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August 07, 2022

The MoA Week In Review - (Not Ukraine) OT 2022-123

Last week's posts at Moon of Alabama:

Other issues:


Long Covid:


> Barack Obama is said to have observed that it’s impossible to overestimate Joe Biden’s ability to fuck things up, and in large part that has to do with the endless, improvisational talking. But that gabbing is also the reason he was so effective at getting people to consider changing their votes when he was a senator and then the vice president. He doesn’t use verbal communication as a means of transmitting facts. He uses it to bond with someone. Talking is a kind of lubricant, easing people along to a new point of view—at the very, very least, you know that if you agree to change your vote, he might stop talking. <

Use as (not Ukraine related) open thread ...

Posted by b on August 7, 2022 at 12:15 UTC | Permalink

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WebMD is as reliable a source as Bellingcat. Only reason to go there would be to see what is being pushed.

Posted by: oldhippie | Aug 7 2022 12:40 utc | 1

Offering possibly a slight wry smi/grimace:
> Canadian voters, what the hell were you thinking?

Posted by: Melaleuca | Aug 7 2022 13:41 utc | 2

G7 sandbags "media literacy", I rank this item Senior Defense Official and Senior Military Official Hold a Background Briefing, 29 July (iirc, an MoA post on Olenivka Day) above NBC News IC not "rock solid" ALERT (6 Apr).

Here is the script written by anonymous contributors to the Shakespearian Russian War of Aggression for a cast of characters in the ROLE of post-Smith-Mundt Modernization Trusted Sources: NBC, CBS, ABC, NPR, Reuters, Fox News, CNN, USNI (US Naval Institute), Bloomberg, Air Force Magazine, VOA, Politico. Sample excerpt:

STAFF: Thank you, sir. All right, up first, I have Dan De Luce from NBC.

Q: Could -- yeah, thank you. I just wanted to ask, can you indicate or provide any description of Russian force strength in the south, around Kherson, and to what degree are they sending in additional troops or resources? And could you kind of convey what the scale of that reinforcement is?

SENIOR MILITARY OFFICIAL: Hey, Dan, I don't have -- I don't have particulars on the size. We have -- like you, heard of the Russians moving forces around. It would make sense, from a military perspective, as I had mentioned before, you know, the Ukrainians are giving it to them pretty good and I think they're looking for ways that they can reinforce, you know, their failures here. ...

Posted by: sln2002 | Aug 7 2022 13:57 utc | 3

Also this week: Total Household Debt Surpasses $16 trillion.

Total Household Debt Surpasses $16 trillion in Q2 2022; Mortgage, Auto Loan, and Credit Card Balances Increase

Total non-housing balances see largest nominal increase since 2016
August 02, 2022

NEW YORK – The Federal Reserve Bank of New York's Center for Microeconomic Data today issued its Quarterly Report on Household Debt and Credit. The Report shows an increase in total household debt in the second quarter of 2022, increasing by $312 billion (2%) to $16.15 trillion. Balances now stand $2 trillion higher than at the end of 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic. The report is based on data from the New York Fed's nationally representative Consumer Credit Panel.

Raising interest rates against record debt is sure to squeeze out something.

Posted by: too scents | Aug 7 2022 13:58 utc | 4

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre and NSC Coordinator for Strategic Communications John Kirby
AUGUST 04, 2022

~ Brittney Griner verdict: Russia is wrongfully detaining Brittney.  “She never should have had to endure a trial in the first place.”
[Later Kirby states Biden has personally spoken to Griner]
~ China + Taiwan…. China has chosen to overreact and use the Speaker’s visit as a pretext to increase provocative military activity in and around the Taiwan Strait.

We will conduct standard air and maritime transits through the Taiwan Strait in the next few weeks, consistent, again, with our longstanding approach to defending freedom of the seas and international law.
And we will take further steps to demonstrate our commitment to the security of our allies in the region, and that includes Japan………
~…Beijing’s provocative actions are a significant escalation in its longstanding attempt to change the status quo.  …
-…. We do not believe it is in our interest, Taiwan’s interest, the region’s interest to allow tensions to escalate further, which is why a long-planned Minuteman III ICBM test scheduled for this week has been rescheduled for the near future.

KIRBY: “So I can share, based on downgraded intelligence, that we expect that Russian officials are planning to falsify evidence in order to attribute the attack on the Olenivka prison on the 29th of July. 
They’re going to try to attribute that attack to the Ukrainian Armed Forces. 
We anticipate that Russian officials will try to frame the Ukrainian Armed Forces in anticipation of journalists and potential investigators visiting the site of the attack. 
In fact, we’ve already seen some spurious press reports to this effect, where they have planted evidence. 
And we have reason to believe that the — that Russia would go so far as to make it appear that Ukrainian HIMARS - that have been in so much in the news lately — were to blame.  And to do that before journalists arrived on site…..we’re beginning to even start to see some press reporting to that effect.
Monkey Pox
Press question:……we learned in the last 24 hours that the Department of Health and Human Services failed to ask that the bulk of the stocks of the vaccine _ that it already owned_ be bottled for distribution quickly enough. 
And does the President feel like his administration — and the Department of Health and Human Services in particular — has acted with enough urgency to confront this monkeypox outbreak?

KIRBY: the monkeypox outbreak has evolved rapidly and uniquely from prior outbreaks. So we are in a different — it’s a different dynamic than it was the last couple of times, because monkeypox has been here in this country before
And so, we have aggressively responded at different stages of this outbreak. 
And so, just wanted to give you a little bit of that context because it’s spreading at different phases here.
So, first, within two days of the first confirmed case of monkeypox in the U.S., we began deploying vaccine to states and jurisdictions and prepositioning tens of thousands of additional doses in the Strategic National Stockpile. 
The initial science led us to believe — and this, I think, will answer your question a little bit — based on recent past monkeypox outbreaks, that those doses would be sufficient to meet the needs of the country as what we knew at that time — because it’s dynamic, it’s changing. 

KIRBY: ……infectious diseases are dynamic, as I just said, and unpredictable — inherently unpredictable, which is why as soon as we saw that this outbreak was different and transmitting much more rapidly, we quickly moved to order tens of thousands of more doses. 
So just to give you a little bit of the numbers that we have: We have made more than 1.1 million doses available and shipped more than 600,000 doses. Those are currently out there, going into jurisdictions, to states, and with more being delivered each day.
We also have ordered 5.5 million additional doses, which are helping us get more doses out sooner, knowing that more are on the way.

KIRBY: Later, Follow up Answer:…… “is an urgent matter — monkeypox — for this administration, for this President.  That’s why you have seen the announcements that we have made in the past several weeks — not even just today or yesterday or the day before. 
Last week, we were announcing vaccines — 800,000 — and now we’re talking about how much have been shipped.  Now, we just announced the coordinators for that rapid response team.
As we know, viruses inherently can be dynamic.  And — and it is spreading rapidly.  And we — we acknowledge that.
When we first — when we first heard about the first couple of cases, we met — we believe we met that moment. 
And now we are …… making sure that we are meeting the moment across the country in what people need.  That’s why we have 80,000 capacity in testing.  How important that is.  We went from 6,000 to 80,000.  That’s why we now have 1.1 million vaccines. 
The other thing I do want to say is that, as we accelerated delivering of 150,000 Jynneos vaccine doses to the US., those — these doses, which had been slated to arrive in November — it’s now going to be in September. 
So, again, we’re taking this very seriously.  We’re taking — we’re accelerating and strengthening … our comprehensive response so that we can make sure that we end this outbreak.  And that is the number-one priority for the President.

Posted by: Melaleuca | Aug 7 2022 13:58 utc | 5

Posted by: too scents | Aug 7 2022 13:58 utc | 4

Never forget the wisdom of The Nobel Laureate: "we accept a system with considerable inequality because systems without any inequality profit or arbitrage don’t work."

P > R - C

Posted by: sln2002 | Aug 7 2022 14:04 utc | 6

@sln2002 | Aug 7 2022 14:04 utc | 6

There is no Nobel Prize in economics. Economics is not science, it is philosophy.

Posted by: too scents | Aug 7 2022 14:07 utc | 7

Jackson Hinkle interview with UN Ambassador Dmitry Polyanskiy From The Russian Federation.

Hinkle is aged *22*.
He’s already a journalist to take seriously.
His 30min interview is on rumble because he’s 2strikes down on yt, and will be banned with a 3rd strike.
What makes Hinkle worth watching (this interview and his others) is that as an interviewer he knows how to SHUT THE FUCK UP.
The ability to ask an informed question _ and then allow the guest to answer_ is an amazing skill that few “”journalists”” ever master.
He’s also well researched. He’s a handsome young man, and his proficiency with his blogging skills, such as microphone and camera, is leagues above Alexander Mercouris.

Posted by: Melaleuca | Aug 7 2022 14:13 utc | 8


#ThinkBeforeSharing - Stop the spread of conspiracy theories
The COVID-19 pandemic has sparked a worrying rise in disinformation and conspiracy theories. Conspiracy theories can be dangerous: they often target and discriminate against vulnerable groups, ignore scientific evidence and polarize society with serious consequences. This needs to stop.

Twitter reactions:
~”So. An organization - made up of world leaders whose goal is to influence human behavior - claims world leaders don't manipulate people.
~~Global Elite announce there isn't a Global Elite, and even if there was, they totally aren't running the world
“By lambasting covid conspiracy “theories”, the UN has given them creditability and we now know it's valid.”
“Ok. So. The world is not *SECRETLY* run by global elites. It’s blatant. “

Posted by: Melaleuca | Aug 7 2022 14:25 utc | 9

re refugees fleeing to Russia

Official stats are here if anybody wants to see:

Posted by: farm ecologist | Aug 7 2022 14:30 utc | 10

Well it’s a good thing they have an office for long covid. I went to the trouble of doing just a little bit of research on prior art and science before the so-called vaccines were pushed upon the popular what I found was disturbing and utilizing informed consent opted out of that program.
I recall reading about antibody dependent enhancement and immune system degradation fast forward to right now and we are seeing massive numbers with those sorts of symptoms.
Of course I realize that one cannot shake the face of a branch covidian.
And for all you good people out there who outsourced your critical thinking to corporations don’t forget to booster up.

