Moon of Alabama Brecht quote
September 22, 2021

Open Thread 2021-73

News & views ...

Posted by b on September 22, 2021 at 17:27 UTC | Permalink

« previous page


A couple of links here on religion in the US and voting.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Sep 23 2021 23:18 utc | 201

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Sep 23 2021 23:05 utc | 199

I don't swallow that at all.
I daresay most Americans don't give a hoot about Israel, Evangelicals included.
Seems to me that the only reason they care at all about any other country is when the hate pump is turned on. EG; Iraq, Libya, Iran, North Korea, Russia, China.

Posted by: arby | Sep 24 2021 0:07 utc | 202

Is vaccination a transaction not in commerce?
Max @ 3 I like "private imperialistic global Oligarch "PIGO

Posted by: snake | Sep 24 2021 0:19 utc | 203

arby @202--

I daresay most Americans don't give a hoot about Israel, Evangelicals included.

I once thought that, but after encountering some real live folk who are otherwise sane, I must say they exist as does their support structure--for they are political. They all seem well-meaning somewhat meek Christians until The Rapture enters the picture. I just met a large crew of them when I went to Georgia and Alabama last Spring. I saw/ listened to some of the propaganda they're fed. I remained a spy to further my education. It's all about being carefully taught.

Posted by: karlof1 | Sep 24 2021 0:24 utc | 204

Do they actually vote because of that. As far as I can tell both parties support Israel anyway.

Posted by: arby | Sep 24 2021 0:37 utc | 205

arby @205--

They tend to vote as a bloc, but can get very diversified locally.

Posted by: karlof1 | Sep 24 2021 0:45 utc | 206

arby 205

The republicans look more heavily zionist than the democrats. Trump rabidly so. He got most of the evangelical block.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Sep 24 2021 0:47 utc | 207

Norwegian @ 148, Peter AU 1 @ 166:

This old 2017-dated post I found on the SBS News website might give you a clue as to why police authorities go "mad":

Israelis to train Aust forces on security

Australian police, paramedics, firefighters and Defence personnel will learn new methods of protecting buildings, carrying out surveillance and using biometrics from Israeli experts.

The initiative will see Australian emergency services and border officials travel to Israel, to draw from that country's vast experience in keeping people safe in public areas and air cargo security.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull recently launched Australia's strategy for protecting crowded places from terrorism, which in part was informed by the Israeli experience.

Officers from transport security and the Department of Immigration and Border Protection will also be allowed to travel to the Middle East to learn how to better target and screen air cargo, collect and use screening data and how goods transported by air are cleared or banned.

The announcement came as Mr Turnbull wrapped up his 48-hour visit to Israel for the centenary of the Battle of Beersheba on Tuesday.

The prime minister earlier held meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in talks focused on defence and terrorism, with an emphasis on cyber security.

The leaders witnessed the signing of a new memorandum of understanding to allow greater co-operation between the two nations' defence industries.

Can't be long now before a police officer in Victoria or elsewhere in Australia pushes someone down and to hold that person down, kneels on the person's neck.

Posted by: Jen | Sep 24 2021 1:06 utc | 208

Thanks Jen

I think those Israeli style so called riot police in Norwegian will be called out more and more as things go down hill. Our governments anti China campaign and this latest military alliance with US and UK have doomed our exports. On top of that, a government that has trouble scratching up a few billion for infrastructure projects has earmarked close to a trillion dollar in military spending in the coming years. All Australians will begin to feel the effects of those policies in the next year or two.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Sep 24 2021 2:17 utc | 209

Jen and Peter

Israel has been inviting security forces from many nations to Israel for "training".

Given how thoroughly Israel seeks to compromise "allied" nations, I'd bet that the security officers friendliness toward Israel/Empire is assessed and some become 'assets' or get compromised via honeypots.


Posted by: Jackrabbit | Sep 24 2021 2:32 utc | 210


A win win situation. Israel gains assets and governments like ours learns how to control disgruntled voters...

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Sep 24 2021 2:50 utc | 211

@142 migueljose

I am very grateful that you keep a focus on Latin American developments. For someone living in North America especially, it is of crucial importance what happens to the south - sometimes, personally, I think that the closest I'll ever get to China is to go south and simply meet it there.

Very often you post good links, and one has to go away to read them - and forgets to come back and say "thank you." I trust you know that we are all grateful and all read your posts, even if we don't always acknowledge them.

Many thanks, and please keep them coming.

Posted by: Grieved | Sep 24 2021 2:55 utc | 212

@ snake (#203), thanks . We will test it out. Like Plutocracy...

“Private Imperialist Global Oligarchy” = PIGO = Please Go!

It can also be “Private Imperialist Global Oligarchs” (PIGOs), like plutocrats?

Posted by: Max | Sep 24 2021 3:01 utc | 213

Peter AU1 @ 199 and karlof1 @ 200
But having that large block of evangelicals, every US politician has to show support of Israel to try and get some of that vote.

Watch this short video from Cynthia McKinney
Cynthia McKinney US Lawmakers Forced to Sign Pledge to Support Israels

Everyone in Congress is forced to sign a pledge to support Israel. If they do not sign they will get no campaign donations. She refused to sign. It is far more than just evangelicals

The evangelicals were build on a foundation of recent false christian doctrine which included the rapture doctrine funded and put in place by Zionists. By recent I mean the last 150 years or so. I believe that Billy Graham was the builder of the modern evangelical political movement. He passed the baton off to Falwell, Roberts, and the rest of the actors with Ronald Reagan's victory. Much of the evangelical leadership is steeped in the intelligence community.

Zionists have stepped up their efforts post World War II and have achieved their supreme position in US politics through a variety of means. Blackmail and Epstein is just one of many operations. The creation of the evangelicals is no more than an a long term Zionist intelligence operation.

Posted by: circumspect | Sep 24 2021 3:34 utc | 214

Any barflies want to conjecture on the implications of this posting from Xinhuanet?

BEIJING, Sept. 24 (Xinhua) -- Chinese scientists have developed an artificial method of synthesizing starch from carbon dioxide, a global first.

The study was conducted by the Tianjin Institute of Industrial Biotechnology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and published online on the journal Science on Friday.

Thanks from someone who tries to know what they don't know and ask others

Posted by: psychohistorian | Sep 24 2021 5:29 utc | 215

Below is, IMO, a good report on the UNGA speeches by the different countries

UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 23 (Xinhua) -- Developing countries are suffering from the COVID-19 pandemic's economic effects disproportionately, world leaders have warned at the general debate of the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

The debate continued on Wednesday with real-time and pre-recorded video messages from 29 heads of state and government, calling for more finance to and more say by developing countries.

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa stressed the vital need to adopt more initiatives on development financing and debt relief to support developing countries so that they can emerge from uncertainty.

