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September 12, 2021

The MoA Week In Review - OT 2021-070

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@Roger #65
In general, I would agree with your statement that the ROW isn't interested in a US crash.
However, I would disagree in that the dollar as reserve currency enables the outrageous US defense spending - which is itself highly risky and destabilizing. Is a "gradual" US decline where that nation continues to spend 10x that of any other on defense - really a safe proposition?

Posted by: c1ue | Sep 13 2021 15:09 utc | 101

@Roger #69
The monetary theory formula you noted was clearly ripped off from the ideal gas law.
But the difference is: there is no actual proof that the monetary formula is in any way meaningful or a law.
Just another bullpucky construct from the most discredited of modern academics: economics.

Posted by: c1ue | Sep 13 2021 15:13 utc | 102

Agreed - it certainly is not just international finance/trade which is the root cause(s) of American economic disfunction.
I will still note that the brittleness of American supply chains and other forms of economic weakness would have a much more difficult time arising and continuing to exist without the overt assistance of American politicians of both parties.
In this sense, both parties are really there to defuse anger and distract.

Posted by: c1ue | Sep 13 2021 15:16 utc | 103

@imo #79
It is a mistake to think that the present government in China has any continuity at all with the previous regimes.
Previously, the government bureaucracy was ominpresent whether it was Han, Qin, Mongol or other factions "in control".
The Communists destroyed all of that, however, and very very few of them were of the background such that they were part of the previous mandarinates.
Confucianism is simply very handy for a government that is seeking to fortify its own position, ideologically.
The same, but worse, could be said for the post-Cultural Revolution generations in China.
And to be quite fair: this isn't new. Culture pogroms were conducted multiple times in China including by the first emperor: Shih Huang Ti.

Posted by: c1ue | Sep 13 2021 15:20 utc | 104

@m #83
China isn't growing at 10%+ per year any more, but 6% of a far, far larger economy is growing China's wealth at a far greater absolute rate than ever.
Don't mistake growth rates in percentages with actual increases in national wealth.
Put another way: the US has population growth of around 0.6%
China's is actually lower - 0.35% to 0.45%
If the US economy grows 2% to 2.5%, its actual economic increase is 1.4% to 1.9% x $21B = $294B to $399B
If China's economy grows 6%, its actual economic increase is 5.55% to 5.65% = $788B to $802B
You see the difference in just 1 year? And note that if China continues to grow in the 6% range for just 10 years, the additional growth in wealth each year compounds.
US actual growth for 10 years @ 1.4% to 1.9% = 15% to 21% cumulative growth
China actual growth for 10 years @ 5.55% to 5.65% = 72% to 73% cumulative growth.

Posted by: c1ue | Sep 13 2021 15:34 utc | 105

@m #83
I would also note that the US GDP numbers are inflated by a variety of "unique" (as in bad) setups.
Health care, for example. If a magic wand were waved and US health care became any other random 1st or 2nd world countries' health care system - US GDP would drop at least $1T = 5%. It would likely drop more like $1.6T = 8%.
What about housing - how much higher is rent in the US vs. pretty much any other country? Rents in Europe are 20% to 30% or more lower than the US.
Americans pay less for consumer stuff but pay far, far more for the things which really matter: health care and housing.
This is a significant component of the "purchasing power disparity" between China's GDP vs. the US'.

Posted by: c1ue | Sep 13 2021 15:42 utc | 106

"ProtonMail deletes 'we don't log your IP' boast"

With Proton Mail gone to the dark side, any recommendations for other providers with no attachments to the ~dumb agencies, or at least not part of the Mail commercial providers? thx.

Posted by: Rd | Sep 13 2021 15:59 utc | 107

With Proton Mail gone to the dark side, any recommendations for other providers with no attachments to the ~dumb agencies, or at least not part of the Mail commercial providers? thx.
Posted by: Rd | Sep 13 2021 15:59 utc | 107

There is no evidence Proton Mail has gone to the dark side. Wasn't it there all the time? Same applies to whatever it is you seem to be looking for. If it's online, just assume it is insecure. Try writing things on slips of paper and handing them to your contacts in person ...

Alternatively, you'll just have to find another way of running your life!

Posted by: BM | Sep 13 2021 16:11 utc | 108

@ denk | Sep 13 2021 5:35 utc | 80....... good post.. thanks...

@ Id - thanks for sharing your personal experience.. having a direct connection to someone who has suffered or died from covid seems to alter how a person processes all this.. i had a friend 55 years ago who suffered some aches and pains for a few days, but that was it.. for some it seems like it is flu like symptoms and for others it is really severe... i still can't figure out if it was a release from a bio lab as some type of weapon.. maybe we never will, but i do think of this often.. cheers..

Posted by: james | Sep 13 2021 16:18 utc | 109

@ Peter AU1 (#74), let’s not miss the forest for the trees. The goal of the Global Ruling Clans is to create a private global empire and to achieve this they are using nations. Anyone that is enabling their or any imperialism and humanity’s enslavement is evil. We can agree that it is an EVIL empire?

There are different hierarchical layers within its power structure. It doesn’t matter which level, they’re enabling evil. Even various entities that take its money to build religious monuments, community centers, organizations,... are evil. Even within a layer there’re sub-levels. The finance layer has administrative bureaucrats (central bankers, treasury secretary,...), preparers, creditors, arrangers, investment bankers, pillagers, service providers, promoters, exploiters, organizers,... Similarly, the intelligence agencies layer has factions, sub-levels and they’re also integrated with the media to build the security apparatus. The Clans have worked and evolved their power structure over many centuries. There is now good understanding of this power pyramid!

One can own any assets, as long as they’re priced in A’s currency and traded in its financial network, they’re controlled by A. In addition, to the monetary control the Clans have worked diligently to control global natural resources and many assets. Have you looked at Ski resorts over the world? A few of their funds have been acquiring ski resorts all over the world. Same with hotels, companies,... They’re playing and using everything to build a private global empire, including nations, religions, resources, companies,... If they succeed then humanity will be enslaved and nations will be challenged to challenge it. This is their third try? Three strikes and you’re out!

China was on their hit list to be captured, starting 1995. Just look at the Bilderberg notes of 1995. The Empire captured Europe and Japan in the 20th century and in the beginning of the 21st century was going after the ME to control global energy resources and control China’s development. Russia- Vladimir Putin was a good surprise. The resistance to the Financial Empire has been increasing and getting stronger. The best strike against this Empire has been that it is out of luck. Since 2014 it has been struggling and its power declining, with no big victory. If it doesn’t do the right thing it will pay a heavy price and lose it all. In a hot nuclear war, 99.999% will lose the earnings of their lifetime, while the Ruling Clans will lose what they have built over centuries. So who will be the big loser?

@ snake (#98), agree “there is no place of merit to charge possible villains and no court to bring charges and defendants to answer charges of crimes against humanity?” However, there are laws of nature. If the Empire doesn’t do the right thing, it will face justice. It is being denied luck and victories. How will the Empire end?

A reckoning with reality is on deck! How much later is a very good question. Then unraveling of fictionalization, falsification & financialization will begin. What has been hidden will be revealed! “In God We Trust”

Posted by: Max | Sep 13 2021 16:48 utc | 110

Thank you James @106
It does rankle when some folks compare it with the flu.

Still, I refuse the vaccine.

RT today:
Israeli officials have been caught admitting that in many situations, the country’s ‘Green Pass’ is not “medically justified,” but exists to pressure citizens into getting vaccinated.
Israelis who want to visit bars, restaurants, swimming pools, and all indoor or outdoor events of more than 100 people must show their ‘Green Pass’, a document proving they’ve been vaccinated against Covid-19 or have recently recovered from the disease.

However, the ‘Green Pass’ is less of a public health measure and more of a method of forcing the populace to get the shot, according to footage of cabinet ministers overheard before a meeting on Sunday, broadcast by Israel’s Channel 12 News that night and reported by the Times of Israel.

Posted by: ld | Sep 13 2021 16:59 utc | 111

@ 111 Id.... yes - these passes seem like clear cut coercion.. they have just introduced them here in british columbia effective today...

Posted by: james | Sep 13 2021 17:23 utc | 112

Passer by--

Do recall that the Outlaw US Empire's GDP is grossly overstated, so anything placed in relation to it, such as war spending as a % of GDP, will be understated. IMO, Imperial spending/costs amount to 10% of genuine GDP, the latter being $10-12 Trillion with the former $1-1.2 Trillion.

Posted by: karlof1 | Sep 13 2021 18:06 utc | 113

Chinese tech is again in the news's forefront. "Huawei executive discusses 6G plans, as US chip ban reaches one year anniversary":

"'The US ban has hurt Huawei's business to some extent, but has not been able to hurt it fundamentally. Backed by China's vast market, Huawei managed to maintain its capital, staff team and research capabilities, which I believe will empower the company to push forward next-generation technologies and reinforce its lead in the global telecom industry,' independent tech analyst Xiang Ligang told the Global Times on Sunday."

"According to the article written by Xu, 6G has a more complicated technology environment than 5G, with impact likely to come from multiple technologies like cloud computing, blockchain and big data. He disclosed that Huawei started investment in 6G research in 2017, when it was pushing 5G commercialization.

"'Huawei will define 5.5G and research 6G at the same time in the next few years, and it is a test of the whole industry's imagination and creativity whether 6G can surpass (5G and 5.5G technologies),' Xu wrote."

And Huawei's CFO is still held hostage in Canada. Within the Outlaw US Empire, 5G installation still isn't complete despite boasts of nationwide 5G networks by the major cell companies. Huawei's performance has shown just how greatly shortsighted Empire policy is when it comes to both tech and China.

Posted by: karlof1 | Sep 13 2021 18:22 utc | 114

I have a few Covid topics I haven't surveyed you all on.
Re virus isolation:
(From July)
The Emperor Has No Corona

I STILL have this as an unresolved issue. I fact checked the claims. These folks agree with me.

vk is all about science. Does anyone have a link proving Covid 19 has been isolated?

