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June 29, 2022

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Posted by b on June 29, 2022 at 14:59 UTC | Permalink

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Good Day! Global Times publishes this exclusive"US plants Trojan horse programs in hundreds of important Chinese information systems; new cyber weapon targets China, Russia". The experts it consulted believe the Outlaw US Empire is gearing up for a major Cyber War. Article intro:

"On Wednesday China's official virus emergency response office and leading cybersecurity company disclosed a new vulnerability attack weapon platform deployed by the US National Security Agency (NSA), which cybersecurity experts believe is the main equipment of the NSA's computer network hacking operation team, and it targets the world with a focus on China and Russia.

"US' move raised wide suspicions that the country might be preparing for a bigger cyberwar, experts noted."

As usual, if you have Windows, you're very vulnerable. However, the report omits mention of other systems, which of course would be counterproductive. And as expected, there's no mention of counter moves being made by China or Russia. But it's clear that much is now known about the NSA's new weapons. Obviously, the easy way to prevent a cyber attack is to have a system that's not connected to the global internet.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jun 29 2022 15:29 utc | 1

Comment's not posting at all.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jun 29 2022 15:33 utc | 2

Well, my test comment @1 got through but nothing I do allows my whole comment to appear.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jun 29 2022 15:37 utc | 3

Too funny as I'm trying to provide a link to a Global Times article about the NSA and its launch of a new Cyber War and it's getting blocked.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jun 29 2022 15:39 utc | 4

I've removed the URL, but the comment still won't post.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jun 29 2022 15:40 utc | 5

I've removed the URL, but the comment still won't post.
Posted by: karlof1 | Jun 29 2022 15:40 utc | 4


Try just the URL and nothing else.

Perhaps the algorithm has developed a (temporary) bias against you?

Posted by: too scents | Jun 29 2022 15:50 utc | 6

Reposting this video link in the fresh thread with the hope that it gets wider viewership. It is quite good, and reasonable to share to pro-Western zombies as a calm stimulant.

After Ukraine, the US is going to incite India to go after CN&RU? ==>

Posted by: too scents | Jun 29 2022 15:54 utc | 7

Posted by: Don Bacon | Jun 29 2022 15:59 utc | 8

too scents @5--

Looks like Don Bacon proved your hypothesis, or at least part of it. Thanks Don!

Posted by: karlof1 | Jun 29 2022 16:06 utc | 9

Corporations say they will leave Russia but they don't
Majority of announcements are either partial or not fulfilled
Companies are becoming 'false heroes' . .here

Posted by: Don Bacon | Jun 29 2022 16:20 utc | 10

What about Turkey, Finland, & Norway LLC? I saw a strange article on The Vineyard of the Hater blog recently. It seems to me that Hungary would be agreeing with the late Nacy Reagan, "Just Say NO." Serbia may not be in a position to say NO, but I would think it would be imperative for them to use every opportunity that presents itself to trade equids.

Posted by: William Haught | Jun 29 2022 16:29 utc | 11

Meant Turkey, Finland, & Sweden LLC? For some reason Norway got replaced / canceled.

Posted by: William Haught | Jun 29 2022 16:31 utc | 12

PS looking at a map, it might be geography.

Posted by: William Haught | Jun 29 2022 16:33 utc | 13

The Russian Tanker Mystery

(Bloomberg) -- Russian oil cargoes are increasingly disappearing from view in the Atlantic Ocean as sanctions against the nation’s exports ratchet up.

In the past 10 days, at least three tankers have vanished from vessel-tracking systems as they approached the Azores, a tiny group of islands about 950 miles west of mainland Portugal.

They probably transfered their consignments onto other vessels. Such transfers didn’t happen there before Russia invaded Ukraine, let alone out of view of satellite monitoring.

It’s not clear why the ships have gone dark -- it could be that some buyers want to conclude their purchases as privately as possible. The European Union instituted a ban on Russian oil buying that fully enters into force only in December.

Posted by: mk | Jun 29 2022 16:49 utc | 14

I have observed that if you cut and paste something into comments
and do nothing else the system just doesn't see it . Add a single character or even a space and you are good to go.

Posted by: SwissArmyMan | Jun 29 2022 16:53 utc | 15

Lavrov is busy again today beginning with an address to the organisers of and participants in the roundtable discussion dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the SCO Charter and the 15th anniversary of the SCO Treaty on Long-Term Good-Neighbourliness, Friendship and Cooperation, which was short yet very descriptive as you'll read below.

Colleagues, friends,

I bid a most cordial and hearty welcome to the organisers of and participants in the roundtable discussion dedicated to two landmark events in the development of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation. I am referring to the 20th anniversary of the SCO Charter and the 15th anniversary of the SCO Treaty on Long-Term Good-Neighbourliness, Friendship and Cooperation.

These fundamental documents establish aims and objectives, principles, rights and obligations, whereby the member states are guided in their joint efforts undertaken in the name of a safe and stable common future as well as the well-being and prosperity of their peoples. The values of mutual understanding and trust, equality and consensus, as well as the refusal to participate in hostile actions against each other or directed against third countries serve as a firm foundation for strengthening the spirit of mutual understanding and partnership inherent in the SCO.

Today, our Organisation is a dynamic international union of a new type, located in vast Eurasian expanses. It is distinguished by a creative philosophy and an ability to constantly generate creative energy in the name of achieving common goals. The SCO is by right perceived in the world as a recognised, authoritative, reliable and attractive partner, which is making a significant contribution to maintaining peace and stability, and ensuring sustainable development in Eurasia.

Russia’s foreign policy priorities include strengthening the SCO in a comprehensive way and promoting a meaningful dialogue and practical cooperation in the area of security, the economy, and humanitarian ties. We have consistently advocated greater coordination between the member states in international affairs and strengthening the impact of collaboration with observer states, dialogue partners, and interested multilateral organisations. It is important to continue the coordinated policy towards expanding the SCO, while carefully weighing each step, primarily from the point of view of whether it can really strengthen the Organisation.

Counteracting terrorism, drug trafficking and trans-border organised crime is a matter of particular importance on the SCO agenda. Given the growing scale of interconnected challenges and threats, we continue the work to implement our leaders’ decisions on improving the mechanisms designed to counteract these risks, this in compliance with the relevant initiatives put forward by member states. Simultaneously, measures are being taken to expand the functional potential of the Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure.

A firm basis has been created for promoting economic interaction within the SCO. It is necessary to work hard to put the existing plans into practice and implement concrete measures intended to ensure food, transport and energy security, develop remote and rural territories, strengthen inter-regional ties, carry out digital transformation, and introduce high technologies and innovations. It will be of use to approve, as expected, a roadmap on increasing the share of national currencies in mutual payments.

Yet another promising vector of joint work is setting up wide-ranging cooperative ties in the interests of creating the Greater Eurasian Partnership through the establishment of an open, mutually beneficial and equitable interaction with partners on our common continent, based on the norms of international law and a balance of national interests.

We are expanding humanitarian exchanges, including in education, science, culture, healthcare, the fight against epidemics, tourism, and human contacts, including contacts between young people.

A vast legal and contractual infrastructure, a huge human and resource potential, multilevel practical mechanisms and the accumulated rich experience of multifaceted cooperation remain a guarantee of the SCO’s further strengthening. Amid the continuing tectonic shifts in world politics and the economy, our Organisation can and must become one of the core elements of a new, more just and democratic polycentric world order based on the UN Charter, the principles of sovereign equality of all states, non-interference in internal affairs, and equal and indivisible security.

Russia has come up with an initiative to modernise the SCO and adapt it to the present-day geopolitical realities. I am confident that the leaders of our countries will map out the priorities and measures to achieve the said goals at the upcoming September SCO Summit in Samarkand, which will be the culmination of Uzbekistan’s successful chairmanship.

In conclusion, I would like to wish you interesting and informative discussions and all the best.

I'm now interpreting Lavrov's use of the word terrorism to also mean the Outlaw US Empire since it's the #1 terrorist nation on the planet, and Lavrov just accused it of terrorizing the world via its illegal sanctions regime that's depriving people of energy and foods. So the above passage ought to be read, "Simultaneously, measures are being taken to expand the functional potential of the Regional Anti-US Empire Structure." Also, Lavrov tells us the fundamental criteria for nations wanting to join SCO or BRICS,

"It is important to continue the coordinated policy towards expanding the SCO, while carefully weighing each step, primarily from the point of view of whether it can really strengthen the Organisation." [My Emphasis]

Now we'll see if this posts.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jun 29 2022 16:53 utc | 16

Whatever the glitch was, it seems to be solved for now.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jun 29 2022 16:55 utc | 17

USSA Treasury public announcement $300 billion Russian CENTRAL bank assets to the tune of $300 billion dollars conficated. By the Repo group of countries.