His country has suffered greatly from the pandemic, he said. Tourism in particular, a sector that supports nearly 14 percent of the population, has been devastated, along with small- and medium-sized businesses in many other sectors.

Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo also expressed concern about the current structure of global economic organizations, stressing that they have proved inadequate for developing countries and calling for a constructive review based on equity, sustainability, and collective prosperity.

Indeed, key multilateral institutions, such as the World Bank, International Monetary Fund or World Health Organization (WHO), must be repositioned to reflect inclusiveness and representative coverage with diverse leaders at the table, he said, adding that admitting the African Union to an expanded Group of Twenty (G20) would have a galvanizing affect.

An increase in representation would redefine global policy and allow for a more inclusive, sustainable world, he noted.

Surinamese President Chandrikapersad Santokhi called for the development of a post-pandemic strategy, with a focus on improving vaccination levels, rebuilding economies, and setting up a recovery fund with the support of international financial institutions and the private sector.

"Access to concessional financing is of critical importance in rebooting our economy," he said, calling for support of the Multidimensional Vulnerability Index, as proposed by the Small Island Developing States.

Some leaders reported on their own positive development solutions in the wake of the economic crisis, with Madagascan President Andry Nirina Rajoelina declaring: "We have seen we are not all equal" and countries such as his own have had to rely upon "home-grown solutions" as their "best weapon in this fight."

When people discuss developing countries, the "grim side of the story" is often foregrounded in the international arena.

Speaking of Africa, there is a tendency to darken the reality. "It is time for this perception to change," he said. "We must stop making use of these prejudices and move into new ideas."

Mongolian President Ukhnaa Khurelsukh said that thanks to the COVAX facility and support from other nations, 65 percent of his country's population has been vaccinated. Meanwhile, the spread of COVID-19 is decreasing, and the government is working towards re-establishing normalcy in everyday life.

The COVID-19 crisis also revealed that the health sector was just as important as defense, requiring better risk management and preparedness as well as greater investment, he noted.

Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez raised concerns about fair access to COVID-19 vaccines and how countries were being treated unequally amid efforts to distribute doses in a prompt, effective manner, urging the transformation of the global health system, including the WHO, to improve the situation and guarantee timely and equitable access to vaccines.

Malawian President Lazarus Chakwera said the distribution of vaccines is the starting point to end the pandemic, as the world must now decide between a future of solidarity or one of greed, where states hoard life-saving doses.

Inoculation rates are less than 2 percent among least developed countries and the 16 member states of the Southern African Development Community, he warned.

With limited access to vaccines, Malawi turned to prevention, wielding a response plan that brought three waves of the pandemic under control without imposing lockdowns.

Describing another unlevel playing field, he said developed nations who pollute the planet must now pay the 100 billion U.S. dollars "cleaning fees" they pledged in the Paris Agreement.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that like tackling the COVID-19 pandemic, fixing the climate change problem hinges on science, innovation and breakthroughs made possible by capitalism and free markets.

For its part, Britain is keeping its promise to provide 11.6 billion pounds (15.8 billion dollars) to help the rest of the world tackle climate change, with contributions by other states bringing the 100 billion dollars pledged to developing countries within touching distance.

Looking ahead to the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Britain in November, he urged that "it is time for humanity to grow up" and show its capability of learning, maturing, and taking responsibility for the destruction it is inflicting on the planet and itself.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Sep 24 2021 5:36 utc | 216

Grieved @ 212:

Kawsachun News and Venezuelanalysis are good websites if you want news and analysis of developments in Latin America.

Posted by: Jen | Sep 24 2021 5:36 utc | 217

My last Xinhuanet posting which is long but this is good by the Chinese Ambassador to the US

WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 (Xinhua) -- "A basic criterion of democracy should be whether the people have the right to govern their country, whether their needs are met, and whether they have a sense of fulfillment and happiness. At the center of democracy is people," said Chinese Ambassador to the United States Qin Gang on Wednesday.

"Whether a system is democratic depends on whether it can represent the overall interests of the people and whether the people are satisfied. Democracy is not for embellishment; it should deliver," said Qin in his speech at a virtual conversation jointly held by the Carter Center and the George H.W. Bush Foundation for U.S.-China Relations.

"Thanks to generations of Chinese and American leaders and people, China-U.S. relations have made remarkable progress. However, today, some Americans' misunderstanding and misjudgment about China is building up," he said.

"A fundamental one is to define America's relations with China as democracy versus authoritarianism, and to stoke up ideological confrontation, which has led to serious difficulties in China-U.S. relations," he said.

Abraham Lincoln took a people-centered approach to governance understood by his famous saying, "of the people, by the people, for the people," said the ambassador, adding that China's socialist whole-process democracy shall be understood as "from the people, to the people, with the people, for the people."

"The idea of people first has been deep in the genes of the Chinese since ancient times," he said, adding that the Communist Party of China, as the governing party, has remained faithful to its founding mission: people-centered, and serving the people whole-heartedly.

"What China has today is whole-process democracy. China's Constitution prescribes that all power belongs to the people. The people have the right to election, and they can be broadly involved in national governance according to law," said Qin.

The Chinese people exercise state power through the National People's Congress and local people's congresses at different levels, equivalent to America's Congress and state legislatures, he said.

"China also has a unique political consultation system and corresponding institutions, which are important ways for the people to exercise democracy," he said.

Any matters that concern people's interests are broadly discussed by the people's congress, the government, the political consultative conference, social organizations and industry associations, before major decisions are made, to make sure what the people want is reflected in the final decisions, he said.

In China, government officials attend several meetings and carry out field visits. Meetings are for discussing problems and exploring solutions, and field visits are for getting firsthand knowledge of things on the ground, he said.

In China, Qin said, the rights and freedoms of the Chinese are fully protected by the Constitution, absolute poverty has become a thing of the past, almost every Chinese has basic medical insurance and old-age pension insurance, and COVID-19 has been basically put under control in China with 1.1 billion people fully vaccinated.

"I'm not saying China is perfect. There are many difficulties and challenges on our way ahead, such as how to make our development more balanced and adequate, and ensure fairness and justice in a market economy," said Qin.

"We are deepening reform, improving socialist democracy, and modernizing national governance. These efforts are to meet the people's aspiration for a better life and make greater contribution to mankind," he added.

"China and the United States are different in history, culture and political system ... Our two countries should not and cannot change each other. Instead, we should break ideological barriers, discard zero-sum mentality, respect other countries, and accommodate each other without losing our own distinctions, so as to get along with each other in peace," said the ambassador.

Stressing the need for both countries to have a broad vision and shoulder great responsibilities, the ambassador said China and the United States "should look ahead and press forward, and bring China-U.S. relations back to the right track of stable development as soon as possible, for the good of the people in both countries and around the world."

