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July 17, 2022

The MoA Week In Review - (NOT Ukraine) OT 2022-111

Last week's posts at Moon of Alabama:

The Ukraine's military House of Officers in Vinnytsia after the attack on it.


Other issues:



Biden's scandal:




Postil stuff I had missed:

Use as open thread for issues not related to the war in Ukraine ...

Posted by b on July 17, 2022 at 11:59 UTC | Permalink

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Great food for thought b, I always look forward to your W-in-R.

Posted by: Patroklos | Jul 17 2022 12:07 utc | 1

When a new MOA article comes out, wait as long as you can stand, so comments accumulate, then 2 screen taps sets my text to speech engine (I use Voice allowed reader from app store) to reading for an hour or more (Bluetooth ear piece) while I work or do whatever.
This is the best thing since sliced bread!

Posted by: Carl | Jul 17 2022 12:17 utc | 2

The scandals with Hunter Biden began over his controversial involvement with the Ukrainian company Burisma Holdings. Police and journalistic investigations pointed to his participation in various corruption schemes that were the target of criticism around the world and even threatened the stability of diplomatic ties between Washington and Kiev.

Will Hunter Biden turn state's witness? Will he identify the mysterious "Mr Big?"

Posted by: Sushi | Jul 17 2022 12:28 utc | 3

U. S. Helsinki Commission AKA Comm for Security & Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) independent US comm that advances Am natl Security by Frequently Asked Questions | CSCE

the implications of the OSCE is under discussed on this list..

Just how does the commission fit into the scheme of things?
I suspect most Americans are unaware that it is made up of 9 members of the senate and 9 members of the house and members of the Departments of defense, commerce and state and has 57 foreign member states involved..

Posted by: snake | Jul 17 2022 12:28 utc | 4

America's problem identified!!

You can engage in international corruption, "threaten the stability" of US foreign relations, lay the groundwork for a regional conflict resulting in the displacement of over 2 million people and the deaths of 70 or 80 thousand others.

None of this is a problem in America.

Now, with the accusations of sexual crimes, the situation is especially serious

The Horror! The Horror!

Posted by: Sushi | Jul 17 2022 12:35 utc | 5

Sushi @5

Yeah, but Hunter's "sex crimes" in the Ukraine doubtless involve ten and eleven year old children. That's a lynching crime in the US and the sort of thing that could easily spark a shooting-style civil war there, so everyone is delicately and politely dancing around the details to avoid a real societal melt-down. You think kids being groomed for homosexuality in kindergarten has people peeved right now? The pampered offspring of a despised President who most people view as illegitimate engaging in pedophile sex tourism will really get tempers heated.

Posted by: William Gruff | Jul 17 2022 14:06 utc | 6

I think incoming recession is a major issue. Most of economists speaches warns about incomin crisis just that date differs. US gov stands for soft landing but probably no.
S&P 500 index in first half a year felt as mutch as way back in 1970, but if numbers are adjucted to inflation it is 1870!
This is a mix, economic cylces, how goverments handled covid crisis (with money printing), obvious bubbles in finance sector (bitcoin, tech stocks) falling at inflation and finaly the global confrontation. Oil prices was on rise well before Ukraine.

Sexual misconduct and abortions touches electorate more than abstract 2 million of displaced persons. Actualy number must be higher than than.

Posted by: Alef | Jul 17 2022 14:31 utc | 7

All just speculation and conspiracy theory, of course - but 9/11 *was* and still is a massive conspiracy waiting to be revealed.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jul 16 2022 21:15 utc | 44"

Posted by: Boomhauer | Jul 17 2022 14:18 utc | 7

Great contributions, thank you.

The fact that no proper investigation has been done by now IS all the truth we need at some point since it is prima facia truth that Intelligence was involved.

Similar to the fact that nothing is happening to this illegitimate President's messed up son who has filmed his own crimes is all we need to be certain that the United States is no longer a bona fide representative republic (if it ever truly was) and is now a still powerful but second rate kleptopathocracy wherein the inmates are running the asylum.

Posted by: Scorpion | Jul 17 2022 14:32 utc | 8

Prima facie!
(my cell phone keeps kicking that second word back!)

Posted by: Scorpion | Jul 17 2022 14:35 utc | 9

Hunter Biden is not the president. The MSM is not a courtroom, especially not the rightwing MSM which doesn't just mindlessly repeat the national mythology and government press releases like the supposedly leftwing MSM but flagrantly and shamelessly lies for fun and profit. The unthinking assumption that Biden should verbally abuse or jail or perhaps kill his son to please people who won't ever forgive a Democrat no matter what anyhow is extraordinary. That's evidence for the claim all conservatives are deficient in common human sympathy. The witless guff from William Gruff inadvertently reveals the fact that lynching is a moral value for conservatives, the only people fool enough to believe children in kindergarten are being groomed...except they are possibly stupid enough to think teaching a kid to tie shoelaces is grooming.

Similarly everyone who thinks Joe Biden is somehow responsible for the worldwide phenomenon of inflation is, according to the wingnuts, mindless sheeple for the MSM which universally turned against Biden over Afghanistan. (Note for the Trump suckups, what is happening to Biden is universal and unanimous attacks overt and covert against a sitting president.) The imaginary anti-imperialism of the cryptofascists is pitilessly bared by their eager indifference to the corruption of this campaign.

Also, anyone who really thinks Biden is somehow more demented than Trump or Ronald Alzheimer's Reagan is a MSM fool. Biden has always been a creature of convention and staff. He always read his lines, even when they were plagiarized. Can't read them reliably any more? Reagan the professional actor could read his lines and how much good did he do humanity? (That should be a rhetorical question, answered "none, or less," but the moral and intellectual standards here are shockingly low.) The people who think this is so dreadful are the kind of assholes who make fun of someone for stuttering.

Biden is a nonentity, propped up by a rigged---openly, legally, not by falsifying votes, by the way---nominating process, so that he and Harris, while beaten by Sanders and Buttigieg, left and right, despite being unpopular. The only reason he won so big, seven million votes, despite Republican efforts at vote suppression, Trump was thoroughly rejected by the people of this country, and Biden was NotTrump and so he got the office. The many commenters who pretend Trump won are motivated by their contempt for the people, a contempt so pervasive that---for those who aren't just simply lying like their earthly god Trump---that they can't accept majority rule as valid. Only some people really count as people for that ilk.

Posted by: steven t johnson | Jul 17 2022 15:04 utc | 10

Posted by: Boomhauer | Jul 17 2022 15:16 utc | 12

I canceled a flight to NYC the day before 9/11 so I got to watch it on TV. After which I tried to avoid reading too much about it because Lying Media etc. But I did read a little and recall two things which stuck out.

First was WTC 7. No plane hit? Collapsed entirely? Clearly 'pulled.'

Second, a German ambassador or some such argued persuasively that only State-sponsored Intelligence could have perpetrated such a thing.

Later on when it finally came out they were doing a major terrorist attack security drill that day... Well,' nuff said.

I hope you get your investigation and salute your brave and noble efforts in that regard.

But I also hope that if ever the Republic is restored and constituted more intelligently this time that they are more concerned about making America a country wherein its citizens can lead productive, meaningful lives rather than revisiting the evil nightmares their upper classes and fifth column overlords have visited upon far too many for far too long.

Posted by: Scorpion | Jul 17 2022 15:43 utc | 11

@Boomhauer | Jul 17 2022 15:16 utc | 12

As a though experiment, ask an American if they've ever heard of WTC7, particularly a credulous, "My country right or wrong" type. Then show them the videos of WTC7 collapsing with the narrative from Mike Wallace saying "It's almost like those controlled demolition videos where they take a building down with explosives!". Then watch their heads explode.

There are many more things about 9/11 that demand a new, impartial investigation.

I am not american, but I am a structural engineer and I know about WTC7 and have studied those events for 20 years. I recommend this study of WTC7 by the University of Alaska Fairbanks

A Structural Reevaluation of the Collapse of World Trade Center 7
This is a study of the collapse of World Trade Center Building 7 (WTC 7) — a 47-story building that suffered a total collapse at 5:20 PM on September 11, 2001, following the horrible events of that morning. The objective of the study was threefold: (1) Examine the structural response of WTC 7 to fire loads that may have occurred on September 11, 2001; (2) Rule out scenarios that could not have caused the observed collapse; and (3) Identify types of failures and their locations that may have caused the total collapse to occur as observed.

The UAF research team utilized three approaches for examining the structural response of WTC 7 to the conditions that may have occurred on September 11, 2001. First, we simulated the local structural response to fire loading that may have occurred below Floor 13, where most of the fires in WTC 7 are reported to have occurred. Second, we supplemented our own simulation by examining the collapse initiation hypothesis developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Third, we simulated a number of scenarios within the overall structural system in order to determine what types of local failures and their locations may have caused the total collapse to occur as observed.

The principal conclusion of our study is that fire did not cause the collapse of WTC 7 on 9/11, contrary to the conclusions of NIST and private engineering firms that studied the collapse. The secondary conclusion of our study is that the collapse of WTC 7 was a global failure involving the near-simultaneous failure of every column in the building.

The conclusion is a clear confirmation that the official NIST explanation of the cause is nonsense. Near-simultaneous failure of every column in the building can only happen after carefully prepared controlled demolition.

Posted by: Norwegian | Jul 17 2022 15:46 utc | 12


When the going gets tough. When the Trumpites ignore reality the chosen one serial liar in chief "Donald" is full of flaws A through Z.

Since the smear campaign against Sleepy Joe. Has failed miserably at the starting gate....... Republican party bad idea. Let's attack the offspring. Thus opening a future can of worms. For that which goes around comes around...............

Duck and cover.

Posted by: Bad Deal Motors On | Jul 17 2022 16:16 utc | 13

The conclusion is a clear confirmation that the official NIST explanation of the cause is nonsense. Near-simultaneous failure of every column in the building can only happen after carefully prepared controlled demolition.
Posted by: Norwegian | Jul 17 2022 15:46 utc | 14

The simplistic report is unfortunately full of fatal flaws...

Posted by: Bad Deal Motors On | Jul 17 2022 16:26 utc | 14

Thank you for the thought-provoking Week in Review, b. I cherry-pick as always but — After reading through about half of it, I’m shocked to see that Israel and the US (Trumpian?) planned to elevate themselves from their polarized political stalemates and their historical struggles with apartheid by implementing some new socialist program of governance. Except it seems that the British have stuck their fingers into it, and things have become messier than expected (this is so North American- what’s Mexico up to these days anyway?) I was struck by Glenn Grernwald’s pure outrage at Natasha Bertrand. Then I saw this “Such is the theme of Bertrand’s commentary during previous coverage of Russian interference, specifically the dossier of memos drawn up by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele. With winks and nods from MSNBC hosts, Bertrand heaped credibility on the dossier — which was published in full by BuzzFeed News in January 2017 — in repeated television appearances.” and this “ But even when her fantasies and conspiracies are debunked, Bertrand — like a good intelligence soldier — never cedes any ground in her propaganda campaigns”. I conclude the CIA that he accuses her of representing is more of the MI6 variety.

Posted by: Bruised Northerner | Jul 17 2022 17:02 utc | 15

i see that the 911 comments got a rebuttal from the feds immediately😂
you glow so bright mr federal bad deal motor i had to turn down the brightness on my screen🤷‍♂️

Posted by: Per/Norway | Jul 17 2022 18:04 utc | 16

For anyone trying to access the Britain’s sclerotic state piece from the Spectator (about Poland outgrowing Britain by 2040 and more), who doesn’t want to subscribe to the Spectator, there’s an archived link from Reddit:">">

When I googled this, I also received results for “Opinion: Britain’s sclerotic politics” from the NY Times Sept. 17, 2014 and “Look who’s sclerotic” from the Centre for European Reform Sept 28, 2009. As well as links to books about Britain from 1991 and 1994 that also use this term.

