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July 04, 2021

The MoA Week In Review - OT 2021-051

Last week's posts at Moon of Alabama:

> China’s export value in January-May averaged $247.5 billion per month, up 29% from January-May 2019, pre-COVID, according to the country’s customs data.

As more goods are going out, supporting container-shipping demand, more raw materials and commodities are coming in, employing tankers, bulkers and gas carriers. China’s import value averaged $206.8 billion per month in January-May, up 25% from the same period in 2019. <

> KABUL (Pajhwok): Local sources say Iran, Turkey and Pakistan have suspended issuing visas to Afghans and have ceased their activities in Mazar-i-Sharif, the ... <

Other issues:

Iraq - Mucky al-Sadr is back:

OPEC - Saudi Arabia and the Emirates are at each others throat:

Ransomware - Only a complete prohibition of crypto-currencies can end this nonsense.

Horror flick material:

Use as open thread ...

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Even Scientific American is self censoring now:

Posted by: Paul | Jul 6 2021 22:54 utc | 201

On Iraq and the relationship with the illegal occupiers and its neighbor Iran.

I discovered this fascinating read courtesy of b in this post.

I urge barflies to read it and also some of the other reports by Agit Papadakis ~ good value for the time spent.
A taster:-

The religious leader of Iraq's Shiite poor, Moqtada Sadr, has long been derided and denigrated — including by myself — as an inconsequential buffoon who squandered his great Mahdi Army and surrendered first to the US and then to Iran, taking Iraq's last hope for liberation with him. He may well be proving everybody wrong, and no one will be happier to admit it than myself. The man has apparently bided his time, playing dead, waiting for the right moment to rise up and seize power. That moment might just be now.

Khomeinists — both those of the corrupt right-wing Byzantine regime in Iran and their leftist, “anti imperialist” useful idiots in the West — first hated Sadr, then blotted him out as they took over the whole narrative for Iran and Iraq. It was all about Soleimani and how he defeated ISIS, only to be felled by the Great Satan. They pretended Soleimani wasn't the one who fatally crippled the Iraqi army in the first place, so that it collapsed wholesale in front of ISIS, with corruption imported from Iran and the purge of all US-trained Sunni officers. For this huge blunder, Khamenei removed Soleimani from active command of the Quds Force in August 2014 and replaced him with his very capable lieutenant Brigadier Hossein Hamedani, as reported by Saudi and Kuwaiti media. However Soleimani soon forced Khamenei to rescind his order and Hamedani died in an “accident” about a year later.

Thank you b

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jul 6 2021 22:59 utc | 202

I'm about finished with Hudson's newest paper I commented @185. What follows is the first several paragraphs of Hudson's Summary where he discusses why GDP is no longer a proper measuring device and provides those areas that are a "subtrahend" which have caused real GDP to shrink annually since 1990 as I've continuously argued:

"The transformation of academic economic theory under today’s finance capitalism has reversed the progressive and indeed radical thrust of the classical political economy that evolved into Marxism. Postclassical theory depicts the financial and other rentier sectors as an intrinsic part of the industrial economy. Today’s national income and GDP accounting formats are compiled in keeping with this anticlassical reaction depicting the FIRE sector and its allied rent-seeking sectors as an addition to national income, not a subtrahend. Interest, rents, and monopoly prices all are counted as earnings—as if all income is earned as intrinsic parts of industrial capitalism, not predatory extraction as overhead property and financial claims.

"This position is the opposite of classical economics. Finance capitalism is a drive to avoid what Marx and indeed the majority of his contemporaries expected: that industrial capitalism would evolve toward socialism, peacefully or otherwise. As Assa (2017) and Assa and Kvangraven (2021) described in detail, the change is the product of decades of lobbyists fighting to transform GDP statistics to describe banks’ penalty fees and indeed, any and all corporate revenue as a contribution to GDP, not as a cost. The result has been a transformation of the early GDP accounting format to a travesty that credits the financial sector as producing a product, not as imposing zero-sum transfer payments, as was formerly the case (Appelbaum and Batt 2014)."5

"5. See also Appelbaum (2020). The GDP imputations and fictitious production are reviewed and charted in
Hudson (forthcoming)."

Hudson has remarked on a few occasions that he has a new book in the publication process, and I hope his footnote indicates he'll provide adjusted--Real/Genuine--GDP numbers that assesses the damage done. Hudson does note this paper is based on the first chapter of that new work, although it's also a distillation of several papers and interviews he's given over the last several years. The primary distillation is his analysis of what's happening to our world:

"Today’s world is being fractured by an economic warfare over what kind of economic system it will have. Industrial capitalism is losing the fight to finance capitalism, which has become industrial capitalism’s antithesis just as industrial capitalism was the antithesis to postfeudal landlordship and predatory banking houses (see table 1).