Posted by: David G Horsman | Sep 13 2021 18:34 utc | 115

Many barflies have followed my links to ROSATOM's accomplishments in closing the fuel cycle. Now it's China's turn, "China makes breakthrough in high-level radioactive waste disposal technique, achieves milestone in nuclear industry":

"China's first high-level radioactive liquid waste disposal equipment, capable of melting waste into glass, has been officially put into use in Guangyuan, Southwest China's Sichuan Province, on Saturday, making China one of the few countries in the world to have acquired such a technique.

"Chinese experts believed that the technique could have been a better option for Japan to dispose the nuclear-contaminated Fukushima wastewater, but Japan 'clearly does not want to pay the bill.'

"The equipment is a milestone project at the back end of the nuclear industry chain, and is considered a major step forward in the safe and green development of China's nuclear industry, the Global Times learned from the State Administration of Science, Technology, and Industry for National Defense on Sunday."

China's been very displeased along with numerous other nations at Japan's decision to release radioactive waste water directly into the Pacific Ocean. I wasn't aware of this type of waste disposal technique:

"Nuclear waste treatment is the final part during the safe use of nuclear energy, of which the most difficult and technically advanced is the treatment of high-level radioactive liquid.

"To tackle the challenge, China's approach is to mix and melt liquid waste with glass materials at a temperature of 1,100 C or higher and then leave it to cool and form into glass, which can effectively and stably contain the radioactive elements inside, thanks to the low leaching and high strength of the glass, read a statement from the administration."

The resulting product will then be buried. It's not nearly as good as burning it as fuel, but it does appear to be the most stable method of waste disposal. Odd that with all its nuclear reactors Japan isn't listed as one of the few nations having this type of expertise.

Posted by: karlof1 | Sep 13 2021 18:39 utc | 116

That's really exciting karlof. Awesome.

There is now a safe underground containment system that works in certain regions of the globe. It's coming on line in skandinavia somewhere. You need deep hard rock. Sorry I have no link.

Anyways it's a deep branched cave that pods/containers go into and each branch gets filled with concrete once it's full. They have me convinced.

Small nuclear plants looks like the only workable green option given all considerations. Plus everything else on the drawing boards.

So we could do it. Like actually do it. That should be good news if we weren't so hopeless.

Posted by: David G Horsman | Sep 13 2021 19:07 utc | 117

Paul Robinson takes apart the recent poll results published [Link at original] by Moscow’s Levada Center, "officially labelled as a ‘foreign agent’ by the country’s Ministry of Justice over links to overseas funding." Levada has consistently asked the same series of questions since it began the survey in 1996, but this years findings are deemed surprising:

"Asked, 'What political system do you consider the best?' a mere 16% answered, 'democracy according to the model of Western countries.' A slightly higher fraction – 18% – answered 'the current system (ie. the Boris Yeltsin/Vladimir Putin model of the past three decades).' But the headline figure was that a whopping 49% said that they preferred 'the Soviet system, like we had until the 1990s.'"

Ouch, or perhaps not given the very Collective-people-oriented policies Putin's initiated since 2014, since it appears potential voters aren't banging on the Communist Party's doors. Robinson relates some curious stats that make his article worth the time to read. But IMO, who the Russian people elect in several days is what matters followed by Putin's response to the results.

Posted by: karlof1 | Sep 13 2021 19:08 utc | 118

karlof1 118

Pole figures are interesting in Russia. United Russia took a big drop, I think around the time pension ages were changed but the other parties virtually made no gain. Seems as though although they were pissed with united Russia over the pension change, they also disliked the other parties.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Sep 13 2021 19:14 utc | 119

Peter AU1 @ 119 I also found it interesting that Russia faces the same aging population issues as the rest of the G7. (I'm 60 btw)
At what point is half the young work force just looking after the elderly. The was predicted early on in the "baby boom" and I noticed in all sorts of politics over time even as a disinterested apolitical party.
Anyway it is and will be a growing issue no?

Posted by: David G Horsman | Sep 13 2021 19:26 utc | 120

David G Horsman @117--

I don't see "we" as "hopeless." Rather, I see a significant portion of the West's public being herded instead of directing, especially within the Outlaw US Empire. IMO, the majority of humanity is working hard on trying to better themselves, but media rarely report such news as the impression is that it doesn't sell. For example, here's a truthful statement that won't be published by the West that undermines its own position:

"'Unfortunately, the West follows a very shameful double standard, not only refraining from putting pressure on [Israel] to join the [Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty] and disarm, but also providing this illegitimate regime with everything at its disposal to violate the international system and pose a permanent threat to the region and the world,' [Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh] said, speaking at a press conference on Monday."

Yes, it's very easy to become extremely pessimistic and cynical, but there are a great many good ideas and people acting to implement important ideals to heal the planet and restore some semblance of morality to humanity after 500+ years of Western rapine and plunder.

Posted by: karlof1 | Sep 13 2021 19:37 utc | 121

@Posted by: Peter AU1 | Sep 13 2021 19:14 utc | 119

The Russian and US systems are not that different, both are quite neoliberal with a dominant capitalist class and MIC (although the siloviki are not captured by the capitalists in the same ways that the US ones are) and huge income and wealth disparities, with a bit more European orientation with free healthcare and education, and also the lack of massive mortgage debt. Both of them have a fake democracy, somewhat more complex than the Soviet "you can vote for whatever communist party rep that is on the ballot", but with generally the same outcome - no change in who rules.

Putin has to be careful about riding on the memories of the first decade of this century, while not calling on the rich to provide some more crumbs to the general populace. The challenge of upgrading the Russian economy after the mass deindustrialization of the 1990s and the resistance of the approx. 100 US$ billionaires to anything that threatens their power and wealth, is central to Russia's future position, either:

- A Mexico to China
- A Canada to China
- A destabilized mess post-Putin

Posted by: Roger | Sep 13 2021 19:39 utc | 122

"... there are a great many good ideas and people acting to implement important ideals to heal the planet and restore some semblance of morality to humanity after 500+ years of Western rapine and plunder."

karlof1 @ 121 Well, I like your spirit anyways and seldom disagree with your analysis. Thanks for your efforts. And I am on a mission of peace at the meta level. Peace with moral realist bent. I try to accept the world and humanity as it is. Judgment is different conversation.

Posted by: David G Horsman | Sep 13 2021 19:57 utc | 123

Sputnik reviews "How China's Realpolitik Approach to Venezuela, Iran & Afghanistan Upends US' Geopolitical Game":

"China is dealing a blow to Washington's sanctions strategy by stretching a helping hand to developing states labelled by the US as "pariahs" which have been subjected to tough restrictions. This shows that the world has reached a point of no return along with the accelerating decline of the US, says Asia Pacific commentator Thomas W. Pauken II."

In what might be seen as a form of retaliation, the Outlaw US Empire continues to move further away from its stated One China Policy as this article reveals:

"On Saturday, sources said to have been briefed on internal discussions told the Financial Times that the Biden administration was “seriously considering” a request by Taiwan to change the name of its de facto embassy in the US from the 'Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office' to simply the 'Taiwan Representative Office'.

"According to the business newspaper, Biden’s Asia advisor Kurt Campbell personally backs the idea with the proposal also enjoying 'wide support' in the National Security Council and the State Department."

Yesterday's Global Times Editorial response is extensively cited. To use Castro's method of analysis, it appears that forces outside Biden's office want to force the issue given this clue:

"Reports also said senior 'national security' officials from the US and the island of Taiwan held face-to-face talks on Friday in Annapolis, Maryland, which is less than an hour's drive from Washington DC. The two pieces of news were revealed immediately following reports about a phone conversation between the Chinese and the US heads of state."

Sputnik does a good job of describing the severity of what will soon escalate into a full blown crisis. And it is indeed serious as the following from the editorial says:

Due to US incitement and instigation, some Western countries are itching to play the 'Taiwan card.' Punishing only small countries while ignoring the major powers won't work. Safeguarding the bottom line of the one-China principle means we have to deter the US attempt to cross the line. Otherwise, we will have to face the possibility of more 'Taiwan Representative Offices' emerging in a batch of capital cities.

"Diplomatic measures alone are obviously not enough. If the US and the Taiwan island change the names, they are suspected of touching the red line of China's Anti-Secession Law, and the Chinese mainland will have to take severe economic and military measures to combat the arrogance of the US and the island of Taiwan. At that time, the mainland should impose severe economic sanctions on the island and even carry out an economic blockade on the island, depending on the circumstances." [My Emphasis]

Yes, we've read about these possibilities before, but never in conjunction with these sorts of provocations. I must confess that this is the strongest worded editorial I've read on this issue and suggest all barflies click the link and read what I haven't cited:

"It seems that sooner or later, the Taiwan Straits will be plunged into a storm that will change the situation there drastically. And judging from the current actions of the US and the island of Taiwan, we can be sure that even if they will have to take this step back, they will step forth again soon. Thus, right now we need to be fully prepared to blow them out of the water in the Taiwan Straits.

"The US has been engaging in phrase mongering, hoping that the 'competition' between China and the US will not evolve into a 'conflict.' We have to tell them clearly with our actions that 'competition' with the Chinese mainland on the Taiwan question is bound to turn into a serious conflict, and there is absolutely no room for maneuver." [My Emphasis]

Posted by: karlof1 | Sep 13 2021 20:23 utc | 124


The Australian top government scientific research organisation CSIRO had developed the nuclear waste to glass containment method three decades ago. The industry throughout the world ignored it. Profit taking is the modus operandi. A prime example is the GE reactors at fukushima where Tokyo power placed the stand by emergency generators on the ground in a known tsunami zone.

It seems that China is more interested in total lifecycle integrity than most other nations when it comes to nuclear energy. The profit takers are simply not to be trusted but judged on their performance and integrity.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Sep 13 2021 20:35 utc | 125

karlof1 | Sep 13 2021 20:23 utc | 124

I seem to remember that the US Central Command theorized that it had a "window of opportunity", given to it by military superiority, to take over the world.
The question is ;- do they still have it or do they still THINK they have it?
I reckon they may be trying to use hostilities - which will forcibly include NATO, to force other countries to either "be with them" or "be with us", as Bush said.

