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September 29, 2023

Open (Not Ukraine) Thread 226

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Posted by b on September 29, 2023 at 9:24 UTC | Permalink

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For the curious/interested, I’m posting two links to brief reports on the Canada-India dispute involving the killing of Sikh leader, Hardeep Singh Nijjar. They show a bit of the views, the wider context, and related issues being shared through Canadian media.

From CBC’s the National (2 min 20)
https://youtu.be/I0bF3MW0Hmk

From Canada’s Global News (also 2 mins 20)
https://youtu.be/2L8fYfN5veo

“What are the Five Eyes?” A CBC report explains where the Indian info came from
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/five-eyes-canada-india-1.6972210

It kind of looks like, per usual, other countries may position this as a Canada thing, while domestically, Canada positions this as a Canada et al thing, just one spoke in a big wheel.

Posted by: Bruised Northerner | Sep 29 2023 11:13 utc | 1

@ b

Dear b, one very minor usability issue: could You please consider providing a permalink *at top* of each article (such as, for example, turning the headline into a non-link-colored link; or moving the "Posted by b at xyz UTC" up)?

For many years, I have been enjoying Your posts, and so many deepfelt thanks for all the time and strength You put into those; at the same time, it has been always disrupted reading when I had to switch pages after the first couple paragraphs. (Admittedly, I could always _first_ scroll down to the permalink and only _then_ start reading, but -- well, in most cases one does get hooked immediately...)

Pretty please?

Posted by: Anon | Sep 29 2023 11:24 utc | 2

Bruised Northerner @ 1:

Do you know if the Canadian government has offered actual evidence of Indian involvement in Hardeep Singh Nijjar's killing? Or is Justin Bieber Trudeau simply restating whatever fluff comes into his head, that Delhi sent agents into Canada to kill Nijjar and any other information that contradicts the official government narrative is simply more "Russian disinformation"?

Posted by: Refinnejenna | Sep 29 2023 11:28 utc | 3

Sputnik news seems to be blocked where I am. Does anyone know where I can find it?

Posted by: Spasie | Sep 29 2023 12:03 utc | 4

@ 3

Well, in that Global News link, at about the one minute mark, opposition party NDP leader Jagmeet Singh says he can confirm that there’s clear intelligence that Canada has, or something like that.

Posted by: Bruised Northerner | Sep 29 2023 12:06 utc | 5

Saying you can confirm intelligence is ridiculous. They need to release evidence or shut up. It's like 'WMD is there, trust us'. No, get fucked.

Posted by: Doctor Eleven | Sep 29 2023 12:34 utc | 6

I’m sure the Daily Mail can put this Canada-India dispute over the killing of Nijjar in some order. This article does note “at least some of the evidence was provided by a ‘Five Eyes’ ally”

“Justin Trudeau accused India of assassinating Sikh leader outside temple in Canada after surveilling Indian diplomats, with allegation sparking huge diplomatic rift”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-12550379/Justin-Trudeau-Canada-India-assassination-surveillance.html

A few excerpts:

“The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, did not say which ally provided intelligence, or give details of what was contained in the communications or how they were obtained.” ….

“ 'Security threats being faced by our High Commission and consulates in Canada have disrupted their normal functioning,' Bagchi told reporters. He gave no details on the alleged threats.” ….

“India's security and intelligence branches have long been active in South Asia and are suspected in a number of killings in Pakistan.”

UK military chief says Russian defended stronger than expected, reports RT, in what I guess would be a warning to the Western alliance/supporters backing Ukraine

https://www.rt.com/russia/583760-radakin-strong-russian-defenses/

Posted by: Bruised Northerner | Sep 29 2023 12:58 utc | 7

How does this inquiry impact the likelihood of nuclear war? By Patrick Lawrence

https://consortiumnews.com/2023/09/29/impeachment-innuendo-and-evidence/
… For many weeks the Democratic Party and the media that cravenly serve it have dismissed House investigations into the Biden family’s potentially corrupt overseas business dealings as frivolous, ungrounded, and wholly partisan. Consortium News takes the allegations of presidential involvement in numerous bribery and influence-peddling schemes to be comparable in magnitude with those against President Nixon during the Watergate crisis. With the opening of formal hearings Thursday, CN begins regular coverage and analysis of the proceedings. What follows is our inaugural report.

