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March 27, 2022

The MoA Week In Review - OT 2022-35 (NOT Ukraine)

Last week's posts at Moon of Alabama:

(Another week of all out Ukraine. I'd love to write on other stuff, but it is the world moving story of these day.)

Biden:

Michael Tracey @mtracey - 19:46 UTC · Mar 26, 2022

In the span of 24 hours, Biden has declared that US troops are headed to Ukraine, and declared his intention to impose regime change on Russia. Really doing a fantastic job.

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Scott Ritter @RealScottRitter - 20:33 UTC · Mar 26, 2022

Our President calls for regime change in Russia the same week he promulgates policy that embraces preemptive nuclear strikes in non-nuclear situations. His administration is planning on deploying Dark Eagle hypersonic missiles in Europe later this year. A madman rules America.

More Biden:

Other issues:

911:

Crypto:

Brexit:

Use as open (NOT Ukraine) thread ...

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The MoA Week In Review - OT 2022-35(NOT Ukraine)

I can never help but laugh at the "not Ukraine" - not that I disagree with the principle, but as you say, everything that is happening in the world is "Ukraine" - therefore this thread should be permanently empty!!

The price of a loaf of bread is "Ukraine", as is forecasts of cold weather, anything to do with finance, etc etc. Even cat shows are "Ukraine" (as is also this post - sorry).

Posted by: BM | Mar 27 2022 13:39 utc | 1

fertilizers, fuels, pesticides, parts, people: farming in trouble on all fronts

Farmers on the Brink - doomberg

The coming crash in global food supply will be driven by a similar phenomenon across virtually every input into farming – they are all spiking to historic highs simultaneously, supply availability is diminishing across the spectrum, and the time to reverse the worst of the upcoming consequences is rapidly running short.

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Glyphosate is effectively little more than an elegantly modified fertilizer, containing both phosphorous and nitrogen. It is derived from similar starting materials – including ammonia – and, as such, its price has soared amid chronic supply shortages. This has caused the price of other herbicides to rise as farmers desperately seek substitutes, as described by this article in The Western Producer (emphasis added throughout):

“The much-ballyhooed glyphosate shortage is just the first domino to fall, according to a leading crop protection company.

‘The knock-on effect on basically every other herbicide molecule is starting to manifest itself,’ said Cornie Thiessen, general manager of ADAMA Canada. ‘We are seeing quite a domino effect in the market because of the glyphosate challenges.’

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As expensive as it is to fuel the field equipment needed to farm, keeping them operational at all is becoming an ever-growing challenge. The same chip shortage constraining automobile production has struck the farming equipment industry, making new equipment and spare parts harder to come by. Farmers in Iowa recently vented their frustration at a Republican forum on agriculture:

“…they bemoaned the hit-and-miss availability of parts to fix their equipment — the result of pandemic disruptions in the production of those parts. Iowa Rep. Ross Paustian, R-Walcott, is a farmer who said his neighbor was forced to buy a hydraulic pump for his tractor from a Nebraska dealership because it was the only place in the country that had it stocked.

Jim Boyer, an Emmet County farmer, had a similar, personal anecdote. He’s awaiting a $40 emissions-related sensor for his tractor, and he’s not sure if it will arrive anytime soon.

‘I cannot drive that tractor — a quarter-million-dollar piece of equipment — because I cannot get that sensor,’ he said.”

Compounding these challenges with machinery is a burgeoning labor shortage that is rapidly adding pressure to this brewing catastrophe.
Bayer was already warning customers in late 2021 about a potential glyphosate shortage.”

If farmers skimp on herbicides to get by this season, it only makes dealing with weeds more challenging in the future. As one expert warned us, it only takes one year of negligence to do several years of damage to a field.

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Even generously assuming farmers can cobble together enough fertilizer, herbicide, machinery, and labor to produce a good harvest this fall, they may be left to deal with yet another crisis of supply that few off the field have on their radar: propane. As Tracy Schuchart – yet another absolute must-follow on Twitter – has been flagging for several months, the US exits the winter of 2021-2022 with concerningly low levels of propane inventory, well-below typical averages for this time of year:

Doomberg chart on propane storage, 2022 vs. 7 year average

What does propane supply have to do with farming? Grain drying

So it is even worse than I thought. Fertilizer price increases of 400% = double food cost, roughly. If all the other areas are also increasing, then it is going to be even more ugly than that...

Posted by: c1ue | Mar 27 2022 14:27 utc | 2

Alternate link for the cited John Helmer article:

http://johnhelmer.org/

Helmer has two domain registrations: .org and .net
The .net is given by b but gives a 502 error when accessed from North America

Posted by: Sushi | Mar 27 2022 14:58 utc | 3

Food Costs
Posted by: c1ue | Mar 27 2022 14:27 utc | 2

The situation is worse than the Doomberg description.

Due to the high cost of fertilizer farmers have been switching out of high demand crops into those with a lower demand for fertilizer. One such switch is from corn into soybeans.

Over 40% of the US corn crop is used in the production of ethanol which is legally mandated to be blended with gasoline to produce E10 transportation fuel.

The balance of the corn crop is used as a food production additive (relatively little corn is intended for direct human consumption).

So a scarcity of corn results in lower ethanol supply which implies greater competition for the available ethanol which will result in increased transportation costs.

Plus the reduction in the corn crop will result in competition for available corn for industrial human food products further boosting food prices (although this price increase may be concealed by packaging changes. You pay the expected amount but the delivered quantity will be less than previously).

These cost increases will be amplified by the increased transport costs (shortage of diesel) and a forecast surge in FF energy costs.

All of these cost increases will be exacerbated by the US Fed which is indicating several interest rate increases over the course of the year. Central bank interest rate increases may work to moderate a demand shock to the economy but they will increase the consumer impact of price increases due to supply shocks.

In my view the US consumer is in for a world of hurt that no one can properly forecast as there is no model that encompasses all of the complex relationships found in a distributed interdependent global economy.

Putin sought to have the US and EU recognize the interdependent nature of security. The US / EU elected to ignore him. For this indifference the West is likely to experience a punch in the face of greater impact than the 1970's OPEC embargo.

May you live in interesting times!

Posted by: Sushi | Mar 27 2022 15:19 utc | 4

Hi b, thank you for another week in review. So the “one man” behind all that in Ukraine is Kolomoysky? Who is a billionaire… and the 1750th richest man in the world??

Bill! Baloney! I cry out as I read that. So roughly 1500 or so other billionaires have nothing to do with the “world-moving” story in Ukraine?

I started reading the Quartz India piece on the sensational British ferries labour situation and I came across this:

“For one, some of the ferries owned by the London-based company, which has been owned by Dubai royalty for more than 16 years now, are registered in Cyprus.”

That got my attention.

Posted by: Bruised Northerner | Mar 27 2022 15:46 utc | 5

I’m not supporting governments subsidizing RoundUp herbicides to save the world from ending due to farmers being unable to treat their GMO seeds.

Enough already.

Posted by: Bruised Northerner | Mar 27 2022 15:48 utc | 6

c1ue | Mar 27 2022 14:27 utc | 2
Sushi | Mar 27 2022 15:19 utc | 4
Bruised Northerner | Mar 27 2022 15:48 utc | 6
People can stop doing certain things, as suggested in comment 6. but the 1st thing is to stop believing those phoney $$numbers$$. those numbers are not "the truth," they are fictions in a game of scare-city management. those numbers represent the values of people like Soros and Musk and me getting a good night's sleep is worth more than every penny of either of those lying sacks of empty $ymbol$

Posted by: rjb1.5 | Mar 27 2022 16:02 utc | 7

thanks b...

there is some shocking info in these links you provide.... i didn't realize how much hate poland has for russia... reading the link provided that insight...

as for dp world paying it's workers, it seems the uk politicians have no backbone or spine or anything... what a pathetic lot they are to allow this to happen.. nationalize the ferries.... meanwhile uae would like to turn the world into a slave labour camp run by deranged sheikhs.... uk is okay with it at this point..

Posted by: james | Mar 27 2022 16:11 utc | 8

@Bruised Northerner #6
Whatever your personal preferences may be - a shortage of food is not going to do anyone, any good.

@rjb1.5 #7
So you're saying there are no shortages? There are no problems? Everything is just fine?
Ok, we will see.

Posted by: c1ue | Mar 27 2022 16:39 utc | 9

c1ue | Mar 27 2022 16:39 utc | 9
"hey, did you hear the Great Depression ended?"
"the great depression ended? when?"
conversation overheard in Appalachia.

i'm not saying there's no shortage. but we couldn't ship tons of F35's around the world if the problem was lack of resources.

is the problem in Flint MI that they don't have enough water? is that the problem in CA? NV? no, it's not.

and there are plenty of people, poor people, whose lives are not going to change and who are going to laugh at what many are bitching about. cuz they are already there.

the profit accruing to the oligarchs is itself a good measure of how wasteful the shit show is. 100% waste. like war.

Posted by: rjb1.5 | Mar 27 2022 17:22 utc | 10

Carrying this over from the fading Some Likely Longterm Effects of the War in Ukraine discussion… Time stamps reflect that thread:

@Robert Lindsay | Mar 27 2022 11:29 utc | 292, 293, 295
"Look in the media at these serious violent crimes... Everybody knows Blacks commit a ton of violent crime... You need to open up a newspaper sometime."

I read the corporate news daily, mostly online but it's the same content. And I am surrounded by people who guzzle the stuff, reinforcing what "everybody knows" by osmosis. As the old ad line went, we're soaking in it.