"In this respect, today’s new Cold War is a conflict of economic systems. As such, it is being fought against the dynamic of US industrial capitalism as well as that of China and other economies. Thus, the struggle is domestic within the United States and Europe as well as confrontational against China, Russia, Iran, Cuba, and Venezuela and their moves to de-dollarize their economies and reject the Washington consensus and its dollar diplomacy. It is a fight by US-centered finance capital to promote neoliberal doctrine that gives special tax privileges to rentier income, untaxing land rent, natural resource rent, monopoly rent, and the financial sector. This aim includes privatizing and financializing basic infrastructure, thereby maximizing its extraction of economic rent instead of minimizing the cost of living and doing business.

"The result is a war to change the character of capitalism as well as that of social democracy. The British Labour Party, European Social Democrats, and the US Democratic Party all have jumped on the neoliberal bandwagon. They are all complicit in the austerity that has spread from the Mediterranean to America’s midwestern rust belt."

The Why we are here is well explained by Steve Keen's paper also linked @185. Both are excellent and will take about 3-4 hours to digest. I've yet to watch Keen's interview, but shall do so tomorrow.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jul 6 2021 23:06 utc | 203

@ Norwegian | Jul 6 2021 17:47 utc | 187.. thanks norwegian.. i have only watched 1 hour so far, but i was coming to a similar conclusion...your additional comments are very helpful... thanks... i am not sure if i am going to watch the rest.. i appreciate your feedback! cheers james

@ dan of steele and john.. i wish i could join you for the umbria jazz fest! enjoy!

@ 202 uncle t... juliania was suggesting the same much earlier in the thread... i found the read quite interesting.. i am still not sure what to make of it...

@ karlof1.. thanks for the michael hudson update and your various comments and links!

Posted by: james | Jul 7 2021 1:50 utc | 205

Posted by: aquadraht | Jul 6 2021 22:25 utc | 200

There is no evidence for the Wuhan authorities delaying or hindering investigations in the atypical pneumonias where doctors identified about 27 cases in the third and fourth week of december.
The difference between Wuhan and the rest of China is that in Wuhan the virus had about 4-5 weeks to circulate unimpeded. As a result, several thousand died out of tens of thousands of cases in Wuhan in the following 2 months while the rest China had few deaths or cases.

The reason for the delay in responding in Wuhan compared to the rest of China is immaterial to the fact that what happened in Wuhan demonstrates that if the disease is just allowed to roam freely without any countermeasures it has a huge and very noticeable impact.

If there is good evidence that the virus was roaming free and unimpeded in other parts of the world in 2019 and nobody took notice at the time, that suggests that those variants were much less deadly. You don't have thousands of people dying of an unusual type of pneumonia without anyone taking notice.

Posted by: jinn | Jul 7 2021 2:15 utc | 206

c1ue #192

This arises because the typical Silicon Valley outfit has average employee lifetimes of 2 years or less - meaning they turn over their entire workforce in that time. How much continuity can really exist given this type of instability?

Thank you for illuminating a key vulnerability. May I add that the typical global mafia company with its satellite companies holds its employees for their lifetime mostly. I am yet to see one single national government blame the globalised mafia for even one of the recent hack/ransom attacks. They always go after Russia, China, North Korea etc etc. They do this because they can absolve themselves of having inadequate crime busting capacity or of being totally captive to one or the other mafia clans.

For years these mafia clans have been diversifying and laundering their image, be it hollywood or financial sector or media or construction and they are never really dismantled by the FBI or any of its western or eastern equivalents.

Every now and then there is a bust in Italy but, well intentioned as it is, there is a good chance that it is mere theatre to keep us in the 60's think cage of regional clans and not global threats.

There is all the intelligence gathering we could imagine going on right now and zero intelligent application to unwinding the mafia snake. Its enough to make you think that the FBI, DOJ and State Department in the USAi and their equivalents elsewhere are fully colonised by a shared arrangement between the Italian and Israeli mobs.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jul 7 2021 4:33 utc | 207

Jinn #206

You don't have thousands of people dying of an unusual type of pneumonia without anyone taking notice.

Correct and you might mislabel it as vaping disease. From my readings here and there the USA was experiencing pneumonia like illnesses throughout 2019 well before the Wuhan formal notification.

Immediately before the World Military Games in Wuhan in 2019 the Chinese emergency and health services ran a three day germ warfare attack drill focusing on the deliberate introduction of a malign virus. This was because China had previously been the victim of extremely unexpected/inexplicable viral and agricultural pest outbreaks in the past few years.

And that is exactly what happened. The USA team (at least) was plagued with ill health (no pun intended) to the extent that they performed uncharacteristically bad. See old microbiologist posts over the past year.

So China had a reasonably refined response ready and enacted it. It is hard to know when it was progressively rolled out but I would have thought the number of ill US participants seeking hospital assistance would have alerted the local notification system. One could prepare a source map of each participating nation and its source of atletes and accompanying visitors in the Wuhan Military Games and the proximity of US and National military bases relative to early outbreaks. Italy comes to mind. It is not too difficult for an esteemed body such as the WHO, you just need to remove its blindfold.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jul 7 2021 4:49 utc | 208

@Paul | Jul 6 2021 22:54 utc | 201

Even Scientific American is self censoring now:

I have a 1m long bookshelf of Scientific American magazines from the 1980's, it is a goldmine. I cancelled my subscription in the mid 1990s when it was clear it had become garbage and politicized.