Posted by: Bruised Northerner | Jul 17 2022 18:16 utc | 17

MH 17 and 9/11 is I think:
- real events.
- important question how these disastrous events are used buy political elites for their own agendas.

After 9/11 construction norms around the world were adjusted to prevent 'progressive collapse'. It is what purpoutedly happened in 911. As one element fails, floor falls on floor below resulting in it's collapse, at least for comcrete. To prevent one needs additional reinforcement bars, so that floor elements they will hang in the air, I guess, insted of falling down and collapsing floor below.

Steel in fire is very prone to lose bearing capacity, mutch more than timber wich burns but stays rigid.

I guess, alsou poor enginering took place so that tower were mutch too fragile. That was not discussed mutch.

A building undergoes progressive collapse when a primary structural element fails, resulting in the failure of adjoining structural elements, which in turn causes further structural failure.[1]

Progressive collapses may be accidental, as the result of design deficiencies, fire, unintentional overload, material failure or natural phenomenon (e.g. erosion, wind or earthquakes).

Of corse this tells nothing about how top used this to push certain destructive political decisions which lead to world as we know today.

Posted by: Alef | Jul 17 2022 18:43 utc | 18

according to Indian Punch Line and rt (it was an op-ed piece) Russia buying Iran drones is a done deal. If it is true, it is an interesting deal. Also, KSA and Iranian alliance in the horizon!

Posted by: Calgary Guy | Jul 17 2022 18:52 utc | 19

As the great Michael Hudson is twice deservedly mentioned in the links b provides here, I'm happy to provide a link of my own to an article I found last night, which most surely some of his devotees will find interesting -- here first is a quote from Prof' Hudson's article, "The End of Western Civilization":

"...The great question is, “freedom” and “liberty” for whom? Classical political economy defined a free market as one free fromunearned income, headed by land rent and other natural-resource rent, monopoly rent, financial interest and related creditor privileges. But by the end of the 19thcentury the rentieroligarchy sponsored a fiscal and ideological counter-revolution, re-defining a free market as one free for rentiers to extract economic rent – unearned income..."

And here, a quoted passage from the link I provide at the end of it:

"If my Countrymen should ever wish for the Honour of having among them a Gentry enormously wealthy, let them sell their Farms and pay stack'd rents; the Scale of the Landlords will rise as that of the Tenants is depress'd who will soon become poor, tattered, dirty, and abject in Spirit."
[Benjamin Franklin, quoted by Carla J. Milford in an interview concerning her book, Benjamin Franklin and the Ends of Empire.]

The only question I would have concerning this fascinating Q and A is why designate Franklin as 'imperial' in the heading, when it appears from the substance of the article that he is decidedly NOT so, any more than Professor Hudson. I highly recomment this article to all, and I hope to obtain the work described as soon as possible, if only from my local library, which I will attempt to do tomorrow. I hope my link will prove satisfactory; if not, please do search! I promise you will be entertained by the conversation thereat. (I found it using the terms "Benjamin Franklin" and "antislavery". I got more than I had bargained for!)

Posted by: juliania | Jul 17 2022 19:05 utc | 20

Pardon, the extremely wellspoken auther is Carla J. Mulford.

Posted by: juliania | Jul 17 2022 19:06 utc | 21

I give up (it's hot) - "author" ;(

Posted by: juliania | Jul 17 2022 19:11 utc | 22

The links on Wokeism are both well worth following.

I'm not sure exactly what to make of (The rule of nihilists - Global Inequality and More 3.0) the author seems, on a quick reading, to miss the obvious point that the real nihilists are those running the US Empire. Everything that he says about the KGB cadres who fell over each other in their eagerness to assist Wall St and The City in looting the USSR, can be said equally of the current 'western' states, increasingly and increasingly openly, run by the self perpetuating oligarchies of the security forces.
The article deserves a closer reading.

Then there is (Woke Imperium: The Coming Confluence Between Social Justice and Neoconservatism - Peacediplomacy) which is equally interesting. Here are a few samples:
".. With the swift descent of the shadow of the Cold War upon the postwar order, the realities of great power politics compelled the United States to downplay exceptionalism and focus instead on countering Soviet influence with whatever partners it could find. The global challenge of Soviet Marxism, it seemed, could restrain the missionary drive in America’s self conception..."

I disagree with this interpretation, seeing the Cold War as all of a piece with the policies that the US (and its predecessor colonies which were effectively self governing) has pursued since the 1620s. I can't see any real difference between insisting that Algonkians understand the Crucifixion and learn how to build fences between the fields they cultivate and the current insistence that men in Tomsk be allowed to marry each other and teenage boys in Moscow to choose castration and hormone treatment and become women. Or for that matter insisting that Afghan girls go to school.

As in C19th Russia there seem to be too many indoctrinated graduates chasing too few cushy billets in that portion of the economy that protects hands from dirt.
"...The consolidation of an elitist and culturally defined language of power and access has created a kind of holy lexicon for policy middle-management types hoping for promotion and advancement within government agencies and non-government institutions awash in credentialed applicants. Elite overproduction has increased the pool of humanities graduates beyond society’s ability to employ them. It, therefore, becomes necessary for the class of applicants to demonstrate their ability to work within the language not just of academia generally, but also of the obscurantist jargon so prevalent within postmodernist schools of philosophy. American intelligence agencies, which once had a role in influencing a formerly class-based left opposition and molding it into one of safely middle-class cultural revolution, find this process quite natural. The end result is one of performative radicalism and activism, where desire to reform policy at home can be safely integrated into the structures of the government and redirected abroad. The danger posed by truly radical and dissenting domestic voices can therefore be weakened in the domestic sphere and redirected to support military expansionism abroad. Given elite overproduction and the highly competitive nature of selection within these institutions, these trends are only exacerbated by the virtue-signalling that is needed to appear cutting edge and ‘woke’, hence the championing of ever more niche and avante-garde causes...."

"...Dating back to the Central Intelligence Agency’s financial support for the modern artists of the early Cold War to push liberal values associated with American Exceptionalism, the ruling class has been attuned to exploiting the prevailing cultural winds in the West to advance their foreign policy and security interests disguised as American national interest. In practice, state backed institutions have used carrots and sticks of grant-making and professional advancement and development to secure systemic groupthink among the bureaucracy, foster ideological hegemony around liberal internationalism, and to manufacture consent around permanent U.S. global primacy. And networks of elite recruitment and promotion are foundational both to reinforce institutional prestige and to cultivate and catalyze a culture of strategic consensus enhanced and propagated by a highly visible and media-savvy army of activists and advocacy groups...."
What wokeism is about is the new Liberal Totalitarianism, far more intrusive and 'total' than anything that either Orwell or Beria imagined, and constantly monitored by a vast machine patrolling social media and private correspondence to ensure conformity. Total Conformity.

Finally, and thanks to CM(?) in Berlin there is this link to one Canadian politician who is unafraid to publish the truth. In this case about Canada's favourite foreigner the appalling Zelenskyyy

Posted by: bevin | Jul 17 2022 19:56 utc | 23

thank you b....

i enjoyed the aaron mate article... i like his work and what he is doing...

thanks others for the links and suggestions..

Posted by: james | Jul 17 2022 20:31 utc | 24

Qualcuno è a conoscenza dello stato di salute finanziaria della deustche bank?

Posted by: Alessandro Cagliostr | Jul 17 2022 20:31 utc | 25

Posted by: steven t johnson | Jul 17 2022 15:04 utc | 11

And I'd planned to work today...sigh. Some OK points on the true bent of the corporate MSM, but (the) Biden (family) is not a "non-entity" insofar as the, ahem, work they've done stretching back to the 80s to contribute to the mess we, the Ukrainians, Russians and Global South and perhaps even more so, the EU, find ourselves in today. Biden may be a puppet, as any President and Senator are nowadays and he may be senile, but that ignores everything he's done prior to the Corn Pop, Hey Jack!, shove in the chest to some random person epoch.

In fact Joe Biden as much as Vicky Nuland and the Dick/Liz Cheney crowd (and frankly speaking, w/ regard to Russia, Trump) played a key role in setting up not only the grounds for Russia's military invasion, but also the political climate and utter lack of trust in the government from both the right and left back home in the US. The Biden Crime Family tree may not have as many *direct* branches and sprigs as the Bush or Clinton Crime Families, but nevertheless whenever you turn over a new leaf you find their involvement. Russiagate, Ukrainegate both have been revealed as nothing more than the contingency plans for what might happen in the case that the Obama-Hillary legacy was unexpectedly cut short and the grand plan for Russia was temporarily set-back.

I could go on and on about Sleepy Uncle Joe and Delaware corporations, the credit card industry, the financial crash and too-big-to-jail, but at this point the literature's out there on that. What they're currently doing their best to obscure is the former - namely, Biden's role as the continuation of the Russophobe, regime-change-Russia, expand-NATO policies and required corruption to continue carrying them out, and so far I'm disappointed that nobody's been able to put it all together in one place, for the record.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jul 17 2022 20:33 utc | 26

Posted by: Alef | Jul 17 2022 18:43 utc | 20

I'm not really one of the 'truthers' who buys the "steel buildings NEVER fail or collapse like that unless selective demolition" arguments. But there is really nothing to explain the rapid collapse of WTC 7 and despite numerous eye witness accounts, I still cannot buy the Pentagon strike story until I see some of the videos that the FBI went around snatching from any CCTV camera in the area that day. The little disjointed 30 frame shot from that Pentagon parking lot camera ain't doin' it for me.

Where I am convinced it was a conspiracy is in the growing tranche of documentation such as the recently released FBI files on the "dancing Israelis" who had set up their cameras on top of a parking lot prior to the first plane making impact, the fact that so many of the hijackers were Saudis including more than a few with known connections to the Saudi royal family and gov't, the suspicious financial activities in the days leading up to 9/11/2001, the strange similarity between what actually happened and the war-gaming that was literally happening on the same day, and too many more unanswered questions to count.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jul 17 2022 20:40 utc | 27

I'm shocked, shocked I tell you, that no corporate MSM outlet, either right- or "left-" leaning bothered to report AT ALL on this little nugget:

Dancing Israelis -


Saudi Intelligence -

Also (released by Biden):

Operation Encore -


Suspicious trades:

Examination of the option trading leading up to September11reveals that there was an unusually high level of put buying. This finding is consistent with informed investors having traded options in advance of the attacks.
(TBF this author (and others) attributes some or most of this trading to "the terrorists and their associates" but I doubt that this constitutes a high enough amount of trading to tell the whole story. Their "associates" must include numerous banks and investment firms w/ no discernable ties to the Kingdom.

Here's the "debunking" provided by the Commission via Schnopes:

Highly publicized allegations of insider trading in advance of 9/11 generally rest on reports of unusual pre-9/11 trading activity in companies whose stock plummeted after the attacks. Some unusual trading did in fact occur, but each such trade proved to have an innocuous explanation. For example, the volume of put options — instruments that pay off only when a stock drops in price — surged in the parent companies of United Airlines on September 6 and American Airlines on September 10 — highly suspicious trading on its face. Yet, further investigation has revealed that the trading had no connection with 9/11. A single U.S.-based institutional investor with no conceivable ties to al Qaeda purchased 95 percent of the UAL puts on September 6 as part of a trading strategy that also included buying 115,000 shares of American on September 10. Similarly, much of the seemingly suspicious trading in American on September 10 was traced to a specific U.S.-based options trading newsletter, faxed to its subscribers on Sunday, September 9, which recommended these trades. The SEC and FBI, aided by other agencies and the securities industry, devoted enormous resources to investigating this issue, including securing the cooperation of many foreign governments. These investigators have found that the apparently suspicious consistently proved innocuous.

