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July 31, 2022

The MoA Week In Review - OT 2022-118

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Posted by b on July 31, 2022 at 13:16 UTC | Permalink

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Pelosi's provocation to visit Taiwan provides her the urgently needed distration.

Nancy Pelosi's husband has stirred scrutiny for years over his stock purchases while wife Pelosi was/is privvy for internal briefings on sensitive information.

Her husband bought million $$$ shares in Nvidia and Google just before congressional votings in related industries/compiesk or million worth Microsoft stock just days before the company announced a lucrative government contract . "

For personal gains, the US politicians are never hesitated to go for wars

Posted by: lulu | Jul 31 2022 14:08 utc | 1

December 2020 Pompeo announced he'd visit Taiwan as State Secretary, China made the same denunciations against his provocation and China's Ministry of Defense informed their US counterpart that PLA would intercept Pompeo's plane should he dare to visit Taiwan. Then all we know is Pompeo dropped his visit.

IF US politicians like Pelosi have not paid attention to this, now they should.

Just like before China's entry into Korean War, China has warned US the consequence of her provocation ('勿謂言之不預', "don't say I didn't warn you", aka 'last warning'). Don't play with the fire that will burn the world down!

Posted by: lulu | Jul 31 2022 14:30 utc | 2


Rapid battery cost declines accelerate the prospects of all-electric interregional container shipping

These researchers missed the memos: declines no longer rapid or accelerating due to commodity supercycle, but worse:

Brand New Hybrid River Cruise Ship evacuated after possible battery explosion

Dutch officials are investigating an explosion aboard a river cruise ship docked in Amsterdam as a likely malfunction of the vessel’s battery power system. The newly launched Viking Gymir, which was introduced by Viking for river cruises on the Rhine in 2022, features a new hybrid propulsion system that was developed in place of solely diesel propulsion on Viking’s other Longships.

Literally brand new - already an explosion. Nice.

Posted by: c1ue | Jul 31 2022 14:47 utc | 3

Capitalism and semiconductors: at the end of the day, stock price is more important

Intel cuts fab buildout by $4 billion and pays $1.5 billion dividend

we paid dividends of $1.5 billion, a 5% increase year-over-year, and remain committed to growing the dividend over time.


CapEx, we're revising down our forecast to $23 billion, $4 billion less than our previous guidance

Probably also to prod the tax cut/outright subsidy bill in front of Congress too. Privatize profits, Socialize losses.

Posted by: c1ue | Jul 31 2022 14:50 utc | 4

Pelosi confirms trip to Asia, but no mention of Taiwan appears to be first in reporting. I wonder what the leaders of Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan are going to tell her. Its OK Nancy, try our ice cream, its tasty.

Posted by: circumspect | Jul 31 2022 15:27 utc | 6

The Last Days of Sound Finance is interesting but it is entirely irrelevant to practically anyone here. There simply is no easily identifiable part of the MoA commentariat that wants any progressive, much less hard left, policies enacted in Europe or the US. There is, for instance, nearly universal obedience to the genuinely universal campaign of the MSM to blame Biden for inflation, despite the blatant idiocy and/or dishonesty of this. (And blind acceptance of the premise that inflation hurting creditors and decreasing the value of rich people's wealth is the most awful thing in the world too.)

I'm not quite sure who Jonathan Turley is, but the law is that there has to be documentation of a quid pro quo. Turley knows this but blithely ignores the law. But even more amazingly, Turley seems to think that a photo op is vast corruption. (Around here, Trump's blatant violations of the emoluments clause of the Constitution are matters for pride, not honesty. The habit of acting as if double standards are the only acceptable moral standards is disgusting.) When Hunter Biden complains he's delivered but the supposed buyers of big corruption disagree, Turley may find it convenient to pretend Hunter Biden is both under oath and an honest person to boot...but that doesn't make it so. Citing this clown Turley as evidence is like trying to pay your rent with $3 dollar bills. At this point, it's pretty obvious that Hunter Biden is a sad case who's tried to peddle influence, but there's no evidence of the legally required quid pro quo. Turley's just a liar or a fool or both, judging from this one example.

This is not to say that Biden isn't corrupt, to be sure. The thing is, though, the real corruption is what's legal. The legal fact that you have to demonstrate an explicit trade of a material favor (and no, a tour of the White House doesn't count) in exchange for a specific exercise of the office holder's role shows that, inarguably I think. The senior Bush set an infamous low in corruption with his speaking fees and consultancy fees, cashing in after his reign of error. But it is legal, even if pretended indignation only applies to a Clinton or Obama following the precedent. The younger Bush and his supposed book sales were another entirely legal yet corrupt way to make money. The large majority of elected officials are corrupt in the moral sense I advocate, including the vast majority of the Trumpists, Tea Partiers, jingo Republicans. And this is especially true on the state level, since most states are relatively small and dominated by a particular interest (if not a particular family like Walton in Arkansas or Pope in North Carolina.) That's why most rightwingers have a fetish for states, they get hard thinking they can get their dirty work done for cheap and for sure.

In general, the moral corruption of politicians is like the moral corruption of academics. The ones who are sound, that is who think the right way, are the ones who get the money, whether it's a grant for a study or a position at a policy institute. They aren't being so much bought as promoted, puffed up, given a loudspeaker by those who can afford to buy loudspeakers. Most academics and politicians are fairly consistent, so it's hard to say in what sense they are being corrupt in the sense of selling their position. It's more like they are corrupt because the money behind them bought their position. The instances where an academic or a politician sold themselves as one thing, then did a 180 are surprisingly uncommon. (I'm afraid I suspect it's because the usual legal forms of corruption are so effective that even pretending to be something else is not good for career advancement.) A Snyder who once acknowledged the fascism in Ukraine versus the obscene clown show now, an Obama who shook Bush's hand to endorse TARP even before he was elected, a Trump who said he'd get out of Syria, as I say they're not so common. Usually, they were always conservative when it came to money, like Biden the Senator from MNBA. The problem around here is the number of people who think being a meanspirited narrowminded crank on social issues means you should solidarize with procapitalist politicians against the filthy rabble.

Posted by: steven t johnson | Jul 31 2022 15:49 utc | 7

Posted by: c1ue | Jul 31 2022 14:50 utc | 4

That stock price supports debt is important

Intel is building fabs for Non-Intel ie contract manufacturing in Magdeburg in no longer has dominance.

Stock Price is not vanity - it props up Valuation against which Leverage is assessed........yo clearly have no Corporate Finance nous

Posted by: Paul Greenwood | Jul 31 2022 15:49 utc | 8

Great essay over at unz about Marxism's waning role in contemporary geopolitics, with an American-exported post-Marxism holding the reins now, what I believe should be considered the pernicious, globalist blob, spearheaded by the usual suspects with the small hats.

Dr. Gottfried says this form of antifascism was not German but American, or at least “German Jewish Marxists in American exile.” (47) The antifascist rot began here, or at least America was a safe place for the cancer to grow. Americans then imposed it on Germany, from which it spread to the entire West.

This is important because Western antifascism was not the same thing as Soviet Communism, and Dr. Gottfried notes the “growing irrelevance of Marxism-Leninism to our current politics.” (4) This is a problem for those who think Critical Race Theorists are “Communists” who want to restore the Soviet Union. Dr. Gottfried writes that the sexual and cultural obsessions of critical theorists such as Herbert Marcuse “raise persistent questions about whether the critical theorists ever represented orthodox Marxist teachings as opposed to Freudian-tinged cultural criticism.” (60) Modern conservatives who try to link Critical Race Theory, “Drag Queen Story Hour,” or modern antifa groups to the Soviet Union are kidding themselves. What we face is worse:

In certain respects, the intersectional Left and its antifascism are far more radical than any Marxist Left that preceded it. Unlike a merely socialist Left, which seeks to change the dominant form of production and to redistribute earnings under a powerful state, the newer Left is bent on revolution. It can never allow the crusade against fascist prejudice to come to a halt, lest this stasis permit a Hitler, Mussolini, or Donald Trump to reverse earlier reforms. It is also immoral and equally an invitation to fascism from this standpoint to treat any present moment as fixed and no longer subject to progressive transformation. Trump in the Untied States and the AfD [Alternative for Deutschland] in Germany were considered evil not because they wished to take us back to some distant past but because they refused to carry the cultural revolution forward. (134)

Dr. Gottfried writes that postwar antifascism was about “psychological reconditioning.” (59) This is important. If fascism comes from a psychological disorder and is a product of the “Authoritarian Personality,” it can occur anywhere, any time. World War II, in that sense, never ended. Winston Churchill, Charles de Gaulle, and other Allied leaders didn’t defeat fascism. They could have harbored fascist tendencies themselves to the extent they had traditional, patriotic, and authoritarian values. It’s no wonder Churchill may be enjoying his last years of respectability.