Posted by: Norwegian | Jul 7 2021 5:59 utc | 209

Dan @ 198

We're headed out of town this weekend, but hopefully will be able to catch the Brad Mehldau trio and Branford Marsalis quartet on the 14th...even if it's in the fucking soccer field!

Buone feste!

Posted by: john | Jul 7 2021 8:44 utc | 210

john | Jul 7 2021 8:44 utc | 210

that is too bad, were you able to decipher my address? we hadn't planned on staying that long but who knows...I don't have any other engagements.

Posted by: dan of steele | Jul 7 2021 9:47 utc | 211

@Mina #100:

Now that the WHO/EMA inspectors have failed to find any faults with the design and manufacturing processes of Sputnik V, the new strategy seems to be to utilize the fact that AZ and J&J vaccines have serious side-effects (thrombosis) as a pretext to minimize or outright ban the use of all adenovirus vector vaccines in the EU, even though Sputnik V does not have serious side-effects, most likely because of its superior purification process (which Gamaleya offered to other producers for free, but was ignored).

Italian scientists have assessed the efficacy of Sputnik V in San Marino (RIA Novosti, July 6, 2021 — in Russian)

The Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine has demonstrated high efficacy in San Marino, according to the Italian Lazzaro Spallanzani National Institute for Infectious Diseases, which is conducting a study on the use of the Russian vaccine in the microstate.

Medical institutions remind that the vaccination campaign on Monte Titano started on February 25: in addition to Sputnik V, it was possible to inoculate there with Pfizer/BioNTech, but 85% of Sanmarine residents received the Russian vaccine.

A month after the start of the vaccination, San Marino saw a clear decline in newly diagnosed infections. The number dropped from over 200 cases per week in the first half of March to less than 30 cases per week in the second half of April. The last confirmed case of infection was recorded on May 12, the last death was recorded on April 25. Last Sunday, San Marino’s ISS [Institute for Social Security — S] announced that there are no more active COVID-19 cases in the republic.

Mounting evidence suggests Sputnik COVID vaccine is safe and effective (Nature, Bianca Nogrady, July 6, 2021)

Sputnik’s side effects are also becoming clearer; studies so far suggest that they are similar to those of the other adenovirus vaccines, with the notable exception of rare blood-clotting conditions. Unlike for both the Oxford–AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, there have been no reports of these disorders from Russian health authorities or from the other nations using Sputnik V.

A preprint from the Italian Hospital of Buenos Aires in Argentina reported no cases of clotting disorders or adverse events of special interest among 683 health-care workers vaccinated with Sputnik V. And an analysis of 2.8 million doses of Sputnik V administered in Brazil reported no deaths associated with vaccination, and mostly mild adverse events. Furthermore, a study posted as a pre-print in May, from the republic of San Marino, found no serious adverse events in 2,558 adults who received one dose of Sputnik V and 1,288 who received two doses.

Argentina has not reported any clotting events, despite receiving more than four million doses of the vaccine, Kulish notes. Serbia, which has also been using Sputnik V widely, has so far reported no cases of the blood-clotting condition reported with other adenovirus vaccines.

Posted by: S | Jul 7 2021 9:51 utc | 212

dan of steele

were you able to decipher my address

Oh yeah, non sono mica rincoglionito encora

Posted by: john | Jul 7 2021 10:03 utc | 213

karlof1 | Jul 6 2021 17:42 utc | 185

re Summit with leaders of more than 500 world political parties that occurred today?

Summit?What summit?, but Thanks to you just read abt it. Most hopeful.

Reminds of Edgar Snow dialog w Washington Wu, maybe 1931. Wu begged for advice what to do abt China's miserable condition...

[Snow]--"There you sit with 30 centuries of experience behind you," said I. "As an American, I can trace my origins a few generations. How can I answer that question for China!"
[Wu]--"There has to be a new birth," he said thoughtfully. "It can only come out of our own body--the body of our own history."

Posted by: chu teh | Jul 7 2021 10:28 utc | 214

S, about Sputnik, if you've seen the link I posted yesterday, they are now calling all the persons who got it more than 6 months ago to get a 3rd jab, that is, in Russia.
It seems the EU had in mind to drop all viral vectors vaccines, but the news from Israel may oblige them to change their position.
Hubris leads to bad karma, we all know that.
But it seems that Bezos and Branson do not. Instead on investing in treatments, oxygen supplies, or build hospitals where needed, they are just interested in measuring their d...k's length while in space.

Posted by: Mina | Jul 7 2021 10:30 utc | 215

snake #119

Buildings collapse when ignorance combined with neglect and cheapskate board of management intersect.