Many things happen in a major war, rules change and dissension is no longer allowed. All corporate and industrial effort is channeled, and paid for by IOU's (War Bonds). "Motive" is established etc. As long as there has been psychological preparation of the population, (the obedient and incurious?) it would be followed to the letter. Individuals must become members of a resistance to an "existential threat".

All normal threats to a ruling class (bankruptcy, Legal threats to semi or outright criminality, popular revolt) can be suppressed by the use of a major war as a threat.

Would the "US" be mad enough to start a major war?. Americans no, but who is going to ask their opinion?. Why bother? The "Resetters", Olgarchs with Bunkers in Nature reserves, Luxury Ships or Ski "resorts" in foriegn countries WANT a reduction in humanity. They could easily be paranoiac enough. Madness has it's own rules.

Posted by: Stonebird | Sep 13 2021 20:49 utc | 126

It didn't take China very long to reach a decision about Taiwan: "PLA jets will eventually patrol over Taiwan."

"Sending PLA fighter jets over the island of Taiwan is a step we must take. The move will pose a fundamental warning to the Taiwan authorities and bring about reconstruction of the situation across the Taiwan Straits. It will be a clear declaration of China's sovereignty over Taiwan island, and create unprecedented conditions for us to further implement this sovereignty.

"The 'airspace' over the Taiwan island belongs to the airspace of China. The so-called middle line of the Taiwan Straits has never been recognized by the Chinese mainland. Therefore, there is sufficient legal basis for the PLA fighter jets to fly over the island. Previously, PLA fighter jets did not fly over Taiwan. That was out of consideration for taking care of the emotions and feelings of Taiwan residents and out of the goodwill to maintain stability across the Straits. Now that the DPP authority has gone completely hostile toward the mainland and is willing to play a role as a pawn of the US in strategically containing the Chinese mainland, it is time for us to take back the favor we granted to the island in the past and prepare to exercise the sovereignty of sending fighter jets to patrol the Taiwan island. [My Emphasis]

IMO, Taiwan's DPP has crossed China's Red Line and will now pay the price. But it's a very odd editorial in that it has at least two distinct voices, the one cited above and the one that follows:

"There will be a long sequence of escalations in the cross-Straits game between the Chinese mainland and the US and the island of Taiwan, but the flyover of a mainland fighter jet will be the most critical step. The PLA has already been thoroughly preparing for the military struggle with the island of Taiwan. The mainland's fighter aircraft have frequently flown in the airspace near the island, crossing the so-called middle line of the Taiwan Straits many times. In fact, the Taiwan authorities have become more and more psychologically prepared for a flyover from the PLA.

"Of course, that move will break the situation in the Straits, so it needs to be carried out at the most appropriate time. The mainland should make constant statements that its fighters are ready to fly over the island. This way, when Taiwan authorities seriously provoke the mainland, it will be in their expectation that fighter jets will definitely come from the other side of the Straits. It will be the safest when PLA fighter jets fly over Taiwan amid media reports about the mainland's wrath." [My Emphasis]

This seems a Good Cop/Bad Cop play--Lets fly the jets over today! versus Let's await the right moment to fly our jets over. Clearly, the CPC's senior decision makers haven't yet reached a consensus on the issue. Several of us felt China was close to making the SCS the area where its war with the Outlaw US Empire will occur rather than Taiwan, and that still might happen. China's position on Taiwan for years was that it would reunify peacefully, but it appears the Outlaw US Empire needs to have more millions die in its attempt to reign over the planet, and those millions can't be its own citizens. Militarily, there's nothing the Empire can do for Taiwan; it knows that and so does China. So, why does it persist? IMO, it's for the same reason it persists in strangling Cuba and is hostile to any nation expressing its own world view and following its own political-economic development plan.

Posted by: karlof1 | Sep 13 2021 20:53 utc | 127


Thanks for your detailed post about Castro's first reaction to JFK assassination. You wonder what he would think a day later after Ruby enters the scene, here is the answer:

In fact, he killed a dead man. That’s what this gangster did.

Castro Figured Out The JFK Case in Five Days: Speech of November 27th, 1963

The first speech was on the 24th, there was another one on the 27th. the quote is from the latter one. He is amazed at the chain of events, does some ballistic analysis arguing the impossibility of the official story line. It is like watching Stone's movie in a short article, but right after the event, not half a century later when everybody is still officially speculating.

He saw through the whole event so clearly that he was wrong in one thing:

And so it will be very difficult to continue dressing this doll up, it will be very difficult to maintain the story they have been telling.

Sorry Fidel, the story they’ve been telling is still the one and only.

I’ll try to watch Stone’s new film about JFK, he is a great filmmaker.

Posted by: Paco | Sep 13 2021 20:54 utc | 128

RE: The new age of American power - Adam Tooze / New Statesman
Despite forecasts of decline following the Afghanistan withdrawal, the US military is planning another century of global domination.


Anglo imperialist delusions die hard.

The Sun Will Never Ever Set on the Anglo-American Empire. Never Ever!

Onward with the Project for a New American Century!!!

Adam Tooze really should have a debate with Andrei Martyanov, who argues that America has lost the arms race with Russia, and indeed that Russia has achieved the ability to neutralize the American threat through conventional warfare without even escalating to the nuclear threshold.

Posted by: ak74 | Sep 13 2021 21:28 utc | 129

uncle tungsten @125--

Thanks for your reply. Japanese behavior is most enigmatic. Hard to understand why Neoliberals shot down CSIRO's discovery. Of course, both Russia and China have very different motivations for their work. Another oddity although I can't find the article at the moment is ROSATOM's new wind power division, NovaWind.

Stonebird @126--

Look at what was deemed necessary in the late 1990s to make Full Spectrum Dominance a reality and yet that goal remains. Are those in charge of the Empire as immoral as they were at any previous time? IMO, they remain as immoral as ever before. IMO, they now face more resistance than ever before. I've agreed with Crooke that they're up to no good again and will now devote some time to discovering what he has to report this week. The Ds have always been the worse of the duo at scheming.

Posted by: karlof1 | Sep 13 2021 21:35 utc | 130

An interesting voice of sanity on China:

The author, Colin Mackerras, comes from the multi talented and respected Mackerras family. He could probably have written this essay in Classical Greek or a number of other languages.

Posted by: Paul | Sep 13 2021 21:36 utc | 131

Listen to the Nervous laughter from the Australian audience when John Mearsheimer tells them if they choose to be friendly with China, US will show them just how nasty it can be.......
Video at link

Posted by: W.W. | Sep 13 2021 22:06 utc | 132

Paco @128--

Thanks so much for digging up that answer! The proper grain of sand has yet to fall in the right spot according to Crooke's analysis I just finished reading. But has it been 50 years of luck or was something put in place to ensure the grain would never fall? And what of the relevance of that theory to today's several crises? It appears close to certain the ECB is going to make some portion of the EU decidedly unhappy. And then what? All Crooke's revelations deal with the West, not the East--excepting Occupied Palestine. Is it possible that the coming major economic depression could be confined to the West while the East gets on with its development efforts? Other interpretations of Crooke are very welcome.

Perhaps the grain of sand that causes the avalanche will be one from China, although The Sand Pebbles is the right title but with the wrong plot.

Posted by: karlof1 | Sep 13 2021 22:11 utc | 133

Elijah Magnier anticipates the delivery of oil and gas to Lebanon today.

From Iran via Syria. The neo cons could suffer cerebral implosion as they thought it was Egyptian oil and gas!!

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Sep 13 2021 22:11 utc | 134

The Cradle has a top report from Ziad Hafez on the challenges facing Jordan.

Jordan faces a profound economic crisis, with corruption at the top and unreliable allies in the region. The country will either have to forge an entirely new direction or face a crisis of legitimacy at its core.

A short and informative read that sketches the past and how it intersects with today. This is a core country for the future of peace in the middle east. Clearly Lebanon is the current target for destruction, will Jordan be the next?

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Sep 13 2021 22:20 utc | 135

re: US Taipei Office nameplate change vs Global Times saber rattling

Eh... this particular line of escalation is smooth, with lots of room for "proportional response".

Here is the Taiwan ADIZ (air defense ID zone). Note that it covers a bunch of the mainland -- a sign of how arbitrary it is.

As is, the flights barely cut into the southwest corner. They'll probably move closer.

Of particular interest would be a handful of small islands controlled by Taiwan (not shown on the above map), which would probably be the place where the first meaningful response might take place -- in the distant future. As in 10 or 20 years away, IMO. I suppose if the US and Taiwan do something particularly irritating, a small island might be seized sooner rather than later, but neither threats of a military response nor threats of a hard suspension of trade are really plausible at this time.

Nevertheless, I'm pretty sure policy planners on both sides would rather avoid testing this. In spite of huffing and puffing in the PR universe, there is no great hurry by any of the parties to actually provoke a conflict.

Posted by: ptb | Sep 13 2021 22:24 utc | 136

I'm sure many barflies agree the US, Australian and 'western' financial systems and manufacturing sectors are not 'fit for purpose' compared to, for example, China's model.

There are many and varied reasons for this and many possible solutions.

Here is an example the system working well for the common good and prosperity:
Following WW2 America's auto manufactures met and agreed to use some identical parts from common suppliers. Like starter motors and ignition systems. This is despite the fact the auto manufactures were in sharp competition with each other. How long this arrangement lasted is unknown to me.

Here is an example how the system became broken, one of many examples:

The titans of industry, and their overpaid management teams, rather than spend on new and innovative capacity, decided mergers and acquisitions together with off shore manufacturing made their shareholders happy. Then these bloated conglomerates awarded themselves with performance options based on the share price.

The easy way to achieve this was to have lavish share buy back schemes/ scams. This stifled organic growth and enriched the management scammers. Of course the share price went up but nothing really changed, except more workers were sacrificed.