"Let's demonstrate strategic courage and political resolve to chart a new course in China-U.S. relations," Qin said.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Sep 24 2021 5:40 utc | 218

@ Posted by: psychohistorian | Sep 24 2021 5:40 utc | 218

Exactly so.

My Chinese is at best amateur at worst non existent, my understanding of Chinese nuance is only slightly better - so this is what I hear from these words:

“ Should/can NOT change each other / bring BACK to the right track “

= ‘LOSERS’ nah Na Na Na nah nah 😂

The longer version - change yourself fast before we help Peoples rise up and destroy you!
‘We got less poverty and more basic needs covered for our populace than you ever came near to achieving
YOUR systems are crap for the majority of peoples never mind trying to spread it to the rest of the world
YOU Financial Slave Masters would have never even have got a foothold without our original Silk Road giving you our innovations including the gunpowder and maps that you used and coerced the world with.
So get BACK to your old roll of being our logistics wallahs and be grateful we will let you have even that - We are BACK and stronger.
We are sorry that we let you do to the Peoples of the world what we could have avoided by not withdrawing because of our Mandarins cowardly attempt to maintain their positions in a Celestial Empire that never was.
We are making our atonement by raising the whole of humanity and breaking the chains you put them in using our knowledge.
This is your FINAL warning, resistance IS futile. Yield or Die we know the U.K. you all are and where exactly you live and where you hide your looted treasures.
It’s OVER your unipolar 500 year old Empire is dead dead dead!
Long live the human multipolar Empire.’

Now for the Indian sub continental Peoples to realise that being doomed proxies for centuries has left most of them living in their demented fantasy celestial hierarchy - when they could have used the last 70 years to have got there before the Chinese. What a waste.

Posted by: D.G. | Sep 24 2021 9:41 utc | 219

psychohistorian 215

China has been putting a lot into being able to produce sufficient food to feed their population. Implications? carbs are carbs I guess. Takes a lot of land to produce enough grain to feed a population the size of China's

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Sep 24 2021 10:11 utc | 220

@Peter AU1

I doubt that 25% of the US voting population could even point out where Israel is on a 🌎 let alone spell it or even be bothered to send their sons to go die in it or knowingly vote for it! Rapture!! Might as well talk of the

I’ll tell you a story of Palestine and how real English Jews tried to stop the Zionists getting their way but were usurped by their already bought and planted Round Table ‘helpers’ one day.

In the meantime let’s leave it at that here with another fine quote that foretold the crazie loons of the US general command

“ General Jack D. Ripper : He said war was too important to be left to the generals. When he said that, 50 years ago, he might have been right. But today, war is too important to be left to politicians. They have neither the time, the training, nor the inclination for strategic thought. I can no longer sit back and allow Communist infiltration, Communist indoctrination, Communist subversion and the international Communist conspiracy to sap and impurify all of our precious bodily fluids.”

As exemplified daily by the demented retired old Col Laing and any number of hired like one on many a btl board.

Posted by: D.G. | Sep 24 2021 10:12 utc | 221

Justin Trudeau's TMX tar-sands pipeline hacks and chops its way through unceded Secwepemc territory in the BC interior. The woman is right. Absolutely illegal too.

Posted by: John Gilberts | Sep 24 2021 10:15 utc | 222

@Posted by: vk | Sep 24 2021 11:24 utc | 223

I am certainly no fan of AOC, to say the least, but that sure is one biased article.

The article is useful in showing just how distorted people's views are
on the Zionist/Palestinian issue.

It is quite depressing to see just how far down the road of delusion people are.
Tells me that there is little hope that there will ever be a resolution reached through reason and justice.

Posted by: librul | Sep 24 2021 12:05 utc | 224

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Sep 24 2021 0:47 utc | 207

I do not watch the campaigning and speeches but I don't think that Trump or any of them use their support for Israel to get votes. Seems to me the support comes after they are elected.

Posted by: arby | Sep 24 2021 12:21 utc | 225

I've got a few opinions but won't be arguing about them. Had to laugh at your last sentence.He would go well in that English comedy 'Dads Army' only he's still fighting the commies.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Sep 24 2021 12:52 utc | 226

Perimetr @ 107

Sorry for the late response. Thanks for the links, and your comment links within them. Because of my current schedule it will take me a few days to get through them all (rest assured I will), but they appear to confirm the data I have on the subject and as we all know with web information, the more conformations on a subject the better. This information also confirms the views from virologists shortly after this pandemic started, that this virus was too complex to have not been manipulated by humans. Wish I could share some of those links, but most have been censored by now in this attempt to steer the public away from the truth on the subject. Thanks again.

Posted by: ReconFire | Sep 24 2021 13:12 utc | 227

Australia's black shirts out again.

Judging by the pics in the article, the storm troopers wont be shown breaking up demonstrations, just the cuddly looking cops with guns on their hips in blue uniform with high vis.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Sep 24 2021 13:46 utc | 228

migueljose @ 41, I join Grieved in thanking you for your posts on South America. Hopefully the vibrancy you report on in that region will percolate upwards northward. I do feel some signs of it in New Mexico, happy to be living near such positive messages with strong threads of the same traditions in this land.

Blessed are the poor in spirit...

Posted by: juliania | Sep 24 2021 13:57 utc | 229

Impunity while in attack mode

Yesterday the House bent another knee for the Zionists
and voted to increase the debt of the American People
by a billion dollars.

They voted to give the Zionists money for their Iron Dome.
Their excuse is Orwellian -- "Defense".

Ancient tribesmen, when they went on the attack, would
carry spears and shields. The shields increase the
ability of the attacker to have a sustainable attack.

No one claim doubt that if the Zionists had a perfect
Iron Dome shield, that guaranteed them 100% full impunity
-- attack with no liability -- they would be decimating
multiple nations in a blink.

They would. The Zionists would decimate multiple nations
immediately if they could do so with 100% impunity, no liability.

The House voted to increase the degree of impunity
the Iron Dome affords the Zionists while attacking their neighbors
and committing acts of oppression.

Posted by: librul | Sep 24 2021 14:00 utc | 230

Most working class Americans support the underdog. That is why victim culture sells so well in the US. Where Israel is concerned most working class Americans are led by the crappy Mockingbird mass media to believe that the Israelis are the underdogs being bullied by the Arabs. Jews are skilled at selling themselves as being the victims in all cases, so this warped view of reality easily gains traction in America.

By the way, this affinity for the underdog is why claims that the white American working class is "racist" are nonsense. The American white middle class on the other hand is extremely racist, viewing Black Americans as subhumans who lack any agency or sentient control over their own actions. Likewise it would be the American middle class who support the Israelis for ideological or racist/religious reasons.

Posted by: William Gruff | Sep 24 2021 14:06 utc | 231

I have a question. I think my smart ass answer to VK asking me to send my ID over the internet in order to register caused a small problemo...

