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June 06, 2021

The MoA Week In Review - OT 2021-043

Last week's posts at Moon of Alabama:

Other issues:

"More complicated story" = They lie.

> The IDF’s meticulous preparations to conquer the territories had already begun early in the 1960s. They were, in part, the product of the short and bitter Israeli experience in the conquest — and subsequent evacuation — of the Sinai Peninsula and the Gaza Strip in the Sinai War of 1956.

It’s against this background that we should understand the document titled “Proposal to Organize the Military Government,” written by IDF head of operations, Col. Elad Peled, in June 1961, and presented to Chief of Staff Tzvi Tzur. Six years before the Six-Day War, the proposal consisted of detailed initial planning for the forces that would be needed to rule in what would become the occupied territories.

Two years later, in August 1963, the IDF’s General Staff Branch (afterward the Operations Branch), which was then headed by Yitzhak Rabin, drew up a widely circulated directive regarding the organization of the military government in the territories. This order sheds light, in its words, on Israel’s “expected directions of expansion,” which in the assessment of the security personnel would be the focus of the next war. These territories included the West Bank, Sinai, the Syrian Heights and Damascus, and southern Lebanon up to the Litani River. <


MoA had two pieces about the ever changing testimony of Uighur 'witnesses':

Now others are catching up on the phenomenon:

Ben Mauk @benmauk - 13:23 utc · May 27, 2021

Sayragul Sauytbay makes some wild claims in her new book on surviving a reeducation camp in Xinjiang. The claims don't at all accord with those she made at her extradition trial in Kazakhstan, which I attended. Call me incredulous. I'm upset the claims are now being amplified.



Use as open thread ...

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Do you remember Curveball, the Iraqi informant that told the world everything the CIA wanted to hear?

A person believed to be among the highest-ranking defectors ever to the United States from the People’s Republic of China has been working with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) for months, sources inside the intelligence community have told RedState on condition of anonymity.
The defector has direct knowledge of special weapons programs in China, including bioweapons programs, those sources say.

Shades of 2003.

Posted by: librul | Jun 6 2021 12:53 utc | 1

@Posted by: librul | Jun 6 2021 12:53 utc | 1

The second paragraph was supposed to be in quotes.

Posted by: librul | Jun 6 2021 12:55 utc | 2

The pivot to accepting the Wuhan lab leak &/or bioweapon looks more and more like it is *not* just a case of "the truth coming out".
But rather is an active and designed operation.

That there is now a convenient Chinese "Curveball" (see @1) really got my attention.

Logically, the existence of a planned operation does not necessarily negate whatever truth is out there.

Posted by: lbrul | Jun 6 2021 13:05 utc | 3

Russia completes Nord Stream 2 route!

Russia’s victory over Financial Empire’s imperial overreach. It will interesting to watch developments in gas supplies through Nord Stream 2. Hopefully, it isn’t frozen like other conflicts. Russia has denied success to the Financial Empire in Ukraine, Syria, Venezuela, Belarus,...

The U$A have pulled out all the stops to block this project. Most of the opposition came from eastern EU countries & the UK. They have failed - and it is a huge symbolic defeat for the Dollar Empire. It was two years behind schedule, from being completed. Russia and Germany are free to do business however they want, and Ukraine is free to act in a competitive manner to win contracts.

The whole idea of forcing Russia to rely on Ukraine as a transit country was extremely arrogant. No one has any business dictating such things to other sovereign states. Russia & Ukraine are going through a split, because Ukraine was played. Now Ukraine has to live with the consequences. One of them might be that eventually it will cease to pocket $3 billion/year in transit fees? What other pipelines one needs to watch?

Posted by: Max | Jun 6 2021 13:09 utc | 4

In a detailed monologue, the Russian Sinologist examined the issues of relations between the Uighurs and the Chinese, the reasons and circumstances of the emergence of the Uyghur independence movement, the extreme interest of the United States and the West in this, the geopolitical significance of Xinjiang, and also answered the question whether it is possible to speak about the existence of the so-called genocide of the Uyghur people in Xinjiang.

Posted by: alaff | Jun 6 2021 13:12 utc | 5

@Posted by: Max | Jun 6 2021 13:09 utc | 4

Here is George Friedman of Stratfor ("private CIA" for hire) explaining in 2015 that
"The US Main Interest is to Stop Alliance Between Russia and Germany"

39 seconds:

11 minutes:


It was George Friedman who famously uttered:
the Ukraine coup "was the most blatant coup in history".

Posted by: librul | Jun 6 2021 13:30 utc | 6

Joe Biden, in a WaPo opinion piece yesterday.. ."While in Brussels, I’ll meet with the president of the European Commission and the president of the European Council to discuss how the United States and Europe can work in close coordination on global challenges. We will focus on ensuring that market democracies, not China or anyone else, write the 21st-century rules around trade and technology. And we will continue to pursue the goal of a Europe whole, free and at peace."

Meanwhile, China has overtaken the US as EU's biggest trading partner. Taking advantage of ocean shipping problems, more than 2,000 freight trains ran from China to Europe in the first two months of this year, double the rate a year earlier when the coronavirus first hit. Over the whole of 2020, the total number of train journeys rose 50 per cent, according to official data reported in state media — and is up sevenfold since 2016.

Posted by: Don Bacon | Jun 6 2021 14:01 utc | 7

Posted by: librul | Jun 6 2021 12:53 utc | 1

There is no value in this for the Americans other than psychological warfare and even that will be worthless.

It's a novice attempt at spreading paranoia and mistrust in the Chinese State ranks.

Even if true, none of the information would be of any value. The Pentagon planners have already imagined and 'planned' for almost every weapons scenario they imagine China could be working on.

They might as well employ a remote viewer to get the same results...

Posted by: Arch Bungle | Jun 6 2021 14:31 utc | 8

Arch @ 8

They do employ remote viewers. That program has never gone away.

Posted by: oldhippie | Jun 6 2021 14:37 utc | 9

thanks b... the video at bottom is mildly entertaining... here is one from vancouver island on tadpoles - 9 minute video beautiful photography...

@ 1 librul.. thanks.. makes sense that something like this would come out about now.. typical...

@5 alaff.. thanks.. you put a lot of work into those articles and i appreciate your perspective..

Posted by: james | Jun 6 2021 15:18 utc | 10

Alaff @ 5 Jun 6 2021 13:12 utc

"There is an obvious risk that hostile extremist elements that want to create a new Islamic caliphate in Central Asia, Khorasan, will unite with each other, will be coordinated, perhaps from the same center, will be financed with the same money (perhaps there will even be some competition for funding)."

His character is called the “Dajjal,” who is the Muslim false messiah who attempts to usurp the kingdom of the Mahdi, “the real messiah who will defeat evil” and rule for 7, 9 or 19 years.

Signs which both Sunni and Shia agree: "That it would be accompanied by raising the Black Standard flag in Khorasan."

Apparently, the British royal family is descended from Muhammad through the Arab kings of Seville, who once ruled Spain. Through marriage, their blood passed through the European kings of Portugal and Castille, until it reached King Edward IV in the 15th century, where it has descended since. Also a Uighur and Tang Dynasty link.

what we found is as follows:

Emperor Su Tsung (Tang)
Ning-Kuo (daughter) m. Moyenhur (Uighur)

Posted by: Agin | Jun 6 2021 15:25 utc | 11

Elections in two Latin American countries today-Sunday: Mexico and Peru.

Mexico: This is a very good dig into how The Economist tries to smear Mexico's president Lopez-Obrador (AMLO), kind of a blueprint on a smear, similar to high school "cool kids" smearing a perceived threat in the cafeteria. Also gives good bullet points on AMLO's strengths and weaknesses/mistakes IMO.
Mexico has regional elections which include governorships and mayors races today along with legislators. AMLO's Morena Party is projected to at least stay dominant but could actually increase in power. Mexico is a good example of how the people got fed up with both dominant parties-- PRI and PAN-- (think Democrats/PRI, Republicans/PAN) and voted in a left leaning party-- Morena-- party in contrast to U.S. and U.K. where leftists are either co-opted or pushed out. AMLO is very big on "sovereignty" and has good relations with resistance countries.