Russia is also a problem because Russians view World War II as the “Great Patriotic War,” not a victory over racism in a war that must continue within every human mind. On the surface, it seems absurd that both sides in the war in Ukraine claim to be fighting “fascism” and “Nazism.” However, it makes sense because both sides see “fascism” differently. To Russia, fascism was a threat to the Motherland that was overcome through patriotic service. To the West, nationalism of the Russian type is the heart of fascism. (137)

This is why I have said that Russian propaganada re: "Nazis" is either poor or strictly for domestic consumption. I am now leaning towards believing the latter and that Russia could not care less about appealing to the west regarding their support of indo-European, deluded-Nationalists.

Posted by: NemesisCalling | Jul 31 2022 16:02 utc | 9

@Paul Greenwood #8

You said

That stock price supports debt is important


Stock Price is not vanity - it props up Valuation against which Leverage is assessed........yo clearly have no Corporate Finance nous

Your supposed "Corporate Finance nous" doesn't seem to understand that stock price has ZERO impact on existing debt - it would only apply to new debt.
And that cash spent on dividends can pay down debt.
And that Intel's Free Cash Flow annually is enough to pay 1/3 to 1/2 of all of Intel's debt in any given year.
And that Intel's capital budgets vs. free cash flow vs. profits are such that Intel doesn't need to take on debt in order to spend $23B on new fabs.

But by all means: show off your wonderful "Corporate Finance nous" some more.

Posted by: c1ue | Jul 31 2022 16:08 utc | 10

Pelosi's current flight - going from Guam to Philippines(?)

STATUS: Scheduled
AIRLINE: United States - US Air Force (USAF)
EQUIPMENT: B737 (09-0540)
AIRCRAFT: Boeing C-40C

See FlightRadar24, etc.

Posted by: daffyDuct | Jul 31 2022 16:11 utc | 11

thanks b... i enjoyed the gordon m hahn article..... it paints a very shaky picture of the present state of affairs in ukraine....

i like caitlin johnstones article too... here is a quote... thanks..

"Failing to learn from history is one thing; failing to learn even from the last five months is quite another. Pelosi and whoever’s orchestrating her trip should abort those plans immediately, because the dangers that are being toyed with here are not worth the moral victory of being able to say that China didn’t make you swerve in the stupidest game of “chicken” that has ever been played."

i am pretty sure she is going to make this trip and it is going to go very wrong for her.... amazing that biden can't tell her to stand down, but he is not the brightest light bulb either...

Posted by: james | Jul 31 2022 16:34 utc | 12

turns out zel is a delusional dipshit after all. when he ordered the "evacuation" of donetsk he meant ~200,000 civilians according to the MSM. should moscow evacuate to kiev as well?

as for the manure and its myriad of problems, that's hardly a new thing and i'm sick of dumb f_cks wringing their hands about it when the solution is so simple a 5 year old could figure it out. ditto methane.

there's a lot of recent whining from the lesser alberta plains apes...oops! i mean "ranchers" about the price of fertilizer to grow crops for their "livestock". seems like everyone has too much shit or too little. once again...simple solution.

Posted by: the pair | Jul 31 2022 16:46 utc | 13

the walt article since (at least for me) it seems to be paywalled.

Posted by: the pair | Jul 31 2022 16:52 utc | 14

Pepe's latest is great for a Sunday, "From Balkh to Konya: Discovering Rumi’s spiritual geopolitics".

And China has just opened the most magnificent building complex mixing its past with its future, "China National Archives of Publications and Culture officially opens, to play huge role in inheritance of Chinese culture".

And Pepe offers this note on his VK Wall:

"Finally some Pentagon general - not weapons dealer Austin - made sure in no uncertain terms that Taiwan is off limits for corrupt, Schemin' Nancy.

"Unlike Afghanistan, at least now they seem to see when certain, fatal humiliation is on the horizon."

I've yet to further investigate the above.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jul 31 2022 16:55 utc | 15

@NemesisCalling #9
The Gottfried excerpt you reference is completely incoherent.
The Russia line is very simple - only ignorant modern Americans cannot understand it:

1) The Nazis in Ukraine are literally direct ideological and hereditary/family/ethnic ancestors of the SS Galicia and Gestapo collaborators.
2) The Nazis in Ukraine also share the same views as Hitler - only with Ukrainians not classified as "untermenschen".
3) The West has been not only harboring, but promoting literal Nazis (in Germany) and wannabe Nazi (Ukrainian OUN) in Europe and Canada. I'm sure there are also others in the US, but the presence of ex-Gestapo, ex-SS in West Germany is well documented as is the ongoing presence of Chrystia Freeland in Canada.
4) As Larry Johnson noted: "demilitarization" and "deNazification" were explicit goals of the Potsdam agreements after World War 2. In light of the above, it is 100% clear that the US did not adhere to these agreements. Russia clearly believes that the goals of Potsdam were never accomplished and need to be accomplished in Ukraine now. Federalization was another of the Potsdam goal for Germany; it puts new light into the background of the Minsk agreements and the subsequent abrogation of same.

I see zero value in argument over who calls who fascist; that is nothing more than partisan mud slinging.

The Democrats call Republicans who want to enforce border laws, fascist even as both dinosaur and Trump Republicans call Democrat DOJ actions fascist. So what.

Posted by: c | Jul 31 2022 17:18 utc | 16

@ 19 c

Your retort flies in the face of what I have gathered over the years trying to break down WW2 from any kind of obfuscating and monolithic understanding that has prevailed in the west since the 1970s.

The Ukrainian-Nationalists were only, to my understanding, allowed to assist the Wehrmacht late in the war when the tide had turned and Germany was desperate. Even then, as it is now, Ukraine was not 100% on any given side.

And the Soviet's centralizing tendencies had of course left a bad taste in many a Ukrainian mouth. They had good reason, imo, to support Germany, or at least throw their lot in with them.

I can't help but feel that your reply is indicative of the question the essay brings about: the slippery use of the term "fascism" and how "brown-scaring" is, for better or worse just as part of the establishment's toolbox as genuine Marxists.

Again, the essay addresses this and does a better job than I.

Posted by: NemesisCalling | Jul 31 2022 17:44 utc | 17

@daffyDuct | Jul 31 2022 16:11 utc | 11

Looks like it is going to Singapore

Posted by: Norwegian | Jul 31 2022 18:23 utc | 18

Posted by: karlof1 | Jul 31 2022 16:55 utc | 15

That's the geography of present and future times, the one changed by Columbus, we are going back to facing east, I envy the younger generations, they won't need to cross the ocean by ship or plane, one could do it with a bike and a pair of young an potent legs.

Reading Pepe's very interesting article a Russian film came to my mind, one of the characters played by a fantastic old actor Dzhigarkhanyan, he plays a retired anthropologist that studied the dissappeared cities of Khwarezma. Its a light film called "Dissappearing Empire" and of course it is about the last days of Khwarezma and the Soviet Union from the point of view of young guys finishing high school, I think if you can find the time you'll enjoy it, it is posted on the Toob with English subtitles.

Posted by: Paco | Jul 31 2022 18:39 utc | 19

@NemesisCalling #17
Are you seriously trying to say that the SS Galicians and the Totemkopf death squad guides in Ukraine are “not really” Nazis because they were late to the party?
I notice also that you completely ignore the abundant modern signs, behaviors and mythology these groups espouse.
No, what I said stands:
Gottfried is engaged in the ideological equivalent of the previous religious “how many angels on a head of a pin” irrelevancy, no different than American political party kid slinging or “real” capitalism/“real” socialism nit pickers.
Irrelevant, pointless and worst of all: no impact on the real world.

Posted by: c1ue | Jul 31 2022 18:47 utc | 20

Posted by: steven t johnson | Jul 31 2022 15:49 utc | 7

Turley is a piece of work. He's an academic lawyer, not a litigator, and iirc, tenured at GWU, a libertarian institution on the Potomac. He operates a website. My understanding and believe is, he started that up when his CNN bookings dried up, more or less during Obama's first term. During G.W. Bush's reign of GWOT terror, Turley haunted pre-lim, ad hoc Bush impeachment hearings, presided by John Conyers (chair, House Judiciary cmtee) in the basement of Dirkson building--because the newly minted speaker, the hag Pelosi, refused to schedule any. In this manner, Turley's cultivated his heretofore unknown reputation of con law expertise and may have contributed to the cmttee's final staff report (320 pp).

Posted by: sln2002 | Jul 31 2022 18:55 utc | 21

@NemesisCalling | Jul 31 2022 17:44 utc | 17
Like so often you lack any clue of east european history but have a big mouth about.
Ukrainian nazis were supported by the Third Reich from begin. They financed both OUN Bandera and Melnyk wing. The OUN already committed murders of Jews and Poles in occupied Poland after 1939, Bandera was then freed from Polish prison where he served a life term for terrorism.

