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December 05, 2021

The MoA Week In Review - OT 2021-094

Last week's posts at Moon of Alabama:

CM - Zero Covidista @xuchuanmei - 9:46 UTC · Nov 20, 2021
I'm sure the since deleted Weibo post by #PengShuai has been translated into En by ppl, but I haven't seen a properly translated version, & sounds like many others havn't read her post yet. Here's an attempt by myself, content in square brackets were added by myself... #WTA
Many int'l media & commentators claimed #PengShuai accused Zhang Gaoli of "sexual assault", some even say "rape". While Zhang's behavior was dispicable & inexcusable, I don't think his sexual misconduct breached CN's criminal law bc in the end he persuaded Peng into agreeing...
Sadegh Ghorbani @GhorbaniSadegh - 10:36 UTC · Dec 5, 2021

Notice! it's going to be a sort of long THREAD 🧵.
A Senior Iranian MFA official has held a briefing about Vienna talks. Here comes the highlights.
To start, the official says it was predictable that other parties planned to start blame game and accuse Iran of being not serious.

Other issues:

Covid-19 Omicron:

Doesn't look good at all.

- Infectiousness: Norway, 120 people visit a Christmas party, all vaccinated, 1 superspreader, more than 50 (unconfirmed 80) infected including people who were not at the party but visited the venue.

- Severity: Too early to really tell but probably worse than Delta. South Africa data says currently less people in ICU than with Delta
BUT a. mostly young people infected so far, b. often 14 days time lag from infection to ICU.

John Burn-Murdoch @jburnmurdoch - 23:11 UTC · Dec 4, 2021
Okay folks, time for a South Africa update, focused this time on severity of disease.
First up, the report from hospitals in Tshwane (the district furthest along in Omicron wave) is essential reading, as is thread from @miamalan tshwane-district-omicron-variant-patient-profile-early-features


  • How well masks protect - MPG
    A detailed study shows the maximum risks of being infected by the coronavirus for different scenarios with and without masks
Mark Sumner @Devilstower - 19:18 UTC · Dec 2, 2021
Everyone needs to see this. Mask mandates are enormously effective. Shockingly effective. Effective before vaccines were available. Effective in conjunction with vaccines. Effective through the delta wave. Wear a mask, and support mask mandates.



There is a new book out about the 737 Max crisis: ‘Flying Blind: The 737 Max Tragedy and the Fall of Boeing’ by Peter Robinson. Links below are to a talk with the author, two pre-published excerpts and three reviews:

Use as open thread ...

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nobody #98

Thank you for the link to the Ukraine propaganda HQ. The elaboration of the Russian scientific effort was indeed interesting. The Uke and their fellow bandits must have been astounded when Russian people of Ukraine declared their affinity with the motherland. That is the measure of the stupidity of the Uke ruling class.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Dec 6 2021 10:23 utc | 101

Posted by: Grieved | Dec 6 2021 4:23 utc | 87

Just WOW. re Israel covets Crimea. Not only seems true, it explains much . In particular, I read of Israel's designs on Ukraine generally but I not realize the relative useable land mass/geography/climate of Crimea being so attractive as New Israel.

And the consequences viv a vis Russia and its Naval presence. Overall had to be an Anglo-zionist-US could there not also be a prize in there for Erdogan and Georgia. Zelensky-in-the-box now fits in perfectly.

Posted by: chu teh | Dec 6 2021 10:53 utc | 102
A really excellent article on current thinking in China

Posted by: Keith | Dec 6 2021 10:55 utc | 103

Posted by uncle tungsten @ 94

Thanks again for your valuable contributions..

"How Delaware Sold the Greatest, Most Insidious Financial Secrecy Tool the World Has Ever Known

The greatest financial secrecy tool the world has ever invented isn’t something you can hold. It’s not something you can see, or touch, or peer into, trying to ascertain what exactly it contains. It is, in a very real sense, something of a fiction: it exists solely on paper, and solely to conceal the names of the people, and the sources of their money, for whom it was created.
It’s called an “anonymous shell company"......

Excerpted from AMERICAN KLEPTOCRACY: How the U.S. Created the World’s Greatest Money Laundering Scheme in History by Casey Michel..."

I could be wrong, isn't Australian, now US citizen, Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation now domiciled in Brandon's home state off Delaware?

It figures.

Posted by: Paul | Dec 6 2021 11:14 utc | 104

Norwegian #99

"What happened though was the comet impact on the Laurentide Ice sheet in Norh America 12900 years ago that wiped out the american megafauna and advanced civilizations world wide ("The Great Flood") and left only those humans who could care for themselves: The hunter gatherers."

Then there's the theory that the megafauna extinction largely followed Homo sapien colonization out of Africa:

Posted by: Gulo | Dec 6 2021 11:34 utc | 105

Grieved | Dec 6 2021 4:23 utc | 87, uncle tungsten 95, chu teh 104

I watched that clip. I find it hard to square the current neo-nazi sentiment in western Ukraine with a lust for current day Israelis to settle in Crimea. It may have been somewhat feasible in 1927 but somewhere along the way, with the establishment of Israel in Palestine, that dream seems to have faded. Perhaps that's why it's not a well-known topic, at least I've not heard of this before.

Strategically, of course, Crimea falling into the US/Nato orbit would have immense geopolitical consequences, but Crimea becoming a ‘New Israel’ seems a reach. Would they have any more security in Crimea than in the Levant? Those Bandera types are not exactly choir boys.

Posted by: waynorinorway | Dec 6 2021 11:41 utc | 106

Posted by: Black bread | Dec 6 2021 1:21 utc | 6h
Hjalmar Schacht was an American, not a German, the name is bogus! I believe his real name was Barry Jones!

Posted by: Grishka | Dec 6 2021 11:59 utc | 107

Good irony about the ridiculous "maps of Russia's attack on Ukraine." (by the way, this option is much closer to reality)

Posted by: alaff | Dec 6 2021 12:06 utc | 108

“ Japan's health ministry has listed inflammation of the heart muscle and of the outer lining of the heart in younger males as possible serious side effects of the Moderna and Pfizer COVID vaccines.

It says that as of November 14, out of every one million males who had the Moderna vaccine, such side effects were reported in 81.79 males aged 10 to 19 and 48.76 males in their 20s.

The figures were 15.66 and 13.32 respectively for those who had the Pfizer vaccine.”

Posted by: DG | Dec 6 2021 12:14 utc | 109

snip -- but Crimea becoming a ‘New Israel’ seems a reach. -- snip

Posted by: waynorinorway | Dec 6 2021 11:41 utc | 108

These links might help you

Jerusalem Post - Israels Unsustainable Population Bomb, they need more space that Ukraine would certainly provide.

Racing Toward Disaster

This from Fort Russ -- reason for an old grudge, maybe true maybe not - I think it is true.

Stalins Crimean California Project


Posted by: nobody | Dec 6 2021 12:54 utc | 110

The elaboration of the Russian scientific effort was indeed interesting.
Posted by: uncle tungsten | Dec 6 2021 10:23 utc | 103

The dates in the article are important [ as is some other info that I could not mention openly ] they show that even in the current Geopolitical/Financial situations that Russia, China, India, EU and the USA still maintain "Open Channels" in scientific and space research...It's interesting is it not.


Posted by: nobody | Dec 6 2021 12:56 utc | 111

Just as the warmongers/war profiteers are always looking to increase sales
via "the next war", Big Pharma is on the look out for the next big fat cash cow. surprise, more authoritarian control.

"The Sell":

LONDON, Dec 6 (Reuters) - Future pandemics could be even more lethal than COVID-19 so the lessons learned from the outbreak must not be squandered and the world should ensure it is prepared for the next viral onslaught, one of the creators of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine said.
"The truth is, the next one could be worse. It could be more contagious, or more lethal, or both," Sarah Gilbert said in the Richard Dimbleby Lecture, the BBC reported. "This will not be the last time a virus threatens our lives and our livelihoods."

"Profit and Authoritarian Control":

A panel of health experts set up by the World Health Organisation to review the handling of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has called for permanent funding and for greater ability to investigate pandemics through a new treaty [read more].

There is a "[read more]" link at the end of the above paragraph
whereupon one reads:

"Strengthening the authority and independence of the WHO and developing new legal instruments are pivotal to the package of reforms required," the panel said. "WHO requires more funding and greater ability to investigate and report potential pandemics more quickly and independently.

Posted by: librul | Dec 6 2021 13:21 utc | 112

I get the impression that us is actually aiming for (prusmably limited) conflict. This is what happens when someone is betting with other peoples money.

Seems a bit desperate. The more Russia exibits restrait, the more desperate it will become. The empire of chaos is in self-destruct mode - prepare to be amazed.

Posted by: jared | Dec 6 2021 13:24 utc | 113

@ nobody | Dec 6 2021 12:54 utc | 112

I’m not looking for debate, it’s all speculation anyway. Your first link doesn’t even mention Crimea. Your second is all about pre-Israel times and I already mentioned it may have been feasible way back when. You provided nothing about present day Israelis wanting to establish themselves in Crimea. Thanks for nothing, nobody.

Posted by: waynorinorway | Dec 6 2021 13:29 utc | 114

Note to self: Beware of settling in island nation.

But seriously, if it came down to it, you take the jab then sell-up and set sail. Its good to stand up for principle, but the then you play with the cards you are dealt.

Posted by: jared | Dec 6 2021 13:31 utc | 115

@Posted by: jared | Dec 6 2021 13:31 utc | 117
in mind.

Did you barflies ever muse on the idea of becoming an expat (from the USofA)?

Where would you go?

Australia and New Zealand were always on my list of possibilities.

No more.

At a distance, my view of their authoritarian/totalitarian reaction to Covid
has totally turned me off.