A life time ban. Lol. I was making friends everywhere I went back then. It works for me.

So what would be the best alternative choices for Russia? In Russian? My interest is in sciences and includes ideology as you might know.

Where do the kids at Moscow university hang out?

Are Russian Ukrainian Menonite Canadian spies welcome?

Posted by: David G Horsman | Sep 24 2021 16:18 utc | 232

psychohistorian @215 etc--

Thanks for those postings. The Chinese Ambassador's lecture needed to be followed by a quiz to see if people were listening.

Recall the Star Trek device that took basic elements and rearranged them into food--the replicator. Hypothetically, such a machine is possible, and it appears the Chinese have accomplished one of its basic tasks. If scaled over time, such a machine could reduce atmospheric CO2 by turning it into foodstuffs.

And while we're discussing China, its Foreign Ministry has published a detailed list of evidentiary facts and examples proving gross interference in China's internal affairs in provoking the Hong Kong Riots--facts and examples the West never provides in its multitude of accusations against China and Russia. This editorial condemns the Outlaw Anglo Empire's illegal behavior. A sample:

"Hong Kong affairs are entirely China's internal affairs. Every deed of the US listed in the fact sheet is interference in China's internal affairs and is of egregious nature. But the US has been putting on a righteous and arrogant look, showing the world how domineering this world's only superpower is.

"No matter how arrogant the anti-China rioters in Hong Kong are, no matter how much trouble the US stirs up, they will all end up failing.

"Although the US played that many tricks in the city, the minute China's central government made up its mind and the national security law for Hong Kong was implemented, the situation in Hong Kong immediately hit a U-turn. It shows that anti-China forces are so vulnerable, and the US is daydreaming to wish to manipulate Hong Kong's situation through proxies."

Here's a related article that's quite brutal and could form the basis for UNSC action if that institution was actually neutral:

"The 102 detailed examples of US' blatant interference to China's Hong Kong affairs since 2019, issued for the first time by the Chinese Foreign Ministry on Friday, served as a strong counterattack and warning to the US, and also signaled the urgency for legislation of Article 23 of the Hong Kong SAR Basic Law which is likely to be put on the legislative agenda after December, Chinese analysts said on Friday.

"Chinese Foreign Ministry on Friday issued a fact sheet on the US' interference in Hong Kong affairs and how the US supported anti-China forces in the Hong Kong region. It details the US' moves of intervention since early 2019 including enacting Hong Kong-related acts, imposing sanctions, smearing the Hong Kong government and police force, shielding and supporting anti-China forces that attempted to destabilize Hong Kong, and teaming up with allies to exert pressure on China.

"The long sheet listed five main facts with a total of 102 examples. The first was that the US has enacted and is considering eight Hong Kong-related acts, bills or resolutions since 2019 in an attempt to vilify China's policy on Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and meddle in its affairs.

"In a latest example, the US Republican Representative Scott Perry on June 30 introduced the Hong Kong Freedom Act, calling on the US president to recognize the HKSAR as "a separate, independent country."

"Meanwhile, the US has imposed various sanctions in an attempt to obstruct China's implementation of the national security law of the Hong Kong region and relevant decisions of China's National People's Congress (NPC). The sheet also listed 14 related moves including sanctions on Chinese officials and financial institutions and banning exports of US equipment to Hong Kong.

"The long list also includes US politicians and government departments that have repeatedly made unfounded charges against Hong Kong affairs and Hong Kong police's law-enforcement actions."

You can be certain the Global South is reading this material in light of Biden's vow to escalate the Outlaw Empire's Diplomatic Offensive.

Posted by: karlof1 | Sep 24 2021 16:20 utc | 233

David G Horsman @232--

Sorry about your VK experience. The reason Pepe Escobar, myself and others are there is because we have 100% freedom of expression unlike Western platforms like FB.

I posted this link some time back to a listing of Soviet Era books of all sorts of which most are translated into English. 152 books on physics and 105 on mathematics, 21 on thermodynamics, 12 on philosophy, and so forth--a huge trove to be sure. It's free to become a member of The Archive and well worth it. Enjoy!

Posted by: karlof1 | Sep 24 2021 16:33 utc | 234

Many decry "Ziofascism" of Israel without taking note of the big picture.

Israel is a proxy for, and neo-colonial tool of, the Empire. The Empire is a bi-partisan effort and, as CFR's Haas essentially told us, there is no 'off-switch'. It's a self-licking ice-cream cone.

<> <> <> <> <>

Caitlin Johnstone's comments on AOC vote addresses the betrayal by faux populist leaders:

... there is no functional difference between a politician who votes a certain way because they want to and a politician who votes a certain way because systemic pressures push them to.

It’s like Trump supporters saying he wanted to fight the Deep State but the Deep State wouldn’t let him. It’s like, okay, so? Who gives a fuck? Either he’s an asshole or an impotent puppet, either way fuck him. Same with AOC and her constant establishment capitulations. Whether they’re serving the empire because they want to or because they have to, it’s clear and undeniable that electoral politics isn’t the way to advance the interests of normal human beings. The system simply does not allow for that.

The absolute least important thing in the universe is how some politician’s feelings are feeling inside. It does not matter what secret intentions they have in their heart. All that matters is what they do. If they can’t do what you need them to, it means they’re useless. Period.


Posted by: Jackrabbit | Sep 24 2021 17:04 utc | 235

A dormant voice finally speaks, "Political Declaration adopted during the first ministerial meeting of the Group of Friends in Defense of the Charter of the United Nations, New York, September 23, 2021". Here are two of the five point Declaration:

"3. We vow to spare no effort in preserving, promoting and defending the prevalence and validity of the Charter of the United Nations, which, in the current international juncture, has a renewed and even more important value and relevance. In this regard, we express our resolve to expand the work of our Group of Friends beyond the United Nations Headquarters, in New York, particularly at the Offices of the United Nations in Geneva, Nairobi and Vienna, as well as at the Headquarters of other UN Specialized Agencies, in order to advance our joint efforts for ensuring the respect and adherence to the Charter of the United Nations, in both its letter and spirit.

"4. We express our serious concern at the growing resort to unilateralism, in detriment not only of multilateralism, but also of international cooperation and solidarity, which must be deepened now more than ever, including in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, in order to forge collective, inclusive and effective solutions to the common challenges and threats of a 21st century of interconnectedness. Hence, while renewing our firm commitment with a reinvigorated multilateralism that shall have the United Nations at its centre, we convey our support to nations and peoples subjected to unilateral and arbitrary approaches that violate both the purposes and principles enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations and the basic norms of international law, and renew our call for the full respect to the inalienable right of peoples to self-determination, as well as the territorial integrity and political independence of all nations."