Where the media is displaying propaganda headlines. Thus "Why has Russia defaulted on its foreign debt? And what will the impact be?" Or similar.......

As Gonzo Lira mentioned the pension funds who purchased these high yield rate bonds. The only recourse is to instigate class legal action. Plus levied penalties against the REPO group countries treasury depts for theft and deception . For ilegally withholding their respective pension fund payment of coupon interst due.

A certain EURO.... clearing house bank will be undoubtedly swamped by various legal actions. One of the most effective will be the local orders for confiscation of bank buildings fittings and assets. For non payment of monies due. The senior management get the message very quickly on that action.

Send for the popcorn..................

Posted by: Bad Deal Motors On | Jun 29 2022 17:14 utc | 18


I heard of that before. Supposedly, there are big tankers that collect oil from smaller tankers in the middle of the ocean, by pumping oil onto the big ones, because oil mixed from different shipments no longer violates sanctions.

Iran has been doing that for quite a while.

Posted by: Nico | Jun 29 2022 17:16 utc | 19

Hallo, it seems that the Whiskey_Bar and Alabama_Song links in the about page are broken. What we need is two updated song links, because there are old and new versions of the song, and we want both. That would be very nice!

Posted by: Federgraph | Jun 29 2022 17:39 utc | 20

thanks to the usually reliable and always worthwhile and entertaining Tom Secker at Spyculture, we learn that in "Top Gun: Tailhook"

1) we can't know who the enemy is even though it's clearly Iran (cf. 1st "Top Gun" and China). "Market forces", i.e., making a buck, prohibit naming the enemy, so great is the threat from Iran.
2) the training mission consists solely of "dog fighting" but the actual mission is against SAM batteries in "Star Wars" style trench warfare. is that kosher? seems kind of emblematic of the whole Western (=US) military.

so much of Western military resources are spent on selling the military to the public, they can't even recognize their own bullshit when they just crapped it out. fortunately for them, the US public at least no more gives a shit what's happening in Ukraine (except as another Hitlerite regime to blame their gas woes on) than we did anywhere else. so please, keep shoving us more fantasies about western military superiority. hide the coffins, keep the virtual fireworks. oh look, it's kenobi vs vader. how exciting. i wonder how it will end...

Posted by: rjb1.5 | Jun 29 2022 18:17 utc | 21

awww, sad news for the geographically disaffected and continent-tag challeged among us: computational economists employed by the UN Food and Aggricultural Organization can't "see" you. "World Fertilizer Trends and Outlook to 2022", pp 33-34

Posted by: sln2002 | Jun 29 2022 18:23 utc | 22

it is curious that, at the end of the day, despite all their huffin' and puffin' about "the working class", despite all the detailed analysis of the crimes of Western imperialism against Russia, for the gang at SEP/wsws, "Stalin really is just as bad as Hitler."

this is essentially the position of outfits like Counterpunch, a "pox on both houses" kind of thing, though CP regularly post articles that provide "targeting information" for Western financial, cultural and information warfare against Russia. i.e., they are aiding the war effort. again, because

"Stalin really is just as bad as Hitler."

Posted by: rjb1.5 | Jun 29 2022 18:36 utc | 23

"Stalin really is just as bad as Hitler." rjb1.5@24

It's a theme from the 30s endlessly updated in the decades since- "Neither Washington nor Moscow but International Socialism" was the version that the Cliffites, neo-trotskyists (for that is what we were) used to promote. But it was an old battered idea even then.
It had the great advantage of being a "Get Out of Jail Free" card to individuals caught on the wrong side of the war against communism which is the central theme of european intellectual life in the post war era. (Anyone remember Chistopher Hitchens?)

Curiously enough it is reaching its apotheosis now in the lining up of Counterpunch and the forces it reflects behind the Empire in Ukraine. It is perfect because communism no longer enters the question: the Soviet Union is dead and Russia is just another capitalist state and, the truth is finally revealed, the Cold War was not about Freedom, Civil Rights, Democracy or even conservative values, liberalism and the family, religion etc. (Are you kidding me?)
It was, as communists noted at the time, really about the Empire retaining its hegemony. The only quarrel with the Soviet Union that Washington had was that it didn't subordinate itself as a junior partner in the Empire Inc and reduce the Workers of the World to the sort of ants that capitalists enjoyed squashing, milking, eating and coating in chocolate for dessert.
Imperialism is monopoly capitalism- it insists on monopolising it. It is not about to compete with another version.
As to Counterpunch. I think that we are all looking forward to the Lviv edition. And we might not have to wait long either.

"....The risk coming from the cost-of-living crisis is easy to grasp. The risk from additional food shortages is almost beyond calculation....Caveat: A violent late summer may be brewing."
No harm in giving the link again-I'm assuming that karlofi has done so on another thread- Alistair Crooke

Posted by: bevin | Jun 29 2022 19:23 utc | 24

Counterpunch spit the bit on Covid/Ukraine. Aside from flame-throwers like Niki Reid, it's become a gate-keeper like Democracy Now.

Posted by: Gulo | Jun 29 2022 19:25 utc | 25

Anyone remember Chistopher Hitchens?
Posted by: bevin | Jun 29 2022 19:23 utc | 25

Yeah, good on God, bad on politics.
There's a youtube where George Galloway just undresses him about Iraq.
GG vs.CH
It's 108 minutes but if you've the time and the popcorn it's good stuff.

Posted by: waynorinorway | Jun 29 2022 19:45 utc | 27

ATTN: "wuhan flu" lab fans assembled for the great COVID Trade War "arsenal" of advanced economies' mRNA stock and IPR licenses.

Y'all remember Covid Vaccines: The "LEAKED" Pfizer[-BioNTech (DE, NL)] Contract (enc) and the MEPs' 30 minutes (Oct 2021) of fame waving a redacted contract at vdL, dontcha.

well, my o my, which one of you didn't see this coming?
Commission denies maladministration, can’t find von der Leyen and Pfizer texts

The New York Times first reported about the texts in April 2021. This resulted in a complaint to EU Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly, who made her verdict clear on 28 January, stressing that the European Commission must “do a more extensive search for the relevant messages.”

“The narrow way in which this public access request was treated meant that no attempt was made to identify if any text messages existed. This falls short of reasonable expectations of transparency and administrative standards in the Commission,” O’Reilly said in a press statement in January....

Posted by: sln2002 | Jun 29 2022 19:52 utc | 28

bevin | Jun 29 2022 19:23 utc | 25
Gulo | Jun 29 2022 19:25 utc | 26

they both reject the right of self-defense. it's not an embrace of the individual governments to say that russia, iran, etc. have the right of self-defense and the people have the right to defend themselves with the tools at hand. "we don't support nation-states" is the biggest fucking joke of a cop out imaginable. i don't support the nation-state either, but jesus h, can we keep our ideals and goals somewhat related to planet earth and reality? for heaven's sake, the Taliban have the right to defend themselves against the Cheneys & Obombers of the western world. that's not a defense of the Taliban, but an acknowledgement of the reality: Stanley McCrystal, David Petraeus, Obama, Trump, HRC, etc., are worse than any Taliban that would have been served by an abortion than a birth. see today's policy of starving Afghanistan in punishment for kicking uncle sam's whiny little junkie bitch ass.

btw, b/c CP is not part of the cult of the deified Trostky, where, again, the answer to literally every single thing under the sun is "build the SEP," CP obviously has more of a "big tent" approach to news and views and voices covered. i don't so much have a problem w/that, in theory, as w/the editorial line. and what a complete waste of brain time Eric Draitser is.

no group can be trusted that folds its hand on the right of Russia to defend itself against the people who are consciously emulating the goals of Nazi Germany (=the goals of the European bourgeoisie, for at least 200, 250 years). ditto China and the revivial of Japanese militarism.

if russia doesn't have the right to defend itself, then no one does. anyone who doesn't accept this truth will toss the right of self-defense out the window on other pretexts. whatever informational and news value they may have, they have no practical guidance to offer, none. who needs these people to tell them to go on strike?