Peru: It will not be over--IMO-- decisively by the end of voting. I think Pedro Castillo will win; the "smart people" appear to be discouraged and my guess is that many simply will not vote for the indicted fascist daughter of imprisoned fascist serial killer Fujimori. Peru appears to be more mobilized behind Castillo than Ecuador was behind Arauz. Peru is the worst in Latin America for Covid. If Fujimori wins it will be a flat out steal and I'm guessing Peru will erupt and she will not be allowed to take power. If Castillo wins outright the imperial forces will begin gnawing away at him but I think his side will prevail as in Bolivia since the Empire is rapidly falling apart in Latin America.

Posted by: migueljose | Jun 6 2021 15:33 utc | 12

Posted by: migueljose | Jun 6 2021 15:33 utc | 12

Keeping an eye on both but especially Peru. Here in Spain MSM media, even the "center" one is all against AMLO and Castillo. Took a quick look at Castillo's party program and they claim to be marxist left, their symbol is quite interesting, a pencil, Castillo is a rural teacher. The irony, Vargas Llosa the nobel prize writer who lost an election against Fujimori's corrupt father is giving his support to his rival's daughter, when they fear losing the right drops its mask and does not mind fascists.

Posted by: Paco | Jun 6 2021 15:49 utc | 13

I see that even U.S. based analysts are coming to the conclusion that Covid-19 is a 'Globalist' bio-weapon. (see:, and

But what no one seems to want to remember is that, at the outset, there were multiple strains of the virus (Iran, Italy and China), which demonstrates conclusively that, while one strain of the virus may have been released in China, China is not the origin of this Global pandemic. (COVID-19%20 Further Evidence that the Virus Originated in the US - Global ResearchGlobal Research - Centre for Research on Globalization)

Posted by: dh-mtl | Jun 6 2021 15:54 utc | 14

"...long experience
Hath taught me, son, 'tis not the powerful arm,
But soft enchanting tongue that governs all."
Odysseus to Neoptolemus, Sophocles' "Philoctetes."

reality is collapsing in upon the US. in order to make the perception management operation continue to function at all, the USG will only become more violent, more conformist, more detached from physical reality, more wedded to its social constructs. and producing more and more people who mirror the false beliefs of the 3 letter agencies who only recently realized that it helps to have one or two smart people on the team, smart meaning having more skills in marketing.

the same thing happens in the entertainment industry. Apple eliminated the ipod b/c it's not useful for shoveling ads in people faces for them to gain access to "your music, your way." The ipod allowed people to use technology to escape, to a degree, the deluge of manipulative trash that is our public discourse. How else do people not connect the wildfire smoke in their eyes and their inability to breathe w/anything that their society and they as individuals are doing?

total ideological conformity in the US can be seen in any conversation about Israel.

one of those "Red Sea pedestrians" did say some time ago, "all day long, we are led like sheep to be fleeced and slaughtered."

Posted by: rjb1.5 | Jun 6 2021 16:11 utc | 15

BREAKING .......... The WHO Under Fire for Endangering Lives

Ivermectin, Successfully used in India, Confirmed as COVID Treatment by Bombay High Court

Listen carefully to what Dipali Ojha says in the video ... you may hear the opening salvo of the defence of the sovereign individual's right to health against Corporate For-Profit Stalinism

The Virus and the Parasite

Posted by: Hemiola | Jun 6 2021 16:13 utc | 16

@ librul | Jun 6 2021 13:30 utc | 6... thanks for sharing.

The Financial Empire eyed Ukraine since 1992. “Basically all western intelligence agencies had a free hand in Ukraine. That's why some experts call Ukraine the sandpit of the intelligence agencies. The CIA has a whole floor dedicated to Ukraine.” The Dollar Empire has compounded its mistakes.

If one understands Financial Empire’s overarching goals, strategy and control constructs then they will understand geopolitical developments clearly and predict its next moves. The Empire wants to capture RUSSIA and control its resources and access to the world.

“Anyone who does not understand contemporary history as a chain of decisions and events and instead always takes only the end link of a long chain into account – will not understand anything at all.”

This is the best description on the Ukraine play, discussing various power players, plays and plans, that I have come across.

Posted by: Max | Jun 6 2021 16:19 utc | 17

if you don't know this guy, you should. Tom Secker at Spy Culture, all over the "spooks in entertainment" beat. and a lot more.

clearly we must dispense with delusion that we are going to vote for change in this society. a vote is not a speech act, it's just one more empty gesture, except for the invaluable time-wasting of electoral politics. the right to self-defense, except for martyrs and saints, is absolute. but we should also dispense with the delusion that we can or should want to outgun the Nazi bastards running the West. I think everyone in Washington DC is cackling with glee at recent gun law, happy to see open carry assault rifles everywhere.

look at that Salic Law BS legal vulture Barrett vomits up. the law exists to rationalize and justify an predetermined course of action. like all other language, law exists to drive people to certain conclusions. so fuck them and their laws. if there is any law that precedes everything USG says, it's the right to bodily integrity and thus self-defense.

Posted by: rjb1.5 | Jun 6 2021 16:24 utc | 18

Interesting take of coronavirus origin.
Work at large US semiconductor company. Recently were asked to turn in/stop using any equipment from list of particular companies. One commonality of these companies is they are all Chinese (Huawei being more prominent on the list).

Posted by: Joe | Jun 6 2021 16:29 utc | 19

@ Max and Librul - Thank you so much for those comments. The link on Max's post #17 is so insightful. It is deep, and I only began reading it before I felt compelled to say thank you.

Posted by: lex talionis | Jun 6 2021 17:01 utc | 20

Chinahand Peter Lee was an eyewitness to events at Tian An Men Square in Beijing May/June 1989. His account makes for riveting reading:

Posted by: jayc | Jun 6 2021 17:27 utc | 21

DF Cyber-Intelligence Analyst, Tomer Eiges, Dies in Military Prison

Family: “A Crime Took Place”

Posted by: Mao | Jun 6 2021 17:48 utc | 22

UNSC Libya report

Have anyone mentioned it? I have forgotten or missed it and the report is starting to get old.

Libya expert group final report to the UNSC S/2021/229 named "Letter dated 8 March 2021 from the Panel of Experts on Libya established pursuant to resolution 1973 (2011) addressed to the President of the Security Council". 548 pages long however from page 48 it consists of short "annexes"/supplementary information which is mostly pictures. The download size is only a little bit under 40 MB.

This is the source for those writing over the top articles about autonomous weapons killing people for the first time (ignoring all the ones before that are now considered normal/ordinary). It also has UN information on all the other weapon systems including other "loitering munitions" and anything else including the Pantsir S-1 which was been talked about here on MoA before.

As concerns the "autonomous killing" it is specifically the Turkish STM Kargu-2 which is on page 17, 22, and 148 (ignoring the index entry on page 48).

A selection from page 17 reads:

"Logistics convoys and retreating HAF were subsequently hunted down and remotely engaged by the unmanned combat aerial vehicles or the lethal autonomous weapons systems such as the STM Kargu-2 (see annex 30) and other loitering munitions. The lethal autonomous weapons systems were programmed to attack targets without requiring data connectivity between the operator and the munition: in effect, a true “fire, forget and find” capability. The unmanned combat aerial vehicles and the small drone intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capability of HAF were neutralized by electronic jamming from the Koralelectronic warfare system."

On page 22 it is a small entry in "Table 4 Arms embargo transfer violations (for Government of National Accord Affiliated Forces)" from and by Turkey on the 27th of May 2020.

On page 148 with a 1-page "Annex 30 Infographic for STM Kargu-2 loitering munition" that has pictures of a downed example.

The Turkish STM Kargu website does not yet seem to have a separate mention of a Kargu-2.

Posted by: Sunny Runny Burger | Jun 6 2021 17:59 utc | 23

Sorry that the comment was a bit mangled, too much editing.

When I said the Kargu (2 or not) "specifically" it is because both the new and old "autonomous!" articles have latched onto it in particular. I didn't make that clear at all, it got lost while making the comment a lot shorter.

Posted by: Sunny Runny Burger | Jun 6 2021 18:07 utc | 24

Correct UNSC document link. I must have messed it up, sorry about that as well.

Posted by: Sunny Runny Burger | Jun 6 2021 18:12 utc | 25

Report back from Syria after 10 years of Western dirty war, with Aaron Maté & Mohammad Marandi (2 h 16 min video — The Grayzone’s YouTube channel, June 4, 2021)

At 43:36 Ben Norton shows a video of Dana Stroul, a co-chair of the Syria Study Group at the time, speaking at a CSIS event in 2019:

The United States still had compelling forms of leverage on the table to shape an outcome that was more conducive and protective of the U.S. interests, and we identified four.

