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June 19, 2022

The MoA Week In Review - (NOT Ukraine) OT 2022-89

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Use as open (NOT Ukraine) thread ...

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Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jun 20 2022 4:03 utc | 106

Drat! My reply got lost. I found one who might be good (mechanic) and am toying with idea of learning but grew up in London and we had no car so they've been a mystery to me since forever. This one IS simple, though, so maybe once have settled into new house situation will begin to make basic repairs myself. To teach himself mechanics my brainiac father bought a used Buick station wagon in the 70's and took it entirely to pieces and then put it back together again. Toyed with doing the same, but never have!

Posted by: Scorpion | Jun 21 2022 14:48 utc | 201

@kalton #201:

Is there an RSS link for this site?

Yes. It’s at the bottom of the left column on the main page.

Posted by: S | Jun 21 2022 15:06 utc | 202

Now the Netherlands says it needs to burn coal to offset natural gas shortages

Netherlands to burn more coal to conserve gas

This is extra ironic because the EU did sanction Russian coal imports...I guess they'll have to import from Poland or Australia.

Posted by: c1ue | Jun 21 2022 15:09 utc | 203

Content moderation simply a tool for the powerful - it isn't just about left or right

Terminated - susie bright substack

If I say one thing to the New York Times or The Wall Street Journal, it will be printed verbatim. If I say the same thing on my own site or social media, it will be deleted, pulled, or firewalled.

This has been going on for decades now. It isn’t just Google, it’s all the majors: Apple, Amazon, FB, Twitter, Microsoft, AOL, on and on. I could name a dozen others who’ve disappeared in the social media mist. It’s cruel that each of them censor the very people who created their original incubators.

Posted by: c1ue | Jun 21 2022 15:11 utc | 204

Cheers, and always a pleasure to correspond with you here regardless of some (I think minor in the big picture) differences of opinion.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jun 20 2022 0:20 utc | 80


Posted by: Scorpion | Jun 21 2022 15:40 utc | 205

"The VPN is woke!"

An associate showed my his VPN icon.
It is a red shield with a green check mark
when connected (good).
The green check mark used to turn black when
the VPN was disconnected (bad).
But after a recent upgrade his VPN turns
from a red shield to all white when disconnected (bad).

Amusing (good).

Posted by: librul | Jun 21 2022 15:51 utc | 206

@Posted by: librul | Jun 21 2022 15:51 utc | 209

Not Politically Correct (bad)

Posted by: librul | Jun 21 2022 15:53 utc | 207

@ Tom_Q_Collins | Jun 21 2022 3:03 utc | 193

Today's gluten-free fad drives me crazy in at least one hundred ways. Humans have been eating wheat almost as long as the "three sisters", most likely. Gluten-free baking is basically impossible for most things (those little leavening bubbles are made of gluten). People are generally so ignorant of what gluten is, while receiving the message it's something bad, that random products such as apple-juice are nonsensically labelled "gluten-free". If I'm looking for a vegetarian burrito, they assume it has to use a gluten-free tortilla. So much confusion from Oprah-incited diet hysteria... when it's not terribly complicated to just pay attention when your body lodges a complaint. I can't imagine resorting to something like heartburn meds so that I can't hear what my body is saying. That would be like flying without instruments.

Gluten and leavening reminds me of Guy Mettan's story of the great Christian schism. There's the whole fabric of history, up to this day, preceding and following the schism. But the two most significant points of disagreement, at the time, may seem trivial to us:

(1) The addition of Filioque to the Nicene creed by the West, upsetting the Eastern sense of balance between the three persons of the Holy Trinity.

(2) Western use of unleavened bread as the Host in the Eucharist, while in the East they thought leavening more faithfully symbolizes the living Host.

Posted by: Aleph_Null | Jun 21 2022 19:24 utc | 208

@ librul | Jun 21 2022 15:53 utc | 210

"Woke" is the new "politically correct".