Posted by: Chevrus | Aug 7 2022 14:31 utc | 11

Forewarned is forearmed. Something I ran across in the Saker "Spies in the garden" comments should be nipped in the bud. I now only look to Saker for articles from recognized authors, and am not going to sign up for this one item.

"The UN has declared war against Conspiracy Theories. They say “The rise of conspiracy thinking is worrisome and dangerous.” They warn that “George Soros, the Rothschilds and the state of Israel must not be linked to any alleged conspiracies.” end

After a bit of digging I found this:

This seems to be "Article Zero" for this bit of clever fake news manipulations. I spent a hour or so trying to find the ACTUAL quote from any UN official. If it exists, it is not to be found by searching from several angles.

So the "quote" above is likely false, but everything else about the UNESCO Thinkbeforesharing propaganda campaign is true.

Clever tactic to release an article where the headline can be easily discredited, but everything else is true, if mostly spun to send the masses back to the MSM, BS factcheckers and report to the "authorities".

Punchnews and its original version yournewswire seem to be in the Bellingcat milleu, the article's author is a Baxter Dmitry, who is apparently well known for regularly mis-appropriating quotes or making them up like this one.

Posted by: Old canadian | Aug 7 2022 14:31 utc | 12

There's virtually no occasion in history for people of Bunyan's stratum to produce literature.
Posted by: Aleph_Null | May 27 2022 0:58 utc | 108

bullshit. I recommend that you plumb European intellectual history, pedigree, and sanctity of Anglo-merican free press which emerged from Puritan John Pym's public house (Great Remonstration) PR campaign which hastened the English civil war, when the 30-Years War crossed the channel and then the Atlantic Ocean in boatloads of sanctimonious homicidal 'fugees. Starter Pack

Posted by: sln2002 | Aug 7 2022 14:47 utc | 13

Economics is not science, it is philosophy.
Posted by: too scents | Aug 7 2022 14:07 utc | 7

Still wrong: Economics is not Philosophy, is is the politics of social engineering.

Posted by: BM | Aug 7 2022 14:50 utc | 14

Posted by: too scents | Aug 7 2022 14:07 utc | 7

Just say, NO! to misplaced precision. THAT "Nobel laureate" has banked his "liberal" conscience for 30+ years, courtesy of NY Yella Cake. This guy's a bottomless fount of social science truism. Another memorable quote: Debt Is (Mostly) Money We Owe to Ourselves
wait, wait...
"What this means, I believe, is that a country with its own currency would not be subject to the kind of self-fulfilling panic that is now arguably hitting Italy."
... don't tell me
Americans took 9/11 pretty calmly

Posted by: sln2002 | Aug 7 2022 15:04 utc | 15

You ok m8?
Keep posting. There were a few of us bounced out on our arse during sessions at the bar last week….

Posted by: Melaleuca | Aug 7 2022 15:05 utc | 16

Our host has once again taken the dubious Turley as legit. Briefly scanning the link, Turley again manages to assume that emails are testimony given under threat of perjury charges; managed to assume that if Hunter Biden tells his marks he's collecting 10% for his dad he's telling the truth; found something sinister, grandly labeled "commingling of funds," in household bills. Close reading is not worth doing, Turley is unreliable and citing him is poor judgment, to be charitable.

The Taibbi link is paywalled but the intro is silly. Trump wasn't elected in 2016 in the sense of winning the vote and the press had nothing to do with him fluking out in the Electoral College. Further, the press helped Trump largely with ignoring his long, long history of criminality and fraud while deliberately servicing their right-wing, that is to say, rich ad buyers by shoving nonsense about Clinton treason. (The small army of whining losers who can't take the heat when the same nonsense was aimed at their tin god Trump don't count, their opinion is worthless.) Clinton was no more a traitor than Trump, but Trump did at least openly call for Russia to intervene in the campaign, something the losers like to forget. You don't need a literal memory hole when you're a right-winger! The press liked Trump---unlike Bernie Sanders---not because he was colorful---which Sanders is too---but because their market, rich people who buy ads, liked Trump. It wasn't the white working class shifting right, it's the rich shifting right and everyone who says otherwise is either full of it or lying to order.

sln2002@6links to a Krugman article. This site is so far right Krugman is probably regarded as some kind of Commie. But in the article Krugman asserts Cuba doesn't work and Sweden does. The thing is of course---even if no one else here would agree---Cuba works pretty damn well in delivering a better life for all the people given the siege it is under while Sweden has never given all its people what it could. And it even did that by allying itself economically with Nazi Germany! Krugman is deeply ideological, which is to say pro-capitalist, and as this article exposes, pro-imperialist.

Posted by: steven t johnson | Aug 7 2022 15:05 utc | 17

Posted by: sln2002 | Aug 7 2022 14:47 utc | 13

omg. my bad. US AMERICANS colonized EUROPE.

Posted by: sln2002 | Aug 7 2022 15:08 utc | 18

Old canadian | Aug 7 2022 14:31 utc | 12
Are you saying the UNESCO website is not authentic?
The site links to this twitter…
Which appears to be authentic.
The UNESCO website I linked has a plethora of “materials” to “assist” in countering “conspiracy” theories about covid (and the UN).

Posted by: Melaleuca | Aug 7 2022 15:12 utc | 19

This > is definitely on the UNESCO website:
European social media campaign to address disinformation on Covid-19 & #ThinkBeforeSharing
UNESCO Brussels, the European Union and Twitter join forces to launch a European social media campaign to address misinformation on Covid-19 and #ThinkBeforeSharing
April 21, 2020
Last update: April 21, 2022
In the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak, the online community also witnesses the fast spread of disinformation, conspiracy-theories and countless unverified speculations about the virus and its transmission.
To address this issue, the UNESCO Brussels Office partners with the EU Commission’s Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG Connect) and Twitter for an online campaign inviting people across Europe to #ThinkBeforeSharing.
Through the dissemination of visuals and graphics, the online campaign promotes Media and Information Literacy (MIL) skills, notably best practices to critically analyse information and to navigate through the overwhelming amount of news and headlines on the virus.
Under the hashtag #ThinkBeforeSharing, practical information and tips on how to differentiate facts from opinions and how caregivers can help children deal with sometimes daunting information around the sanitary crisis will be shared for around 2 weeks. The campaign will also compile and help disseminate all the resources available in Europe to increase MIL skills.
This cooperation between UNESCO and the European Union on Media and Information Literacy is taking place as MIL became a new priority for the European Commission. The revised Audiovisual Media Services Directive requires Member States to promote and take measures for the development of MIL skills for citizens of all ages and all media. UNESCO and Twitter have partnered before and published “Teaching and Learning with Twitter”, a handbook for Media Information Literacy and the digital classroom. A resource, that draws on both UNESCO’s and Twitter’s respective expertise in information, technology, media and MIL to offer practical advice that informs pedagogical measures and outcomes.
With the present campaign, UNESCO and Twitter, together with the European Union, again offer practical advice that users can immediately apply to online content they engage with. Several infographics are shared through the UNESCO Brussels and DG Connect Twitter accounts and are supported through the Twitter Public Policy and Twitter Nonprofits accounts.

For more information, please also visit UNESCO’s theme page on Media and Information Literacy.
This article is related to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Posted by: Melaleuca | Aug 7 2022 15:24 utc | 20

b - danke for the article in german, lol.... thanks for the other articles too!

Posted by: james | Aug 7 2022 15:30 utc | 21

we'd be making headway if unesco did an article on bidens laptop with approval from steven johnson.. alas - some things are not meant to be...on the one hand we had the mueller investigation and on the other - nothing... clearly this is a kremlin provocation!! damn that putin!

Posted by: james | Aug 7 2022 15:36 utc | 22

M@8, PeterAU1, indeed, a hand out to you, peter, there were a bunch of us tossed. your work archiving is of historical importance & very important. i shall visit you on vk---once i get a cell phone. :-)

Posted by: emersonreturn | Aug 7 2022 15:38 utc | 23

Monkey Pox
Posted by: Melaleuca | Aug 7 2022 13:58 utc | 5

I'm over this story. I saw it coming Dec 4th, 2019 when Guardian reported two "monkey pox" cases in England. I could recall 2014 ebola pharma competition and SARS-CoV-2 standard of care in Wuhan reaching for HIV off-label retroviral "intervention" + STEROIDS.

So I looked up "monkeypox" epidemiology before the Big GOOG Scrub @Jan 2022. (F* me for not memorializing every fucking peer-reviewed link at the time, then becoming enthralled by a recent syphillis origin story. Last nail in coffin of latter day phenotypic "NEW STRAIN" classification since BLACK PLAGUE "journalism" fingered "mostly muslim" Asian hordes for the deed ~ 1000 yrs after the Justinian mystery)

KEYWORD: V1588 specimen, Czech (year); "V" for endemic "variola" and deviants, collectively "varicella" (*pox)

More recent, an amusing, heretofore undocumented zoonotic VECTOR traced to independent Britsh India: Lumpy disease spread to 16 Rajasthan districts, over 2,500 cattle killed

Posted by: sln2002 | Aug 7 2022 15:43 utc | 24

did peter au get banned? or did he decide to leave voluntarily?

Posted by: james | Aug 7 2022 15:43 utc | 25

y'all know about the NextStrain project backed by Wellcome, dontcha.

Posted by: sln2002 | Aug 7 2022 15:47 utc | 26

james | Aug 7 2022 15:43 utc | 25
I think (hope) he’s only having self imposed time out.

Posted by: Melaleuca | Aug 7 2022 15:47 utc | 27

This site is so far right Krugman is probably regarded as some kind of Commie.
Posted by: steven t johnson | Aug 7 2022 15:05 utc | 17

You are an idiot (in the classic GR sense of the word). The fool's column headline is "CONSCIENCE OF A LIBERAL."