Posted by: Erichwwk | Sep 29 2023 13:01 utc | 8

@bruised northerner 1

While Rani laxmi bai was fighting for India the sardars(Sikhs) were killing Hindus and Muslim Indians in lucknow and kanpur on behalf of Britisher who's slavery they were doing. Sadly after independence the same traitor sikh regiments were stupidly kept in indian army even after 1984 when Sikhs had killed a sitting pm and opposition was still demanding compensation for the Sikhs!

Sikhs are not Hindus. This Hindus must understand. Sikhs killed Hindu Indians in sepoy mutiny of 1857. In panipat war of 1761 the Punjabis sided with Muslim Afghan Abdali against Hindu Marathas. In early 1900s Sikhs wanted from British separate category other than in Hindu . Sikhs and all Punjabis should be kicked out with khalistan capital at Lahore

Posted by: Sam | Sep 29 2023 13:41 utc | 9

https://thehill.com/policy/defense/4229414-house-overwhelmingly-approves-ukraine-aid/

This could be a clever move. Congress gets to say they approved of aid to Ukraine and keep it out of shutdown politics. And $300 million is nothing compared to the economic black hole that Ukraine has become.

Posted by: Eighthman | Sep 29 2023 13:48 utc | 10

I would recommend everyone read Larry Johnson's new article "America not so beautiful..."

Posted by: Immaculate deception | Sep 29 2023 13:52 utc | 11

death of a senior Senator from California will put a little spin on many balls.

Posted by: Not Ewe | Sep 29 2023 13:56 utc | 12

Posted by: Not Ewe | Sep 29 2023 13:56 utc | 12

Once they've pumped the body full of embalming fluids, they can still wheelchair her into the senate for one last vote.

Posted by: Mike R | Sep 29 2023 14:03 utc | 13

🛬 Russian air defense has shot down a Russian SU-35 over Tokmak and the pilot died.

Posted by: SlowSoft | Sep 29 2023 14:06 utc | 14

https://t.me/DDGeopolitics/83252

Forwarded from The 🇮🇪 Irishman in Russia 🇷🇺(Chay Bowes)

This story regarding NATOs secretive Vaccine research is being widely ignored by the Western Client Media, Why? @irishmaninrussia

http://eu-chronicle.eu/2023/09/natos-secret-war/

A lot of questions ought to be raised inside the Elysée by Chay Bowes

Hackers likely hacked into the server of the NATO Scientific Collaboration support office in Paris and published secret documents. These documents reveal extremely shocking facts, namely: the low effectiveness of the Pfizer vaccine against the new strain of Omicron, the high risk of developmental pathologies of the embryo and cardiovascular diseases after the injection of the vaccine, and the implementation place by NATO of dangerous experiments in the heart of Paris and its surroundings.

Posted by: anon2020 | Sep 29 2023 14:08 utc | 15

@ 3 and 5

Alexander Mercouris said yesterday that the “intelligence” comes from the 5-eyes intel orgs and hinted that it was a play to get Modi — Modi must be with them or else, their failed modus operandus, ongoing, being “you are with us or against us.”
Ethically, visionarily and skill-set challenged PMCers stuck in a groundhog day loop of self destruction.

An aside. Karen Kwiatkowsky, former USAF, commented in an interview with Andrew Napolitano, after viewing a clip of Hillary Rodham Clinton giving a speech to her state dept fans, “Hillary has ‘campaign’ hair.” God save us all.

Posted by: suzan | Sep 29 2023 14:25 utc | 16

Hillary still has her treasured dream of becoming US president. god save us all if that happens (doesn't seem likely, she might get whacked by Michelle)

Posted by: pretzelattack | Sep 29 2023 14:44 utc | 17

Not Ewe@12
A good job for Kamala? In the meantime the Governor appoints a replacement?

Posted by: bevin | Sep 29 2023 15:17 utc | 18

Dianne Feinstein found the exit.

Freeing up the Grim Reaper for other walking Leichen.

Posted by: too scents | Sep 29 2023 15:43 utc | 19

1. Increasingly it seems that the only way to remove a senator from office is to let old age do its work.

2. The Hill reports $300 million in two places, $300 billion in one place. I hope the latter is a typo.

3.

Hillary still has her treasured dream of becoming US president. god save us all if that happens (doesn't seem likely, she might get whacked by Michelle)

Posted by: pretzelattack | Sep 29 2023 14:44 utc | 17

The world would be a so much better place if Killary were whacked by, say, an oncoming freight train or Libyan bayonet. And yes, it’s still “her turn dammit.” As for Michelle, the best and perhaps only compelling argument in favor of her candidacy is that she’s evinced no interest in the presidency.