Posted by: Aleph_Null | Jun 21 2022 19:35 utc | 209

Today's gluten-free fad drives me crazy in at least one hundred ways.
Posted by: Aleph_Null | Jun 21 2022 19:24 utc | 211

I assume you are talking only about the fad of being gluten-free and not coeliac disease.
It's the idiots who think it's good diet to eat gluten-free who confuse the issue for people like
my wife who gets extremely ill if she consumes gluten. Most people, including restaurant
workers, think it's just someone's preference rather than a health hazard for those with actual
coeliac disease. She was diagnosed about 10 years ago. At home we have to be extremely careful,
separate areas of the kitchen, different butter dishes, etc. I mistakenly fixed up a regular hot dog bun for her
a month ago and that was it for the day. Vomiting and in bed and feeling miserable. I didn't vomit
but my day was miserable too for being such a f-up.

Posted by: waynorinorway | Jun 21 2022 20:00 utc | 210

Came across this item;

Wikileaks just put all their files online. Everything from Hillary Clinton's emails, McCain's guilt trips, Vegas shootings, Steve Jobs HIV letter, PedoPodesta, Afghanistan, Syria, Iran, Bilderberg, CIA agents arrested for rape, WHO pandemic.
If they send Assange to the US, they will get what they deserve ......being screwed big time.... They missed the chance to let him go so "the shit show goes on the road at last". (To paraphrase Psychohistorian).

For the rest of us, lots of juicy scandals to read about.

Posted by: Stonebird | Jun 21 2022 20:55 utc | 211

@ waynorinorway | Jun 21 2022 20:00 utc | 213

Exactly: I'm talking about the fad, not the gluten allergy -- which afflicts relatively few people, not enough to justify gluten-free aisles in the grocery store.

The fad, by contrast, attributes any number of random symptoms, from brain-fog thru itchy crotch, to gluten. It's popular-nutritional-science gone absolutely haywire.

Posted by: Aleph_Null | Jun 21 2022 21:10 utc | 212

Happy Matariki to all Kiwis, it is now a national holiday.

Many cultures around the world observed this celestial event. In Japan it is called Subaru and it is reflected by the stars in the carmakers logo.

I first experienced Matariki several years ago, it was an impressive and magical expression of Māori culture and harmony. Bravo NZ.

Posted by: Paul | Jun 22 2022 6:09 utc | 213

Posted by: Stonebird | Jun 21 2022 20:55 utc | 214


A quick check dotorg shows near zero activity for several years..............

Posted by: Bad Deal Motors On | Jun 22 2022 11:37 utc | 214

More European "winning"

Polish government tells citizens to gather firewood as energy prices increase

UK inflation up 9.1%, 40 year high

German producer price increase in May highest in records - since 1949

Producer prices in Germany rose at a record pace in May, marking the fastest increase since the start of data collection in 1949, the country's statistics office reported Monday.

Producer prices for industrial products increased by 33.6 percent compared with May 2021. German producer prices have climbed to a new record every month since December 2021.

Price increases continue to be driven by primarily by soaring energy costs, which were up 87.1 percent compared to May 2021. Natural gas, which German industry relies on heavily, jumped by 148.1 percent. Germany announced on Sunday it would reduce gas consumption and store as much natural gas as possible amid concerns Russia may cut off supply.

The overall index, excluding energy, was 16.5 percent up compared May 2021, showing that price pressures are becoming more widely spread.

Posted by: c1ue | Jun 22 2022 13:36 utc | 215

from the makers of "highly transmissible- and "long-" COVID-19 mRNA vaccine monkeypox FKA "shingles" herd immunity
UKHSA | Immediate actions in response to detection of vaccine derived polio virus type 2 (VDPV2) in London sewage samples

acute flaccid paralysis/myelitis ... Vaccine-like type 2 poliovirus (PV2)

Posted by: sln2002 | Jun 22 2022 14:20 utc | 216

Oh dear God. Perhaps this can be posted as an addendum to b’s Wokeism section.

Zelensky is speaking virtually to Canadian university students right now.

And The Beaverton satirical news site reports, “Did a thing!” Posts white woman who either cut her hair or invaded the nation of Kosovo.