Might visit one day though, when Covid is long, long at a distance in the rear view mirror.
But wouldn't risk staying.

Posted by: librul | Dec 6 2021 13:40 utc | 116

@Gulo | Dec 6 2021 11:34 utc | 107

Then there's the theory that the megafauna extinction largely followed Homo sapien colonization out of Africa:

Yes, I know. They crossed the Bering bridge, found their way through the passage between the Cordilleran and Laurentide ice sheets and then ate millions of large animals before disappearing. Never mind the finds all over the world.

Posted by: Norwegian | Dec 6 2021 13:42 utc | 117

Re the omicron news.

- It is too early to tell whether the news are good or bad. The only relevant indicator is the number of sick or dead people. So far there is not enough information so expressing doom-and-gloom feelings is not scientific and participates of the global fearstorm currently being unleashed. I remember the exact same ominous, vague warnings with the Delta variant, which is if anything less virulent than the earlier strains. In France there has been no excess mortality for over a year.

- Meaningless statistics like number of infections, or cases should be avoided. The indicators which are used to determine if we are in a pandemic or an epidemic are, as I said above, number of sick people with symptoms, number of people in ICUs, excess mortality. I repeat : in France, there has been no excess mortality for over a year, hence it does not qualify as a pandemic.

- Based on the Norway example, can we conclude that the so-called "vaccine" is useless ? What is the point of vaccinating everybody if the Omicron variant evades the "vaccine" so easily ? If your point is to say that it helps reducing severe illness : then why enforcing the "vaccine" on healthy, young people, or kids ? If you want to avoid infections : the Norway example demonstrates that there is no protection against infection, so how will this contribute in reaching this objectif ? Inquiring minds want to know.

- If the Omicron variant is able to escape the "vaccine", doesn't it call into question the wisdom of immediately rushing to produce a new "vaccine" ? Shouldn't we take the time to think and reorient the strategy instead of doing more of the same ?

Posted by: Micron | Dec 6 2021 13:47 utc | 118

Huge new study shows ZERO Covid deaths of healthy German kids over 4 or adolescents
The findings, in a nutshell: if you let your healthy child or teenager receive the mRNA Covid vaccine, you are insane

Posted by: librul | Dec 6 2021 13:47 utc | 119

@ Posted by: librul | Dec 6 2021 13:40 utc | 118

Wherever you go, there you are.

Posted by: jared | Dec 6 2021 13:57 utc | 120

Meanwhile in Modistan, in the state of Nagaland in North East India, the paramilitary Assam Rifles- which already has a horrendous record of violence against civilians - opened fire on a lorry of coal miners, murdering six of them and injuring two. They left the corpses at the locality without informing the families and shifted the two injured to hospital in the next state, Assam. The bodies were discovered by family members searching for the missing men. This was followed by protests and setting of Assam Rifles vehicles on fire, whereupon the Assam Rifles shot dead eight more civilians. One Assam Rifles man was also killed in the clashes. The Modistani armed forces claim that they "mistook the coal miners for rebels". This sounds a bit specious, especially given their behaviour immediately afterwards.

Posted by: Biswapriya Purkayast | Dec 6 2021 14:02 utc | 121

After news about cocaine being found in th house of a head of a relevant Anglo-Saxon state, it seems that such agressivity andlack of empathy towards the population, and all those strange gesticulatuobs they are making in their presser is due something in the end.

One recalls the issue of Captagon which was flooding the ranks of the US when they were in full beheading frenzy over there in Syria and beyond.

In what hands we are?

Posted by: Heather | Dec 6 2021 14:11 utc | 122

Flooding the ranks of IS/ISIS/whatever the renaming at the time, sorry.

Posted by: Heather | Dec 6 2021 14:17 utc | 123

Bidens presidency reminds me of that excellent joke claimed to be of scottish origin (ill mess it up, but maybe you know it):

a) Id like to pass away like me old da..
b) Oh he died peacefully in his sleep, did he?
a) Well he died in his sleep, but not peacefully because the people on the bus he was driving were all screaming in terror.

Posted by: jared | Dec 6 2021 14:18 utc | 124

Where has vk been?
Posted by: Cesare | Dec 6 2021 3:29 utc | 80

vk was suspended from commenting @ MoA a few weeks ago.
I suspect that b has hinted that the suspension isn't permanent, by publishing comments from long-time absentees Circe and Richard Steven Hack a week or so ago.

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Dec 6 2021 14:34 utc | 125

@Don Bacon | Dec 6 2021 4:45 utc | 88

The US Navy was involved in charity programs in Crimea, including the renovation of a public school and children’s hospital.

Here's an archived page of that "charity" program in Sevastopol

Renovation of Sevastopol School #5, Ukraine
Solicitation Number: N33191-13-R-1240
Agency: Department of the Navy
Office: Naval Facilities Engineering Command
Location: NAVFAC Europe and Southwest Asia

Added: Sep 05, 2013 2:58 am
The purpose of this request for proposal is for the design and construction for the renovation of Sevastopol School #5 in Sevastopol, Ukraine in accordance with the attachments.

Posted by: Norwegian | Dec 6 2021 15:03 utc | 126

@Hoarsewhisperer | Dec 6 2021 14:34 utc | 127

I suspect that b has hinted that the suspension isn't permanent, by publishing comments from long-time absentees Circe and Richard Steven Hack a week or so ago.

RSH signed off all by himself last year saying he was done here.

Posted by: Norwegian | Dec 6 2021 15:12 utc | 127

Following up on jared’s post @115 about the US aiming for conflict… maybe they need some footage, some pictures to get things started, to move things along.

While glancing through the Canadian military Twitter accounts, I can across a Tweet about a recent exercise in the Philippine Sea involving the US, Australia, Canada, Germany and Japan, ANNUALEX 2021. It included the mighty aircraft carrier, the USS Carl Vinson. With media on board.

Posted by: Bruised Northerner | Dec 6 2021 15:14 utc | 128

While the Israeli poulation is being submitted to a full dictatorship and forced vaccunation alreayd with the 4th dose, the Miss Universe contestants enjoy freely, without masks and distance, and for sure without so many doses, in the Dead Sea... so that to offer an hologram of normality..

Strambotic events like this contest happening amongst general alarm for the alleged Omicron variant, add for the irrationality of everything and resembles increasingly more the "Hunger Games", where only a sub-elite lived amongst dubious aesthetic taste and fashion and scandalous luxuries and freedoms, while the rest were submitted to full vigilance and restrictions of basic rights, hunger and misery and moreover thrown by those at the top and their minions to hunt each other....

Israeli people rise up!

Posted by: Black bread | Dec 6 2021 15:20 utc | 129

some good news--
Congress has yet to pass a full-year Pentagon appropriations bill for this fiscal year, which began Oct. 1. Lawmakers earlier this week passed another continuing resolution that will run through mid-February. CRs are problematic for the Defense Department and industry because they freeze funding levels and make it difficult to start new projects.

Posted by: Don Bacon | Dec 6 2021 15:27 utc | 130

Ok, since I posted a comment on here suggesting that Dominic Barton, who was made Canada’s Ambassador to China due to the Meng Wanzhou Huawei crisis, which was preceded by a John Bolton becoming National Security Advisor crisis, which I suggested was a deliberate move by London (counselling the Trump administration) to get “their man” (ie Barton) into that ambassadorial post, I must now post this.

Dominic Barton has decided to step down as Canada’s Ambassador to China.

Although all of the above is speculative, I am asking, “what now, City of London, what now”.

Posted by: Bruised Northerner | Dec 6 2021 15:36 utc | 131

The japanese Health Ministry warns about serious sude effects of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, and has added some warning labels to the vaccines vials so that both patients who want to be vaccinated and professionals administering them know beforehand...

How about our governments and why they continue forcing the vaccines on us?

Meanwhile, in the EUm Ursula Von Der Leyen, besides proftting from this mass vacciantion through the particpation of his husband in the vaccine and genic meds business in the US, wants now to derigate the Nuremberg Code....

In what moment of time Ursula Von der Leyen has been elected as plenipotentiary head of our national governments and why she thinks is over national Constitutions and international institutions which regulate and keep guard of International Law...?

Obviously, trying to derogate the Nuremberg Cods is her last opportunity to avoid sitting in a similar trial to that her admired predecessors did....

She was who produced, with public funds, then bought, again with public funds, and distributed to all countries of the EU these harmfull "vaccines" through Stella Kyriakides and Thierry Breton, and impossed them on the whole EU under menace and blackmail to make reforms on everything which of public remains to receive EU funds to recover from the ruin which provoked the lockdowns advised by her and her masters in the USA, and is currently forcing our government to force these "vaccines2 on us while the time for the uncover of all related to this runs out...