"Unfortunately, news reports and social media often encourage the idea that most anti-Asian violence and discrimination is committed by people of color... “This is really how crime is framed in the United States — it’s framed as the source is Black...”

Everybody also "knows" that Putin is a tentacled bloodsucking monster from Planet KGB and that the Russian Army is so busy eating the babies they want to save from non-existent Nazis that they forgot their opponent and are losing to valiant UAF counterattacks. Domestic and international, in the Western corporate media it's psyops all the way down.

I put far more trust in studies done by or at least cited by the affected populations themselves, such as the one I linked :

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"Wong says a misreading of a study from the American Journal of Criminal Justice, which examined anti-Asian hate crimes and incidents from 1994-2014, may have also contributed to misplaced blame. The study found that compared to anti-Black and anti-Latino hate crimes, a higher proportion of perpetrators of anti-Asian hate crimes were people of color.... Wong added that the misconceptions can also hurt opportunities for racial solidarity."

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Divide and rule. The Empire of Lies and Chaos: as abroad, so at home. Speaking of which,
"The spa shootings were quite obviously not hate crimes. The guy had a sex addiction and he went crazy over it and shot up a few of the Asian massage parlors he was frequenting for sex."

The US has military bases all over the planet surrounded by industrialized sex work, having a huge role in the fetishization of Asian women—another aspect of racism. He described himself as devoutly Christian; this calls to mind the long history of colonialists "falling" to the "temptations" of the heathen colonized, so often it's practically a theme running through Western culture. And Trump's endless ranting about "the China Virus" played no small part in this mass shooting sparking a wave of copycat anti-Asian violence that had no sex addiction or Christian "purity vs. temptation" component (for now I'm focusing on the racist dimensions; there is easily as much to be exposed of its gross misogyny).

Again I'll link Anti-Asian Racism Never Stopped Being an Outgrowth of U.S. Imperialism:

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"The dehumanization of peoples of Asian descent is often isolated and disconnected from the white supremacist violence experienced by Black and indigenous peoples in the United States. Yet the U.S.’s original sins of racialized slavery and settler colonialism helped form the material basis for the rise of anti-Asian racism. During the decade and a half-long U.S. occupation of the Philippines, U.S. soldiers justified mass slaughter and plunder by routinely equating the Filipino people with the same racist tropes used to describe Black Americans and Indigenous nations. Eventually, a unique language of racism was deployed to normalize not only the destruction of the Philippines but also the internment of Japanese residents and the brutal wars of aggression waged in Korea , Vietnam , Laos , and Cambodia . As Black Americans faced the violence and exploitation of Jim Crow, the scope of white supremacy was widening in service of the U.S. project of imperialist domination....

"The truth is that “Kung Flu” and other racist tropes peddled by Trump and his legions are only one aspect of a larger U.S. campaign... The rise of China has placed the hegemony of U.S. imperialism into question on the highest stage possible: that of the fundamental relations between nations and economies. This has spurred a U.S.-led New Cold War against China led by all sections of Washington’s establishment, including its most left-leaning elements."

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This result should be familiar to all of us; it's exactly what we see in the same corporate media information war on Russia and all things Russian—also effectively racialized, with Russians effectively "demoted" from their "whiteness". To colonize the planet the colonizers had to foment racism in their colonists, soldiers and proselytizers, which of course came right back home. Racism is domestic imperialism and imperialism is racism writ global.

This brings us back to my original post (now @Mar 26 2022 22:33 utc | 148) which several have tried to make about their ideas around domestic crime rather than possible longterm effects of the war in the Ukraine:

"… the danger of far greater racist violence looms should the Chinese send a carrier group or two to the bottom, causing thousands of US casualties." I'm pretty sure that Black people here in the US aren't going to be the shock troops of this wave, but instead white folks who are far more identified with US militarism and imperialism.

Posted by: Vintage Red | Mar 27 2022 18:41 utc | 11

I hadn't realized, before Matt Taibbi told us: This actual non-fake news story of Hunter Biden's quite genuine laptop was the sole pretext deployed to girdle & curdle The Intercept, way back when...

Not to be petty, but — well, yes, let’s be petty, just a little, and point out that many of the people who were the most pompous about this story turned out to be the most wrong, including the conga line of Intercept editors and staffers who essentially knocked Glenn Greenwald all the way to Substack over the issue. There are more important things going on in the world, but for sheer bootlicking conformist excess and depraved journalist-on-journalist venom the “Russian disinformation” fiasco has no equal...

The Media Campaign to Protect Joe Biden Passes the Point of Absurdity

Posted by: Aleph_Null | Mar 27 2022 18:52 utc | 12

@rjb1.5 #10
You are deluded if you think food shortages/food price increases and expensive energy is not going to affect poor people.

Posted by: c1ue | Mar 27 2022 19:23 utc | 13

The Media Campaign to Protect Joe Biden Passes the Point of Absurdity

Posted by: Aleph_Null | Mar 27 2022 18:52 utc | 12

Well, the thing is, as the laptop makes clear, Ukraine has been a Biden family project for some time now, a remunerative grift, and Putin has just trashed it all thoroughly, gone for good. And he personally has things to hide. And an election coming, that he needs to "win", at least hold the Congress. And that is why Biden is so "irrational" on the subject of Putin & Ukraine, it is personal.

Posted by: Bemildred | Mar 27 2022 19:35 utc | 14

I have my usual simplified explanation of what is going on around us, which aims to highlight the essence of it.

Most of the Western financial activity is like children’s board games - playing with chips backed up by nothing or almost nothing, that is backed up by wishful thinking. For example, the realistic value of the US stock market is probably about 30% of its current nominal value even when measured in the low quality fiat (somewhat a closed circle, that one). To a large extent, the US stock market reflects the presumed US hegemony over the World, that is that the US marines can land anywhere and take anything the US wants or needs. Naturally, it is not only the US stock market which is like a children’s board game, the whole Western financial system is unrealistically based on global hegemony presumption.

When Russia and China separate from the Western block and show that they can successfully defend their interests and their “ownership” over one part of the World, the Global South, then this will force the West to adjust its board games, the value of its chips to reflect only a part-ownership of the World. What we are seeing now, that is the hyper-propaganda, the hyper-inflation, the hyper-fear, are really the adjustments pains to the new division of influence/ownership of the World. China and Russia even claim that they do not want to OWN the Global South as the West did, promising instead a more realistic commercial relationships (remains to be seen).

It is possible that the Western block will suffer seriously from the withdrawal of such large part of the planet from its clutches. It may turn to intra-block pillaging to make up for the lack of external victims.

Posted by: Kiza | Mar 27 2022 19:39 utc | 15

@Vintage Red #11
People with dark skin are a disproportionate percentage of murderers in the United States - of each other and of non-dark skin people in the United States.
Why do you think Asians are somehow immune to this "overperformance"?

Look at the raw data yourself

FBI UCR Homicide Data Table

Of the 6578 homicides in the US in 2019, 3218 are by "Black or African American" (henceforth BoAA) offenders. That's almost half even though BoAA is 13.4% of the US population according to the US census.

2906 victims of homicide are BoAA, so they're mostly killing each other - but they're also killing all other categories disproportionate to their demographic representation:

17.16% homicides of Whites by BoAA
16.19% homicides of "Other" by BoAA (this is where the Asians are presumably)
30.16% of "unknown" race by BoAA

Overall: 23.83% of all non-BoAA victims killed by BoAA

I have no reason whatsoever to believe other crime numbers are dramatically different.

Note also that the small handful of Other homicides in 2019 (247 in number), "Other" were the largest category of offenders (138) - but that isn't surprising since most homicides are crimes of passion: i.e. people killing people they know.

Again, this does not mean BoAA people are all murderers or criminals. The absolute numbers are low - I can more believe it is more a function of crazy+poor than any genetic component, but nonetheless the reality is that BoAA are almost certainly the most responsible for non-crime of passion murders.

As for "hate crime" - I can think of no better a category of garbage than this. Just imagine all the woke bullshit offenses tabulated alongside actual violent crimes like rape or murder, and in turn tabulated by the woke studies warriors.

Any conclusions drawn from these types of studies likely needs to be taken with mountains of salt.

Posted by: c1ue | Mar 27 2022 19:45 utc | 16

I'm sure a number of presidents have gotten rich off the US imperialism project, but the US would be pursuing this course regardless of who is president--maybe Obama would not have done it, he seemed cautious on the subject of engaging in a nuclear war with Russia, but otoh I haven't seen one statement from him that this is reckless, so maybe he supports it too.

Posted by: pretzelattack | Mar 27 2022 19:48 utc | 17

I'd like to take issue with the Alistair Crooke article. I do not think he is correct in his emphasis on 'holy war', much as those issues figure into the mindset of some Russians, some westerners, under the 'existential' rubric. It seems to me those are red herring issues which will further cloud and divide the security issue itself, which I believe was the indeed existential issue that Putin and Lavrov base their internationally lawful premise upon. Some, maybe even most, Russians may make their own religious views part and parcel of their approval of Putin, but the incursion into Ukraine is not a religious crusade.

I say this as Orthodox myself, and in the branch of that Orthodoxy which focuses on the Russian tradition. Listening to Putin is to hear him avow a spiritual multidiversity for that tradition, something he is proud to uphold.

I do have respect for Crooke's previous articles, but I think he is wrong on this one.