Posted by: Bruised Northerner | Jun 22 2022 15:38 utc | 217

Re my @ 220

If Freeland gets bangs, I think we can all non-satirically freak out (although Yellen has them… )

John Manley’s on today’s BNN Bloomberg schedule — interview at 4:30 EDT

Posted by: Bruised Northerner | Jun 22 2022 15:46 utc | 218

From Caitlin Johnstone comments:

“Just for fun”

After Biden fell off his bike.
He told everyone to go take a hike.
“I may have gone splat.”
“But it’s only because, ‘I meant to do that'. ”

Posted by: librul | Jun 22 2022 16:45 utc | 219

British security state collaborator Paul Mason’s war on ‘rogue academics’ exposed (The Grayzone, Kit Klarenberg & David Miller, June 21, 2022)

Posted by: S | Jun 22 2022 16:51 utc | 220

For a laugh

I investigate what the roaming journo's of "Rollingstone" were up to.....

I typed in the key words search "Ukraine is losing" ........

Up popped an article dated June 22nd, 2022 titled "Trump-Endorsed Candidates Can’t Stop Losing Primaries" 'The former president backed Vernon Jones and Jake Evans for Congress in Georgia. They both got trounced by double figures on Tuesday'

It would appear the ever popular serial liar "Donald Trump". Is about as popular as a bad smell from the local sewerage farm in the Republican held heartland of Georgia. This excludes the pro democrat strangle hold on a city called "Atlanta".... A city that just happens to be the dead center of all USSA east coast commercial airlines........

Truth sure is stranger than fiction . When it comes to one well documented serial liar called Donald Trump.

You can fool every "DJT" supporter every time ...............

In other news the film maker who filmed "DJT's" last six weeks in office. Hhas just been called to produce all his film on the unfortunate lame duck serial liar......... Time to send for the pop corn when it comes to screen of your nearest DC riot hearing....Where to date "DJT" has not produce one iota of evidence to show election 2020 . Was a fraud. Because it only exists in his imagination divorced from reality...............

Posted by: Bad Deal Motors On | Jun 22 2022 17:00 utc | 221

can't presume to out-think Russia or bore y'all with my pontifications
I like the 'NOT UKRAINE'threads the best now
all that can be said or thunk has been beat to death ... twice

I would like to offer like minds this video of Ronald Reagan
Myth of a Great Society

Posted by: ld | Jun 22 2022 17:17 utc | 222

@ librul | Jun 22 2022 16:45 utc | 222

If anyone ever deserved a clerihew, then certainly Sleepy Joe!

Posted by: malenkov | Jun 22 2022 17:27 utc | 223

@Bad Deal Motors On #224
You would be better off looking at the overall record

Trump primary endorsement record - NYTimes

From my quick look - the tally seems to be 14 Trump candidates won their primary, 6 lost.

That is a 100% diametric message vs. what you got from your single article about 1 state.

Posted by: c1ue | Jun 22 2022 17:55 utc | 224

Pretty wonky but definitely knives bared discussion between Zoltan Pozsar and Adam Tooze regarding Pozsar's thesis: Bretton Woods III

youtube video

Tooze is illustriously upholding Columbia University's record as (per Dr. Michael Hudson) champion of anti-progressive economics whereas Pozsar tries to keep the discussion's focus on what it is supposed to be about.

It is a little disappointing that Pozsar didn't talk more about the commodity supercycle and the Fed's (and ECB's) inability to deal with it in response to Tooze's Fed Uber Alles arguments.

Tooze's arguments basically boil down to:
1) It has been talked about repeatedly, has never happened before
2) Money is so much easier to manage than commodities

1) is false on its face; 2) is interesting because I am quite certain that Russia and China are far better prepared for commodity based economic management than the US or Western Europe - because both the US and EU have always been able to print their way out of any difficulties.

Pozsar did say something interesting: that he sees China's switchover from net producer to internal/domestic consumption to be driven by external factors (i.e. sanctions and geopolitical actions reducing export production capacity utilization, which will likely lead said capacity to re-orient toward internal domestic consumption).

This is particularly interesting because this switchover has been touted by Western economists for literally 2+ decades - and which generally marks the end of rapid growth in a national economy as productivity is re-oriented to snivel gear as opposed to productive assets.

It was also disappointing to not see any discussion over US/EU/Japan "monetary emission" malfeasance's role (or lack thereof) in the breakdown of BW2.

But Pozsar does clearly reiterate that what we are seeing is not a "sea change", it is an inflection point. Any actual change will take years to play out.