When the Nazis attacked the USSR, the OUN immediately started uprisings, mainly pogroms, in Galicia, as Bandera had lined out in the "battles and activities" script from May 1941, where he defined Poles, Jews, and Russians as hostile ethnics which must be annihilated. He also masterminded the terrible pogroms at Lemberg (Lvov) starting June 30, 1941 and killing 5000 Jews on a single day, abusing other ten thousands. Until end of July, the OUN has massacred over 100,000 Jews in Galicia.

The Ukrainian "helpers" carrying out most of the killing in Babiy Yar were also all OUN Banderites. Bandera's proxy Shuchtyevich was active in German "anti-partisan" warfare in Belarus and personally oversaw burning down of hundreds of settlements and massacres of tens of thousands of civilians. In 1943, the OUN carried out the extremely barbaric genocide of Poles in Volyn, about 100,000 people, mostly women, children, elderly, were cruelly killed, children tortured to death before their parents before they were killed.

So much in short about your beloved "nationalists". Even some SS people were abhorred by their cruelty and fanaticism.

Posted by: aquadraht | Jul 31 2022 19:10 utc | 22

Literally brand new - already an explosion. Nice.

Posted by: c1ue | Jul 31 2022 14:47 utc | 3

Interesting speculation only?

Old news. The company website shows the vessel is currently active.

"Ship Track" shows the vessel suffered very minor easy to repair damage only. The main storage battery was not involved in the engine room incident. The current position is upriver and en route to home port .

Guilt is based on pure speculation and inference. The same concept that well-known serial liar Donald Trump leaped to in NeW York City. The month and year was May, 1989.

Posted by: Bad Deal Motors On | Jul 31 2022 19:44 utc | 23

Guilt is based on pure speculation and inference.
Posted by: Bad Deal Motors On | Jul 31 2022 19:44 utc | 23

correction: circumstantial evidence is admissable at trial ... in the USA.

Posted by: sln2002 | Jul 31 2022 19:47 utc | 24

The article on the Dutch "nitrogen crisis" may be from Science but by leaving out the political aspect it still becomes a kind of propaganda.

The Netherlands is a densely populated country. The idea that you can make it so that nature develops as if there were no humans is dumb. The fact that there are so many nature reserves doesn't help either. As a result almost every farm is near to one.

After many years of a very lenient policy where even very big cattle farms could be built without objections the government suddenly got religion and chose a policy that may result in half of all farms closed. This is mismanagement of the economy. The brutal way in which the measures are announced doesn't help either. It is done by an incompetent minister who believes in being tough. Dialogue falls outside her ideas of government.

The Netherlands is in the front but other countries are following. We see now similar protests in Belgium, Germany, Italy and even thinly populated Canada. It looks like yet another WEF policy that is rolled out over our heads.

Posted by: Wim | Jul 31 2022 19:57 utc | 25

Once again I am being misunderstood. Perhaps I am too clever for our my good in this regard.

But I will say it again: the deluded-Nationalists in Ukraine who are being funded by the globalists (read: Jewish finance and post-Marxists) and being led by a Jew (!!!) may have a gazillion Nazi tatoos on their body and may identify as a Nazi, sure. But here in the west, we have men identifying as ladies and vice versa. As you can see, and as the essay clearly lays out, labeling something "fascist" or "Nazi" is an unrigorous and obfuscating perjorative. It does not seek to understand the motivations of the other side and thus can not hope to win the battle.

The deluded-Nationalists in Ukraine have reason to distrust the Russians, because they think this is is Soviet Revanchism. The west, who are funding these deluded-Nationalists, think that Russian Nationalism is the new Hitler.

All the while, Yes!!! A million times, yes! Russia is fighting Neo-Nazis (deluded-Nationalists, indo-European Russophobes) physically in the Donbass. But, they are also fighting a broader spiritual war against the Satanic Globalist, post-Marxist elite in the west which are using every dirty trick in the book to hide themselves in topical terminology such as Soviet-Revanchism and NSDAP Nazism.

That ship has sailed people, and you are merely stiking at the leaves of a bigger, globalist entity, whilst its roots lay untouched.

To understand who you are fighting you need to be honest with yourself about who is behind the curtain in the west, the fact that Putin and Russia are walking a delicate line with their propaganda. Yes, they are deNazifying, but they are also pushing back against Jewish, global finance in the same manner that Hitler attempted. Like or it not, that is the truth.

P.s. Putin and Russia want European business back, so they are opting to not name the Globalist menace which is the parasite of the west. They are much smarter than me then, because I would be naming them outright. But suffice to say that Putin will only show one card at a time, and in this case, it is the cannon-fodder Neo-Nazis in Ukraine. But the next card to be played is the much bigger one.

Posted by: NemesisCalling | Jul 31 2022 19:58 utc | 26

@lulu, #5:

So, high profile personas in China are now openly taunting American politicians to do the kind of things for China to pull the military trigger. I would label Hu Xijing as a high profile persona on par with Jin Canrong and Zhang Weiwei. One of these instances, a nutcase Empire politician may indeed do something crazy. Seems China is taunting America to the scenario of proof that the Empire is indeed a paper tiger. Attaboy!

Posted by: Oriental Voice | Jul 31 2022 19:59 utc | 27

Article in August 1, Oriental Daily:

Says rumor has it that Pelosi will stealthily visit Taiwan on August 4. Three days to go to see if firework will go off.

Posted by: Oriental Voice | Jul 31 2022 20:11 utc | 28

Paco @19--

Thanks for your reply and suggestion. I'd hoped to be further disconnected from the rat race than I am at present, so globetrotting will have to wait. At least I can use the interim to get fitter for that sort of traveling. And hopefully the global situation will be saner by then.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jul 31 2022 20:11 utc | 29

Nemesis Calling, I don't know what essay you're referring to, unless it's the book review over at Unz. Regardless you seem to be deluding yourself into not seeing what's right in front of you and in the history of Ukraine, Germany and Soviet Russia. If you think that these guys over there are only play acting as Nazis, what do you think they derive from it? On the other hand if you look at their actions instead of diverting your eyes to their pretty tattoos, you'd see how black people trying to flee the country were treated by the white-european supremacist Azov thugs or how the Roma have been treated or how the Slavic 'ethnic Russians' in the Donbass have been treated. You'd see the monuments to Bandera, the erasure of the Russian heritage from Ukraine and the 'othering' of Russia as the organic, grassroots-to-government policy that the process is. Namely, a public rebirth and continuation of the same ideologies, tactics and strategies as Bandera's people. That there is no longer a power like Nazi Germany to give a powerful enforcement mechanism is the only real difference to the Russians.

All of the rest is a mish-mash containing some accuracies interspersed with silly and dangerous conspiracy theories. Is Zelensky a Jew? Yes, but so what, since his main mandate as a presidential candidate was to bring peace to Donbass and negotiate with Russia and Donbass according to the Minsk agreements while allowing his corrupt oligarchical backers to further enrich themselves and Zelensky's own family and friends.

You're starting with your own ideological preferences and working backward toward a conclusion that is favorable to them. For example, what is meant by the term "globalist" in the way you're using it? Does it mean American capitalist-military unipolar hegemony? Does it mean the Jewish cabal? Does it mean both assuming that the latter controls the former? In either of the last two scenarios, qui bono? What is the aim? Putin and Russia sat back and hoped that the Ukrainians would abide by their word and come to their senses for a full 8 years and the scenario that emerged of this inaction and the US/NATO meddling during that time was a direct threat to Russia's sovereignty, regional influence and territory. Do you really think Zelensky the Jew is the one pulling the strings, or even his oligarchical backers in this conflict? Or is it the Banderista Azov white supremacist Russophobe thugs who are being armed and trained by the US to topple Putin's reforms so that western private capital will have access to the riches present in the area of conflict, but also Mother Russia herself?

TL/DR: If it walks like a Nazi, quacks like a Nazi and fights dirty like a Nazi, then it's a Nazi.

Posted by: Crimea River | Jul 31 2022 20:20 utc | 30

Posted by: NemesisCalling | Jul 31 2022 19:58 utc | 26

Please fuck off to UNZ, you fascist scum!

Posted by: v | Jul 31 2022 20:20 utc | 31

Cynthia Chung thinks Sullivan will try and use Pelosi's trip to generate a new version of 911, "Is Pelosi’s Trip to Taiwan the ‘Pearl Harbour Moment’ Jake Sullivan Called for?". She posits that such an action is "normal" for the Outlaw US Empire when it's desperate to start a war. Here is her thesis:

In October 2019, Jake Sullivan, who became U.S. National Security Advisor in 2021, stated in an interview that the U.S. needed a clear threat to rally the world and play the role of saviour of mankind and that China could be that organizing principle for U.S. foreign policy. In the 2019 interview, he acknowledges that the problem was that people were not going to believe that China is a global threat, that their view of China is too positive and that the United States would need a “Pearl Harbour moment,” a real focusing event to change their minds, something he calmly stated that “would scare the hell out of the American people.”