So, the first one was the one third of Syrian territory that was owned via the U.S. military with its local partner, the Syrian Democratic Forces. Now, this was a light footprint on the U.S. military, only about a thousand troops over the course of the Syria Study Group’s reports and then the tens of thousands of forces, both Kurdish and Arab, under the Syrian Democratic Forces. And that one third of Syria is the resource-rich, the economic powerhouse of Syria, so where the hydrocarbons are, which obviously is very much in the public debate here in Washington these days, as well as the agricultural powerhouse.

But we argued that it wasn’t just about this one third of Syrian territory that the U.S. military and our military presence owned, both to fight ISIS and also as leverage for affecting the overall political process for the broader Syrian conflict, there were three other areas of leverage.

One is political and diplomatic isolation of the Assad regime. […] So holding the line on diplomatic isolation, preventing embassies from going back into Damascus.

Two is the economic sanctions architecture. So some of this is part of the maximum pressure campaign of the Trump administration on Iran, but there’s a whole suite of both congressional and executive sanctions on Syria and Bashar Assad, both for human rights abuses in Syria, and to the backers of Assad for their activities in support of him in Syria.

And three was reconstruction aid. So the United States remains the overall largest single donor of humanitarian aid to Syrians, both inside Syria and refugees outside of Syria, and there was some stabilization assistance in the part of Syria that was liberated from ISIS and controlled via the Syrian Democratic Forces in northeastern Syria. The rest of Syria, though, is rubble. And what the Russians want, and what Assad wants is economic reconstruction. And that is something that the United States can basically hold a card on via the international financial institutions and our cooperation with the Europeans. So we argued that, absent behavioral changes by the Assad regime, we should hold a line on preventing reconstruction aid and technical expertise from going back into Syria.

Dana Stroul is now an official in the Biden Administration overseeing the Middle East desk at the Pentagon.

Posted by: S | Jun 6 2021 18:39 utc | 26

Now that the covid narrative is shifting and changing from day to day it seems that b’s first assessment was right.
It’s nothing more than a bad flu season.
That so many ppl had to die it was not because of the virus but because of the horrible measures governments around the world imposed on their citizens.
As for the vaccines it is just another hysterical way to enforce unconstitutional mandates that make no sense whatsoever.
The fact that they want to vaccinate 12+ children is borderline criminal.

PS: Why I don’t care about Belarus?

Posted by: DG | Jun 6 2021 18:50 utc | 27

The best article of the week is building a river table. Love it. Thank you.

Posted by: Jose Garcia | Jun 6 2021 19:12 utc | 28

jayc 21

Posted by: Keith McClary | Jun 6 2021 19:42 utc | 29

@Posted by: Jose Garcia | Jun 6 2021 19:12 utc | 28



Last segment is not for vegetarians     :-(

Posted by: librul | Jun 6 2021 19:44 utc | 30

Interesting read on NEO:

As for the youth from 17 to 24 years old, who has always been perceived as the main support in replenishing the army, today they are practically unsuitable for most important tasks.

The Pentagon testifies that about 71% of male recruits and 84% of female recruits simply cannot pass military medical inspections for three main reasons: obesity, lack of completed high school education, and unpardoned criminal records.

As USA Today confirms, the Army problem only highlights an underlying social process in the country, as other government services, as well as private businesses, face a similar decline in the fitness of young people.

The shortage of military personnel clearly shows that the process of degradation of the younger generation in the US today has reached a milestone.

Low living standards, inadequate nutrition, poor housing, lack of access to as much as comprehensive secondary education and regular medical care mean that American boys and girls who have grown up in sometimes frankly unsuitable conditions are massively unfit for the standards of military service.

In addition to LGBTQ problems, more traditional vices such as gambling, theft, alcohol and drug abuse and traffic are now thriving in the US military.

The Tragedy of the US Army

Even the US Army has gone woke:

As one of the main solutions to the current personnel problem in the US Army, US military strategists have decided to turn to the “capabilities” of the LGBTQ community. And now the first ever military helicopter crew of four openly gay men has been formed in the US Navy.

Posted by: Down South | Jun 6 2021 19:53 utc | 31

What happened to all that "Islamic" terrorism? Didn't it disappear around the time the BLM and Yellow Vest movements arose? Are we not supposed to notice because as Gore Vidal stated we live here in the United States of Amnesia? No one remembers anything before Monday morning. Everything is a blank. We have no history.

Any links to any alt media journalists who have a take on this?

Posted by: William Haught | Jun 6 2021 20:34 utc | 32

@DG | Jun 6 2021 18:50 utc | 27

Thank you.

Posted by: Norwegian | Jun 6 2021 20:34 utc | 33

There's speculation that one of the ordinary strains of cold have gone extinct in humans due to the measures used in order to slow down Corona, very hard to verify (no known detections during the ordinary constantly running flu surveillance for a good amount of time) but interesting. No link handy but either RT or Sputniknews reported on it some days ago.

Posted by: Sunny Runny Burger | Jun 6 2021 20:48 utc | 34

Down South @31

Who'd have thunk this would become the US Navy's official recruiting video?

Posted by: William Gruff | Jun 6 2021 20:52 utc | 35

Re: NEO article and Down South

It is the poetry and irony you get when the Boomer and previous Loud Generation projects their problems onto everyone else until it becomes reality (or worse), esp. the scum of curdled milk that rose to the top leading the way. The boomerangs have finally come full circle.

Posted by: William Haught | Jun 6 2021 21:00 utc | 36

the world needs to take a cue from the Village People, maybe even down at the Y, about pwning the US Navy.

being an LGBTQ+ youth makes one immune to the diabetes, obesity, suicidality, homelessness, violence and so on that afflict the gen pop among US youth. that's why the navy doesn't have to shang hai them into reupping today.

the navy might even accept Messicans, but don't let on.

nothing has warmed my heart today more than knowing some Americans somewhere are freaking out about how "woke" the US death squads and killers are becoming. but they've been feminists for some time now. hell, just exactly when did Lockheed and the IDF adopt official non-discrimination toward various and sundry, as long as they can manhandle a joystick to drone brown people, of whatever genders and orientations. 20 years ago? and the CIA, FBI, etc., etc. all signed on to the US Civil Rights Act. takes a few years for law to work its way thru corporate culture but they will never tell you anything except how much they heart America's blacks. and Asians.


Posted by: rjb1.5 | Jun 6 2021 21:08 utc | 37

William Gruff | Jun 6 2021 20:52 utc | 35

The object behind this is to get women to be conscripted into the army. Using "woke" as a lever" to say that all are "equal" if they serve, and that it is "unfair" to say they cannot be killers like men.

(Men who do not register can lose eligibility for student loans and civil service jobs, and failing to register is also a felony punishable by a fine of up to $250,000 and five years in prison)

They have discovered that women can kill as easily as men can - once they are behind a screen, and can zap at a distance.

Posted by: Stonebird | Jun 6 2021 21:10 utc | 38

@ Norwegian | Jun 6 2021 20:34 utc | 33

You are welcome

Posted by: DG | Jun 6 2021 21:19 utc | 39

if Verhoeven's 'Starship Troopers' were in any way more, um, Spartan than they are, no one's service would guarantee citizenship, would it? cuz the bugs would just outbreed us...

'the social scientists brought us to the brink of chaos..." lol.

Posted by: rjb1.5 | Jun 6 2021 21:35 utc | 40

b, with your permission, from Craig's blog

Louis Celine
June 6, 2021 at 21:53
Craig, there is no need for such letter. Nobody will believe it and will not make any difference. Try to be brave and confront the situation.

Reply ↓
John Cleary
June 6, 2021 at 22:26
Louis, I assume you write in good faith. I’ll give you my reply.

It is based on a great deal of experience.

The need for such a letter is to make sure that the liars cannot later make the claim “We didn’t know. You can’t blame me for what happened. Dammit!”.

Craig Murray has demonstrated his Bravery and courage many times.

It is for these very acts of bravery that he is being crucified by Queen Elizabeth II, with the active connivance of Holyrood, of the Scottish legal trade in its entirety and (unless something happens at the last minute) of the Kirk.

These people know what’s going on. They are despicable. And they must not lie their way out of responsibility.