Posted by: Black bread | Dec 6 2021 15:50 utc | 132

Honduras & Peru: What will "Biden" do?
The ruling families in Honduras, Peru, and other Latin American countries have a feudal mentality. Miami is their spiritual and often functional capital. They are, by nature, republican leaning, hedonistic, in bred, mean, not smart, mentally unstable. not very slick. The U.S. has cultivated them for over 100 years. Trump's approach was more in line with their comfort zone. "Biden" is attempting to "pretty them up". Costa Rica should be their role model, a woke version of an imperial colony. Not Colombia. Not anymore.
Peru- I look for hard times to be coming. Peru's leader, Castillo is a full blown peon and the ruling families there hate him. He's being set up to be fired. Problem is that the Empire's coups (Bolivia, Honduras in 2009, Chile in 1971, Brazil...) are no longer possible in most areas so the Empire is working in Peru to push out leftists in Castillo's cabinet and replace them with imperial lackeys. The U.S. ambassador to Lima, Lisa Kenna, is CIA, does not speak Spanish. Looks like Castillo might have sold part of his soul-- I hope not-- to Luis Almagro, hated OAS head, when the Empire decided to withdraw support for fascist Fujimori and Almagro said Castillo won. That was in June. Castillo's life has been pretty crazy since then. He has instituted many pro- public sector, pro sovereignty actions and programs, reached out to Bolivia especially and even been sort of nice with Venezuela. He has also signed a contract to build a Sputnik vaccine plant.
But... he has been nice to Almagro. He was invited to the Democracy Summit. His cabinet is being shredded and replaced with enemies. The ruling elite is working toward his impeachment on ridiculous corruption charges. "Biden"-- more specifically, Blinken/Kenna, have their fingerprints all over this. However, pay attention to the people of Peru. They are getting a taste of power and my guess is that they will prevail. They don't get much press but they probably don't watch it anyway.
Hoduras- I look at Xiomara Castro's victory as very similar to Bolivia's take back last year. Honduras is more devastated by the elites and the Empire as the narcos are much more infested in the neighborhoods than Bolivia's fascists but I think Castro has huge popular support so it looks like it will be impossible to finesse her out as they might do in Peru.
Castro promised she would recognize mainland China as the government in... mainland China, which might sound normal and logical but not for Latin American colonies which posture as attack chihuahuas for their lord and master up north. Look for Castro to get more press this year as she deals with the migrant exodus. She will have a strong ally in Mexico's AMLO, will probably interact with U.S. "experts" like Kamala Harris and maybe even Blinken himself. It will also be interesting how she reaches out to Cuba and Nicaragua. I'm hopeful.

Posted by: migueljose | Dec 6 2021 16:00 utc | 133

Posted by: migueljose | Dec 6 2021 16:00 utc | 135

Thank you for the update and analysis, hard to get up here and I have been wondering about how Castillo is doing. I think you are right, he will need the people to defend him at some point.

Posted by: Bemildred | Dec 6 2021 16:18 utc | 134

Norwegian @93--

Thanks for your reply! I'm very surprised Pepe's essay generated so little feedback. I asked him if the You Tube Rooftop Concert video was available when the essay was published; Pepe said yes, it lasted for about 24 hours before Disney censored/blocked access.

psychohistorian @96--

Thanks for your review! As an anthropologist, their findings jibe with what I've observed. It appears that China's latest White Paper about its form of democracy would be compatible with what the book postulates. Yet another book I'll need to gift to myself for Solstice. So many states appear nowadays as mere corrals to contain their human animals instead of being vehicles for their advancement as in allowing millions of blossoms to bloom as opposed to being contained by the steel-toed jack boot. It'll be an interesting comparison with Hudson's upcoming book on the Collapse of Antiquity. Rae's comment @97 is also important as it notes a human society that had yet to adopt the concept of accumulation and thus personal property, both of which are keys to the invisible shackles adorning us and fueling conflict.

Posted by: karlof1 | Dec 6 2021 16:50 utc | 135

Thanks to Paul for his comment on American Kleptocracy: How the U.S. Created the World's Greatest Money Laundering Scheme in History, a book I didn't know existed. It has an Open Preview here. Here's the book jacket blurb posted at the link:

"American Kleptocracy will examine just how the United States’ implosion into a center of global offshoring took place: how states like Delaware and Nevada perfected the art of the anonymous shell company, and how post-9/11 reformers watched their success usher in a new flood of illicit finance directly into the U.S.; how African despots and post-Soviet oligarchs came to dominate American coastlines, American industries, and entire cities and small towns across the American Midwest; how Nazi-era lobbyists birthed an entire industry of spin-men whitewashing trans-national crooks and despots, and how dirty money has now begun infiltrating America's universities and think tanks and cultural centers; and how those on the front-line are trying to restore America's legacy of anti-corruption leadership—and finally end this reign of American kleptocracy."

Yes, another book for my Solstice list!

Posted by: karlof1 | Dec 6 2021 17:20 utc | 136

@ Posted by: Tobin Paz | Dec 6 2021 1:00 utc | 59

If one's concern is "centralization" then the Lightning Network provides it in droves. Indeed, that's the only reason why it scales (certainly not up to millions of transactions per second, given that the underlying blockchain only adds blocks at 4-12 transactions per second; greater than one million transactions a second is a marketing hype figure). You need centralization to make these bad boys work.

States that use these things to violate sanctions regimes don't care that it's centralized or decentralized. They just care that it works for the intended purpose. And when it stops working, they'll figure something else out.

Pushing China and Russia out of international trade systems would be catastrophic for all involved, the US empire shooting itself in the foot, and would give these nations impetus to expand their own SWIFT-like systems, which the neutral foreign policy of a nation like China might be able to market to renegade European nations, including big players like France, which has long liked to flex an independent posture from the Anglo dominated empire.

Posted by: fnord | Dec 6 2021 17:23 utc | 137

Regarding The Saker's "Now comes the final countdown to either peace or war" in Ukraine, I didn't see mention of the importance of adhering to a UN resolution which requires an effort to achieve some self-government in the Donbas. . . .What a great idea for the summit for democracy! in line with the State Dept motto: "Create a more secure, democratic, and prosperous world for the benefit of the American people and the international community". .This was to be done under a new constitution entering into force by the end of 2015 -- not done, probably because the US decreed it not be done.

UN Resolution 2202 (2015), Security Council Calls on Parties to Implement Accords Aimed at Peaceful Settlement in Eastern Ukraine. . .here

. . .and from Annex 1 the package of measures:

The 13-paragraph “package of measures”, contained in Annex I of the resolution, called for a number of actions. . . the package called for carrying out reform in Ukraine with a new constitution entering into force by the end of 2015*. That document had to provide for decentralization, as well as adopting permanent legislation on the special status of certain areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions in line with eight measures until the end of 2015. . .On interim local self-government order in certain areas of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions” as well as on the future regime of these areas based on this Law. Adopt promptly, by no later than 30 days after the date of signing of the document a resolution of the Parliament of Ukraine specifying the area enjoying the special regime, under the Law of Ukraine On interim local self-government order in certain areas of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions” . . .here

Posted by: Don Bacon | Dec 6 2021 17:40 utc | 138

Putin's in New Delhi and announces a surprise:

"The Russian leader also went on to say that his nation was collaborating on military technology with India more closely than with any other partner. 'Together, we’re working on developing high-grade military products and manufacturing, including in India,' he said." [My Emphasis]

Well, that citation doesn't prove what it says in bold does it. English version of Kremlin visit report doesn't confirm the bolded statement either; however, the Russian version contains much more info and Modi's welcoming comments are included wherein he reveals Russia's admission to the Non-Aligned Movement as an Observer Member and as a dialogue partner within the Indian Ocean Association. Also a joint statement was published, "Results of the XXI Russia-India Summit 'Russia–India: Partnership for Peace, Progress and Prosperity'", which contains a great deal of information including, "Military and military-technical cooperation," wherein the closest anything comes to the bolded statement above is this section:

"51. Military and military-technical cooperation has traditionally been the cornerstone of the India-Russia Special and Privileged Strategic Partnership. In view of India's quest for self-sufficiency, the partnership is now refocusing on joint research and development, joint development and production of advanced defence technologies and systems."

IMO, I don't see anything that ups the defense relationship between Russia and India over that existing between Russia and China. Overall, there're 99 total points of agreement noted in the Joint Statement that I suggest those interested take the time to review, several of which deal with transactions in national currencies and using jointly developed clearing mechanisms in their commercial interactions.

Additionally, fifteen documents were signed I suggest reading after the Joint Statement.

Overall, what is most clearly on display is the level of civilized, cooperative behavior between two nations who acknowledge each other "as major powers with shared responsibility, [that continue] to be a pillar of global peace and stability" that will hopefully act as a lesson for the Outlaw US Empire.

And for those who thought India was somehow going to abandon the RIC or BRICS or SCO or its integration with the EAEU, the Joint Statement is your death knell, and I also think it means the demise of the Quad as a lever against China.

Posted by: karlof1 | Dec 6 2021 18:17 utc | 139

In November this year, excess mortality in Europe (+ Israel) reached 5000 death per week for le 15-44 years old age group. Constantly rising now.

That's not normal. unexplained .

This is not from Covid as there is no covid excess mortality in that age group.
This is not from war, as there is no war in Europe yet.
So what explain the damn rise of death in that group age ?

I give a hint : it started around February.

Posted by: malamatias | Dec 6 2021 18:32 utc | 140

Ursula von Der Leyen is late for to be bale to derogate the ammount of international law which forbids mandatory and forced vaccinations or other kind of medical treatments.
It´s not only the Nuremberg Code which they are jumping over...but the whole charts of International Law on Human Rights.

Before a person receives a vaccine or any other medical treatment, he/she must be informed of the side effects and the alternative remedies available, according to the UNESCO Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights.

Posted by: Black bread | Dec 6 2021 18:38 utc | 141

141 Cont'd--

I find it important to note that Putin saw Modi in person before Biden via video link. This recap of an interview with Kremlin spokesman Peskov had its contents reduced to what the introductory sentence provided:

"Tuesday's talks between the Russian and US presidents come at a very 'complex' moment, with strained relations further complicated by 'fake news' alleging an imminent invasion of Ukraine by Moscow, the Kremlin has told RT."

Lavrov came very close to losing his cool with Blinken in Stockholm as the Artic Fox pic reveals along with other gossip.

Additionally, "The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has published on its official website the Russian Federation’s response to a new attack by a group of 45 states at the OPCW concerning the incident with Alexey Navalny. The document, circulated as an official document of the United Nations Security Council and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), is published on the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons page."