Posted by: rjb1.5 | Jun 29 2022 20:29 utc | 29

Yet another major gaff by the West, this time at the UNSC, was brought to the media's attention today during Maria Zakharova's weekly briefing. The first two paragraphs detail the gaff while the following two deal with the deliberate placement of weapons and firing points next to/amongst civilian structures by NATO/Kiev:

On June 28 of this year, an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council convened by the Albanian chairmanship at the request of Kiev in connection with the missile strikes carried out in recent days on facilities in a number of cities of Ukraine, including the city of Kremenchuk.

Western countries, in violation of the established practice of the Security Council, pushed for participation in the event via video link of the President of Ukraine V.A. Zelensky. Its function is clear. He plays the role of a showman, so his hyped face should have appeared this time. A week ago, the opportunity to participate in the meeting via video link was denied to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Central African Republic S. Baipo-Temon. Is it racism? That is, a representative of the African continent is denied what is given the right of a white person? Are you okay? What century do you live in? How can it be that a white person can "enter" the UN Security Council hall via video link, but not a representative of the African continent. Is this a new kind of segregation? There has never been racism or the slave trade in our country. Our country has historically fought these shameful phenomena in the world by actively advocating the process of decolonization. It is unacceptable that this neocolonial logic will again dominate, because some "handful" of countries thought that they could tell people who should participate in the UN Security Council meeting and who should not; who deserves to be connected via video link and who doesn't. I believe that those who did not allow the representative of the African continent to join the UN Security Council meeting should explain this issue, and the representative of the "Western community" was given such an opportunity and privilege.

Obviously, the main task of Kiev was to overcome the "fatigue" from Ukrainian issues and create a favorable background for increasing the scale of military support from Western states. However, V.A. Zelensky failed to achieve his goals and raise the "degree of discussion" in the Council even after the presentation of another product of Ukrainian agitpropaganda. We understand that the whole story around Kremenchuk is clearly timed to coincide with the NATO summit in Madrid. All clear. Our question is addressed to Western regimes. Not so much to them, they will never tell the truth, but to Western society in the first place. You understand where the weapons supplied by the Western regime are stored. By and large, these Western "mines" of all kinds (I say symbolically) are laid under the civil infrastructure and are located in its immediate vicinity. Why? It's clear for what: to use it as a cover. "the same barbarism of the twenty-first century.

For their part, they again gave a decisive and reasoned rebuff to Kiev's attacks, providing a "chronology" of the activities of the Ukrainian "fake factory" starting with the "Ukrainian defenders" from Snake Island and ending with the "missile strike" on the city of Kremenchug. They also recalled that within the framework of a special military operation, the Russian Armed Forces do not hit civilian targets, and pumping the Kiev regime with weapons is fraught only with a further increase in violence and victims. [My Emphasis]

People in the West will never be informed by their media about the double standards of their UNSC reps. That the Outlaw US Empire's rep is an African-American makes the affair even more painful for all previously colonized people of color. And yes, a showman, a reference to Lavrov's description from yesterday. And on the contrived "Food Crisis," it only exists because of illegal sanctions that are unfortunately obeyed by nations when they ought to be spurned:

Passions continue around the artificially created myth of a global food apocalypse, allegedly provoked by Russia due to the blockade of Ukrainian grain. The most surprising thing is that neither figures, nor facts, nor data from international organizations, nor their own data on food production in Western countries, do not confirm this. Nothing is taken into account when replicating this myth. The "picture" is drawn up, the theses recorded in the manuals are sent out. Not a single fact of a global nature, with figures of food production, nor the facts of grain supplies to Western countries can interrupt this information campaign. This staged story has acquired a global scale. What are the outrageous and unacceptable statements of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Germany Anna Berbok said: "Russia quite consciously uses hunger as a weapon of war and takes the whole world hostage." She's not just lying, but lying brazenly and cynically. A. Berbok is doing everything to consign to oblivion that it was her country that historically used hunger as a weapon and took people as hostages, destroying the civilian population and wanting to wipe our country off the face of the earth.

Let us repeat once again: Russia does not prevent the export of grain from the territory of Ukraine. The Russian Ministry of Defense opens safe corridors every day, informs all partners and the International Maritime Organization about them. We are ready to ensure the passage of foreign merchant ships from the Bosphorus to Ukrainian territorial waters and back. This has been repeatedly said at all levels. Of course, provided that they are inspected for the absence of military products and prevent their escort by foreign warships, aircraft and drones.

What really prevents the export of Ukrainian grain? This is now hampered by the Ukrainian authorities itself, which are responsible for ensuring the safe passage of merchant ships in its territorial waters through demining or by safely escorting ships.

In addition, Russia is ready to export tens of millions of tons of its own grain if Western bans are lifted for its export. What is the West worried about? About the fact that there is no famine in the world? Then stop blocking food supplies, which is what Washington, Brussels and London are doing. Let me remind you that Western bans concern: ship calls at Russian ports, servicing Russian ships in foreign ports, insurance of maritime transportation and bank transfers. Everything has been done to really artificially escalate this situation. But this is being done by Washington, London and Brussels. Unfortunately, the US, the UK and the EU are not ready to accept responsibility for their own steps, even for the sake of eliminating the risk of global hunger, about which they talk so much. Conferences are held on how to avoid hunger on planet Earth. The same people who are developing new restrictive measures of a logistical, financial and economic nature are smartly discussing at the negotiating table what to do to ensure that food is freely delivered to all parts of our planet. What is it? Cynicism? Stupidity? Insolence? It seems to me that this is a crime of a universal nature, for which someone must certainly be responsible. As was always the case with what Western regimes wanted to hide or veil and what became the state of the public. Now it's happening pretty quickly. There will be no need to wait ten, five years, or even a year. We will learn the truth about who and how this most food apocalypse on our planet was fabricated. We know that this is the work of Western regimes. There are specific names. I think we'll find out about them soon. [My Emphasis]

It seems likely that Russia will convene its own International Court to prosecute such criminals and their abettors as what dwells at the root of "Putin's Rebellion" is the great need to reinstate International Law and its need to be used to hold lawbreakers accountable, which was barely done at Nuremburg and not at all by the West with Japan's crimes. Yes, IMO there's going to be a Grand Reckoning, nor do I think Russians are bluffing when they talk about its need.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jun 29 2022 20:29 utc | 30

Some good news from the Corona front:

1. Anthony Fauci has got it. Again. After having taken a round or two of Paxlovid. An ace medicine, apparently. Source for me is ZH, so no link.

2. Speaking of Covid Czars, or very own German one, His Eminence Prof. Dr. Christian Drosten, was forced to interupt his oh-so-hard-earned holiday (in German). He went camping but was, ahem, heckled off the premises very soon. Experiences like this won't help his face either. The corners of his mouth (his "Mundwinkel", literally the angles of his mouth) are by now strictly pointing downwards, by default. He's almost got what we in Germany call a "Merkelfresse". The person in question is so fed up with himself and disappointed with having become so depraved ("kotzt sich selbst an"), that the edges of the mouth point downwards stronger and stronger. Really like someone had tagged some tablecloth weights to them. That's what they all look like these days. You know, the scum, politicians and so on.

Posted by: Scotch Bingeington | Jun 29 2022 21:01 utc | 31

Posted by: waynorinorway | Jun 29 2022 19:45 utc | 28

If I'm not mistaken, Hitchens eventually changed his mind on Iraq, didn't he? There are a number of individuals that I respect who were initially fine with the invasion, including Glenn Greenwald. Hitchens, of course, pushed the bullshit far harder and for far longer, though.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jun 29 2022 21:12 utc | 32

Posted by: Scotch Bingeington | Jun 29 2022 21:01 utc | 32

There's also a story on Fauci up at Daily Mail, which is scarcely better than ZH; maybe the latter reposted that one.

Also saw a study just out which concluded that mask mandates* didn't really work in California.

* - With all of these mandates, of course, there's no authorities running around ensuring that people are using *effective* masks *effectively* (lots of individuals don't cover their noses or use N95 grade masks). That's one reason I think the mandates are somewhat silly. Without proper PPE and the knowledge of how/when to use it, can't expect mandates to work.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jun 29 2022 21:15 utc | 33

Why the lack of transparency?

Posted by: Jpc | Jun 29 2022 21:23 utc | 34

Posted by: rjb1.5 | Jun 29 2022 18:17 utc | 22

Thanks for the link to the Spy Culture article on Top Gun: Maverick. I've actually been debating a friend for the past month on its 'militainment' value and have seen a few other good articles on it, including this one at Mintpress News.