Posted by: John Cleary | Jun 6 2021 21:42 utc | 41

DG | Jun 6 2021 18:50 utc | 27
3000 health care workers die during a typical flu season in the US don't they? oh wait, typical flu season? is that what we just had?

why don't you care about Belarus? uh, cuz of how smart and deep you are? have you ever met a person who cares about the things she does and doesn't b/c of how dumb she is? no? well, there's always a 1st time. try the mirror.

"we don't do body counts." official US motto.

Posted by: rjb1.5 | Jun 6 2021 21:43 utc | 42

Max | Jun 6 2021 16:19 utc | 17

re... Empire wants to capture RUSSIA and control its resources and access to the world....

The depth of that needs support. Henri Deterding of RoyalDutch oil merged with [the Crown's] Shell oil abt 1902 to form RoyalDutchShell, popularized as "ShellOil". Now hear ye this:

In early 1920's Deterding, as head of RDS, was oft quoted in London as joining w others [incl Grmany, of course] to seize USSR. From memory of old photostat copies of media, his was commonly quoted as...

"Russia is the greatest prize in commercial history"[i.e.resources]. and "Baku is the finger that points East!" [at that time the largest producing source of petroleum.]

There was public knowledge that his plans progressed but were stopped by the spread of of The Depression into Europe by 1930.

AFAIK, the data above was never proven beyond some UK media print and the credibility of oil industry participants [& others] that allegedly spoke openly of it [hearsay]...but all made very clear sense ...and still does up to present time. .and helps explain the course of WW2, NATO and the anti-Communist deluge of propaganda.

[Deterding, IIRC, was buried with fanfare and many foreign delegates near Berlin at 1 of his estates 1945. He was an outspoken admirer of Nazism.]

For those still looking for a working theory to explain modern history, this one is quite workable.

Posted by: chu teh | Jun 6 2021 21:46 utc | 43

Dear Barflies,

I have been watching the development of a toddler, the son of a very close friend,
and I have noticed that to calm him down and have time to do her chores, his Mom gives him a pad streaming some kid cartoons.

He will seat fascinated for hours, glued to the screen.

But, I have some apprehensions. What is he being fed through these media?

Is there an entity, an honest one, that screens these productions? What angels or monsters are thereby being produced?

I am, and I think most parents and grand parents should be, concerned.

what is the best way to shield a child from what could be malign teachings?

Posted by: CarlD | Jun 6 2021 22:04 utc | 44

DG @ 27; Bad flu season eh? Seriously, think again.... And DJT will be president in August...NOT..

Posted by: vetinLA | Jun 6 2021 22:33 utc | 45

to those following the elections in peru this just came up. I read on another site that Leopoldo Lopez, whom many will recall is the "vice president" for Guido Gusano, and also a close pal of the narco gangs in colombia, has been alledgedly "advising" Fujimoro on her campaign. Interesting that he was able to get there, as he is a fugitive on the run - friendly colombia perhaps. Also this:

Posted by: Miss Lacy | Jun 6 2021 22:36 utc | 46

CarlD @ 44 asked; "what is the best way to shield a child from what could be malign teachings?"

Monitor what they input, and replace it with what you consider relevant and necessary...

Posted by: vetinLA | Jun 6 2021 22:37 utc | 47

Keep the line open,


Thank You.

Posted by: Joshua | Jun 6 2021 22:46 utc | 48

The Greens performed well below expectations in a German regional election today. So sad. . .

From Die Ziet (and Google translate):
"The Greens and especially the Green candidate for Chancellor cannot be satisfied with the outcome of the state elections in Saxony-Anhalt. Nevertheless, for a long time it looked as if it might be enough for a small sensation: According to surveys, a double-digit result seemed within reach. It could have been a new green record in the east. But it turned out differently. According to projections, the Greens were able to increase by just one percentage point. Although they achieved the second-best green result in the country's history with six percent, they were far from a triumph"

Posted by: schmoe | Jun 6 2021 22:55 utc | 49


Posted by: Josh | Jun 6 2021 23:00 utc | 50

Posted by: Josh | Jun 6 2021 23:10 utc | 51

How should mainland react to C-17 strategic aircraft landing in Taiwan?: Global Times editorial

Now, the mainland's military advantage over Taiwan is overwhelming. We also have the ability to prevent the US' military intervention if a serious cross-Straits crisis happens. The mainland already has the dominant power to decide how and the pace to resolve the Taiwan question. In other words, we have the actual freedom to take actions that we believe are necessary. What we need to consider is that the effects must be positive and political benefits must outweigh the costs by far.


Why Putin said the US is walking Soviet Union's path

Putin's rhetoric toward the US has been very accurate, Li Haidong, a professor of international relations at the China Foreign Affairs University, told the Global Times on Sunday. "US political elites are failing to govern the country. When they realize they cannot tackle the severe social division, they irresponsibly attempt to divert domestic attention by creating crises or even waging a war overseas, or passing the buck of domestic problems to key rivals like China and Russa," Li said.

But the US is not as strong as these US political elites have been propagandizing. Its above-mentioned attempts have not produced desired results. For example, the US has not only lost almost all wars it has launched in the 21st century, but also mired in the Middle East. Many US companies have suffered huge losses due to the trade war the US launched against China. As a result, instead of helping political elites better cope with domestic problems, these attempts have caused more denunciations from the US public against these elites.


US, Taiwan collude as DPP mired in epidemic fiasco

Since the outbreak of the new COVID-19 surge on the island of Taiwan, the DPP authorities have been denounced for multiple anti-scientific measures, including refusing mass testing and snubbing vaccine assistance from the mainland, ignoring local cries and growing death toll.

Posted by: vk | Jun 6 2021 23:17 utc | 52

re chu teh | Jun 6 2021 21:46 utc | 43

Allow me to add...England produced no home-sourced petroleum [how to convert their ships-of-the-line from coal to oil?]. All had to be imported. USSR oil fed Europe at that time...

Ummm...How about the monster lack of homegrown English FOOD?...USSR arable mass also a juicy takeover target. Just coincidence?

Say! There's that FOOD thingy, again...probably just an outlier dot that can be ignored in any attempt to understand and predict future moves? no need to connect it to the already-connected heap of confusing spaghetti.

Any oligarchy worth its privileges would not possibly overlook such prizes that would bootstrap its craven lust to survive uber-alles.

The last thing they'll ever do is field-work...never mind ever having to take orders from their worsers....perish the thought of life under potato-eaters.!

Posted by: chu teh | Jun 6 2021 23:17 utc | 53

(continued from #26)

At 49:51 Prof. Marandi makes a great point comparing the mid-aughts position of the U.S. “left” on Saddam Hussein to their current position on Bashar Assad:

One of the things that offends me as an individual is the whole chemical weapons issue and how people in Washington and these reporters in Turkey and in Europe and the United States shed crocodile tears for the victims.

First of all, as Aaron and the rest of you have well documented, the whole Ghouta incident was a false flag operation, and no one can provide a counter argument, and if you point out the evidence of what happened in Ghouta, they just get angry and slander you.

But for me, what I find offensive is that these very same people who shed crocodile tears… During the 1980s, when Saddam Hussein was given chemical weapons, and he was using them regularly, extensively, incomparable to anything that they alleged to happen in Syria, he killed tens of thousands of his own people and Iranians through chemical weapons. I went to Halabja soon after the attack, where, I think, 6,000–6,500—I don’t know the exact number—people were killed, innocent people of that town, by Saddam Hussein. Those weapons were given by Western governments, the military intelligence to use those weapons was given by Western governments, [as well as] the political cover to get away with using those chemical weapons for years, on a regular basis, on a daily basis. Airplanes would—I survived two chemical attacks—airplanes bombed us, shells were fired at us, artillery shells, regularly, tens of thousands of shells, I would assume, during the years. UN officials or delegations would come… Saddam was never condemned. Where are these people who gave Saddam these weapons? They’re alive as we speak today. Some of them are still in government. If these people are so concerned about chemical weapons, then why don’t they go and reveal and expose these people and demand them to be put on trial? As we speak now, people in Iran continue to die from chemical weapons. So where are their crocodile tears, these people who are so concerned about Syrians in Ghouta, who were under the authority of Jaysh al-Islam, as was described earlier, this extremist crazed group?