Somehow, the world's independent nations must subordinate the Outlaw US Empire and its vassals to the UN and its Charter, for they're in constant violation which is the #1 reason for global strife and crises, a fact constantly denied by the Empire. It's my hope that more nations will heed point #5's call to join this group and help it to attain the above goal.

Posted by: karlof1 | Sep 24 2021 17:51 utc | 236

Britain offers to help protect the Canadian Arctic.

I’m thinkin’ we might get a deal on a few of these Swedish numbers with our fighter jet purchase from Saab. (If we’re going to be invaded somehow anyway, why the hell not. Negotiating with London is 90 times worse than with Washington, IMHO)

Posted by: Bruised Northerner | Sep 24 2021 17:56 utc | 237

Thanks so much karlof. It will take me time to absorb your many sources.

Sir my experiment was that a bot partnered with a analyst would, starting at zero, find exactly you and this library you provide.

Algorithmically. Inevitably. By exploiting the characteristics of the Twitter and search engines.

A huge trove just as you said within the public domain. Well beyond my limited ability to completely "know".

So while I academically have proof of concept and this wonderful resource another thing also happened.

After five years of being professionally detached I have been "radicalized". In so much that I am politically invested in geopolitics.

So while I studied this and other processes I am in fact a text book case of what I was studying. How interesting.

AND, excuse the caps, the majority of my useful research in AI and cognitive science involved introspection.

So I was sure this community would find the anecdote interesting. Strategically I must return to the software but there's no doubt my "heart" is here.

You have touched the cold dark heart of mad scientist and that's quite the accomplishment. I have at the same time been deradicalized.

I am still forming an opinion on my behavior but see a few patterns. But thanks karlof et al. Thanks very much.

And no worries about VK and their platforms. It isn't difficult to reappear on these platforms. I'm banned from Twitter to.

I study these things but am repelled by them. My personal need to talk with nice people in Russia can take place anywhere is one of the few positive benefits of social media.

Just like the bar here. Cheers!

Posted by: David G Horsman | Sep 24 2021 17:56 utc | 238

Here is the perfect allegory of the Covid saga:

How the Great Reset Was First Thought Up by the Original Proselytizer of Totalitarianism and the Father of Neo-Conservatism

The Machiavellians: Burnham’s “Managerial” Defenders of Freedom:

“The modern state … is an engine of propaganda, alternately manufacturing crises and claiming to be the only instrument that can effectively deal with them. This propaganda, in order to be successful, demands the cooperation of writers, teachers, and artists not as paid propagandists or state-censored time-servers but as ‘free’ intellectuals capable of policing their own jurisdictions and of enforcing acceptable standards of responsibility within the various intellectual professions.”

As Huxley put it:

“There will be, in the next generation or so, a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude, and producing dictatorship without tears, so to speak, producing a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies, so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them, but will rather enjoy it.”

Posted by: BM | Sep 24 2021 17:59 utc | 239

Sputnik is reporting a plea deal has been reached with Meng Wanzhou in her extradition case. Interesting:

Posted by: the pessimist | Sep 24 2021 18:11 utc | 240

David G Horsman @238--

Thanks for your reply! The key IMO is learning how to channel your radicalization so it can serve you instead of having it drive you. There're some children's stories in that compendium that are good to use as time-outs, I've found.

Back to more serious issues: "Chinese Diplomat Explains Why Beijing Should Scrap ‘No-First-Use’ of Nukes Policy":

"China’s former ambassador to the UN, Sha Zukang, has said that Beijing must be ready to use nuclear weapons and should scrap its “no-first-use” policy to respond to new alliances in the Indo-Pacific....

"According to the former envoy, Beijing's current policy has given China the 'moral high ground' but the policy 'is not suitable […] unless China-US negotiations agree that neither side would use [nuclear weapons] first.'"

The nation being aimed at is Australia. Sputnik picked up a Global Times article citing an anonymous member of China's government who argued, "argued that Beijing may consider Canberra a nuclear threat, because atomic-powered submarines can be potentially fitted with nuclear warheads provided by the UK or the US.

"'This would make Australia a potential target for a nuclear strike, because nuclear-armed states such as China and Russia are directly facing the threat from Australia's nuclear submarines which serve US strategic demands,' the insider asserted.

"The source added that China and Russia are not going to treat Australia as 'an innocent non-nuclear power', but as 'a US ally which could be armed with nuclear weapons anytime'."

That's precisely Russia's policy toward "dual purpose" missiles stationed on its borders which if fired at Russia will be treated as if they're nuclear armed. What's also revealed is that until this new arrangement, neither Russia nor China felt any need to target Australia with nukes. Such a transfer is illegal under the NPT but has already occurred within Europe in yet another violation of the UN Charter and treaty obligations by the Outlaw US Empire.

Oh, and China will soon have a rocket capable of targeting Australia and everyone else, the Long March-9.

Posted by: karlof1 | Sep 24 2021 18:38 utc | 241

Looks like the US backed down on Meng Wanzhou, shafting its Canadian poodle at the same time.

Posted by: Roger | Sep 24 2021 18:50 utc | 242

@242 Not sure how Canada got 'shafted' that time. Surely Canada has been let off the hook and some Canadian lawyers have done really well out of it.

Posted by: dh | Sep 24 2021 19:12 utc | 243

JFK lost the war against Cuba. That's precisely why he was murdered.

Posted by: vk | Sep 23 2021 15:39 utc | 157

Thanks for clearing that up.

Posted by: Bemildred | Sep 23 2021 15:48 utc | 161

Oooh, Bemmy, you are awful ! But I like you.

Posted by: Sarlat La Canède | Sep 24 2021 19:51 utc | 244

William Gruff 231
By the way, this affinity for the underdog is why claims that the white American working class is "racist" are nonsense. The American white middle class on the other hand is extremely racist, viewing Black Americans as subhumans who lack any agency or sentient control over their own actions. Likewise it would be the American middle class who support the Israelis for ideological or racist/religious reasons.

As I sit here next to a bunch of white and black middle class working class union members working together I find this amazing. I did not know there was a difference between those classes. I guess I missed that one in history.

I find the brainwashing extreme. In that I find truth.

Posted by: circumspect | Sep 24 2021 19:52 utc | 245

Roger @242, yes, that's good news!

From a ZH article earlier today about that development:

US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo in Thursday statements [..] expressed a desire on the part of the US to resolve outstanding trade tensions, saying in an interview, "I actually think robust commercial engagement will help to mitigate any potential tensions."

It sounds like the US is really seeking to resolve trade issues with China - is that the context for finally letting her go now after nearly three years? Trump had also brought her up as a bargaining chip for trade talks. Wonder whether China agreed to anything specific in exchange, or if the US finally gave up on this extortion attempt and just really needs more trade now.