It is now totally disingenuous and dishonest to blame others, like China, for the structural failures of your own crooked and rigged system.

Posted by: Paul | Sep 13 2021 22:30 utc | 137

@118 karlof1
re: Russia political poll article - Interesting link, thanks!

Posted by: ptb | Sep 13 2021 22:30 utc | 138

@karlof1 | Sep 13 2021 20:53 utc | 127,

China's position on Taiwan for years was that it would reunify peacefully, but it appears the Outlaw US Empire needs to have more millions die in its attempt to reign over the planet, and those millions can't be its own citizens.

Unfortunately, there will be NO peaceful reunification of Taiwan. The only solution is a military one now. The question is just how and at what price US would ask for selling out Taiwan. Those in DPP just play its constituency with lies and pocket everything they can before the moment arrives. The beneficiary of this fiasco is US MIC and DPP politicians- just look at US arm sales to Taiwan under Tsai regime. The only sure losers are people in Taiwan, which more or less would deserve some blames themselves since they "democratically" elect those politicians.

Posted by: LuRenJia | Sep 13 2021 23:26 utc | 139

re: W.W. | Sep 13 2021 22:06 utc | 132

When was the speech made? I was waiting for someone in the audience to yell out in broad antipodean "Get fucked you dumb cunts"!

In the 1980's New Zealand ended up in anti-nuclear "conflict" with the US and we survived and the anti-nuclear stance remains. Many (maybe even most) NZers don't take much encouragement to express negative views about the US.

Three relatively young progressive NZ political leaders have died unexpectedly in the last 50 years, Norman Kirk, David Lange and Rod Donald. They are not forgotten.

NZ was the first "western" country to recognize "communist" China and (re)started trading with it in 1973.

Posted by: tucenz | Sep 13 2021 23:49 utc | 140

Hmmm... ptb opines the Taiwan crisis will go on for many years while LuRenJia opines that its much closer than ptb thinks. Likely more dramatics as the crucial Summits and UNGA come nearer.

Hudson has a new paper out, but not yet at his site but at Saker's. Here's his description of the Outlaw US Empire:

"The corollary image is the United States as a financialized and monopolized economy with atom bombs and cyber threats, in danger of becoming a failed state like the old Soviet Union but threatening to bring the entire world economy down with it if other countries do not subsidize its debt-ridden New Cold War economy.

"Presenting itself as the world’s leading democracy despite its financial oligarchy at home and its support of client oligarchies abroad, the United States has consolidated financial power in the wake of the 2008 junk-mortgage and bank-fraud.

"Policy making and resource allocation have passed out of the hands of meaningful electoral politics into those of the Finance, Insurance and Real Estate (FIRE) sector, and what Ray McGovern has called MICIMATT the Military-Industrial-Congressional-Intelligence-Media-Academic-Think Tank complex, including the major foundations and NGOs. These institutions seek to concentrate income and wealth in the hands of a FIRE-sector oligarchy just as the Roman Senate blocked reform with veto power over popular legislation, and Europe’s upper houses of parliament such as Britain’s House of Lords used similar chokehold power to resist government control in the public interest.

"The rise of U.S.-sponsored neoliberalism means that the 19th-century’s fight to free markets from predatory finance sponsoring rentier parasitism and has failed. This failure is celebrated as a victory for the rule of law, democracy, property rights and even free markets over the authority of public power to regulate private wealth-seeking. Integrating the global economy along unipolar lines enabling U.S. financial interests and those of allied NATO economies to appropriate the most profitable and highest rent-yielding assets of foreign countries is idealized as the natural evolution of civilization, not as the road to neoliberal serfdom and debt peonage embodied in what U.S. officials call the Rule of Law."

Hudson then goes on to provide us with "The Vocabulary of Neoliberalism" which is how it defines certain concepts: What is the Rule of Law? What is a free market? What is democracy? What is autocracy and “authoritarianism”? What is neoliberalism? What are property rights? What is a failed economy?

Those definitions will be familiar to those who've read his J is for Junk Economics and his many essays. In his conclusion, he provides the alternative, which is quite short. An interesting hint indicates he's been reading Crooke's last several essays.

Posted by: karlof1 | Sep 13 2021 23:53 utc | 141

Regarding Tooze's article:

I think he's merely stating the obvious (but in a more cult and refined language). That technological supremacy always trumps numbers is a tautology in History. It may theoretically happen, but that's not the problem.

The real problem is this: will the Pentagon be able to do it? After all, wanting to be technologically superior is completely different from actually being technologically superior.

So, far, empirical analysis shows the Pentagon is failing on this task: the F-35 was projected to be the multi-use platform, the better and cheaper jet. It should have been the "jet to end all jets". It turned out to be a failure precisely because the USA's technological level couldn't make it feasible. The Zumwalt, with its electromagnetic catapults and do-it-all cannons should do the same at sea. Its catapult turned out to be fantasy and its munitions turned out to cost more than a hellfire missile per unit. Then there were those laser guns etc.

But yes, scientifically speaking, Tooze's argument is valid.


@ Posted by: karlof1 | Sep 13 2021 19:08 utc | 118

I remember commenting here that the USSR was an enemy Putin wouldn't be able to defeat. Putin defeated many foes in his life, survived and prospered for many decades in the hostile Russian political system, and at the world stage.

But he should not fool himself into thinking he will ever be able to defeat the USSR, i.e. to try to erase the Soviet legacy. This one is too much to him.

Posted by: vk | Sep 13 2021 23:59 utc | 142

@ Posted by: Paul | Sep 13 2021 22:30 utc | 137

Yes, but the American people was an accomplice of this decision (of financialization). The boomer generation dreamed of a USA where their sons and daughters would never have to carry a bag of sand on their backs or get their hands dirty with grease. They dreamed about a USA where all that would be would be the "smart jobs", i.e. the dignified (college degree) white collar jobs, where everybody would be intellectuals having a solid middle class career. That was the American Dream.

Posted by: vk | Sep 14 2021 0:08 utc | 143

Paul @ 137:

I'd add to your comment that Australia was basically just an outpost of US and other foreign manufacturing in most industries.

In the 1940s Australia began a home-grown auto-manufacturing industry but this was taken over by US companies (GM and Ford) from the 1950s onwards. During the 1970s Japanese car makers like Toyota, Mitsubishi and some others set up shop in different parts of Australia. A number of local Australian industries grew up around the US and Japanese car-making factories to the extent that many towns in New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria were basically one-industry towns.

All the US and Japanese car makers in Australia relied on (and took advantage of) heavy government subsidies to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars. This may or may not be relevant to your argument: in most countries that have car manufacturing, the companies and factories depend on government subsidies. Most governments are actually happy to subsidise car manufacturing even though they know the huge amounts of money they throw at the manufacturers actually don't end up in the production of cars or into the costs of production; for these governments, having a car-making industry is a source of national pride, a sign that "they've made it into the First World" club, and it provides jobs in other industries and is a source of technology transfer (especially in robotics and logistics) that other industries can benefit from.

During the 1990s, as more countries encouraged car-making in their territories, the idea of all these countries being involved in a single "one global car" manufacturing process (in which Country 1 makes and supplies parts, Country 2 makes and supplies other parts, and all these parts are put together in Country 3 because Country 3 has low-wage labour or is closest to a potential big market for the cars) became popular, especially as the "just-in-time" inventory storage concept became a trend in the worldwide auto industry. Because Australia is far away from most markets for buying cars - especially as these markets themselves became significant makers and suppliers of car parts and cars themselves (Southeast Asian nations started making car parts and whole cars during this decade) - we Antipodeans became a more peripheral supplier of parts in the manufacturing process as this became more globalised.

Eventually most overseas car makers left Australia until last decade when only GM and Toyota were left (Toyota more out of sentimental reasons because Australia was the first country outside Japan where Toyota set up a factory). GM and Toyota left Australia when the Australian government (under Tony Abbott as Prime Minister) refused to increase subsidies to the industry. Abbott's attitude to the car-makers' plans (Toyota actually had plans to hang on until 2021 but this depended on GM staying as well, as one car maker could not support all the smaller firms that supplied parts but two could) was most likely a factor: calling him a fat-headed fascist idiot is an understatement.

The result is that not only does Australia now have no car-making industry but all the other industries that benefited from that industry have withered away and other flow-on effects like technology and engineering know-how transfers have gone or are going as well.

You can see that in all of this, Australia and Australians really had no independence or much say in the direction and trends in auto-making over the past 70+ years. Much the same could be said for other manufacturing here.

Posted by: Jen | Sep 14 2021 0:16 utc | 144

If you actually knew of Putin's policies, you'd be able to see just how closely they mimic those of the USSR. What the USSR lacked was Russia's traditional Conservatism, the instillation of it back into Russia's socio-cultural matrix is perhaps Putin's most important accomplishment, accounts for his popularity and keeps getting him elected.

Posted by: karlof1 | Sep 14 2021 0:21 utc | 145

When was the speech made? I was waiting for someone in the audience to yell out in broad antipodean "Get fucked you dumb cunts"

Posted by: tucenz | Sep 13 2021 23:49 utc | 140

Full 1 hr 20 min debate video at link:

Centre for Independent Studies, Canberra, Australia, Aug 13, 2019

..... it’s naïve to think that Australia can sit on the sidelines and get the best of both worlds: unconstrained trade with China while keeping the U.S. security umbrella over its head. Canberra must support Uncle Sam.

However, Australia’s future will be dominated by China, says one of Australia’s leading strategic thinkers Hugh White. Treasury forecasts show that the Chinese economy will be about 80 per cent bigger than America’s within a dozen years.

Posted by: W.W. | Sep 14 2021 0:28 utc | 146


Thank you for those two posts.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Sep 14 2021 0:59 utc | 147

A spoonful of respect for Palestinians seeking freedom.