According to Sullivan, from the same man who called for Libyan and Syrian military interventionism, American exceptionalism needed “rescuing” and “reclaiming,” not of course with actual qualitative actions that would earn one’s position as a model of true democratic governance with American citizens and the world, but rather through ever aggressive PR and media shame-based social conditioning, labeling whoever points out the clear hypocrisy of these statements as “threats to national security.” Actors like Sullivan have shown that they are willing to do anything to achieve that “Pearl Harbour moment,” even if acts of terrorism on their own people are required in order to paint their “enemy” as a monster in the eyes of their citizens.

However, it seems more likely stirring the Kosovo pot will be something the Outlaw US Empire is more prepared--and able--to deal with. Chung's review of the history leading to 911 doesn't reveal anything new but does allow her to conclude thusly:

Thus, when Jake Sullivan observes that there is not enough anti-China sentiment to bolster an image of the United States as a “saviour of mankind” against China and that America is in need of a “Pearl Harbour moment” I would be very wary.

The circus around Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan in the coming days, and evident glee that is coming forth from many of these neocons frothing at the mouth over this prospect is a clear sign that something incredibly reckless and stupid is about to happen.

Pelosi’s airplane might indeed be shot down on her completely irrelevant and unnecessary trip to Taiwan, and if it is, don’t be surprised if it was the Americans themselves who are behind it, who have shown they are willing to do anything for that “Pearl Harbour moment.”

IMO, at this moment in time, very few nations will be swayed by another 911 after the use of so many "Mini-911's" ever since the Iraqi War Crime, and especially since the Libyan crime. I don't think there's anything anyone in the West can say to convince the Global South that NATO is a defensive organization.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jul 31 2022 20:49 utc | 32

In my reply to Nemesis Calling I used the phrase "organic, grassroots-to-government policy" which may seem counterintuitive. Of course the US [primarily along with NGOs] has been funding the "grassroots" part, so in that manner it's really more like astro-turf. But as with the Islamic extremists in Syria and Afghanistan, the sentiments the Nazis in Ukraine hold are real. The US didn't manufacture these beliefs, but rather has nurtured and supported them, as quietly as possible, since the end of WWII for geopolitical capitalist purposes through all sorts of ways like secret leave-behind far-right militias in Europe and in a louder form through the expansion of the totally unnecessary NATO alliance and accusations of Russian 'meddling' in American elections.

All of which is to say that Russia has a long historical and collective memory and it should be taken at its word rather than inserting westerners' beliefs, prejudices and interpretations into the narrative for them. On the topic of Jews, since that seems to be a very prevalent theme in your commentary, why do you think that Putin, who you allege is keeping mum on the real foundation of the problem, wants to close the Jewish Agency in Russia? From everything I've read on the matter, it's to strike a diplomatic blow at Israel over their actions in Syria, a close Russian ally, and also to prevent the 'brain drain' of Jews leaving Russia for Israel. In other words, there is nothing anti-Semetic about it, and Russia is not fighting this war to take down a giant globalist Jewish cabal fronted in Washington D.C. They are genuinely attempting to de-Nazify Ukraine and send a strong message to the fools in America and western Europe that further aggressive and offensive NATO capability expansion will not be tolerated. There is nothing hidden in that message, least of all any Satanic-Jewish-Globalist threat or a grand scheme to initiate a major global reset. The Americans and Europe may see the latter part come into being as we do at this moment, but only because Russia was backed into a very real, tangible corner and that they had prepared for it better than their aggressors thought.

CC says "Putin and Russia want European business back, so they are opting to not name the Globalist menace which is the parasite of the west. They are much smarter than me then, because I would be naming them outright."

This is not how the Russians think, so yes, they are smarter than you. Putin and Russia want what they say they want and believe what they say they believe. Namely the ability to peacefully co-exist in a multi-polar world without the sabotage that has been wrought on any resource-rich nation, in most cases throughout modern history governed by democratically supported leftist leaders, that attempts to strike out on its own, away from the umbrella of American NATO proto-fascist financial hegemony and control. CC is projecting his own puritanical Christian nationalist Jew blaming value system onto them.

Posted by: Crimea River | Jul 31 2022 20:53 utc | 33

@ 30 crimea river

Thx for the reply.

Surely you understand that the neocons are largely a jewish force, right?

And that the current ones are descendants of those Jews who fled Tsarist-Russia? To my understanding, many Jews were also purged from Soviet Russia due to the fallout between Trostsky and Stalin.

Jews are all over this current admin's cabinet and have a huge amount of leverage in both parties of the duopoly. They are surely behind the curtain of the establishment.

What else do you want me to say about globalism that isn't laid out in Gregory Hood's essay linked here?

They figured both prominently in the first Bolshevik cabinet, yet also in the rise of 20th century western-finance and the perpetual war party which put America into WW1 and WW2. It matters not how and what system of organization they can latch onto, so long as the dominant theme of such a system is centralizing technicity. They hate what is natural, traditional, and different.

Under the globalist hand, Spain and Brazil are threatened by a German circadian clock. Germany is threatened by Africans. America is threatened by those who feel no patriotism for America even though they suckle from Uncle Sambo's printing-press titties. New Zealand is threatened by billionaires. Our food supply is threatened by religious climatists. Syria is threatened by Jewish and Saudi-backed faux-Islamists. On and on and on.

It is Jewish-finance which is the tip of the globalist spear. It can leapfrog great distances in its eternal quest of scrambling what is uniquely natural to various locations around the world.

Heidegger uses the term "thrownness" to designate the predicament of man in describing how we must simultaenously overcome and live with the limits of our place in nature. Globalism abhors such a thought of limits. So it cups its hand and lowers it into a river, expecting to hold and contain it. It may appear that this exercise is a success to the naked eye. Oh, but evaporation and the hydrologic cycle takes it back into its natural holding.

Posted by: NemesisCalling | Jul 31 2022 20:55 utc | 34

In Russia, today is Navy Day with its parade and Putin's annual motivational speech. Here are the important words:

"The key here is the capabilities of the Navy. It is able to respond with lightning speed to all those who decide to encroach on our sovereignty and freedom, successfully and honorably perform strategic tasks on the borders of our country and in any region of the World Ocean, has a high readiness for active actions of its coastal, surface, air, submarine forces and means. They are constantly improving.

"Suffice it to mention the latest, which have no analogues in the world hypersonic missile systems 'Zircon', for which there are no obstacles. Comrades, their delivery to the Russian Armed Forces will begin in the coming months."

Unmentioned is the likelihood Zircon will soon be battle tested in Ukraine.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jul 31 2022 21:10 utc | 35

Despite being a Nazi sympathizer, Nemesis has the Messianic foreskin of truth.

Surely you too can see the Jew behind every curtain?

Did your moel slip, Nemesis, and leave you only an angry inch?

Posted by: Rjb1.5 | Jul 31 2022 21:25 utc | 36

Posted by: Paul Greenwood | Jul 31 2022 15:49 utc | 8

leverage is assessed against equity, Assets, or profit, not share price.

No wonder the world economy is in such shitty state.

Posted by: cindy6 | Jul 31 2022 21:27 utc | 37

@ karlof1 | Jul 31 2022 20:49 utc | 32 with the Pelosi/Pearl Harbor comment

I can see the billboard now 4 Days In August

It will be a blockbuster. Who will play Nancy? Any actress want to make themselves look that bad?

So this is how it goes, everybody knows....grin

Nancy Pelosi and her husband were the Clintons before they came on the scene. They have been owned by the God of Mammon cult for decades and that puppet karma is coming back around as she plays her puppet role for dying empire.....I am sure Hiltlery is jealous.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jul 31 2022 21:29 utc | 38

Imagine what China might accomplish if it concerned itself more with its Jewish problem! Oh wait Jews run global finance, so no escape, only denial.

Posted by: Rjb1.5 | Jul 31 2022 21:30 utc | 39

I caught some Jews killing monarch butterflies! Who do I call???

Posted by: Rjb1.5 | Jul 31 2022 21:31 utc | 40

Wim | Jul 31 2022 19:57 utc | 25

"The article on the Dutch "nitrogen crisis" may be from Science but by leaving out the political aspect it still becomes a kind of propaganda."
That was my (vague) feeling as well.

"The Netherlands is a densely populated country."
Too many Dutch. Too many Germans, too. Shall we do something about it? ;-)

"The Netherlands is in the front but other countries are following. We see now similar protests in Belgium, Germany, Italy and even thinly populated Canada. It looks like yet another WEF policy that is rolled out over our heads."
Exactly. It's official EU Commission policy, that's where this is coming from. Of course this was publicly discussed well in advance, and we all had a vote on it - as is customary in this part of the world. Not. Anyway, this kind of f*cking up agriculture is now mandatory for every EU country. There are fixed quotas by which alleged nitrogen emissions will have to be reduced, for each country and each economic sector. Until last year it was carbon dioxide, now it's nitrogen. Next up: oxygen. Oxygen levels in the atmosphere are way too high. Something needs to be done, now. We need to reduce oxygen big time, to survive! ;-)

Posted by: Scotch Bingeington | Jul 31 2022 21:34 utc | 41

@ 33 Crimea River

Thx for the reply.