OK, "enormous resources"...if you say so.

This was also quickly buried and the author (Ketcham) basically run out of the journalism business:

The Israeli Art Student Mystery -

Reports of the mysterious Israelis with an inexplicable interest in peddling art to G-men came in from more than 40 U.S. cities and continued throughout the first six months of 2001. Agents of the DEA, ATF, Air Force, Secret Service, FBI, and U.S. Marshals Service documented some 130 separate incidents of "art student" encounters. Some of the Israelis were observed diagramming the inside of federal buildings. Some were found carrying photographs they had taken of federal agents. One was discovered with a computer printout in his luggage that referred to "DEA groups."

Just as with Russiagate and the alleged appearance of "tell-tale" Cyrillic, the US gov't conveniently takes at face value that these "students" were targeting primarily the DEA. Mmmmkay...if you say so.

Took me scrolling through several pages of Google searches to get a decent hit:

Urban Moving Systems and the detained Israelis w/ high value to both gov'ts who were released to Israel under a cloud of suspicion -

Perhaps the most annoying part is that virtually every embedded hyperlink now returns a 404 or a non-existent page (will try Wayback Machine when I get a chance).

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jul 17 2022 21:05 utc | 28

The sex crime story smells a whole lot like a deliberate leak.

Their lack of originality is pretty breathtaking… tho I suppose the same shit keeps working.

Posted by: Rae | Jul 17 2022 21:10 utc | 29

On an earlier thread, njet cited an observation made by a Substack writer I'd overlooked from Putin's meeting with Duma and political party heads back on July 7th. I meant to comment on it yesterday but other events interceded. Here's what was cited:

"Although the era of capitalism is coming to an end, capital itself remains."

That came within the following context:

Now we see, despite the difficulties that were especially in the first months, that in general – my comrades, industrialists tell me – many chains have already been restored, the situation has become stronger, and people are thinking about the fact that there are new opportunities, thinking about development. Although the era of capitalism is coming to an end, capital itself remains. People thought about "long" money.

Together with the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Russian Direct Investment Fund, we are preparing out-of-the-box solutions for financing high-quality, medium-sized Russian companies. RDIF's funds will be used for their development and will be able to be invested both in the form of convertible loans and a direct contribution to capital. The first few pilot projects have already been selected."
(Alexei Nechayev, Meeting with state Duma leadership and heads of factions, 7 July)

The use of Capital without Capitalism ought to be compared with China's Socialism with Chinese Characteristics, so we have Socialism with Russian Characteristics. What I see is the application of Human Capital endowed with Capital by the state to improve itself and the state--people in general are being provided the means to uplift themselves and thus their fellow citizens and the state as a whole. IMO, that's how China lifted its people out of poverty to become "moderately prosperous."

I don't see any reason why the state can't become a giant utility able to run 100% publicly funded ventures while also funding entrepreneurial ventures having acceptable risks, while those wanting to do everything on their own can also be supported by private capital. IMO, Putin and crew have learned a lot from the USSR's and China's errors and are busy constructing Russia's own political-economic pathway while also building a supranational political-economic organism based on the ideals of the Four Freedoms and the philosophy underlying the UN Charter, which China's also doing.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jul 17 2022 21:15 utc | 30

I won't belabor the 9/11 issue any more in order to let the thread progress naturally (and I can get some work done), but one last thing and a clarification/alternative theory to the information I posted before.

The DEA may well have been one of the agencies targeted because of a very large Israeli ecstacy ("X" or "molly" drug) ring.

And it's been written that Mossad actually warned high ranking US officials about an impending attack. Here's a good rundown and stopping point (for me).

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jul 17 2022 21:18 utc | 31

I don't see any reason why the state can't become
Posted by: karlof1 | Jul 17 2022 21:15 utc | 32

It’s probably rhetorical, wise k, but I’ll hazard a comment: to effectively leash capitalism, the state must be stronger than business (which would mean it has to be separate first!).

Posted by: Rae | Jul 17 2022 21:52 utc | 32

@Posted by: Alessandro Cagliostr | Jul 17 2022 20:31 utc | 27

Deutsche Bank was almost bankrupted before the pandemic...also some Swiss big bank...probably the reason of all what has happened during the past two years and the current one....

Posted by: Ghost of Mozgovoy | Jul 17 2022 21:52 utc | 33

Carl @2 re using text-to-speech and an earpiece to read the comments

You're braver than I brother, if I heard NemesisCalling whispering in my ear I'd probably have a heart attack...

Posted by: S.P. Korolev | Jul 17 2022 21:52 utc | 34

Video explanation for why the police in the USA are not obligated to "serve and protect" in the wake of Uvalde, TX.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jul 17 2022 22:01 utc | 35

Biden is a nonentity, propped up by a rigged---openly, legally, not by falsifying votes, by the way---nominating process, so that he and Harris, while beaten by Sanders and Buttigieg, left and right, despite being unpopular.

Posted by: steven t johnson | Jul 17 2022 15:04 utc | 11

Falsifying and harvesting votes is exactly how it was done. 2000 Mules is a great documentary that shows exactly how.

Posted by: Opport Knocks | Jul 17 2022 22:11 utc | 36

Posted by: Opport Knocks | Jul 17 2022 22:11 utc | 38

Lol. Thanks but no thanks. I've seen one too many Dinesh D'Souza "documentaries" and I know better by now. Sorry, I get that normally it's stupid to dismiss a book by its cover or a concept for its source, but I know his dishonesty. Anyone who thinks Barrack Hussein Obama was a "radical leftist" as D'Souza does cannot be taken seriously. Obama was CIA.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jul 17 2022 22:20 utc | 37

It's possible, though improbable, that Biden was able to get the most votes in presidential history at 82 million. Even more than Obama.

But the very fact that his current poll numbers reflect his popularity as that of being the least-liked, if not most-hated, president of all time, belies the truth that this man was put there by a combination of stupidity and pure hatred for Trump.

There is a hatred born from envy, a hatred for that we view as evil, and a hatred born from utter disdain for that which is pitiful.

It is easy enough to tell where both Trump and Biden fall on this scale.

And just as many who got their jab for covid no doubt have regrets over, either for being too sheepish to reject or for the side effects that they have suffered, so too do many probably wish ol'Cheeto was still around and that they had casted their vote differently.

For those who think that there is no difference between any and it is all theater, believe me that I have entertained such a notion, to the extent such that even this Ukraine-business with Russia is entirely theatrical. Or that China, the U.S., and other world elites, are all playing us plebs as fiddles to usher in a world totalitarian dictatorship complete with one currency, social credit score, and surveillance.

I have entertained it all and have decided that the best solution to be Nationalist governments with protectionism, varied currencies backed by precious metals, and very few international organizations with extremely curtailed sway over governments. It might mean more border skirmishes such as the one currently with Russia and its other White Russians and Jewish puppetmasters.

It is the only way to keep the elites in your locality nearest the tip of your pitchfork. All globalist systems always point to a reality where elites can disappear into the mist of unaccountability. Their physical identities no longer tied to national soil, but rather international structures of wealth and power.

Posted by: NemesisCalling | Jul 17 2022 22:55 utc | 38

Anyone who thinks Barrack Hussein Obama was a "radical leftist" as D'Souza does cannot be taken seriously. Obama was CIA.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jul 17 2022 22:20 utc | 39

You are implying that radical leftism including wokeism, identity politics etc is not CIA/Intelligence. Pray tell...

Posted by: Scorpion | Jul 17 2022 22:55 utc | 39

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jul 17 2022 22:20 utc | 39

Yep. This far right indoctrination of the western conservatives - especially in the US - has made most of them incapable of distinguisging between liberals and socialists. It's al a mix of liberal social mores, "Cultural Marxism", socialist economics (preferably taken from countries the Anglo-American empire has thoroughly subverted like Venezuela) and a semi-religious terror of fictional Bolshevik subversives.

In the end, of course, so-called conservatives who support neoliberal economics are not different from their supposed opponents. It all amounts to a return to pre-1929 liberal capitalism. Very little to do with the progressive values of classical liberalism.

Posted by: Constantine | Jul 17 2022 23:03 utc | 40

Posted by: Scorpion | Jul 17 2022 22:55 utc | 41

If radical "leftism" ends up invariably supporting imperial misadventures, then it has much to do with CIA. That, in fact, was an explicit effort on the part of the agency from the early ColdWar oneards and intensified with the advent of the neocons who were former Trotskyists.

The point that Mr. Collins made was that this has little to do with the anti-imperialist, anti-war left that stands for multi-polarity and revolutionary governments that stand for their own peoples. Is it a coincidence that these "radicals" and woke activists always end up attacking Cuba and Nicaragua (especially the latter) aas authoritarian? Or when they denigrate Lukashenko, whose government was the only one in eastern Europe that didn't reject the positive aspects of the socialist bloc and follow conventional neoliberal "wisdom", thereby turning Belarus into a colony and a bordello for western liberals and their local compradores (the courseof every state in the fromer eatern bloc and USSR)?

Posted by: Constantine | Jul 17 2022 23:13 utc | 41

Posted by: Constantine | Jul 17 2022 23:13 utc | 43

Correcting the typo: Lukashenko did NOT turn his country into the aforementioned clusterfuck as he din'tfollow conventional neoliberalwisdom. Yet, in August 2020 anti-authoritarian anti-capitalists in the US were shouting "from Portland to Belarus", supporting a colour revolution against a country that literally has no overpowerful oligarchy. Some leftists...

Posted by: Constantine | Jul 17 2022 23:17 utc | 42

William Gruff wrote:" Hunter's "sex crimes" in the Ukraine doubtless involve ten and eleven year old children."

What evidence is there that Hunter Biden ever set foot in Ukraine much less committed some crimes there?

Trump was a master of misdirection.
Biden has never been to Ukraine so what is there for Ukraine to investigate about Biden?
Why was Trump and Guilliani not asking the EU authorities to investigate the Biden/Burisma relationship? If a crime was committed the EU was the jurisdiction in which that crime took place.
Tens of millions of dollars that were confiscated from the owners of Burisma (for money laundering) were quietly given back soon after Hunter Biden and his buddies were appointed to the Burisma board of directors. The return on investment for paying Hunter et al was ten fold, but you will be hard put to find a mention in the MSM or the counter media of the crimes that were committed in regard to Burisma outside of Ukraine. Burisma can thank trump for that and one can only imagine what Trump's cut of the action was for his services.