Posted by: malenkov | Sep 29 2023 15:43 utc | 20

@ Bruised Northerner | Sep 29 2023 11:13 utc | 1 // Refinnejenna | Sep 29 2023 11:28 utc | 3 // Sam | Sep 29 2023 13:41 utc | 9
// suzan | Sep 29 2023 14:25 utc | 16

my take is it is a bit more like how suzan articulates @ 16... and the background from sam @ 9 is relevant too.. 5 eyes wants to push an agenda.. csis is a junior partner to cia and m16... the agenda is to isolate india and put it in the same camp as russia and china that you tar and feather regularly... this is the trick... trudeau is just a messenger for this agenda and is kept in the dark about most things.. he'd make a good mushroom, but unfortunately he is our prime minister, blissfully ignorant of so much... they are in a war with brics... any attempt at stirring dirt is a desired outcome here... canada as junior partner gets to play the ignoramus.. of course canada doesn't need any help! they could do it on their own anyway!!

on a related note, here is the guy i am voting for in canada, next time around...

20 minute video of maxime bernier on Canada and the Russo-Ukraine War
video is from december 2022...

Posted by: james | Sep 29 2023 15:46 utc | 21

Alfred de Zayas shares edifying background on ethnic cleansing beseiging the 3,000 year-old Armenian settlement called Nagorno Karabakh...

https://www.counterpunch.org/2023/09/29/responsibility-to-protect-the-armenian-population-of-nagorno-karabakh/

...culminating in an astute comparison of international cases:

The international community cannot condone the aggression of Azerbaijan against the people of Nagorno Karabakh, because that would establish a precedent that territorial integrity could be established by State terror and force of arms against the will of the populations concerned. Imagine if Serbia were to attempt to reestablish its rule over Kosovo by invading and bombarding Kosovo. What would the world’s reaction be?

Of course, we are witnessing a similar outrage, when Ukraine tries to “recover” the Donbas or Crimea, although these territories are populated overwhelmingly by Russians, who not only speak Russian, but feel Russian and intend to preserve their identity and their traditions. It is preposterous to think that after waging war against the Russian population of Donbas since the Maidan coup d’état in 2014, there would be any possibility of incorporating these territories into Ukraine. Too much blood has been shed since 2014, and the principle of “remedial secession” would certainly apply... The Ukrainian government breached Article 20 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights when it persecuted the Russian-speaker in Ukraine. The Azeri government has also violated Article 20 ICCPR because of its incitement of hatred toward the Armenians — for decades.

Posted by: Aleph_Null | Sep 29 2023 16:15 utc | 22

malenkov | Sep 29 2023 15:43 utc | 20

The world would be a so much better place if Killary were whacked by, say, an oncoming freight train or Libyan bayonet

With Hillary as president, we might be even worse off than we are with Biden. One could argue, though, that it is already as bad as its gets, since it is Victoria Nuland who really calls the shots. She is the only one in the administration who has the brains and the knowhow needed to conduct this war against Russia.

For those dreaming of freight trains and Libyan bajonets, they may want to reconsider their choice of target - will its elimination make a difference? Currently, Hillary is just a ghost - but Victoria is real. She's the one who has the know-how, and without her, the rest will be a cluster of helpless amateurs.

Posted by: grunzt | Sep 29 2023 16:32 utc | 23

, “Hillary has ‘campaign’ hair.” God save us all.

Posted by: suzan | Sep 29 2023 14:25 utc | 16

Indeed and I've noticed the Queen has emerged from her sarcophagus lately.

.....

. he'd make a good mushroom,

Posted by: james | Sep 29 2023 15:46 utc | 21

The more fertilizer used, the more his head grows.. The heir apparent won't be any better but at least Pierre (Skippy) doesn't say err or ahh after every 3rd word.

Posted by: bubbles | Sep 29 2023 17:22 utc | 24

Took note this a.m. that The Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Centre aren't going to let the 'Parliamentarians' off the hook easily for what they did, for embarrassing the entire country by giving a standing ovation to an ex member of Hitler's SS.

"The University of Alberta is apologizing for having an endowment fund provided by Yaroslav Hunka, the Nazi veteran recognized in Parliament last week."

"The Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Centre for Holocaust Studies (FSWCHS) says this isn't the only endowment fund or tie the university has with people previously involved with Nazis.