Furthermore, here's "Sergey Lavrov’s answer to a question of the 'Moscow. Kremlin. Putin' programme":

"Question: You have said that Ukraine is 'a lost cause' regarding the implementation of the Minsk Agreements.

"Sergey Lavrov: If Ukraine is left alone to its conscience, it will not do anything. It must be pushed to act. This is what the Normandy format was established for, but Berlin and Paris are neglecting their obligations.

"We are trying to attract their attention to the importance of doing this."

In contrast, here we have Lavrov's opening words prior to the 2+2 format talks between Russia and India's foreign and defense ministers that took place while Modi and Putin talked:

"Russia and India have similar visions of the model of a more just, democratic and polycentric world order. They promote identical or very similar views on the most vital issues of peace and security. They advocate compliance with international law and strengthening the collective principles of communication between states. They adhere to the principles of non-interference in domestic affairs of sovereign states and respecting the great diversity of cultures and civilisations in the world."

If the world could only sideline the Anglos and non-Russian Europeans, IMO we'd have a much nicer world.

Posted by: karlof1 | Dec 6 2021 18:42 utc | 142

Australia's surveillance state apparatus marches on with plans for the Australian Taxation Office to bug citizens telephones and digital communications. This report from the AFR:

"The Australian Taxation Office and AUSTRAC could be handed sweeping new surveillance powers, including the right to bug people’s phones and online communications, as part of an overhaul of telecommunications intercept laws.
The federal government could also seek to harmonise the states’ patchwork of laws regarding listening devices, which has complicated regulators’ attempts to prosecute corporate crime".

Posted by: Paul | Dec 6 2021 18:45 utc | 143

Miguel Jose @ 135 and others commenting on Bolicia, Honduras and Peru:

Are you familiar with Kawsachun News? It is based in Bolivia and looks like a credible news website along with Venezuelanalysis. Website is

Posted by: Jen | Dec 6 2021 18:52 utc | 144

@Posted by: Paul | Dec 6 2021 18:45 utc | 145

Get an Huawei device and you will be out of hand of the Five Eyes...Why do you all this tech war is all about?

The FBI is able to access the personal data of WhatsApp users and iMessage chats in real time

Posted by: Black bread | Dec 6 2021 19:13 utc | 145

Lavrov's speech and presser in Russian following the 2+2 format meeting. I excerpt this following, all-encompassing Q&A:

"Question: You mentioned the AUKUS trilateral alliance and the American Indo-Pacific concept. Russia seems to regard these two elements as a threat. Do our Indian partners share this assessment? How does Russia plan to neutralize these threats?

"Sergey Lavrov: Our Indian partners have clearly distanced them from the military-technological bloc called AUKUS. They participate in a group called QUAD (India-Japan-Australia-USA). In every possible way, they emphasize their interest in economic, transport, infrastructure projects through this grouping.

"I believe that to a large extent, India explains by this approach the fact that the military component of American strategies has been shifted to the AUKUS format (now they will try to expand it, there have already been statements that Japan and South Korea should join). I have serious doubts that this will help the cause of peace and stability. Threats arise. I have already named the risks that are created for the nuclear non-proliferation regime. When US Secretary of State Eleghey Blinken and I met in Stockholm the other day on the sidelines of the OSCE Ministerial Meeting, the Americans promised us to tell us in detail how they see compliance with the norms of the nuclear proliferation regime as part of the implementation of the Australian project. We again have a coincidence of positions with our Indian colleagues. We will do our utmost to prevent the plans of the Indo-Pacific Strategies, AUKUS and other undiscovered formats (bloc formats) from trying to 'crush' ASEAN and the ASEAN-centric structures that have been created here over the past decades, primarily the mechanism of the ASEAN Regional Security Forum. These are meetings between ASEAN Defence Ministers and Defence Ministers of ASEAN partner countries. This architecture is crowned by an important form of cooperation – the East Asia Summit. Attempts to change the established rules in all these formats are already observed. We have agreed with our Indian colleagues that we will take care of what has already been created. We will support the ASEAN-centric format of the security and cooperation architecture in this region, which suits everyone without exception." [My Emphasis]

IMO, the solidity of the emerging Eurasian Bloc has just grown stronger, while South Korea and Japan have been tacitly told to join the ASEAN and SCO formats and abandon any further association with the Outlaw US Empire which has no interest in advancing peace and security. I'd include Australia, but it's "leaders" have their heads jammed so far up their rectums they'll soon suffocate.

Posted by: karlof1 | Dec 6 2021 19:16 utc | 146

Of the five blurbs about the 2+2 format meetings at the English version of Russia's Ministry of Defense's News Page, the most repeated point was this by Shoigu:

"The unprecedented level of trust between our countries is evidenced by the intensity and depth of military-technical cooperation, which is reaching a new qualitative level every year."

Otherwise, very little of substance is reported. IMO it's rather curious that the India-Russia news is relegated to the fourth page in the Russian version whereas it's highlighted on the English page.

Posted by: karlof1 | Dec 6 2021 19:36 utc | 147

@118 librul - I have really been giving that some thought. I am thinking Belarus.

I read a post here the other day. It has stuck with me. I am sorry I can't remember who wrote it.

When there is no place to run, one just has to stay and fight.

It's the final countdown.

Toy Dolls - Final Countdown

Posted by: lex talionis | Dec 6 2021 19:39 utc | 148

fnord @139

If one's concern is "centralization" then the Lightning Network provides it in droves.
The Lightning Netowrk is a nascent technology and has its issues, but centralization is not one of them. Two or more countries could set up an unstoppable and uncensorable channel bewteen each other with bitcoin acting as the settlement layer.
States that use these things to violate sanctions regimes don't care that it's centralized or decentralized.

A centralized network is controlled by a central authority and is subject to being shutdown or funds being confiscated. I doubt a knowledgeable a nation state would take that risk.

Posted by: Tobin Paz | Dec 6 2021 19:41 utc | 149

Max Blumenthal and Jimmy Dore
How Lockdowns Devastate You While Boosting Billionaires

Posted by: Joe | Dec 6 2021 20:29 utc | 150

@Posted by: JustAnotherAussie | Dec 6 2021 9:10 utc | 100

Very well put, the so called US "progressives" are not left, but capitalists that simply want to feel a bit better about benefitting from capitalism - things like not seeing beggars outside their condominiums, offices and estates. The rest of the US spectrum would qualify as "oligarchic right" in other Western nations (although my own Canada has certainly shifted to the oligarchic right in the past few decades).

All of the spectrum is busy facilitating the oligarchic consumption (primitive accumulation) of the public sphere and basic rights (e.g. workers negotiating on a level basis with capitalists) that will in the end destroy the very basis of those oligarchs power - the productive, propaganda and military power of the US. To paraphrase Marx, the US capitalists are hanging themselves with their own blind greed and arrogance.

Posted by: Roger | Dec 6 2021 20:29 utc | 151

ADKC @ 89

Thanks. What I meant about jackrabbit's critique from the left was his call for direct action-inspired political movements built from the ground up, which is an essentially leftist concept. One which we haven't heard from bernhard in ages. And the community here has also changed and tacked hard right along with him. At times I even suspect some of the posts attributed to bernhard are ghost written because of unusual use of slang and idiomatic speech which are simply un-bernhard like.

I seem to believe jackrabbit increasingly disagreed with bernhard's pro-right authoritarian government propaganda and he was also more skeptical about China as a socialist salvation, a point which many here including vk and gruff not only accepted but promoted religiously and relentlessly.

True, jackrabbit wasn't anti-bernhard in general (he engaged in the mild praise and kissing of bernhard's arse that seems to be a tried and true tactic for many of the regular commenters who wish to remain on the right side of the rightist impresario).

I also fear jackrabbit might be ill as an explanation for his absence and I sincerely hope he is well and simply chose to step away from MoA due to the recent change in tone.

If he is reading this I extend my best wishes to jackrabbit and hope he remains in good health and good cheer.

Posted by: Jess Wandering | Dec 6 2021 20:46 utc | 152

144 Cont'd--

In a later presser, Peskov added the following to what he said earlier:

"Putin Will Listen to Biden's Proposals on Ukraine 'With Great Interest.'"

For the sake of argument, just how many "proposals" might Biden make that Putin might determine to be of "great interest"? I predict that Biden will not mention Minsk agreements and its related UNSCR at all. In fact, I predict Biden will put forth nothing of substance on Ukraine--Blinken's attitude in Stockholm makes it easy to make that prediction--and the video meeting will mostly be a waste of time.

Posted by: karlof1 | Dec 6 2021 20:58 utc | 153

@ migueljose | Dec 6 2021 16:00 utc | 135... thanks migueljose... always educational and informative... i appreciate it.. where is our brother in arms paco?

Posted by: james | Dec 6 2021 21:01 utc | 154

@ Jess Wandering | Dec 6 2021 20:46 utc | 154 - quote "I also fear jackrabbit might be ill as an explanation for his absence..." ditto my thoughts and concern... we have to wait and see.. hopefully jr comes back..

Posted by: james | Dec 6 2021 21:02 utc | 155

Posted by: librul | Dec 6 2021 13:40 utc | 118

...when Covid is long, long at a distance in the rear view mirror.

You incurable (sorry) optimist you ! El Covid is too useful, and, and a serious moneymaker !

Posted by: Sarlat La Canède | Dec 6 2021 21:03 utc | 156

. . .quote from China's Global Times:
The convention of the Summit for Democracy is a manifestation of Washington’s guilty conscience surrounding its political system. American democracy has lost its effectiveness in solving nearly all its major domestic problems as the world watches: Editor-in-Chief Hu Xijin

Posted by: Don Bacon | Dec 6 2021 21:07 utc | 157

Posted by: Norwegian | Dec 6 2021 13:42 utc | 119

@Gulo | Dec 6 2021 11:34 utc | 107

Then there's the theory that the megafauna extinction largely followed Homo sapien colonization out of Africa:


Yes, I know. They crossed the Bering bridge, found their way through the passage between the Cordilleran and Laurentide ice sheets and then ate millions of large animals before disappearing. Never mind the finds all over the world.

