despite the trade war with the US, and the novel coronavirus. We can even say that the economic landscape in China is beyond compare on a global level. However, at the same time, if we look inward, there are people in some industries who complain that their income is not growing very much. Some even say that their income is declining. Some argue that the real purchasing power of their income is going down. It is a situation that needs great attention."
Holy Jesus, after this article and the article where Hu Xijin argued against stimulus back in 2020, I'm almost convinced Hu is actually a fiscal conservative/corporate deep agent in China.

Posted by: Smith | May 11 2021 13:07 utc | 105

Re post 104
The entire focus of modi govt is to push for jabs whether they are effective or not. It dances to American pharma tune. Since other govts are not so fortunate/unfortunate to lay hands on so called vaccines they are definitely better off. They are using ivermectin/HCQ treatments at the ground level whereas India's focus is wholly on vaccinations. The results are there for everybody to see. The fun fact is that in India we are not able to get ivermectin tablets for the past fortnight even though it is not actively pushed. Nobody in media is interested in alternative treatment except to push for jabs for which there is unending coverage in TV Newspapers etc

Posted by: R M Rao | May 11 2021 13:55 utc | 106

Same in the Eu where the Indian story came right on time to decide the sceptics. Next week it will be another place.

Posted by: Mina | May 11 2021 14:39 utc | 107

Samsung under pressure to invest more in US

Playtime is over. The American Empire will now start to take back what it gave to its provinces during the First Cold War.


Delusions of the Middle Class:

Politics is no longer about left or right, as the Tories have realised to their advantage

Completely wrong analysis. It has everything to do with class: the First World working classes degenerated into the so-called labor aristocracy; they're now defending capitalism against the socialist pull from the Third World because they want to protect what they and their ancestors gained in the past one and a half century. This was already analyzed by Lenin in Imperialism, so it's astonishing to me how people still keep pretending what's happening nowadays is some kind of surprise.

It also puts to rest the alt-right/far-right conspiracy theory that the First World's contemporary Left is Marxist ("Cultural Marxism" hypothesis): those guys clearly never read anything from Marx, Engels and Lenin - otherwise we would be reading a lot of references to their works in the MSM by now.

How the Shanghai middle class is shattering the US caricature of the ‘China threat’

"Look at me, I'm a Westerner, just like you. Please don't shoot me!"

The op-ed is so delusional that its author even uses Western designations to describe China ("State Capitalism"). Needless to say, he's "director and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution’s John L. Thornton China Center", and this op-ed is "adapted from his new book “Middle Class Shanghai Reshaping US-China Engagement”, which will be published by Brookings in mid-May 2021".

Those kind of MSM op-eds are, deep down, the middle class talking to the middle class. They're pure insanity and vanity. They don't have any footing on reality.


Speaking of the middle class, here we have America's Left getting out of the closet:

The True Meaning of the Afghan ‘Withdrawal’: Will the nightmare of Saigon’s fall return in Kabul?

Many of us have had a recurring nightmare. [...] For politicians of Joe Biden’s generation that recurring nightmare was Saigon 1975. Communist tanks ripping through the streets as friendly forces flee. Thousands of terrified Vietnamese allies pounding at the US Embassy’s gates. Helicopters plucking Americans and Vietnamese from rooftops and disgorging them on Navy ships. Sailors on those ships, now filled with refugees, shoving those million-dollar helicopters into the sea. The greatest power on Earth sent into the most dismal of defeats.

The truth always comes out in the end, doesn't it?

Bonus observation:

When the Red Army’s last tanks finally crossed the Friendship Bridge and left Afghanistan in February 1989, that defeat helped precipitate the complete collapse of the Soviet Union and the loss of its empire within a mere three years.

The Soviet Occupation of Afghanistan didn't contribute to its fall. That's the version of History of some Nomenklatura members who survived into the 1990s until nowadays. Doesn't mean it is true.

There's no documented evidence that claims Afghanistan or any kind of Western influence contributed or caused the fall of the USSR. The debates had there, secret or not, all pointed out to inner contradictions of the system itself. What existed was a high dose of delusion from the St. Petersburg circle of the Yeltsin ilk: many of them believed the USA would rescue Russia with a USD 300 billion "Marshall Plan" reconstruction project (the USSR's deficit was only USD 30 billion by the time it fell) and there was a very strong belief - among all the pro-reformist circles - that the Russia would "fall" to a Scandinavian-style social-democratic capitalism, the difference being if that would be achieved through reform (Gorbachevism) or dissolution (Yeltsinite). Nobody sincerely predicted Russia would become a post-apocalyptic shit show under the tutelage of an absolutely merciless IMF ("shock therapy").

In fact, the more new serious researchers delve into the opened Soviet archives, the more the "Afghanistan caused" it hypothesis falls into discredit. The USSR certainly fell for a plethora of reasons - Afghanistan being one of the lesser ones or a non-factor.