They were warned years ago:- see a structural engineers discussion here and at other utoob reports that are published.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jul 7 2021 10:34 utc | 216

Peter AU1 #188

When sea levels were lower, there may have been an archipelago stretching from asia, Solomon Islands French Polynesia ect through Pitcairn and Easter island through to Peru. The underwater mountain chain can be seen on google maps but I have not been able to find how deep the tops of the underwater mounts are.

Thank you for your post. Another factor to consider is that the last ice age finale was a gradual warming over a thousand years or more and then a precipitous drop in temperature that lasted for 1200 years: the younger dryas. This 1200 year cold snap was abruptly ended by a precipitous rise in temperature that is posited as being caused by a meteor strike here and there on the earth's northern latitudes. There was an immense melt of ice caps some 1 to 2 kilometers thick.

So both the beginning and ends of the younger dryas were times when the earths water store was shifted north and south to the poles and resulted in an accumulated ice shelf of some mighty weight. The relocation of these weights would represent extreme torsion stresses on the planets crust (perhaps orbital motion was amplified eccentric as well) and perhaps result in dramatic crustal instability leading to rise and subsidence.

Randal Carlson delves into this subject with gusto as do others. Carlson and others postulate that the Azores sank due to crustal subsidence. Food for thought.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jul 7 2021 10:47 utc | 217

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jul 7 2021 4:49 utc | 208

you might mislabel it as vaping disease.
EVALI did not go away. There are still small numbers of EVALI cases showing up. Doctors are generally not having trouble telling the difference between the two diseases and the pneumonia they cause.

I am aware that China was well prepared for the introduction of novel infectious diseases, particularly ones that act like SARS. Part of that preparedness was that local health authorities were required to report to the China CDC any cases of pneumonia of unknown etiology.

It is hard to disregard the huge difference in outcomes in Wuhan compared to the rest of China. The only reason why so many in Wuhan fell ill and so many died was because the virus had some weeks to circulate in that population unrestricted.

If there is evidence that variants of the SARS2 virus had been circulating in other populations in 2019 then that also suggests that those variants were more benign than the variant that hit Wuhan.

Posted by: jinn | Jul 7 2021 13:08 utc | 218

"Hubris leads to bad karma, we all know that.
But it seems that Bezos and Branson do not. Instead on investing in treatments, oxygen supplies, or build hospitals where needed, they are just interested in measuring their d...k's length while in space."

Posted by: Mina | Jul 7 2021 10:30 utc | 215

I look at it this way: if either one of the rockets blows up or otherwise fails to get back to Earth safely, then it will have been well worth it, although we must regret the death of the old lady astronaut.

Posted by: Bemildred | Jul 7 2021 13:44 utc | 219

Links to an article from the Indonesian press today have been suppressed twice, but if I quote Xinhuanet, it should be ALLOWED, I guess.

Posted by: Mina | Jul 7 2021 13:56 utc | 220

Will Biden take the opportunity to drop the case?

Posted by: Mina | Jul 7 2021 14:11 utc | 221

Roman Protasevich has opened a new Twitter account @protas_by because Twitter wouldn’t let him log in into his old one. Idiots still think he is being tortured. Notice how he spells his own name in English: it’s “Roman Protasevich” (transliterated Russian) versus “Raman Pratasevich” (transliterated Belarusian) that various Empire propaganda outlets like Voice of America are pushing.

Posted by: S | Jul 7 2021 14:59 utc | 222

Did Outlaw US Empire just assassinate Haiti's president:

"The report said that in the video an American accent is heard yelling in English 'DEA operation. Everybody stand down. DEA operation. Everybody back up, stand down....'"

"According to residents near the president's home, the report said, gunmen were seen dressed in black and firing high-powered rounds with precision. There are also reports that a grenade and drones were used as well during the operation."

I think it's even money that the Empire did it.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jul 7 2021 16:24 utc | 223

Some interesting COVID news
The governor of West Virginia proclaimed that

“I hate to say this, but what would put them over the edge is if an awful lot of people die.”

Justice said the “only way” he could see the nearly half of adults in West Virginia who have not yet gotten vaccinated alter their thinking would if be "a catastrophe" occurred "that none of us want."

The governor said that while the state has launched a lottery to give cash, guns, trucks and other prizes to people who have gotten vaccinated, another lottery is happening in his state in which people are gambling with their lives.

“It’s a death lottery,” he added.


WVa's vaccination rate is 45% - lower than national average but not ridiculously lower.

WVa's COVID stats from the above article: 2900 deaths, 164000 COVID cases out of a population of 1.8 million.

To put this in proper context, here are the opioid overdose deaths in West Virginia in 2018: 702. In 2017: 855.
In 1999 - opioid overdose deaths were in the low double digits.

West Virginia alone has seen as opioid deaths as COVID - admittedly over the past 4 years vs. 1.5 for COVID. This opioid dynamic has been going on since at least 2013 in the poorer parts of the US - yet the outrage has been minimal.
No lockdowns of the population.
No massive economic packages.
No restrictions on companies or travel or trade.