Posted by: sln2002 | Aug 7 2022 16:13 utc | 28

It’s not a star, it’s a chorizo.
French physicist apologizes after saying Webb telescope photo of 'star' is actually a slice of chorizo.
Photo of Proxima Centauri, the closest star to the Sun, located 4.2 light years from us," Etienne Klein, research director of the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission, wrote on July 31. "This level of detail… A new world is revealed day after day."

Hours later, he explicitly said that his purported photo of Proxima Centauri was a "form of amusement."
"Let us learn to be wary of arguments from authority as much as of the spontaneous eloquence of certain images," Klein told his 90,000 followers.
He explained that it's a "scientist's joke," and that he "simply wanted to urge caution with images that seem eloquent on their own."

>>>Can't wait for the first images of the Prosciutto Nebula," one user wrote.

Posted by: Melaleuca | Aug 7 2022 16:23 utc | 29

@ Melaleuca | Aug 7 2022 15:47 utc | 27

thanks.. he has done this before... people do reach burn out... hopefully he comes back soon...

Posted by: james | Aug 7 2022 16:25 utc | 30

Am I the only one who was unaware of Robert Kennedy's involvement in Marylin Monroe's murder?
This is worth a read if you didn't know

Posted by: ld | Aug 7 2022 16:31 utc | 31

sln2002@28 forgets (honestly or not?) that liberals are equated with Commies by many right-wingers. People sincerely accuse Joe Biden of being a socialist and talk of cultural Marxism. So, yeah, there are plenty of idiots who really think Krugman is a conspirator undermining Western civilization for fun. Having a problem with me saying so, rather than them, says an awful lot about sln2002's ultimate allegiance.

Posted by: steven t johnson | Aug 7 2022 16:36 utc | 32

This site is so far right Krugman is probably regarded as some kind of Commie.
Posted by: steven t johnson | Aug 7 2022 15:05 utc | 17

You are an idiot (in the classic GR sense of the word). The fool's column headline is "CONSCIENCE OF A LIBERAL."

Posted by: sln2002 | Aug 7 2022 16:13 utc | 28

Maybe, but to me at least, Mr. Johnson's posts at MoA suggest that he's a disinformation troll.

Posted by: David Levin | Aug 7 2022 16:38 utc | 33

@ steven t johnson | Aug 7 2022 16:36 utc | 32

i think a lot of people - especially people living outside of usa, are not preoccupied with usa politics 24-7... perhaps sin2002 doesn't live in the usa so is devoid of that special brand of insight or whatever you want to call it) into all the dandy nuances of how things are perceived by ordinary usa'rs... i am intentionally avoiding the use of the term american, because i live in canada which is also a part of the americas!

Posted by: james | Aug 7 2022 16:39 utc | 34

@ David Levin | Aug 7 2022 16:38 utc | 33

stevie has been here for quite some time... usually the topic is always usa centric in nature... and i picked up he doesn't like trump, lol...

Posted by: james | Aug 7 2022 16:41 utc | 35

Posted by: steven t johnson | Aug 7 2022 15:05 utc | 17

Smooth flow until this:

"Clinton was no more a traitor than Trump, but Trump did at least openly call for Russia to intervene in the campaign, something the losers like to forget."

Whoever takes that call literally cannot be taken seriously, it negates the rivals assertion that Russia stole Clinton's server data, so what Trump is saying is forget about the Russians stealing the server and focus on the illegality of having such a server, which is what everybody forgot about, the server and its contents.

Posted by: Paco | Aug 7 2022 17:13 utc | 36

So drummer James.
Have you made the acquaintance of Mr Rob Hirst?

Posted by: Melaleuca | Aug 7 2022 17:30 utc | 37

Yes, he is a true believer in the silly Russiagate conspiracy theory, which was never credible and has been thoroughly discredited since its first airing.
One would hope that it is merely a blind spot but that is doubtful.

Posted by: bevin | Aug 7 2022 17:35 utc | 38

re Paco@36
What Trump did do was to call for Russia to show that it was not involved in Wikileaks revelation of the sordid emailing of the Clinton campaign.
It is people like Johnson who bear considerable responsibility in the persecution-unto death-of Julian Assange.

Posted by: bevin | Aug 7 2022 17:40 utc | 39

OT: Early in my visitation upon MoA, I noticed a link to Ukrainian lobby in US Congress. I lost the link, but I pursued the tip. COME TO FIND OUT, Ukraine "influence", apart from UWC headline stupidity, is deep, deeper than Truman "cold war" record. Which is consistent with WWII covert anti-COMMUNIST ops; I've since mentioned here four (4) US "red scares" of which the Clooney feature-length, "loyalty oath" McCarthy drama is the least interesting vendetta and purge.

Ukrainian Congress Committee of America since 1940 (see Martin Dies, Jr. and Sr. (D-TX-2) HUAC master of ceremonies)

current wikiwtf crypto US Congressional Ukraine Caucus UWC political action committees (PAC)
current wikiwtf crypto Ukrainian Congress Committee of America
current wikiwtf crypto US Senate members; Bipartisan Senate Ukraine Caucus

current caucus purge: Freshman Rep. Victoria Spartz (R-IN (AP)
"Zelenskyy's dismissal of senior officials is casting an inconvenient light on an issue that the Biden administration has largely ignored since the outbreak of war with Russia: Ukraine's history of rampant corruption and shaky governance."
Not Only SAPO: Kyiv Should Pay Attention to Spartz's Demands Despite Conflict with He (
"They are trying to get President Biden into a zugzwang: to accuse him that he can neither ignore nor fix them without losing ratings."
Spartz vs Yermak: What Caused Scandalous Allegations in U.S. Congress (
"She co-founded the 'Tea Party' movement - right-wing conservatives critical of then U.S. President Barack Obama. Since 2017, she has been a member of the Indiana Senate. In Congress, she joined the conservative right-wing of her party."
@dandcaldwell"the perfect example of how even the slightest dissent on Ukraine will invite anonymous smears and insinuations of strengthening Putin from Russia hawks."
Perverting US "democracy" is so easy.

Posted by: sln2002 | Aug 7 2022 17:40 utc | 40

Posted by: ld | Aug 7 2022 16:31 utc | 31

Covert Action Magazine nowadays is a bit of hit or miss. Take that article with a grain of salt. Since Jeremy Kuzmarov has taken over CAM the quality of the articles is oftentimes more sensationalist than well-researched. Doesn't mean that there was foul play in Monroe's death.

Posted by: v | Aug 7 2022 17:53 utc | 41


Posted by: v | Aug 7 2022 17:54 utc | 42

he's a disinformation troll.
Posted by: David Levin | Aug 7 2022 16:38 utc | 33

ya think, at last, finally, "wonkish" Econ 101 is ... not science-y? Have I got news for you!
Could learning algebra in my 60s make me smarter? Properties of numbers is hard werk!

I pictured mathematics as a landscape and myself as if contemplating a journey from which I might return like Marco Polo, having seen strange sights and with undreamt-of memories.[...]
With algebra I’m not simply collecting information, I am having to classify and comprehend it.
Find for x, the unknown quantity.

Posted by: sln2002 | Aug 7 2022 17:56 utc | 43

Clinton no more a traitor then Trump? Seriously
Clinton and her hubby and caused more havoc for the US and the world then most presidents could even try to do. From Glass stegal to Ukraine these war criminals stomped all over the world. Hilary is why we are in Ukraine! The Clinton’s wreaked havoc in Haiti to this day. Yugoslavia their is another gift of the duo crime syndicate. Somalia, Syria, Libya. Trump caused havoc in the so called capital of grift. Pretended to drop bombs in Syria and assassinated a Diplomate in Iran. I can’t believe anyone who buys into the Republican- Democrat hate fest. Both parties are 1 and the same they all vote to commit genocide in countries that have no way to defend themselves. Yet the clowns that operate the slaughter always lose.

Posted by: Susan | Aug 7 2022 18:10 utc | 44

Posted by: Melaleuca | Aug 7 2022 15:47 utc | 27
james | Aug 7 2022 15:43 utc | 25

I think (hope) he’s only having self imposed time out.

I trust he is well, send him best wishes, and look forward to his early return.

Posted by: Sushi | Aug 7 2022 18:21 utc | 45

ld @ 31

Actually that is not new information, it is regurgitated material. Rothemiller, the author, wrote an excellent book L.A. Secret Police: Inside the LAPD Elite Spy Network where he ran into the Iran-Contra operation in LA and was almost assassinated by some operators. The book is a hilarious inside look at LA PD yet very serious and troubling.

Rothmiller, whom I have been in contact with a time or two, has seemed to fallen prey to his enemies and starting to tow their BS.

The book Double Cross, mentioned in the article, is an interesting account of which I suspect it is partially true. It has been out a long time. I do believe Marilyn was used by the CIA to trap and blackmail leaders. It is possible they used her to set up blackmail on the Kennedy's as well. She was a women that every man wanted to bag in that era. The book claims she was killed with a drug laced suppository by some mob operators. Why kill her at that point if she could blackmail their hated enemy Bobby?

The various agencies had plenty to blackmail the Kennedy's without her. They preferred a public execution filmed as a warning to all. I do not think it was a coincidence that it was filmed. Zapruder was a Dallas connected top level Mason. He earned their highest degree.

I remember the night when Bobby was murdered by the agency. My parents were not surprised. One of my close family members was appointed by JFK to a position.

If Lawford's account is true Bobby's fingerprints would have been on everything in the room. Many of the players had axes to grind. Anything from the LA PD is probably bullshit.

Never could figure out why they chose that time to kill her. I met one of her former husbands several times. If she had a diary it would have made an interesting book.

Seeing so many around me in times past with connections the puzzle interested me. One thing is certain, who killed the brothers.