Posted by: Canadian Cents | Sep 24 2021 20:39 utc | 246

@ 245 A good face-saver for all concerned. Nice bit of stalling by Meng's lawyers. The 2 Michaels will probably be released....after a respectable period of time has elapsed.

The US is going to have to cool the Taiwan tension before trade matters.

Posted by: dh | Sep 24 2021 21:07 utc | 247

Regarding Meng's case, it is interesting not much info appeared in american msm this afternoon. However, it did appear in the morning that a possible "agreement" between the two sides is likely.

Does anyone recall amerikka was handed two To-Do lists when its rep went to TianJin earlier? The new Chinese ambassador to the US also reminded amerikka about the lists after he arrived for his post. I believe it is two lists, not just one item. IHMO, it is still wait and see for what comes up next. I also don't think amerikka can get something it needs from China on the cheap.

Posted by: LuRenJia | Sep 24 2021 21:31 utc | 248

juliania and grieved
Thank you for your words. I value you both along with many here. The western hemisphere is in the process of being turned upside down... up is becoming down... we are becoming "their backyard". Lots of personal qualities to work on; humility being one of them. Our dark skin brothers and sisters to the south can help us with that if we humble ourselves.

Posted by: migueljose | Sep 24 2021 22:14 utc | 249

Many commenters here will enjoy this interview and find it stimulating particularly in producing their own opinions. Recorded recently.

"A well-known critic of the neoliberal world order, economist Yanis Varoufakis believes capitalism has become 'techno-feudalism' - with tech companies and Covid making the rich even richer and the poor poorer. But he also believes there is a democratic socialist alternative, which he presents in his 2020 novel Another Now: Dispatches from an Alternative Present."

Posted by: tucenz | Sep 24 2021 22:58 utc | 250

There is hundreds of murders in the US each day.
Here in Aus the government rag is pushing one with successive articles and now some new bellingcats are helping

Why is this being pushed in oz when its just one of thousands? Some political end to this? Perhaps just to take the peasants eyes away from the fact that we are now a major target in a nuclear war that we would lose?

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Sep 25 2021 0:36 utc | 251

Here's a link to a 1 hour podcast, Mint press's Alan Macleod interviews Brian Mier, founder and editor of Brasilwire. very impressive, covers key historical sagas which lead up to today, here are a few topics:
Lula- lots of stories and analysis on Lula, comparing him to other more familiar figures, how Lula got along with resistance leaders (good friends), neo-lib imperial leaders and sicophants (he got along with Obama but was ultimately betrayed by him), prospects for his future;
Bolsonaro- detailed critique, how he fits into the fascist/neolib milieu, prospects for a coup, who is wavering (agribusiness doesn't like his anti China posture)
Biden and his/their support for Bolsonaro;
Lavajato, explains the "ongoing coup" begun by Obama/Biden's people with telegenic judge Sergio Moro (now exposed), best tutorial on this i've ever heard/read, how they used plea bargaining as the main tool to destroy the Brazilian government which is also wrecking the economy and has turned it into a colony, how they captured the judicial branch;
Paolo Freire, revolutionary educator, some fascinating and important stories about him including his work in Chicago, Mier's hometown.

Posted by: migueljose | Sep 25 2021 12:07 utc | 252

Here's an hour long podcast, very impressive, Alan Macleod interviews Brian Mier. You can get lots of info and concepts, almost a crash course, highly recommend it. No whining.

Posted by: migueljose | Sep 25 2021 12:18 utc | 253

@ Posted by: Canadian Cents | Sep 24 2021 20:39 utc | 245

Oh I don't know, perhaps this...

Posted by: awaiting approval | Sep 25 2021 13:29 utc | 254

Thousands more people than usual are dying ... but it’s not from Covid

Wayback Machine:">">

"Since the beginning of July, there have been thousands of excess deaths that were not caused by coronavirus.

"According to health experts, this is highly unusual for the summer. Although excess deaths are expected during the winter months, when cold weather and seasonal infections combine to place pressure on the NHS, summer generally sees a lull.

"This year is a worrying outlier.

"According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), since July 2 there have been 9,619 excess deaths in England and Wales, of which 48 per cent (4,635) were not caused by Covid-19.

"So if all these extra people are not dying from coronavirus, what is killing them?

"Data from Public Health England (PHE) shows that during that period there were 2,103 extra death registrations with ischemic heart disease, 1,552 with heart failure, as well as an extra 760 deaths with cerebrovascular diseases such as stroke and aneurysm and 3,915 with other circulatory diseases.

"Acute and chronic respiratory infections were also up with 3,416 more mentions on death certificates than expected since the start of July, while there have been 1,234 extra urinary system disease deaths, 324 with cirrhosis and liver disease and 1,905 with diabetes.

"Alarmingly, many of these conditions saw the biggest drops in diagnosis in 2020, as the NHS struggled to cope with the pandemic."

In other words, the increase in deaths is the effect of lockdowns and social isolation during 2020 and 2021.

Posted by: ADKC | Sep 25 2021 13:33 utc | 255


Apologies for the odd link to Wayback Machine.

Posted by: ADKC | Sep 25 2021 13:36 utc | 256

Karlof1 @ 32

The essay you shared provides a unique insight into the Afghanistan situation, the kind of insight which as you rightly pointed out, is rarely put forth. Much appreciate you sharing the link.

Posted by: Tranquiloquist | Sep 25 2021 13:37 utc | 257


"Alarmingly, many of these conditions saw the biggest drops in diagnosis in 2020, as the NHS struggled to cope with the pandemic."

In other words, the increase in deaths is the effect of lockdowns and social isolation during 2020 and 2021.

No. The sentence above yours does not say that and gives the real explanation. The capacity of the medical system was overwhelmed with COVID cases and could not care for regular emergencies.

That had exactly zero to do with lockdown and social isolation. Lockdowns prevented that even more COVID cases were happening than already did. They prevented more even more excess death.

Posted by: b | Sep 25 2021 14:29 utc | 258

awaiting approval | Sep 25 13:29| 252
Here's a quote:
BVSINESSTM @bvsiness 12h
Replying to @csiscanada
"Thank you" to the people of China for
being so nice to Canada today. Who
was stuck, not of their own doing, in an
international predicament. You have
demonstrated where and how the path
to your kindness can be found.

Posted by: David G Horsman | Sep 25 2021 14:58 utc | 259

On journey home, Meng says "without strong motherland, no freedom today"

Now, imagine if the Chinese had behave like a bunch of demure center-leftists.

What do you think would happen?

Most likely, they would be uselessly fighting on the American and Canadian courts as we speak, and Meng would probably rot for at least some 15 years in prison.

Luckily, the Chinese are communists, so they don't delve into bullshit. They saw her prison for what it really was - a political stunt - and counter-attacked accordingly, by arresting two of Canada's ruling elite (i.e. the Canadian capitalist class) members.