It isn't hard to see why any state, region, town etc that has been going through heavy opioid deaths, should be less fearful of COVID. Trump gave a speech in one town in Pennsylvania where there were more opioid deaths in 2020 than COVID.

I can't see how anyone, who is familiar with this data, can help but feel highly cynical over COVID response: the deaths only matter because both the wrong people are dying (blue states suffering now, not just red states and areas) and because the profit lies in treating/responding rather than selling pills (and receiving Sackler donations).

Posted by: c1ue | Jul 7 2021 16:34 utc | 224

@uncle tungsten | Jul 7 2021 10:47 utc | 217

Carlson and others postulate that the Azores sank due to crustal subsidence. Food for thought.

Where toes Randall Carlson say that? I am skeptical. I have followed his Kosmographia podcast for a year or so, and I have not heard him say such things. He is very strong on US geology, I strongly recommend his past episodes. He also speaks about the Tunguska meteor in a lot of detail, with reference to what happened during the Younger Dryas.

Posted by: Norwegian | Jul 7 2021 16:51 utc | 225

@uncle tungsten | Jul 7 2021 10:47 utc | 217

This 1200 year cold snap was abruptly ended by a precipitous rise in temperature that is posited as being caused by a meteor strike here and there on the earth's northern latitudes. There was an immense melt of ice caps some 1 to 2 kilometers thick.

Actually, the theory is that the Younger Dryas started with an asteroid/comet fragment strike that caused temperatures to drop ~15C literally overnight and stayed that way for 1200 years. The location of the strike was on top of the Laurentide Ice sheet over present day Saginaw Bay, Michigan USA. The energy from the strike was immense and caused extreme amounts of water to immediately melt and change the landscape of the US completely, as Randall Carlson explains in detail. The location of the strike is found by observing the secondary strikes of ice boulders causing elliptical depressions along the US east coast (Carolina Bays) and in Nebraska (Nebraska rainwater basins). The ellipses are oriented such that the source of the primary Asteroid/Comet impact can be computed, as Antonio Zamora has demonstrated

The Asteroid/Comet strike sent the ice boulders in ballistic trajectories, most of the time far above the atmosphere. Travel time from Michigan to the Carolinas was ~7-9 minutes. Also, ice crystals were put into Earth Orbit, shielding the Sun and causing the massive temperature drop. It took 1200 years to dissipate them.

Robert M. Schoch, a geologist famous for his dating of the Giza Sphinx enclosure to be 10000+ years old and thus implying similar age of the Giza pyramids, has theorized that the Younger Dryas ended with a violent Solar eruption, e.g. a giant CME (Coronal Mass Ejection). The end of the Younger Dryas is less well understood than the beginning, but there are some signs around the world that he might be right. One such sign is the massive underground "cities" found in places like Turkey and Crimea. During an extreme solar eruption you don't want to be on the surface, especially if it is combined with a magnetic pole flip, since the magnetic field is then largely gone and cannot protect against damaging particles from the solar wind. Today the magnetic field protects us and we see only the interaction with the solar wind as auroras in the north and south.

Posted by: Norwegian | Jul 7 2021 17:24 utc | 226

I think it's even money that the Empire did it.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jul 7 2021 16:24 utc | 223

From the little I have seen Moise was very disliked by Haitians.

Here's a couple of excerpts from an article I just dug up--

"Moïse was the handpicked successor of Haiti’s unpopular last president, Michel Martelly. His meager 2016 electoral success came after two years of delayed votes and confirmed electoral fraud by Martelly’s government. In 2017, his first year in office, the Haitian Senate issued a report accusing Moïse of embezzling at least US$700,000 of public money from an infrastructure development fund called PetroCaribe to his personal banana business.

Protesters flooded into the streets crying “Kot Kòb Petwo Karibe a?” – “where is the PetroCaribe money?”

He created a kind of police state in Haiti, reviving the national army two decades after it was disbanded and creating a domestic intelligence agency with surveillance powers. Since early last year, Moïse has also been ruling by decree. He effectively shuttered the Haitian legislature by refusing to hold parliamentary elections scheduled for January 2020 and summarily dismissed all of the country’s elected mayors in July 2020 when their terms expired.

Existing street protests exploded early this year after Moïse refused to hold a presidential election and step down when his term ended in Feburary 2021. Instead, he claims his term ends in February 2022, because Haiti’s 2016 election was postponed.

In the coming months, Moïse says, he intends to change the Haitian Constitution to strengthen the powers of the presidency and prolong his administration.
He created a kind of police state in Haiti, reviving the national army two decades after it was disbanded and creating a domestic intelligence agency with surveillance powers. Since early last year, Moïse has also been ruling by decree. He effectively shuttered the Haitian legislature by refusing to hold parliamentary elections scheduled for January 2020 and summarily dismissed all of the country’s elected mayors in July 2020 when their terms expired.

Existing street protests exploded early this year after Moïse refused to hold a presidential election and step down when his term ended in Feburary 2021. Instead, he claims his term ends in February 2022, because Haiti’s 2016 election was postponed.
n March, the U.S. State Department announced that it supports Moïse’s decision to remain in office until 2022, to give the crisis-stricken country time to “elect their leaders and restore Haiti’s democratic institutions.”