The friend in question insists that it's just "entertainment" and harmless summer fun, despite the recruiting booths put up in cinemas and the deep Pentagram involvement with the movie.

I got a little laugh out of this particular comment at Spy Culture:

It has already set some box office records and I think it’ll end up being the most lucrative film of the year, particularly since the only competition in terms of mega-blockbusters is more superhero movies, and Moonfall, i.e. the best film of 2022 so far.

To anyone who hasn't already had the displeasure of watching Moonfall, that is some serious snark.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jun 29 2022 21:23 utc | 35

RE: Scotch Bingeington | Jun 29 2022 21:01 utc | 32

...1. Anthony Fauci has got it. Again...

Hope he gets Ramsay Hunt Syndrome from the gene modification injectibles that did not work like my father, at least one other person my mother (or her friends?) know of, and even 28 year-old Justin Bieber, a previously rare disease that has apparently become as common as the common flu, or something like that.

I got the shingles vaccine (had to go with Shingrix, the only one available in Americastan, which worked out well for me fortunately) but not any of the Covert-1984 things-other-than-vaccines.

Posted by: William Haught | Jun 29 2022 21:24 utc | 36

Each time you buy an iPhone, your countries' air force buys an F35, your countries' national bank buys US treasury bills - you paid and think it's yours, but the Americans maintain control,

Posted by: Passerby | Jun 29 2022 21:28 utc | 37

31 cont'd--

Here's another Q&A from Zakharova's briefing that's outrageous yet humorous. Do be careful with your beverages:

Q: The UK Secretary of State for the Environment said on Monday that he suspected Russia of stealing Ukrainian grain. To prove this, Britain is going to conduct DNA tests of wheat.

A: Will there be an interrogation of wheat in Britain? I believe that this must be done. Record wheat readings, bring witnesses, arrange a face-to-face bet of wheat with wheat and complete it all with a genetic examination, still find missing relatives to "spike to spike". It's kind of an extravaganza – something we hear and see from London. On the other hand, why be surprised? If they have such foreign and defence ministers there, as I understand it, so does the entire government. All these statements and accusations are absolutely absurd, but not for the first time. What we just didn't hear from there – Salisbury, the Skripals, Amesbury – all sorts of things.

If Britain has such opportunities (conducting a whole DNA examination of wheat, grains), why not conduct, for example, the DNA of the victims of its own British aggression against Iraq in order to make a decision on compensation, both to the country and to its citizens. I am referring now to the Iraqis, the people of Iraq. No one thought about it? These are hundreds of thousands of people, and according to some estimates , millions. It's not that DNA expertise, you first need to count how many civilians have fallen under British shells. Or does it not count at all? Just passed and forgot. According to foreign office estimates, it is possible that Iraq and Britain border. I do not presume to say what maps they have, from what ideas about geography they come. In our understanding, after all, there was no common border, and for Iraq to threaten Britain, there was no such data either. No matter how much they want to come up with stories with test tubes, someone must answer for the attack on this state, for the murder of civilians, for the long-term occupation, for the destruction of everything from civilian infrastructure to statehood, and so on. Someone must answer for the fact that the consequence of this was the emergence of ISIS, which became not just a terrorist cell, but claimed the world's first terrorist state. Let me remind you that ISIS has spread its influence in some countries of the Middle East and North Africa in the form of cells, in the form of terrorist and extremist networks, which required a very serious response from the international community. In particular, the position of our country, its active activities prevented the spread of all this and the creation of a real terrorist international.

All this was a consequence of Britain's policy, its attack on Iraq. What's up with genetic testing on this? If there are such opportunities, maybe they will start with themselves?

Posted by: karlof1 | Jun 29 2022 21:46 utc | 38

RE: rjb1.5 | Jun 29 2022 18:17 utc | 22 and probably others as well:

Military Laws Broken: Top Gun (with real JAG) LegalEagle

With any luck they will get lots of recruits they have to court marshal or dishonorably discharge. If I was a praying man, I would be praying for 1,001 forms of poetic irony.

Posted by: William Haught | Jun 29 2022 21:52 utc | 39

Passerby | Jun 29 2022 21:28 utc | 38
Each time your NATO nation buys itself an airforce...what's the relative value of the Tbill to the F35? junk status?

Posted by: rjb1.5 | Jun 29 2022 21:55 utc | 40

Here's an interesting bit on the "Cultural Marxism" we seem to be hearing so much about lately, and its alleged manifestation in corporate Hollywood films.

Thanks to rjb1.5 for making me aware of the site.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jun 29 2022 22:20 utc | 41

William Haught | Jun 29 2022 21:52 utc | 40
you entered a zone of danger w/that one, giving the opportunity to relive those magic moments from Top Gun, and informing me that they were...illegal!!!!

such a painful moment in cinematic history, why the need to reincarnate it, reanimate it? hey, who wants to see a miscarriage give birth to an abortion? then "Top Gun: before and after tailhook" are your tickets. if the USM can commit these crimes against taste and sense, just exactly what are they NOT capable of?

Posted by: rjb1.5 | Jun 29 2022 22:37 utc | 42

Tom_Q_Collins | Jun 29 2022 22:20 utc | 42
yeah, he's informative. his analysis of the security state's control in entertainment should be considered as a standard by which to measure the same in news media, "civil society", education from Head Start to post-doc, etc.

cuz it's the same. but everything being subordinated to profit does make it easier to keep the streams flooding in one direction. esp the cultural/information streams. oh, and the john birch religion they all swear loyalty oaths to with every breath and utterance.

Posted by: rjb1.5 | Jun 29 2022 22:42 utc | 43


His conclusion (below) is definitely accurate, but there is some good history in that 'episode' which I'm certain many, many Americans either never learned or intentionally avoided learning. Keepin the rabble divided and angry is the ruling class's best trick, ya know.

RE: Cultural Marxism (in Hollywood) -

In sum, this theory originated with Nazis, was adopted almost wholesale by the FBI and right wingers in Hollywood, was rebooted under Reagan (who was an FBI informant during the Red Scare in Hollywood) and is now being pushed by well-funded, ideologically-driven culture producers who have to lie to their audience in order to maintain their facade.

Does this sound like a plausible theory to you? Does it sound like the industry is full of Marxists, when the only people to have ever been blacklisted from Hollywood for their political beliefs are Marxists? Does it seem like authoritarian shows glamourising the security state and demonising black, brown and poor people are having trouble getting on the air?

At its heart, this theory is pure Nazi bullshit, and you’d have to be an idiot to believe it. Or you’d have to be very smart and to go through all this evidence and argumentation I’ve put together here and explain why I’m wrong. And I’m hereby betting my communist left testicle that no one who advocates this theory is going to do that.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jun 29 2022 23:20 utc | 44

...if the USM can commit these crimes against taste and sense, just exactly what are they NOT capable of?...

At this point, I think the answer consists of spaces and null characters.

Posted by: William Haught | Jun 29 2022 23:39 utc | 45

Why the lack of transparency?
Posted by: Jpc | Jun 29 2022 21:23 utc | 35

Today's simple answer to simple-ass questions:
Statute and law enforcement in "advanced economies" protects state and trade secrets.

Posted by: sln2002 | Jun 29 2022 23:54 utc | 46

@ karlof1 | Jun 29 2022 21:46 utc | 39

she responds to that very well! high praise for her...

Posted by: james | Jun 30 2022 0:40 utc | 47

"... CP is not part of the cult of the deified Trostky, where, again, the answer to literally every single thing under the sun is "build the SEP..." rjb1.@30

There are at least thirty different schools of Trotskyism of which the WSWS is just one. And far from being the most influential. And I'm just talking about the north American branches. In Europe and elsewhere there are hundreds of different splits and factions from those who followed Trotsky out of the CP.

Sadly, many of those involved in CounterPunch and in supporting imperialism (in Libya, Syria and Ukraine to talk only of recent years) did begin their political journeys as Trotskyists, it allowed people to pose as communists without having to choose a side in the Cold War. And not choosing a side meant taking the imperialist side.
The more legitimate Trotskyist tradition insisted on defence of the USSR as a 'workers' state' a position which, in the Cold War became dangerous hence the development of doctrine of the 'Plague on both their houses' kind which , in a media world dominated by the imperialists propaganda, becomes part of the chorus of Hate.
Now that Russia is 'just another capitalist state' it is possible for the most extreme left wingers to be valued parts of the imperialist propaganda machine. Remember Louis Proyect? And his position on Syria?
The one saving grace about CounterPunch is that Cockburn isn't around to see what the St Clair crew have done with it. My guess is that it is now financed by Soros and his friends. And why not?