Shirley that explains how americans became so large, mmmmmm ?

Posted by: Sarlat La Canède | Dec 6 2021 21:08 utc | 158


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Posted by: james | Dec 6 2021 21:08 utc | 159

Don Bacon #88

The US Navy was involved in charity programs in Crimea, including the renovation of a public school and children’s hospital.

I guess after Biden and son had filched the IMF loan there was no money for Ukranian workers to do the rebuild and it was left to USA workers taxes in the hands of the US navy to do the job. Such is "international aid".

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Dec 6 2021 21:11 utc | 160

@uncle tungsten | Dec 6 2021 21:11 utc | 162

The US Navy Tender for renovation of the school in Sevastopol was in September 2013, when Yanukovich was still in charge. The US led Maidan coup in Kiev took place in February 2014. Biden and son came in after that.

Posted by: Norwegian | Dec 6 2021 21:23 utc | 161

@112 nobody

Thank you for the Fort-Russ link. I wanted to share that with uncle tungsten but I couldn't find it. It's an important essay, personally translated by that great lady, Kristina Rus. I must read it again, but if I recall, the Zionists were talking with Stalin for over 2 decades, at least.

For a time it seemed that everything was going their way and then in the end Stalin thwarted them. One wonders what Stalin thought about all this. Was he ever inclined to them, or was he playing them for time?

I also wonder, quite often, how much memory lives inside the Kremlin walls, that is never heard outside. Has Russia ever been merely ambivalent regarding Crimea, or has she simply been prepared to watch from the doorway, as it were, while the children play on the lawn, and not intervene unless the play gets unruly?

Putin seemed so clear, when the massacre of the innocents was happening in the Ukraine, and was absolutely coming toward Crimea - he seemed so clear, that Russia must take Crimea into its care. This to me was the astonishing thing from the documentary, "Crimea, The Way Home", that Putin and the security council met all through the night, and by morning the resolve was solid that, if the people wanted it, then Crimea would return.

It seemed to take so little a time to decide, as if all the arithmetic had long been understood, inside the Kremlin walls.


uncle tungsten, I didn't realize you had not encountered the concept before. The Sheikh clip is just a fun thing that I love to watch, it's not supposed to illustrate the whole back story. But Hosein understood well the blow to Zionism, and he articulated it well. The blow to the US too, as others here illustrate, with the US Navy's loss of Sevastopol, which they wanted, as any sailor would - but god knows what kind of fight would have to happen against the inhabitants, who would never give up that city as long as they drew breath.

And this is the point, of course - that any sailor would lust after Sevastopol, just as any settler would lust after Crimea.

As for today's Israelis, I think they have as little to do with Zionists as the people of the US - or Norway - have to do with those in their own governments who pursue the kinds of ambitions that we have come to know the Zionist movement for. Zionism may have created Israel, but it doesn't care for its people - and never did from day one either - any more than we see social concern from the megalomaniacs of any country.

How fervently the Zionists wanted Crimea, I can't say. But when it was taken away, and forever, I feel sure they must have realized quite keenly, and bitterly, what they had lost.

Posted by: Grieved | Dec 6 2021 21:44 utc | 162

@Sarlat La Canède | Dec 6 2021 21:08 utc | 160

Yes, feasting on Mammoths and Mastodons may lead to consequences :-)

Btw, a remaining consequence of the comet impact 12900 years ago was the Carolina Bays, here is a very informal introduction to this phenomenon :-)

Posted by: Norwegian | Dec 6 2021 21:48 utc | 163

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Dec 6 2021 21:11 utc | 162

The renovation was for HQ site, charity starts home we say around here, plus another building, in a city where Russian blood has been plenty spilt in distant and less distant wars. Actually its return home was a master piece, no shots and no two hundreds as casualties are called over there.

Posted by: Paco | Dec 6 2021 21:51 utc | 164

Posted by: james | Dec 6 2021 21:01 utc | 156

Kind of busy lately, trying to figure out and bypass all the "artic foxes" hovering around like the sword of some greek guy.

Posted by: Paco | Dec 6 2021 21:59 utc | 165

nobody #113

The dates in the article are important [ as is some other info that I could not mention openly ] they show that even in the current Geopolitical/Financial situations that Russia, China, India, EU and the USA still maintain "Open Channels" in scientific and space research...It's interesting is it not.

Thank you and yes, it is interesting in the light of the constant din of antagonism between them.

But as with that interesting report you linked from Fort Russ regarding Crimean California there is trust and cooperation up to the point where Russia finally accepts that the USA will betray the deal of the day. The USA would love to have succeeded in stealing that Crimean radio telescope from Russian hands thus blinding them for a time in that aspect of research and stealing their technology. Mind you the manufacture of klystrons is a phenomenal technological process.

However the technology race benefits from cooperation between states providing the fine line of protecting State possession of patent or innovation leaps can be maintained.

The 'jewish card' is played cruelly and savagely in global geopolitics and I can appreciate Stalin's preference to see Palestine as the place to develop the 'jewish homeland'.

Strategically, Crimean loss or jewish settler state would be a disaster for Russia then and now. I see it as a fatal strategic blunder. Putin and his leadership team are wise to have ended that boondoggle.

My alert self sometimes sees the entire 'contention mania' played out endlessly in media as nothing more than a cruel, cynical, nationalist hoax to maintain mass formation on each side of humanity. I recall jackrabbit held that view.

Many thanks for you history lessons.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Dec 6 2021 22:38 utc | 166

Norwegian #163

ooops thank you.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Dec 6 2021 22:41 utc | 167

@cj #32
XRP is a scam. The issue with money transmission across borders has never been the technology, it is the anti-money laundering/tax evasion/terrorism funding.
XRP does not solve any of that, and adds extra problems of counterparty risk.
In particular: there are no crypto exchanges anywhere that have any government mandated consumer or business protection.
Whether the money is stolen by a thief, the exchange or some other method (“bug”), the user beats all the risk.
Then there’s the conversion into cash. Users of even “stable coins” still have the same problems getting fiat cash out - since virtually nobody accepts XRP payments.
Crypto is a solution is search of a problem in the long term; in the short term, it is the purest form of pump and dump imaginable.

Posted by: c1ue | Dec 6 2021 23:27 utc | 168

@uncle tungsten #39
Perhaps you didn’t hear: China has banned all cryptocurrencies now. All, stablecoin/cryptocurrency/shitcoin alike.
China does have their own digital rmb : solves the problem on one end but not the other.

Posted by: c1ue | Dec 6 2021 23:31 utc | 169

@Moses22 #47
You u are confusing tests that show COVID is present with tests that show what type of variant is present.
Neither the standard PCR test nor the antigen test informs of COVID variant type.

Posted by: c1ue | Dec 6 2021 23:36 utc | 170

China's freshly published White Paper, "China: Democracy That Works", goes beyond being a vehicle for rebutting Biden's sham democracy summit. Rather, it's a historical documentation of how Chinese democracy arose and functions:

"This year marks the centenary of the CPC. Since its founding in 1921, the Party has taken wellbeing for the Chinese people and the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation as its abiding goals, and has made continuous efforts to ensure the people’s status as masters of the country. China is a country with a feudal history dating back several thousand years that descended into a semi-feudal and semi-colonial society after the Opium War of 1840. Over the past hundred years, the Party has led the people in realizing people’s democracy in China. The Chinese people now truly hold in their hands their own future and that of society and the country.

"The people’s status as masters of the country is the essence of people’s democracy. Since the 18th CPC National Congress in 2012, with a deeper understanding of China’s path to democracy and the political system, the Party has developed whole-process people’s democracy as a key concept and striven to translate it and relevant democratic values into effective institutions and concrete actions." [My Emphasis]

Those are bold claims that the Outlaw US Empire clearly cannot make for itself. The last paragraph of the narrative prior to its conclusion says the following:

"Political parties in all countries are the major entities of modern governance and an important force for social progress. They should therefore assume their responsibility to spearhead democracy in pursuit of a shared future for humanity, and to achieve greater democracy in their own countries in pursuit of the greater wellbeing of their peoples. They should be open and inclusive, put people first, seek common ground while setting aside differences, and demonstrate mutual respect. The CPC is willing to work together with other political parties and political organizations around the world to increase exchanges, learn from each other, and promote human progress." [My Emphasis]

It ought to be rather obvious why I bolded the vast majority of this entire segment--the behavior demonstrated by Neoliberal political parties comes nowhere near the above postulates. Instead of working to secure a "more perfect union," the sole political party within the Outlaw US Empire does the opposite and degrades governance and thus the prospects for the entire nation. It's as if when they read the Constitution's Preamble as students they were struck dumb and immediately forgot what it was they just read; yet in every election since I've been alive it's the same old shit, but at least I now know why.

The Chinese White Paper consists of 71 screens or 36 depending on the chosen display format. Yes, there's self-congratulatory reflection within the text as IMO there ought to be given China's achievements. BUT, the What Paper's authors do not claim that the current form of Chinese democracy arose as soon as the Civil War ended. No, they are honest and tell the story of how the current system developed over time and we arrive at this paragraph:

"Since the Party’s 18th National Congress in 2012, socialism with Chinese characteristics has entered a new era. The CPC Central Committee with Xi Jinping at the core has built a keen understanding of how the principal challenge facing Chinese society has changed. It has worked hard to respond to the people’s new requirements and expectations for democracy. After drawing on past experience in maintaining order and stability across the world, and reviewing China’s progress in democracy, the CPC decided to develop whole-process people’s democracy, beginning a new stage of democracy."