Posted by: jinn | Jul 17 2022 23:21 utc | 43

Posted by: Scorpion | Jul 17 2022 22:55 utc | 41

As Posted by: Constantine | Jul 17 2022 23:13 utc | 43 states, the CIA doesn't close any doors in terms of possible messaging angles. If they think 'wokeism' will work for them as it appears (?) to be working for corporate, MIC and bankster narrative managers, they'll almost certainly co-opt and subvert it to their purposes.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jul 17 2022 23:33 utc | 44

Posted by: Boomhauer | Jul 17 2022 23:30 utc | 46

Thanks and same to you. It's frustrating these days searching through my old bookmarks on 9/11 (and other topics incl. Ukraine and such) to find almost all of them have been taken offline or 're-organized' with slightly different URLs and lord knows how many unseen, unannounced post-facto edits. The Silicon Valley - Langley axis has done much to cleanse the Nets of inconvenient information and have at the same time made it even easier to find the obvious fake 'truther' stuff, most likely to relegate anyone looking for serious counter narratives to the virtual loony bin, aka tinfoil hat wearing nutjobs. I've always thought Alex Jones had under-the-table backing and/or approval of the CIA and NSA - or he was a direct asset of theirs. The exact same thing played (and is playing) out in real-time w/r/t the Ukraine situation, but on steroids.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jul 17 2022 23:43 utc | 45

Everyone mocked the CIA's "woke" ad on the left, right and even the center. The CIA - like the Armed Forces, but with the caveat that the latter actually needs some fight-worthy soldiers - has made a foray into the woke narrative in the exact same way they've used previous identarian and other social movements to bring those farther to the left 'round to the center - or - to actually recruit social-politics faux-left sociopaths into their fold to fight their always-true-enemy, namely the real left, socialists and communists. Again, an old trick in use since Cold War 1.0.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jul 17 2022 23:47 utc | 46

Lol. Thanks but no thanks. I've seen one too many Dinesh D'Souza "documentaries" and I know better by now. Sorry, I get that normally it's stupid to dismiss a book by its cover or a concept for its source, but I know his dishonesty. Anyone who thinks Barrack Hussein Obama was a "radical leftist" as D'Souza does cannot be taken seriously. Obama was CIA.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jul 17 2022 22:20 utc | 39

I was skeptical before I watched it as well. But the methodology of uncovering the fraud, discovering multiple drops at mail-in ballot boxes by the same people, captured on video and via cell phone tracking is too compelling to ignore.

Obama was an CIA actor for sure, and D'Souza's characterization was surely just a political response to the public act.

Posted by: Opport Knocks | Jul 17 2022 23:51 utc | 47

Posted by: Scorpion | Jul 17 2022 22:55 utc | 41

There are zero ties between actual "radical leftism" and 'wokeism.'

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jul 17 2022 23:54 utc | 48

@jinn, who asks:

What evidence is there that Hunter Biden ever set foot in Ukraine much less committed some crimes there?

You piqued my curiosity and I did a quick search. Can't find much evidence that Hunter was ever actually in Ukraine, or for any extended period of time.

That said, it's entirely possible that he committed crimes there. One no longer has to be physically present in a country to do dastardly deeds. I don't know the details of the Burisma story, but from 30,000ft where I'm viewing, there's a distinctive stench of corruption.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jul 17 2022 23:57 utc | 49

"I can't see any real difference between insisting that Algonkians understand the Crucifixion and learn how to build fences between the fields they cultivate..." For a Marxist, it's property, income and the role in social reproduction that matter more. Or to put it another way, Anglican clergymen would forgive defiance of 38 of the 39 Articles more easily than the theft of 1/39 of the property and income.

"...and the current insistence that men in Tomsk be allowed to marry each other and teenage boys in Moscow to choose castration and hormone treatment and become women." Nobody is "insisting" in the sense of actually making any sort of material sacrifices to make them. It's just a propaganda point. As it is, the primary reason for gay liberation making strides was the AIDS epidemic, which frightened enough people to make them think clearly about normal human variation. Now that AIDS is controllable, gay has been demoted to queer, and queer is neglected in favor of transgender. The ignorant and vicious types who think gay men should marry their straight daughters and lesbians should marry their straight sons are making a comeback. Better men in Tomsk should marry each other if they are so inclined, it's more orderly, more sensible, more decent except for the would-be puritan tyrants. And transgender is getting overhyped not just because it appals mad-dog reactionaries who can't cope mentally with the facts of life, especially the messy boundaries. But the trendy cutting edge of transgender is so convenient to the reactionaries because most transgender assumes that there are two teams and you have to play for one side or another. The occasional objection that you should be free to pick your side is not so important as affirming rigid roles. Which incidentally has a great deal to do with material life, as in social reproduction *and* sexual. Again, given the large number of fellow reactionaries trying to imitate their foreign the idea the US is somehow crusading is absurdly dishonest.

"Or for that matter insisting that Afghan girls go to school." Or for that matter insisting that Afghan men shouldn't buy wives with a bride price. That was possibly the biggest hook the US used in hiring Islamists to fight the PDPA The heartfelt endorsement of cruelty and greed with a figleaf of cultural freedom is disgusting enough. One of the favorites, one Gulbuddin Hekmatyar earned his first acclaim from people like this commenter for throwing acid in the faces of Afghan schoolgirls. One can only imagine the joy at this blow for freedom that coursed through the veins thinking of the glory days.

Throughout history in culture after culture where there was education at all, the rich have always tended to privilege their daughters with an education, even if they seemed compelled to keep it quiet. But of course some people think such privileges should not be foisted on the lower orders of humanity, or maybe they think inhumanity?

Posted by: steven t johnson | Jul 17 2022 23:59 utc | 50

I don't see any reason why the state can't become a giant utility able to run 100% publicly funded ventures while also funding entrepreneurial ventures having acceptable risks, while those wanting to do everything on their own can also be supported by private capital.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jul 17 2022 21:15 utc | 32

A question aimed at MoA viewers: what countries in the last ~50 years would you say have most effectively implemented a model such as karlof1 describes?

Posted by: David Levin | Jul 18 2022 0:06 utc | 51

Pretty cool footage of the original Stalin's Organs, including sound: Soviet WW2 MLRS

The video author loses the lede completely in failing to understand how the modern Tornado, Uragan etc MLRS are different (esp. with the TOS) and improved from the original Stalin's organ - for that matter, the HIMARS, but the historical data is interesting.

Posted by: c1ue | Jul 18 2022 0:08 utc | 52

I've railed against Uber for years; now an ex-executive at Uber is revealing the shenanigans that company has employed over the years

Uber Files, Whistleblower lobbyist Mark McGann

Posted by: c1ue | Jul 18 2022 0:09 utc | 53

Tom_Q_Collins | Jul 17 2022 22:01 utc | 37
thanks for that. of course a lawyer is going to say more lawyerly stuff, mo betta laws, is the answer. ie, the law can compel the cops to burst into an active fire situation, instead of chilling where it's safe until things cool down? when it's only some mexi kids endangered?

these are the same legal geniuses who are Crusaders on behalf of the zygote. why should schools try to prevent a measles outbreak? why can't the community get together and pay the parents to protect the kids and defund the piggy do nothing donut eaters?

where to begin w/this shit?

Posted by: rjb1.5 | Jul 18 2022 0:38 utc | 54

Posted by: rjb1.5 | Jul 18 2022 0:38 utc | 58

Certainly, he's a lawyer speaking legal precedent and arguing for better laws. Re: Uvalde, sure it may have been mostly Latin American/Mexican American students, but so were most of the police even if you count every other law "enforcement" agency that arrived on the scene.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jul 18 2022 0:54 utc | 55

steven t johnson@54

The point is that is is no business of the US government to force Afghans, Mexicans or any other nationality to send girls to school, stop ogling young boy dancers, read the Bible or eat each other. In fact it wasn't very many years ago that imperialists were claiming that Afghans had no right to govern themselves because bi-sexuality was so rife in the culture.
The problem is that the US government is constantly inventing new reasons to steal money from people. In fact one of the justifications it makes for refusing to return billions of dollars to the Kabul Central Bank-or to allow the Afghan government to use the money to buy food and medicine for a population left starving after decades of US interference and looting- is that it has closed Girls Schools down.
The entire business stinks of hypocrisy-the American vice.

As to this gratuitous libel: " ...One of the favorites, one Gulbuddin Hekmatyar earned his first acclaim from people like this commenter for throwing acid in the faces of Afghan schoolgirls...."
Hekmatyar was a creature of the US State Department, a Brezinzki ally and encouraged in his appalling behaviour by imperialists ready to use any stick to beat a Communist and Russian dog. It is scoundrels like yourself, trolling on behalf of the Establishment in Washington, who have eagerly supported decades of supporting fascists, reactionaries and criminals so long as they protected property.

Posted by: bevin | Jul 18 2022 1:01 utc | 56

In response to
I don't see any reason why the state can't become…
Posted by: karlof1 | Jul 17 2022 21:15 utc | 32

It’s probably rhetorical, wise k, but I’ll hazard a comment: to effectively leash capitalism, the state must be stronger than business (which would mean it has to be separate first!).

Posted by: Rae | Jul 17 2022 21:52 utc | 34
The way for the the state to be stronger than business is to control finance which I continue to make the point about


In response to
I don't see any reason why the state can't become a giant utility able to run 100% publicly funded ventures while also funding entrepreneurial ventures having acceptable risks, while those wanting to do everything on their own can also be supported by private capital.
Posted by: karlof1 | Jul 17 2022 21:15 utc | 32

A question aimed at MoA viewers: what countries in the last ~50 years would you say have most effectively implemented a model such as karlof1 describes?

Posted by: David Levin | Jul 18 2022 0:06 utc | 55

China has effectively implemented Karl's model over the past 50+ years, IMO and understanding

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jul 18 2022 1:13 utc | 57

Talks about online recruitment to white supremacism and centers on one particular strange bird, gun nut, white supremacist in Nevada.

About 3/4 through the article, a reference to a group called FKD by way of an ADL piece:

The Anti-Defamation League recently reported that the Feuerkrieg Division is expanding its footprint across Europe — including Belgium, England, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Latvia, Germany and Russia — as well as North America.

I went to the ADL's site to see if any other countries were included, specifically one with which everyone at MoA is intimately (albeit remotely in terms of geography for most of us) familiar. That's right: Ukraine. ADL's piece was apparently written in 2019. Did a word search for Ukraine, no hits at all.

Then I did some of my own research to see if there is any affiliation w/ FKD among Ukraine's little Nazis and bingo:

Of course there is. So I wanted to do a Wayback Machine check on the ADL's article to see if Ukraine had been edited out in the years or months between 2019 and Russia's MTO in 2022, but unfortunately WBM never scanned/archived it. :-(

Kinda funny, though, isn't it? We get Ireland, Germany, Latvia and Russia, but NOT Ukraine, the single largest hotbed of white nationalism and Nazism in Europe. Needless to say, the same holds for the Politico article. Zero mentions of Ukraine. I'm sure it's just a coincidence...

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jul 18 2022 1:25 utc | 58

Posted by: S.P. Korolev | Jul 17 2022 21:52 utc | 36

I think the proper term in this case is "hissing" like a cobra, not "whispering."

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jul 18 2022 1:32 utc | 59

progressive values of classical liberalism.
Posted by: Constantine | Jul 17 2022 23:03 utc | 42

Hobbes, Hume, Locke, Smith, and Benthem?

huh. m'k. sure.

Posted by: sln2002 | Jul 18 2022 1:43 utc | 60

Saudi Clown Prince MboneSaw to Biden:

"You can't impose your values on us by force. Remember Abu Ghraib? What have you done about Shireen Abu Akleh?"

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jul 18 2022 1:48 utc | 61

A rather long, but at times informative read about the decline of American manufacturing in the context of the post-Cold War era and military adventurism of the former hegemon in denial.