That stance – which echoes that of Western-dominated international organizations that hold substantial sway in Haiti, such as the Organization of American States – sustains what is left of Moïse’s legitimacy to remain president.

Haitians unhappy with continued American support for their embattled president have held numerous demonstrations outside the U.S. embassy in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince, while Haitian Americans in the U.S. have protested outside the Haitian embassy in Washington, D.C.

Some Haitian demonstrators have also burned the American flag at several protests in Port-au-Prince. "

For many Haitians, Moïse’s undemocratic power grabs recall the 30-year, U.S.-backed dictatorship of François Duvalier, aka “Papa Doc,” and his son Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier.

Posted by: arby | Jul 7 2021 18:37 utc | 227

uncle tungsten 217

A lot of unknowns around the global warming that raised sea levels. Indigenous Australian are a window in time, dating back to a time before the advent of the bow and arrow. A very conservative culture unchanged for tens of thousands of years.

Who where the original inhabitants of South America? Remains of them has been found apparently but I have not read a lot about it. I think on one of the islands off northeast Australia / New Guinea, 3000 year old bones show a different people, current Polynesians being relative latecomers to the pacific islands.

The ancient megalithic stone work of south america - nobody knows who built them. A lot of man hours required for megalithic work with very basic tools and those men need to be fed. Can only be done when food is in abundance.

Was there trade routes stretching around the globe the also spread a belief system and the know how, or simply a common superstitious belief system the original inhabitants of south america had taken with them? A belief system that bypassed Australia?

The megalithic building, although some or most have been built after the global warming, seems to arise from something in common with people stretching around the globe at a time when sea levels were much lower.

Something of interest that I checked on while writing this comment. Something about the stature of the darker Indians of India is similar to that of some Australian aboriginal peoples.
“Among them what we found was 7 individuals shared a DNA linkage with the Australian Aboriginals that is M 42. M42 is the DNA of Australian Aboriginals published earlier. These 7 individuals came from Austro-Asiatic tribes from Eastern India and also Dravidian tribes from Central India.”

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Jul 7 2021 19:27 utc | 228

Ref Haiti,
the PM was supposed to leave his job in a couple of days and his successor had been nominated... guess what, he is now implementing a state of emergency..

Posted by: Mina | Jul 7 2021 20:00 utc | 229

The Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) have routed the Ethiopian army, Eritrean army withdrawing, Ethiopian regime may be on verge of collapse but still want to continue the genocidal war against Tigray (Ethiopian Prime Minister and "Nobel Peace prize winner" Abiy Ahmed just wants to buy time so he can continue war later). I don't think Tigray have much choice other than to continue the war beyond their homeland.

TPLF shocks Ethiopian gov. with decisive military win. UNSC calls for ceasefire

Ethiopia on the brink of collapse as the Tigray conflict reaches a boiling point

Posted by: ADKC | Jul 7 2021 21:06 utc | 230

@Peter AU1 #228
It isn't clear which beliefs you're pointing to - but there are a number of unique flooding incidents which are close to or within human memory.
These include the flooding of the Black Sea, the possible flooding of the Caspian Sea, the Bering Straits freezeover and subsequent thaw, the area between the UK and Netherlands (North Sea) - as well as any number of smaller ice dams that certainly formed and broke at the end of the last Ice Age.
What is really funny is how "science" is ignored when it is inconvenient.
There are a legion of examples showing how climate in the past 2000 years has been warmer than today.
There's the Little Ice Age ending in the mid 1700s and the continuous warming trend since then.

Posted by: c1ue | Jul 7 2021 21:06 utc | 231

ADKC, it would be interesting to know if the "anonymous bomber" that destroyed the bridge which is essential in (badly needed) humanitarian help and food supplies was -again- an Emirati one. Same pattern happened at crucial moment in Syria.

Posted by: Mina | Jul 7 2021 21:55 utc | 232

......talking about the UAE

Posted by: Mina | Jul 7 2021 22:00 utc | 233

Norwegian #225

Randal Carslon on Azores and crustal deformation at plate boundaries:

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jul 7 2021 22:07 utc | 234

@ ADKC it is a remarkable turn of events.

"TDF had annihilated five full army divisions on June 22, Abiy ordered three more divisions into the same trap. They met the same fate"

The Ethiopian Army that was in Tigray numbered 50,000 soliders. How can 5 or 7 full army divisions be annihilated, even if we take the least amount of 6,000 soldiers per division it is well over 36,000 soldiers that are claimed to be annihilated? The TPLF captured 6,000-8,000 soliders. So which army left Tigray and is now stationed strategically in western Tigray (Humera area) and southern Tigray (Raya)?

Another interesting aspect is the 6,000-8,00 soliders the TPLF captured. It is said they had given up. A possible reason circulating is the rejection from especially Oromo components of the Ethiopian Army that are disgruntled with PM Abiy as not being sufficiently ethno-nationalist or sectarian and way to accommodating to Amhara groups. If so, then this would mean that the Army is severely damaged from within.