And another thing which I find very disturbing is that, when it comes to Saddam Hussein, many on the left in the United States would be completely opposed to any American strike on the country, even though he used chemical weapons extensively, even though that was the worst type of police state that you can envisage—you cannot compare Syria to Saddam Hussein, there is just no comparison—but these people, many of those who were opposed to any war with Saddam and who opposed the sanctions on Iraq, they support attack strikes on Syria, they support sanctioning ordinary women and children in Syria, ordinary people who can’t survive, who die, because they can’t pay for the medicine that they need—people right now, as we speak. If you get cancer in Syria, you die. You can’t afford to go and get that expensive medicine, you can’t. The hospital doesn’t even have the machines, the machines are all broken down, they don’t have money to buy the spare parts, unless it’s a few private hospitals for the more wealthy. But ordinary people in Syria are suffering, and they’re suffering because the Americans and the EU are targeting them intentionally…

So the double standard is extraordinary.

Posted by: S | Jun 6 2021 23:21 utc | 54

From the American Pravda:

C.I.A. Scrambles for New Approach in Afghanistan

The U.S.’s rapid withdrawal is creating intense pressure on the agency to find new ways to gather intelligence and maintain counterterrorism operations.
The C.I.A. will soon lose its bases in the country, from where it has run combat missions and drone strikes. Few good options remain.


This is one of the most bizarre pieces of propaganda I've ever read. This is Orwell level:

Why aren’t we talking more about UFOs?, by Megan McArdle

This op-ed starts with this paragraph:

With the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, lots of people are mourning the loss of lives and basic democratic freedoms amid the ongoing Chinese government repression of this history. Meanwhile, Donald Trump apparently believes that he is going to be reinstated to the presidency come August; people are laughing at this risible notion, but it is also a bit scary, and people are worrying, too. At least he can’t encourage more mayhem by posting on Facebook until at least 2023.

And ends with this paragraph:

But the third option is that we understand at some level that aliens would be a Very Big Deal — and that most of the possibilities for alien contact are pretty unpleasant. Sure, one would rather be judged “cute but helpless” than “too boring to care about,” and “boring” is preferable to being deemed “lunch.” But historically, low-technology groups have almost universally fared badly when coming into contact with higher-technology cultures, even when that contact was made with the best of intentions. Perhaps the aliens, if they exist, are advanced enough to have solved that problem. But the alternative is so horrible that I suspect for many of us, it simply doesn’t bear thinking about.


It gets weirder. At the end of the article, it gets known to me that Megan McArdle "is a Washington Post columnist and the author of "The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well Is the Key to Success."" Why the fuck did the WaPo authorized her to write an op-ed about a subject (or subjects) completely out of her area of expertise? What was the WaPo Chief Editor smoking?

Posted by: vk | Jun 6 2021 23:39 utc | 55

Carl D @ 44

A toddler? They shouldn’t be near a telescreen at all. They should play. Explore their world. Gluing them to a screen is like a straitjacket in solitary confinement.

No such thing as good content for toddlers.

Posted by: oldhippie | Jun 7 2021 0:02 utc | 56

Ukraine has a new football uniform glorifying NAZIs and evoking the impossible. Zakharova makes a very important point:

"During the war, the Nazi cry was used in regular and irregular Ukrainian nationalist armed groups, most of which [were] loyal to Nazi Germany and some were even part of the German army. After the war, this slogan was used by bandits in western Ukraine and former UPA militants who surrendered to US troops and dodged justice living in the West. Organizers and spectators of the European football tournament must know that." [My Emphasis]

The NAZI nation of Ukraine is sponsored by NATO and the Outlaw US Empire, which ought to send a message about what those two organizations value--and it's not freedom of any sort. What they demand is subservience.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jun 7 2021 0:13 utc | 57

VK @ 55 begin But the third option is that we understand at some level that aliens would be a Very Big Deal — and that most of the possibilities for alien contact are pretty unpleasant. < = end VK @ 55..

i answered the opposite of alien being uppleasant yesterday. here it is ..

If aliens in UFOs are flying around our earth; they must be honest folks? They have not yet landed where they have not been invited? They have not yet caused anyone any harm except the taxpayers of governments our corrupt persons use to steal by nation state imposed taxation; the money that makes the oligarch so wealthy and the laws that differentiate main stream wealth from abject deprived human misery.

I hope the UFS do have weapons so superior that todays in-power folks become fearful enough to put their weapons down and to submit to a more peaceful world. Imagine a world where the UFO folks maintain the peace and ensure every human the equal rights and respect for humanity we are each and all are entitled to? Maybe the UFO folks could help humanity eliminate all military, retire big pharma to the waste dump and reduce political power to be on par with everyone else.

Maybe the UFO guys can do what we ourselves are un willing to do, tear down this nation state system that is being used to bilk us and create a better system where everyone on earth becomes a resource for everyone else, each trying to make life on earth better for everyone. Nation states power has worn out its welcome. Its been handing out monopoly powers to private corrupt interest for far too long? Better world for humans, a more pleasant, less threatening earth, guarded by the good guys in the UFDs. Maybe UFO technology is so good, there will be no need for big Pharma as the UFO guys can cure all human affliction whenever the need arises? Could that explain the fear the Pentagon expresses in its demand for more Money to fight the UFOs? Don't upset the MIC, the bankers, the Indian chiefs, the oligarchs and just about everyone in power or surrounded by wealth today fight the UFOs, because the UFOs are the good guys, and their goodness will upset the PTB, so the oligarchs are not willing to allow on this earth the likely superior UFOs. Posted by: snake | Jun 5 2021 19:16 utc | 10


Posted by: snake | Jun 7 2021 0:15 utc | 58

Carl D @44--

I echo your concern. Using video of any sort as a baby sitter IMO is bad for the child's development, and there're numerous articles saying just that.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jun 7 2021 0:16 utc | 59

Carl D @ 44 - They call it "children's programming" for a reason.

Posted by: lex talionis | Jun 7 2021 0:24 utc | 60

Posted by: karlof1 | Jun 7 2021 0:13 utc | 57

Nazi's are shit when it comes to football. They can't even win when the other team is threatened with death.

Kiev Dynamo" club versus and a military football team of Wehrmacht soldiers August 9 1942.

Posted by: Tom | Jun 7 2021 0:46 utc | 62

"So, we understand that Rasmussen is misusing language to fool people so that they cannot see behind the veil and realise that he represents the powers of capital that want to control the world and by “democracy” he really means, the free flow of western capital, and by “authoritarian” he means any nation that refuses to be controlled by western capital."

"He then called for what he called a Copenhagen Charter, modelled on the Atlantic Charter that created NATO, and having a clause 5 similar to NATO’s Article 5, whereby any western democracy threatened by for example China, can call on its allies to take retaliatory measure against the alleged offending country."

He (Tom Tugendhat, head of the UK Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee) exemplified the overpowering hypocrisy of the event when asked what the thinks of the recently imposed sanctions by China by stating,

“Sanctions are an attack on the people that impose them, they come back to bite you.” Cognitive dissonance anyone?

Posted by: Tom | Jun 7 2021 1:03 utc | 63

Henry Deterding died in 1939 in Switzerland.

Posted by: lysias | Jun 7 2021 1:08 utc | 64

"everyone's heard of angels, but who's ever heard of neanderthals?" Chief Wiggum

in a performance space, all kinds of things "exist" that aren't real. papal authority isn't real. the value of gold isn't real.

as Hamlet said, "the play is the thing." authority, wealth, statehood, holidays, money, God, love, parenthood, marriage, etc., etc., none of this "exists" except through a performance derived from shared belief.

peoples' belief in UFO's hardly matters, given that, in the performance space of life, fakery prevails everywhere. what is significant is the response, the rhetorical effect. thus re ghosts, heaven, the afterlife, UFO's, ET's, and transdimensional time travelers come to hand us a future unattainable via our Land Rovers, of course religious beliefs of all stripes-

gullibility, unstrained credulity, not "the truth", is most important. you ain't gonna convince someone he didn't really meet Bigfoot after he "met Bigfoot" twice in the woods. (I just pissed him off when I asked if family members count as Bigfoot, like his drunk hairy uncle.)

so, perhaps, the 1st question is not, are UFO's "real," but why are people so ready to attack them? do they really think a bigger military budget will stop time travelers?

children afraid of the dark, for whom every "bush is a bear," a bugbear, terrified that something might lie outside of their control.

btw, unfounded belief that UFO's built the human past is the same belief that UFO's have come to hand us our future. the pharoahs found it so useful to be able to say, the past was built by the "gods." many people have said similar things. the ruins of Mycenae are not "Cyclopean" because humans built them, are they?