Posted by: vk | May 11 2021 15:15 utc | 108

Superpower by 2020:

India: Dozens of bodies wash up on banks of Ganges river

Behold the magnum opus of liberal democracy; the example of the good Third World country.

Posted by: vk | May 11 2021 15:29 utc | 109

As a follow on to my comment #100 about getting Kaiser Permanente to provide an Ivermectin based kit like in Mexico City, their latest response is to have me set up an appointment with my primary physician to discuss my concern(s)....sigh

I wonder how the Kaiser support people feel about what they see happening? At some point systems break down from lack of internal support and hopefully we will see some push back from within these healthcare organizations.....

What a shit show we have going on. Is everyone proud of our species evolution?

Posted by: psychohistorian | May 11 2021 16:06 utc | 110

@Mina (103)

I don't think that the true number of COVID deaths will ever be known. A new analysis by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington School of Medicine states that COVID-19 has caused 6.9 million deaths globally, more than double what official reports show.

What is certain however, is that most of these deaths could have been avoided with prophylaxis and early treatment (and a functioning immune system). This constitutes a medical failure of enormous proportions and is undoubtedly the beginning of the struggle described so passionately by @grieved (99).

As for France specifically, you might want to look up the citizens' organisation Bon Sens who may have more information and I believe are involved in a legal challenge and judicial inquiry into medical corruption in France connected I think to the censorship of the information presented to the WHO by UnitAid.

Posted by: Hemiola | May 11 2021 16:43 utc | 111

Asians Chinese and whiteys can never be friends as long as the entire eight nations alliance are run by sissies led along the nose by Washington.


Our sovereignty and national interest aint for negotiation.
Oz has finally stood up [to China]
Poor dears, you aint fit to tie the shoe lace of this gent..

Mick Wallace

Stop reaming uncle sham's ass you idiots

Posted by: denk | May 11 2021 16:50 utc | 112

Psychohistorian, yes, it sounds like bollocks. He’d probably gaslight you, and ask you if you’ve been hearing voices, or visiting conspiracy websites. IMO Kaiser Permanente rhymes with Kaiser Sozé. Some fake BS.

Probably the best, as someone else here previously mentioned, is to order Ivermectin online from a veterinarian supply shop, and tell them your pony needs it. Apparently the apple flavour is quite delicious, and horses, and top of preventing COVID, quite like it. I don’t know if your pony would need a prescription. You could say « it’s my pony, and i know how to take care of it. I’m retired, and vets are too goddamn expensive. Use that cranky Acting ;1

Posted by: Featherless | May 11 2021 18:05 utc | 113

I yarned with my general practitioner a day ago. The good doctor was unaware of the Australian Dr Borody and his exemplary works and status as a great healer. I asked if she would give me a script for ziverdo but got the predictable run around... 'untested unapproved medications' etc, etc.

She was gobsmacked when I cited Borody's achievements and his Institute and the use of decades old approved medications. She is reading up on it. SAD when the front line physicians get comfortable in their bubble.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | May 11 2021 19:45 utc | 114

@114 denk

I don't know if you ever watch Renegade, Inc, but a few months back Mick Wallace and Clare Daly were on, being interviewed by Ross Ashcroft. They told the lovely story of their arrest for invading the US base at Shannon Airport, and how they turned that one around.

Always uplifting to see the human spirit at its best, working for truth:

Renegade Inc: Two Renegades speak truth to Europe

Posted by: Grieved | May 11 2021 23:18 utc | 115's-coronavirus-response-makes-waves

Mainstream japanese papers are attacking japanese govt for their failure in handling the pandemic, this is news since the usual papers have remained obedient to the govt for a long time. Maybe, and hopefully, changes are coming?

Posted by: Smith | May 12 2021 1:01 utc | 116

Grieved 117

This is the first time I come across Mick Wallace and Clare Daly.
Brave men and women standing up to the warfare state are a rare breed these days, almost an endangered species .
They deserve our utmost respect.

Meanwhile, scomo the clown keeps on barking up the wrong tree....
'standing up to China the bully' !!

Posted by: denk | May 12 2021 9:23 utc | 117

So Pepe has some gossip about Ukraine:

Pictures of a Ukrainian Dream

Posted by: Bemildred | May 12 2021 13:25 utc | 118

Majority of Gen-Zers can’t cut it: Pentagon

I guess, in a way, the USAA is a victim of its own success: the American Empire painted itself as the apolitical, a-ideological Empire, the Empire of Absolute Freedom of the Individual par excellence. The newer American generations, who grew up in that environment, is living according to that.

Posted by: vk | May 12 2021 15:28 utc | 120

vk @122

Yes, the majority of America's youth are not of high enough quality to even be cannon fodder. How can anyone fantasize about American re-industrialization if that is the raw human material to be used to build that new economy?

On a related note, can anyone imagine being a teacher in the US trying to teach children that are not even qualified to catch bullets? What a horrifying occupation for anyone who takes it seriously.