Posted by: juliania | Mar 27 2022 19:49 utc | 18

I just found this little gem here to get a comprehensive list of the currently known issues hidden in Hunter Bidens Laptop:

8-joe-biden-scandals-inside-hunter-bidens-macbook-that-corporate-media-just-admitted-is-legit

And, by the way: did you know that Hunter lost 2 Laptops? The first one was allegedly stolen by some russians and the second one was forgotten at the computer repair shop.

The total media blackout of the Hunter Biden Laptop is starting get significant cracks.
That's an interesting avenue for b to investigate. Why is it surfacing now?

That same outlet has some interesting thoughts on media background and narrative spin used by the NYT:
4 Big Takeaways From The New York Times’s Attempt To Control The Hunter Biden Narrative

Posted by: someone other | Mar 27 2022 19:55 utc | 19

Re: Jacobin article on 9/11 "revelations" - Glad to see it's finally out in the public domain, but many of us already knew or at least suspected this was the case. Sadly, no price will be paid by the Western political class or the Saudis. Quite the contrary, I'm guessing.

Re: Crypto article from Heisenberg Report - Once again an article on the negatives of *some* cryptocurrencies (all proof-of-work based) and the complete omission of proof-of-stake systems like Cardano's Ada.

Re: Hunter Biden - Another big surprise /sarc - I can't wait for someone to put all of this together up to the present with Russia currently occupying Ukraine. There's something very very fishy about the Biden family and the most recent regimes in that country (ca. 2014-2022).

Re: Vanessa Beeley's piece, good to hear from her again. She was one of the few voices of reason during the Syrian regime change attempt. Needless to say she was roundly accused of all sorts of things from the usual anti-Semitism to being an "Assad apologist."

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Mar 27 2022 19:55 utc | 20

Posted by: c1ue | Mar 27 2022 19:45 utc | 16

You're artificially narrowing the topic to just murders. It's completely believable to me, here in red Texas with a large Asian community, that most of the "hate crimes" and assaults (not necessarily murder) are committed against Asians by whites. That you're so concerned with trotting out the already known fact that Blacks commit more murders across the board on a per capita basis is puzzling to me...

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Mar 27 2022 19:57 utc | 21

True Tom, I remember several murders of people that looked Middle Eastern by whites after 911. including Sikhs.

Posted by: pretzelattack | Mar 27 2022 19:59 utc | 22

Posted by: c1ue | Mar 27 2022 19:23 utc | 13

You can say that again. There's a perfect storm brewing in a city like Sydney in which public transport is 25-30 years behind the sprawl that heads out 50-60kms from the CBD.

* No one in the essential professions (police, fire, nurses/health, teachers, tradies, etc) can afford to live near where they work; public transport is slow and poorly organised; everyone must drive.
* Fuel price increases add $60-100/week to stretched budgets because these workers earn very little relative to their social importance.
* But they must drive long distances each day and pay exorbitant tolls on motorways on top of $100+ weekly fuel bills.
* While Australia is self-sufficient for food the distances are great. Trucking costs to deliver it to supermarkets are among the contributors to quite obvious price increases.
* Sydney has the most expensive house prices in the world and very large numbers of people with huge mortgages (between 750K-!M = $4-5K/month to service @ 2.29%). Rents within 20kms of the CBD are between $700-1000/week.
* A young teacher/nurse (>10 yrs experience) has a take-home, after tax pay of between $1000-1200/week. Unless you live in the cheaper outer suburbs (which require long costly commutes) you must expect to pay between 50-60% of your income on housing. They are usually left with <10% income for disposal which will hit demand in the economy.

If global inflation ticks up then central banks will respond by increasing interest rates. This will hit the above doubly hard and push a lot of mortgage holders to the edge of default. Since they are largely clueless about the causes they will be prone to populist explanations and middle-class radicalisation. Inequality gaps will widen. The will and capacity of government to intervene wanes daily (witness the scandalous non-response by all levels of government to the catastrophic flooding in northern NSW where people are returning to houses contaminated by sewage, etc).

If Sydney is pushed to the brink of major social upheaval as this storm slowly gathers how much the worse will it be for the middle classes outside the 'lucky country'? In my view we are headed for the unholy offspring of liberalism and fascism, combining the worst of both.

Posted by: Patroklos | Mar 27 2022 20:00 utc | 23

I refuse to get into a debate about whether "hate crimes" should be a thing, but at least the study cited defines the term. Of note, the vast majority of these "hate crimes" are allegedly shunning or verbal harassment. FWIW...and again, not surprising to me that whites commit said "offenses" more frequently, per the long history of such behavior in the US.

From the "hate crime" study:

Note on terminology - “hate crime” refers to incidents classified by law enforcement as a “hate crime” or referred to in survey questions explicitly as a “hate crime.” The term “hate incident” or “anti-Asian harassment” is used in other cases, in alignment with the terminology used in the data source referenced.

1. Multiple sources of data show an increase in hate incidents targeting Asian
Americans after the start of the pandemic and the vast majority of incidents consist of “verbal harassment” and “shunning.”

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Mar 27 2022 20:01 utc | 24

@ juliania | Mar 27 2022 19:49 utc | 18 who wrote about Crooke article

"
I do not think he is correct in his emphasis on 'holy war', much as those issues figure into the mindset of some Russians, some westerners, under the 'existential' rubric.
"

For good or bad, monotheistic religion is tied into the organizational structure of the West just like the one behind the curtain, God of Mammon.

While I agree that the incursion into Ukraine is not a religious crusade, the bigger civilization war we are in is between totally secular China with public finance and the West with private finance and "In God We Trust" instead of the original American motto of "Out of Many, One".

I agree that the God of Mammon folk are taking advantage of those of monotheistic faith but maybe as a group, those of faith need to purge their claimed membership.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Mar 27 2022 20:06 utc | 25

@ juliania | Mar 27 2022 19:49 utc | 18

Listening to Putin is to hear him avow a spiritual multidiversity for that tradition, something he is proud to uphold.

My perception is that this aspect of our global cultural clash -- the role of spiritual obligations felt by Orthodox Russians, both in the leadership and in the population, is so far under the radar it vanishes, out here in Oz. Though hardly anyone mentions this aspect, I believe it holds the key to unlock a path to peace.

Some of the only sweeter things around these days, in these parts (SF Bay Area), are our little free library boxes. About as low-tech as you can get: curbside boxes on posts, guerilla sharing of subversive tracts printed on actual paper! Out of one of those boxes, I stumbled into Thomas Merton, ascending with Saint John of the Cross and the Discalced Carmelites. Thence, through the astonishing John Scotus Eriugena and then, smack! I'm thunderstruck with Denys the Areopagite... that's how my literary investigations go, one thing leads to another.

Why do I find myself obsessed with Denys? Maybe trying to figure out the point of praying, or meditation. Darn near everything Denys writes is abstruse enough that merely attempting to figure it out is a meditation. Anyhow, Denys rewinds Christianity a long ways, back to where connections with "neoplatonism" and eastern wisdom stand out more clearly. It's in that neck of the woods I encountered Fr Andrew Louth's work on Orthodoxy. Right now I'm reading his "Modern Othodox Thinkers".

What a world! Offhand, I'd guess your average US American knows less about Eastern Orthodox traditions than they know about Sunnis and Shias. For instance: How many US Americans have any idea of what a real icon is?

Posted by: Aleph_Null | Mar 27 2022 20:39 utc | 26

long articles in msm about death of Taylor Hawkins neglect to mention he recently had a booster, against his beliefs.

thing is: i am very willing to consider that the booster was not the main cause of death. how would i know, i’m just parsing anecdotes. but cultists are completely unwilling to consider that the booster contributed in any way, shape or form.

Posted by: Rae | Mar 27 2022 20:46 utc | 27

I very highly suggest reading this very well crafted rant, "Grappling With the Conspiracy Theory Canard", which we chew on here daily but never articulate in the author's manner. This excerpt ought to prove tempting:

"How, why and to what benefit ? The how has been a gradual ongoing and well funded war of attrition where these subversives took an inch on academia’s lowest rung and, with massive funding and targeted intimidation, expanded to where they have even expelled JK Rowling from her own franchise. The why has been to emasculate us all and, as the Harry Potter saga shows, to even cancel the imaginations of children. The benefit to the World Economic Forum and their NATO enforcers is to allow us collude in them cancelling Russia, the world’s biggest country, from our intellectual, economic, cultural, historical and even geographical space. Not even Harry Potter or Humpty Dumpty could conceptualize that degree of nihilistic madness."

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 27 2022 20:50 utc | 28

How the US destroyed Bangladesh, from the Gravel Institute:

https://www.patreon.com/posts/new-video-how-64347719?

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Mar 27 2022 20:53 utc | 29

One of the first fruits of the military action has been that Russia seized the bio-labs. This is NOT a comment about Ukraine, but simply to note that now the topic of bio warfare is fully out in the open for discussion, at least by those not blinded by propaganda.

Maria Zakharova, no less, has penned a timeline of the US bio-warfare activities in Ukraine during the last 3 decades - an activity she calls its "truly diabolical plan":

Opinion by María Zakharova: BioBiden

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Sooner or later, the now-open discussion on US bio-terror has to merge with the currently closed-off discussion about: What exactly WAS that pandemic of the last two years?

The Saker has been as closed-minded as any forum host about this topic, but he's publishing Maria's musings, so maybe he'll take the Russian surfacing of this topic as a way to change his views over time on, for example: the pandemic, and the massive attendant propaganda, including the denial of effective early treatments, as well as the forensic theorizing as to the purposes.