Posted by: rjb1.5 | Jun 7 2021 1:18 utc | 65

@ lex talionis | Jun 6 2021 17:01 utc | 20,... glad to know that you found the link insightful. Thanks for letting me know.

@ chu teh | Jun 6 2021 21:46 utc | 43..., the Clans that were involved in early 1900s are still playing an active role in that region, including Ukraine. Henri Deterding and these clans have been discussed in detail in Daniel Yergin’s book “The Prize.” There is a lot of material that provides insights into their plans, players and ploys.

“The goals we have towards Russia are very big: we want nothing less than a regime-change in Russia […]. If you really want to bring Russia to its knees economically, you will need a grand coalition of countries, because Europe alone cannot get everything it needs.”

Why these goals? Why the policy of confrontation towards Russia?

Russia has very high resources per capita. The Global Financial Syndicate craves those resources as DEMAND GENERATOR for its currency. It wants those resources priced in its currency. What creates demand for one’s currency? Remember, PETRODOLLARS, that create demand for the US$.

“Who controls the food supply CONTROLS the people; who controls the energy can control whole continents; who controls MONEY can control the world.”

Posted by: Max | Jun 7 2021 1:29 utc | 66

in other words, a different future is not possible because the obviously different, even mystifying, past was the product of beings other than humans today, incl heroes, demi-gods, divine messengers, mediators and pontifices, etc., etc.

a useful belief. where is superman with his world-saving big muscles when America needs him? gonna need a bigger budget. space force, now more than ever.

Posted by: rjb1.5 | Jun 7 2021 1:30 utc | 67

Oops... fixed the second link of @Max -66

Why these goals? Why the policy of confrontation towards Russia?

Posted by: Max | Jun 7 2021 1:33 utc | 68

The Global Times article linked to above is not good, to be charitable. One fundamental error is the nonsense about "polarization" in the US bearing any resemblance to what happened in the USSR, where "reforming" central planning sharply impaired the economy. Further, the so-called polarization in the USSR was between those who weren't satisfied with the speed of expropriation of public property and those who thought either they would lose out or that the country would lose out or some combination of both (mixed motives are actually the norm.) Plus, the prudent officials were badly outnumbered in the suites. The "polarization" in the US is fostered to further mere rivalries between owners, but the long term programs are barely distinguishable. This is a reason for the irrationality of the demagogy, the appeals to prejudices of all kinds.

But an even graver error is the notion that the USSR conducted itself as a flailing imperialist power. Putin personally may never have had anything but contempt for foreigners in central Europe. But the simple fact is that the USSR did not have an owner class who needed their state to defend their property abroad. The idea the USSR ever engaged in oppression on the scale of the English, French or US, or vainly waged a mad dog crusade of endless wars that killed millions is preposterous. It says far more about Putin's filthy anti-Communist ideology than reality. Only a fool could truly compare the imperialist atrocities against humanity to the record of the USSR. This kind of false equivalence betrays base appetites at Global Times too, I think.

Posted by: steven t johnson | Jun 7 2021 1:37 utc | 69

Thanks karloft1, vetinla and others

This is of great concern

Woke, ungendering, favoring unreproduction, sterility, reducing human reproduction are tools in the arsenal of those that want to reduce human population.

The more Homos the less children.

good for the population reducers

Posted by: CarlD |

Posted by: CarlD | Jun 7 2021 1:50 utc | 70

Posted by Down South @31 &

Posted by William Gruff @35

Regarding recruiting and the marketing of recruiting videos, here is a comparison China v Russia v USA:

It looks like the marketing department of each nation is speaking the language of the buyer.

Meanwhile, the USG has gone broke, thanks to the reckless policies of successive administrations and craven lawmakers. Trump knows a thing or two about his companies going bankrupt:

Like all debtors faced with the day of reckoning they scramble for 'offsets' to minimise the debt or they try to blame the creditor, see Trump in action, he thinks he has found the offset:

Posted by: Paul | Jun 7 2021 2:08 utc | 71

Before scomo's visit ..
NZ seemed to be the one and only good eye among the [[[five liars ]]]

New Zealand Says Ally Australia Should ‘Show Respect’ to China

After the deputy descended on Wellington,
Ardern changed her tune,

'The leaders of New Zealand and Australia have presented a united front on China, expressing deep concern over Beijing’s actions in Hong Kong and Xinjiang while pushing for a continued investigation into the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic.'

Just goes to shows that....
What big bro wants, big bro gets.
Never underestimate uncle sham's persuasive power.

Posted by: denk | Jun 7 2021 2:15 utc | 72

b, you're now linking to Liziqi - amazing, you always astonish me with your reading list and the range of your interest.

The first one I ever saw is still my favorite:
Kumiss and Roasted Whole Lamb

It that doesn't capture your heart, well I'm sorry.

She had 50 million followers last time I ever knew, and even for China that's a lot of people totally entranced by her. One can feel the rise of Chinese tradition and culture in the people as they see reinforcement of the natural harmony of life such as Liziqi portrays.

On a side note, the ancient clothing is making a big comeback among the young of China - momentarily I forget the name for it - but modern hipsters look at old China and realize that those people back then were hip before hip was cool.

I have often joined in discussion regarding the "information war" raging geopolitically with suggesting that entire paradigms were being transformed while the surface played with superficial words. Now, I think this applies to "soft power" as much as anything. And now that the gun barrel equations have become clear, perhaps it falls to soft power to carry the rest of the day.

Liziqi is Chinese soft power, and it is predominantly working on the Chinese people, although it ripples out to China lovers all over the world. The Chinese people, I think, feel their ancient sanity rising like sap through their sinews - countries can have times of feeling like this, and it is an immeasurable asset when the ordinary people feel this confident and, actually, happy.

When we sample the media consumed by the Chinese and see how its traditional is so wisely infused into its modern, and how today and tomorrow arise on the foundation of yesterday, we see a truly sane symmetry that, like bamboo, may bend endlessly yet still be hard to topple.

I was a big fan of China before I saw Liziqi, but she made it even easier.

Posted by: Grieved | Jun 7 2021 2:27 utc | 73

@ denk | Jun 7 2021 2:15 utc | 72

Australia and New Zealand are SUZERAINTIES of the Financial Empire and members of Five Eyes. What happens to their administrators who don’t follow the Empire’s orders?

New Zealand oath of allegiance: ““I, [name], swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Queen of New Zealand, Her heirs and successors, and that I will be loyal to New Zealand, will obey the law, and will respect the democratic values of New Zealand and the rights and freedoms of its people.”

Australia’s oath of allegiance: “I swear by Almighty God that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Elizabeth the Second, Queen of Australia, Her heirs and successors according to law, and that I will faithfully observe the laws of Australia and fulfil my duties as an Australian citizen.”

Here is the oath that Australian ministers take: “I, [Minister's full name], do swear that I will well and truly serve the people of Australia in the office of [position] and that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second.”

Similar oath of allegiance for Canada too. Glad there is none such in the U$A.

The British Empire didn't fall, it morphed into what?

Posted by: Max | Jun 7 2021 3:20 utc | 74

jayc #21

Chinahand Peter Lee was an eyewitness to events at Tian An Men Square in Beijing May/June 1989. His account makes for riveting reading:

That was an interesting read and among the many revealing items was the mention (in passing) of the drying up of money transfers to the student leaders from Hong Kong. Perfidious Albion and its englander occupiers were in occupation of Hong Kong still at that time and clearly up to their dirty tricks. Clearly the China leadership was not about to see its extraordinary victory over colonial oppression thrown away from the subterfuge espoused by the student leaders. The 'old guard' held firm and then followed a decade or two of transformation within the machinery of government.

Other nations have not fared so well with their revolutions toward a more caring and permissive statehood and the cost of so few lives.

The USA example of reform and civil war and struggle to maintain constitutional rights is an example of immense deaths, revolutions betrayed, constitutional rights smothered - FOR DECADES. Today the rights of free speech in the USA are determined by oligarchs, advocates are assaulted and silenced by cancel culture - organised gangs and ideological/corporate blog factories, Courts turned into weapons against citizens. Even simple things like medicines for viral infections are actively suppressed.