Posted by: Thirsty | Jul 7 2021 22:49 utc | 235

Younger Dryas temperature and snow accumulation graph here:

As I recall the rapid temperature rise at end of YD is attributed a meteor strike and immense heating impact. There seems to be candidate impact sites in Great Lakes of North America and another in Greenland under the existing ice sheet. The sheer amount of energy required to promptly 'switch off' the YD freeze is beyond terrestrial sources in that temperature regime. So therefor not a volcanic explosion. Note Santorini explosion is considered (postulated) to be the biggest in 10,000 years.

So what caused the YD commencement. It is a stepped sequence of dramatic temperature drops, perhaps some volcanic others asteroids but difficult to attribute afaik. Not all asteroids are hot burners at ground level, some may explode well before impact and soot the atmosphere blocking solar energy for extensive periods.

Randal Carlson in his very early utoob posts (before Kosmographia)postulates acetylene asteroids as the cause of the extreme fire events in the great lakes region and goes into extensive historical records to elaborate. We know there are frozen acetylene asteroids out there ;)

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jul 7 2021 22:50 utc | 236

@uncle tungsten | Jul 7 2021 22:07 utc | 234

Thank you. I will have a look tomorrow.

Posted by: Norwegian | Jul 7 2021 22:52 utc | 237

What?! Didn't hear it! Say it again, louder:

Reality check for DPP: US ‘does not support Taiwan independence’: Global Times editorial

White House Policy Coordinator for the Indo-Pacific Kurt Campbell said on Tuesday that the US does not support "Taiwan independence." "We support a strong unofficial relationship with Taiwan. We do not support Taiwan independence. We fully recognize and understand the sensitivities involved here," Campbell, the man regarded as the White House "Asia tsar" under US President Joe Biden's administration, said at a think tank conference.

Good boy!

Posted by: vk | Jul 7 2021 23:19 utc | 238

President Putin today sent "greetings to the organisers and visitors of the historical documentary exhibition On the Eve of the Great Patriotic War. September 1, 1939 – June 22, 1941."

This is of interest to me as an historian, just as Putin's essays were and the other historical exhibits opened by the Russian Archives. Here's Putin's main message:

"It is of exceptional importance that Russian scholars and archivists continue working on a fundamental scientific and educational project dedicated to the history of World War II. The historical documentary exhibition On the Eve of the Great Patriotic War. September 1, 1939 – June 22, 1941 is opening as a follow-up to the displays Munich’38. On the Threshold of the Disaster and 1939. The Beginning of World War II. It presents for the first time unique documents covering this most complicated historical period of time, documents that the public at large has never seen."

Here's the link to the Federal Archives Agency page introducing the exhibit in Russian. Here's the announcement for those lucky enough to currently be in Moscow:

"July 7, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. in the Exhibition Hall of the Federal Archives in Moscow (Big Pirogovskaya Street, 17) the opening of the historical and documentary exhibition On the Eve of the Great Patriotic War will take place. September 1, 1939 - June 22, 1941....

"For the first time, documents from the Russian State Military Archives, including trophy (German and French), are presented in the exhibition, and the plans of the Anglo-French allies in relation to the USSR, including plans to strike oil-bearing areas of the Soviet Caucasus....

"For the first time the draft of the last pre-war resolution of the Politburo of the Central Committee of the Communist Party (b) on the creation of the Southern Front, new appointments and armies of the second line of defense, adopted at the evening meeting in Stalin's office on June 21, 1941 and recorded by G.M. Malenkov's hand, as well as the directive of the Soviet Defense [Notice] 1 on the military readiness of the armed forces, is on display. The directive was sent to the encryption department at 11:45 p.m. on June 21 and sent to the military districts at 0:30 a.m. on June 22, 1941."

There's a whole lot more to explore on top of what's already been made available. It would be excellent for other governments to open their archives and let historian and the public see what was thought important to hide.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jul 8 2021 0:19 utc | 239

Peter AU 1 @ 188:

AFAIK Southeast Asia from Malaysia to Borneo and Bali was one peninsula known as Sundaland when sea levels were lower up to about 7,000 years ago. New Guinea and Australia formed the Sahul supercontinent. Between Sundaland and Sahul, there was an archipelago of islands through which people could have travelled on logs, rafts or outrigger canoes.

Between the Solomon Islands and Fiji on the one hand, and Polynesia on the other, there are two trenches at least (Tonga and Kermadec trenches) so past land connections were not possible between Melanesia and Polynesia. Marine trenches are where one tectonic plate subducts under another. There is another trench (Peru-Chile trench) separating the plate on which South America rests and the plate under the eastern Pacific region.

Posted by: Jen | Jul 8 2021 0:45 utc | 240

Viva Chile's Palestino football Club:


And Viva Palestina

Posted by: Paul | Jul 8 2021 0:49 utc | 241

@207 uncle tungsten - "Its enough to make you think that the FBI, DOJ and State Department in the USAi and their equivalents elsewhere are fully colonised by a shared arrangement between the Italian and Israeli mobs."