Posted by: bevin | Jun 30 2022 0:40 utc | 48

bevin | Jun 30 2022 0:40 utc | 49
The one saving grace about CounterPunch is that Cockburn isn't around to see what the St Clair crew have done with it. My guess is that it is now financed by Soros and his friends. And why not?
it's not necessary to hypothesize such things, for which there is zero evidence. people have deeply held convictions...that they are deeply mistaken about.

Posted by: rjb1.5 | Jun 30 2022 1:40 utc | 49

Tom_Q_Collins | Jun 29 2022 23:20 utc | 45
a very enjoyable episode, and an excellent excerpt.

the only comment i'd make is that we if look superficially at products like Captain Marvel, Ghostbusters: Fatbuster (2016), Star Wars: Last Jedi, there's some strong "cultural marxism", "woke", etc., stuff in them. (the only one of these I saw was 'last jedi'. pretty dreadful stuff.)

why? Capt marvel is pure pentagon product, Jedi of course is Disney, and ghostbusters...well, it's Sony's capitalist junk selling itself as pwoggie simply because it has women in it. the "cultural marxism" in these shows is so superficial, like the upsetting idea that women can fly airplanes or something. so pwogwessive. proton packs fired by chicks.

Posted by: rjb1.5 | Jun 30 2022 1:47 utc | 50

Below is a link to a Wall Street On Parade posting that is worth it to see the graph of the take away quote

JPMorgan Chase and Citibank Hold 90 Percent of All Gold and Other Precious Metals Derivatives Held by All U.S. Banks

The take away quote

According to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, as of March 31, 2022, there were 4,796 federally insured banks and savings associations in the U.S. Combine that figure with the latest report from the OCC and it means that just two banks, JPMorgan Chase and Citibank, control 90 percent of the precious metals derivatives of all 4,796 insured financial institutions in the U.S.

We checked the previous OCC report for the quarter ending December 31, 2021. It showed that at year-end 2021, JPMorgan Chase had reported only $28.182 billion in precious metals derivatives versus $330.123 billion three months later – a staggering increase of 1,071 percent.

Read the posting because it asks a whole lot of good questions and provides a good overview/context of the metals markets...before they blow up

I can just see Jamie Dimon sitting across from Xi and Putin saying, "I got these here derivatives saying I own all the gold in the world including yours, and as Obama is quoted as saying, Is all legal. Since you two countries are all about rule of law then there shouldn't be any problem honoring these derivatives, right?"

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jun 30 2022 1:49 utc | 51

"'s not necessary to hypothesize such things, for which there is zero evidence. people have deeply held convictions...that they are deeply mistaken about...." rjb1.5@50

I believe, on the contrary that they do not have any deeply held convictions and that the various gyrations in the editorial line at CP over the past few years suggests that self protection and aggrandisement are the closest things to deeply held convictions there.

Further, I would suggest that CP's refusal to allow the views which I hold, on Ukraine and on Syria, to be properly published indicate that their hewing of the imperialist line is deliberate and, such is the nature of the system, almost certainly productive of financial subsidy and support.

CounterPunch's trajectory is very similar to that followed by countless "socialists" and "anti-imperialists" to be found in the media, rationalising their support for NATO in the current contest.

One thing I do know, evidence or not, and that is that no honest observer could possibly take the side of the fascist Kiev regime and its fascist allies and sponsors against the courageous and friendless Russian speaking people of Ukraine. Nobody ends up wearing a swastika and chanting Heil to Ukraine! Heil to Bandera by mistake. But money has performed greater miracles.

Posted by: bevin | Jun 30 2022 2:45 utc | 52

bevin | Jun 30 2022 2:45 utc | 53
Nobody ends up wearing a swastika and chanting Heil to Ukraine! Heil to Bandera by mistake. But money has performed greater miracles.
well, when you put it that way, hard to argue. certainly the editorial voice cannot have ignorance to blame, for CP, wsws, etc.

except that people are right about lots of things, and very wrong about others. coronavirus, e.g. how people can call this wrecking ball a "plandemic" remains a mystery to me. how people cannot smell the wildfires. can't connect their waistlines w/how much time they spend sitting in cars.

people can see the future in the diseases in their own fat diabetic, autistic brood, can't they? or maybe they don't care.

Posted by: rjb1.5 | Jun 30 2022 2:59 utc | 53

Posted by: rjb1.5 | Jun 29 2022 18:17 utc | 22

Thanks . I kept wondering why his F/A-18 E/F super hornet did not suffer from the usual fatal total loss right hand engine fire.

A spectacular demonstraion self destruction of a new low hours RAAF 'growler' model serial no A46-311 expired on the runway. At Nellis on January 28th, 2018 with the right hand GE F414 engine on fire.

Sources say that a high-pressure compressor disk of the right-hand engine suffered a catastrophic uncontained failure. The turbine disk broke into three major pieces and these were ejected from the aircraft, with one destroying the right-hand vertical stabiliser, another considerably damaging the left engine, and the third damaging the runway. The F414 jet engine had a mere 200 flight hours.

I guess after 9/11 . With so many dead end wars. The documented evils of stop loss. Fake Republican patriots who consistently veto all military pay rises. Who indeed would willingly enlist in the USSA military forces? Will the USSA rejuvenate the Draft Board again? To fill all the empty holes.

Posted by: Bad Deal Motors On | Jun 30 2022 5:56 utc | 54

One suspects that the Kangaroo Kourt, seeking evidence to blame Trump for the January 6 Occupy Congress fiasco, has shot itself in the foot. A witness has sworn that when Trump asked his Secret Service driver to take him from the open air rally to Congress, the driver refused and took him to the West Wing instead.

It shouldn't be difficult for Team Trump to paint this act of defiance as a deliberate attempt to deprive Trump of the opportunity to urge the people in the rally at Congress to exercise restraint.

Posted by: Hoarsewhlsperer | Jun 30 2022 6:27 utc | 55

If I'm not mistaken, Hitchens eventually changed his mind on Iraq, didn't he?
Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jun 29 2022 21:12 utc | 33

No, I think he stayed on the dark side. Possibly his income depended on it (Vanity Fair) or possibly he
just couldn't admit to being so wrong, or likely, he just believed he was correct. Here's a puffhost piece about his Iraq stance:
Hitch on Iraq

But I loved his work on religion and his line about converting to Christianity on his
death bed because 'It's better that a Christian dies than an atheist dies'.

Hitch, Richard Dawkins, and Sam Harris all took (political)positions on Islam that I find incongruous with their intellects.

Posted by: waynorinorway | Jun 30 2022 6:39 utc | 56

Anyone else notice how much Zelensky looks like Justin Timberlake?
Z or JT?

But can Volodymyr dance? That's the real question.
(I think he'll have to do some fancy dancing to get out of this alive, btw.)

Posted by: waynorinorway | Jun 30 2022 6:52 utc | 57

@ 25

Bevin, I've been following your comments for some time now - most impressed.

I read Neither Washington or Moscow about 30 years ago when I was a bit politically naive, and thought it reasonable, and the author sincere.

I get the impression you've moved on, so was there any philosophical flaws in the book?

Perhaps if I read it now I might have a different view.

Posted by: Steve from Oz | Jun 30 2022 7:50 utc | 58

@karlof1 | Jun 29 2022 21:46 utc | 39


vis-a-vis the legitimacy of the UN.