Consider the betrayal of the Russian Revolution and the following plunder of that nations wealth and resources. The struggle to bring this ploy to bring the entire Russian people into wholesale commodities to be retailed by oligarchs and colonial plunderers has been curtailed a little but the human cost in the USSR has been extreme. Add to that the cost across the globe of the FUKUSAi then free to run amok in Afghanistan, South America, Libya, Iraq etc, etc and you get a measure of the potential disaster that awaits any state that lies down in the onrush of a fake colour revolution.

The 1989 Tien an Men square outburst serves as a stark lesson in maintaining a flexible, tolerant and learning environment for both the ruled and rulers. Compare this to what was/is done to Iraq, Libya, Venezuela, Cuba and you get the sense of proportion and the mechanisms that can be applied to change and changemaking.

For sure the deaths in China at Tien an Men square were terrible but the Communist Revolution in China and the extraordinary gains and benefits for its citizens and the memories of China's degradation and loss of life under colonialism were clearly not about to be betrayed by the leadership.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jun 7 2021 3:23 utc | 75

Mr. Grieved | Jun 7 2021 2:27 utc | 73

I think statements such as "...see how its traditional is so wisely infused into its modern, and how today and tomorrow arise on the foundation of yesterday,.." are not vey accurate.

The Traditional China is dead, that civilization had Tao, a Center, the modern Communist China has none.

There is even a greater spiritual hunger than that which obtained during Imperial period. Outside of traditional family relationships a d customs (including concubinage that has made a come-back), the higher culture and learning of China is gone. In 1904, Peking, with its painted houses a d monuments was one of the most beautiful cities in the world; the Revolution, Japanese occupation, and the Red Guards destoyed all of that. Now it is just a other city in the Image of the White Man, like Tokyo, or Seoul.

There is a blending of traditional autocracy with the modern (Communist) Party structures of the West, without any humanistic practices or theoretical ideas supporting those (non-existent) humanistic ideas. Like Israel, Police State Practices are adapted to the old Imperial practices of there being no actual protection for Life, Liberty, and Property of a Chinese person.

The Legalists were the last best hope of Traditional China.

Posted by: Fyi | Jun 7 2021 3:35 utc | 76

Max 74
'The British Empire didn't fall, it morphed into what?'

The FUKUS led [[[five liars]]].

I wonder if scomo did a John Mearsheimer on Ardern ?

Posted by: denk | Jun 7 2021 3:40 utc | 77

@ denk 77

Australia regularly hails its history of being involved in every major American conflict over the past century. When hasn’t Australia gone with the Financial Empire? It is a ruse to blame it on John Mearsheimer’s threat.

Has Caitlin Johnstone ever talked about Monetary Imperialism? How about private money creation, usury, monetary enslavement or mentioned any of the power players? Why not?

Posted by: Max | Jun 7 2021 4:05 utc | 78

Max 78

FUKUS has lots of means to 'persuade' 'friends' or 'foes' into compliance.

Why do you think they need this 'five eyes' supranational spying network for ....'national security' ?
LIke hell !
They use it to collect emails, phone
conversation of world leaders, 'friends or foes', just in case they
need to ask for a 'favor'.
YOu can bet [[[they]]] have the 'goods' on scomo and Ardern as well.

Oz doesnt need much 'persuasion' from FUKUS tho, they've been more than willing to do big bro's bidding, even to the extent of cutting its own nose to spite its face.

Here Im talking at NZ's seeming about turn of attitude to China.
scomo most likely whispered something into her ear.....

Posted by: denk | Jun 7 2021 4:28 utc | 79

Posted by: denk | Jun 7 2021 3:40 utc | 77

Thanks for the Mearsheimer link, well worth reading.

Of course, the Israel lobby played a big part in ALP internal politics to remove PM Rudd from office after he expelled the Israeli embassy spy following the forging and misuse of Australian passports to facilitate the murder of another Palestinian. Then he went public about that. Even worse he said, 'the siege of Gaza must end.'

There were a number of well publicised angry meetings between leading lobby figures, Labor party stooges and Rudd at the PM's Lodge days before he was rolled by leading Zionists within his own party.

NZ also expelled an Israeli operative for the same reasons.

Rudd was outright wrong about Gillard being pro Palestine in her student days. She was actually on a unity ticket with [former PM] Tony Abbott during their time in leadership at the now abolished Australian Union of Students. Together they had coverage of Palestine removed from A.U.S. funded student newspapers.

Therefore Gillard was the logical choice to replace Rudd. The back stabbers knew that.

Repeating the 'two state' mantra just won't suffice for Australian and NZ politicians any more. Times have been changed by events. Khazar Talmudic Ghettoism is not hasbarable with the public any more.

Posted by: Paul | Jun 7 2021 4:54 utc | 80

Paul 80

Not all about Israel tho.
There's a prominent China factor.

FUKUS simply loathe panda huggers.

GOuld Whitlam and Rudd were both removed by you know who, cuz they were deemed too friendly to Beijing

Posted by: denk | Jun 7 2021 5:07 utc | 81

lysias | Jun 7 2021 1:08 utc | 64

re death of H Deterding...Good catch and thanks your correction, the year was 1939, altho I had the burial at his estate in Meklenburg,Germany [outside of Berlin]. [ my error was wrong date of 1945]

Perhaps where he died [Sw.] and where he was funeral/buried [his estate Meklenburg, Germany] may be correct...I do not know.

Apparently there was film or photo record of the event here:

Posted by: chu teh | Jun 7 2021 5:23 utc | 82

Posted by: denk | Jun 7 2021 5:07 utc | 81

Rudd's Chinese language knowledge and diplomatic experience were well known by the public and Rudd's colleagues before he was elected. It was also well known Rudd's [then] son in law was from a Chinese background. This was no impediment back then.

PM Gough Whitlam visited and established of diplomatic relations with China and was followed weeks later by Nixon and Kissinger.All agreed Taiwan was a part of China.

What has changed is China has established a successful economic model which disturbed the notion of Anglo/Zionist geopolitical primacy.

What has not changed is the decades long priority of allowing the thief to keep the stolen property, at all costs. Rudd paid the price.

Posted by: Paul | Jun 7 2021 5:30 utc | 83

Paul #83

Yes to that but we should go further here as China is a multicultural modern nation. There are multiple ethnicities and religious streams in modern China. Feverish supremacy be it ethnic or religious is moderated in the interests of the whole. This is a mighty good unifying strategy. Keeping religion low key is infinitely better than allowing it to ferment into violent competition as we see in the abrahamic and islamic realms. Such violent competition/tension robs the people of peace and goodwill and needs to be moderated in order for humankind to achieve the maximum benefit of their life.

The Chinese economic model has given all Chinese a much more fair society with a welfare and education infrastructure second to none across the world.

This economic/politico/cultural success from a nation that only instigateded its liberation for the past 80 years!

When one compares this country with the old abrahaic or islamic or hindu economy/societies, its phenomenal success is breathtaking. No wonder others are hell bent to belittle and destroy it.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jun 7 2021 6:16 utc | 84

Eleanor #DCStatehood Holmes Norton @EleanorNorton

I’ll be introducing a bill to require that car crash test dummies be modeled on both male and female bodies. Currently, the federal government only uses crash test dummies modeled on male bodies, and car companies are not required to use dummies modeled on female bodies.

Female car crash victims are 73% more likely to experience serious injury or death than males. This is about more than differences in average height—there are other anatomical differences between males and females that affect how bodies react in a crash.

Women are equal as drivers on the road, but safety standards do not protect them equally. It’s #timeforchange. Read my press release here:

Posted by: Mao | Jun 7 2021 6:44 utc | 85

@ rjb1.5 | Jun 6 2021 21:43 utc | 42

“ 3000 health care workers die during a typical flu season in the US don't they?”

I don’t know. I don’t believe in their numbers anymore. It’s just lies and lies on top of lies.
If you still do that’s your problem.

@ vetinLA | Jun 6 2021 22:33 utc | 45

I’m not an American. I don’t live in the US. I couldn’t care less about DJT

Posted by: DG | Jun 7 2021 6:54 utc | 86

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jun 7 2021 6:16 utc | 84

I agree entirely with your view. What makes China's rise in such a short time frame more admirable is I am very aware of the extreme poverty that existed in remote provincial areas in the late 1970's. It's a mixed economy run by the state, not Marxist, if marxism still means the abolition of private property.