I would just say to it that your inability to see a broader spiritual struggle at play does not mean it isn't there.

As Hood's essay lays out that while Soviet Communism rotted the body but left the soul, the Liberal West in its teleogical end has festooned the body with flowers and burning incense, but has rotted the soul.

Posted by: NemesisCalling | Jul 31 2022 21:34 utc | 42

The Dividing Lie
Residential school Denialism And The Pope's Canadian Apology Tour

for the canucks at moa...

Posted by: james | Jul 31 2022 22:01 utc | 43

Werner Rügemer writes in

How the new capitalist players are acting against labour, environment and international law and how they use the Corona-pandemic

BlackRock Corporation is currently a co-owner, say as a shareholder, in 18,000 banks, companies, and financial service providers, primarily in the U.S. and Canada, in the European Union, and in Western-oriented nations. Such a numerous simultaneous presence of a single owner has never been seen before in the history of capitalism.

Yet BlackRock is only the tip of the current, newly formed capitalist iceberg. The next largest capital organizers of this new kind are Vanguard, State Street, Capital Group, Amundi, Wellington, Fidelity, T Rowe Price, Pimco, Norges. In the following, BlackRock is exemplary for these currently determining players of US-led Western capitalism. Smaller new capital players with related, also hardly regulated business models such as private equity investors („locusts“), hedge funds, investment banks and venture capitalists are also part of the current phase of the newly formed capitalism at the latest since the banking crisis of 2007 – they here are only briefly referred to.

Thank you Bevin for introducing me to this thinker and writer.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jul 31 2022 22:03 utc | 44

I call your attention on the situation between Serbia and Kosovo. Apparently Blinken was there (in the latter) four days ago.
There is talk of NATO intervention.
The project of darkness doesn't take a rest.
They are piling their tragic mistakes one above the other.

Posted by: deepEye | Jul 31 2022 22:04 utc | 45

@ 44 James

Here is an alternative viewpoint essay over at unz by Jared Taylor.

I have made the comment before, but it was not Catholicism that conquered the Native Americans. Technology is the only conquering force available to man and so the Europeans used metallurgy to pave the roads there.

Realizing this, Catholicism can be seen as a humanitarian mission to render the native lives useful to God, to bring them into the fold.

There were some Catholic Missionaries that fought against, in vain though heroically, this obliterating force of technology, and the movie "The Mission" with Robert DeNiro is a good example of this.

I can't help but feel that this whole Catholics are evil thing is just another attempt at eroding the Church of St. Peter and done by the usual globalist suspects.

Posted by: NemesisCalling | Jul 31 2022 22:26 utc | 46

Ooops, my apologies James and all. Here is the correct link to the "alternative" essay.

Posted by: NemesisCalling | Jul 31 2022 22:28 utc | 47

Rjb1.5 #41

I caught some Jews killing monarch butterflies! Who do I call???

First get some cellophane wrapping and KOSHER labeling.
Call Bill Gates Novel Foods Division.

Are you certain the perpetrators are correctly identified?

Some yankees pull wings off butterflies - Cuba, Vietnam, Indonesia, Iraq, Syria Afghanistan, Chile, Libya, Honduras, etc, etc,.

Even on mainland USA the streets and suburbs, schools and hospitals are crowded with wounded butterflies at the mercy of gentiles.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jul 31 2022 22:30 utc | 48

Scotch Bingeington #42

We need to reduce oxygen big time, to survive! ;-)

Well we could decimate the forests on the planet ;-)

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jul 31 2022 22:34 utc | 49

@ deepEye | Jul 31 2022 22:04 utc | 46 with the report of Serbia and Kosovo conflict

Empire is in desperation mode and so they are pushing buttons in any country that still responds to serious pot stirring or wanting to be a good colony.

Pelosi can stop by and hand out cookies...oh wait, wrong puppet.

Empire is being stymied in every move they make recently so what are the chances of this conflict becoming the saving war for empire?

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jul 31 2022 22:38 utc | 50

@uncle tungsten

Like Shakespeare, John Waters encompasses everything:

“Look at all those trees, stealing my oxygen!”—Peggy Gravel in *Desperate Living*

Posted by: malenkov | Jul 31 2022 22:43 utc | 51

On China and the continuous petty and aggravating Pelosi flapping:

The USA is going to chicken out.
China will let them run away.
Maybe the naval fleet will graze an un-mapped undersea mountain in its hasty retreat.

China understands only too well that the perpetual undermining and insulting will not end.

Clearly China has had enough and is busy accumulating a security force in Fujian.

Taiwan security is certain to be protected by its mainland nation.

I give up popcorn and will go for the corn chips today.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jul 31 2022 22:59 utc | 52

Posted by: deepEye | Jul 31 2022 22:04 utc | 46

In retrospect, this action appears scheduled.

Council of Europe | Overview of Co-operation Activities in Kosovo*, a/o 7 Dec 2021

All proposed and current projects aim to address the needs and strategic priorities of the local authorities. They are relevant to the adherence to Council of Europe's standards, including those specific standards required via the Copenhagen Criteria, and represent areas of exclusivity or where the contribution of the Council of Europe is of added value. Co-ordination with other activities and actors in situ, in particular with the European Union (EU) Office, the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX), as well as the OSCE Mission in Kosovo* and the competent UN agencies, is a guiding principle for all Council of Europe's interventions.
RFERL | Kosovo Applies For Council Of Europe In Move Sure To Anger Serbia,12 May
Kosovar Foreign Minister Donika Gervalla-Schwarz delivered the application in person on May 12 at a meeting with the leadership of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, according to a video posted by her ministry.
Millennium Challenge Corporation | Notice of Entering Into a Compact With the Government of Kosovo, 15 July
MCC's five-year Compact with the Government of Kosovo in the amount of $202M aims to reduce poverty through economic growth by targeting a binding constraint to economic growth in the country
euractiv | Kosovo to apply for EU membership by end of 2022, 26 July
Kosovo will be the last of the six countries in the Western Balkans to apply. Serbia and Montenegro are already working through the chapters of the negotiations process, while Albania and North Macedonia opened formal talks last week. Bosnia-Herzegovina applied in 2016 but has yet to become an official candidate.
Atlas News | Kosovo Military Deploys to Serbian Border, Crossings Closed, 31 July facsimiles
• NATO communique (KFOR)
• Serbia MoD
• Ukraine MP

Posted by: sln2002 | Jul 31 2022 23:01 utc | 53

karlof1 #36

"Suffice it to mention the latest, which have no analogues in the world hypersonic missile systems 'Zircon', for which there are no obstacles. Comrades, their delivery to the Russian Armed Forces will begin in the coming months."

Unmentioned is the likelihood Zircon will soon be battle tested in Ukraine.

Thank you for your diligent posts. The thought of Zircon winter warmers sounds about right.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jul 31 2022 23:02 utc | 54

malenkov #52

:)) thank you.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jul 31 2022 23:05 utc | 55

@ NemesisCalling | Jul 31 2022 22:26 utc | 47 who wrote
Realizing this, Catholicism can be seen as a humanitarian mission to render the native lives useful to God, to bring them into the fold.

Render the natives useful to God...... Since Pope Frank and your cult approves of usury then the God of Mammon is who those natives were being rendered useful for, correct? I mean, global private finance is part of the social contract where Pope Frank and your cult are not, correct? Your ilk are just along for the ride like Ann Coulter of karlof1's recent linkage.

Faith blinds folks to so much of reality, its sad.

Pope Frank is one of the God of Mammon leaders and is doing his duty to "keep faith alive" for his cult and the social contract God of Mammon

2K+ years of this patriarch/monotheistic BS is more than humanity should have to endure. The Enlightenment period should have done away with you myth breathers but the God of Mammon agreed to cover your ass if you covered theirs, correct?

The revolution of China (totally secular government) and Russia (dare I write socialist with orthodox morals...grin), et al, is going to radically change the social government landscape around the world.
What is going to end is the barbarism of money having no intrinsic value and controlled by an inherited cult of private families/groups....(Catholic church comes to mind).

Good luck with the transition.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jul 31 2022 23:09 utc | 56

@57 psycho

Yes, and I am a big fan of Pope Francis and modern Catholicism. /sarc

Posted by: NemesisCalling | Jul 31 2022 23:14 utc | 57

psychohistorian and uncle tungsten--

Thanks for your replies. There's an interesting piece at Saker's, "The End of Castle Europe and the First Day of Freedom" that'll exercise your brain that ought to remind you of my thought back in February that Russia needed to go to the Channel. And then there was Crooke's reference to the Franks in his last essay. Together I'm forced to recall what agent recapitalized England after its Civil War by forming the Bank of England.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jul 31 2022 23:24 utc | 58

@ NemesisCalling | Jul 31 2022 23:14 utc | 58 with the /sarc response

We have communicated for years here and I believe we share similar values but differ on how those values should be integrated into a form of social organization. Think about it. Monotheists, with their, our way or death/suppression meme, is a true face of current empire that is being revolted against.