Posted by: circumspect | Aug 7 2022 18:23 utc | 46

Old canadian | Aug 7 2022 14:31 utc | 12
Are you saying the UNESCO website is not authentic?
The site links to this twitter…
Which appears to be authentic.
The UNESCO website I linked has a plethora of “materials” to “assist” in countering “conspiracy” theories about covid (and the UN).

Posted by: Melaleuca | Aug 7 2022 15:12 utc

If you apply the UNESCO "how to tell if it's a conspiracy theory" guidelines, MOA falls under the "fake news" umbrella by reporting Russian MoD reports etc.

The Punchnews site is most probably a Bellingcat-style useful-idiot site. This site put up the BOGUS headline I quoted: "The UN has declared war against Conspiracy Theories. They say “The rise of conspiracy thinking is worrisome and dangerous.” They warn that “George Soros, the Rothschilds and the state of Israel must not be linked to any alleged conspiracies.”

Who is the "they" in the UN who "warn" us that Soros etc are NOT perpetrating any conspiracy?

I could find ZERO references to this QUOTE on the UN site or anywhere in the internet. So I say that QUOTE is bogus.

But Newspunch appended this BOGUS QUOTE to the exposure of the REAL UNESCO "identify a conspiracy theory" site.

So in the minds of said "factcheckers" etc., any "alternative" site/blog that reposts the Punchnews article is now publishing "fake news" because NO UN OFFICIAL SAID THAT QUOTE. The proposition that Soros, the Rothschilds and the state of Israel cold be involved in ANY conspiracies is now by extension declared false by the "fact checkers".

Anyone who thinks what the above crowd is involved in is NOT a conspiracy needs to read the dictionary.

Definition of conspiracy
1: the act of conspiring together
They were accused of conspiracy to commit murder.
2a: an agreement among conspirators
uncovered a conspiracy against the government
b: a group of conspirators
a conspiracy made up of disgruntled aristocrats

Conveniently, some sources now append the idea that a conspiracy must be a CRIMINAL act. That is not the case here, not until International Law/Court catches up with the heinous actions of the 0.001% mentioned in the 21st Century.

So, yes, the UNESCO info is obviously a bonafide site, but the "tools" offered to the public to root out "fake news" or "disinformation" is MISused by the same MSM, factcheckers, Twitter and authorities to attack real news the 0.001% don't want exposed. It is a "snitch" document.

Few will bother to look beyond the headline, let alone at the actual UNESCO site. Fewer still will have the critical thinking skills to see how this is intended to divert attention, cause confusion and damage reputations/social-media-access of unwary re-posting sites.

The fact the UNESCO site specifically tells the public to report any "fake news" to our oppressors seals the deal. The UN is part and parcel of gov't efforts worldwide to suppress any info they don't want known. They are literally killing Assange for exposing their lies, so why would this bit of trickery be beyond their depravity?

Posted by: Old canadian | Aug 7 2022 18:32 utc | 47

@ Melaleuca | Aug 7 2022 17:30 utc | 37

i know of the band, but not the drummer specifically.. here is a canuck band for you - no means no.. these guys are from vancouver island..

@ lex ta............ you still around? here is a cool band i tripped on the past week.. i think they are out of akron ohio, lol...

Posted by: james | Aug 7 2022 18:49 utc | 48

Paco@36 "'Clinton was no more a traitor than Trump, but Trump did at least openly call for Russia to intervene in the campaign, something the losers like to forget.'

Whoever takes that call literally cannot be taken seriously, it negates the rivals assertion that Russia stole Clinton's server data, so what Trump is saying is forget about the Russians stealing the server and focus on the illegality of having such a server, which is what everybody forgot about, the server and its contents."

The email server nonsense was not treason, there was never any reason to call it treasonous, and nobody ever forgot it, because it was assiduously fluffed up by the media endlessly. The media, supposedly Trump's enemies, endlessly fluffed this nonsense, even as it studiously starved Sanders' primary campaign of publicity while giving away billions in free publicity to Trump. The FBI, also supposedly anti-Trump, a bastion of the Deep State if there ever was one, also directly intervened with this drivel on Trump's behalf in the campaign, with the infamous Comey letter. That might actually have made a difference in the vote, but in Trump's favor, contra the self-pitying mythology of the Trumper.

I thought it was pretty obvious that Trump's asshole remarks about how Russia should hack Clinton weren't genuinely good evidence of treason either. But the geniuses (yes, that's sarcasm!) who thought Clinton was a traitor most certainly didn't have evidence *that* "good" (yes, more sarcasm!) as Trump provided against himself from his own mouth! The insistence that "we" are so threatened by treason we need a lawless boss like Trump to take over in spite of the disgusting rabble who voted for Clinton/against Trump or for Biden/against Trump instead is hysteria, fear mongering and most definitely belongs in the fascist end of the capitalist/imperialist political spectrum. It's not an accident that this crew can't be satisfied with merely alleging corruption, it's got to be treason, treason, treason. It's not just because everyone who cares to know already knows Trump has been a sleazy crook his entirely life. Treason is where you get to kill your enemies. The secret blood lust to kill Democrats, women, whoever, whatever, isn't all that secret.

David Levin@33 provides another example of how not singing in chorus with the groupthink lyrics is emotionally deranging. Screeching "troll" is one of the most powerful symptoms of being wrong you can find on the internet.

bevin@38 is actually smart enough to know that if I say neither Clinton nor Trump are traitors, then citing Trump's public idiocy is not about somehow proving he really is. For the historically inclined, I have specifically posted before the 2020 election I don't believe either is a traitor, i.e., I don't believe in Russiagate and never did. bevin is just making that up. I don't post conspiracy trash about the FISA and the Steele dossier, for example, because FISA almost always accepts testilying at face value, just like most courts do.

bevin@39 must be drunk on Trump's dingleberry wine. This comment is written as if Trump, for four years President of the US and chieftain of the CIA and the Justice Department and the State Department and in charge of double dealing with the Ecuadorians, protectors of Assange, had nothing to do with Assange's persecution, despite being materially concerned with the leak of the DNC emails (bevin is no referring to the email servers, though it may be meant to be deliberately ambiguous to allow a convenient mistreading?) No, a retired guy with a cheap hobby of commenting is responsible. This is the kind of lack of insight into politics that allows bevin to think (sincerely?) bevin is somehow still part of the left, as opposed to being a renegade who hobnobs with fascists and cryptofascists, because, birds of a feather...

Susan@44 I don't remember this commenter, may be bevin's pseudonym for all I know. But if a real person, it's kind of sad. Curiously enough, despite the absurd pretensions of so many posters here to be true conservatives and patriots, treason is actually defined in the Constitution. (Unsurprising as it was written by the political heirs of real live traitors to their original country!) Look it up. Again, the desperate desire to find traitors is a barely concealed desire for a tyrant to kill the enemies and save the country, assuming such can distinguish the two.

Posted by: steven t johnson | Aug 7 2022 19:38 utc | 49

Leaving aside all the other nonsense, I am not suggesting that Johnson was responsible for Assange's persecution. I am suggesting that the lie that Wikileaks relied upon Russian hackers to obtain the Clinton and DNC emails is one of the charges laid against Assange. The continued insistence of the Democrats that their emails were hacked rather than leaked lies at the bottom of the accusations that Russia assisted Trump to victory.
In fact Clinton and her arrogant campaign managers were entirely responsible for her defeat, which was assured when she stole the Primaries, as did Biden.
As I said, I hope that Johnson's references to the non existent part Russia played in Trump's victory are inadvertent. But he did the same thing in his last obsessive screed directed against my straw shadow.

The real news this week is that the US and India plan to hold joint military drills this autumn in the Himalayas- the border with China. Whether this leads to Chinese/Venezuelan manouevres in the Caribbean or joint Russo-Chinese military exercises in the Behring Sea seems unlikely but either would be internationally acclaimed.

Posted by: bevin | Aug 7 2022 19:54 utc | 50

karl luck@50
"..The western world is controlled by Zionist bankers who have always financed wars throughout history to satiate their greed and feelings of superiority..."
Perhaps you could name some of these wars-'throughout history'? The theory is a nonsense.

Posted by: bevin | Aug 7 2022 19:57 utc | 51

Full text of the paywalled Taibbi article linked by the owner of this blog. Needed if there is to be a useful debate on the contents.

The Press is Already Working Overtime to Elect Trump Again

Negative media attention and the martyring effect of Internet censorship are the best friends Donald Trump ever had, but press antagonists are doubling down for 2024

“The 2024 Presidential Race Begins to Take Shape,” declared NPR this week, part of an early downpour of coverage. Eight hundred days from a vote, the world’s biggest analytical army is already working every angle to the election story but one: its own influence on the outcome.

The press is going to elect Donald Trump again. They did it once, tried again four years later, and now they’re on the hunt a third time. They hate him, but they keep doing him favors, the latest being an attempt to kill off his biggest primary rival.

If you haven’t been living under a rock, you likely noticed a sudden avalanche of center-left news offering left-handed praise of Florida governor Ron DeSantis. Reigning conventional wisdom weathervane Chris Cillizza of CNN came out with a DeSantis-heavy piece called, This is the best argument for Republicans to nominate someone other than Donald Trump in 2024, Vanity Fair went with DeSantis Splinters Never Trumpers, Politico opined that Liberals Should Welcome Ron DeSantis’ Rise, and famed Alfa-Bank hoaxer and New Yorker writer Dexter Filkins called the Floridian “Trump With a Brain” in “Can Ron DeSantis Displace Donald Trump as the GOP’s Combatant-in-Chief?”, leading a gleeful National Review to chirp, “The New Yorker Accidentally Makes Ron DeSantis Look Awesome.”


DeSantis was Satan incarnate with the same crowd about ten minutes ago, hammered for lockdown-averse Covid policies and for a “Don’t Say Gay” law that, in a minor detail, didn’t actually say not to say gay. Then, toward the end of June, stories began to circulate that DeSantis’ record gubernatorial fundraising efforts could be a springboard to a national run.