Jumping to the end:

For the U.S. government, the problems of unemployment, technology loss, lack of self-sufficiency in strategic goods, and deteriorating regional economies brought on by the decline of domestic manufacturing were by no means insignificant. In 1971, the year the United States first ran a trade deficit, President Richard Nixon’s Commission on International Trade and Investment Policy, known as the Williams Commission, issued a report in July calling for a “New Realism,” which portrayed the new American mindset: “As textiles, apparel, footwear, steel, electronics and automobiles penetrate our market, there is increasing pressure for the United States to impose import restrictions… …Our people are increasingly concerned that years of U.S. tariff cuts have not fully realized their value …… People are frustrated with our continued balance of payments deficit …… People are increasingly concerned that our government’s foreign economic policy is under-valuing our economic interests while over-valuing our foreign policy relations, and they fear that this policy is still influenced by the ‘Marshall Plan mentality’.” The Marshall Plan was a set of U.S. economic assistance to Europe after the end of World War II to defend against Soviet expansion, and was a manifestation of the openness of U.S. hegemony. Obviously, the Americans of the 1970s no longer had the same self-confidence and open-mindedness that they had at the end of World War II. The American system, as a system, was destroyed by the Americans themselves, but it never completely disappeared from the American mindset. On the contrary, since the 1970s, the United States has been waging trade wars, first against its allies and then against the emerging developing powers, and trying to revive its manufacturing industry, which is the foundation of the country.

Thus, one of the central problems in the world today is the instability contained in the U.S. hegemony itself. Opening up domestic markets, easing factor flows including technology, and maintaining a global free trade system are things that should be done by the hegemony of the world system, but one of the costs of this hegemony is the dismemberment of its own manufacturing system into sectors such as the military industry, which remains at home, and a large number of sectors and segments that have moved out of the country.

But doesn’t military production require equipment and materials from basic manufacturing industries such as machine tools and steel? After the basic manufacturing industry is hollowed out, assuming a new great power war breaks out, will the United States still be able to mobilize industry as effectively as it did in World War II? These are the questions that no American ruler can avoid.

As a result, the United States is not willing to bear the due cost of its hegemony, and even keeps trying to recast its manufacturing empire in some 19th century way, which leads to an inherent instability in the world system created by this hegemony. This instability and the risks it generates are something that should not be avoided or underestimated by the great powers that the United States sees as competitors.

This article originally appeared on pages 120-130 in Culture, 2022, No. 1, and was originally titled “The American System: The Emergence and Fragmentation of a Manufacturing Empire. Individuals are welcome to share it, and media reprints should contact this public website.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jul 18 2022 1:56 utc | 62

Slow night at the bar, so I figure I'll drop some more links for morning reading material.

Raytheon Unveils New Rent-Seeking Missile

The missile's design is the product of more than a decade of work from the finest panderers and parasites in the greater D.C. area. Each missile broadcasts a powerful signal into the subconscious of senior administration officials. The signal makes officials extremely vulnerable to implausible suggestions like "Bashar Assad just did a gas attack on civilians for absolute no reason in a war he was winning," and convinces them that the best response to such suggestions is to wildly fire dozens of missiles at obscure air bases nobody has heard of. These missiles will have to be replaced, ensuring a steady stream of income that Raytheon can spend on more lobbying and de facto bribes for politicians.

Besides the direct cost per missile, each rent-seeker will also automatically contribute an additional $5 million in aid to Ukraine and $10,000 to the bank account of each retired U.S. general currently working as a consultant.

"Come on, don't you care about Ukraine?" said Kremer. "Ukraine Ukraine Kyiv Putler Ukraine."

Experts say the rent-seeking missile's reveal is likely a response to the People's Republic of China, which recently revealed it has built an N-bomb capable of striking anywhere in the United States. The rent-seeking missile's dramatic cost, they noted, will guarantee that America's military budget remains far ahead of China's, regardless of its effectiveness. The missile is also a deadlier weapon: While the N-bomb has to actually explode to devastate a city with its 250-decibel n-word, the rent-seeking missile causes the vast majority of its damage before being fired at all. The fact that the damage is inflicted on the U.S. rather than other countries did not seem to perturb members of Congress.

With more than $27 billion in annual defense contracts (higher than the budget of NASA), plus a former Air Force general, a retired Joint Chiefs vice chair, and an ex-deputy SecDef on its board, Raytheon was already a lucrative rent-seeker inside the Beltway. But company leaders say the new missile will secure the company's future against the unlikely possibility of Congress coming to its senses and scaling back America's overseas quagmires.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jul 18 2022 2:06 utc | 63

Being Beijing, top bureaucrats meet masses:
The Chinese capital’s attempt to compel residents to get vaccinated was met with such a backlash that the authorities are unlikely to try it again soon.

(Xi accolyte:) But that would be a great shame. China must educate its citizens about the importance of vaccines if it ever hopes to find a way out of the pandemic Xi must be re-selected end of this year, at any cost.

Don’t trust your own observations: trust Great Helmsman Xi and his dominant scient(olog)ists.

Wuhan, Shanghai etc. were force fed, but Beijing is a different kettle of fish.

Posted by: Antonym | Jul 18 2022 2:20 utc | 64

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jul 17 2022 23:57 utc | 53

That said, it's entirely possible that he committed crimes there. One no longer has to be physically present in a country to do dastardly deeds. I don't know the details of the Burisma story, but from 30,000ft where I'm viewing, there's a distinctive stench of corruption.


Well there may well be both the stench of corruption in Ukraine and in Hunter Biden, but misrepresenting the facts about both is the best way to pull the wool over your eyes about the nature of that corruption and thus allow corruption to continue.

That said, please feel free to explain how its possible for Hunter to commit sex crimes in Ukraine against 10 year olds without ever going there.

Posted by: jinn | Jul 18 2022 2:22 utc | 65

Tom_Q_Collins | Jul 18 2022 0:54 utc | 59
i found that video unbearably depressing. valuable though, very much so.

more laws won't change anything. lawyers don't have the answer to why people can't afford their fees. there's law, there's lawyers and there's enforcement. SOTUS is hellbent on removing all restraints on the security services, while denying that the state and its agents have any duty of care toward the general welfare. this for agencies the public cannot defund nor realistically seek legal redress against.

meanwhile, back on planet reality, by dollar amount, who are the biggest muggers in the US? without even getting into the drug running, etc., the security services get into. none of this changes by voting or legislative action. too late for that. we can't "vote no on the MIC/police state!"

anyway, i'm happy not to hear the latest reboot of kids screaming in the hall, but that's part of the ruling class MO, hiding from the public what's really going on, isn't it? if the public can hear the kids, they might have more sympathy for the parents and outrage for the cops and the state can't have that, can it? yet i still can't wrap my noodle around how the state doesn't have a public interest in maintaining the law by pursuit, restraint, trial and punishment of the offenders in each of the cases the lawyer discusses in the video.

I bet if Clarence put Ginny under a restraining order and then she kidnapped him, he'd find a way to argue that it's in the public interest that the police come in and agressively rescue his ass, and w/the good SWAT team too, not with Sheriff Hayseed standing around the courthouse w/that posse composed of his hunting buddies.

(maybe that's why Clarence wants to overturn Virginia v Loving as well. being such saints themselves, divorce is forbidden and/or unthinkable. however, if interracial marriage were illegal all along, the marriage would be nullified, wouldn't it? and Clarence would be free!)

but most importantly, can i bring out my "bong hits 4 jesus" sign now?

Posted by: rjb1.5 | Jul 18 2022 2:30 utc | 66

Thank you to those above that have brought up the 9/11 false flag terror atrocity and spoke about it in a realistic way, it is of utmost importance now not only as we see the same neo-con perpetrators involved with the situation in Ukraine but also as it was the symbolic and real beginning of the Empire's suicidal slide from dominance caused by a spree of belligerent idiotic moves. Also it it is becoming very relevant again as Saudis increasingly refuse to act as pawns to their US/UK masters and the possibility emerges that they could spill some beans or the US could bring up their involvement (at least for providing the patsies and their funding) as pretext to some sort of regime change/ seizure of the country. I was in NYC when it happened and have studied it extensively for decades, there is too much to say so I will leave it alone for now. I've always been shocked to see it ignored here or even the official lie referred to as real by the author of this otherwise very fine critically minded blog.

On a totally different topic Southfront is the first site that I've read anything about major doubts concerning the official story of the the assassination of Abe in Japan:
Does anyone else have any links to any other articles calling this story into question and or what the real reasons behind this murder could be? Thanks.

Posted by: james c | Jul 18 2022 2:32 utc | 67

I found it interesting that Professor Hudson thinks like Benjamin Franklin. To me that speaks to some positive continuity in the way the leaders of the US -leaders in thought that is - have addressed important issues past and present. I see in that a thread of commonality with those of us who admire what Russia and China are doing for their respective citizenries, a natural leadership tendency which sadly many so called leaders in the west have forgotten. Or rather, not forgotten...mindfully ignore. Dr. Hudson is so 'in your face' they cannot not know of him. They ignore, as did the 'founding brothers' - many of whom I respected. Their one driving impulse was to keep an infant union intact; they would fix it later, but later never came.

I am presently reading an historical work "Founding Brothers" - it was published in 2000, incidentally before the events of 2001. The author is unshaken in supposing the US system to be firmly in place. It wasn't. It hasn't been. It isn't now.

Some of the things we say on this forum are not true, and I am not one who can draw historical threads together and come up with overarching truths. When I read what others have written on such subjects, I am chastened. I didn't know this about Benjamin Franklin. The article opened my eyes.

What I learned so far from Carla Mulford's description of her work is that her research into Benjamin Franklin was not about flying kites or other scientific experiments but about Britain's treatment of the Irish, and so, he found that to be the source of the fatal flaw, slavery, which can the Constitutional Congress kicked along the road. Britain gave up its slave trade - but perhaps if it still had the US colonies happily gaining from that corrupt practice, they would not have done so.

As others see links on an economic front (and that is true of slavery of course) there is also the humanitarian issue, which perhaps is the real tie that binds. We ignore it at our peril.

Pragmatism can have the face of a monster. And no, Aaron Mate: Russia cannot be accused of failing to try. There was simply no response, as there was not to Franklin's arguments against slavery. Then and now the wrong road was followed, and (to coin a phrase) that has made all the difference.

Posted by: juliania | Jul 18 2022 2:33 utc | 68

Tom_Q_Collins | Jul 18 2022 2:06 utc | 67
nice. on the more local level, why can't Amazon drones be used for more than delivering packages? wouldn't it be safer for a drone to deliver an eviction notice, since, like a human drone from the sheriff's office, it too can be armed? i can imagine an Amazon rep getting a very nasty, whiny phone call from someone whose "iphone 17" got destroyed when the delivery drone wasn't "just in time" because it received return fire while delivering a neighbor's outrageous Comcast bill. imagine the SCOTUS ruling on this case..."a good faith effort was made to fulfill the delivery contract..."

Posted by: rjb1.5 | Jul 18 2022 2:52 utc | 69

Posted by: steven t johnson | Jul 17 2022 15:04 utc | 11

It's a shame what the combination of cheap booze, crystal meth and homelessness have to you.



Posted by: Jimmy Flies By | Jul 18 2022 3:40 utc | 70

james c | Jul 18 2022 2:32 utc | 71
from a practical perspective, from a "motivating the populace" goal, what does it matter whether the deep state demolished towers via explosives or did the same by aligning itself w/and empowering OBL types? i mean, the most important thing, the fact we need seared into our brain pans, is that the *state staged the event*. and this is the nature of the state that we have now right now.

i'm not an engineer or the like, so the focus on the mechanics of how the towers collapsed seems itself like an engineered distraction, to be honest, when there are other facets of the conspiracy much easier to recognize. speaking as a layman.

kind of like how the virus has mutated into innumerable virologists. the state hides knowledge and sows distrust, compelling people to try to become "experts" in areas as diverse as structural engineering, avionics, demolition, virology, epidemiology, public health, etc. much less who has the best cell phone plan or the credit card w/the best intro APR.