Many dots are still being connected (and Larry Romanoff's last 2 pieces at Unz are a significant stride to expand the view). Ron Unz himself has graciously changed his views on some of the elements over time - now regarding the pandemic as a clear bio-offensive - but as with both of those platforms (and MoA, I suggest), the commenters are sometimes way ahead of the hosts.

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It has seemed to me since about January of this year (from the time that b took issue with a reference by Alistair Crooke in an article), that any commentator who fails to acknowledge the many truths coming out into the open now - of pandemics past, and perhaps present, and most likely future - will not be relevant to the pressing concerns of this age.

So, how much of this pending discussion will occur here, or at the Saker, or over at Unz, remains to be seen. But the discussion will occur - it's a strong tide of history now. And commentary will cohere around those who best discuss it.

So I hope to discuss these things with you here as more becomes clear.

Posted by: Grieved | Mar 27 2022 21:12 utc | 30

Does anyone know where I can find the approx. 14min. speech Assad gave on March 17th? It was on YT I believe, but I cannot find it anymore.

Posted by: bjd | Mar 27 2022 21:21 utc | 31

@28 karlof1 | Mar 27 2022 20:50 utc

I've only glanced at your linked article, and will have to read later, since time is pressing for me. One thing that becomes ever more clear to me from the tyranny launched as if by perfected template in the last 2 years - and worldwide, at that - is the great extent of preparation that underlies all the oppression.

From Paperclip to Mockingbird, operations from long ago continue to reveal their fruits. And it's obvious that the forces against humanity have operated in secret conspiracy for decades behind the backs of all but a few brave investigators.

So, of course we've had to engage in theories to tease out their secret acts. As conspiracy theory after conspiracy theory has proved resoundingly to be true, I've come to suggest lately that anyone should be proud to be engaged in the forensic examination of the secret crimes being committed.

Of course it's all secret, because it's criminal. Of course we have to run speculative models to see if the observed reality fits the theory. Of course everything we're doing is vilified in the public space by the criminals who control that space.

We should be proud, and feel as colleagues, to work together to establish the truth of humanity's greatest enemy.

In my view.

Posted by: Grieved | Mar 27 2022 21:23 utc | 32

"The rise of China and Russia has made a unipolar world impossible unless the Chinese all of a sudden decide to submit to the LIO. And that is what the American establishment seems to think they can force on them.

They hope to wait out Putin to change Russia when he is gone. While that may be possible, what they hope with China is extremely unlikely. China is aggressively courting other nations for partnerships while America is losing more and more respect among the people and leaders of the world.

That loss of respect cannot be underestimated on its influence over the world’s leadership class. America is now seen as a bully and an imperialistic warmonger the world over. Multipolarity is here to stay unless China magically disappears." From War of The Worlds: The New Class

Posted by: Maydman | Mar 27 2022 21:24 utc | 33

Posted by: Sushi | Mar 27 2022 15:19 utc | 4

"So a scarcity of corn results in lower ethanol supply which implies greater competition for the available ethanol which will result in increased transportation costs."

It shouldn't. Adding ethanol to gasoline, using the current standard proportions at the pump, will decrease the amount of energy in your tank by four percent. Leave it out and you'll get better mileage.

Four percent may not sound like much, but over time it can add up to a significant amount.

Remember, the requirement to add ethanol to our gas tanks was mandated at the request of the giant grain lobby, and not for any beneficial purpose, though we were told it was to clean up our air. Forcing drivers to get poorer mileage because of diluting gasoline with ethanol is a hell of a poor way to clean the air.

Posted by: AntiSpin | Mar 27 2022 22:10 utc | 34

@Tom_Q_Collins #21
How typical - your response to factual data is a personal anecdote.
I will call out your bullshit though because I've lived in Texas myself.

Here is actual Texas murder and rape data

Texas DPS crime reports

2009 CRIME IN TEXAS INDEX CRIME ANALYSIS MURDER VICTIMS Law enforcement agencies participating in UCR provide additional homicide information so that an in-depth analysis of murder is possible. Through the Supplemental Homicide Reporting system, information is provided that identifies the age, sex, race and ethnic origin of both victims and offend-ers; the relationship of the victim to the offender;the murder weapon; and the circumstances of the offense.

...

Of the victims whose race was known, 67 percent were White, 32 percent were Black and the remaining 1% were Asian/Pacific Islander.

The percentage of BoAA is lower than the national average, but then again the percentage of BoAA in Texas in general is lower than the national average: 13.4% nationally vs. 12.9% in Texas. Yet there is STILL an over-representation of murders of BoAA, and I'd bet dollars to donuts on the offender side as well.

So much for your "analysis".

The report further extends to rape:

75 percent were White, and 24 percent were Black; 59 percent were not Hispanic and 41 percent were Hispanic.

and robbery:

57 percent were White; 43 percent were Black; 63 percent were not Hispanic and 37 percent were Hispanic

and aggravated assault:

71 percent were White; 28 percent were Black and the remainder were other races; 38 percent were Hispanic and 62 percent were not Hispanic.

and burglary:

72 percent were White; 28 percent were Black; 62 percent were not Hispanic and 38 percent were Hispanic.

and larceny-theft:

73 percent were White; 26 percent were Black and the remainder were other races; 60 percent were not Hispanic and 40 percent were Hispanic.

and motor vehicle theft:

74 percent were White and 25 percent were Black; 66 percent were not Hispanic and 34 percent were Hispanic.

and arson:

78 percent were White; 21 percent were Black; the remaining 1% were Asian/Pacific Islander.

The non-murder crime numbers above are in no way unrepresentative of crime numbers in most of the US - and in every case above - there is a roughly 2x overperformance of BoAA in crime vs. their demographic representation. The main reason Texas BoAA numbers are lower is because the Hispanics are doing more than their share...

You can argue why BoAA are over-represented in crime numbers, but to argue that they are not overperforming to crime vs. their presence in the overall population in crime is just woke garbage.

Posted by: c1ue | Mar 27 2022 22:11 utc | 35

Let Them Eat Cake or plus change plus la même chose
Posted by: c1ue | Mar 27 2022 19:23 utc | 13


You are deluded if you think food shortages/food price increases and expensive energy is not going to affect poor people.

Why Global Supply Chains May Never Be the Same | A WSJ Documentary
563,087 views
Mar 23, 2022
https://youtu.be/1KtTAb9Tl6E

The above links to a great WSJ video describing present day global supply chains. Impossible to watch without asking if a significant rise in energy costs will prove destructive to this business model.

At the end there is evidence of both SAMSUNG and INTEL investing billions to return chip production to the US. Two observations: 1) INTEL production never left the US. The new INTEL facility is intended to compete with TSMC by creating a custom fab; 2) The film describes SAMSUNG investing in new US facilities. TSMC is also investing in US chip production. The problem is that chips alone are but a small but critical niche in the product fabrication and assembly chain. In the early years of chip production the finished wafers were shipped to the Philippines to be cut into dice and potted or packaged. These labour intensive steps were performed overseas and the packaged chips returned to North America for final assembly.

Asian companies gained a toe hold on the low value added end of the supply chain and have since been moving up the chain to higher value added production and assembly. This has resulted in the build out of associated suppliers over the past 50 years. The identical supplier network is no longer present in the US. It will take 50 years to return the full range of supplier infrastructure to the US. Any such change will demand a fundamental overhaul of the US educational system.

Another remarkable facet seen in the supply chain documentary is the high degree of automation coupled with the deskilling of the remaining workforce. There is strong evidence that the long haul truck segment will be fully automated within the next 10 years.

Posted by: Sushi | Mar 27 2022 22:14 utc | 36

Aleph_Null #12

Thank you for the link to Matt Taibbi piece: The Media Campaign to Protect Joe Biden Passes the Point of Absurdity.

Matt concludes with this:


This is a crucial question — effectively, the difference between knowing whether Russia is at war with just Ukraine, or with us — and no one wants to go near it, because our newshounds suck so badly, they think anything that makes the administration uncomfortable is Russian disinformation. For anything beyond rote propaganda, most take the clownish stance offered by Amanpour above: “We’re not going to do your work for you.” Trump has been out of office for years. Are we ever getting the press back?

From what I can see the answer is NO - your 'press' is confined to quarters - oligarch and MIC owned quarters. The free press will need to scratch about the yard for enough to get by. The Intercept is a glaring example of a fake hangout used to attract dissident journalists and snare them in a controlled hangout appearing to be a salaried enterprise. Matt Taibbi went there briefly after the Rolling Stone, but jumped straight back out as soon as he detected their BS.

Observing MSM in most western nations is like being fixated on a fecal cesspit.

Thanks b for a choice selection yet again.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 27 2022 22:14 utc | 37

@Sushi #36
Intel and Samsung are minimally important to the vast majority of people.
The actual semiconductor chips which most impact our lives are not at the high end - they are at the low end.
It is the low end which is the problem in car production. It is the low end that will suffer if neon shortages affect overall semiconductor production volume.

Posted by: c1ue | Mar 27 2022 22:19 utc | 38

@bjd #31:

Does anyone know where I can find the approx. 14min. speech Assad gave on March 17th? It was on YT I believe, but I cannot find it anymore.

It’s at Kevork Almassian’s Syriana Analysis YouTube channel:

President Bashar al-Assad on the Ukraine war (English subtitles)

Posted by: S | Mar 27 2022 22:21 utc | 39

@S (39)

That's it. Thanks!