Today, after #GhislaineMaxwell got 20 years for sex trafficking, in the UN this is @Norway_UN @Mona_Juul whose husband Terje Roed Larsen took a $130,000 loan from Jeffrey Epstein, who paid $150,000 to take the UN Community to a Broadway play about Juul. No answers

Posted by: too scents | Jun 30 2022 8:11 utc | 59

@42 and @45

This 'article' is made up of falsehoods. The idea of cultural marxism originates from Antonio Gramsci, an italian Communist. He correctly observed that as long as people are indulged in a culture that is inherently hierarchic and promotes reactionary values, they will not accept any form of socialism. When he wrote this, there wasn't great resonance, because fascism was on the rise in Italy.
When - 30 years later - Herbert Marcuse was tasked with the subversion of the '68 left wing movement, which was a threat to the established power holders, he used some of Gramsci's concepts. Instead of focusing on capitalism and imperialism, he sought to deviate that focus on different identities. His goal was to destroy the anticapitalists and antiimperialists by dividing them into quarreling factions. In order to succeed, his ideas needed to appeal to the target group. He thus named his poisonous construct 'cultural marxism', to make those young people believe there was cool marxism in there. It was a marketing stunt. Cultural Marxism is a weapon to destroy the classical left. It created the new left, or pseudo left. Young gullible conformists who love corporations, banks, capitalist ideology, war, everything, as long as it is politicallly correct in the sense of Marcuse's concept.
The opening of 'Zabriskie Point' shows the created division working nicely. Antonioni was well aware of what was happening.
Cultural Marxism does not target the alt-right. It targets what was once the left and which has been successfully destroyed. What succeeded of the demands of '68? Liberal Hedonism. That is all they got. The plutocracy did not have to give away anything. The war machine moved on. Equality shrunk. But at least we got to party...

Posted by: sub | Jun 30 2022 10:36 utc | 60

"cultural marxism", "woke", etc., stuff in them. (the only one of these I saw was 'last jedi'. pretty dreadful stuff.)

Posted by: rjb1.5 | Jun 30 2022 1:47 utc | 51

What you're talking about is not "marxism" whether you want to write "cultural" or "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" in front of it.

"Marxism is when american filmmakers make the 87th hackneyed sequel or reboot of a cashcow franchise IP; the more derivative it is, the Marxister it is"

- rjb1.5, "Foundations of Cultural Marxism-Arjeybeeism", 2022

In fact the first three entries of the Ten Planks in the Communist Manifesto are dedicated to this:

1. Abolition of innovation in movie franchises and application of sequelitis to 1950-80 sci-fi franchises

2. A heavy rehashing and remixing of the original plots

3. Abolition of all rights of film-starring for straight, white, god-fearing, baseball-loving, pickup-truck-driving, red-blooded American men!! That'll teach those capitalists!!!

There you go, Karl Ilich Stalin wrote it himself!!!


Posted by: Arganthonios | Jun 30 2022 11:11 utc | 61

Julian Assange , American Embassy, Crown Prosecution Service - Myth Making.

As the US ambassador and various British satraps celebrated petty patels rubber stamping of further torture of JA - he was stripped and dumped in a cell for the day inside the maximum security prison he already is in - the case will now rumble onto the ECHR which allows that the full facts of JA’s persecution are finally admitted.

Persecution NOT prosecution.

The myth is that JA ‘escaped’ prosecution by the Swedish State because he was not charged for rape in a timely fashion by the Swedish Authorities- so that a statute of limitation on bringing such charge expired!

Have you ever heard of such utter and complete bullshit?

Read that again - because that is what senior CPS lawyers BELIEVE - having completely ignored the ‘Don’t you dare drop your investigation’ memo to the Swedes from within that CPS! It is rotten to the core now. And these lawyers are mere lackeys. Nazi apparatchiks even.

Conveniently and with undue haste ‘deleted’ from the Keir Starmer led CPS at the time.

All you need to know of the continuous rottenness of the U.K. in just this one persecution and torture in a central London prison of an uncharged, untrialled, unconvicted journalist and whistleblowee revealer , greatest political prisoner of the Collective Waste.

Sweden has lost ALL its ‘peaceful & fair and free’ reputation.

It wouldn’t surprise me if IKEA stores are trashed across the world as the only thing Swedish anymore.

Posted by: DunGroanin | Jun 30 2022 11:47 utc | 62

Ah yes.
"Commercial confidentiality!"
The best crap blanket excuse of them all.

Today's simple answer to simple-ass questions:
Statute and law enforcement in "advanced economies" protects state and trade secrets.

Posted by: sln2002 | Jun 29 2022 23:54 utc | 47

Posted by: Jpc | Jun 30 2022 12:18 utc | 63

There's hope! and hype . . .

Hillary Clinton is having her biggest I-told-you-so moment to date.

The overturning of Roe v. Wade by a Supreme Court that includes three judges nominated by Donald Trump, along with devastating Tuesday testimony to the Jan. 6 panel about the former president’s temper tantrums as a mob attacked the Capitol, have Clinton and his allies seeing new vindication in her 2016 warnings about the mistake of electing Trump.

It’s made some wonder if a third bid for the White House is possible. . .here

Posted by: Don Bacon | Jun 30 2022 13:14 utc | 64

We should not get freaked out about adjustments Russia makes, as with Snake island. Eventually, this war will end ( or slow to almost nothing in an armistice such as Korea). After that, things really get interesting as to deal making.

While Macron says, 'don't humiliate Russia', the opposite may be true. The US/EU and individual nations will be humiliated and it may help Russia to not push their faces into it, when the time comes. I'm surprised we haven't heard more from the airlines - avoiding Russian airspace. That has to be crazy.

In other news, China is pouring development into AI and drones on their carriers and other naval vessels. The US is heading for a huge shock. Imagine a swarm of intelligent drones killing everyone on deck on a carrier task force, one by one, and then towing the vessel to Hainan.

Posted by: Eighthman | Jun 30 2022 13:57 utc | 65

Hitch, Richard Dawkins, and Sam Harris all took (political)positions on Islam that I find incongruous with their intellects.
@ waynorinorway | Jun 30 2022 6:39 utc | 57

Ultimately, their confusion resolves to self-loathing, inhumanism: upholding proximate evidence of one's own profound murkiness as proof enough that all human beings are evil.

Posted by: Aleph_Null | Jun 30 2022 14:08 utc | 66

Steve from Oz@59
I don't know the book you are referring to! I remember the slogan from the early sixties when I was a member of IS in the UK.
It took me a while to put two and two together (because I was young and knew everything) but I was very active in the anti-Vietnam war business-very active- and a member of a local committee including a wide variety of socialist and pacifist individuals.
We reached the position of full support for the NLF and promoted it publicly to a very receptive audience in our city. Only racists had any problem with seeing that what was being done to the population of Vietnam by the US was indefensible.
Except that my comrades in IS had a problem: "Neither Washington nor Hanoi" or even "Neither Saigon nor Hanoi" were proffered as obvious alternative guides to our conduct.
The problem is that-such is the nature of the socialist left- the theory that the Soviet Union was a "State Capitalist" society and not a workers state, degenerated, deformed or bureaucratised, seemed to indicate that it could not act better than the US and its allies. That was set in stone: capitalist states are capitalist states and therefore are indistinguishable in their nature.
Which, of course, was rubbish which took no account of the realities of imperialism, of history, of geostrategic facts. It was a theory which was indefensible intellectually but extraordinarily convenient in personal terms: it meant that members of IS were simply opponents of capitalism, imperialism did not concern them. Thus a member of IS was acceptable to MI6 as a diplomat or a journalist whereas because of his contacts with shop stewards, strikers etc he would have been unacceptable to MI5.
That heritage, from the State Capitalist theory, can be seen today, in spades, as people like Tariq Ali have their cake and eat it too by denouncing Russia for its "imperialist" war and lining up with the real imperialists to cheer on the plucky Ukrainian people for fighting back against Russia's 'invasion.'
It takes us back to the long forgotten days of 1940-41 when all sorts of people on the "left" were preaching defeatism on the basis that a Nazi victory would soon lead to a workers' revolution. Even after the USSR was attacked there were plenty of people (anarchists included) who declared their neutrality in the conflict.
Can one imagine Karl Marx telling the world that Lincoln and Jeff Davis were both leaders of capitalist causes and that socialists should remain neutral?
Tariq Ali writes of how wonderful it is to see the emergence of an anti-war movement in Russia. Its too bad he missed the anti-war movement in New York city and the copperheads in the US Civil war. But Marx didn't and he saw them for what they were.
Too bad that so many like Tariq Ali cannot see- though its written in letters of fire twenty feet tall- that the anti-"invasion" forces in Ukraine and their supporters in the 'anti-war' movement in Russia are organised by enemies of humanity, fascists and racists. Not unlike the Copperheads Peace Democrats whose real aim was a Confederate victory.