Posted by: vk | Sep 25 2021 14:58 utc | 260

Cuba fabricated 30 million of its vaccine. That ensures all of its population above 19 years old will be fully vaccinated:

En Cuba se han fabricado 30 millones de dosis de la vacuna Abdala (+ Video)

Posted by: vk | Sep 25 2021 15:02 utc | 261

"In other words, the increase in deaths is the effect of lockdowns and social isolation during 2020 and 2021.'
Posted by: ADKC | Sep 25 2021 13:33 utc | 253

While that's certainly true we shall see if that is the whole story. I think this is the beginning of a nasty scenario that was repeatedly warned about by experts.

Posted by: David G Horsman | Sep 25 2021 15:30 utc | 262

"The capacity of the medical system was overwhelmed with COVID cases and could not care for regular emergencies."
b | Sep 25 2021 14:29 utc | 256

Hi b. Thanks as always. Actually that depended on where you lived and when.
Early on huge medical resources sat unused and many wards were empty due to concerns about spreading Covid.

It wasn't just the lockdowns. People didn't want to take the risks even though they had health problems.

I have many contacts in western Canada. I actually checked in Calgary. I was in the hospital system.

I gave them top marks for practicing good medicine.

Posted by: David G Horsman | Sep 25 2021 15:41 utc | 263

I am a comedian and karmic victim.

In the very last minute.
As I followed a nurse to the exit.
The nurse suddenly stops.
I nearly walk into the nurse...

And the nurse lets out the huge sneeze.
Epic in proportions and volume.
Did I mention how quiet the ER was?

And being me... and Canadian...
I scream


Excuse the caps b.

You should have been there.
The look on the staff's faces.

Nobody likes a smart ass.

And off I went to start my own epidemic.

Posted by: David G Horsman | Sep 25 2021 15:50 utc | 264

@vk 258

Hi vk those two are 5th columnists. That’s why it worked because it applied pressure to the exact people responsible for Meng’s arrest. I’m too lazy to back that up with sources at the moment.

Posted by: Bruised Northerner | Sep 25 2021 15:53 utc | 265

"by arresting two of Canada's ruling elite (i.e. the Canadian capitalist class) members."
vk | Sep 25 2021 14:58 utc | 258
Your basic point in bang on but I agree with Bruised Northerner.
They may have been noncombatants caught up in a geopolitical game. I don't have a reliable backstory on the two.
Do you?

Posted by: David G Horsman | Sep 25 2021 16:04 utc | 266

@263 & 264 The exact people responsible for Meng's arrest were in the US. Canada was complying with an extradition treaty.

Posted by: dh | Sep 25 2021 16:08 utc | 267

No. The sentence above yours does not say that and gives the real explanation. The capacity of the medical system was overwhelmed with COVID cases and could not care for regular emergencies.
Posted by: b | Sep 25 2021 14:29 utc | 256

Sorry B, but how do you deal with the very widespread witnes reports that most of the hospitals were empty or nearly empty?

Posted by: BM | Sep 25 2021 16:17 utc | 268

Posted by: BM | Sep 25 2021 16:17 utc | 266

Sorry, that should be some of the hospitals, not of course all.

Posted by: BM | Sep 25 2021 16:28 utc | 269

re: 2 Michaels, background info

Posted by: awaiting approval | Sep 25 2021 16:30 utc | 270

awaiting approval | Sep 25 | 252
comments on the twit thread by Canadians shows just how stupid Canadians are.
Utterly Clueless

Posted by: ld | Sep 25 2021 16:34 utc | 271

awaiting approval | Sep 25 | 252
comments on the twit thread by Canadians shows just how stupid Canadians are.
Utterly Clueless
ld | Sep 25 2021 16:34 utc | 271

Awww gawd! Somebody help me! The pain! The pain!

Truth hurts. I am living your alleged reality. You have cut me deep id. Yes you have.

Posted by: David G Horsman | Sep 25 2021 17:38 utc | 272

awaiting approval | Sep 25 2021 16:30 utc | 270 Thanks. I still have an open file on CSIS. Perhaps a historian could ferret out the truth but I have neither time nor resources.

I found a source on "organized stalking" before people really knew what it was. It's related to a suicide they might have caused. Basically the confession of a mad man so probably a lie.

Posted by: David G Horsman | Sep 25 2021 17:49 utc | 273

“ Sorry B, but how do you deal with the very widespread witnes reports that most of the hospitals were empty or nearly empty?

Posted by: BM | Sep 25 2021 16:17 utc | 268”

As most rational people would easily understand.
The emergency was for critical care wards and their ‘specialist’ staff. Which are limited in any hospital to provide intensive care for patients either as these brought into hospital suffering a major injury/heart attack etc or mostly through these undergoing surgical procedures - most of whom would pass through from hours to days before being moved to general wards where their convalescence could be managed as per their needs. Having gone through Intensive Care.

These were the wards which were necessarily empty because the ICU’s were FULL. Their staff had therefore little to do except to make sure Covid wouldn’t spread otherwise in their inpatients that would require them to be moved to ntensive care which was full.

If that means to you that hospital wards were empty and there was therefore no Covid emergency ,you must be - logically challenged - is the limited way I can put it.

Posted by: D.G. | Sep 25 2021 20:09 utc | 274

b @258

The byline of the article (which is about the UK) sums up what it is about - "Almost 18 months of delayed treatments, fewer consultations, and a lack of immunity may be starting to take their toll."

The body of the article actually states "The country is also suffering because of a lack of immunity. While lockdowns, social distancing, isolation and masks kept Covid-19 down, it also prevented other diseases from circulating." - this means that lockdowns and social isolation have resulted in a "lack of immunity".

My summarisation "In other words, the increase in deaths is the effect of lockdowns and social isolation during 2020 and 2021" is a fair summary of the article.

b. you are completely wrong in your comments about the article and my interpretation thereof.

I would urge anyone who has any doubts to read what the article says. The article can easily be found on Wayback Machine but linking it appears to be difficult from the MoA sight using the recommended (A HREF) method so I'll post the direct link and see if that works:">">

The point of the article is that it is a different explanation for the more common theories mooted for the current increase in deaths (which is that they are vaccine-related or down to virus variants or, more ludicrously, the unvaccinated). The article explores a different point of view (which is being largely ignored) and should be more widely considered.

Posted by: ADKC | Sep 25 2021 23:19 utc | 275


Apologies again for the messed up link - it seems MoA cannot digest links to the Wayback Machine (or, if there is a method, then it totally escapes me).

Posted by: ADKC | Sep 25 2021 23:22 utc | 276

D.G. @274

BM is referring to the expected level of routine appointments (e.g. to identify cancer) and operations in UK hospitals which were postponed or did not happen. And BM response is in the context of an article about increases in deaths that may be caused by delayed appointment/investigation/treatment (as well as social isolation impacting on immunity).