Posted by: rjb1.5 | Jul 18 2022 3:43 utc | 71

Putin is going to Tehran this week and I expect empire to try and disrupt his visit.

Will it attempt to assassinate him? There is a palpable desperation in activity that makes me think so. It will not look good to have Putin's visit to the ME upstage the Biden just completed visit.

The pressure is building against empire all over the world and I keep thinking something in the ME is going to join the military escalation track...what is Turkey's position going to look like after Putin's visit?

What a time to live....

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jul 18 2022 5:05 utc | 72

Posted by: jinn | Jul 18 2022 2:22 utc | 69

Clearly I wasn't referring to sex crimes, but extortion, collusion, corruption and other criminal acts associated with Burisma.

On other matters, I find your following post both amusing and agreeable. Yes, of course. Policing and the scumbag rightwing activist (sometimes in the company of the liberal ones) justices are also corrupt and out of control.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jul 18 2022 5:21 utc | 73

Posted by: rjb1.5 | Jul 18 2022 2:52 utc | 73

Watched a 5-hour documentary on 80s sci-fi the other night. Was surprisingly well done. Basically I think all the worst of predictions from those movies (and the often much older books and short stories they're based on) will come true. Robo-Cop, The Terminator (all incl. Skynet), and moving into later decades such as Idiocracy.

Privatized, armed "law-enforcement" drones are coming. Heck that's an early one.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jul 18 2022 5:30 utc | 74

If they think 'wokeism' will work for them as it appears (?) to be working for corporate, MIC and bankster narrative managers, they'll almost certainly co-opt and subvert it to their purposes.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jul 17 2022 23:33 utc | 47

There are zero ties between actual "radical leftism" and 'wokeism.'

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jul 17 2022 23:54 utc | 52

1. I have been presuming that it's more like they create things like wokeism not merely co-opt and subvert. Maybe am wrong.

2. Ah... My problem with Vocab again. So by radical left you mean workers overthrowing oligarchs? I really don't know what any of these words mean any more.

My own version is that the right favors traditionalism including family values, small governments and business, patriotism and self-reliance. The left is into collective solutions usually favoring Statist authority and loyalty to the same, centralization, equality of status and outcome, against individual liberty and continuity of wealth or livelihoods passed from generation to generation and a belief that ideology can sustain a polity into utopia.

Lord knows where I picked up these notions. Maybe extrapolation from very loosely following Election campaigns ran by the Uniparty wherein nearly all tell lies to seem to engender support which might be msnufactured fake news for all ki know.

Is there left and right still in China and Russia? I get the feeling they are long past such phony dichotomies...

Posted by: Scorpion | Jul 18 2022 5:59 utc | 75

@ psychohistorian | Jul 18 2022 5:05 utc | 76

i share your concern.. lets hope all works out... given time, i like to think positive and that it will..

@ tom collins.. you are on a bit of a rip today, lol.. i agree with you and others on all the questions around 9-11 not adding up... cheers james

Posted by: james | Jul 18 2022 5:59 utc | 76

Regarding 9-11, it is highly likely that the September 11th "terrorist" attack was America's very own Reichstag Fire.

Imitating their Nazi brethren and the original Reichstag Fire, the Americans (with help from their friends like the Israelis, Saudis, and Germans) staged a false flag terror attack on its own people, which was then blamed on patsies.

The agenda:

1). to expand the preexisting American police state apparatus into a more extensive Homeland Gestapo ... I mean Homeland Security system.

2). to justify expansion of the American war machine and wage a 2 decades-long (fake) War on Terrorism, which is a cover for a more sinister agenda: American world dominance.

As the late British MP Michael Meacher stated in 2003, the entire War on Terrorism is bogus. Instead, the "9/11 attacks gave the US an ideal pretext to use force to secure its global domination."

This war on terrorism is bogus

Moreover, the Project for a New American Century (PNAC) think tank curiously anticipated the need for a Pearl Harbor-style event to accelerate the process of American military modernization--only one year before 9-11 fortuitously came along.

You could say that the American Fourth Reich was born on Sept. 11th, 2001....

John Pilger Reveals the American Plan

Disturbing Questions about the Bush Administration and 9/11


Posted by: ak74 | Jul 18 2022 6:16 utc | 77

Qualcuno è a conoscenza dello stato di salute finanziaria della banca tedesca?

Inserito da: Alessandro Cagliostr | 17 luglio 2022 20:31 ora | 27

Deutsche Bank era quasi in bancarotta prima della pandemia... anche qualche grande banca svizzera... probabilmente la ragione di tutto quello che è successo negli ultimi due anni e in quello attuale....

Inserito da: Ghost of Mozgovoy | 17 luglio 2022 21:52 ora | 35


Il destino della Deutsche bank può determinare lo stato di salute dell'economia tedesca già in precario equilibrio

Posted by: Alessandro Cagliostr | Jul 18 2022 7:01 utc | 78

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jul 18 2022 1:56 utc | 66
thanks for the decline of American manufacturing in the context of the post-Cold War era and military adventurism of the former hegemon in denial article. I find, it misses the point. Those in charge of those who run the USG have learned to use rule of law to create monopoly powers from hot very hot thin air. They have a machine 'the law maker machine" it converts hot air into monopoly power.

The legislatures uses its air to law machine to grant monopoly powers to the collection of feudal corporations Wall Street uses to conduct its global business. Wall Street used the monopoly powers vested within their corporate clients to move American manufacturing interest to the cheapest place possible so American technology would produce more profit from American excellence in havens exempt from USA taxation.. They did this by moving American industry to foreign lands and destroying the system that made America great.

In Order To reverse this and bring America industry home, it is necessary only to remove copyrights, patents, and other monopoly powers from the books, and to revoke the charters of all fictitious entities that do business overseas. Overnight the global extraction wall street supports will be deflated (Assets on the balance sheets of the global corporations and partnerships etc. is now at 90% "intangible (fictional) assets"; these fictional assets are held in place by rule of law.

What made America great was not wall street, but hand to hand competition between Americans competing with each other and learning from each other. Capitalism not monopolism made America great.

It necessary to return that competition to America and to retrieve the capital wall street helped removed to support its global-isms, and to return American colleges and universities as research institutions instead of the technical career centers they currently are. Nothing else can restore America.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jul 18 2022 2:06 utc | 67
thanks for introducing the new vaccination by missile technology. Using missiles to vaccinate "rent seekers" is a colossal idea.

Posted by: juliania | Jul 18 2022 2:33 utc | 72
Ben Franklin transferred patent and copyright (monopoly powers) which the British courts destroyed (reined in) in 1786 from Britain to 1787 America. Franklin was responsible for inserting these corruptions of democracy and capitalism ("monopoly powers") into the document of 1787; the document became the constitution in 1788 and its ratification truncated the government (same name, different founding document) of 1776.
Franklin is America's father of propaganda he learned the trade from the British coffee houses.

@ psychohistorian | Jul 18 2022 5:05 utc | 76
I think this link might help explain Putin's trip to Iran.

Posted by: snake | Jul 18 2022 7:15 utc | 79

US, Russia and China have dev loped different vaccines.

The US and EUrope developed vaccines that could be patented.

Russia, the largest country on earth, developed a vaccine that could be easily transported, without needing cryogenics.

China, the most populous country on earth, developed a vaccine that could be cheaply mass produced.

And Europe?
The Russian vaccine was first, but received a lukewarm reception in Brussels.
Instead of approving the Russian vaccine and start vaccination fast, Europe waited for a US vaccine.
That is the behavior of a regime that does not mind thousands of citizens dying, if economic and political interests so dictate.

Posted by: Passerby | Jul 18 2022 8:56 utc | 80

jinn @69: "explain how its possible for Hunter to commit sex crimes in Ukraine against 10 year olds without ever going there."

It's called "trafficking". It costs a few $thousands, but that is not an issue for some.

Remember folks, I have repeatedly mentioned the top ways that "The Company" reels in "off-budget financing" to pay the salaries of their armies of rabid-dog death squads and bribes to their servile presstitutes (some of whom come here to bleat their empty protests that they are not really the "baddies"): Running drugs, weapons, and trafficking in slaves. Naturally, the "free market" can supply the cotton-picking kind of slaves far cheaper than the CIA's business ventures can so we're talking here the sort that "more discerning buyers" are seeking.

Before debsisdead steps in with his defense of those fine young Ivy League boys with their suitcases of cash that he used to pal with while he was shouldering the "white man's burden" on small Pacific islands, does anyone here think Hunter slums it with the street trash doing fentanyl or does he enjoy the finest small batch craftsman heroin? Does he drink industrial ethanol or well-aged Scottish single malt? Does he fuck grim looking lot lizards that he picks up at the local truck stop or does he pay a little extra to enjoy a more "refined" imported coital experience delivered to the resort of his choice? You decide what is more believable.

Posted by: William Gruff | Jul 18 2022 10:07 utc | 81

@ak74 | Jul 18 2022 6:16 utc | 81

You got that right.

Posted by: Norwegian | Jul 18 2022 11:02 utc | 82

I just finished reading Lavrov’s article in Izvestia, posted on the Saker’s vineyard. In the context of the train of thought I’ve written out in posts at the end of last week’s Week in Review thread, and above in this one— I am now concerned that New York State (which borders Quebec where I live) is going to separate from the union. Cuz’ they ain’t going commie… What has me concerned is the way Lavrov wraps up his article, this last paragraph:

“If members of the western alliance are unable to live according to this principle, are not ready to build a truly universal architecture of equal security and cooperation, they should leave everyone alone, stop using threats and blackmail to recruit those who want to live on their own wits and acknowledge the right to freedom of choice by independent self-respecting countries. This is what democracy is all about, the real democracy, not one played out on a shabbily built political stage.”

Sure he may be referring to the Global South, etc. there, but I have concerns.

Posted by: Bruised Northerner | Jul 18 2022 12:08 utc | 83

Reading the real politik writing on the wall… Americans (USA) may find themselves by and large having to choose between being communist under a ruling party based in Washington and Tel Aviv, or becoming a constitutional monarchy under Her Majesty The Queen of England.

Or move to Mexico? But I can’t imagine that coming without strings either. The only Americans who move to Canada are foreign agents, 5th columnist types. Sigh.

Except for New York - which may be home to a domestic elite that negotiates with Putin (Russia - I’m looking at you Ravi Batra) and Britain, and possesses enough power to defy Washington.

Posted by: Bruised Northerner | Jul 18 2022 12:33 utc | 84

Good news from the Punjab where Imran Khan, the recent victim of US regime change politics(threats, bribes and lies) has won a famous victory in bye elections.
The Cradle story is by MK Bhadrakumar

"...As for Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who had no time for Pakistan previously, the sudden upbeat tone of his personal diplomacy toward the new ruling elite in Islamabad, which is also drawn from powerful political dynasties that are intimately known to the US establishment, distinctly conveyed the impression that on his cold war chessboard, he could now count on a new pawn to be pitted against China (and Russia.)

"However, such euphoria was short-lived. Contrary to the estimations, including in India, that Imran Khan’s political career was over, events have shown that he is still very much Pakistan’s current history, and, if anything, it is the usurpers in Islamabad who are relics from the past.