It is to be expected the government will minimise sectarian discord, given the huge population and the meddling of their adversaries.

We need to take Sir Halford Mackinder's geopolitics in mind:

"He presented Africa, Asia and Europe are not as three separate continents, but a unitary landform, veritable "world island."

This is where the future of global power was.

I reccomend, 'In the Shadows of the American Century, The rise and decline of US global power" Alfred W McCoy.

McCoy sometimes writes for TomDispatch.

Posted by: Paul | Jun 7 2021 6:56 utc | 87

THANK YOU b for Building a River table. Enjoyable.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jun 7 2021 7:10 utc | 88

#76 Fyi

The Traditional China is dead, that civilization had Tao, a Center, the modern Communist China has none.

To be honest, that sounds extremely unlikely.
Chinese people today can still study Chinese history and Chinese philosophy and practice Chinese arts and eat Chinese foods. All of the old books have not been lost, and the language hasn't changed so much that they are incomprehensible. While there have been many changes over the last 70 years, I don't think China has experienced anything remotely like the sort of complete cultural break that you seem to think it has. But if you disagree with me, I'd like to know exactly how you think China's Tao, or Center, was so completely lost. And please be as specific as possible.

Posted by: Fnord13 | Jun 7 2021 7:13 utc | 89

Paul #87

Thank you comrade, I met Alfred McCoy many decades ago over an extraordinary dinner. He was finishing off the The Politics of Heroin. Our combined knowledge of society and its mafiosi and the west's evil shenanigans were laid upon the table from four minds and much was discussed and shared. After my current reading list I will be pleased to explore the book. I had a chuckle when I looked him up just now ~ we aged ones.

One of the interesting moments in that discussion was focus on Bob Hawke, Lenny McPherson, and the US Longshoreman Union. Formative years.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jun 7 2021 7:24 utc | 90

thank you for the Mintpressnews item on:

"one university department, the Department of War Studies at King’s College London, functions as a school for spooks. Its teaching posts are filled with current or former NATO officials, army officers and intelligence operatives to churn out the next generation of spies and intelligence officers. However, we can now reveal an even more troubling product the department produces: journalists. An inordinate number of the world’s most influential reporters, producers and presenters, representing many of the most well-known and respected outlets — including The New York Times, CNN and the BBC — learned their craft in the classrooms of this London department, raising serious questions about the links between the fourth estate and the national security state."

I would bet the halls are crawling with Integrity Initiative spooks as well.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jun 7 2021 7:30 utc | 91

uncle tungsten | Jun 7 2021 7:24 utc | 90

Thanks for sharing. Somehow found TPOH in SEAsia in my hands probably when it 1st came out. Everything so sensible and aligned so well with all my confused mental scraps...well it just had to true. Never before had a writer pulled me thru dense text so rapidly; Alfred McCoy staggered me.

I was in San Diego, a seething pot of SEAsia data that filled local"underground" news sheets and street surprise bec was home to major USNavy/Marine personnel. Regular newspapers/media was actually ignored or scoffed at bec actual source/witnesses were blabbing without editorial filtering mostly about the SEA undeclared "war" and drugs. There was actual [close to] mutiny in the air...I think it involved some carrier Constellation crew that was mostly hushed-up. A lot of very loyal Americans had total disagreements with use of US military ops to suppress peoples in foreign, sovereign nations.

And so to bed.

Posted by: chu teh | Jun 7 2021 8:45 utc | 92

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jun 7 2021 7:24 utc | 90

I too remember McCoy from his time as a lecturer of history at the UNSW, he was a frequent and authoritative radio commentator on the Australian Crime scene, see his almost unobtainable and unknown book, "Drug Traffic, Narcotics and Organised Crime in Australia."

Remember, the anniversary of the murder and 'disappearance' of Juanita Nielsen [4 July, 1975] is fast approaching.

McCoy is aware of the corrupt underpinning of Australian 'governance' since the First Fleet, see also 'The Prince and the Premier' by David Hickie.

Australia is corrupt at all three levels of government. Local government is the beginning of the slippery slope, a marketplace for the exchanging of favours.

You are lucky to have met McCoy. I also have his, almost banned, book, 'The Politics of Heroin in Southeast Asia.' Compulsory reading.

I believe McCoy, a U. Wisconsin alumni, is a professor at Illinois now.

Posted by: Paul | Jun 7 2021 8:46 utc | 93


Good of you to bring up this subject.But here in Europe it's about thirty years that parents put their infants before the tele to watch stupid cartoons larded with publicity.I think you are right however to be concerned,because on smartphone it is much more difficult to apprehend for the parents what is going on.

I would recommend downloading tchechoslovakian,hungarian,and russian animated puppet films from the sixties through the eighties,especially those without words,they are so much more intelligent,quite,and educational than the flashy two-images per second bs that corporate television serves to children these days.

In the same vein,I noticed on youtube a growing quantity of self-portrayed "historical"and scientific" documentaries,full of simplified and erroneous ideas,IMHO meant to replace historical insight for the youngsters and shape the past in their minds.If you click
on one of them,you will get four or five from the same proposed in the right column.

Posted by: willie | Jun 7 2021 9:15 utc | 94

and thanks b for Building a River Table...such is art.

Best sorta-definition of "art" i ever heard was ...

Art is basically the quality of communication.

Posted by: chu teh | Jun 7 2021 9:16 utc | 95

Paul #93

Thanks for that info. See also books by Tony Reeves, an old comrade ~ long gone now. He was a radical journo and crime writer extraordinaire and was on the City of Sydney Council in wilder days of change. He had some tales to tell and did so with gusto especially over a draught of red wine. There were many sober hours spent in analysis of extensive material.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jun 7 2021 9:22 utc | 96

Buhari in Nigeria blocked Twitter. A good and eminently laudable act. Twitter should be banned everywhere.

Posted by: Biswapriya Purkayast | Jun 7 2021 9:23 utc | 97

Posted by uncle tungsten @ 96

I think Tony gets a few mentions in 'The National Crime Authority and James McCartney Anderson.'

This was NCA investigation #1

Vale Tony and vale Jack Mundy. I remember the Push.

Posted by: Paul | Jun 7 2021 9:45 utc | 98

Posted by: karlof1 | Jun 7 2021 0:13 utc | 57


That statement by Zakahrova caught my attention too, it might seem minor or trivial but it is very serious, Europe is constantly closing her eyes to the revival and justification of nazism. In her telegram post she analyzes with more detail that phrase which she squarely equates to a nazi salute while Ukrainian nationalists justify its origin in classical Ukrainian literature.

There are attempts to split the phrase and attribute its authorship to the classics of Ukrainian literature – the poet Taras Shevchenko and the author of the words of the modern anthem of Ukraine Pavel Chubinsky. Most often, references are made to the poem by T. Shevchenko "To Osnovyanenko", where the following lines sound: “People, our glory, the Glory of Ukraine!" At the same time, the poet uses " Glory OF Ukraine ", and not"Glory TO UkrainE". The meaning of the change of cases clearly changes and it is impossible to draw the analogy sought by Ukrainian propagandists. In the anthem, the words "Ukraine" and" glory " are present, but they do not have a direct grammatical connection at all. The same is the case with the second part – " Glory to the heroes!.

A simple change of case from genitive to dative does the trick. I’m sure “S” will enjoy reading the original telegram post by Zakharova.

Posted by: Paco | Jun 7 2021 10:03 utc | 99

Mr. Fnord13 | Jun 7 2021 7:13 utc | 89

The cosmogony of Traditional China has been discarded in favor of the cosmogony of the Western Civilization.

The Chinese Scholars had developed a cosmogony of natural impersonal "forces" & processes of Nature that was shared among the Chinese people.

In lower strata of culture and learning, those impersonal forces & processes were anthropomorphized and identified with demons and eternal ones etc.

Furthermore, the Traditional Culture's idea of Justice, Earthly Order as a reflection of Heavenly Order has been discredited.

Contemporary Chinese are suffering not only the Age of Darkness - being bereft of the Prophetic Light - but also the absence of Compass of how things are to be ordered properly. Communists tried "The People" - i.e. the Worship of Collective Powers of Man - as the source of meaning for Chinese. That has no traction now.

What is the source of moral order in contemporary China?

Posted by: fyi | Jun 7 2021 13:42 utc | 100

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