Posted by: bjd | Mar 27 2022 22:31 utc | 40

Biden prompts concern after saying Putin 'cannot remain in power'
He should have said Biden not Putin because the US is 'the world's leading democracy' and the people say 'leave.'
news report: Biden approval rating drops to new record low of 40 per cent. The Reuters/Ipsos poll
found respondents listed the economy as their top concern, followed by war and foreign conflicts.
I say majority rules. . .if Biden doesn't resign then get the hook.
We want Harris! . . .ooops

Posted by: Don Bacon | Mar 27 2022 22:49 utc | 41

Posted by: c1ue | Mar 27 2022 22:11 utc | 35

I sure hope you didn't spend longer than 30 seconds w/ that ridiculous reply.

My "analysis" is exactly that - my analysis based on my own anecdotal experiences throughout more than 40 years living in San Antonio, Austin, Dallas, Houston and El Paso.

You're the one wanting to shitpost about the Black crime rate; something we all already know. Your initial response to the OP was off-topic and you veered into murders, etc. while the study itself was about so-called "hate crimes" and other incidents of "hate." The takeaway was merely that the media has overrepresented Blacks in these incidents and that whites were more likely to engage in those alleged behaviors.

https://www.wfaa.com/article/news/local/texas/texas-ranks-4th-in-anti-asian-racist-incidents-how-to-stop-the-aapi-hate/287-6f10e1f8-64c4-4434-8be3-71fca2eb8a3e

Calm down and stop trying so hard to be the Woke Police.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Mar 27 2022 22:52 utc | 42

I learned a whole lot about corn, US farm policy and the increasing obesity in the US since the 80s from this documentary.
I highly recommend it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWv29KRsQXU

Posted by: wagelaborer | Mar 27 2022 23:12 utc | 43

Chewup, Karlof.


What a world! Offhand, I'd guess your average US American knows less about Eastern Orthodox traditions than they know about Sunnis and Shias. For instance: How many US Americans have any idea of what a real icon is?

Posted by: Aleph_Null | Mar 27 2022 20:39 utc | 26

long articles in msm about death of Taylor Hawkins neglect to mention he recently had a booster, against his beliefs.

thing is: i am very willing to consider that the booster was not the main cause of death. how would i know, i’m just parsing anecdotes. but cultists are completely unwilling to consider that the booster contributed in any way, shape or form.

Posted by: Rae | Mar 27 2022 20:46 utc | 27

I very highly suggest reading this very well crafted rant, "Grappling With the Conspiracy Theory Canard", which we chew on here daily but never articulate in the author's manner. This excerpt ought to prove

Shit happens. 🪠

Canada’s truckers are not conspiracy theorists. They are blue collar workers, who wa

Posted by: Laurence | Mar 27 2022 23:15 utc | 44

Posted by: AntiSpin | Mar 27 2022 22:10 utc | 34

Agree with you in respect of E10. My understanding is that E10 is a legislated mandate and so will require a legislative change. Unlikely to happen due to the green shills.

Also, a recent study of the full CO2 burden associated with the E10 mandate demonstrates the corn / ethanol production process results in higher CO2 emissions than a conventional ICE.

If anyone was truly serious about global warming and CO2 emissions they would immediately mandate all personal vehicles to be something along the lines of the Alec Issigonis' original mini. Fuel consumption and emissions would be halved.

Posted by: Sushi | Mar 27 2022 23:15 utc | 45

after watching https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bX3EZCVj2XA

i would like to coin a new word; bezmenoving
which would describe the state of being 100% right on your predictions yet 100% wrong on your premise.

Posted by: dersu-uzala | Mar 27 2022 23:18 utc | 46

Grieved @32--

Thanks for your reply! The author doesn't delve into those types of conspiracies as they're more akin to secret war plans which are yet aren't conspiracies. Hayes attacks what was devised by WEF and its Neoliberal allies to further divide and rule English speakers primarily. Hatching a plot is the same as acting out a conspiracy--there's no "theory" just plain fact. Those in charge of NATO in 1989 knew they would expand it to the East and lied to cover their plot on many occasions, and that plot was certainly a conspiracy: A plan devised by a group is ispo-facto a conspiracy, and may be 100% legal, like the building of a house. An innocent conspiracy. A plan to produce illegal bioweapons would constitute an evil conspiracy. Both are facts; both are conspiracies. Indeed, the formulation of the nomenclature, "conspiracy theory" was itself a conspiracy to further divide and rule--and there's no theorizing about that as it's a fact.

When Global Times published this article about the ties between the Outlaw US Empire and the Japanese War Criminals of the infamous unit 731, I did some further investigation and posted what I discovered regarding the source's pathway--pathways that have disappeared from my computer's history as none of the eight sites visited are archived, several of which go to the USG. I reviewed my comments here for the 22nd and found my comment with some of those links. The issue begs investigating and is part of my bigger investigation into when fascism gained strong purchase within the USA and the rise of Neoliberalism, which is also fascist. There clearly was a conspiracy/plot/plan to import fascists into the USA and use them outside for a variety of purposes, the bottom line for all being terrorism. Even more clearly, that conspiracy/plot/plan is still very active today and the media is used to cover it all up by smearing those investigators as conspiracy theorists, while tech is used to erase computer memory of certain sites being visited or searched for, as this isn't the first time I've confronted such an incident.

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 27 2022 23:22 utc | 47

Posted by: c1ue | Mar 27 2022 22:19 utc | 38

Agree.

Most of those "utilitarian" chips are still run on a 28 nm process. China has domestic capacity in 28 nm and is, apart from the posh upper end of the market, self-suffcient and impervious to US prodcution equipment sanctions.

I understand the 7 nm process to be more profitable but otherwise fail to understand the supply chain problem associated with utilitarian chips.

Posted by: Sushi | Mar 27 2022 23:23 utc | 48

for the money guys. ...from MarketWatch. . .

Investors breathed a sigh of relief last week after the Russian government made a $117 million interest payment on its foreign debt. But a much bigger payment comes due April 4 — to the tune of $2.2 billion — and creditors are far less optimistic Russia will pony up this time.
. . .“I expect a full default of Russian debt,” Robert Kahn of political risk consulting firm Eurasia Group told The Post. “It’s a political — not just economic — issue. Why do they want to pay us back when we’re extraditing them from the economic system?”. . .here

Posted by: Don Bacon | Mar 27 2022 23:24 utc | 49

Don Bacon @49--

To answer Khan: The Russian's aren't thieves like Americans; Russians honor their commitments; even when they are prevented, they find a way. And there won't be any default by Russia; rather, it'll be a default by the Outlaw US Empire who impounded the funds to pay the debt and is now the responsible party.

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 27 2022 23:32 utc | 50

This political cartoon perfectly depicts the Outlaw US Empire's predicament.

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 27 2022 23:35 utc | 51

... Not even Harry Potter or Humpty Dumpty could conceptualize that degree of nihilistic madness."

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 27 2022 20:50 utc | 28

One either accepts their theology and joins their cult or one continues to question and test and to ultimately reject all such cults, including those with massive marketing budgets, the biggest of which is that, which empowers and enriches our regional, national and trans-national overlords. ...

CTV News on Twitter: "Florida Gov. DeSantis berates kids for wearing masks https://t.co/m9W8cBhX7T https://t.co/bpRH0EejxU" / Twitter https://twitter.com/CTVNews/status/1499433236816142337

Sputnik on Twitter: "Florida Gov. DeSantis offering $5,000 to unvaccinated police to relocate to Florida https://t.co/yF3CluAUe9" / Twitter https://twitter.com/SputnikInt/status/1452829005225373707

The Beaverton on Twitter: ""This isn't my Canada!" tweets Texas man #cdnpoli #OccupationOttawa" / Twitter https://twitter.com/TheBeaverton/status/1494779729299316739

... To believe that our political overlords have been on the level with us a"—…‡ ... §“Eh?”

Posted by: Laurence | Mar 27 2022 23:39 utc | 52

51 Cont'd--

The editorial below the cartoon states the following and much more:

"As the initiator of the Ukraine crisis, the US is trying to push the entire world into its huge trap. The US has lured and threatened developing countries including China, attempting to make the international community share the responsibilities and consequences of the crisis. Nevertheless, it must be pointed out that no other country is obligated to pay the price for the crisis created by the US and that Washington is not qualified to set redlines for other countries."

The message sent is Biden's European tour was a failure; and as the cartoon depicts, its ship is sinking.

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 27 2022 23:41 utc | 53

I am opposed to any law making so-called Hate Crimes illegal. As someone pointed out, most so-called "Hate Crimes" are verbal insults and slights, as seen in the eye of the beholder.
JK Rowling is a good example of the Double Think use of the term.
A "Hate Crime" to the Woke is JK pointing out that women are a biological reality.
The ensuing rape threats, death threats, verbal abuse, book burnings, cancellations, etc. that she endured from making that statement of fact are NOT called "Hate Crimes".
We don't need the authorities having the power to enforce or not enforce perceived thought crimes, because we already know that we can't trust them to be impartial. The cops in the UK already arrested a nursing mother and took her from her baby for 8 hours, in order to grill her about her heretical beliefs that only women can birth babies.
As for adding on a thought crime to a regular crime, for instance murder, murder is already a crime. Throwing in perceived racial motivations is not necessary. Especially because we all know that it will only work one way, just as JK Rowling's experience shows how "Hate Crimes" only work one way.

