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August 14, 2022

The MoA Week In Review - (Not Ukraine) OT 2022-129

Last week's posts at Moon of Alabama:

With New Weaponry, Ukraine Is Subtly Shifting Its War Strategy - New York Times
> While the approach has been aided by the long-range Western weapons, it has also been encouraged by Western officials. Mr. Reznikov, Ukraine’s defense minister, said this week that the American and British defense ministers had both offered him a piece of advice: “The Russians use meat-grinder tactics — if you plan to fight them with the same tactics, we will not be able to help you.” <
War Propaganda About Ukraine Starting to Wear Thin - Covert Action Magazine
> Contrary to the best efforts of those that have funded, molded and justified this proxy war the truth has a habit of resurfacing. It will be impossible to “manage” the oncoming tide of reality that will gush out of Ukraine as the western powers refocus on their self-inflicted domestic troubles this winter, Zelensky himself may become the fall guy for the failed NATO escapade in Ukraine. <
Monopolistic nationalisms - Yasha Levine
> Ukrainians started to coming to Canada in the 1890s. Almost all of them came from what is now western Ukraine. They came from the historic regions of eastern Galicia (Halychyna) and Bukovina. These regions were part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Few of the immigrants called themselves Ukrainian. As you mentioned, Ukrainian nationalism is a modern phenomenon and while the name Ukraine is ancient, it's only in modern times that it came to be used as the name of a nation. <

Other issues:

Salman Rushdie:

  • Rushdie Stabbed Roughly 10 Times in Premeditated Attack, Prosecutors Say - New York Times
  • Rushdie's Book Is an Insult - By Jimmy Carter - March 5, 1989 - New York Times
    > While Rushdie's First Amendment freedoms are important, we have tended to promote him and his book with little acknowledgment that it is a direct insult to those millions of Moslems whose sacred beliefs have been violated and are suffering in restrained silence the added embarrassment of the Ayatollah's irresponsibility. <
Ahab Bdaiwi איהאבּ ܐܝܗܐܒ @abhistoria - 14:10 UTC · Aug 13, 2022
The Satanic Verses controversy has a long and recent past. The incident reached global fame after the 1988 publication of Salman Rushdie’s novel. Long before, however, the topic was fiercely debate in medieval Muslim scholarship. A general thread for non-specialists. 1/

German Greens:


UK Mood Change:



Use as open (NOT Ukraine) thread ...

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An excellent article at

The 1930s and Popular Radicalism in the United States by Chris Wright

Here is Wright on Huey Long:
"...Huey Long, similarly, made fairly radical proposals, as we can read in his whimsical retrospective account of his First Days in the White House, a book completed a few days before he was shot. A reviewer summarized Long’s post-presidential self-description as follows:

'He was the man of action who in rapid succession launched a stupendous program of reclamation and conservation, who planned for scientific treatment of criminals, cheaper transportation and popular control of banking. Higher education for all became fact. Tell every parent, he said to his advisers, “I will send your boy and girl to college.” There was much more, but all was overshadowed by legislation for the redistribution of wealth [by means of confiscatory taxation on the wealthy].

"These are hardly ideas that shun class conflict. Nor are they obviously “individualistic.” Insofar as Coughlin and Long’s tens of millions of fans, in the working and middle classes, agreed with these political programs, they certainly can be said to have desired fundamental reforms in American capitalism, reforms that would have ushered in a much more collectivistic and socialistic society. It requires the impressive intellectual acrobatics of liberal historiography to differentiate these messages from a class-based populism and claim they can be largely reduced to an “opposition to centralized authority” or a “resurrection of traditional values...”

Huey who argued that Every Man Should be a King was assassinated just as he was gearing up for a run against FDR, from the left.

Posted by: bevin | Aug 17 2022 1:07 utc | 201

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Aug 15 2022 4:22 utc | 84

You want satire? I'll give it to you steaming fresh.
[d/b/a British Solomon Islands, British Western Pacific Territories, German New Guinea: 1886–1978 independence]

[1914 MAP]

US delegation says Solomon Islands [PM] 'missed opportunity' to genuflect, 8 Aug 2022

[U.S. deputy secretary of state] Wendy Sherman and U.S. Ambassador to Australia Caroline Kennedy were among dignitaries who attended a dawn service near the capital of Honiara on Sunday to commemorate the Battle of Guadalcanal. Sherman's father, Marine Mal Sherman, and Kennedy's father, the late President John F. Kennedy, almost died in fighting on the Solomons. Kennedy had been the commander of a patrol torpedo boat that was rammed and sunk by a Japanese destroyer. Sherman was wounded during the Guadalcanal campaign, which was the Japanese army's first defeat of WWII.
Oct 2014: Fourth Committee Takes Up Effects of Atomic Radiation Exposure
Aug 2019: Cancer control in the Pacific
Sep 2020: Why are there unexploded bombs in the Pacific islands?
Apr 2022: Solomon Islands receive radiation measuring instruments from IAEA
"This was a place where international leaders gathered to say that the work with Solomon Islanders, at the time of World War II, was decisive in victory, in ensuring freedom and democracy. And so I really felt sorry for the prime minister because I think he missed an important opportunity," [Wendy Sherman] added.

Posted by: sln2002 | Aug 17 2022 1:59 utc | 202

"the neocon wing of the Republican longer dominates Republican discourse."

very interesting comment. I would take this to mean folks like Cruz, Cotton, Graham, and Rubio in the Senate.
But with few exceptions all Republicans favor a strong, fight-em-over-there military, especially when it comes to protecting U.S. friends and allies. The neocon mindset now days is "keep them fighting over there." What U.S. Republican does not support that?