Posted by: bevin | Jun 30 2022 15:06 utc | 67

Blaming Russia’s War, G7 Leaders Rescind Another Global Climate Pledge

In many ways, the weekend meeting offered an early and ominous glimpse of the steep challenges countries will likely face in November as they meet in Egypt for the United Nations’ highly anticipated climate summit. Many climate activists now worry that as the U.S. and other wealthy Western nations ramp up domestic production of oil and gas to replace lost fuel supplies from Russia, it’s sending the global climate fight in the wrong direction and risks sabotaging the chances of meeting key targets set by the Paris Agreement. more

Posted by: Aleph_Null | Jun 30 2022 15:06 utc | 68

They say the US Supreme Court just neutered our so-called Environmental Protection Agency, as expected.

Posted by: Aleph_Null | Jun 30 2022 15:11 utc | 69

@SwissArmyMan #14
I doubt it is the act of cutting and pasting - more likely it is what you are cutting and pasting. I cut and paste pure text sections of articles all the time and have never once had a problem.

In particular - if you try to post a link that is a Google embedded link (i.e. a link referenced by Google, which is a link inside a link) - this will show up as a blank.

There are also a few web sites which automatically get blocked.

Posted by: c1ue | Jun 30 2022 15:11 utc | 70

Major Aluminum Manufacturer Century shuts down

Employees received three days’ notice.


In a statement, the company says the plant idling is the "direct result of skyrocketing energy costs," specifically blaming the Russian war in Ukraine for the dramatic increase.

The production stoppage will impact some 628 workers, who will be laid off at the second-largest employer in the area, according to the Messenger-Inquirer.

The company will close the smelter for nine to 12 months, beginning Monday, until energy prices return to normal levels. The company only gave employees about three days' notice, informing them of the closure last Wednesday.

According to the company, the plant is its largest U.S. smelter and the largest producer of high-purity aluminum in North America. The aluminum is used extensively in the defense industry as well as in aerospace applications. For example, it's used in F16s, naval war vessels, Boeing 747s and even the International Space Station.

This is curious. Aluminum refining is electrical; aluminum working is presumably gas powered?

Also, note the list of usages: all retired or retiring systems.

Posted by: c1ue | Jun 30 2022 15:57 utc | 71

@c1ue | Jun 30 2022 15:57 utc | 73


A smelter needs to be re-lined before in can be restarted. A non-trivial expense that keeps smelters on-line as long as possible.

Posted by: too scents | Jun 30 2022 16:04 utc | 72,-US-imperialism-
according to link: Dots between Zionism and western imperialism, interlinking systems of violence and oppression between the USA and Occupied Palestine. The mapping project identifies policing institutions, universities, weapons manufacturers, and lobby groups in thee New England region that work in tandem to fortify structures of oppression and occupation.. across the world Website decolonize Palestine to expand its coverage of financial and ideological foundations that make it possible for Israel to be the US Imperialist outpost.
quite a brave realization.. wonder how long that website will last..

Posted by: snake | Jun 30 2022 16:16 utc | 73

Germany inflation drops to "only" 8.2%

France inflation record high 6.5%

So much winning...

Posted by: c1ue | Jun 30 2022 17:10 utc | 74

Posted by: c1ue | Jun 30 2022 15:57 utc | 73

Interesting. I'm in construction and aluminum is used widely for window frames (especially as specified for "defense" facilities - home windows are increasingly vinyl and a few other 'exotic' materials).

We've been seeing everything go up in price, obviously, but I'm keeping my eye on estimates with windows included now.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jun 30 2022 18:44 utc | 75

@waynorinnorway and Aleph_Null re: Chris Hitchens.

This is going to sound incredibly stupid of me, but yesterday I was busy while commenting and I was thinking of Chris Hedges when I replied to the Hitchens comment(s). Duh. Obviously the former is deceased and you're correct - he was devout in his Islamophobia.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jun 30 2022 18:45 utc | 76

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jun 30 2022 18:44 utc | 77 re: windows/aluminum

Also in skyscrapers, which I've never been involved with, and which - I believe - are classified as such differently depending on the city and according to their own building codes.

Aluminum is also used heavily in automotive wheels/rims, parts, wiring, bodies/frames and in personal electronics (cases/chassis for things like portable music players and "high end" audio components) just to name a few more that occurred to me after hitting post.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jun 30 2022 18:49 utc | 77

Bevin @ 69

Thanks for all that detail Bevin.

I'm also astounded at figures on the left who cannot see who the enemy is.

Neither Washington nor Moscow was a book written by Tony Clift, from memory. He migrated to UK from somewhere in the M East. Can't recall any of the detail, but because you inadvertently named it I thought you might be familiar with it.

Cheers, Steve

Posted by: Steve from Oz | Jun 30 2022 19:09 utc | 78

Bevin @ 69

Just looked the book up on Amazon, (never buy there!) book unavailable, but they give the author as Tony Cliff. I'm sure there was a "t" on the end, but wiki gives it as Cliff also, so my age must be catching up!

Posted by: Steve from Oz | Jun 30 2022 19:43 utc | 79

Tom_Q_Collins | Jun 29 2022 21:15 utc | 35

Thanks for your response!

"maybe the latter reposted that one"
Yes, they probably did. ZH is mostly a news aggregator, isn't it?

The masks... Phew, another one of those bones of contention. It was a true relief not having to wear them in the supermarket anymore. In Berlin, they're still mandatory on busses and trains, even in the summer. I find that idiotic and try to go without one. On the other hand, at the doctor's I don't mind having to wear a mask. And at the pharmacy, you don't have to wear one, but I still do. Weird.


William Haught | Jun 29 2022 21:24 utc | 38

To you as well, thank for responding!

Ramsay Hunt Syndrome, hadn't heard of that one before I have to admit. Still need to look that up and I will also pass that on as a tip to the owner of another blog. Over there, they compile and present such data. Anyway, I'm sorry to learn of your worries with relatives' health. I'm worried for my relatives too, though luckily nothing has happened yet. Except for the repeated Covid infections, of course.

The shingles vaccine... Impressive, so you made a distinction between different manufacturers/formulations even before the Covid shots? Somehow that never was an issue to me. I must have had the shingles vaccine as well, though I still have to look up what illness the shingles really are in German to really know. Until Covid, I basically got all the vaccines at least once. Had my tetanus refreshed a few years back what with garden work on a former farm.

Posted by: Scotch Bingeington | Jun 30 2022 19:51 utc | 80

Steve from Oz@81
I knew him quite well. Real name Ygael Gluckstein. He was from Palestine, his family being zionist settlers from, I believe, Odessa.
He left Palestine in the 30s. He was opposed to the zionist enterprise and supported Palestinian nationalism.
There must be lots of bios: he was in Ireland, then came to the UK, lived in London, not far from where Jeremy Corbyn is. He was IS's theoretician together with Mike Kidron (another former zionist I believe) who wrote Western Capitalism since the war
Mike was Reader in Economics at Hull University. I believe he founded or helped found Pluto Press.
He was the first editor of IS (magazine).
I may be wrong but I think Kidron drifted away from IS when it decided to become the SWP. I know I did.
Cliff had a sudden conversion to Leninism in about 1968. The result: an end to democracy and local autonomy in the organisation and Democratic Centralism, which is neither democratic nor centralist. Up until then IS called itself Luxemburgist: Cliff wrote a good bio of Rosa Luxemburg
Such a pity really- a lot of good lives wasted, a lot of work too. And in the end a nasty bunch of careerists looking for masses to pay their salaries.

Still some of the influence of Tony Cliff and his comrades and his opponents in faction fights and all those copies of Socialist Worker and International Socialism, is reflected in the real world in which the long predicted strike wave is now breaking out in the UK. It could easily develop momentum of its own, throw up its own leaders, transform its economic into political demands, run head first into a state which has forgotten why it has to compromise (it represents a tiny class) and has protected itself with a complex of legal/paper/judicial walls which will fall at the first cough, develop into a General Strike and become the Revolution.
Nothing at all like the one that Lenin and Cliff predicted but like all the others that ever took place.
Cheers to you to, mate.

Posted by: bevin | Jun 30 2022 20:02 utc | 81

too I meant.

Posted by: bevin | Jun 30 2022 20:04 utc | 82

Bevin @ 84

You mentioned the strike wave hitting the UK now. I've been surprised that the rail union leader got positive coverage in the Oz press, for his handling of dumb interviewers.

I've thought for some time that despite the factionalism on the Left, if a left leader emerges who is charismatic, intelligent and courageous, things could turn around quite quickly.