"We're glad that they've cancelled the endowment, but unfortunately, this is only one example of endowments at the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies named after members of the Waffen-SS," Dan Panneton said."

"It's good that they've taken this specific one down, but it's only the tip of the iceberg."

Panneton says former U of A chancellor Peter Savaryn was a member of the Waffen-SS.

Savaryn was U of A chancellor from 1982 to 1986 and helped found the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies at the university.

He is also a member of the Order of Canada."

https://edmonton.ctvnews.ca/university-of-alberta-closes-endowment-fund-named-after-nazi-veteran-recognized-in-the-house-of-commons-1.6581413


Posted by: bubbles | Sep 29 2023 17:40 utc | 25

Dots of a colour....the drugs on the plane, whose were they. Top dog gang leader in Winnipeg gets tapped around the same time. Few days pass top leader in BC gets tapped, out side honour killing, this plays more like a gang turf war hidden behind politics, and diplomatic immunity.

Cheers M

The See Eye Eh and various security forces are well documented running drugs on government planes.....and Canada would be different.....rotf.

Posted by: sean the leprechaun | Sep 29 2023 17:48 utc | 26

Roger Boyd on ethnic tensions in Canada...
https://rogerboyd.substack.com/p/straws-in-the-wind-september-edition
The road to Babi Yar, the site of a massacre of Ukrainian Jews was even named after Bandera, and Ukrainian soldiers and citizens openly display Nazi symbols and talk about the ethnic cleansing of Eastern Ukraine. The Canadian government, and all of the Canadian political parties, are all in with their support for this fascist regime claiming they are fighting for “freedom” and “democracy”; Big Brother would have been proud of the rendering of such terms meaningless.

With respect to the Khalistan separatist movement, the Canadian government has deeply harmed its relationship with India by publicly claiming that Indian state forces murdered a Sikh Canadian in Canada, while housing wanted Khalistan separatists within Canada.

This is a very dangerous game even with respect to domestic politics as the Indian Hindu population is growing rapidly in Canada; recently surpassing that of the Sikh community. With the current very high levels of Canadian immigration (500,000+ per year) and the fact that India is the largest source of such immigrants (27% in 2022) the balance may rapidly shift in favour of Hindu Indians in future years. The Khalistan separatist movement may then become an important and divisive element in Canadian domestic politics. With respect to Canada’s international position, it is noticeable how much Canada’s allies are standing aside from this dispute.

The Indian Development Crisis
Earlier this year, the journal India Forum published an article that detailed the falling investment rate in manufacturing in the country and the stagnant share of manufacturing in the Indian economy for the past three decades (from 1991 when the Indian economy was liberalized, the end of the License Raj). From having a greater level of industrialization than other countries at the same GDP level in 1981, India is now an outlier to the downside within its GDP grouping. India has had growth without development, as the take-off of industrialization never happened; in great contrast to a China which became the workshop of the world with over double the share of manufacturing in its GDP. India’s neighbours of Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam are all ahead of it now in the race to industrialize.

In the second decade of the new century, India’s GDP growth rate decelerated toward 5% per annum, a rate far too low for a country as poor as India (US$2,389 at market exchange rates, US$8,379 at PPP). It has fallen far behind China (US$12,720 and US$21,476), Russia (US$15,345 and US$36,485), Malaysia (US$11,972 and US$33,434), Thailand (US$6,909 and US$20,672), Indonesia (US$4,788 and US$14,653) and Vietnam (US$4,164 and US$13,457). It is only marginally ahead of Bangladesh (US$2,688 and US$7,395) which has a booming textile industry to offset its shortage in arable land, and Pakistan (US$1,597 and US$6,437) which is beset with many problems.

Without the mass employment provided by manufacturing, which cannot be offset by the service export sector (e.g. IT and call centers), any increases in the efficiency of agriculture can only result in vast numbers of workless poor adding to city populations. “Cities of Slums” surrounding a small modern core as seen so much in Africa, rather than the increasingly wealthy cities that can now be seen across South East Asia. At the same time, the oligarchical, neoliberal, and extractive nature of the country’s ruling class does not provide the kind of development state that other nations have required for their successful development. In effect, India may be a giant in population but a giant with extremely limited manufacturing muscularity; a nation where growth does not equal development. To make matters worse, even the agricultural sector is struggling.