That seemed to trigger the first in a series of manufactured campaign dramas of the “That Little Girl Was Me” type, beginning with apparent Democratic 2024 hopeful and California governor Gavin Newsom doing a DeSantis-aimed ad buy in Florida on the Fourth of July. Newsom, who has presidentish hair but not much else, wanted to pick a fight over who got to “own the word freedom”:


After this series of events, Trump began disappearing from Fox News broadcasts, a phenomenon conspicuous enough that the New York Times wrote a feature about it. Key passages:

On July 22, as Mr. Trump was rallying supporters in Arizona and teasing the possibility of running for president in 2024, saying “We may have to do it again,” Fox News chose not to show the event… Instead, the network aired Laura Ingraham’s interview with a possible rival for the 2024 Republican nomination, Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida…

It also reflects concerns that Republicans in Washington, like Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the minority leader, have expressed to the Murdochs about the potential harm Mr. Trump could cause to the party’s chances in upcoming elections.

By the end of July, both Democratic Party mouthpieces and the traditional GOP bureaucracy were open in their desire to run DeSantis in 2024 instead of Trump. Papers across the spectrum began commissioning polls and instantly began interpreting them as news that the public was in sync with these desires. This is from a Wednesday Post piece, “Trump is losing ground in the 2024 primary. Here’s why”:

Donald Trump leads in primary polls and is well-liked by his party — but his position is worse than it was a year ago… Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is gaining ground in primary polls, emerging as a plausible challenger…

The Post logic in claiming Trump’s 50%-24% poll lead won’t stick is that unlike 2016, when Trump had an “exclusive hold” on issues like immigration, he will face stiffer competition from DeSantis, who’s no softie on immigration himself. This conveniently forgets that leading Trump challenger Ben Carson in 2016 was proposing using drones on border migrants (“You look at some of these caves… one drone strike, boom, and… gone”). Ted Cruz, Rick Santorum, Scott Walker, and Bobby Jindal came out for ending automatic citizenship for immigrant children, and even Jeb Bush pledged to stop “anchor babies.” The idea that Trump was the only Republican talking tough on immigration in 2016 is delusional.

We’re watching a replay of 2015-2016, when one establishment organ after another ran laudatory stories about establishment-approved Trump rivals supposedly seizing control of the race from twenty, thirty, forty points back. Who could forget MSNBC’s “Is Ted Cruz 2016's invisible GOP front-runner?”, or the Washington Post conferring the same “plausible nominee” moniker on John Kasich that’s now cursing DeSantis, or temporarily tumescent headlines like “Marco Rubio has surged to the front of the pack”? In 2015 a near-identical New York Times story about Rupert Murdoch’s “misgivings” about the “catastrophe” Trump ran to no effect, and the National Review published a massive “Against Trump” issue, in which editors and an all-star cast of Republican heavies railed against the “excrescences of instant-hit media culture.”

These efforts all failed, because none of these media figures — including all-powerful Fox boss Murdoch — could come to terms with the voting public’s changed attitude toward campaign press. In every previous cycle, if Mark Halperin of ABC said John Kerry was in a “strong position” to win the Democratic nomination, Kerry would win. If Sean Hannity gave a full-hour backrub to John McCain, McCain would be the Republican nominee. The campaign press really were kingmakers, once.

By 2015-2016, things switched. In a snap, establishment press approval was a death knell. Trump didn’t win because he had the most sadistic immigration policy. He won because he had the most consistent disapproval of an increasingly hated Washington political establishment. The instant Republican voters saw blue-leaning media types like Chuck Todd doing primetime town halls with Rubio in Miami before the Florida primary, or the Times running stories like “John Kasich Sees Path to Nomination Despite Low Delegate Count” in breathless tones far beyond anything they’d written about, say, Bernie Sanders, they bolted.

If pundits really wanted a Trump-free race, they would describe DeSantis as a fascist menace, a “Real Hitler, This Time” who itches to slit democracy’s throat and ravage its corpse. There would be campaigns to pressure Visa and Mastercard into refusing payments for Dreams of Our Founding Fathers, along with boycotts of Florida oranges, Dolphins highlights, Carl Hiassen novels, and anything else “Florida” that activists could think of.

DeSantis, who’s no dummy, sees how fraught this moment is, which is why he told the cast of The View to go fuck itself when they invited him on. Why, the DeSantis people asked, would the governor agree to sit with people who’d bashed him as a “homicidal sociopath,” a “fascist and a bigot,” and “anti-black,” unless they wanted to hype him as a less horrible buffer against Trump, who would never in a million years get the same invite? (That fact alone makes DeSantis look like a fake to Republicans). By trying to confer pseudo-credibility on DeSantis, these outlets are destroying the Floridian’s credibility as an outsider, leaving Trump the only choice for the burn-it-down vote.

The nihilist strain in American politics pre-dates Trump. It came in part from an establishment reflex that involved excluding “fringe” candidates and their followers. You could see it in 2000, when in an act of remarkable pettiness the Committee on Presidential Debates refused to let Green Party nominee Ralph Nader attend a Bush-Gore debate even as a ticketed spectator. In 2008, John Edwards and Hillary Clinton were overheard muttering how debates should be restricted to a “serious and smaller group” (they were tired of having to debate Dennis Kucinich). On the Republican side Ron Paul supporters were regularly barred from events involving “legitimate” candidates like Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich (“I guess they’d rather have Huey or Dewey or Louie or whatever,” one booted Paul supporter complained to me outside a Newt event in South Carolina).

Suppressing the fringe became harder when it grew and started winning primaries. The distinguishing feature of Trump’s 2016 run was extraordinary media attention, which most analysts (including me, at one point) incorrectly assumed gave him an edge by allowing him to get his message out for free. But Trump’s candidacy only really took off when the press attention went sharply negative. The mechanism that launched him from small plurality to victory in the general was a coverage avalanche that conferred elite disapproval in massive doses. The more times outlets like incorrectly insisted Trump couldn’t be nominated because “voters are paying more attention,” or the Washington Post ran headlines like, “The three times Donald Trump demonstrated he was unfit for the presidency in last night’s debate,” the more he gained.

The legacy press is still in denial about these coverage strategies. They also still ignore evidence of a similarly impotent showing in the 2020 Democratic race. Efforts by outlets like Vanity Fair and New York to hype elite-approved candidates from Kamala Harris to Beto O’Rourke to Pete Buttigieg to Kamala again to Amy Klobuchar to Mike freaking Bloomberg all flatlined, as in zero-point-zero levels of voter response.


Meanwhile the consistent stories all season were the stubbornly high numbers of Weekend at Bernie’s act Joe Biden and hated media whipping boy Bernie Sanders. The most damning evidence of impotence that year was that Trump gained with black and Hispanic voters in 2020 after four years of relentless messaging about Trumpism as literal white supremacy. Even tiny shifts of this type in Trump’s direction would have been impossible if traditional media had anything like net positive legitimacy.

Trump and Sanders both surged in 2016 when they described a country divided into a small corrupt establishment and everyone else, and declared themselves on the side of everyone else. The journalistic priesthood that’s spent the last 6-7 years denouncing these people and their voters has done the opposite, proudly aligning itself with the hated inside, celebrating credentialism, and worst of all, cheering a censorship movement that’s now proven to be an abject failure.

That story is among the biggest taboos in media now. Trump deservedly hit an all-time low in approval after the events of January 6th, sinking to 34% according to Gallup, and the Trump era seemed over when he was removed from Twitter and Facebook shortly after. Instead, by almost every measure, Silenced Trump has only improved his electoral viability since. In his first two years in office, when Trump had the bully pulpit and the world’s most-watched Twitter account, he was under 40% approval most of the time, averaging 41% overall for his entire presidency. His lowest moments came after his own statements went viral. Now, although down from March, when he briefly hit 45.7%, he’s hovering around 42%, better than his presidential average — despite near-complete exclusion from “respectable” media.

People like Trump don’t go away when zapped by Facebook and Twitter. Blue-check journalists just don’t see them as much, a dubious reportorial advantage. This new press that forgives its own mistakes but cheers lifetime bans for others needs to realize it’s achieving negative influence in the process. Failure to stare that dynamic in the face means they’re sure to repeat the error over and over, remaining in their beloved roles as gatekeepers, only in reverse. Now they’re constant threats to praise pols like DeSantis or Buttigieg out of contention. They’re kingmakers of suck, and after two election cycles, still don’t know it. Can they really keep it up for a third?

Posted by: IranSoFarAway | Aug 7 2022 19:57 utc | 52

With respect to bevin @ 51...

It was my understanding that in fact some of the emails were "hacked" by way of a spear phishing scheme which allowed the hacker(s) to change Podesta's password and get access to all of his messages.

Personally I don't buy the "it was Russia!" logic. Also, if I do recall correctly, this was a different trove of emails from the ones claimed by CrowdStrike to have been hacked, but by VIPS to have been likely leaked on a thumb drive. I could be confusing things, but there is no mention of CrowdStrike in the nakedsecurity article.

Posted by: IranSoFarAway | Aug 7 2022 20:13 utc | 53


Not sure what your point is here, but Krugman is actually correct about the nature of debt and money in those two links. You may instinctively recoil from it, but it's objectively true all the same.

Posted by: Soredemos | Aug 7 2022 20:28 utc | 54

@ Karl Luck, numerous...

This theory of yours has old, deep roots as you seem to understand. But there are plenty of non-Jewish bankers and masters of finance. Therefore I am confused. Their events and gatherings are public information even if access to them is difficult. All of them, inclusive of Protestants, Jews, Catholics, non-denominational, and non-practicing attend. When or where do the Jews, then, gather among themselves exclusively? Surely they must communicate electronically via emails or messages. And yet there have been no hacks, also a topic of this thread, of any significance [or at all] exposing their secret Jewish/Zionist-only conversations about world domination in the realms of high finance and banking. Indeed, all wars are bankers' wars, but not all bankers are Zionists/Jews, neither are all war profiteers in other industries. Therefore I must ask you or anyone else with knowledge of this vast conspiracy to help me connect the dots. What do the Zionists/Jews get from all of this given that many are non-practicing or secular other than the same filthy lucre shared by the bankers of all religions or persuasions?