What follows are a listing of ten of what are deemed, "Some of the most important achievements," one of which is:

"•advancing democratic elections, consultations, decision-making, management, and oversight, progressing electoral democracy and consultative democracy side by side, and expanding the people’s orderly political participation and the scope of democracy;"

We then get to read a discussion about "Whole-process people’s democracy." It makes it quite clear that the people are the party and the party advances the people in a manner that doesn't currently exist in the West although it most certainly could.

At the bottom of the linked page that takes you to the White Paper are three additional "Related stories" that expand into more with each additional article dealing with some aspect of China's democracy. The following is noted in the linked item by FM Wang Yi:

"China has full confidence in its democratic path and process, he said, noting that the socialist democracy with Chinese characteristics is the whole-process people's democracy, which has won wide endorsement and support from the Chinese people.

"China, Wang underlined, is willing to conduct full exchanges with other countries on democracy and human rights in an open and inclusive manner, and jointly promote the cause of democracy and human rights around the world."

China's very advanced democratic system is 100% capable of unseating the neoliberal democracies existing in the West. So, Biden and his minions better beware what they hope for.

Posted by: karlof1 | Dec 6 2021 23:37 utc | 171

@farm ecologist #48
In general, I agree with you.
However, the stupidity of those in charge should never be underestimated.
Note that I was responding to the assertion that Russia and China were “well prepared” to be cut off from SWIFT, not that I believe it will or won’t happen.

Posted by: c1ue | Dec 6 2021 23:40 utc | 172

China’s Electoral System
There are five central and local levels of people’s congresses in China. They are the National People’s Congress, the people’s congresses of provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities directly under the Central Government, the people’s congresses of cities divided into districts, and autonomous prefectures, the people’s congresses of cities not divided into districts, municipal districts, counties and autonomous counties, and the people’s congresses of townships, ethnic minority townships and towns. The people’s congresses at all levels are constituted through democratic elections.
. . . Voters may vote for a candidate, vote against a candidate, vote for someone else, or abstain. In a direct election, more than half of the eligible voters in the election district must vote in order for the election to be valid, and candidates who receive the votes of a majority of the voters are elected. In an indirect election, candidates receiving the votes of a majority of the deputies voting are elected. The costs of elections are paid for out of the state treasury. In an indirect election, candidates receiving the votes of a majority of the deputies voting are elected. The costs of elections are paid for out of the state treasury. . .here

I like that last sentence especially.

Posted by: Don Bacon | Dec 6 2021 23:47 utc | 173

@daffyDuct #69
The learned professor is full of it.
There are major structural issues with quantum computers even disregarding the scalability problem: quantum effects are random and occur frequently as you approach the 1000 qubit operating size minimum needed to attack the hash functions used in cryptocurrency.
These problems aren’t theoretical, they are already present in enough frequency that even the existing 2-digit quantum computers require significant error correction overhead.
The much more difficult problem is: how do you write and test an algorithm for 1000 qubits?
Software testing today involves 2 basic types: unit tests and test cases.
Unit tests are simple functional level tests to see if a very specific simple function is working. This isn’t possible with quantum as most of its operation is “magic”.
Test cases in turn are only of benefit if sufficient coverage of the operating space is tested. In reality, this is always fairly low but people are least try for the mid 2 digits of percentage coverage.
How many test cases would be needed to cover 1% of a 1300 to 4000+ qubit function needed to crack the hash functions used in crypto?
More importantly: why would any bother cracking crypto with such a device when all of the internet and existing banking systems would be more vulnerable?

Posted by: c1ue | Dec 6 2021 23:56 utc | 174

@librul (118) regarding expatriation...

One time I came across a webpage on Kayak that shows which countries one can travel to from any given nation. In the case of the US, where I live:

For a long time I've been wanting to travel to Russia in the future.
But then I read about Russia's implementation of QR codes and saw comments on Andrei Martyanov's blog reconsidering similar travels to Russia because of the same. Whether that will turn me off completely is unlikely, since the implementation of QR codes is said to be temporary and will be implemented for a set number of months, but it remains to be seen what the Russian govt. will do.

In the Kayak map, not only is Russia listed as "Open with restrictions", but it also says they don't allow unvaccinated visitors to enter the country. I am currently not vaccinated and I have no intention of getting one. Unless it's Sputnik V, but I digress.

Belarus at least didn't lock down, and Kayak says they allow unvaccinated visitors granted they can provide a negative test and quarantine upon arrival. But how long its lack of restrictions will last is unknown, if articles like this one are anything to go by.

What I did notice was that Mexico, Costa Rica, Colombia, El Salvador and the Dominican Republic are fully "Open" - that is, no vaccination, quarantine or negative test required. (Hopefully one of you can explain how their respective governments decided on that, what they did, etc..)
Furthering Mexico's case was a link someone on the Saker's website shared that discussed someone moving to Mexico to escape COVID-19 restrictions.
I don't know what (the rest of) Mexican policies and affairs are like (How sovereign is it esp. in foreign affairs? How strong is its manufacturing sector? Did it ever lock-down? How good is its public transport? Are vaccines mandatory? etc.), but it did leave me interested. I've learned Spanish since 2012, so navigating there shouldn't be too much of an issue.
(Note: I pointed this one out on one of Dmitry Orlov's articles on the Saker's site, but while the comment itself did get published, the detail didn't.)

Within the past week or two (or three), Denmark was listed as "Open". I recall months ago there was news that they had lifted COVID-19 restrictions. Now they are "Open with restrictions". I wonder if the new Omicron variant has anything to do with it. Even if Denmark stayed open, it would not be free of its own issues (e.g. its membership to NATO).

Posted by: joey_n | Dec 7 2021 0:05 utc | 175

Today's Alastair Crooke essay ties directly into Biden's propaganda show, Ukraine's meltdown and China's democracy. Of the bunch, Crooke says the Ukraine crisis is the most dangerous, although I would change one part of his analysis:

"The war situation spirals down. And something, sooner or later, will crack: conflict seems therefore, already ‘baked-in’. The U.S. and the EU see [to it] that Kiev cannot ‘do’ Minsk. This was the agreement reached by the Normandy Four Powers that the only solution was to be found in negotiations between the authorities in Kiev, together with the political leaders of Donetsk and Lugansk."

And ensuring Kiev doesn't do Minsk is the only reason why war seems "baked-in." Crooke does tacitly understand that issue, so he asks the question: How did the EU get so mired in the current mess? Here's what he writes:

"So here we are. The question however, should be: How on earth did the EU get into such a strategic mess? The frank answer is by being unreflective, Atlanticist ‘bots’. The EU never questioned the direction or the consequence to U.S. policy, when in the wake of the USSR implosion – as American Chutzpah led Washington to resile from understandings and guarantees that precisely had given America an end to the Cold War (i.e. not extending NATO’s frontiers eastwards, beyond Germany). Rather, the EU watched admiringly as NATO began its march right up to the Russian doorstep.

"Relations with Russia were bound to be problematic when the U.S. decided on an expanded, new EU – albeit one with Moscow shut out. The EU never truly baulked either, when, at the Clinton and Obama behest, the EU encroached both its, as well as NATO’s frontiers, ever deeper into Russia’s backyard. (The Euro-élites were too busy dreaming of their European ‘Empire’. I was there. I recall it well)."

The result is the EU's heading for a massive waterfall in a leaky raft with no sail, motor or oars to propel it since they await Biden to toss them a line and pull them to shore. Crooke has only a few words to his erstwhile constituency:

"Well, best of luck out there."

Posted by: karlof1 | Dec 7 2021 0:24 utc | 176

waynorinorway #108

but Crimea becoming a ‘New Israel’ seems a reach. Would they have any more security in Crimea than in the Levant? Those Bandera types are not exactly choir boys.

Well those palestinian occupiers aren't singing Ave Maria too sweetly either.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Dec 7 2021 0:26 utc | 177

Gulo #107

Then there's the theory that the megafauna extinction largely followed Homo sapien colonization out of Africa:

That must have been some BBQ! Are you asking me to believe that a few tens of thousands of skilled hunter gatherers outbred to such an extent that they slaughtered all those mammals to eat? Even the giant beasts?

I suggest that we avoid the imaginings of wiki and consider this. Humans have a low reproductive rate relative to other mammals. Small critters are easy to catch and slaughter and whack on a green kebab stick and tasty and less risky.

Fish were abundant in those times the homo gang could weave nets.

Then there are all those delicious birds and noose traps.

So, yes they may have topped the odd big cat and mammoth etc but why leave the bears to survive??

The observations of surveyors, explorers and settlers in Australia from 1770 on record well crafted dams and fish ways and trapping systems such that the hunter gatherer had a fairly easy time food wise most of the seasons. The early settlers were dependent on that same wisdom and food management for their survival.

The Aboriginal Australians have occupied this land for at least 70,000 years.

I expect that the American residents 12,000 years ago were equally clever and as far as fish go they had the tireless support of beavers to build dams and to eat. The theory that ignorant greedy indigenes ate the fauna to extinction is misplcaced. Perhaps its a diversion. Modern peoples are extinguishing BOTH flora and fauna.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Dec 7 2021 0:48 utc | 178

Glenn Diesen continues his unannounced rebuttal aimed at Martyanov with "Europe’s ‘Cuban Missile Crisis’":

"With NATO being the only game in town, former truths about security were denounced. The fundamental principle of European security is now that states must have the sovereign right to choose membership in military blocs. In other words, they have the right to be in the bloc, no matter what anyone else thinks.