Did you ever read Ron Unz's piece on the Mafia? One of his longish reviews of many pieces of information, all strung together into some perspectives on life in the USA. It's 13,000 words of course, but all one can do with Unz is make a pot of tea or coffee and settle in for a while.

American Pravda: the Power of Organized Crime

When I can take the time, I enjoy Ron's retrospectives through his life of propagandized beliefs being peeled away by his later understandings - very poignant for all of us I suspect.

In this case, I think he didn't take it as far as the scenarios he depicts actually point: that the US is a case study in the saturation of the civil society with organized crime - or perhaps it was the other way around.

And what is crime anyway? Is it the gangland slayings on the street, or is is the silent frauds in the boardroom? And is there a line between these things, other than the one imposed by the provided narrative? And why is there such a Jewish preponderance in all of these dealings?

We often speak of late stage capitalism, and I wonder if it makes more sense of things to speak of Late Stage Organized Crime when it comes to understanding the USA today?

Posted by: Grieved | Jul 8 2021 1:50 utc | 242

Grieved #242

Thank you for that link and I will prepare sustenance and coffee and settle in. I do appreciate Ron Unz and his clarifying reports. I was first attracted to the mafiosi clan contest theories when all those terribly abused Russian jewish gulag refugees flooded into the USA. I don't recall the writer but it may have been Alfred McCoy.

Certainly mafia expansion was the subject of serious discussion and concern among my jewish and other colleagues in Australia. They saw only evil arising from the idiot USA 'liberation' mentality. Some predicted exactly this outcome ie: the growing sophistication and colonisation of key scientific and commercial niches of western society. I do know that it was these conversations and information that led me to take a deeper look at the criminal colonisation of the political class. I read many books on the subject at an early stage in my life and it was mighty helpful.

The Balmain Welding Company and its intersection with the anti communist, right wing Labor Party in the 1960's and 70's was an interesting phenomena. Part of that story is here but it dutifully omits the key element whereby the spouse of a leading political figure was employed by the company and never appeared for a days work. The political figure went on to become a senator, minister and other fancy stuff.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jul 8 2021 4:25 utc | 243

Xinhuanet is reporting the following about Haiti

MEXICO CITY, July 7 (Xinhua) -- Haiti's National Police on Wednesday apprehended the gunmen suspected of killing Haitian President Jovenel Moise earlier in the day at his residence, said reports from the Caribbean island country, citing a Haitian government official.

"The alleged assassins of President Moise were intercepted by the Police in Pelerin shortly before 6 p.m.," Secretary of Communication Frantz Exantus said on Twitter.

Officials would shortly release more details of the police operation in Pelerin, the upscale district where Moise's residence is located, said Exantus.

Residents in Pelerin reported hearing heavy gunfire in the afternoon.

Moise was shot dead in the early hours of the morning by a commando of armed men during an attack, in which his wife, Martine Moise, was wounded.

The men, armed with rifles, allegedly spoke English and Spanish, according to Haitian authorities.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jul 8 2021 5:19 utc | 244

Just noticed this post from GGreenwald:
Greenwald's expertise and focus is constitutional stuff but I have my doubts about that 2017 article of his. It turned out that Flynn never discussed sanctions with Russia , only expulsions of diplomats:
The 'effects of the leak' is that Flynt did not commit 'high-level wrongdoing' but the NSA still contributed to his elimination by offering ambiguous proof and allowing it to be misinterpreted.

Posted by: Tuyzentfloot | Jul 8 2021 8:20 utc | 245

Trial of the not-to-be-named drug starts in the US (easy to register if positive, from home)

Posted by: Mina | Jul 8 2021 8:22 utc | 246

Norwegian, Jen @ 240

Don't forget that the weight of the snow ice caps (N & S) alone would have distorted the earth. Which is more like a slightly sqashed orange than a perfect sphere. When the artic regions were pressed down during the ice age, by several kilometers of snow and ice (3-5?), the lands of the equatorial regions would have been "higher". (Also the reduction of the available water might have played a part).

So that after a sudden release of pressure at the beginning of the younger Dryass, the earth would have suddenly become "more spherical". Sea levels would have risen drastically, and earthquake could also have been more common. So a disappearance in the Azores could more easily have happened.



"Sundaland and Sahul"
This would have been the Wallace line (More recently the Lydekker or even the Webber line) defined by the animals found on each side.

The Melanesians (PNG) have been traced back to the Chinese mainland by some people. (Ie. without being "racist" as I am not not inferring a "judgement", they should be considered part of the "Yellow" skinned peoples, not the "red" of US indians or "red" of Africans, of early history. Sorry, but modern classifications don't really apply here.) Polynesians are originally from a different base/group, as they would have migrated by boat along the outside of the island chains.

Posted by: Stonebird | Jul 8 2021 9:43 utc | 247

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