Palestinians have always had different symbols to represent their freedom; a spoon is the newest sign that has captured artists’ and social media users’ attentions. After the six Palestinians tunnelled out of the high-security Gilboa Prison, reportedly using a spoon, a large number of social media users, influencers and artists have been focusing on the simple tool used in the movie-like escape. Protesters threw tens of spoons in front of the Israeli embassy in Washington, DC, in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners who escaped into the Zionist prison with spoons and escaped.

The spoon has been elevated to an icon of liberation and will, like that famous tossed shoe, become the bain of many press conferences.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Sep 14 2021 1:23 utc | 148

A spoonful of respect for Palestinians seeking freedom.

Palestinians have always had different symbols to represent their freedom; a spoon is the newest sign that has captured artists’ and social media users’ attentions. After the six Palestinians tunnelled out of the high-security Gilboa Prison, reportedly using a spoon, a large number of social media users, influencers and artists have been focusing on the simple tool used in the movie-like escape. Protesters threw tens of spoons in front of the Israeli embassy in Washington, DC, in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners who escaped into the Zionist prison with spoons and escaped.

I posted this with the correct Fars link but there is a black hole for these between here and MoA destination. So here is tiny url with a link to the image location:

Perhaps the spoon is now elevated to the same order of respect as the shoe when it comes to press conferences.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Sep 14 2021 1:30 utc | 149

Why did the American regime protect 9-11 terrorists in the run-up to the 9-11 attacks?

To allow their terrorist assets to successfully execute the Inside Job that is 9-11.

The Twenty Year Shadow of 9/11 (Part II): Why Did Key US Officials Protect the Alleged 9/11 Plotters?

Posted by: ak74 | Sep 14 2021 2:02 utc | 150

Confucius has suddenly become the founding father of China.

Posted by: vk | Sep 13 2021 12:31 utc | 94

Honestly attributing everything China to Confucianism is deeply orientalist shows a lack of historical understanding of China's culture, society, and philosophy. Confucianism had been exported to or even imported by the outskirts like Korea for the former and Japan for the latter. However both society exhibit a different direction of development that China had for centuries: both are highly hierarchical and feudalistic. Korean dynasty were also bureaucratic and had a robust system of civil service but they never had any open entrance for peasant to those positions. Meanwhile Japan only keep those hierarchical aspect of Confucianism without even had any civil service until Tokugawa bring close to the Warring States era and even then it was minimal. China on the hand had imperial civil exam that's open to everyone. Land is owned by the Imperial household and could be given as gift and taken as a punishment. There is notable degree of meritocratic underpinning in the supposedly rigid, hierarchical Confucian society of China.

That because China, unlike its neighbor, wasn't actually adhering purely to Confucianism. The principle of Confucius is great at maintaining an united empire but it isn't practical in uniting a fractured one or even rooting corruption and decline from within. It is Legalism that responsible for China's meritocratic system and the much touted Chinese pragmatism. Confucianism claimed victory over its ideological component after the formation of Han Dynasty yet they subsumed their nemesis ideas as their own. Mao Zedong have explicitly stated in some of his works that he adhere to Legalism and he wished to seek its revival in Chinese philosophy and thinking, alongside socialist ideas. If China is truly the Confucianist nation that the orientalist western likes to say, then why the CPC don't put emphasis on ritual, always break tradition even their own to achieve pragmatic moves that results in material improvement on the lives of Chinese people? Isn't Confucius the one who say ritual is important for maintaining social harmony? One only had to see to North Korea to see how a much more Confucianist society emphasize the importance of rituals.

Posted by: Hangar | Sep 14 2021 2:32 utc | 151

snake 98, james 109

Here's from the horse mouth...

The globalist guru Rockefeller,
'Some even believe [the Rockefellers] are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterising my family and me as ‘internationalists’ conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure – one world, if you will. If that’s the charge, I stand guilty, and I’m proud of it.
We are on the verge of a global transformation. All we need is the right major crisis'

The Eugenicists guru represented by Bill Gates.
'The world today has 6.8 billion people...that's headed up to about 9 billion. If we do a really great job on vaccines, health care, reproductive health services, we could lower that by perhaps 10 to 15 percent.'

Prince Phillips
'In the event that I am reincarnated, I would like to return as a deadly virus, in order to contribute something to solve overpopulation.'

Taro Aso, jp DPM [honorable white]
'the elderly should be allowed to "hurry up and die" to relieve pressure on the state to pay for their medical care.

"Heaven forbid if you are forced to live on when you want to die. I would wake up feeling increasingly bad knowing that [treatment] was all being paid for by the government,'

Barbara Marx Hubbard
'One-fourth of humanity must be eliminated from the social body. We are in charge of God's selection process for planet Earth. He selects, we destroy. We are the riders of the pale horse, Death.'

Nobel Prize-winning Australian microbiologist Sir Macfarlane Burnet secretly urged the Australian government in 1947 to develop bio-weapons for use against the ‘overpopulated countries of South-East Asia.’ In a 1947 meeting with the New Weapons and Equipment Development Committee, the group recommended that ‘the possibilities of an attack on the food supplies of S-E Asia and Indonesia using B.W. agents should be considered by a small study group.’

Tip of an iceberg..

Posted by: denk | Sep 14 2021 2:38 utc | 152

@Posted by: Hangar | Sep 14 2021 2:32 utc | 150

Very well said, the Chinese state has always been good at integrating different philosophical traditions - with the combination of Legalism and Buddhism (together with some aspects of Taoism and commercial and experiential insights) forming the philosophical base of Chinese society from the Han to the Century of Humiliation. During the latter period, the philosophical base was updated in a very painful process to be able to compete with the West (a process which the Japanese did much more quickly as the Meiji Restoration) - completed by Mao (incorporating communism) and then Deng (incorporating embedded market aspects). Even now, Xi has stated the need to study other philosophical traditions and integrate the wheat while excluding the chaff, while remaining loyal to basic tenets.

Such flexibility and openness to learning is sorely lacking in the West, which perhaps is due for its Century of Humiliation.

Posted by: Roger | Sep 14 2021 3:35 utc | 153

@Posted by: Paul | Sep 13 2021 22:30 utc | 137

Share buy backs were illegal until the 1980s, they still should be. Also, not adjusting stock options for the effects of buy backs is pure theft by the executives from the shareholders. As you say, much easier and more remunerative to cut costs and buy back shares than organically grow a business.

Posted by: Roger | Sep 14 2021 3:55 utc | 154

Karlof1 @ 118.. "Asked, 'What political system do you consider the best?' a mere 16% answered, 'democracy according to the model of Western countries.'

<=I think the word western democracy is too broad..for a question on preference to return a faithful result. None of the western governance models are democratic", they are rich man's republics.

The governed people do not have a say in republican forms of government, at any level.. In the USA, the "once in every 2-6 years exception <=allowed to voters" (centers around the three votes each governed citizen is entitled to caste in national voting rounds).

None of those three votes, are about issues, but instead are about electing local people to serve in the national government. A citizen of the USA for example, can cast a vote in state wide segments of national elections, for but 1 member of the House of Representatives. That house member must be from the same district in which the voter is registered to vote. So local people have no say in who is to serve in 524 of the 527 positions in the elected government.

The same citizen can caste votes for two senators, but the senators the voter is allowed to caste a vote for, must be from the same state in which the voter is allowed to vote.. That's it <=no more voting is allowed to the governed citizen

BUT THE GOVERNED CITIZEN CANNOT VOTE FOR ANYONE IN THE ARTICLE II GOVERNMENT (PRESIDENT nor VICE PRESIDENT), NOR MAY THE GOVERNED CITIZEN VOTE ON OR FOR ANY MEMBER OF THE JUDICIARY (Article III government), nor may a governed citizen vote on any treaty or for any Minister, consul, Ambassador or other officer of the government.

The electoral college elects the two (P, and VP) members of the Article II government and
government itself appoints the Judiciary.

Democracies are about decisions <= not people?
Republics are about separating governed people from government decisions and operations.

A republic enables government to protect, promote and save the Oligarch.
A democracy is about full disclosure, open on-going decision making coupled to real experience of the voters.
Democracy adjust governance to the needs of the governed people;
Republics adjust governance to the needs of the Oligarch
<=oligarch manage state through intermediaries <= politicians govern the governed.

Democracy is a progressive, always evolving government( its like a slinky); as the voters come to grips with what is needed they equate expected vs desired with actual vs intended.

The difference between a Republic and a Democracy:
in a Republic night: top (rules) and day: bottom (follows)..
in a Democracy night blends with day, governors and voters become one in the same, structure and leaders change to accommodate skill, circumstance and need.

Democracy turns a nation of people into a self-coached team; while Republics are structured to allow Oligarch to use elected politicians to slave-drive, a nation of kept-in-the-dark-people, to produce needs and desires, that satisfy the oligarch.

Posted by: snake | Sep 14 2021 3:56 utc | 155

five liars have 0 biz hating Chinese but they do.
Chinese have 1001 reasons hating five liars but they dont.

War Nerd...

It’s a full-time job, keeping track of the US/NATO campaign to start a fire somewhere on China’s borders. It’s like tracking an inept arsonist by satellite image: “Oh, there he goes again…the idiot started a trash fire next to a concrete wall.”
Given the history of US/China relations, from the pogroms against Chinese immigrants to the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, through the demonization of Chinese mainlanders in the Cold War (which I remember distinctly from elementary school scare movies), the endless attempts to start insurgencies in Tibet, Xinjiang, and Fujian, to the nonstop violence and abuse of Asians in America, you don’t need to find reasons for Chinese people to want a war.

The odd thing is that most of them don’t seem to. That’s a remarkable testimony to the discipline and good sense of the Chinese public…so far. And it’s also, if you’re thinking clearly, a good reason not to keep provoking China in such gross, pointless ways. A population with that level of discipline and unity, matched with zooming prosperity, technical expertise, and pride on emerging from a long nightmare, is not one to woof at.

the war nerd on FUKUS unsinkable aircraft carrier ... on China's doorstep.

Posted by: denk | Sep 14 2021 4:01 utc | 156

@Posted by: Stonebird | Sep 13 2021 20:49 utc | 126

This may be the report that you were thinking of: RAND 2016 "War With China Thinking Through The Unthinkable".