Other notes from what Pozsar said:

Pozsar said that 2008 and the subsequent massive Fed liquidity emission is what led to China stopping accumulation of US Treasuries. As I've noted many times before, China effectively stopped accumulating more US Treasuries in 2012. The BRI can thus be seen as a means by which China converts its extra export derived USD into commodities.

Pozsar believes the Fed is engaging in a massive wealth destruction plan (reverse wealth effect). Demand is so high vs. capacity that it is causing inflation, so the Fed is going to kill demand by dropping wages, dropping employment, etc etc.

Pozsar said that the CBR reserves frozen by the West were not dollars or Treasuries, but they were Eurodollar. Or in other words, these were entirely to do with trade with Europe.

Pozsar was asked about a paper by Dooley - this paper basically said that the CBR freeze and sanctions actions would make "bad actors" behave. His response is that he hasn't read the paper, but he doesn't believe Great Powers are going to be influenced by collateral. As if that isn't already obvious...

Posted by: c1ue | Jun 22 2022 18:33 utc | 225

The Fed plan to close the "demand supply" gap is worthy of much more consideration.

Consider this:
Can too much demand be fixed by inflation? No, because inflation itself drives demand.
Can the Fed increase supply? No.
Therefore what the Fed can do is make everyone feel poor (or actually be poor) such that they want less stuff.
Crashing housing and stock markets is one way.
What about driving up certain costs like housing? health care? food?

Posted by: c1ue | Jun 22 2022 18:36 utc | 226

Posted by: c1ue | Jun 22 2022 17:55 utc | 227

Ah ever untruthful NYT.............

Told lies about the Spanish in 1896.

Told lies about the impossibility of landing a man on the moon

Sacked assorted reporters for submitting fake reports as news ...........

Currently printing lies about Ukraine.

Who believes in the error prone NYT Complete with a litany of errors ???????????????????

Posted by: Bad Deal Motors On | Jun 22 2022 20:32 utc | 227

Who believes in the error prone NYT Complete with a litany of errors ???????????????????

Posted by: Bad Deal Motors On | Jun 22 2022 20:32 utc | 230

Those who want to believe the Gray Whore, of course. And why do they want to believe her this time, even if they know she's lied so many times before? Because the new lie reinforces the prejudices they already held dear.

Posted by: malenkov | Jun 22 2022 20:56 utc | 228

Why does Russia appear to let Izrael attack Syria with relative impunity?

I do not have the definitive answer, but I have considered one of the possibilities.

Consider the Izraeli attacks as probing actions, scouting and reconnaissance.
If the Russians "light up" *all* or much of their radar while zeroing in on *limited* Izraeli
attacks then on the day of "The Big One" against Syria Izrael will know what to target first.
Izrael will also have monitored communication and know where central control comes from,
how it interacts with disperse units and how they might disrupt it. Most importantly, Izrael will have put
the S-400 and S-300 to the test and thus better understand how to thwart it or challenge it.

Perhaps the Russians have chosen to be disciplined and are waiting for the right moment
to fend off/decimate Izraeli aircraft en masse.

Posted by: librul | Jun 22 2022 22:32 utc | 229

Below is a link to a Wall Street on Parade posting about crypto currency reality

Crypto Victims’ Cries for Help Are Piling Up at a Federal Complaint Center

The take away quote
On May 27 of this year, Wall Street Journal reporters Corrie Driebusch and Tom McGinty revealed that Coinbase “Co-founders Brian Armstrong and Fred Ehrsam, as well as President and Chief Operating Officer Emilie Choi and Chief Product Officer Surojit Chatterjee, together netted about $1.2 billion in proceeds from stock sales starting the day the San Francisco-based company started trading through February of this year, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of regulatory filings.”

Let that sink in for a moment. Shareholders in Coinbase have lost their shirts. Millions of crypto investors have lost much or all of their life savings as crypto prices have crashed or evaporated entirely. On June 14, Coinbase employees learned that 18 percent of their ranks were going to be sacked. And, as you will read in a moment, Coinbase customers have been put through insidious pain and suffering — repeatedly hacked, locked out of their accounts, and dealing with inept and/or suspect customer service reps, according to the reports at the CFPB. But the brainiacs who brought this not-ready-for-prime-time crypto company public have secured for themselves $1.2 billion in real U.S. dollars.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jun 23 2022 0:44 utc | 230

@Bad Deal Motors On #230
Why don't you research all of the races documented by the NYT and determine if they're lying. For example: the NYT echoes what you said about Georgia. The thing is, Georgia was only 1 of 2 states where Trump endorsed candidates did not win according to the NYT article.