"Peace derives from compromise and the constraining of rival military blocs, but NATO has rebranded itself as a liberal democratic institution and thus a ‘force for good’. No longer does peace depend on compromise and constraints, but rather on the compromising of values, and the acceptance of limitation on expansionism is deemed tantamount to appeasement. Any Russian concern about zero-sum bloc politics is dismissed as 'paranoia', a 'zero-sum mentality', and a 'Cold War mentality'. Russian opposition to NATO expansionism is viewed simply as a rejection of democratic values and an indication of Russia’s expansionist intentions.

"We are told that NATO is a liberal democratic institution that poses no threat to anyone, does not do zero-sum politics and cannot have spheres of influence. The term ‘sphere of influence’ used to infer ‘exclusive influence’ achieved by incorporating a state into a military bloc. NATO has now turned the meaning of this word on its head, as ‘sphere of influence’ is now used to mean Russia limiting the sovereign right of its neighbours to join the bloc."

"George Orwell brilliantly summed up how propaganda turns language on its head to make dissent impossible: 'War is peace, freedom is slavery and ignorance is strength'. In the age of NATO hegemony, invasion is humanitarian intervention, coup is democratic revolution, subversion is democracy promotion, gunboat diplomacy is freedom of navigation, torture is enhanced interrogation techniques, sphere of influence is a ring of well-governed states, expansion of military blocs is European integration, dominance is negotiating from a position of strength, purging the media and political opposition in Ukraine is defending democracy against Russian hybrid war, and Russia’s demands for guarantees against NATO expansionism are an assault on democracy and sovereignty.

"The entire principle of the sovereign right to join military blocs is premised on the bloc being the sole option. Both the EU and NATO refuse to cooperate with the Russian-led Collective Security Treaty Organization for fear it may be perceived as legitimate. Similarly, Hillary Clinton announced that Washington was determined to 'slow down or prevent' the development of the Eurasian Economic Union. The argument of sovereign choice is insincere if NATO is the only legitimate option." [My Emphasis]

As Diesen concludes, the above developments have led to a predictable crisis capable of destroying the EU that NATO cannot prevent. He's hopeful something will emerge from tomorrow's Putin-Biden chat that will defuse the bomb planted by the Outlaw US Empire/NATO; IMO, that's not going to occur. What we have is Brinkmanship, although the Orwellians won't call it that.

Posted by: karlof1 | Dec 7 2021 1:27 utc | 179

Grieved #164

How fervently the Zionists wanted Crimea, I can't say. But when it was taken away, and forever, I feel sure they must have realized quite keenly, and bitterly, what they had lost.

Thank you for the post. I see it as the zionist craving for the Crimea ambit. Two things stand out - the extraordinary cash pile accumulated in the USA to purchase the Stalin agreement and the history of strategic positioning of an antagonist state right on Russia's borderland.

The latter has been the continuous drive of the west since WW2.

The USA has been absolutely committed to setting Russia's border on fire and before that the UK has been obsessed with the same goal. Other Euro Slav haters have had centuries of practice. Why? hatred of communism lately and before - resources, perceived empty lands and potential labor/slaves to exploit. Perhaps all driven by the malign colonising mindset of the Medici conquerors in Amsterdam and London.

It won't end while this paradigm continues but if Russia can (for the next generation or three) block and assert its refined independence and elegance as a diplomatic nation state, perhaps it can be reduced in its obsessive ferocity with an occasional rebuttal.

We are still perfecting modern nationhood and economic/social/justice systems following the brilliant analysis of Marx and Engels. That followed by the practice of Mao and Chou en Lai, Ho Chi Minh and Castro etc. Perfecting economies of free people within cash societies and incorporating public enterprise with room for private enterprise should be our work. Not being diverted by neo nationalist/cult competition between nations.

The oligarchy will do anything to arrest the former and promote the latter. They must be destroyed.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Dec 7 2021 1:51 utc | 180

@ Paco | Dec 6 2021 21:51 utc | 167... thanks paco... same here - i am more busy right into christmas area... not busy with artic foxes though!... cheers james

Posted by: james | Dec 7 2021 2:13 utc | 181

@182 uncle tungsten

Yes, I agree. This is exactly the large time scale that we should be thinking in - not necessarily for our actions but for our understanding.

As you suggest, we are still fashioning the better ways to manage our societies, and we know some things already - most importantly, that the thieves and despoilers must be removed from the mix. Their way has no logic, no future, no actual present.

Perhaps the relatively immediate future will hold the mixed excitement and tremulous fear of revolutionary times, but if anything can overcome the insane, soul-destroying terror that comes from the current thugs at the helm, it will be better.

Posted by: Grieved | Dec 7 2021 2:57 utc | 182

I would be remiss in my summary of The Dawn of Everything - A New History of Humanity by David Graeber and David Wengrow if I didn't include their inditement of patriarchy with male violence as key to the loss of freedoms....first happening to women and then to all.

The authors posit this question
How did we find ourselves stuck in just one form of social reality, and how did relations based ultimately on violence and domination come to be normalized within it.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Dec 7 2021 3:37 utc | 183

ut@ 182 said in part;

" history of strategic positioning of an antagonist state right on Russia's borderland."

Yep, The empire's favorite Ukrainian "wet dream".........

Posted by: vetinLA | Dec 7 2021 3:51 utc | 184

@ 96 and @ psychohistorian | Dec 7 2021 3:37 utc | 185

thanks for the overview! my friend has a copy of the book and has told me i can borrow it when ready... i am busy reading a few books, but hope to get to it in the new year... i hope you are doing okay with the covid dynamic and your health is improving..

Posted by: james | Dec 7 2021 3:57 utc | 185

psychohistorian #185

The authors posit this question
How did we find ourselves stuck in just one form of social reality, and how did relations based ultimately on violence and domination come to be normalized within it."

That violence and domination has served us well in some circumstances: when confronted by a wild beast that threatens. A beast that lacks reason and the capacity to accept compromise as mutually beneficial or be trained to behave otherwise.

Some human innovators have immense persistence and patience to elicit reason and compromise and can carefully describe mutually beneficial outcomes. Some (we call sages) elaborate in detail how we can/should train our mind to transcend human folly and the pettiness of self and selfishness. These people are the friends of humanity, not weirdos.

I have not yet acquired the book by Graeber & Wengrow but will do so when I exhaust the shelf at hand. However I am really aware of the need to eradicate by fair means or robust effort the humans among us that are driven by greed for wealth or power. We should not tolerate their disruption or noise or foolishness.

I heard a great rule at an ashram I once visited: You are welcome to live with us, your contribution is appreciated, your goodwill to all is necessary. Should you behave adverse to those principles you will be asked to leave. Should you not leave, three stout monks will escort you to the gate and there the matter will be made clear to you.

So at some stage we may have to resort to force in order to reap peace for all. I see the Connecticut submarine and crew and the nation of terrorists that sent her as having just arrived at the gate and clarity is being delivered.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Dec 7 2021 4:26 utc | 186

China on Monday blasted the Biden administration’s decision to enact a “diplomatic boycott” on the upcoming Winter Olympics in Beijing and used it to further its own conspiracy theories about the origins of the coronavirus.
“To be honest, Chinese are relieved to hear the news,” the Global Times wrote on Twitter, “because the fewer US officials come, the fewer viruses will be brought in.”

Posted by: Don Bacon | Dec 7 2021 4:36 utc | 187

US hands China a victory in Ethiopia
China provides winning weaponry to Ethiopian national forces while US de facto sides with the fading Tigray rebels

Ethiopia’s war has recently turned in favor of the government, which looked nearly defeated a few weeks ago when the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) was about 209 kilometers from the capital Addis Ababa.
But in a short time, Ethiopia has rallied its army, received important political and weaponry support from China and Iran, and apparently changed the course of the war.
Meanwhile, thousands of Ethiopians in the United States, some protesting in front of the White House, are angry that the US has sided with the TPLF forces against the country’s legitimate government. . .here

Posted by: Don Bacon | Dec 7 2021 5:06 utc | 188

Taipei Times
As Reuters reported in December last year, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is waging so-called “gray zone” warfare against Taiwan. This consists of an almost daily campaign of military exercises, patrols and surveillance.
Since that report, the campaign has intensified, with Beijing stepping up the number of warplanes it is sending into the airspace near Taiwan. China has also used sand dredgers to swarm Taiwan’s outlying islands.
Military strategists tell Reuters that the gray-zone strategy has the potential to grind down Taiwan’s resistance — but also that it might fall short, or even backfire by strengthening the nation’s resolve.
....In scenario 1, China could impose a blockade on Taiwan’s Matsu Islands in a bid to increase pressure on Taipei to open talks on unification. . .here

T.H. Schee
Submarine cable from Taiwan to #Matsu 馬祖 cut this morning at 4:20am. At least 124 base stations are not working and it is affecting internet and telco service. . .here

Posted by: Don Bacon | Dec 7 2021 5:24 utc | 189

@185 psychohistorian and @188 uncle tungsten

I think there are two time scales. The long term of the thinkers and the planners, and the families and dynasties. And the short term of the local grifters who seize the chance of the hour.

The short-termers should get whatever correction society feels it should exact on them. But the long-termers should be removed from the human race. And this could be done over the long term. Or in the short term, if they force that situation.

The human race, in other words, as you say @182 uncle tungsten, is working to find the better ways to manage its societies, and what we see clearly now is that the way of the thieves and despoilers is a complete dead end.

So let's end it.

And the fact is, since the enemy is holding most of the cards, that the way this strain of the race gets ended can be either gentle and gradual through successive generations, or it can happen in a short, sharp shock - and this only depends on the enemy, not on us.


How did we get here, ask Graeber and Wengrow?