"In 2015, U.S. losses could be a relatively small frac- tion of forces committed, but still significant; Chinese losses could be much heavier than U.S. losses and a substantial fraction of forces com- mitted. This gap in losses will shrink as Chinese A2AD improves: By 2025, U.S. losses could range from significant to heavy; Chinese losses, while still very heavy, could be somewhat less than in 2015, owing to increased degradation of U.S. strike capabilities. A severe and lengthy conflict would leave both with substantially reduced total military capacity and thus vulnerable to other threats."

The Chinese advances in hypersonic missiles etc. have been much faster than RAND assumed, and all recent war games have shown the US losing such a war - so the window of opportunity may have already closed.

"“At that point the trend in our war games was not just that we were losing, but we were losing faster,” Hinote said. “After the 2018 war game I distinctly remember one of our gurus of war gaming standing in front of the Air Force secretary and chief of staff, and telling them that we should never play this war game scenario [of a Chinese attack on Taiwan] again, because we know what is going to happen. The definitive answer if the U.S. military doesn’t change course is that we’re going to lose fast. In that case, an American president would likely be presented with almost a fait accompli.”

This would utterly destroy any US claim to be the pre-eminent power, together with much of its global credibility. The decline could be fast after that.

Posted by: Roger | Sep 14 2021 4:11 utc | 157

Apologies if this has been posted before, I have spent the last EIGHT hours wrestling with digital issues. Hilarious photos and video of a very cute AOC modelling her fetching new number emblazoned with the slogan 'tax the rich':

I wouldn't insult barflies with the account from Faux News.

Posted by: Paul | Sep 14 2021 5:06 utc | 158

Why You Could Get Vaccinated But Don't Need A Third mRNA Shot

Wide scale Test, Quarantine, Care...

And a Vaccine [inactivated virus vaccine].
China Way or The Highway To [Pfizer] Hell

GT today

Putian, a city of 3 million residents in East China's Fujian Province, is dealing with the country's first school-centered flare-up that has seen more than 90 infections in the province in three days, though there is no trans-province contagion so far.
Experts who called on the country to expand its vaccination program to cover children aged 3 to 12 said the Putian epidemic will unlikely be worse than the Nanjing outbreak in July
The suspected source of the outbreak is a returnee from Singapore who arrived in China on August but tested positive on September after finishing all quarantine requirements, prompting speculations on prolonged incubation and calls for longer quarantine requirement.
Putian city government at the press conference announced to launch city-wide nucleic acid tests. Two rounds of nucleic acid tests were carried out in Fengting county of Putian city, and the third round is now ongoing. If it’s necessary Putian will expand further scale of mass nucleic acid tests and will give multiple rounds of tests to key regions, the anti-epidemic team said.
A Baidu “migration map” showing the most popular travel routes out of Putian city between August 8 and September 11 reveals that most people traveled from Putian to South China's Guangdong Province, East China’s Shanghai, and neighboring Jiangxi and Jiangsu provinces.

* more about The vaccine

Posted by: Odenwälder | Sep 14 2021 5:42 utc | 159

Abimael Guzman of the Peru Shining Path has died after decades in prison.

Ollantay Itzamná reports in Internationalist 360° on September 13, 2021 and asks the BIG question - "Who Will Lose with the Death of Shining Path Founder, Abimael Guzman?"

The anti-subversive actions of the Armed Forces were as terrifying as those of the SL, because their mission was to attack the terrorists and protect the Peruvian population. But they murdered close to 30,000 innocent Peruvians in defense of “democracy and the homeland”.

SL was made up of indigenous people and peasants from the most socioeconomically submerged territories of the country. “El pensamiento Gonzalo” found fertile ground in highly vulnerable territorial and social pockets resulting from the Peruvian Creole Republic, which was and is designed to enrich a few with the common goods and the work of the great majorities.

This report is worth the time even just to begin to comprehend the subtlety let alone see through the opaque window into the Peruvian people's struggle. Read this as it seems the Peruvian world is about to enter a very complex grieving.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Sep 14 2021 6:33 utc | 160

Posted by uncle tungsten @ 61

Thanks for sharing that interesting link on AC carriers USS Oriskany and USS Forrestal, USS Enterprise gets a mention:

I once inspected Enterprise before the fire. I visited places I wasn't supposed to be.

The article doesn't mention the disgraceful episodes involving AC carrier HMAS Melbourne. First Melbourne cut the destroyer HMAS Voyager in half during manoeuvres eat sea.

Then Melbourne cut the destroyer [from memory] USS Frank E Evans in half during manoeuvres at sea aa few years later.

There was an inconclusive Royal Commission into 'the Voyager Incident' following much pressure.

Melbourne was later sold for scrap to, guess who? China.

ON the way to China the Chinese tug master managed to run Melbourne aground on the Great Barrier Reef. She had to be re-floated.

The very man who handed Melbourne over told me, 'I told the tug master, 'have a very long rope, even half a mile or more long and stay well outside the reef, don't go through the inside passage.'

The tug master ignored this advice, 'because he wanted to see the reef and see the islands.' Probably to do some fishing too.

Carefully calibrated marine architecture and design features of Melbourne are probably reflected in the first new Chinese AC carrier.

If something can go wrong it does go wrong.

Posted by: Paul | Sep 14 2021 6:47 utc | 161

@W.W. | Sep 13 2021 22:06 utc | 132

I am not religious, but jesus...

Posted by: Norwegian | Sep 14 2021 6:53 utc | 162

SAHPRA has authorised the use of the Pfizer vaccine in children.

DURBAN - CHILDREN aged 12 years and older are now eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine.

The South African Product Health Regulatory Authority (Saphra) on Friday approved the use of the Pfizer vaccine for the children but experts said the focus should be on the older population rather than children.

At the same time, trials have begun to test the efficacy of Sinovac’s vaccine for the young ones.

Boitumelo Semete, the chief executive of Saphra, said that the Pfizer/ Biontech Covid-19 vaccine had been approved for use in children aged 12 and older.

Children over 12 now eligible to receive Covid vaccine

This is disastrous given that a California study has already shown that children vaccinated have a 6 times greater risk of heart complications from vaccines than they do from Covid.

“A team led by Dr Tracy Hoeg at the University of California investigated the rate of cardiac myocarditis – heart inflammation – and chest pain in children aged 12-17 following their second dose of the vaccine,” reports the Telegraph.

“They then compared this with the likelihood of children needing hospital treatment owing to Covid-19, at times of low, moderate and high rates of hospitalisation.”

“Researchers found that the risk of heart complications for boys aged 12-15 following the vaccine was 162.2 per million, which was the highest out of all the groups they looked at.”

This compares to the risk of a healthy boy being hospitalized as a result of a COVID infection, which is around 26.7 per million, meaning the risk they face from the vaccine is 6.1 times higher.

Study Finds Teenage Boys Six Times More Likely to Suffer Heart Problems From Vaccine Than be Hospitalized by COVID

SAHPRA meanwhile still hasn’t approved Sputnik V despite the application been made in February of this year.

Posted by: Down South | Sep 14 2021 7:23 utc | 163

Posted by: Jen | Sep 14 2021 0:16 utc | 144

Thanks for you analysis, you are exactly right, but it is worse than that.

After throwing multi millions $ at foreign car makers over many decades and one by one they closed down, I could see what was coming next.

I called one of the very few politicians I could actually trust, Senator Nick Xenophon, and asked him to keep the taxpayer funded industrial capacity in tact. To [then] Senator Xenophon's credit, he actually raised the matter and sent me the mention from Hansard. I hope he stands for election again.

Xenophon was ignored and the foreign carmakers shipped off the industrial, means of production, if you like, take note vk, to inter alia, Vietnam.

Soon, expect electric Holden Commodores from Viet Nam see 'The Lucky Country'.

Australian politicians have very limited vision, ie 'the vision thing.'

Posted by: Paul | Sep 14 2021 7:33 utc | 164

Some days ago:

And now Assad visits Moscow:

Will be interesting to see how Putin deals with Turkey and Israel if Idlib kicks off...

Posted by: Et Tu | Sep 14 2021 7:33 utc | 165

Posted by ww, Norwegian, tucenz and others,

Professor Mearsheimer is telling it like it is. He is not threatening, see Mearsheimer and Walt on US foreign policy. They have suffered the wrath personally for stepping outside the zionised parameters:

It is an Australian conundrum of their own making, just like the US/NATO/ Five Eyes conundrum.

Posted by: Paul | Sep 14 2021 7:51 utc | 166

Confucius had been a great man who deserves to be counted - not as -the- founding father - but certainly as one of the founding fathers of China.

But I agree that "Confucian" is very often used as a catch-it-all phrase for "Chinese culture". In most cases that`s not bad intentions but the linguistic and cultural barrier to China is just really big and in maost cases not so easy to overcome.

Just take that article that VK has linked. The author observes - in my opinion correctly - that China is increasingly looking back towards it`s own cultural roots ("Confucianism"). He interpretes this as "nationalism" and since nationalism had not always been a constructive force he worries where this may lead to. Such worries are in the case of China in my opinion unfounded but the worries as such are certainly authentic.

What he is doing is observing a real world phenomenon, understanding it only partial (due to the cultural differences) and subconsciously filling the gaps with patterns from his own culture. That is not bad intentions. That is just normal human behaviour.

An organisation that has been doing a great job already for many years now to bridge that barrier is the Confucius Institute. So it`s not just Western "orientalists" but the Chinese government itself that promotes Confucius as a symbol for Chinese culture. The important work and positive influence of the Confucius Institute can really not be underestimated.

Posted by: m | Sep 14 2021 8:22 utc | 167

Vernon Coleman: ‘Covid Jab is Up to 6 Times as Deadly to Boys as Covid-19’

"Dr Tracy Hoeg at the University of California in the USA...research investigated the incidence of myocarditis (inflammation of the heart) in children aged 12 to 17 after they had received two doses of the deadly covid-19 jab.