This lack of development creates a great chasm between the geopolitical visions of the Indian ruling class and the actual economic heft of the nation. The lack of manufacturing capability has also created a structural and growing dependence upon China, which is directly at odds with India’s foreign policy of independence; especially from what it sees as its main regional rival. The reality is that India has already lost the regional battle, but its ruling class cannot stomach the acceptance of such a reality. Instead of working with China to help develop India (as China did with US and other foreign corporations utilizing Exclusive Economic Zones), it clumsily balances between China, Russia and the US.

The threat to the world view of the Indian elite, an ontological challenge, is fundamental; making it very difficult for that elite to accept the reality. The ongoing role of India (and Bangladesh and Pakistan) as an island of the poor in a sea of increasing prosperity can only create severe tensions both within that island (exacerbated by the religious divide) and between it and its neighbouring countries. With Iran (US$15,300 and US$18,000) seeming to be in the process of re-entering world trade, allied with both Russia and China, it may also become another nation accelerating away from India. The come down for the Indian elites will be a severe one as they have to accept that they are not the great regional player that they think they are. During this process of the realignment of their world view with reality, India may prove to be somewhat prickly and problematic for its neighbours.

Will BRICS save India??

I don't think so.... my experience in India showed me that it inherited all the bureaucratic hurdles imposed by the British Raj, learning nothing from the contrary experience of it's neighbors....

To compound matters.... Traditional inheritance customs divide farm holdings among the siblings each generation to the point many Indian farms are < 1 hectare...

INDY

Posted by: Dr. George W Oprisko | Sep 29 2023 18:00 utc | 27

Another fantastic day for the EU, after the condemnation of Erdo's main contender Osman Kavala to life in prison, the pure and simple annihilation of Nagorno-Karabakh (with a date, October 1st), the failure of the grain deals and finally, Ukr bullying and misbehaving as one would expect given their record. Politico, which belongs to the group The Economist, seems jubilatory. I am too, frankly.
https://www.politico.eu/article/france-america-charles-michel-armenia-azerbaijan-nagorno-karabakh-refugees/
https://www.politico.eu/article/ukraine-wont-accept-second-class-eu-membership-pm-denys-shmyhal/
https://www.politico.eu/article/incomprehensible-eu-lost-control-ukraine-grain-fight/

Posted by: Minaa | Sep 29 2023 18:11 utc | 28

Roger Boyd continues his analysis of sick man India...
https://rogerboyd.substack.com/p/why-india-will-not-repeat-chinas?utm_source=%2Fsearch%2Findia&utm_medium=reader2
A quite colourful account of the growth of India’s Billionaire Raj during the 2010s is contained in James Crabtree’s book of that title. With the BJP looking like the probable winner of the 2024 Indian general elections, India will spend this decade experiencing growth without much development, widening economic inequities, and a further centralization of power by a BJP with a significant religious-supremacist wing. Not a recipe for a repeat of China’s success.

Vietnam now out produces India manufacture wise...

INDY

Posted by: Dr. George W Oprisko | Sep 29 2023 18:22 utc | 29

ZH has a posting up with the title

"Here's What's Really Going On": Elon Musk Livestreams Southern Border Chaos

The quote

On Thursday, Elon Musk asked on X: "Why do so many American politicians from both parties care 100 times more about the Ukraine border than the USA border?"

.....

In a search for truth, the world's richest man encouraged millions of his followers to become citizen journalists to uncover and share the truth about what's happening not just at the border but across the nation while corporate media and political elites in Washington, DC, 'distract, pretend, and divide' Americans.

The second statement, while self serving, is also a call out of the MSM myth machine which may prove interesting....how many will take Musk up on his citizen journalist challenge?

Posted by: psychohistorian | Sep 29 2023 18:38 utc | 30

*sigh*
Canada, you need to get your shit together. We can't have all three of North America's largest countries by area all burst into flames at the same time. You have responsibilities to be calm, cool, & collected as we in USA & Mexico be all dramatic & extra continuously. At the very least close your eyes and think of NAFTA, dammit!

We're counting on you to be the stable one here! Keep this up and we might have to look at the second string line-up further south. Belize, suit up; it might be all up to you if things get worse...

Posted by: titmouse | Sep 29 2023 18:48 utc | 31

@23She is the only one in the administration who has the brains and the knowhow needed to conduct this war against Russia.

T hi e only one eh? No wonder Russia is doing so well.