Posted by: William Gruff | May 12 2021 20:48 utc | 121

Reported disappearance of Navalny doctor sends Western Russia-watchers into overdrive... until he’s found alive and well, that is

Earlier this year, anglophone media leaped on claims that a doctor who’d treated Navalny had died in suspicious circumstances. The Sun, the UK’s best-read newspaper, asserted that Sergey Maksimishin “was poisoned to stop him blabbing about a novichok attack by [Russian President Vladimir] Putin.” The anonymous source cited by reporters said that “the reason for his liquidation was his readiness to share information about the treatment that he had access to.” This was all, for some reporters, part of a cunning masterplan by the Kremlin. A second doctor at the clinic later died of a stroke, adding further intrigue for those who saw the hand of a supposed cloak-and-dagger assassination operation in the events.


Bill Browder, a hedge-fund manager who has led the charge on anti-Russian sanctions, said that the news was “unbelievable.” “After two doctors who treated and saved Alexey Navalny at the hospital in Omsk have died, a third has now disappeared on a hunting trip,” he added. The inference was clear, even if the facts don’t support the idea that anything untoward has happened.

Andreas Umland, a Research Fellow at Stockholm’s Centre for Eastern European Studies went further, laying the blame for Murakhovsky’s incommunicado foray into the forest with Moscow’s top domestic security agency. “The FSB’s signal to Russian society seems clear,” he claimed, “do not interfere with our matters or else.”


His wife confirmed to Moscow-based TV Rain that he had been found and was in good condition. “He does not understand the scale of the search,” she said, with the doctor unable to comprehend why a number of local agencies had been scouring the area for him.

Forgive him, oh illuminated Western experts, for he's just a Russian, he doesn't know what he's doing. He's oblivious to the True Way of the Light, the Design of the Lord, of the great God Capitalism.

Posted by: vk | May 12 2021 20:54 utc | 122

Posted by: vk | May 9 2021 16:53 utc | 20

Rather belatedly comes this post, but better late than never. Just wanted to point out that USSR/Stalin did promote Russian patriotism to galvanize the population for a conflict with Germany. Already before the war the iconic movie "Alexander Nevsky" did just that with the eponymous hero being a saint of the ROC as well.

Once Operation Barbarossa was unleashed this approach became more pronounced as one can infer from Stalin's own speach in November !941 (the October Revolution anniversary" as the Germans were advancing towards Moscow. I mean, how else can you describe it, when there are open references to Mimin, Suvorov, Kutuzov etc. Ditto for the powerful "Kill" article by Ilya Ehrenburg.

As for the appeal of Christianity, I think that the reemergence of the ROC during the war is very revealing. In fact, the Moscow Patriarchate was reconstituted right then. And if I recall correctly, it was Stalin's own initiative for the renaming of Voroshilovsk into Stavropol (from Greek "Stavropolis" i.e. 'city of the cross') which was the original pre-Soviet name.

I would further add that this change of course hadconsequences for the Orthodox Church in general, as the Ecumenical Patriarch Maximos V, a clergyman of leftist convictions, was very reluctant to support a Cold War against the USSR. He was forced by the Americans to resign and died in exile 24 years later in Switzerland. He was replaced by Athenagoras, a compliant Greek-American metropolitan who would go along with an anti-Soviet stance.

Posted by: Constantine | May 13 2021 19:13 utc | 123

I sometimes Google >Lyrics: Song Title< to see if I can bounce a comment off the 'philosophical' content therein. I thought Bob Seeger's You're Still The Same deliciously captured the Penis Envy of of the West's dickless Putin-Bashers.
Anyhow, I was musing on the potential usefulness of Eartha Kitt's Old Fashioned Girl and Googled the Lyrics. To my surprise, Google's auto-choice lyrics and the lyrics at 3 'specialist' Lyrics Sites had the same incorrect line at the end of each verse to wit: The original
"And an old-Fashioned invalid Millionaire"
Has been transformed and is now
"And an old-Fashioned Millionaire"

Of course it could be that only deaf people, or people unable to access the sheet-music, busy themselves with guessing what the correct lyrics might be. But it's 'interesting' that there seems to be a Guesser-In-Chief and if she/him gets it wrong then all the copy-cats get it wrong too.

There was a case in point recently in which I wanted to contrast Sting's
Every Breath You Take - which is superficially romantic, but actually about stalking, with Max Merrit's
Slippin' Away
and, annoyingly, the amateur guessers messed up a critical line in Slippin' Away..
So the original line:
Though the web you weave can hold me
I would rather that you told me
Where you wanna be.

Is guessed as:
Though the whip you weave can hold me
I would rather that you told me
Where you wanna be.

It's just not right.
He's a victim of excessively seductive charm, not a bruised combatant in a tit for tat flagellation-fest.

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | May 15 2021 1:03 utc | 124

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