"And she and her team compared this with the chances of children who had contracted covid-19 needing hospital treatment.

"The risks for boys are truly scary.

"The figures show that for healthy boys aged 16-17 the risk of heart problems developing after covid-19 vaccination is 2.1 to 3.5 times greater than the risk of their needing hospitalisation if they catch covid-19.

"For healthy boys aged 12 to 15, the risk of heart problems developing is, after a covid-19 jab, 3.7 to 6.1 times as high as their risk of needing hospitalisation after contracting covid-19."

Posted by: ADKC | Sep 14 2021 8:29 utc | 168

Vernon Coleman: ‘Covid Jab is Up to 6 Times as Deadly to Boys as Covid-19’

"Dr Tracy Hoeg at the University of California in the USA...research investigated the incidence of myocarditis (inflammation of the heart) in children aged 12 to 17 after they had received two doses of the deadly covid-19 jab.

"And she and her team compared this with the chances of children who had contracted covid-19 needing hospital treatment.

"The risks for boys are truly scary.

"The figures show that for healthy boys aged 16-17 the risk of heart problems developing after covid-19 vaccination is 2.1 to 3.5 times greater than the risk of their needing hospitalisation if they catch covid-19.

"For healthy boys aged 12 to 15, the risk of heart problems developing is, after a covid-19 jab, 3.7 to 6.1 times as high as their risk of needing hospitalisation after contracting covid-19."

Posted by: ADKC | Sep 14 2021 8:29 utc | 169

re: Paul | Sep 14 2021 7:51 utc | 165

A perfect example of media misleading by selective excerpt!

My apologies for the inappropriate response...I should've researched/binged Mearsheimer first.

re: Et Tu | Sep 14 2021 7:33 utc | 164

Beautiful news indeed at

But when Asma sees that first photo... "Bashar ...I know they're your lucky trousers your mother got for you when you were at high school, but ..... at least they match the jacket.."

Posted by: tucenz | Sep 14 2021 8:46 utc | 170

@156 Roger
re: conflict in china-pacific

The first (Rand 2015 study) link seems to ignore the global economic shutdown that would result if either or both Taiwan/China industry were taken offline, even partially. Look at the way recent typ. ~6 month delays in just a small fraction of semiconductors (maybe 1% of products) stopped auto production, and has anyone manufacturing anything with electronics scrambling to secure supply chain.

The second link says the lesson drawn from wargames, is that US would have to give up on massive air attack and destroyers launching cruise missiles, and pivot to submarines, UAV ships, sub drones, and "cost effective anti ship", which I interpret as naval mines. That is all in conflicts beyond ones that are very localized and symbolic, so it remains a far outside possibility. But it does inform weapon procurement plans.

Indeed the current US Navy plans, perhaps implausibly, are to spend the next 15 years taking on China in a submarine and unmanned-ship building contest. Again if the combat scenario was acted out, for which these tools are designed, then the global economic impact would be automatic, disproportionately costly everywhere, including neutral nations.

Posted by: ptb | Sep 14 2021 8:55 utc | 171

Times of Israel reports that "shit happens".

Prosecution witness in Netanyahu trial and his wife killed in Greek plane crash.


Posted by: uncle tungsten | Sep 14 2021 9:08 utc | 172

@167 link should be:

Vernon Coleman: ‘Covid Jab is Up to 6 Times as Deadly to Boys as Covid-19’


Hilarious, ridiculous and tragic:

Short video of Australian beach (tweet from Patrick Henningsen)

Posted by: ADKC | Sep 14 2021 9:15 utc | 173

tucenz #169

There has been a long furlough for the Syrian Arab Army and they have just zipped up the South West yet again. Given the USA (not so) silent eastern withdrawal then they are ready to push on. It was a war weary army that got as far as it did a year or so ago and a respite, regroup and some yada yada about on Russia's behalf with the village turkey gave them all room to reset the strategy.

It was only a matter of time before the head choppers and the village turkey gave them enough rope to haul on.

The most interesting locality that needs to be explored is al Tanf but I guess that is subject to a separate, equally silent retreat. At least they will be unlikely to slip back in to the south west around Daraa as easily as a month or two ago. I guess the izzies will assist their resettlement on the Gaza Heights.

I trust the Syrian forces and their support base can liberate Idlib in one fell swoop.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Sep 14 2021 9:18 utc | 174

ADKC #172

It looks to me fairly average percent wearing masks. Professor Mattias Desmet talked of 30% absolute compliers, 40% ambivalent but not oppositional, 30% oppositional in his hour long discourse.

At least they have the opportunity to get skin in sun and sea. In the UK they would be clubbed and arrested.

I enjoyed the absolute futility of the public announcement. There seemed to be an acute absence of anyone intending to enforce the 'breach of the public health order'. Given my observations maybe ten percent actually logged on to the QR code (assuming there is one at public beaches). The medico nazis are p!ssing in the wind if they think they can police this.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Sep 14 2021 9:30 utc | 175

Legal proceedings are gathering momentum I trust. here is the French health minister being confronted over her behaviour and associated odd timing.

Agnès Buzyn is under investigation for “endangering the lives of others” — but not for “failure to stop a disaster” — in alleged mishandling of the COVID crisis during her tenure as Health Minister. Since the charges, she told the media “we did so much to prepare our country for a global health crisis that is still ongoing,” yet in January 2020, she had stated France had “practically no risk” and that the “risk of a spread of the coronavirus among the population is very small.”

There are many strange aspects to this news, beginning with Agnès Buzyn having abruptly and fraudulently declared hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) — ”in all its forms” — as a poisonous substance, 15 January 2020, nine days before the announcement of the first official cases, 24 January 2020.

Perhaps she is astrologically inclined.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Sep 14 2021 9:41 utc | 176

Russia Briefing poses a curious question: Has The US Really Left Afghanistan?

Rumors the Taliban’s most senior diplomats have been murdered

Moscow has boycotted the Taliban government inauguration ceremony to express displeasure at the non-inclusive nature of the initial government structure. It had stated it would attend if the Taliban, who are mainly ethnic Pashtuns, included other tribal groups and members of the previous regime. Pashtuns make up about 48% of Afghanistan’s demographics – the largest ethnic group but marginally a minority.

As a consequence, Moscow has refused to lift the state ban on the Taliban as a terrorist organization. The makeup of the Taliban government has also called into doubt the ability for the group to form a sustainable, workable governing structure as it appears hardline elements within have wrested control away from moderates who had claimed the 2021 Taliban would be less extreme than twenty years ago.

The top Taliban leader, Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada, has not been seen in public a month after the militants seized control of the country. A spokesperson has gone on the record to deny rumors of his death. Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, one of the Taliban’s most recognized faces, has also gone missing. Questions about the wellbeing of the head of the political office and key figure in peace talks began mounting after he was not seen in public for several days. There have been rumors in Kabul that he has been killed or badly injured in a fight with another senior Taliban figure during an argument about how to divide Afghanistan’s ministries.

Warnings have also been given by renowned Indian diplomat Ajai Malhotra, Chair of the UN Human Rights Council Advisory Committee and former Ambassador to Russia from 2011 to 2013. He has stated that the first steps taken by the Taliban exhibit inconsistencies in their words and actions.

Curiouser and curiouser. Russia and Iran are wise to sit quietly and watch for a month or two.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Sep 14 2021 9:59 utc | 177

Posted by: tucenz | Sep 14 2021 8:46 utc | 169

Posted by: tucenz | Sep 14 2021 8:46 utc | 169

Kia Ora,

I agree, the MSM are adept at the sin of omission and total omission of any context, that's what they are paid for.

NZ is better off to have an independent foreign policy.

He toa tatua he toa pāhekeheke, he toa mami he toa mau tonu.

Posted by: Paul | Sep 14 2021 10:14 utc | 178

uncle tungsten | Sep 14 2021 9:41 utc | 175
Rêver | Sep 14 2021 9:49 utc | 176

Buzyn is married to Yves Levy, a Moroccan Jew. Morocco bought ALL the hydroxychloroquine then in France.

The "assault" on the reputation of Dr. Raoul, was because he refused to give the credit/information on his own studies to Levy. (Who had been nominated to the head of INSERM, by a process that some called "favouritism". (Of course it was.) "Expert in infections by HIV". (Then came cor...masha).

I know marriages are made in heaven, but financial ones follow a more earthly path.

Posted by: Stonebird | Sep 14 2021 10:22 utc | 179

Posted by: tucenz | Sep 14 2021 8:46 utc | 169

posted by me, sorry for my spelling mistakes Te reo is not my native language.

Posted by: paul | Sep 14 2021 10:34 utc | 180

Corruption in France? never! Who woulda thought that?

Macron to the rescue again.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Sep 14 2021 11:07 utc | 181

Roger | Sep 14 2021 4:11 utc | 156

Thanks, clear enough, but it is not exactly the same one. No matter, several sources came to the same conclusion. However, neocons are not noted for changing their ideas.

Posted by: Stonebird | Sep 14 2021 11:10 utc | 182

uncle tungsten | Sep 14 2021 11:07 utc | 182

Probably the next one to watch out for are "energy checks" for the "poor" to compensate for rising prices. A way of using taxpayer money to bribe those now in the streets. (Think of Yellow Vests and the original problem they were against - rising fuel prices). Also useful to get support for himself as a candidate in elections. Cheap too as the "rioters" will be paying for it themselves.

I think several countries with demonstrations in the streets are thinking of using the same sort of bribe (UK), with "rising energy prices" as the excuse.

Posted by: Stonebird | Sep 14 2021 11:18 utc | 183

@104 c1ue | Sep 13 2021 15:20

"It is a mistake to think that the present government in China has any continuity at all with the previous regimes.... Confucianism is simply very handy for a government that is seeking to fortify its own position, ideologically."

I don't dispute your points. However, what you appear to suggest is a top-down political imposition (Confucianism) I am suggesting is equally, if not more so, a bottom-up emergence of core distilled Chinese values -- and thus worldview. It is on the scale and level of innate conservatism first, rather than any political ideology du jour that might seek to reflect/implement such.