Posted by: ADKC | Sep 26 2021 0:24 utc | 277

The link posted by AKDC @275 – using tinyURL

The Telegraph: Thousands more people than usual are dying ... but it’s not from Covid

Posted by: phiw13 | Sep 26 2021 2:23 utc | 278

In the discussion of extra deaths this year, there are two additional stresses to the healthcare system to consider.

One. A shortage of hospital or ICU beds is directly related to staffing: it takes nurses to field a bed. Hospitals have the physical infrastructure, but not the nurses. In the US, nurses are in short supply, and like all labor under recruitment competition, when that happens the nurses start looking for better employment conditions.

I haven't looked for or seen any numbers but some nurses are becoming "traveling nurses" to relocate temporarily to administer vaccines somewhere, while others are leaving because their employer is mandating vaccination, and they quit to go somewhere else with no vaccination mandate, or leave the profession entirely.

Two. The other factor is that excess deaths over typical numbers are coming directly from what looks like direct vaccine injury. We know that in the US with its poorly fed VAERS reporting system, and in the UK with its diligently fed Yellow Card reporting system - in both places, deaths following vaccination are astronomically higher than have ever been seen in the history of vaccination.

Deaths and injury following vaccination are not simply an order of magnitude higher, they are a paradigm shift in difference.

As a non-expert, I could guess that diabetes increases reported in the Telegraph piece may well come from lockdowns and from people deferring their otherwise routine medical care during the pandemic. But stroke and heart attack seems to fit within typical vaccine deaths we're seeing, especially in younger people who should have no health problems.

We also know that in the western world at least, our media's reporting is junk, and that our regulatory institutions are not keeping reliable records of data. So, looking for numbers may be like the needle and haystack.

For what it's worth, the UK mortician/funeral director John O'Looney reports that 2020 was a very modest year for deaths, lower than 2019 in fact. But 2021 saw a huge spike in deaths following the vaccine rollout in the UK.

I might try to link the video to his interview - I got it from here in the first place, and many thanks to the posters - but not in this comment.

Anyway, these are two extra influences to consider when pondering the increased death rate of 2021.

Posted by: Grieved | Sep 26 2021 3:11 utc | 279

OZ military...
"Defence staff offered counselling for 'stress and uncertainty' after French sub deal scrapped"
"As Australia switches to a nuclear-powered fleet, military personnel and Defence Department staff who are feeling distressed by the scrapping of the $90 billion French submarine program are being offered professional support as well as assurances their positions will be kept."

Perhaps they should be offered some pretty pink dresses and barbie dolls as well...

Though I would guess a fair number have a good understanding of where our dear leaders are taking us and are somewhat pissed off.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Sep 26 2021 3:35 utc | 280

Gharibabadi, the Iranian ambassador to the UN has spoken about the AUKUS deal:

Countries who blame Iran, politically of course, for enriching uranium up to 60%, which is for humanitarian and peaceful purposes, now closed their eyes and decided to sell nuclear-powered submarines to Australia using above 90% HEU fuel.
Iran has been consistent in stating that every member of the [International Atomic Energy] Agency has the right to pursue its peaceful nuclear program, regardless of the level of enrichment, based on exclusively its needs and in accordance with the Agency's Safeguards.
For Australia, reaching safeguards arrangement with the Agency is of essence. The Agency should have access to the HEU there at agreed and reasonable time and no excuse is accepted in this regard. The Agency should keep the BoG informed on this important regularly.
For the US and UK, they should stop such a vulgar façade of double standard and hypocrisy and avoid compromising their obligations under Article III of the NPT under the pretext of the fabricated so-called "strategic concerns".

Gharibabadi Twitter

Posted by: passerby | Sep 26 2021 6:37 utc | 281

More bullshit perfidy by the 5+1 Eyed Gollum Empire as it melts like a vampire in the sun. Note yet again the willing Canucks who have re-elected King Trudeau when they had a chance to get rid. Morons.

‘Kicking China off Sizewell would effectively tear up the government’s 2015 deal with CGN, under which it agreed to fund Hinkley and Sizewell, and then install its own reactors at a third site at Bradwell in Essex. The chances of CGN getting approval to build its reactor in Britain are seen as slender. That deal was seen as the pinnacle of the “golden era” between Britain and China.
Pressure to remove China has ratcheted up under Joe Biden’s administration, with executives from the US construction giant Bechtel teaming up with Westinghouse, the US nuclear technology company owned by Canada’s Brookfield, to develop another nuclear power station, at Wylfa on Anglesey.
In their pitch to the government, they said the project would strengthen the “special relationship”. “Through a successful partnership at Wylfa, the UK and US will share a common interest in promoting the use of this secure, reliable technology in new markets to compete against state-backed Russian and Chinese options,” they wrote.’

And here is the last no to my comment on the open thread which I refer to above but appears not have linked.

Posted by: D.G. | Sep 26 2021 7:02 utc | 282

Was the NHS overrun by Covid during lockdown? (The Spectator, 20th October 2020 by Brendan Fraser who supported the lockdowns)

"The peak Covid day was 12 April, with 17,152 inpatients. The next day, the Health Service Journal broke the story of unused NHS capacity.

“Figures from the national NHS operational dashboard, seen by HSJ, show that 40.9 per cent of NHS general acute beds were unoccupied as of the weekend — 37,500 of the total 91,600 relevant beds recorded in the data. That is 4,500 more than the 33,000 the NHS said had been freed up on 27 March, and nearly four times the normal amount of free acute beds at this time of year.”

"The Department of Health would not comment at the time, but the NHS has just confirmed these figures in its response to the Sunday Times. `So there was never any need to "protect the NHS" because it was doing fine - with many wards half-empty. On the peak Covid caseload day, 42pc of ventilator beds were unoccupied as were 32pc of intensive care beds and 44pc of General & Acute beds. This was why Nightingale units were not needed. Fewer patients were going on to ventilators because, world over, doctors were learning that this often made things worse: administering oxygen in standard beds was enough. Meanwhile, very few patients were coming forward for standard care - perhaps heeding the message to "protect the NHS". A&E attendance plunged. This will have created a huge backlog of untreated medical problems, something we can see reflected in the recent rise in at-home deaths."

Posted by: ADKC | Sep 26 2021 10:27 utc | 283

Keep on pushing the MSM/controlled Social Media bs. You are shovelling it by the spadeful. Do you get paid by the comment.

The hospitals were limited by their icu capacity. The U.K. has been shit in capacity for years now. Relying on many foreign staff.

Just compare the Excess Deaths in the U.K. compared to Germany. And than compare their ICU beds and other metrics. Than come back and tell us what they are.

Posted by: D.G. | Sep 27 2021 22:28 utc | 284

« previous page

The comments to this entry are closed.