It would be equally correct to say the neocon mindset has morphed itself into, and has been completely absorbed into the Republican Party in such a way that it is hard to tell one from the other

Posted by: thecelticwithinme | Aug 17 2022 2:14 utc | 203

@ thecelticwithinme | Aug 17 2022 2:14 utc | 203 who wrote
It would be equally correct to say the neocon mindset has morphed itself into, and has been completely absorbed into the Republican Party in such a way that it is hard to tell one from the other

I agree but think the version below is also true

It would be equally correct to say the neocon mindset has morphed itself into, and has been completely absorbed into the Democratic Party in such a way that it is hard to tell one from the other

Posted by: psychohistorian | Aug 17 2022 3:26 utc | 204

In response to
8 of 10 republican Congress shits who voted to impeach Trump are primaried out of a job.
No one cares.

Posted by: Radical butt cheeks | Aug 17 2022 3:53 utc | 205

I saw that Cheney lost in Wyoming and smiled at the wedge of divide and conquer currently at work in both the R/D parties in the US. Part of me says it is part of the plan and another part of me says it is reflective of the God of Mammon meme eating its own in desperation of the curtain being ripped away from the cult moving the levers.

So, there are lots of folks that care but the Plato's Cave Displays version of reality is totally manipulated at this point in the West.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Aug 17 2022 4:16 utc | 205

DARPA Manta Ray submarine:

Posted by: Paul | Aug 17 2022 4:34 utc | 206

. Sovereignty can be viewed as a human reflection of divinity, inherent in each human being. That is what Orthodoxy teaches.

Posted by: juliania | Aug 16 2022 17:45 utc | 188

Although couched in the language of egolessness and emptiness, that is also what the BuddhaDharma teaches. The nature of God is not different from the nature of Man or Reality all being primordially sacred in this experiential realm.

Posted by: Scorpion | Aug 17 2022 12:38 utc | 207

The outrageous behavior by the unelected Deep State and the incumbent administration is evidence of this; they wouldn't be reacting so violently and exposing themselves to so much risk if there wasn't a real possibility of trouble coming in...

Posted by: c1ue | Aug 17 2022 0:20 utc | 199

Agreed, though they might have just been waiting until shortly before the mid-terms so as to avoid counter measures.

Exec Order 14017 from March 2021 has resulted in many plans from all major agencies to the shadow President Obama via his Chief Executive Susan Rice in the WH. Many have asked for the plans to be published but they, like the infamous affidavit, are under seal.

The fact that they must hide their plans means they don't possess all the political and procedural terrain yet but it's very close.

I wonder if we'll see a wave of extreme right wing violence in a month or two, mass arrests etc. They are praying for people to demonstrate at which point Crack-downs will happen nation-wide followed by Jan 6 style incarceration. After painting their opponents as terrorists, of course the voters will rise up against the treasonous Deplorables and the Rs will lose terribly. The set up is there for that sort of thing but maybe too obvious.

Americans can hope for free and fair elections but odds are against that ever happening again. At least not until a new sovereign republic is formed out of the ashes of the old.

Posted by: Scorpion | Aug 17 2022 12:55 utc | 208

Oops... Exec Order 14019...

Posted by: Scorpion | Aug 17 2022 13:01 utc | 209

Will an election result in closing down FBI?
Is that possible in today's America?
If it is not possible what does that say?

Posted by: Scorpion | Aug 17 2022 13:10 utc | 210

From Reuters

Chinese troops will travel to Russia to take part in joint military exercises led by the host and including India, Belarus, Mongolia, Tajikistan and other countries, China's defence ministry said on Wednesday.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Aug 17 2022 14:03 utc | 211

Scorpion | Aug 17 2022 13:10 utc | 212

Will an election result in closing down FBI?
Is that possible in today's America?

Obviously not.

In fact, these homey videos of informed men and women expounding with great insight and articulation on the depths to which our hallowed institutions have fallen are taking on the soothing air of story time.

But I don't mean to be critical. Our hero of mob psychology, Professor Mattias Desmet, while concurring that all of our bitching and whining accomplishes little to nothing, emphasizes that it's the grumbling act itself that's critical, that somehow holds them somewhat at bay.

In other words, when the grumbling stops, the jackboot really comes down.

Posted by: john | Aug 17 2022 14:24 utc | 212

In other words, when the grumbling stops, the jackboot really comes down.

Posted by: john | Aug 17 2022 14:24 utc | 214

I dunno. I think they used to do a better job pulling the wool over everybody's eyes. But that's bourgeois - run polity for ya: shoddy mean jumped-up upper classes!

Posted by: Scorpion | Aug 17 2022 15:46 utc | 213

@thecelticwithinme #203
You clearly have a view, but one inconsistent with the reality that it was only a couple of Republicans who voted against the Ukraine aid bill.
Should the Populist wing of the Republicans triumph in the coming election, it seems likely that this number will increase.

Posted by: c1ue | Aug 17 2022 18:47 utc | 214

@psychohistorian #204
The neoliberals and neocons are militaristic for different reasons albeit with the same sponsor: the MIC.

The neocons justify it in terms of US power; the liberals justify it in terms of US power for "human rights".

But ultimately, the expression of either clique is the same: enriching the MIC and so the outcomes are difficult to distinguish. Nor is it a one time thing: the initial Afghanistan entry, post 9/11, could be described as a neocon act: overthrow the Taliban which was blamed for 9/11 and terrorism.
However, the continuation of the US presence in Afghanistan was heavily suborned into "nation making" - which is absolutely a neoliberal thing.

Posted by: c1ue | Aug 17 2022 18:50 utc | 215

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