Posted by: Steve from Oz | Jun 30 2022 21:05 utc | 83

The Hutchinson testimony ..... absolutely incredible ... but is it true? She that Secret Service agent Tony Ornato, who was in the car, told her that Trump had a temper tantrum during the trip from the Jan. 6 rally, resulting in a physical altercation with the driver, and that SS agent Bobby Engel who was also in the car witnessed her conversation with Ornato and didn't object.

Is her account true, or false?

Posted by: Saggy | Jun 30 2022 21:10 utc | 84

Posted by: Scotch Bingeington | Jun 30 2022 19:51 utc | 82

Yeah pretty much same here. I don't wear a mask in most public places anymore. I've never had an issue with them being mandated at hospitals, physicians offices, pharmacies etc. and in fact those are the few places where mandates are effectively in place and enforced. I was almost turned away from a doctor's appointment early in the pandemic because I had one of those N-95s with the valve that allows you to breathe easier. They ended up giving me a plain surgical mask to put over it and admitted me. Notably, SOME of that type of masks have a different (not as effective as the mask itself) filter membrane for the exhale valve, but not all.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jun 30 2022 21:28 utc | 85

Posted by: Scotch Bingeington | Jun 30 2022 19:51 utc | 82

Forgot to mention your handle caught my eye. I participate at a few sports related sites (bread and circuses, ya know) and one of the regulars used to have the same name as you. Is Scotch Bingeington something from pop culture (like the Simpsons? Monty Python?) or was that maybe you talking about football (American) too?

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jun 30 2022 21:31 utc | 86

Posted by: Saggy | Jun 30 2022 21:10 utc | 86

I think the devil's in the details. Trump allegedly (tried to?) grab the steering wheel and "lunged at" a Secret Service agent with his "free hand." To me that reads like weasel wording, or whatever it's called. "Lunged at" doesn't mean f*ck all unless contact was actually made, and given how the media covers Trump, had contact been made, I'm sure we'd be hearing "assaulted" rather than "lunged at". I mean, how much room is there in that vehicle for someone who's being "lunged at" to evade contact, right? I seriously doubt Trump physically attacked anyone or they'd have chosen much more incendiary language than simply "lunged at..." Sounds like BS to me is my two cents.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jun 30 2022 21:37 utc | 87

Arganthonios | Jun 30 2022 11:11 utc | 63
What you're talking about is not "marxism" whether you want to write "cultural" or "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" in front of it.

maybe i didn't use the word "superficial" enough times to be clear or put enough quotation marks around """"""cultural marxism""""""?

Posted by: rjb1.5 | Jun 30 2022 22:01 utc | 88

Arganthonios | Jun 30 2022 11:11 utc | 63
What you're talking about is not "marxism" whether you want to write "cultural" or "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" in front of it.
pop culture is secretly smuggling in commie propaganda! soviet so sexy!

Posted by: rjb1.5 | Jun 30 2022 22:04 utc | 89

I seriously doubt Trump physically attacked anyone or they'd have chosen much more incendiary language than simply "lunged at..." Sounds like BS to me is my two cents.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jun 30 2022 21:37 utc | 89

I agree and would ask why Hutchinson is testifying rather than the persons who would have directly witnessed the supposed incident. Moreover, the committee seems to lack even one Congressperson who doesn't despise Trump. I didn't hear Trump's speech, but I read the transcript and did not find anything he said that could be reasonably construed as encouraging violence.

Posted by: David Levin | Jun 30 2022 22:12 utc | 90

Part 2 of Mintpressnews' series on the (no longer) covert partnership between various Western journos and outlets w/ the Western security/defense state apparatus.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jun 30 2022 22:53 utc | 91

@ Tom_Q_Collins | Jun 30 2022 21:37 utc | 89

There are 2 issues, the event itself, and the information we get about the event.

I think the event itself is significant as if true it shows how truly deranged Trump is. Hopefully it is not true.

The information available is another issue. I just watched a Tucker Carlson vid, I'm a fan of TC, where he is in Brazil railing against China, I'm not a fan of that, and he said that Hutchinson's report was completely debunked and yesterday's news. At 4:50 he says the SS agents on the scene denied it. I don't believe that is true. I've come to expect straight propaganda from the MSM, but not from TC.

Posted by: Saggy | Jul 1 2022 0:39 utc | 92

Pepe Escobar has a new essay, really entertaining -- with a link to the following essay that is really worth reading, and then taking a while to digest, which I am now doing. The author is Fabio Vighi -- food for thought!

I give the link truncated here - it can be found also at Saker.

Posted by: juliania | Jul 1 2022 2:20 utc | 93

From Juliana's link:

Since then [2002, the simulation of growth via financial asset inflation has been shielded by the manufacturing of global threats, duly packaged and sold by corporate media.
We hear about "deindustrialization", but there was growth in some manufacturing sectors: global threats and packaging. Smart kids about to enter the job market should polish their resume for the growing industries, "threat inventor", "threat packager". Perhaps unpaid internships in the appropriate think tanks.

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Jul 1 2022 2:44 utc | 94

@ juliania | Jul 1 2022 2:20 utc | 95 with the link which I am reading

It is not the Davos crowd but those on top of the Davos crowd

It is not self-destructive capitalist logic but anti-humanistic cult logic

Yet, if we only scratch the surface, we encounter the fundamental cause of all the geopolitical and propaganda games that are being played: the irredeemable melting away of capital’s value substance.
The melting of capital's value substance went poof when Nixon took the US dollar off the gold standard but the lie about that event being meaningless is now melting.

In a certain sense, then, we are heading back to the prehistory of capitalism, once again dealing with the problem of “money without value”.
We only have one real choice: either we begin to emancipate from the commodity, value, and money forms, and thus from the capital form as such, or we will be dragged into a new dark age of violence and regression.
We have had “money without value” sine 1971.
It took me a bit to parse his last sentence which is a call out for basing monetary value on labor.....way too narrow a definition and how does it factor in support for disabled humans, or if you can't produce in some defined way you are surplus/have no "value"?

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jul 1 2022 3:20 utc | 96

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jul 1 2022 3:20 utc | 98

Thank you, psychohistorian - I particularly wanted your input. And of course that of karlof1, whose Outlaw Empire does stretch back further and further these days it seems. I too had to keep mulling over that last sentence - which is certainly vague, and to me points to untold possibilities not exactly Marxian, but I will have to go back and read the entire essay from the beginning. It moves along with force and vigour, and you wonder - do those caught up on this tiger ride really know what is happening and how worse and worse it must become - until the bailout is the only course open to them for survival's sake?

Someone like Yeltsin apparently did, but that was a shorter ride, not the lengthy nightmare we've been on in the west since the Pilgrims landed, apparently. I'm not too sure I can think of that whole stretch as a course deliberately set by capitalism the ogre -- but what do I know? Speaking of stretch, it did stretch my mind, though. Thanks for responding so quickly!

Posted by: juliania | Jul 1 2022 4:04 utc | 97

Johnny was a kid, who grew up in the city...

-- formerly 'blues' --

Posted by: RKJoyce | Jul 1 2022 7:33 utc | 98

Some good news from the Corona front:

Posted by: Scotch Bingeington | Jun 29 2022 21:01 utc | 33

I thought you meant to say?

The USSA sanctioned outlaw country. Cuba has developed excellent medications and vaccines for treatment of COVID-19.

Back in China. A country with in excess of four times the population of the evil colonial empire Union of the Soviet States of Amerika!

Back in China . Where mask wearing is mandatory. Vaccination is mandatory. Population lock down is mandatory. A State/private run health care system. One that is 200 plus years in advance of the archaic 17th century version in operating today in the USSA.

The civilian death toll from COVID-19 is minimal. When compared to the USSA over the same time period.

Oh well never mind.

One can hope one day in the future. The very corrupt evil empire and world bully that USSA is. Shatters into 13 mini countries. Thus bringing real peace to the world........

Denial is not a river in Egypt........

Posted by: Bad Deal Motors On | Jul 1 2022 12:36 utc | 99

so please, keep shoving us more fantasies about western military superiority. hide the coffins, keep the virtual fireworks. oh look, it's kenobi vs vader. how exciting. i wonder how it will end...

Posted by: rjb1.5 | Jun 29 2022 18:17 utc | 23

I did find it noteworthy that the whole mission was conceived around the notion that Russian fighter planes were far better than the US ones (even though they ended up shooting them down anyway later on).

Posted by: Scorpion | Jul 1 2022 13:42 utc | 100

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