Posted by: wagelaborer | Mar 27 2022 23:45 utc | 54

karlof1 53
GT quote: Washington is not qualified to set redlines for other countries.
The US isn't qualified to design and build quality jet fighters at a reasonable price, either, but it is able to pressure 'allies' to buy F-35s. Germany just fell in line.


Posted by: Don Bacon | Mar 27 2022 23:51 utc | 55

"While I agree that the incursion into Ukraine is not a religious crusade, the bigger civilization war we are in is between totally secular China with public finance and the West with private finance and "In God We Trust" instead of the original American motto of "Out of Many, One".

I agree that the God of Mammon folk are taking advantage of those of monotheistic faith but maybe as a group, those of faith need to purge their claimed membership."

Posted by: psychohistorian | Mar 27 2022 20:06 utc | 25

Thank you for your response, psychohistorian. And I would strongly agree with your additional comment on the ongoing civilization war. The one important connection Christianity has with money is in Judas having obtained thirty pieces of silver for his betrayal.

'In God we trust' might be an important inscription for a chapel beam or an embroidery - it has no place on coinage.

Posted by: juliania | Mar 27 2022 23:53 utc | 56


"...Some of the only sweeter things around these days, in these parts (SF Bay Area), are our little free library boxes. About as low-tech as you can get: curbside boxes on posts, guerilla sharing of subversive tracts printed on actual paper! Out of one of those boxes, I stumbled into Thomas Merton, ascending with Saint John of the Cross and the Discalced Carmelites. Thence, through the astonishing John Scotus Eriugena and then, smack! I'm thunderstruck with Denys the Areopagite... that's how my literary investigations go, one thing leads to another..."

Posted by: Aleph_Null | Mar 27 2022 20:39 utc | 26

Thanks, Aleph. He is also called Dionysius. It's a while since I read him, but he's an important person in Orthodox iconology - there are four bishops present at the Dormition (Falling Asleep) of the Theotokos, the last great feast of the Orthodox church year, and he is one of those. I do remember loving reading him also.

You are doing some wonderful reading thanks to those 'subversive' boxes!

Posted by: juliania | Mar 28 2022 0:20 utc | 57

Don Bacon #49

Thank you for that Market Watch report. I figure the Russian government can direct one its sanction compliant, western foreign reserve holders to make the payments. It would be in dollars, not rubles, there is plenty of it and it is up to the financial institution to honor the transaction and argue the toss with the intended recipient.

Once instructed to make the payment the default resides with the bank if there are funds deposited.

Russia simply doesn't have to accept the sanction and if an offshore Russian reserve holder does, then it can be argued indefinitely I would have thought.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 28 2022 0:23 utc | 58

Posted by: AntiSpin | Mar 27 2022 22:10 utc | 34

It shouldn't. Adding It shouldn't. Adding ethanol to gasoline, using the current standard proportions at the pump, will decrease the amount of energy in your tank by four percent. Leave it out and you'll get better mileage. using the current standard proportions at the pump, will decrease the amount of energy in your tank by four percent. Leave it out and you'll get better mileage.
____________________________________________

You don't know what you are talking about. The amount of energy in your tank does not determine how much it costs to travel a given distance. Gasoline without ethanol is a lousy fuel. The vast majority of the energy in your tank is wasted. Ethanol is added because it is economically efficient. When you are using a fuel that gets 25% thermal efficiency, raising that to just 26% efficiency will more than makes up for the 3% reduction in energy content.

Many cars will travel just as far or further on a gallon of ethanol blend than they do on straight gasoline. Some of the loss due to lower energy density is, in fact, regained through the higher efficiency of the blended fuel in most modern car engines.


But making it possible to design more efficient engines is not the only economic gain from using ethanol. The main reason that ethanol is used is because it allows oil refiners to produce lower grade fuel that is then mixed with ethanol. The energy savings at the refinery alone in producing the cheaper blendstock is enough to make up for the reduced energy in the tank. That is the reason you will pay 70 cents more for a gallon of ethanol free gas.

Posted by: Jinn | Mar 28 2022 0:36 utc | 59

More from Kevork Almassian:

REVEALED | How the US, Qatar and Saudi Arabia planned to destroy Syria and assassinate Assad (18 min video)

While the entire world is busy with the Ukraine war, the former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Qatar Hamad bin Jassim dropped a few bombshells on national Qatari TV.

Posted by: S | Mar 28 2022 0:47 utc | 60

karlof1 #47
Grieved @32--

There clearly was a conspiracy/plot/plan to import fascists into the USA and use them outside for a variety of purposes, the bottom line for all being terrorism. Even more clearly, that conspiracy/plot/plan is still very active today and the media is used to cover it all up by smearing those investigators as conspiracy theorists, while tech is used to erase computer memory of certain sites being visited or searched for, as this isn't the first time I've confronted such an incident.

In the mid 1930's the fascist (national socialist) economic miracle was touted far and wide. The capitalist west was totally terrified of the success of the Russian revolution and the Marxist theory.

In Australia as an example, the German government via its embassy sent recruiters to entice youth and interested/influential targets via host visits to Germany to see first hand how that country was booming and developing a mighty industrial base to employ workers and weave profit for all. The Lutheran Church in Australia played a role in the propaganda dissemination and celebrated their collaboration in many publications.

There must be rewarding archives holding writings of the US left. Zinn wrote much and others too. There be gold in those dusty boxes.

I suggest if you wish to get a glimpse of the early start of US fascist theory and accommodation prior to WWII you should get into the Lutheran USA archives while you can :))

The capitalist system is wide and deep and has an extraordinarily well focused and energetic need to tout for national socialism now oligarchism with a billionaire smile.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 28 2022 0:53 utc | 61

@ juliania | Mar 27 2022 23:53 utc | 56 who wrote

"
'In God we trust' might be an important inscription for a chapel beam or an embroidery - it has no place on coinage.
"

Yes and thank you for that.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Mar 28 2022 1:06 utc | 62

Attorney General Ken Paxton on Twitter: "Patriotic Texans donated to Canadian truckers’ worthy cause using GoFundMe. This BLM-backing company went woke, froze the funds, & failed to deliver Texans’ money. Today I assembled a team to investigate their potential fraud & deception. Texas donors will get Justice! #GoFundMe" / Twitter
https://twitter.com/KenPaxtonTX/status/1490033056341803009

Stephen Harper on Twitter: "Statement by The Right Honourable Stephen J. Harper on Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine: https://t.co/pu17FWCJXQ" / Twitter
https://twitter.com/stephenharper/status/1496724663455522821

Yatsenyuk signs free trade deal with Canada’s Harper https://www.ukrweekly.com/uwwp/yatsenyuk-signs-free-trade-deal-with-canadas-harper/

Baird in Ukraine as NDP questions $80,000 arms sales during Yanukovych regime | CP24.com https://www.cp24.com/news/baird-in-ukraine-as-ndp-questions-80-000-arms-sales-during-yanukovych-regime-1.1707881

Thing is Karloff, you know exactly what that trash you linked is.

Posted by: Laurence | Mar 28 2022 1:13 utc | 63

@ juliania | Mar 27 2022 23:53 utc | 56 who wrote

"
'In God we trust' might be an important inscription for a chapel beam or an embroidery - it has no place on coinage.
"

Yes and thank you for that.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Mar 28 2022 1:06 utc | 62


The appearance of that bit of noxious religious indoctrination on American currency does have a certain logic to it. "In God we trust," the old saying goes; "all others must pay cash."

Posted by: malenkov | Mar 28 2022 1:17 utc | 64

S #60

Thank you for the Syriana Analysis report.

Kevork Almassian was so controlled with passionate anger and so concise in his condemnation of the USA/Qatar evil.

The tragedy is that had the USA and others invested $2Trillion interest free in Syria under Assad he would likely have negotiated an agreement and they could have built endless pipelines through to europe thus by-passing any need for europe to purchase Russian energy. And they would have completed those pipelines years ago.

The USA, by this measure alone, is insane and a global menace.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 28 2022 1:25 utc | 65

PS. Y'all remember Ukraine Airlines flight 752? The one `shot down shortly after take-off' but was actually `incoming (back) with transponder off/disabled/sabotaged', take your pick and what an extreme early outbreak of Covid that was.

Posted by: Laurence | Mar 28 2022 1:29 utc | 66

Jinn #59

Exactly!

Thank you. I am not sure how the combustion energy gain vs CO2 product/absorption of the croplands weighs out though. Do you have thoughts on that input/output equation?

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 28 2022 1:32 utc | 67

Posted by: bjd | Mar 27 2022 21:21 utc | 31

Assad's speech is here --

Watch the speech here –
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JoBkJPglIO0

or just scroll down and read it.

Posted by: AntiSpin | Mar 28 2022 1:42 utc | 68

c1ue | Mar 27 2022 16:39 utc | 9
clearly there's no shortages of prisons, either. much needed, for all that black pathology terrifying the disneyland cracker factories. and ICE facilities. we can keep the jobs we have and create new ones by building more and more prisons for blacks and illegals. forever.

some people have learned to live with scarcity already and are not even going to notice these phony numbers people get worked up about. this is not remotely the same as people's ignorance about Ukraine.

or coronavirus.

Posted by: rjb1.5 | Mar 28 2022 1:48 utc | 69

c1ue | Mar 27 2022 22:19 utc | 38
there's going to be lots of whining about stuff that really doesn't matter, too, from people who have way too much to begin with. how much easier it will all be if people learn to live without things we don't need and to share. but telling Americans that is like sticking a gun to their brains and pulling the trigger. people want the end of the world, they really think the price of gold matters more than coral bleaching and deforestation.