"To be sure, Khan’s “jihad” has taken the form of a tsunami that today threatens to drown the usurpers. The manner in which he has stormed the heartland of Punjab in Sunday’s by-elections must be sending alarm bells ringing in the corridors of power, not only in Lahore but also in Islamabad.

"The mammoth crowds that follow Imran Khan everywhere are indeed turning into votes. Without doubt, it is after a very long time that a truly charismatic politician has appeared on the Pakistani political landscape.

"Khan has stunned his detractors and political opponents by taking control of the crucial Punjab provincial assembly. His party won 15 of 20 seats up for grab in by-elections, trouncing arch-rival Pakistan Muslim League-N (which incidentally heads the federal government in Islamabad also since April after Imran Khan’s ouster) on its home ground...."

Posted by: bevin | Jul 18 2022 13:10 utc | 85

Ukrainian plane crush in Greece with a loads of ammunition is kind of suspicious. Serbia as far as I know is not major arms suplier and Bangladesh is not a buyer. Jordan, well it is alredy close to existing conflict zones.
Maybe the real destination was different. And in the plane someone (from some secret organisation) placed a bomb, so that amunition would not reach it's destination.

World just becomes more violent place.

Posted by: Alef | Jul 18 2022 13:21 utc | 86

When asked this: "explain how its possible for Hunter to commit sex crimes in Ukraine against 10 year olds without ever going there?"
Gruff wrote: It's called "trafficking".

No its not called trafficking. Sex in the Ukraine involving ten and eleven year old children would be classified as rape.

There is good evidence that Burisma and Hunter Biden were involved in criminal activities outside of Ukraine, but one never hears anything about those activities because the masters of misdirection have convinced everyone to look for Hunter's crimes in Ukraine and there are none there.

Ukraingate was never about Hunter Biden. It was a CIA and Trump collusion to get Americans to support sending lots of weapons to Ukraine that were intended to be used to kill Ukrainian of Russian extraction in the Donbass. We witnessed on live national TV witnesses testify with tears in their eyes to the importance of not letting Trump delay or interfere with the crucial flow of this weaponry to Ukraine. Those weapons had only one purpose and that was to kill Ukrainians in a way that was guaranteed to draw Russia into the conflict.

Posted by: jinn | Jul 18 2022 14:11 utc | 87

Posted by: Bruised Northerner | Jul 18 2022 12:33 utc | 88

"Or move to Mexico? But I can’t imagine that coming without strings either."

All places have strings. One of them in Mexico is that good middle level stuff costs more here and cheaper stuff is trash. (If you are high end then the best here in terms of real estate at least is an order or two of magnitude lower.) And speaking of trash, except in gated communities and rich neighborhoods it's all over the country in the form of endless litter and dogshit, so not everyone's cup of tea.

I'm liking the look of Crimea, frankly, but suspect there are visa issues. Malaysia looking good too though the Muslim quotient gives pause.... Generally, I've sort of had it with all the 'religions of the book' and would prefer something closer to confucian-buddhist style which tends to be far less ideologically-driven with far lower quotients of thieves and bandits (both of which are in abundance in Mexico).

Europe could be rescued, though with each passing year of over-the-top hostile migrants pouring in looking less and less likely. If the people are unable to rise up and deal with it, will be a huge loss but not the first such in history. Still: wouldn't it be nice if they woke up and restored their civilization?

Except they can't. The old binding factors built over centuries from Empire and feudalism laced together with Xtianity are destroyed forever. The upper classes were dethroned and now everyone - including barflies here - moan about corrupt leadership. What did we think putting bankers and subversive revolutionaries from the middle classes in power would result in? Paradise? Fairness? Give me a break.

It's going to get much, much worse before it gets better, and it may never get better for another millenium for all we know...

Posted by: Scorpion | Jul 18 2022 14:14 utc | 88

@ 88

Thanks for the report, Scorpion! I didn’t know you lived in Mexico. (For me personally, “south” is like South Dakota or Utah mostly, everything beyond that being mysterious and exotic:-) except Cuba, a most cherished Canadian tourist destination! Well, that and Disneyland/World.)

I tend to think the citizens of Mexico are in good hands with Lopez Obrador as president, though. I do think those of us living in the Americas should be cautious about making declarations about Europe’s fate (again, b is posting like a boss with no repercussions). We may be as uninformed about the true state of affairs there as much as some were about Russia (or China - although Peter Lee’s China hand is there to guide and inform!) Interesting times, historical, no doubt about it.

Posted by: Bruised Northerner | Jul 18 2022 14:25 utc | 89

Lavrov's article is spot-on.

Mid-way through he nails it: "This is the essence of the well-worn Western political algorithm – to concoct a fake story and ratchet up the hype as if it’s a universal catastrophe for a couple of days while blocking people’s access to alternative information or assessments, and when any facts do break through, they are simply ignored – at best mentioned on last pages of the news in small print. It is important to understand that this is not a harmless game in the media war – such productions are used as pretexts for very material actions."

Just to add one more comment on the 9-11 fake story, here's mine. (And may I add, I never believed the official story from the get-go)

On 9-11, Flight 11 is hijacked at 8:19 a.m. At 8:46 it crashes into the north tower. We're talking all of 27 minutes later. However, between the time of the reported hijacking and the time of the reported crash into the north tower, something very important had to have happened in order for this scheme to occur. We are led to believe by the 9-11 commission itself, that after being hijacked, Flight 11 made an extreme left-hand turn while approaching Albany, NY. Right about this time, Flight 11's identification transponder is turned off.

For me this is where things get interesting. Ground control can no longer follow the flight path of Flight 11. The new flight path takes Flight 11 south from Albany and follows the Hudson River to its rendezvous with the north tower. The problem I have with this narrative is the fact that between Albany, NY and NYC, right on the east bank of the Hudson River, not more than 30 miles upstream from NYC lies not one, not two, but three nuclear power plants.

OK, so what of it? Well, this is my thinking. If I am a hijacker bent on avenging or punishing the U.S. for something its government did somewhere, especially to the point where I am willing to sacrifice my life, my friends lives, and the lives of a number of innocent victims, why would I choose to attack an office building (which required tremendous aviation skills to execute BTW) when there is a much more dangerous and deadly target-rich-environment (to borrow a MIC phrase) staring you right in the face?

It simply does not add up. On the other hand, there is this question to ponder as well. The U.S. government knows where Indian Point nuclear power plant is. If Flight 11 were to hit Indian Point, that would bring the end of life as we know it to most of the entire northeast coast of the U.S. (at least from NYC to Boston). How is it that a hijacked airline would be allowed to fly almost half-an-hour under these conditions except for the possibility that the U.S. government knew Flight 11 would not select Indian Point but instead make a much more dramatic impact at the southern tip of Manhattan Island?

No one in the U.S. government would be that derelict of duty to have that kind of event weighing on their conscious. So, I can only conclude the U.S. government knew in advance that Indian Point was not the target. Anyway, there's more to the story as well. Did you know, for example, that three planes were intended to hit Manhattan Island that day and the one that didn't make it was Flight 93 that crashed in Pennsylvania?

Posted by: thecelticwithinme | Jul 18 2022 14:43 utc | 90

bevin@25 in the never-ending campaign to flatter cryptofascist friends volunteered that the US was oppressing Afghans by forcing vileness like schools for girls and similar moral atrocities hither and yon about the planet. Even worse Bevin asserted cultural change was itself oppression indistinguishable from taking land! The implication that US imperialism is for the fun of imposing cultural norms is by the way anti-Marxist, and also nuts (to be redundant.) This kind of obscurantism about the real nature of US imperialism serves reaction, in its tiny way. The idea imperialism is about turning foreigners into pale copies of Americans is the same kind of logic that says America was created to promote whiteness. It inverts cause and effect, then attributes the alleged cause to the mind of (not even an individual!) a group. This is not Marxist but I think it is not even left.

bevin@25 alwo has "What wokeism is about is the new Liberal Totalitarianism, far more intrusive and 'total' than anything that either Orwell or Beria imagined, and constantly monitored by a vast machine patrolling social media and private correspondence to ensure conformity. Total Conformity." The comment is not very clear in its comments on a couple of links, but this is not in quotes, so it appears to be bevin's words. In a fit of misplaced charity, I didn't assumed it might not be bein's own opinion. Orwell is a leading anti-Communist propagandist, in no way a real thinker, and Beria is a anti-Communist scarecrow. Totalitarianism is a BS pseudo-concept devoid of genuine meaning, an amalgam to pretend Communism=Fascism. The European tradition of compulsory attendance in churches run by the state, of witch hunts killing thousands, of inquisitions killing thousand, of crusades killing thousands, of even at time sumptuary laws (!) only an ignorant fool takes such hysteria seriously. That's the charitable interpretation, the more likely one is deliberately pandering to the most ignorant and backward elements. Lumpen can be petty-bourgeois, it seems.

Called out, bevin@60 doubles down. It is still a lie that the US imperialism is about forcing evil Enlightenment ideas on innocents, presumably too noble and pure in their natural simplicity, rather than rather concrete interests. (And wanting to intimidate other countries is a very concrete interest for a country whose currency must be backed by blood.) The US intervention in Afghanistan began long before 9/11 and it was not, not, not in any way woke. bevin's concern for the moral purity of Afghanistan, safe from insidious outside influences, means bevin was for the Hekmatyars. bevin wrote "The point is that is is no business of the US government to force Afghans, Mexicans or any other nationality to send girls to school, stop ogling young boy dancers, read the Bible or eat each other."

Nor is it the business of Commies in Kabul to force imported ideas down the throats of the decent rural peoples either. Spiritually bevin is one with the Hekmatyars. They too are horrified that the social fabric will come undone if the moral corrosion of the Enlightenment (which by the way was not a white phenomenon; was international; could not even take place until the influence of the New World and other civilizations like the Arabs, Persians, Chinese stimulated progress in understanding humanity.) Yes, reactionaries have always feared that if there were no king, or there wasn't the one true church, or all men were proper men or whatever nasty little hobgoblin the bevins love too much to give up, then everything would just melt away. But all that's melted away was sense and decent human feeling for others.

And again, it is a lie that it was ever the business of the US to make Afghan girls go to school. You don't expose the hypocrisy of US imperialism by pretending, somehow, that the minimal concessions to human feeling, aimed at whitewashing, that white really is black! This is insane, not in a genuinely mentally ill way, but a crazed ideology.

Posted by: steven t johnson | Jul 18 2022 14:48 utc | 91

@ thecelticwithinme | Jul 18 2022 14:43 utc | 90

I can only conclude the U.S. government knew in advance that Indian Point was not the target.

I too can only conclude that the targets were known in advance…. how else to explain the on the spot BBC reporter who excitedly declared that Building 7 had in fact collapsed when it was clearly standing intact and visible behind her ??

The BBC even had a scrolling news banner at the bottom of the screen which declared B7 collapse. So the script went wrong; they decided to « Pull it » a little later than scheduled.

As I remember the BBC is required to safeguard news reports for the record and even has to deposit a further copy in an archive.

Sadly, when the producer was despatched later to acquire a copy for the investigation, there was, sadly, no copy to be found. Just like security cameras being sadly out of order, eg at the Pentagon filling station

Posted by: Lapin | Jul 18 2022 15:01 utc | 92

ZH has a posting up with the title

Gazprom Declares Force Majeure, Will Halt Gas Flows To Germany Indefinitely

Is the world at war yet?

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jul 18 2022 15:11 utc | 93

Joe Biden's recent trip to the Middle East to prop up the American-Zionist alliance is not the only threat in the region.