I question whether you can exist in an multi-polar world that includes religions as no longer being respected for pushing their ONE way BS. You need someone to tell you how to live your life "responsibly" and I, and others, accept the challenge of living in awe of the Cosmos we exist in while taking full responsibility for our life choices and direction.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jul 31 2022 23:29 utc | 59

1st Long March (1934-1935): survival of the CCP.

2nd Long March (1949-2030?): industrialization of China (nearing completion).

3rd Long March (2010? - ? ): industrialization of the Global South (to be completed).

Posted by: Robert Macaire | Jul 31 2022 23:36 utc | 60

@NemesisCalling #26
I think the issue is that you focus just on the Banderites' nationalism; they definitely are Ukrainian nationalists.
The problem is that the Banderite vision of an independent Ukraine also envisions removal of their version of untermenschen from their bullshit history/fantasy Ukraine: Russians and what not.

There is nothing that prevents a nationalist from also being a Nazi.

And there is nothing sacred about nationalism that offsets being a Nazi in any way.

Posted by: c1ue | Jul 31 2022 23:38 utc | 61

@ 60 psycho

The Catholic Church owes itself to the lineage of St. Peter. Our Church is unique in that you can physically trace its history all the way back to the first Papacy and who were physically next to God during his Earthly Mission.

Why would I not listen to the great men, women, saints, martyrs, and thinkers of the Church? Why would I not recognize the fact that the Catholic Church has been an exemplary custodian of ancient texts and history, whilst other religious fanatics would through violence better soon erase it all, whether Luther's Sola Scriptura or Islam's destruction of ancient artifacts and texts.

I stand on the shoulder of great men. I am also thrown into my culture for which I am happy to belong. I have just accepted the limitations of my immediacy and resolved to make the most of it.

But, seeing as how I feel a good deal of affinity for my fellow local patrons of the bar, I will gladly continue to pray for you and for them that God will work his ways to bring you into his Holy peace. I challenge you to not snicker at this, nor sneer, but just accept that another wants what is best for you through God.

Posted by: NemesisCalling | Jul 31 2022 23:51 utc | 62

@ 51 - Dang, I put a Pale of Settlement in my Nudelman cookie dough for Nancy before she left on her trip. Do you think the Taiwanese will eat them? I know the Ukrainians still do.

Posted by: lex talionis | Jul 31 2022 23:55 utc | 63

NemesisCalling | Jul 31 2022 23:51 utc | 63

And I will chant a mantra for you in hopes that the hate and tyranny and racism that pollutes a good portion of the Christian Religion doesn't pull you into the negative bardos after the death of your physical body.

Realize no single religion or spiritual practice leads to salvation or a positive rebirth. The pursuit of power over others through religion always leads to suffering especially for the practitioners of the tyrannical religion.

Posted by: Haassaan | Aug 1 2022 0:20 utc | 64

Posted by: Oriental Voice | Jul 31 2022 20:11 utc | 28

"Pelosi will stealthily visit Taiwan on August 4". She will, presumably, go undercover as part of the vast host of deceased ancestors and spirits returning to their family homes in Ghost Month, joining the Odori dances and spending ghost money like joss smoke.

Posted by: TPaine | Aug 1 2022 0:38 utc | 65

@ NemesisCalling | Jul 31 2022 23:51 utc | 63 who wrote
Why would I not recognize the fact that the Catholic Church has been an exemplary custodian of ancient texts and history, whilst other religious fanatics would through violence better soon erase it all, whether Luther's Sola Scriptura or Islam's destruction of ancient artifacts and texts.

The Recent analysis of historical records have found that in 1054 the supernova that created the Crab Nebula probably appeared in April or early May, rising to its maximum brightness of between apparent magnitude −7 and −4.5 (brighter even than Venus' −4.2 and everything in the night sky except the Moon) by July. The supernova was visible to the naked eye for about two years after its first observation.

The Crab Nebulae was observed and documented by all sorts of physical groupings at the time except for the monotheistic area of humanity where such truth didn't fit with the theology of the religions.

So your claim is utter BS but you continue to have faith in it regardless....pray for yourself, you need it.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Aug 1 2022 1:03 utc | 66

August 1 is the date of Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) birthday. Happy Birthday PLA. Catch that street walking witch in West Pacific to celebrate.

Posted by: Oriental Voice | Aug 1 2022 1:05 utc | 67

heh, from the Onion

Posted by: pretzelattack | Aug 1 2022 1:39 utc | 68

If Pelosi does not go to Taiwan on this trip, what are the implications?

Setback or major defeat?

How will MSM/empire play it?

What happens next? Sanctions?

Is China going to be handed the impetus to help launch the new Reserve Currency for humanity along with Russia?

Will India be pissed off by empire next to put more nails in the coffin of empire?

Some of this human watershed event is going too slow for me....grin

Posted by: psychohistorian | Aug 1 2022 2:24 utc | 69

Different red lines:

Putin on Ukraine: US build up since 2014 in that territory.
Xi in Taiwan: An old woman flies in for a visit.

Who is the bully / intimidator here?

Posted by: Antonym | Aug 1 2022 2:32 utc | 70

@70 c1ue

Why don't you give posters more credit? You come off as someone who knows everything when you clearly are a man who probably outside of critical theory on religion, has only encountered the Catholic Church by means of a wedding ceremony.

You have to understand that the Pope is not infallible in my eyes. There is the essence of the Church, which is perfect and rational, and then its existence, which is wanting for it being in the domain of man (this includes its history and its decrees).

Still, the Church, not just its physical buildings, is the meeting place between God and man, but it can be fouled by lack of care.

So what you are saying about its scandals and poorly run administrations throughout history is moot. You should know this about us Catholics. We don't throw the baby out with the bathwater. Hopefully, this educates you further.

Posted by: NemesisCalling | Aug 1 2022 2:40 utc | 71

@ Antonym | Aug 1 2022 2:32 utc | 72 who is in the wrong bar

I am sorry but most MoA barflies know the history of your "old woman" and the fact that she currently represents the 3rd in line of succession to the presidency....with Harris being #2. Pelosi has shown, as documented by b, that she is willing to attempt to obviate a 70+ year old agreement with China for her bosses.

Go somewhere you won't embarrass yourself so much.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Aug 1 2022 2:42 utc | 72

@NemesisCalling Amen. Don’t let haters or naysayers discourage you. Keep fighting the good fight.

Posted by: HeyHeyHey | Aug 1 2022 2:48 utc | 73

Addendum to c1ue

An example of where the Church is currently in error wrt its teachings on sex and birth control is through its "Natural Family Planning."

The Church is right that sex has to also carry with it an openness to procreation and life. However, it is the Protestants who are more correct in their chiding of us Catholics for practicing the Rhythm Method if we do not want children at that time.

For us Catholics, the pleasures of sex are always secondary to its primary function of procreation in a marriage. Therefore, even thinking in your head that you should have sex right then and there because it was far beyond ovulation, is itself being closed off from life-giving procreation.

This is one example of me having good faith about Catholicism and chiding it where it is in the wrong.

Posted by: NemesisCalling | Aug 1 2022 2:50 utc | 74

On China and its less than enthusiastic response to the Quad: 20-30 million war dead from Japan alone.

Shinzo Abe was an apologist for Japan's crimes against China and other members of humanity. Ben Norton drops a bucket on Abe in this 5 minute yarn with Katie Halper.

Australia has associated with these scum instead of walking free. Disgrace.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Aug 1 2022 2:56 utc | 75

Australian billionaire James Packer throws his weight behind Julian Assange with massive A$250,000 donation to free the Wikileaks publisher.

Link to Packer-supports-Julian-Assange

Posted by: Denise | Aug 1 2022 3:53 utc | 76

@ NemesisCalling | Jul 31 2022 22:28 utc | 48

thanks for your link! i enjoyed it... i actually got caught up in a conversation on the open ukraine thread about this topic and i was trying to blame the monarchy...@ dh wisely pointed out people are just looking for someone to blame, to which i had to agree! i wanted to blame the monarchy, others want to blame the catholic church and on and on it goes... not a lot of reflection or wisdom in these approaches, i have to admit and i am guilty of it too! in fact, my wife figures i suffer from generational trauma having been kicked out of the highlands back in the 1700s! i still have it in for the royalty and those who serve them!!! at any rate - bevins says my account is not accurate.. he suggests it is a group that are always behind the scenes pulling the strings - financial levers perhaps... this sort of is what psychohistorian is trying to get at too...

i am sorry a lot of posters are ganging up on you here, but i get why they are doing that.. to lay everything at the feet of the jews gets us nowhere... it is more of the eye for an eye ideology, not to mention that i think it is wrong.. in many respects those who have difficulty with religion have a point... so much of it is driven by fanaticism whether it is the jewish, muslim, buddhist or christian faith... and yet, i see the value that religion can have in people's lives too, so i am not so quick to dismiss peoples attachment to religion... that our poster juliania here who is an adherent to orthodox christianity... i admire her.. i have nothing against people practicing a particular faith or religion or spiritual belief... all the power to these people and that would include you! but i think the problem you run into here at moa has to do with putting all the problems with the world financial system and etc at the foot of the jews... very few people are willing to go along with that, even if there is some truth to it... we are better figuring out another way to move forward here... i have shortened this post for brevity sake.... cheers and thanks again for the link... i am in b.c. as you know - have played music in kamloops where the story of all the residential school kids apparently were murdered and i don't believe that myself... it was a good alternative viewpoint.. thanks...