Posted by: IranSoFarAway | Aug 7 2022 20:32 utc | 55

Melaleuca #8

On Jackson Hinkle, agreed entirely and here he is on prancing Nancy:

This is professional journalism and reporting with no interview.

He is a daily call for me.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Aug 7 2022 21:41 utc | 56

Krugman is not stupid in the not-intelligent sense, but he is 100% PMC and stupid in the "doesn't understand the real world", "is consistently wrong on economics issues", and "is more of a Twitter personality than an intellectual" sense.

Posted by: c1ue | Aug 7 2022 21:43 utc | 57

Another example of dumbshit analysis in the MSM

How Much Does Taiwan Depend On China - (Deutsch Welt)

Beijing's military threats against Taiwan after Nancy Pelosi's visit are unprecedented. For the time being, however, not much will likely change as neither country can do without the other as a trading partner.

Here's why a Taiwan blockade would bring that "nation" to its knees in months, if not weeks:

Taiwan Food and Fertilizer Technology Center report

In 2018, Taiwan's food self-sufficiency rate is only 35%

i.e. Taiwan imports 65% of its food.

Energy in Taiwan - wiki

Taiwan relies on imports for almost 98% of its energy in 2016

So, no food or energy - Taiwan is not "independent".

Posted by: c1ue | Aug 7 2022 21:48 utc | 58

I read in the above Biden report:Bidenfailure:

Joe Biden and the Disappearing Elephant - Jonathan Turley
How to Make a Full-Sized Scandal Vanish in Front of an Audience of Millions

The timely analogy of how Houdini and his trick of disappearing an elephant is of the same caliber as the Biden huckster family. Well the same could be said of the trick of vanishing all those USA laboratories in places of interest and crime scenes in country 404.

Where did they go, what did they do, were they ever really there? Move along folks and stick to the topic.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Aug 7 2022 22:23 utc | 59

IranSoFarAway #55

As I recall Podesta used "password" as his password. Hubris is a curse I guess.

Then there was Guccifer 1 (the original, not the fake guccifer 2):

The Romanian hacker Marcel Lehel Lazar, better known as Guccifer, pleaded guilty today on hacking-related charges, prosecutors on the case announced in a statement. He faces seven years in prison.

"Faces seven years in prison"

Guccifer became infamous after a 2013 hack revealed self-portraits painted by former President George W. Bush, as well as private correspondence and information on the Bush family. The hacker was also credited with releasing emails from former Secretary of State Colin Powell, doodles drawn by Bill Clinton, and some emails sent through Hillary Clinton's private account.

In all, the 44-year-old Lazar admitted to accessing the emails or social media accounts of abut 100 Americans, prosecutors said. The victims in the case, however, were not named.

see here:

Guccifer 1 guessed most of the email hack passwords and even the Romanian defense minister by discovering her street address when born. He just kept trying possibilities.

I wonder if they ever released him?

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Aug 7 2022 22:32 utc | 60

Where did they go, what did they do, were they ever really there? Move along folks and stick to the topic.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Aug 7 2022 22:23 utc | 61

Making Hillary Clinton's email server and Huma Abedin go away was a pretty good trick too.

Posted by: Bemildred | Aug 7 2022 22:32 utc | 61

emersonreturn @23--

You don't need a cell phone to read what's posted on walls, but you do need one to join and comment. I'm very tempted to form a MoA Community at VK which can be made invitation only to shut out the trolls.

Posted by: karlof1 | Aug 7 2022 22:40 utc | 62

karlof1 | Aug 7 2022 22:40 utc | 64

Count me in. I'm not cranky at b, but getting that stuff erased that was centered on what Rus MoD found in the Ukraine biolabs got to me a bit.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Aug 7 2022 22:44 utc | 63

@ David Levin | Aug 7 2022 16:38 utc | 33

stevie has been here for quite some time... usually the topic is always usa centric in nature... and i picked up he doesn't like trump, lol...

Posted by: james | Aug 7 2022 16:41 utc | 35

Thanks, James, for sharing that.

Posted by: David Levin | Aug 7 2022 22:47 utc | 64

Thank you, b, for the Doctorow article, a very interesting look into a lifestyle above my own, but certainly also a view of travel to Saint Petersburg I enjoyed 'on the ground so to speak.

Then too, thanks to james | Aug 7 2022 16:39 utc | 34 for this comment:

"...I am intentionally avoiding the use of the term american, because i live in canada which is also a part of the americas!"

The Doctorow diary must have put me in a travel frame -- my first view of the coastline of the Americas was from shipside coming into the beautiful Vancouver Harbor and I called it right knowing it was Canada - even though a US fellow travelor
immediately corrected me: "It's not America; it's Canada!" I called it America because after three weeks at sea, to me it was. Canada will always be America to me.

Posted by: juliania | Aug 7 2022 22:49 utc | 65

juliania | Aug 7 2022 22:49 utc | 67

It seems the US usurped the name of the American continent in calling itself United States of America which is shortened to America and Americans for those united states.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Aug 7 2022 22:54 utc | 66

Bemildred #63

I wish there were some way we could vanish Trump or better still rerun the Niagara falls in a barrel trick. A spectacle demise would be appropriate.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Aug 7 2022 22:58 utc | 67

Melaleuca | Aug 7 2022 15:05 utc | 16
Yeah, as I said in my reply Karl, having that stuff bounced got to me a bit. I will be continuing to read b's articles and I guess comment. Get a vk account.

emersonreturn | Aug 7 2022 15:38 utc | 23 and others. To sign up for a VK account there is an automatic call to your phone. So long as the phone you use shows the number of that call, you can then enter that number or part thereof for verification. That phone number that shows is required for account verification.

Hopefully these wont get bounced.

I have been mumbling into my booze and commenting to myself the last few days.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Aug 7 2022 23:14 utc | 68

Bemildred #63

I wish there were some way we could vanish Trump or better still rerun the Niagara falls in a barrel trick. A spectacle demise would be appropriate.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Aug 7 2022 22:58 utc | 69

Well, it's still another two years, and I don't expect borg to give up. I have hopes for a knock-down drag-out fight between now and '24, with at least three factions all trying to destroy each other, maybe more.` As the pie gets smaller, so do the shares.

Posted by: Bemildred | Aug 7 2022 23:17 utc | 69

Perhaps you could name some of these wars-'throughout history'? The theory is a nonsense.

Posted by: bevin | Aug 7 2022 19:57 utc

I again refer the MoA community to Smedley Butler's War Is A Racket.
"All wars are bankers' wars."

"I spent 33 years and four months in active military service and during that period I spent most of my time as a high class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism. I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. I helped purify Nicaragua for the International Banking House of Brown Brothers in 1902-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for the American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras right for the American fruit companies in 1903. In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went on its way unmolested. Looking back on it, I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents.”

And why not toss in a plot to overthrow a US President... The Business Plot.

If the current crop of bankers and the politicians/bureaucrats involved SELF IDENTIFY as Jews (dual US-Israeli passports tend to indicate that), there is no antisemitism involved. If we didn't refer to them as Jews, they would be bellyaching that we didn't respect their heritage. But when we point it out, it is antisemitism? Nice try.

Besides, SEMITES are people who speak semitic languages... like ARABIC. So if Jews hate Arabs, are the Jews antisemitic?

What's that old saw about those who don't know their history? It is obvious the Banksters know their history, it's always the same old plots with different trappings.

"We lied, we cheated, we stole." CIA Pompous Pompeo.

We need a lot more Smedley Butlers in this world.

Posted by: Old canadian | Aug 7 2022 23:17 utc | 70

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Aug 7 2022 22:54 utc | 68

Yes, Peter, and thank you for all your hard work here; I hope you are keeping well. My thanks to b for the analysis of repeat covid as far as it goes. And to karlof1 as well. I do have many further questions so will continue safety precautions. Everyone be safe and look after yourselves!

Posted by: juliania | Aug 7 2022 23:40 utc | 71

juliania | Aug 7 2022 23:40 utc | 73

b does good analysis and I guess I'm a sucker for punishment.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Aug 7 2022 23:49 utc | 72

@karlof1@64 thank you for all your links to your Vk & thank you for considering an moa invitation. i bookmark many of your vk posts. pepe's i can handily scroll through bt his is the only one, the rest the scroll freezes & invites me to join.

@PeterUA1@65, thank you for your VK posts, your work is very important, & bookmark most. thank you also for your wise words the morning after, when you sagely advised that b walks a tight line. your perspective was both helpful & wise. thank you.

Posted by: emersonreturn | Aug 8 2022 0:02 utc | 73

PeterAU1, @70, thank you for the hand up, i've tried with my landline bt got timed out, i'll try again, & if unsuccessful will resort to a cell. in times such as these, change is not simply good bt vital. blessings be upon you.

Posted by: emersonreturn | Aug 8 2022 0:19 utc | 74

Two questions:

1) Is the part of the US government establishing the office on long COVID (the Department of Health and Human Services) aware of the irony of their actions, in light of the fact that a different part of the same US government designed and disseminated the SARS-CoV-2 viral bioweapon in 2019? This situation is no different than if I were to severely beat people with a baseball bat and then offer them my medical services to help them recover from their injuries.

2) When is the US government going to offer monetary compensation to every single person worldwide who suffered from COVID, since it was the US government that designed and disseminated the SARS-CoV-2 virus?

Posted by: Tom | Aug 8 2022 0:21 utc | 75

Posted by: Old canadian | Aug 7 2022 23:17 utc | 72

"We need a lot more Smedley Butlers in this world."

Holy pompous Pompeo, Old canadian look around, we're literally crawling with smedley butlers' here in america. Many of 'em seem to be entrenched in our gov't and throughout our cia, fbi, nsa and the state dept. Seeing how your gov. is just a yes'm to our's i'd wager you have even more smedley butler's in your gov. than we do. The difference between your smedley butler and the present day smedley butlers' is your smedley butler is dead and buried, but obviously not forgotten. The smedley butlers' running amok presently haven't retired yet. Smedley butlers' tend to cool down considerably when left to enjoy their ill gotten windfalls.