Posted by: rjb1.5 | Mar 28 2022 2:02 utc | 70

Will Western Media Finally Look Into Hunter Biden Biolabs-Funding Story? https://sputniknews.com/20220327/limited-hangout-will-western-media-finally-look-into-hunter-biden-biolabs-funding-story-1094234602.html

"Yet Nuland committed a major mistake in subsequently expressing alarm that the labs might fall into Russian hands. Why the alarm, unless the accusations are true that the labs specifically exist for the purpose of developing weaponised biological and chemical agents?", Dankof questions.

Posted by: Laurence | Mar 28 2022 2:18 utc | 71

uncle tungsten @67
I am not sure how the combustion energy gain vs CO2 product/absorption of the croplands weighs out though.

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Don't know what it is you are trying to compare to what but I do know that US grain surplus has in the past been used as a weapon to promote US hegemony. Millions of third world farmers have lost their livlihoods because their markets were flooded with cheap US grains that were intended to prop up this or that dictator who would do what the US political class wanted. Ethanol used as fuel has put a crimp in the US weaponization of grain exports and that alone gives it value.

Posted by: jinn | Mar 28 2022 2:18 utc | 72

"So let’s recap what these new documents tell ...[¹] They tell ...[²] that one of the men who helped two of the September 11 hijackers settle in the United States as they prepared to carry out their attack was in fact a"— ...

`You', actually. ...

¹ We Ha
² We Ha

Posted by: Laurence | Mar 28 2022 3:02 utc | 73

US Envoy to Iran Pours Cold Water on Claim Nuclear Deal ’Imminent’ - 28.03.2022, Sputnik International https://sputniknews.com/20220328/us-envoy-to-iran-pours-cold-water-on-claim-nuclear-deal-imminent-1094248047.html

Bennett to Approve Creation of 5 New Settlements in Negev Despite Protests From Bedouin Population - 27.03.2022, Sputnik International https://sputniknews.com/20220327/bennett-to-approve-creation-of-5-new-settlements-in-negev-despite-protests-from-bedouin-population-1094245675.html

Posted by: Laurence | Mar 28 2022 3:04 utc | 74

Younger dryas

and all that historic conjecture is presented here in an 18 minute utoob for those interested.

Catastrophe and Cartography - Ice Age Floods Visualized

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 28 2022 3:20 utc | 75

jinn #72

Pardon my obscurity. I was getting at the CO2 production balance sheet between petrol production and the additional ethanol CO2 production values.

I appreciate your proposition that ethanol and petrol combined combustion is considerably better than petrol alone. But what is the input energy cost for the ethanol production vs the saving in refinery energy inputs to achieve a higher octane petrol product.

Is there a more valuable product that the croplands could be put to that contributes a higher order human benefit (ie opportunity cost foregone) than simply corn for transport. I trust that clarifies the intended point.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 28 2022 3:28 utc | 76

Laurence #73

You must be drinking....

Perhaps in a more sober moment you could decode that outburst?

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 28 2022 3:32 utc | 77

Nord Stream 2 and 1 and all those other messy pipes are redundant.

The Europeans will much more satisfied with this invention and they can buy it from the USA.

Everyone will be happy even the Russians when they see the results.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 28 2022 4:21 utc | 78

This upset me. I know it goes on in war. But shooting captured Russian soldiers in the legs is one aspect of what we have to confront in this ongoing evil.

https://johnplatinumgoss.com/2022/03/28/war-is-not-for-the-faint-hearted/

Posted by: John Goss | Mar 28 2022 5:30 utc | 79

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 27 2022 23:22 utc | 47

On the subject of US bio weapons (as used extensively in North-East Asia / Korea), look for the work of Jeff Kaye – is sub-site on Medium is here ( RSS feed because Medium tries hard to hide it). He has published on Counterpunch as well. His most recent is about the Ukraine bio labs.

Posted by: phiw13 | Mar 28 2022 6:11 utc | 80

pgiw13 #80

Thank you for that post. I had trouble with Medium hiding the story but found it fully available here.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 28 2022 7:31 utc | 81

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 28 2022 7:31 utc | 81

Really? Hmm… Clear your cookies or open the site in a private browser window should do.

BTW - you can follow Jeff Kaye on Twitter here.

Posted by: phiw13 | Mar 28 2022 7:54 utc | 82

@juliania | Mar 27 2022 23:53 utc | 56

'In God we trust' might be an important inscription for a chapel beam or an embroidery - it has no place on coinage.

It says exactly what it means when money is your god.

When you put on your "They live" reading glasses, things become readily apparent.

Posted by: Lurk | Mar 28 2022 9:50 utc | 83

@Tom_Q_Collins #42
Your powers of analysis still fail you.
Texas is the 2nd largest state in the United States by population, and has the 3rd largest Asian population.
So being 4th in hate crimes is hardly an indicator of jack shit. If anything, Texas is UNDER representing in "hate crimes".

Furthermore, 103 incidents of hate crimes in a state with 29 million people and roughly 1.5 million Asians doesn't seem like a major problem - especially since most of the incidents mentioned were involving COVID.

Reinforces my already existing notion that this entire hate crimes business is woke bullshit.

Posted by: c1ue | Mar 28 2022 12:39 utc | 84

@Sushi #48
Still wrong.
28 nm is still high end.
Low end is 180 nanometer and larger (0.18 micron).
We're talking year 2000 or older factories.

Posted by: c1ue | Mar 28 2022 12:41 utc | 85

@AntiSpin #34
@Jinn #59

As Jinn noted - it isn't the total energy content that determines the performance of the vehicle.
Note that Formula One racecars use 100% alcohol engines.
The main problem with alcohol in fuel is that high levels will corrode the rubber parts - seals and what not. That's why you shouldn't run a typical ICE engine on alcohol even though you can, at a pinch, for a relatively short time.

Posted by: c1ue | Mar 28 2022 12:46 utc | 86

@rjb1.5 #70
I DGAF about the woke limousine liberals in the US and EU, but there are plenty of really poor people in both sovereign entities.

The sad reality is that the woke limousine liberals love high energy prices because they think it will advance their alternative energy / avoid the climate armageddon agenda.
So long as the proles bring their Amazon packages, clean their houses, serve their fancy lattes and drive them around in Uber - all is good.

Posted by: c1ue | Mar 28 2022 12:49 utc | 87

@uncle tungsten #76
Australian source say E10 produces 2% to 5% less emissions than pure unleaded gasoline - for Australian alcohol.

source

Given the intense focus by farm lobby groups though, this isn't a necessarily reliable number.

Posted by: c1ue | Mar 28 2022 12:53 utc | 88

Catastrophe and Cartography - Ice Age Floods Visualized
Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 28 2022 3:20 utc | 75

Thanks for that Onkel T. Having spent the first 20 odd years of my life in Port Townsend, Olympia, & Yakima, Washington and the Williamette Valley/Portland, Oregon region, I was attracted to watch that. My brothers and I have been all over the Pacific Northwest and are familiar with most of the info in that link.

In the comments you’ll notice references to Nick Zentner of Central Washington University. He has put out hundreds of YTs. I’ve watched maybe 50 of them and can recommend them unreservedly. Re the Spokane floods, find Nick’s vid about J. Harlen Bretz. Bretz’s work led directly to the acceptance of catastrophic events in geology.
Thanks again for the flashbacks!

Posted by: waynorinorway | Mar 28 2022 12:57 utc | 89

And speaking of green - Michael Shellenberger has put up a post on Bari Weiss' substack: a pretty interesting compendium of how "green" has fucked up Europe's energy situation.

The West's Green Delusions Empowered Putin- Bari Weiss substack

Putin knows that Europe produces 3.6 million barrels of oil a day but uses 15 million barrels of oil a day. Putin knows that Europe produces 230 billion cubic meters of natural gas a year but uses 560 billion cubic meters. He knows that Europe uses 950 million tons of coal a year but produces half that.

The former KGB agent knows Russia produces 11 million barrels of oil per day but only uses 3.4 million. He knows Russia now produces over 700 billion cubic meters of gas a year but only uses around 400 billion. Russia mines 800 million tons of coal each year but uses 300.

That’s how Russia ends up supplying about 20 percent of Europe’s oil, 40 percent of its gas, and 20 percent of its coal.

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How is it possible that European countries, Germany especially, allowed themselves to become so dependent on an authoritarian country over the 30 years since the end of the Cold War?

Here’s how: These countries are in the grips of a delusional ideology that makes them incapable of understanding the hard realities of energy production. Green ideology insists we don’t need nuclear and that we don’t need fracking. It insists that it’s just a matter of will and money to switch to all-renewables—and fast. It insists that we need “degrowth” of the economy, and that we face looming human “extinction.” [Sound familiar?]

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While Putin expanded Russia’s oil production, expanded natural gas production, and then doubled nuclear energy production to allow more exports of its precious gas, Europe, led by Germany, shut down its nuclear power plants, closed gas fields, and refused to develop more through advanced methods like fracking.

The numbers tell the story best. In 2016, 30 percent of the natural gas consumed by the European Union came from Russia. In 2018, that figure jumped to 40 percent. By 2020, it was nearly 44 percent, and by early 2021, it was nearly 47 percent.