Trump endorsed candidates won pretty much everywhere else.

Otherwise, you simply can't admit that your view is wrong: Trump is very much a significant force in American politics.

Posted by: c1ue | Jun 23 2022 1:00 utc | 231

@psychohistorian #233
Replace cryptocurrency above with pretty any fad: robinhood, uber/lyft, wework, SPACs of all descriptions, carvana, redfin/zillow etc etc - what exactly is different about Coinbase's actions?

Note I'm not defending them, nor have I ever defended cryptocurrencies.

But it is incorrect to say that crypto is any different than any other part of the investment ecosystem.

Posted by: c1ue | Jun 23 2022 1:03 utc | 232

@librul #232
"lighting up" radar defenses is a Cold War and WW2 tactic - which is why Sx00 uses mobile systems along with very long range radars.
Net net: I don't see it as a primary driver anymore. But a good thought.

Posted by: c1ue | Jun 23 2022 1:06 utc | 233

This will be the subject of big news in the days to come (less so in the MSM, of course)

The excess risk of serious adverse events of special interest surpassed the risk reduction for COVID-19 hospitalization relative to the placebo group in both Pfizer and Moderna trials (2.3 and 6.4 per 10,000 participants, respectively).

Posted by: librul | Jun 23 2022 3:14 utc | 234

CalDre | Jun 23 2022 1:58 utc | 143
i love people performing a burning upon a book they insist is a bunch of myths and jewish legends. even marcion spared some of the new testament. so did mani. jesus h mohammed.

speaking of myths and legends, how many youths did Achilles sacrifice? just in the Iliad, that is, and in ritual sacrifice, not in combat?

Vergil's Aeneas? how many youths did he sacrifice?

what percentage of the populace of Rome were slaves? sexual slaves?

why wasn't there gladiatorial combat in Roman Judaea? because of the Jews? curious. slavery was common there. so was wine. crucifixion. and the aqueduct. some clemency was shown to long-lived pigs, and

kings walked barefoot, on the sabbath.

yeah, those jews were crazy. Freud. Marx. Rambam. Mahler. Shylock. Krusty. they got what they deserved in the Reconquista. and other places. yet it's still fun to read Jotham's parable and the hymn to the olive tree in Oedipus. Humbaba and the cedars of lebanon. the golden bough. Nabucco eating grass. kids seem to like the story of david and goliath. luke vs the deathstar. mariana preaching divinity in the styes of mytilene.

if you care about those things. maybe such things are impediments to the purification of the species. if that's your thing.

"I never saw such a stupid pussens as the pussens.

—Mrkrgnao! the cat said loudly." what the hell do irish know about jews?

later col ripper. may you forge in the smithy of your soul the burpleson of your race.

Posted by: rjb1.5 | Jun 23 2022 3:28 utc | 235

CalDre | Jun 23 2022 1:58 utc | 143
and w/you in charge of the library, what will Scheherazade have to say to Dunazade? we wouldn't want to offend your delicate ears w/stories about anyone being boiled in oil now, would we? or kings raping and killing all the women in the land.

night Jack T

Posted by: rjb1.5 | Jun 23 2022 3:35 utc | 236

CalDre | Jun 23 2022 1:58 utc | 143

if the jewish internet can be trusted. maybe someday, we'll hear from you:
the hobbyhorse is forgot.

couldn't resist. don't confuse me for a zionist.

Posted by: rjb1.5 | Jun 23 2022 4:05 utc | 237

Art imitates politics ?

the Napier-Waller Art prize,

Posted by: Paul | Jun 23 2022 8:38 utc | 238

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jun 23 2022 0:44 utc | 233

Please, allow me to play the smallest violin in the world 🤭

Posted by: Arganthonios | Jun 23 2022 14:06 utc | 239

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