Posted by: james | Aug 1 2022 4:01 utc | 77

christianity is a jewish conspiracy! unless i misunderstand who the writers are of the canonical texts of the religion, as well as the founder and all the early leaders and members.

now why is it that nazism and antisemitism in general blossom within the churchified nations, particularly of Europe?

Posted by: rjb1.5 | Aug 1 2022 4:23 utc | 78

@79 James

You are welcome.

Thx for the reply and the reasoned and honest response.

Honestly, I am sure there most certainly were instances of cruelty there. But the schools were no doubt necessary as a result of European civilization conquering the Natives. It's the least evil thing they could do post hoc. That's just a fact that may be hard to swallow for some.

For those that are coming out of the woodwork to profit from this ginned-up scandal, I would say to them, as I would say to those that propogate BLM garbage: be careful who you throw your lot in with. In my estimation, many western countries are due for a great reactionary movement that will sweep this post-Marxist crap out the door. When that time comes, blacks will have to be honest with themselves to thrive and admit that they were taken by the woke, post-Marxist corporate-establishment.

Posted by: NemesisCalling | Aug 1 2022 4:39 utc | 79

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Aug 1 2022 2:56 utc | 77

Thanks uncle tungsten for the post.... unlike many I lived thru Japanese occupation from day one in the jungle... still remembers a refugee, traveled on bullock cart, costal tramper, rice and sugar food ration, what the fucking Jap did the fucking dumb 5eyes throughout SEA from Thailand (The Bridge on the River Kwai Kanchanaburi Thailand ), Malaysia (Malaya), Singapore (BTW Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong working for the Americunts and father working for the fucking Jap during ww2...The Sook Ching Massacre claimed the lives of between 25,000 and 55,000 ethnic Chinese in Singapore and in neighboring Malaya, British North Borneo, Sarawak, Bataan Death March... 60,000 and 80,000 American and Filipino prisoners of war April 1942 the surrendered Filipinos and Americans..., Indochina (Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos) Burma or Myanmar, and Indonesia.... I pray to god if there is one... China bomb the shit out of Japan their unrepentant crimes especially on the Chinese people.... to the Aussie they may have forgotten the on 16 February 1942, Imperial Japanese soldiers machine-gunned 22 Australian Army nurses and 60 Australian and British soldiers and crew members the fucking Japs...especially Penny Wong a gay was born in Kota Kinabalu or Jussulton British North Borneo.. a dumb bitch...These are facts...

do a closer search... with duckduckgo it may surprise you how stoopid the Americunts, Indian and even the Koreans..

Watch The Anaysis Paul Jay my all time favorite with.... Biden’s China Policy: A More Polite Trump – Amb. Chas Freeman

Posted by: JC | Aug 1 2022 4:42 utc | 80

@75 heyheyhey

Thx, friend. I know there are some Catholics that prowl around the bar seeking another Catholic. Lol!

The bar is a good place to go for adventurous Catholics because the discourse is great and the people friendly and polite enough to simply fly over something written in poor taste.

I have learned to play nicer and become more patient myself by contributing here.

Posted by: NemesisCalling | Aug 1 2022 4:52 utc | 81

Literally brand new - already an explosion. Nice.
Posted by: c1ue | Jul 31 2022 14:47 utc | 3

Let me guess - lithium batteries and water?
In Germany the number of fires in bus depots has increased since they went electrical.

Posted by: Passerby | Aug 1 2022 4:57 utc | 82

ZH has a posting up by Pepe Escobar about the SCO Ministerial Council meeting this past week that does not seem to be anywhere else

Escobar: How Comfortable Are You With The US Dollar?

Going To Samarkand

The take away quote from Lavrov at the SCO meeting

“Let us recall the example of Afghanistan, when even wedding ceremonies were subjected to air strikes, or Iraq and Libya, where statehood was completely destroyed, and many human lives were sacrificed. When states that easily pursued such a policy are now making a fuss about Ukraine, I can conclude that the lives of Afghans and Arabs mean nothing to Western governments. It’s unfortunate. Double standards, these racist and colonial instincts must be eliminated.”

Posted by: psychohistorian | Aug 1 2022 5:16 utc | 83

In response to the following comment that is OT on the latest Ukraine thread

Dear karlof1,

as you seem to have direct communication with Michael Hudson, please ask him what to do about the biggest rentier sector in the world, the stock market and its dividends! In my view that's the definition of unearned income aka free lunch: buy some stocks, collect dividends in your sleep for the rest of your life. How do we fix this?

Posted by: Anonymous | Jul 31 2022 21:53 utc | 103

1. Is/Are the global stock markets really the biggest rentier sector? What about the combination of all national debt?

2. Success from good risk management with investment needs to be rewarded but that reward needs to be limited to recognition and not measurable "profit" that becomes the end in itself (what we have now)

3. IMO, it is necessary to eliminate global private finance to end that being an acceptable systemic component of our form of human social organization. Individual and small group corruption will occur but eliminating it as a personal social goal out of necessity will change all the personal and social incentives to enhance sharing and deprecate competition amongst us.

I will be interested to read what Michael Hudson's response is.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Aug 1 2022 6:11 utc | 84

I wish to thank Nemesis Calling for the link to the Gregory Hood article at Unz review entitled "Understanding our Oppressors", which is a critique of a book by Paul Gottfried ("Antifascism"). The article was not a breezy read, requiring a suspension of emotional preconceptions over terminology, in particular, the word "fascist". Many people are endeared to this word as perjorative. But it is a word with a history, and Nemesis Calling has made a very commendable attempt to nuance the word "fascism" and it's meanings.
The thread of ensuing comments has been most interesting (thanks to b for providing the platform for discussion). I've always made a point of reading the comments by NC because I can relate to his way of thinking, but failed to discern his Catholicism. And even here I admire the reasoning behind his faith. I was late to baptism, aged 65, but felt a need to express myself as more than an amalgam of Jewish intellectual and political endeavours. Plus I am devoted to hymn singing, actively praising God. And when the Eucharist begins,
"Take, eat, this is My Body"....
Well, I can get abit teary. The word of the Christ, repeated every week since the resurrection. That is tradition, and it is very beautiful.

Posted by: Australian lady | Aug 1 2022 7:05 utc | 85

JC #82

Thank you and I share your disgust with craven fawning over the USA government scum. Unfortunately the mongrel Trump appears to be running again. I hold little hope for any immediate reformation in the USA and it will certainly take a reformation to get the change underway.

China may yet rattle some sense into their vacuum brains but I am not counting on it.

There are strong good minds in Oz who speak loud and clear of our peril and blunder from having invited the global murderer to set up bases here. Perhaps there is a chance.

Stay well and in solidarity. UT

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Aug 1 2022 7:39 utc | 86

I suppose this is nothing but a rumor, but anyway:
A reporter from the Taiwanese state media TVBS reported that, according to her sources, Nancy Pelosi is arriving in Taipei tomorrow evening, August 2.
Pelosi's visit to Taiwan will have 'serious consequences' - Chinese Foreign Ministry

Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi may arrive in Taiwan tomorrow and meet with the island's chief of staff the day after tomorrow, the China Times reported, citing sources.

According to the publication, the Taiwanese Foreign Ministry has not yet confirmed these plans.

Posted by: Norwegian | Aug 1 2022 8:39 utc | 87

@ JC (82)

I pray to god if there is one...

FWIW I am not of the opinion that a loving God (at least in Christianity, dunno about other faiths/beliefs) would intentionally harm His children. Just my two cents' worth.

Posted by: Digby | Aug 1 2022 9:10 utc | 88

Stock markets etc ...
How do we fix this?
Posted by: Anonymous | Jul 31 2022 21:53 utc | 103
Posted by: psychohistorian | Aug 1 2022 6:11 utc | 86

Never mind the stock market, that's for dead countries in the dead unipolar artfice.

Of more interest is the commodity market, long since monopolised by London, New York, and other "Unfriendly Countries". Related is the bubble of futures trading.

In my opinion there is currently an ideal opportunity for dealing with this problem once and for all. A majority of the principle commodities are on the great Eurasian landmass - I think I read about 60% but I could be mistaken. And a sizeable chunk of that in Russia. Combined with that, the biggest market for commodities - and the biggest trade (central to futures trading) in China, together with a massive reserve of financial clout.