The Hindutva-Zionist Axis between India and Israel is another unholy alliance.

The unholy alliance: Hindutva and Zionism

India once called Zionism racist. Today it moves to replicate it

Not surprisingly, the Americans helped to encourage this romance between Zionist Israel and Hindutva India.

In many ways, it's a perfect match: India and Israel are both religious neo-fascist nations disguised behind the mask of "secular democracy."

Israel and India, a Match Made in the U.S., Develop Their Own Military Romance

Posted by: ak74 | Jul 18 2022 15:26 utc | 94

Posted by: juliania | Jul 17 2022 19:05 utc | 20

yeah. well. I highly recommend a database search at
contemporaneous "correspondence and other writings", ie. draft speeches, printed pamphlets
KEY WORDS: Franklin and slave (454); or Franklin and negro (?)

If Pennsylvania hadn't sent BF to England to lobby HoC on tax relief in c. 1770, he wouldn't have met Granville Sharp, and he wouldn't have trafficked British abolitionists' agitprop to a couple prominent American insurgents (eg. Bray, Rush) lurking in Boston or dabbled in socratic dialogues printed to annoy parliamentarians. Up to then his interest in persons of African descent, regardless of condition of servitude, was primarily educating them to be semi-literate (like his own family), christian members of the meagre colonial labor force. He referred in his letters to at least two slaves he owned. One accompanied him to London, where it's not known precisely that BF manumitted him then on account of Sharp's 5-yr habeas defense of Jonathan Strong prevailing that year. In BF' estimation, slave labor undercut wages of the white yeomen farmers and cultivated slave insurrection. He was agnostic on the issue, which disturbed the convention drafting Articles of Confederation, of states' tax or electoral representation of chattel.

Posted by: sln2002 | Jul 18 2022 15:49 utc | 95


A surprisingly reasonable report at

"On July 15, Gazprom submitted an official request to Siemens to obtain the (sanctions waiver) documents... to allow the export of the gas turbine engine of the Portovaya station, a critical facility for the Nord Stream gas pipeline," the firm said in a statement.

"Gazprom is counting on the Siemens Group to unconditionally fulfill its obligations with regard to servicing gas turbine engines on which depend the reliable operation of the Nord Stream pipeline and natural gas supply to European consumers," the company said on Saturday."

Posted by: Lapin | Jul 18 2022 15:58 utc | 96

@ thecelticwithinme | Jul 18 2022 14:43 utc | 90
yeah, why scramble the jets or norad or what have you when you know what is going to happen? thanks

i will remain agnostic on the demolition of the towers for now, but the planes sure make a splashy spectacle, don't they? the towers had been bombed once before. audience ratings require something more explosive. thus after the 9/11 spectacular, we get yellow cake and mushroom clouds and anthrax and dirty bombs.

Posted by: rjb1.5 | Jul 18 2022 16:01 utc | 97

It's great to see a few have discovered and read Lavrov's Isvestia article, which is at Saker's and the MFA's English site which is finally accessible after three says of being blocked. It reads like classic Chomsky from the late 1980s as some of the many crimes committed by the Outlaw US Empire and its vassals are recounted. Lavrov's essay is very timely given the recent confession by Bolton that he committed crimes against humanity. Those admissions were also cited by China's MFA and published as in this Global Times article, "Overthrowing foreign governments deep in bones of how US conducts its foreign policy":

Bolton's admission is so revealing. Leading US politicians trumpet the so-called "rules-based international order" for one purpose: to ensure that the US can easily interfere in other countries' affairs and overthrow their governments at its own will. This is exactly the kind of "rules" and "order" that people like Bolton want absolutely to defend. The people of the world, however, will not let them, Wang said.

Wang also mentioned the book Covert Regime Change: America's Secret Cold War written by Lindsey A. O'Rourke from Boston College, saying it documents 64 covert interventions by the US from 1947 to 1989 and six overt attempts.

US' operations didn't stop after the Cold War. Over the years, the US has been creating political turbulence, interference and inciting color revolutions in Eurasia, Wang said, noting US officials even went to streets to provoke political confrontation through supporting the opposite party of other countries.

Lavrov explores the pretexts prior to those major crimes against humanity and turns his focus on Ukraine:

"If anyone doubted that the Minsk Package was anything but yet another fake, Petr Poroshenko dispelled this myth by saying on June 17, 2022: 'The Minsk Agreements did not mean anything to us, and we had no intention to carry them out… our goal was to remove the threat we faced… and win time in order to restore economic growth and rebuild the armed forces. We achieved this goal. Mission accomplished for the Minsk Agreements.' The people of Ukraine are still paying the price of this fake. For many years now, the West has been forcing them to accept an anti-Russian neo-Nazi regime. What a waste of energy for Olaf Scholz with his calls to force Russia to agree to an agreement guaranteeing Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty. There already had been an agreement to this effect, the Minsk Package, and Berlin with Paris were the ones who derailed it by shielding Kiev in its refusal to abide by the document. The fake has been exposed – finita la commedia." [My Emphasis]

Some commentator asked me several days ago when Poroshenko made his confession; well, there it is all bolded for you. Lavrov continues and skewers the OPCW for its "performance" in Syria after getting the Nobel Prize for its efforts in destroying Syria's chemical weapons. Lavrov provides testimony showing why many critical UN agencies must be purged and reformed:

"All attempts to force the OPCW Technical Secretariat to perform its duties in good faith and ensure a transparent investigation into these incidents, as required by the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), failed. This, however, did not come as a surprise. The Western countries have long privatised the Technical Secretariat by having their representatives appointed to the key positions within this structure. They contributed to staging these incidents and used them as a pretext for US, British, and French airstrikes against Syria. Incidentally, they carried out these bombings just a day before a group of OPCW inspectors arrived there to investigate the incidents at Russia’s insistence, while the West did everything to prevent this deployment." [My Emphasis]

Then there were the Novichok smear attempts using OPCW:

"The West and the OPCW Technical Secretariat it controls demonstrated their ability to stage fake incidents with the would-be poisonings of the Skripals and Alexey Navalny. In both cases, Russia sent multiple requests to The Hague, London, Berlin, Paris, and Stockholm, all left without a reply, even though they fully conformed with the CWC provisions and required a response."

And that provided the lead for the Bioweapons Treaty violations discovered in Ukraine which resulted in a warning to the world:

"In fact, the Pentagon’s military-biological activities around the world, especially in the post-Soviet countries, require the closest attention in light of the multiplying evidence of criminal experiments with the most dangerous pathogens in order to create biological weapons conducted under the guise of peaceful research." [My Emphasis]

If there are any pro-Macron Russians in Lavrov's audience, he sets the record straight by illuminating his antics that decisively show he's no friend of Russia:

"One element of the geopolitical gambit against Russia is granting the status of an eternal EU candidate country to Ukraine and Moldova, which, it seems, will also face an unenviable fate. Meanwhile, a PR campaign has been initiated by President of France Emmanuel Macron to promote the 'European political community,' which offers no financial or economic benefits, but demands full compliance with the EU’s anti-Russia actions. The principle behind it is not either/or but 'who is not with us is against us.' Emmanuel Macron explained the gist of the 'community': the EU will invite all European countries – 'from Iceland to Ukraine' – to join it, but not Russia [Russia's the largest nation in Europe]. I would like to stress that we are not eager to join, but the statement itself showcases the essence of this obviously confrontational and divisive new undertaking." [My Emphasis]

Lavrov concludes by illustrating the obstacles erected by the Outlaw US Empire--the "main producer" in this ongoing drama--and what the West must do after telling his audience Russia did all that it could to avoid how the future unfolds:

"It soon became evident that NATO members do not keep their word and that their goal is the supremacy of the North-Atlantic Alliance. Even then we continued our diplomatic efforts, proposing to formalise the principle of equal and inseparable security in a legally binding agreement. We proposed this a number of times, the last one in December 2021, but received a flat denial in response. They told us directly: there will be no legal guarantees outside NATO. Which means that the support of the political documents approved at the OSCE summits turned out to be a cheap fake. And now NATO, driven by the United States, has gone even further: they want to dominate over the entire Asia-Pacific region in addition to the Euro-Atlantic. NATO members make no effort to conceal the target of their threats, and China’s leadership has already publicly declared its position regarding such neo-colonial ambitions. Beijing has already responded by citing the principle of indivisible security, declaring its support for applying it on a global scale to prevent any country from claiming its exclusivity. This approach fully coincides with Russia’s position. We will make consistent efforts to defend it together with our allies, strategic partners and many other like-minded countries."

And I should note that the Outlaw US Empire still makes attempts to control other nations by bribing them as this article reveals, "US Ambassador nominee's claim that Nepal grants MCC amid 'China's disinformation campaign' baseless and offensive":

"It is well known that the MCC Compact between Nepal and the US has sparked a heated debate in Nepal. The Nepali Parliament specially passed an "interpretive declaration," which declares that the Constitution of Nepal shall prevail over the Compact and other associated agreements and that being a party to the Compact, Nepal shall not be a part of any US' strategy, military or security alliance, including the Indo-Pacific Strategy. These are legitimate actions of the Nepali government and people to defend their sovereignty and independence and safeguard national interests, read the statement."

Lavrov's closing words have already been presented above. He's politely telling the Outlaw US Empire to desist, that it cannot turn the tide of historical change no matter how hard it tries because its methods are now so well known they're rebuffed soon after surfacing. Escobar's descriptive term, Empire of Chaos, remains correct but is finally circling the toilet bowl as the emerging Multipolar World rids itself of the last Colonial Empire. And as usual, if you refuse to listen to Lavrov, Putin will then speak as he recently promised he would. And if you turn a deaf ear to them both, then you'll face Mr. Shoigu and the unmatched Russian military.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jul 18 2022 16:02 utc | 98

”... CIA and Trump collusion to get Americans to support sending lots of weapons to Ukraine...”

The dembot shill reveals itself!

Yeah, it was CIA/Trump collusion! Along with the Trump/Russia collusion, I suppose. That’s why we had to wait until the Establishment fraudulently installed Biden before the conflict in the Ukraine could get underway again.

Makes perfect sense ... not!

There was no Trump/CIA collusion. “Bloody” Gina lied to Trump to manipulate him. That wouldn’t have been necessary if they were co-conspirators.

This is just a cheap effort by a dembot to whitewash their Team Blue in the hopes of salvaging something come November.

Posted by: William Gruff | Jul 18 2022 16:25 utc | 99

All too often, economic figures are reported in dollars even when that's not the nation in question's currency. I've never liked that and prefer to leave the dollar out completely or added in parentheses. Finally, in Russia's conversations about its economy, rubles are used now almost exclusively, while China for some time has used yuan figures. Now "Russia and Iran May Ditch Dollar When Measuring Bilateral Trade Volume", with the "may" sure to become "Will" as there's no need for it:

"We all know that trade and economic relations between the two countries slightly exceeded four billion US dollars last year, although it may be wrong to count it in US dollars, and over time, we will probably move away from this practice as we develop our cooperation in the banking financial sector," Peskov told the Iranian state broadcaster in an interview, which was also aired by Rossiya 24 TV.

The official also said that net trade between Russia and Iran grew 31 percent just over the last few months, adding that the trend is positive.

According to him, Russia and Iran have an opportunity to build cooperation to mitigate the effect of sanctions.

Putin will soon visit Iran where some major agreements will be signed in stark contrast to where relations stood just 15 years ago when Putin gave his speech in Munich--a complete Sea Change, IMO.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jul 18 2022 16:52 utc | 100

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