Posted by: aye, myself & me | Aug 8 2022 0:56 utc | 76

I have no desire to encourage inane debates which to be seem part of amerika's culture wars divide & rule strategy, that have been an inherent part of Covid-19 since it first appeared but it strikes me as somewhat odd that according to b's rolling stone link 'long covid' has been drafted into the amerikan government's covid strategy at this late date.

Why now? Incidences of long covid have been reported on since early 2020, so why be getting all het up about it now CDC? Surely monkeypox is sufficient to keep the Fauci mountebank's visage across all amerikan vid screens.

I reckon that the CDC has adopted a favoured FBI tactic.
The feds used to pull this stunt with their most wanted crim list. At any one time the feds thru a mixture of incompetence & a realisation that many cases actually lacked sufficient evidence to bring a successful prosecution, have many hundreds of 'wanted' humans on their books. Very early on in the life of the FBI the edgar hoover scumbag realised that sticking most wanted posters up in every amerikan post office had a major drawback, that is what would be the reaction from the public should a wanted 'criminal' posted on their neighbourhood post shop remain at large for years?
Someone hit upon a solution, maybe it was hoover, but probably not as he was a man very much in the fauci mode, a genius for self-publicity but little else.
Anyway the solution was to have a 'top ten' most wanted list comprised solely of those wanted types about whom the feds had sufficient recent & reliable intelligence to assume that the person's apprehension was close at hand. Like the feds & their 'most wanted' scam,the CDC only publicises those diseases that one of their cronies in big Pharma has a protected by patent 'cure' for.

What does this have to do with long covid? I put it you that pfizer or some other big pharma corporation with beneficial links to the CDC has just developed an exclusive protected by patent treatment drug for long covid.
amerikans' fears about long covid will be preyed upon for a month or two until they become near hysteria for some, then a 'cure' will be announced by the CDC billions of taxpayers dough 'invested' in this new program so that everybody fauci included cops at least one more payday from the virus that keeps on giving.

Posted by: Debsisdead | Aug 8 2022 1:08 utc | 77

Thanks for the replies, and Cheers to Old canadian as few know what you know.

Global Times has published a good work that adds historical context to the recent provocation, "China frequently introduces historical context and the merits of Taiwan question to the world, reinforces 'one-China principle' as internationally recognized consensus". So far, 160 nations having 80% of global population have backed China and stand by it and the One China Principle. The following also fits the Russia/Ukraine situation:

"But the US and a handful of its allies are still trying to make use of the US hegemonic advantage in the field of international public opinion to distort, misinterpret and weaken the one-China principle as an international consensus, so it is very necessary and important for China to keep telling the world about the truth of the Taiwan question, said analysts.

"By doing so, the US will have no chance to demonize China's national reunification process, and even if China has to reunify the island of Taiwan and safeguard its sovereignty by force one day as a result of the provocations made by Washington or the Taiwan authorities, the mainstream of the international community will keep their supportive and understanding attitudes toward China, experts noted."

Wang Yi really busts the Outlaw US Empire's Lies and goes on a Truth Tirade. There's push-back happening and that's excellent, even within the Empire as you'll read. Although I couldn't predict the specifics, it was clear that China was going to turn crisis into opportunity as the article explains well.

Posted by: karlof1 | Aug 8 2022 1:15 utc | 78

Debsisdead | Aug 8 2022 1:08 utc | 79

The yuppy named long covid - politically correct term for virus induced auto immune condition is a genuine physical medical condition. You are are no doubt correct that big pharma will try to cash in on this. US big pharma and FDA will no doubt be snuggled up in bed as close as Boeing and FAA.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Aug 8 2022 1:29 utc | 79

It appears that the johnson/slothrop (his original MoA handle) creature hasn't been back here long enough for barflies to remember that the best way of dealing with this self-contradictory moron is to simply ignore him. Just scroll past his frequently unintelligible posts.
The contradiction at the heart of johnson's flawed take on the world is that even tho he self identifies as 'a man of the left' he is an unreconstructed unapologetic zionist.

How can anyone who claims to support the class struggle also rabidly barrack for the classist & racist, zionist colonialism project?
Answer he/she cannot, the stances are mutually contradictory - evidence of an irrational mindset.
As can be inferred from his posts in this thread, in addition to his zionism Johnson also loudly supports the anti-working class & elitist amerikan democratic party.

Unbelieveable as it is, this stance by Johnson & other so-called progressive dems bears responsibility for a simplistic conclusion among simple-minded amerikans that the dem party is indeed a party of the left. After all many democrat pols claim to be of the left, the reality that these types are anything but lefties is immediately apparent after the barest scrutiny, however those less sophisticated types who can see that there is much wrong with the dems and who cannot correctly identify where the issues actually lie, often jump to the conclusion that the problem is that dems are lefties, when the truth is that any genuine lefty would never be selected as a dem party nomination for dog catcher let alone federal pol.

Posted by: Debsisdead | Aug 8 2022 2:55 utc | 80

Seeing so many around me in times past with connections the puzzle interested me. One thing is certain, who killed the brothers.

Posted by: circumspect | Aug 7 2022 18:23 utc | 46

Pray tell.

I read from whistle-blower bio in 80s that honey trap 'kittens' usually are offed in early 30s and that MM was one such. No idea if any of it true of course as with all Spy vs Spy accounts....

Posted by: Scorpion | Aug 8 2022 4:26 utc | 81

The UN is part and parcel of gov't efforts worldwide to suppress any info they don't want known. They are literally killing Assange for exposing their lies, so why would this bit of trickery be beyond their depravity?

Posted by: Old canadian | Aug 7 2022 18:32 utc | 47

Agree re UN which is why still leery of Russia and China who both sing its praises. The idea/ideal perhaps has merit but its manifestation fell far short as probably any reformed version will too. Should be scrapped.

That said, agreement between sovereign entities is the correct way which Eurasian nations forming all these acronym groupings without acrimony seem to be doing quite well.

Posted by: Scorpion | Aug 8 2022 4:36 utc | 82

Agree re UN which is why still leery of Russia and China who both sing its praises.
Posted by: Scorpion | Aug 8 2022 4:36 utc | 84

I don't see them singing praises of the UN as much as insisting that the Charter is actually upheld instead of being undermined by the Rule of Law.

Perhaps it's a case of its only bent not completely broke.

The way I interpret Russia and China's policy on the UN is that they think its sufficient a vehicle if it is properly implemented, however I imagine both are pragmatic enough to let it go if it is unsalvageable. As you say BRICS and other groups seem to work well so there is no reason the UN couldn't but not from Empire Central New York that's for sure.

Posted by: K | Aug 8 2022 4:53 utc | 83

Scorpion | Aug 8 2022 4:36 utc | 84

Seems to me...

Russia & China advocate NOT throwing the baby out with the bath water.
Yes, the UN, as represented by its subverted and corrupted implementation, is NOT desirable for perpetuation and is currently being used as its antithsis. But the precepts behind it are believed to be sound and need to be honored and implemented.

Posted by: DoesItReallyMatter | Aug 8 2022 4:56 utc | 84

I just read that Amazon is buying iRobot that owns the Roomba vacuum.

Think about it.

Along with having a map of your home, any pictures of things it wants, Amazon will scan your detritus and determine what it needs to sell you in the process.

Technology is neutral but when the central social incentive is profit the uses of technology bend human morality into a black hole.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Aug 8 2022 5:06 utc | 85

Debsisdead | Aug 8 2022 2:55 utc | 82
I put in a reply to your comment and you come back with the 82. Who are you referring to there debs?

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Aug 8 2022 5:12 utc | 86

Scorpion | Aug 8 2022 5:27 utc | 90
The Harrison Sachs article remarked on the genetic sequence in SARS-CoV-2 virus that was identical to lung and other human tissue.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Aug 8 2022 6:15 utc | 87

Posted by: james | Aug 7 2022 18:49 utc | 48

Thanks james.
I was fortunate enough to see No Means No in around 1991, when they toured Australia with DOA. They played at The Landsdowne Hotel, Sydney. Great live bands, both.

Posted by: Jon_In_AU | Aug 8 2022 6:41 utc | 88

Debs | Aug 8 2022 2:55 utc | 82

Be it me or someone else, not have the guts to name who you are referring to speaks volumes about your character.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Aug 8 2022 6:53 utc | 89

I'm going to expand on my #1 above, which no one responded to. The wife, who is a freelance copy editor, had an episode with WebMD. Promises and an incredibly prolonged "onboarding" process. Then just a couple minimal, ridiculous, nearly unpaid jobs. They have no one who knows editorial process. They have no writers. No content creators. They have no one who knows a single thing about medicine. The unique asset they have is a deal with Google to send whatever they post to the top of the search list. Management is by Buffy and Brandon, who treat the freelancers like dirt. The job of the freelancers is to give Millicent and Bradley a free lunch.

So I see WebMD in the top post and just have to point out that it is the same business model as Bellingcat. It is all about being pushed and promoted to top of the heap for no reason except being a special person who plays ball, has connections, gets their bank account stuffed for doing nothing.

Posted by: oldhippie | Aug 8 2022 8:12 utc | 90

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Aug 8 2022 5:12 utc | 89
Peter you seem to be confusing two separate issues. I hadn't seen your reply to the post on long covid when I posted on something entirely different namely the posting steven t johnson | Aug 7 2022 19:38 utc at #49 who was once again jumping on one of his hobby horse's that is defending Biden & other dem politicians. The bloke has been posting at MoA on & off for many years and his posts are either pro-dem or less frequently this bout of posting, pro-zionist. I find his stance hypocritical and said so naming him by two of the nyms associated with him. Any misinterpretation by you is regrettable.