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By 2020, Germany had reduced its nuclear share from 30 percent to 11 percent. Then, on the last day of 2021, Germany shut down half of its remaining six nuclear reactors. The other three are slated for shutdown at the end of this year. (Compare this to nextdoor France, which fulfills 70 percent of its electricity needs with carbon-free nuclear plants.)

Germany has also spent lavishly on weather-dependent renewables—to the tune of $36 billion a year—mainly solar panels and industrial wind turbines.

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Between 2015 and 2025, Germany’s efforts to green its energy production will have cost $580 billion. Yet despite this enormous investment, German electricity still costs 50 percent more than nuclear-friendly France’s, and generating it produces eight times more carbon emissions per unit. Plus, Germany is getting over a third of its energy from Russia. [Note this excludes at least part of the 180 billion euro plus Energiewende spending]

Posted by: c1ue | Mar 28 2022 13:06 utc | 90

Is there a more valuable product that the croplands could be put to that contributes a higher order human benefit (ie opportunity cost foregone) than simply corn for transport.
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If you are concerned about sucking CO2 out of the atmosphere the land could be turned into forests, but we know that won't happen when the land is suitable for factory farming...

First of all corn can be grown with very little petroleum inputs.
https://www.no-tillfarmer.com/articles/7261-video-gabe-brownsare-national-conference-on-cover-crops-soil-health

The agriculture process and transportation process have both been designed to maximize the consumption of petroleum and thus maximize the profits of the corporate chemical conglomerates that are in control. The result is food is produced that is nothing but empty calories so that consumers are suffering from malnutrition and obesity at the same time.
Its not just the process of growing corn (and other crops) that is designed to maximize inefficiency at the expense of the consumer, it is the crops themselves have been altered and designed to maximize chemical inputs while at the same time producing minimum nutritive value.
https://www.capeandislands.org/in-this-place/2021-10-28/a-plant-breeder-thinks-hes-changing-corn-only-to-realize-its-changing-him

So the answer to your question is an emphatic NO. There is absolutely nothing better that has been or will ever be done with that cropland in the US. That is the reality of the current system.

One of the many things that is ignored by the govt and chemical industry's widespread propaganda against corn as fuel is that after ethanol has been produced from a bushel of corn what remains as a co-product is a high value livestock feed that, when sold, covers most of the economic cost of the original bushel. It is in that co-product that marginal amounts of minerals, vitamins, proteins and fats found in the corn are concentrated. Only the starches and sugars are used making ethanol.

Posted by: jinn | Mar 28 2022 13:27 utc | 91

American Society of Civil Engineers, Texas section - report on the Texas Winter Storm/ERCOT failure

Reliability and Resilience in the Balance

The Committee has also determined that the problems uncovered by the severe storm extend well beyond storm related issues. Texas has a substantial and growing electric system reliability and resilience problem.

...

ASCE Texas Section’s urgency concluded that the failures that caused overwhelming human and economic suffering during February will increase in frequency and duration due to legacy market design shortcomings, growing infrastructure interdependence, economic and population growth drivers, and aging equipment even if the frequency and severity of weather events remains unchanged.

...

The Texas electric grid has been in a constant state of evolution to accommodate new technologies, grid expansions and satisfy growing demand since its formation. During the current transition, substantial federal and state incentives supporting new intermittent wind and solar resources have led to the dramatic growth of renewable energy resources in Texas.

...

Due to the extreme costs of reliability failure, it is reckless to believe that the energy market transition should somehow be used as justification or an excuse for reliability declines and extended load shedding events. For energy transition to work effectively and be accepted, it must occur without any sacrifice of reliability and resilience.

...

The energy industry is one of the most capital-intensive industries in the world. Like almost all critical infrastructure, it requires large, routine capital expenditures to support expansion, maintenance, and operations to meet demand.
Policies, regulations, and market actions that distort, constrain, or negatively impact the flow of capital to needed investment starves reliability through deferred expansions, delayed maintenance, and reduced reliability investment.

Note what I said about the Texas blackouts previously: that I believed that the cause was underinvestment in maintenance in order to ramp up an enormous buildup of wind and solar power (mostly wind).

This is what the report is saying: this massive buildup was at the expense of maintenance.

Posted by: c1ue | Mar 28 2022 13:35 utc | 92

From Zeke Hausfather - one of the scions of the climate panicmongering troupe

Closing Diablo results in a loss of carbon-free generation equivalent of tearing down every wind turbine or every rooftop solar panel in California. We cannot afford to move backwards on our decarbonization goals, and further entrench our reliance on polluting fossil gas.

source

Diablo Canyon is a nuclear power plant in California.

Posted by: c1ue | Mar 28 2022 13:46 utc | 93

Hello b, Barflies
I am in the midst of reading this from Thorsten J. Pattberg at the Saker blog (I am up to the gaslighting essay and cannot stop)
The Menticide Manual
It is absolutely brilliant and I highly recommend it to all of you
See if you can stop reading after the first article.

https://thesaker.is/the-menticide-manual-this-is-a-cult-leader/?inmoderation

Posted by: ld | Mar 28 2022 14:40 utc | 94

sorry
This was the lead article
https://thesaker.is/the-menticide-manual-outsourced/

Posted by: ld | Mar 28 2022 14:44 utc | 95

China shares results of lunar soil assay, "China determines over 40 elements in Chang’e-5 lunar samples, ‘significant for Moon formation studies’". This surprised me:

"For example, we can extract more than 30 kilograms of titanium from one ton of lunar samples, the content of which is more than six times the average of titanium on Earth. It provides very important basic data for our future exploration on the Moon and boosts the utilization of resources," Guo said.

The assay method seemed novel as well, but I didn't stay abreast with NASA's experiments. Between the Helium3 and titanium, there appears to be enough value in the moon to warrant the establishment of the Lunar Research Base, which will likely exclude unfriendly nations.

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 28 2022 14:52 utc | 96

@jinn #91
You said

One of the many things that is ignored by the govt and chemical industry's widespread propaganda against corn as fuel is that after ethanol has been produced from a bushel of corn what remains as a co-product is a high value livestock feed that, when sold, covers most of the economic cost of the original bushel.

If the government is so against ethanol, why exactly is there a 45 cent per gallon of ethanol tax break for blending ethanol into gasoline?

Equally, if ethanol is a profitable product - emissions, performance, and saleable byproduct - why is this subsidy necessary?

The most ironic part of this is that the regions that benefit the most from the ethanol subsidy, are the least bought into the climate panicmongering nonsense.
But subsidies are subsidies - as business is business.

Posted by: c1ue | Mar 28 2022 14:53 utc | 97

Global Times second installment exposing "how the US, in its superpower status, has been creating trouble in the world one crisis after another." First installment here.

In order to seek global hegemony, the US has used many resources including political, economic, cultural, educational, and the manipulation of public opinion platforms, and has created turmoil around the world under the banner of "human rights," "democracy," and "freedom"....

Incomplete statistics showed that from the end of WWII in 1945 to 2001, among the 248 armed conflicts that occurred in 153 regions globally, 201 were initiated by the US, accounting for 81 percent of the total number.

These wars have devastated the invaded countries, killed millions of civilians, and displaced tens of millions. Looking back at the history of US aggression and intervention, we can see that Washington is the driving force behind the turmoil and the source of the chaos in the world.

From provoking wars around the world to leading NATO's eastward expansion, from imposing sanctions on "disobedient countries" to coercing other nations to pick sides, the US has acted like a "Cold War schemer," and an "vampire" who creates "enemies" and make fortunes from pyres of war.

And that's just from the intro to the second installment. As you read, China isn't doing the Outlaw US Empire's bidding regarding Russia. It's doing the opposite by informing the world what entity's responsible for all the chaos and strife since WW2 in case the Global South has somehow forgotten.

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 28 2022 15:04 utc | 98

I love this Arendt quotation Chris Hedges cites, in his column "On Being Disappeared":

“The moment we no longer have a free press, anything can happen,” Hannah Arendt warned. “What makes it possible for a totalitarian or any other dictatorship to rule is that people are not informed; how can you have an opinion if you are not informed? If everybody always lies to you, the consequence is not that you believe the lies, but rather that nobody believes anything any longer. This is because lies, by their very nature, have to be changed, and a lying government has constantly to rewrite its own history. On the receiving end you get not only one lie—a lie which you could go on for the rest of your days—but you get a great number of lies, depending on how the political wind blows. And a people that no longer can believe anything cannot make up its mind. It is deprived not only of its capacity to act but also of its capacity to think and to judge. And with such a people you can then do what you please.”

Right this moment, while we still have each other, I want to express how very precious, how nourishing I find the free thinking in this plain venue. Intelligent, compassionate discussion occurs in here! My goodness, what do you know?

Posted by: Aleph_Null | Mar 28 2022 15:16 utc | 99

@ Aleph_Null 99
The authoritative guide to the journalistic malfeasance which brings us continual war is Norman Solomon's "War Made Easy -- How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death." Reporters must be loyal government stenographers or they aren't reporters any longer.

Dan Rather, an iconic US journalist: "Look I'm an American. I never tried to kid anybody that I'm some internationalist or something. And when my country is at war, I want my country to win, whatever the definition of 'win' might be. Now, I can't and don't argue that that is coverage without prejudice. About that I am prejudiced." So Dan brought us through the criminal war against Vietnam and the Nixon presidency. -- from Norman Solomon's "War Made Easy" -- How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death. . .here

Posted by: Don Bacon | Mar 28 2022 15:23 utc | 100

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