Russia should work with Eurasia and the Global South to create "real trade"-based commodity markets based on optimising the trade in natural resources and commodities for the benefit of resource-holders/producers (especially agricultural producers) on the one hand, and users of them on the other (by "users" I mean those buyers who buy to use for consumption or for manufacture, as opposed to those who buy as pure financial investment and for market manipulation). Current commodity markets in London and elsewhere are mere financial markets that operate against the interests of everybody else.

The sanctions against Russia are the ideal opportunity to do this, and completely destroy all the finance-based commodity markets once and for all. Almost all resources and raw agricultural commodities come from "Friendly Countries". The sanctions and the requirement for "Unfriendly Countries" to pay for Russian resources in Rubles (or gold) provide an automatic advantage for "Friendly Countries", and a chance to radically alter global exchange rates in their favour and to the disadvantage of "Unfriendly Countries". Such commodity markets in Russia - based in Rubles/gold and interchangeable with friendly local currencies - with punitive transaction taxes for all transactions that are not directly related to real trade in commodities - would strongly benefit both buyers and sellers of commodities in real trade, and would quickly displace City of London markets.

Of course, Russia and China should privide shipping insurance, banking services, shipping registers, efficient markets in transport services and related services, and everything else necessary for efficient trade. That includes "futures trading", but in a new form protected by transaction taxes from being misused as current futures trading is. Producers, consumers, buyers and sellers of commodities have valid interests in using futures to protect themselves from unseen risks and thereby facilitate trade - such "real trade" futures need to be firmly kept out of reach of financiers by transaction taxes that specifically penalise financiers not directly involved in real trade. (Of course, these transaction taxes would not apply to real trade; nor to all smaller transactions, keeping down bureaucratic costs).

Naturally Russia should also create a trade-centred foreign exchange market centred on supporting and linked to the commodity markets to facilitate bilateral trade in any combination of non-dollar/euro/yen local currencies, linked to the gold price, and again with punitive transaction taxes for non-trade based (i.e. financier) transactions especially currency speculators.

Secondly, the huge resources, trade and financial clout of China and Russia can be used to drive key western finance manipulators against the wall by manipulating relative costs of short vs. long futures on the speculative London markets [note: only on the old-world markets not the new Russian markets, on which such actions should be made impossible via transaction tax rules] combined with availability of real product. China displayed a magnificent example of this in the tin market fairly recently: after western financiers tried to wipe out a Chinese player in the tin market, China used coordinated control of a huge proportion of real tin reserves to flip short vs. long futures prices causing trillion dollar losses to the western perpetrators. Ramping up such actions against futures speculators would help scare off speculators and stabilise prices in the best interests of agricultural producers, natural resource owners, manufacturers, and agricultural product consumers - predominately "Friendly Countries" aka the Global South - long exploited by the "Unfriendly Countries" and well deserving a reversal of advantage.

Posted by: BM | Aug 1 2022 9:24 utc | 89

TVBS reported that, according to her sources, Nancy Pelosi is arriving in Taipei tomorrow evening, August 2.
Posted by: Norwegian | Aug 1 2022 8:39 utc | 89

The current situation provides strong incentives for multi-way misinformation to cover up whatever the real plans are!

Posted by: BM | Aug 1 2022 9:28 utc | 90

FWIW I am not of the opinion that a loving God (at least in Christianity, dunno about other faiths/beliefs) would intentionally harm His children. Just my two cents' worth.

Posted by: Digby | Aug 1 2022 9:10 utc | 90

Indeed, we are plenty good at harming ourselves, no need to drag whatever deity you favor into the discussion, at all.

Posted by: Bemildred | Aug 1 2022 9:34 utc | 91

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Aug 1 2022 7:39 utc | 88

Thanks.... my brother live in Ozzie he love god.... especially Trump raised the bible in front of the church...... and secretary of housing and urban development is DR. Ben Carson.... SDA...

we stooped talking...

Posted by: JC | Aug 1 2022 10:06 utc | 92

uncle tungsten | Jul 31 2022 22:34 utc | 50

"Well we could decimate the forests on the planet ;-)"

Hm, by having a walk in the woods, smoking a cigarette or two? ;-)
I think some dude in eastern Germany did just that. There's been a wildfire for days.


People, please have a look at this itinerary of the lady president of Kosovo, and tell me the tensions flaring up for the Serbs in Kosovo right now is not premeditated.

Posted by: Scotch Bingeington | Aug 1 2022 11:46 utc | 93

@BM 90

Very useful description of what can be done : chimes with all I have read concerning Foreign Minister Lavrov's comments during and subsequent to his recent travels in Africa

What Russia has to offer Africa, in the sense of re configuring basic market concepts and practices, can not be exaggerated

Hence the broadcasts from Charles Michel, Africom (!) et tutti quanti - rivalling their Ukraine SMO trash talking

Posted by: Gerrard White | Aug 1 2022 11:55 utc | 94

Curious. Benin's foreign minister dusted off his shoulder at Macron's touch. Either he really got rid of some kind of pollution (dust, dandruff?), or just showed disgust from contact with Macron.

Posted by: alaff | Aug 1 2022 12:05 utc | 95

I have a question here, regarding that topic.
Visit of Pelosi.
Russia has electronic warfare, which can disrupt any communication in radius of 600 km. And recently I read, that range is expanded....
We remind ourselves, Norwegian fregate, which sunk in home port, because it was lost?
Does China have or not have such systems?
Taipei is only 200 km far from mainland....
I think we can assume, no pilot would take risk to land such a person in dangerous circumstances....
Do we realy need to read about threats to shot plane down?

Posted by: preseren3 | Aug 1 2022 12:05 utc | 96

@NemesisCalling #72
It is clear you are an American Catholic: which is to say, not a real Catholic in the eyes of the Catholic church.
American Catholics are known for ignoring anything they dislike about the Catholic church and adhering only to what is convenient.
I won't question your faith - but the reality is that your own self-professed heresy from Catholic Church dogma makes you a bad Catholic in the Catholic Church's eyes.
Nor is your ad hominem attack on me regarding knowledge of the Church either relevant or effective; it does not require faith in Catholicism to recognize the manifold abuses this institution has committed over the years, nor to understand its tenets, nor to understand that there are both good and people "Faith" people in its ranks.

All you have accomplished so far, is to show yourself as one who professes Catholicism uber alles who isn't even a real Catholic.

If you cannot even attain consistency and credibility in your self-professed strong faith, why exactly are any of your other pronouncements, automatically of value?

It seems increasingly clear that your gyrations around the Nazis in Ukraine is because they profess to be Catholic vs. the majority of Ukraine being Eastern Orthodox.

Or in other words, your Catholic prejudice is obscuring any ability to recognize the sins even if you don't hate the sinners.

Posted by: c1ue | Aug 1 2022 12:11 utc | 97

uncle tungsten @ 76

Thank you so much for this video exposing Shinzo Abe, a Nazi apologist for Japan's crimes against China and other members of humanity .

Shinzo Abe' grandfather Nobusuke Kishi, Class A war criminal, minister of wartime cabinet of Prime Minister Hideki Tōjō and co-signed the declaration of war against the United States on December 7, 1941 .

Just like JC @81 wrote, how could the Westen politicians, MSM and people totally forget the sufferrings the American, British and Australian soliders and citizens went through under the Japanese army during WWII???

karlof1 @ 32

Thanks for the article link. The only one thing that Deomcrats and Republicans now can agree on is anti-China and war against China, even it means the destruction of the whole world.

They want distraction not solutions for America's domestic problems.

Posted by: lulu | Aug 1 2022 12:12 utc | 98

@Nemesiscalling #80

You said

But the schools were no doubt necessary as a result of European civilization conquering the Natives. It's the least evil thing they could do post hoc. That's just a fact that may be hard to swallow for some.

Seriously? Now you're going to Catholic-explain the subjugation of the American Indians by the Spanish conquistadores? And its all good because they were getting brought The Word? Bullshit.

What's next - Deus Lo Vult was just a soccer hooligan chant?

I don't have any problem with anyone having faith or whatever that faith may be.

I have enormous problems with people forcing others to convert, and also problems with religious people excusing such theo-fascism.

Posted by: c1ue | Aug 1 2022 12:16 utc | 99

@preseren3 #98
Russian battlefield ECM systems do not have a 200 km range. I don't know what their range capability is but I am 100% certain it is far less than that.

Equally, it is not clear that even if they did - and did not cause enormous problems for other planes as well as Taiwan's electronics/communications infrastructure, that this would force a plane carrying Pelosi to abort.

Ultimately, planes have pilots specifically in case the autopilots and/or instruments fail. Also consider that a plane nearing Taiwan would have to go a long, long way to land somewhere other than Taiwan or China. I'm pretty sure the least path of risk is to land on Taiwan without instruments as opposed to navigate to a much farther, non-Taiwan or non-China airport.

Posted by: c1ue | Aug 1 2022 12:42 utc | 100

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