Well, it's temporary, just a way-station along the very long journey of finding out who we want to be, we humans, and how to manage that within a universe that has its rules, which we can obey or flaunt at our peril. It's a long-term play, a matter of evolving the best ways to manage life.


Chris Martenson's interview with Mattias Desmet is very important, I think. He talks about the last two hundred years, how the phenomenon of mass-formation became stronger - but precisely as this mechanistic modern world was coming into being.

As others have pointed out: we used to live in a thing that people called Nature. Now we live in a thing that everyone calls The Economy.

So we left our natural moorings as humans, and entered into a human-made world. And now we suffer the unease - the disease - of that world.

People saw it, from William Blake to D.H. Lawrence, to Ray Bradbury, to R.D. Laing and countless others. It was always going to take some suffering to live with the ugliness we were creating.

And so we have mass-formation - but what should we expect when we live in such a disconnected world?

It is the opportunist grifters who have jumped on this, ordering their lockdowns and their jabs. And the long-term families with their banking houses and their new world orders have supported this to an extent - but not enough to appear visibly or to enter into the firing line, being content to send their puppets on stage.


And all the while, the two time scales run together. We must act locally and think globally. We must fight short-term, and yet strategize long term.

Because the short-term, opportunistic grifters, we will have with us always (humans have a weakness for becoming assholes in situations of opportunity) - but we must think and plan long term to remove that deadly, suicidal strain out of our species, and train it out of our culture, as we move into the future.


Sorry for any incoherence here, I was thinking out loud, trying to put this together. Call it a first draft. Hopefully the basic gist is worth something.

Posted by: Grieved | Dec 7 2021 5:35 utc | 190

@ Don Bacon

Thank you for your several news bursts. They are all fantastic.

Posted by: Grieved | Dec 7 2021 5:40 utc | 191

@ Grieved, Uncle T, karlof1 james and others

My answer to the question they posit in the book
How did we find ourselves stuck in just one form of social reality, and how did relations based ultimately on violence and domination come to be normalized within it.
is monotheistic religions and the one-way/highway(death) hubris that created them.

That process instantiated violent and dominant patriarchy, IMO.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Dec 7 2021 5:45 utc | 192

I just got an email from my sister who tried to watch the Tucker Carlson interview of Robert Kennedy Jr. and it is no longer available.....other sources???


Wow! Blatant suppression of speech. Can you believe it? They are stupid to think they can get the genie of Covid truth back in the bottle.

The shit show continues until it doesn't and we have major circus acts going on all around us now......Got Fear?

Posted by: psychohistorian | Dec 7 2021 6:28 utc | 193

China is providing significant countering to the propaganda of empire about democracy. They have a International Forum on Democracy: The Shared Human Value, in Beijing that started on the 4th and had 70 governments and regions in attendance. The forum is scheduled to be held in three phases, with the second and third phases slated for Dec. 9-10 and Dec. 14-15, respectively.

How much of this will be the West see?

Then there is the "But he doesn't have any democracy!" cartoon at Xinhuanet

And below is a short posting from Xinhuanet about democracy by a China think tank

Democracy is the right of the people of all countries, not the patent of several countries, said a newly released report that targets the declaration of some countries claiming their own monopoly on the definition or model of "democracy".

In recent years, the United States, the world's only superpower and an early implementer of modern democracy, has witnessed a gradual metamorphosis of its democracy, according to a research report issued on Monday by the Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies of Renmin University of China, a Chinese think tank.

The 23,000-word report, available in five languages-Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish-is published at a time when US President Joe Biden is scheduled to host a "Summit for Democracy" on Thursday and Friday.

"Domestically, it has become a tool for a few people to seek personal gains, violating human rights, and tearing society apart. Internationally, it has become a front and excuse for the United States to maintain hegemony, interfere in the internal affairs of other countries, and undermine the international order," the report said.

Based on US literature and articles, the document raised 10 questions related to the country's democracy, including whether democracy in the US is for the majority or the minority, whether it ensures checks and balances of power or leads to abuse of power, and whether it improves people's well-being or increases their suffering.

The report also pointed out that US-style democracy has brought "disaster and turmoil to other countries" and has undermined international order.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian reiterated on Monday that democracy is the common value of all mankind and the right of all peoples.

At a regular news briefing in Beijing, Zhao said the political system of each country should be decided by its people, and the US has no right to monopolize democratic standards to impose its own political system on others and to instigate division and confrontation under the guise of "democracy".

The think tank said it hopes the report will help the world "fully understand democracy and promote shared values for all humankind".

John Ross, former director of economic and business policy for the mayor of London, said China's framework and delivery on human rights and democracy is "far superior to the West's", as China focuses on real improvement of the real conditions of humanity.

"What is important for real human beings, and what best demonstrates whether 'rule by the people' exists, is the outcome in the conditions of life for real human beings," he said. "That is what has been demonstrated by China's history and real social and political development."

Posted by: psychohistorian | Dec 7 2021 6:42 utc | 194

@ psychohistorian | Dec 7 2021 5:45 utc | 194 who wrote

My answer to the question they posit in the book
How did we find ourselves stuck in just one form of social reality, and how did relations based ultimately on violence and domination come to be normalized within it.
is monotheistic religions and the one-way/highway(death) hubris that created them.

This connects to my calling this a civilization war because it is not just public/private finance but in the West this is this myth of "Doing God's Work" where in China if you belong to a religion you are never a serious member of the party nor will you ever get to be a govt. worker because they are very secular.

Secular to me in this context means that China says "We don't know, and will do consensus instead of following a mythical/evolving Rules Based Order".

The Rules Based Order is self destructing and we hope it is not too painful for the rest of humanity

Posted by: psychohistorian | Dec 7 2021 7:03 utc | 195

@Don Bacon | Dec 7 2021 4:36 utc | 189

I suspect the US is going to try to sabotage the Olympics completely, with some stink about a "new strain" (pi is next in line), "china virus" and all that. All imaginary as before.

Posted by: Norwegian | Dec 7 2021 7:59 utc | 196

Just have a think about energy CO2 subsidies and the transformation from fossil fuel to renewables etc.

Fossil fuels are inextricably linked to our everyday lives and it'll be impossible to phase them out in the next three decades. At least that's what the fossil fuel industry would have you believe. But new studies have looked at precisely what we DO need to do to rapidly rid ourselves of the largest historical, and current, cause of the global climate emergency.

Plus there are plenty of research links listed below the description for this 13 minute utoob.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Dec 7 2021 8:18 utc | 197

re Graphene Hydroxide in vax and consequences?
Supposedky applicable to Pfizer/Moderna /J&J/AZ

Recent bitchute vid of interest but v ugly. Authentic but censored?
Pls giv feedback if u watch it...

Posted by: chu teh | Dec 7 2021 9:35 utc | 198

psychohistorian #194

is monotheistic religions and the one-way/highway(death) hubris that created them.

That process instantiated violent and dominant patriarchy, IMO.

Perhaps that is so but I am not informed well enough of comparative religions. I know that many societies practiced ritual punishment and sometimes mock 'battles' in an elaborate cultural drama aimed directly at avoiding internal strife and inter tribal warfare. Disputes were settled by collective agreement between respected negotiators.

Certainly the eye for an eye 'balanced justice' systems are writ large in the Abrahamic tradition and today's minds and so the schooling and parental indoctrination mechanisms reinforce concepts of punishment before rehabilitation. I know there are exceptions but most societies relegate rehabilitation of offenders to be out of reach and undesirable. I disagree with that very strongly especially its application to juvenile crime.

To neutralise the oligarchy one needs to unveil excess individual wealth, censure excess wealth, criminalise the application of wealth to acquire the means to influence media and societies political forums other than in strictly limited means, denying their right to practice lobbying directly and indirectly ensuring high wealth people are permanently scrutinised to ensure they conform to strict measures to confine their use of wealth entirely to production not influence purchasing. Certainly I can see almost no societal benefit from having extreme wealth individuals such as appear to be at large today.

I know there are many genuine philanthropists of high wealth and those I know personally are extraordinarily dedicated to benefiting humanity through putting their wealth to hard focused works. They arrange their income generation from that wealth by rigidly investing in truly ethical opportunities. These are the model corporate responsibility ethics that should frame our future. I applaud China setting out the guidelines to respond in its recent clampdown on vulgar wealth flaunters and grubs.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Dec 7 2021 10:19 utc | 199

How fervently the Zionists wanted Crimea, I can't say. But when it was taken away, and forever, I feel sure they must have realized quite keenly, and bitterly, what they had lost.
Grieved | Dec 6 2021 21:44 utc | 164

Having Crimea was always a pipe dream for early Zionists. Stalin was never going to allow it. Any possibility of having Crimea was taken away from the Zionists in the 1930s and not just recently when Russia accepted Crimea back. Nowhere do I find that modern day Zionists were upset at events in Ukraine/Crimea which is the contention of Sheikh Hosein in the video @87. The first word he spoke in that video was ‘if’ and we all know what ifing can bring. Hosein implies that the ‘master plan’ for Ukraine was for the Zionists to take over Crimea and that Putin/Russia’s accepting Crimea back was a disheartening defeat for Zionism. I think that is nonsense.

Jewish Diaspora
p. 20 “Russian-speakers in Israel were split in their interpretation of events in Ukraine, while the official transnational organizations adopted the neutral position of “not having a stance on the conflict”...”
p. 21 “The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs did not change its rhetoric or stance on the situation when the crisis deteriorated in eastern Ukraine, and did not join the West in denouncing Russia’s annexation of the Crimean peninsula and instigation of warfare in Donetsk and Lugansk.

Posted by: waynorinorway | Dec 7 2021 10:34 utc | 200

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