Posted by: Debsisdead | Aug 8 2022 8:47 utc | 91

Posted by: oldhippie | Aug 8 2022 8:12 utc | 92

I did not react but I was impressed by the beuty of practical brevity, we say in spanish if good and brief twice as good. I'm talking about your "Only reason to go there would be to see what is being pushed." Magnificent, nice way to put "know your enemy".

Posted by: Paco | Aug 8 2022 10:56 utc | 92

So I see WebMD in the top post and just have to point out that it is the same business model as Bellingcat. It is all about being pushed and promoted to top of the heap for no reason except being a special person who plays ball, has connections, gets their bank account stuffed for doing nothing.

Posted by: oldhippie | Aug 8 2022 8:12 utc | 92

They are fulfilling the conditioning, control and surveillance functions of those social media companies which are private sector fronts for Intelligence. Part of conditioning and control is Big Pharma corporate medicine. They have a few hits but many misses, much as corporate fast and processed food is to healthy diet. So they direct you to WebMD where they transmit the official perspective skillfully projected as the official version of Reality, the main sphere they needs must control, hence the unflagging interest in narrative editing (included even in social media comment sections!).

Posted by: Scorpion | Aug 8 2022 12:34 utc | 93

Paco, Scorpion

Thank you.

Posted by: oldhippie | Aug 8 2022 12:44 utc | 94

So I see WebMD in the top post and just have to point out that it is the same business model as Bellingcat. It is all about being pushed and promoted to top of the heap for no reason except being a special person who plays ball, has connections, gets their bank account stuffed for doing nothing.

Posted by: oldhippie | Aug 8 2022 8:12 utc | 92

A free-lance copy editor. Nobody to mess around with, then. Some of my favorite people have been copy editors.

I assume ANYTHING slick on the web has money behind it, and money wants what it paid for. When people no longer go for the slick Hollywood treatment of politics and everything, then we might start to get some traction. P. T. Barnum was right, there is one born every minute. We are ruled by a bunch of phonies. They have trashed the web just like they trashed radio and TV before.

I like the bar here because it is clearly not a high-production values slick operation. The day is coming when bullshit will be out of fashion. Boy ranting on the web is fun ....

Posted by: Bemildred | Aug 8 2022 13:00 utc | 95

I see WebMD in the top post and just have to point out that it is the same business model as Bellingcat.


Yes of course, but WebMD is just parroting what other health authorities are saying:
"Each COVID-19 Reinfection Increases Health Risks"

The question I have been asking is that if a large VA study shows there is a coorelation between increased health risks and increased reinfection why is everyone assuming they know the causality behind that?
Maybe the explanation is that the people with increasing health risks that get reinfected more often?

It surprises me that so few people see covid as a wake up call to do something about their own increased health risks due to poor life style choices. The Medical Industrial Complex has no incentive to do anything about your increased health risks. The Medical Industrial Complex is in the business of treating the symptoms of increased health risks but is not going to address the underlying causes. Blaming increased health risks on covid is just another example of that.

Posted by: jinn | Aug 8 2022 13:01 utc | 96

Posted by: oldhippie | Aug 8 2022 8:12 utc | 92

Thanks for the inside info on WebMD. Agreed 100% with #1. WebMD is since long known as 100% Big Pharma asset, created and paid for by Big Pharma to push Big Pharma interests, and - in particular - to denegrate all alternatives to Big Pharma.

Big Pharma have a huge army of websites under their grubby thumbs, all created specifically to protect their interests against inconvenient information leaks such as the effectiveness of this or that herbal treatment.

There are also numerous websites who have tried to expose some of the Big Pharma proxies - they have been attacked ruthlessly.

Posted by: BM | Aug 8 2022 13:34 utc | 97

"Its just physics"

Graphic of CERES satellite data: correlation between surface absorbed radiation and surface temperature

Note that the correlation on land is high, but the correlation over the oceans is not - and even negative over significant parts, particularly the key zone around the equator.

Furthermore, this isn't a small difference

Note that at the warmest temperatures, the clouds are reducing total downwelling radiation (shortwave + longwave) by up to 60 W/m2 … by comparison, a doubling of CO2 is said to increase radiation by 3.7 W/m2.

Nor is this variation in correlation, purely geographical. It is temperature based: scatterplot of ocean temperature vs. correlation absorption

Lastly, note that none of the above described phenomena is replicated or even mentioned in consensus climate science, climate change models because it is emergent and also inconveniently against dogma.

full article source

Here is the key takeaway

How good is this planetary thermal regulation? Well, although we inhabit a world that is balanced at a temperature on the order of 50°C warmer than it would be without greenhouse gases, a world regulated by clouds, winds, and waves, a world where the land temperature varies by up to ± 30°C (± 10%) from summer to winter, and the ocean varies by up to ± 8°C (± 3%) from summer to winter … despite being in the midst of all of that daily and monthly fluctuation, the global average temperature only varied by ± 0.4°C (± 0.1%) over the entire 20th century …

To me, this is the big unanswered question in climate science—not why the temperature varies, but why it varies so little. And the existence of the negative correlation discussed above is a testament to how “simple physics” is completely inadequate to explain the unbelievably complex, chaotic climate system.

Posted by: c1ue | Aug 8 2022 13:47 utc | 98

NC/Yves saying that China dumping Treasuries is idle posturing and wouldn't matter anyway Memo to China

Americans often quote the saying of President Theodore Roosevelt, “Speak softly but carry a big stick.” So when Americans see a party engage in what they see as excessively loud and forceful statements, they see it as bluster and a sign of weakness. That is why, for instance, after some Chinese experts were quoted in official media speculating that China could prevent Pelosi’s plane from landing and that didn’t happen, they acted as if China was bluffing (yes, I also saw the Chinese statements that China was playing a longer game and would not make a cheap shot, but the idea of harassing her plane got press attention at the expense of later messaging).

In other words, it is important to make only realistic threats. It was realistic for Chia to impede Pelosi’s flight even though China decided to take other actions.

By contrast, threatening to dump US Treasuries is silly. Publishing it only feeds the idea that China is posturing. From Global Times, which Americans see as an official English-language outlet, in US economy to pay for graduation trip by ‘god of stocks of Capitol Hill’:


China and Japan have both been reducing their holdings of US Treasuries in recent years, with no adverse impact to the US government funding or the dollar. Recent US Treasury reports show China’s holdings at $981 billion, down from a peak of $1,316 in November 2013. That current $981 billion represents only 3.2% of total US government debt.


As Pettis explained:

….the real reason China cannot sell off its holdings of U.S. government bonds is because Chinese purchases were not made to accommodate U.S. needs. Rather, China made these purchases to accommodate a domestic demand deficiency in China: Chinese capital exports are simply the flip side of the country’s current account surplus, and without the former, they could not hold down the currency enough to permit the latter.

I have many problems with the above:

1) The notion that China dumping $981B of US Treasuries, wouldn't hurt the US, is nonsensical.

The Federal Reserve's cessation of Quantitative Easing - which is to say, changing from buying to (not buying) - has caused the US stock market to completely reverse direction. The amount of Fed Treasuries holdings that did this? $91B in roughly 4 months.

To me, this says that dumping 10 times more Treasuries would have an impact, a big one. China reducing its Treasury holdings by $315 billion over 9 years of ZIRP is not the same thing as China dumping its Treasuries even as the US has just experienced its 2nd consecutive quarter of negative growth, is experiencing inflation unseen for generations and the US Federal Reserve is pushing hard to increase interest rates.

2) The notion that China "must" hold Treasuries to both absorb the "savings glut" of China's population and to keep the RMB weaker:
Pettis/Yves is mistaking a past China economic strategy for an economic necessity.

In particular, in an era of rising commodity prices - it is much less clear that having a weak currency is a net positive. And on a more strategic note: if China wants to create an alternative to the USD - is having a weak or a strong currency better? I would think strong.

3) I also vehemently disagree that the primary utility of US Treasury holdings by a foreign central bank is economic.

In my view, the primary purpose of Treasury holdings by central banks is geopolitical/geostrategic: countries with large Treasury holdings don't get bombed by the US.

In the wake of CBR confiscation, you could say that the US Treasuries held by foreign central banks is a Sword of Damocles ensuring good behavior by the respective parent countries, or else; you could say the Treasuries represent weregild to the US; you could say they represent "good standing" in the Western world order etc etc.

But what you cannot say is that they are nothing more than an unavoidable outcome of economics.

Posted by: c1ue | Aug 8 2022 14:06 utc | 99

Shakeup in the China government semiconductor support sector

Corruption charges shake up China's chipmaking industry

China’s chipmaking industry descended into chaos last week, with at least four top executives associated with a state-owned semiconductor fund arrested on corruption charges. It’s an explosive turn of events that could force the country to fundamentally rethink how it invests in chip development, according to analysts and experts.


Established in 2014, the Big Fund was intended to use government money to build a supply chain of chips made in China, thus reducing reliance on the US and its allies. The fund epitomizes the way the Chinese government can throw its weight behind a strategic industry—in this case, semiconductors.

Eight years later, a total of $30 billion poured into the industry—with $20 billion more on the way—has yielded a complicated mix of successes and failures.


A significant part of the problem was a lack of precision, says Sheehan. China knew it needed to invest in semiconductors but didn’t know what exact sub-industry or company to prioritize. The country has been forced to learn by trial and error, feeling its way through issues like the bankruptcy of Unigroup and the expanding technology blockade by the US. The next step should be more targeted investments into specific companies, Sheehan says.

As I have noted before: it would likely take hundreds of billions of dollars to take on/exceed the TSMCs, Intels and Samsungs of the leading edge semiconductor world.

$30B is not nothing, but nowhere remotely enough.

But as I have written about extensively: the true value, economically, for China in semiconductors is far less clearly at the leading edge as opposed to the trailing edge. $30B on the trailing edge: the microcontrollers, the bluetooth and other RF chips, the PLCs, etc etc would make a real difference.

Posted by: c1ue | Aug 8 2022 14:11 utc | 100

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