Posted by: imo | Sep 14 2021 11:33 utc | 184

Didn't know the Orthodox Christians were such drama queens:

New statue of Communist ‘Red Terror’ chief in Crimea sparks anger from Russian Orthodox Church over persecution of Christians

By the way, the first paragraph of this article:

A top Russian bishop has blasted a newly-erected statue of a Bolshevik secret police boss who oversaw the Stalinist purges that shook Soviet Russia and killed and imprisoned hundreds of thousands in brutal labor camps.

is wrong. Dzerzhinsky died in 1926, therefore he couldn't have possibly overseen the Stalinist purges.

The speech of Arch-priest Leonid Kalinin:

“It will be demolished by local residents, for whom the memory of those terrible events is still alive,” Kalinin said. “These were decades of hellish torment that these ‘heroes’ plunged the country into, who first brought the country to complete collapse,” he said.

is also wrong. The Bolsheviks didn't brought Russia to chaos; Russia collapse and was brought to chaos by itself, after the Tsarist system was destroyed in WWI. The Bolsheviks merely took over the government installations and facilities, in a process that took only seven lives. The Romanovs were executed only in 1918, when the Civil War (and because of it) already was raging on, in the desperate times of White aggression.

The article also wrongly accuses the Bolsheviks of waging a war against the Orthodox because they were Atheist. That's not the reason it happened. Most of the land in Tsarist Russia was owned by the Church, and had to be expropriated. The campaign against religion itself was waged on the propaganda warfare plane, but was quickly toned down and basically disappeared by 1926. In 1926, the Orthodox Church made amends with the Bolsheviks; they accepted the conditions and recognized the USSR as the successor of Tsarist Russia.

Posted by: vk | Sep 14 2021 12:01 utc | 185

Professor Mearsheimer is telling it like it is. He is not threatening, see Mearsheimer and Walt on US foreign policy.

Posted by: Paul | Sep 14 2021 7:51 utc | 165


Nobody ever said or implied that he was threatening. Mearsheimer is well known for his clarity and willingness to call a spade a spade.

I merely presumed people here were informed enough to know who he was, and consequently form a correct opinion as to his intent, Clearly in expecting a reasonably well-informed audience I was mistaken.

Knowing who he is, it would have just been silly to presume he was threatening.

A perfect example of media misleading by selective excerpt!
Posted by: tucenz | Sep 14 2021 8:46 utc | 169

Nope. Absolutely not.

It is both rude and very dishonest of you to make such an unfounded claim. Your complete lack of knowledge regarding Mearsheimer is where the fault, if any, lies. The full video was posted shortly afterward, so you can't even reasonably claim lack of context for your groundless accusation.

Blaming the messenger because you lack the knowledge to understand the message in context is a rather cheap ploy

Posted by: W.W. | Sep 14 2021 12:24 utc | 186

PS: as stated clearly in the original comment @132 The audiences nervous laughter when presented with the truth of the matter is what I found interesting.

Posted by: W.W. | Sep 14 2021 12:27 utc | 187

CPC's extraofficial statement on the Evergrande fiasco released:

Evergrande’s crisis does not pose ‘systemic risk,’ won’t change housing regulations: experts

I agree with this take. Sure, the fall of Evergrande will create a negative cascade effect due to the sheer size of the company, but the crisis seems to be only tied to the firm, not to the whole financial architecture.

What happened in 2008 was a total meltdown of the entire American financial system. The architecture was already completely rotten by the time Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy. The housing market was merely the spark that ignited the whole barrel.

Posted by: vk | Sep 14 2021 12:45 utc | 188

@uncle tungsten, 175,

Pepe Escobar covered this malfeasance in public office in March 2020, though the US legal term of "depraved indifference" seems a more appropriate description of her actions

@Rêver, 176
"not strong enough for big lies" or taking cover after carrying out the major task of removing access of French citizens to a cheap and tested virus cure?

Posted by: cirsium | Sep 14 2021 12:48 utc | 189

I have my ear to the ground. Those I consider my most reliable sources are certain the the US economy is headed for imminent collapse. Probably by the end of the year, or perhaps much sooner. Cheers.

Posted by: blues | Sep 14 2021 13:30 utc | 190

i had a friend 55 years ago who suffered some aches and pains for a few days, but that was it.. for some it seems like it is flu like symptoms and for others it is really severe... i still can't figure out if it was a release from a bio lab as some type of weapon.. maybe we never will, but i do think of this often.. cheers..
Posted by: james | Sep 13 2021 16:18 utc | 109

James, your friend had Covid-19 55 years ago? Do either you or your friend have a confession to make by any chance? Where have you been hiding this covid for the last 55 years?

Posted by: BM | Sep 14 2021 13:33 utc | 191

@imo #185
Perhaps you can point out how Tiktok and Confucianism intersect.
It has been several years since I last visited China; I saw zero evidence of Confucianism at that time but perhaps somehow this has changed.

Posted by: c1ue | Sep 14 2021 13:44 utc | 192

Where is B? Not used to MoA being quiet this long without vacation announcement or other.

Posted by: Laura Roslin | Sep 14 2021 13:46 utc | 193

Wofstreet's view on: "What a Collapse of China’s Evergrande Would Mean" :

Biggest losers to be foreign investors in PR China.

Posted by: Antonym | Sep 14 2021 14:11 utc | 194

Edwin Curtain reviews an interesting book:“Unanswered Questions: What the September Eleventh Families Asked and the 9/11 Commission Ignored “ that barflies might like to read.

"Reading Unanswered Questions will roil you to the depths of your soul and illuminate your mind as Ray McGinnis presents fact after fact backed up by almost one thousand endnotes and twelve years of meticulous research. There is nothing speculative about this book. It is not a “conspiracy theory.”"

Posted by: Bluedotterel | Sep 14 2021 14:47 utc | 195

Antonym @197: "Biggest losers to be foreign investors in PR China."

Precisely, Mr. India! Moron wealthy speculators expected the Chinese government (people) to bail them out when their investments tanked. Unlike the USA (or India, for that matter), those wealthy don't control the government in China. Why would or should the Chinese hand over their wealth to greedy foreign speculators? Most of the bonds that are dying are denominated in US dollars anyway. The greedy foreign investors lose their bet, the US dollar takes it in the neck, and the Chinese people get to buy up the crashed real estate for fire sale prices. I'd call that win-win-win all the way around for the Chinese.

Hey, that's The Market (hallowed be Its name!) for you! You win some and you lose some, at least if you don't control the government and are forced to play fair.

Posted by: William Gruff | Sep 14 2021 15:11 utc | 196

@ Rêver | Sep 14 2021 14:03 utc | 196... you are probably correct about that..

Posted by: james | Sep 14 2021 16:01 utc | 197

@ BM | Sep 14 2021 13:33 utc | 192 - 55 years ago - 55 years age... cheers... a little bit of imagination could catch that...

Posted by: james | Sep 14 2021 16:02 utc | 198

Global Times editor announces why the Outlaw US Empire is "Afraid" to go to war with China:

"General John E. Hyten, vice chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, said on Monday, "Our goal should be to never go to war with China, to never go to war with Russia. Because that day is a horrible day for the planet, and a horrible day for our countries." Retired US admiral and former head of US Pacific Command Harry Harris also said that "it's very important that we do everything that we can to prevent an escalation and open warfare" with China....

"The Chinese people have already seen it through. There is no way that we can talk to the US with reason, we can only talk to the US with strength and actions. I noticed that when Hyten said the US should never go to war with China and Russia, he particularly mentioned that 'a war with a nuclear power is a bad thing.' See? What the US is really afraid of are the nuclear weapons of China and Russia.

"So, my conclusion is strong military strength, especially strategic nuclear power, has made the US in deep awe of confronting China. Under the condition that China doesn't proactively attack it, the US knows that it should stick to the bottom line and not push China into a life and death fight with it. Therefore, as long as what China is doing is defending its core interests, China has the morality and has nothing to fear." [My Emphasis]

Do note that the Flag officers cited are retired and presumably want to live longer. Martyanov would call them "Realists," but they appear to be a rare breed. The editor suggests:

"But the problem is: The US is instigating the DPP authority to provoke, continuously sending signals that Washington will offer support even if the island touches the bottom line, while at the same time, it asks the mainland to prevent the so-called competition between the mainland and the US falling into conflicts. We have to ask: Is what Washington has done in the Taiwan Straits 'competition'? We advise Washington to straighten out its logic. Political hooligan tactics cannot work with the Chinese mainland." [My Emphasis]

No, it's not competition; it's interference in China's internal affairs, which is a crime against the peace as spelled out in the UN Charter. But yet again, the dolts running Imperial policy have escalated a policy to the point where it can't be deescalated without loss of face. But it's now reached the point where it is either war or deescalation.

Posted by: karlof1 | Sep 14 2021 16:17 utc | 199

Pepe Escobar reports on a subject that Asia Times apparently won't publish, "Sinophobia Meets Prison Labor in a Think Tank Down Under":

"In early 2021, Defense for Children (DCI) took the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) to court in New South Wales. DCI’s lawsuit charges that ASPI may have been receiving funds from a number of weapons manufacturers and government agencies in the US and UK profiting from prison labor.

"Although lawyers for ACPI assured these funds would be cut off if any serious evidence surfaced, the case got murkier, and there are doubts it will ever go to trial.

"Sources that prefer to remain anonymous insisted on the fact that ASPI exercised serious pressure directly on DCI’s headquarters in Geneva to drop the case."

Pepe then asks "Why is this so important?" He answers his question by detailing the links between ASPI and "Weapons Inc." Our Aussie barflies ought to pick up this story and run with it, while barflies within the Outlaw US Empire ought to press to end the Prison/Slave Labor Trade that's sponsored by the federal government and is most likely unconstitutional.

Posted by: karlof1 | Sep 14 2021 16:37 utc | 200

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