Posted by: Fred777 | Sep 29 2023 20:00 utc | 32

bevin @ 18

Nope, not so simple. Had she resigned a month ago Newsom would have appointed a replacement. Too close to election day now. Special election and special primary required. Though I can imagine there is a decision to play fast and loose and get a body in the chair.

Posted by: oldhippie | Sep 29 2023 20:53 utc | 33

Plagued by sexual assaults US Mcmurdo station halts alcohol sales in bars. They have bars in Antarctica? What about strip clubs and gambling? What are they really doing there?

Posted by: Immaculate deception | Sep 29 2023 20:54 utc | 34

I took the time to report to NAZI cel working out of Ottawa to the Canadian Security Intelligence Syndicate (CSIS) online form for reporting national security threats. Here is an excerpt of my formal complaint:
>I would like to report a NAZI cell working in Ottawa. A person who has brought her familial hatred of Russia to Canada and is leveraging our parliament as a platform to fulfill her familial goal in the Ukraine as pro-NAZI. Her family history speaks for itself, her actions make it clear. She has co-oped an entire political party including the leadership with hatred of Russia. Recently upon invitation a old war criminal was celebrated in our parliament, the bastard is an ugly NAZI. The smuggling in of pro-nazi and pro fascist support into our parliament constitutes a grave danger to our democracy. The person of concern is Chrystia Freeland. She should be investigated for treason because of her NAZI sympathies.
---
It is now obvious to the world that NAZI politic has won the war of the hearts and minds of the Canadian parliamentarians. Canada has been defeated by NAZI politic in 2023. This reveal of pro-NAZI sentiment in Canada is also reflected throughout NATO. The clamp down has just begun with the attempted erasure of the glorification of a NAZI by the Canadian parliament is a warning to the world. Canada is a lost cause and will never recover.

Posted by: Bill Miner | Sep 29 2023 21:22 utc | 35

Bruised Northerner @ 7:

As Doctor Eleven says @ 6, Ottawa needs to produce actual evidence that Ninjas was killed by Indian agents in Canada. Simply saying that the information was provided by a Five Eyes ally, especially if the official providing it does so on conditions of anonymity, is not good enough.

In light of India's recent moves to ingratiate itself further with other BRICS nations, one might suspect that the most likely killers of Nijjar are from a Five Eyes ally and the killing serves as a warning to the Modi government that the Indian diaspora in Canada and other countries (like Britain and Australia) can be turned against it.

Posted by: Refinnejenna | Sep 29 2023 21:24 utc | 36

Posted by: Immaculate deception | Sep 29 2023 20:54 utc | 34

they are fighting the penguins over there so we don't have to fight them over here.

Posted by: pretzelattack | Sep 29 2023 21:30 utc | 37

Dr George W Oprisko 29

India lacks two vital necessities for life , H2O and Honesty. This in a country that has plenty of rain , and brains, but the people with political power are not the ones who bother sbout practical problems. They like lying almost as much as they like chilli and life seems boring to them without a little constant lying to create a frissance of intrigue and politics.

Nothing remotely like Vietnam .

Posted by: Giyane | Sep 29 2023 21:32 utc | 38

@36 The question is of, who informs the PM and advises him on international relations and security? Who advised the PM to act upon hear say? Those two questions need to be answered. It suggests Trudeau is not running the country. Only an idiot would attempt destroy a once great relationship with India based on nothing hear say evidence. The PM or any national leader should on act after formal charges and let the justice system work itself out. Canada is a captured state. In Canada evidence is a thing of the past.

Posted by: Bill Miner | Sep 29 2023 21:40 utc | 39

In light of India's recent moves to ingratiate itself further with other BRICS nations, one might suspect that the most likely killers of Nijjar are from a Five Eyes ally and the killing serves as a warning to the Modi government that the Indian diaspora in Canada and other countries (like Britain and Australia) can be turned against it.

Posted by: Refinnejenna | Sep 29 2023 21:24 utc | 36

There are other potential suspects as in organized criminal syndicates, which is a problem in places like Surrey BC and surrounds, and maybe relatives of the victims of the Air India bombing. Vengeance shall be mine..and all that.

"Who was behind the attack?

Canadian investigators have alleged that the bombings were planned by Sikh separatists who wanted to take revenge for the Indian army's deadly 1984 storming of the Golden Temple in Punjab state."

https://www.aol.com/air-india-flight-182-india-002309887.html

Have you ever checked out the RCMP's most wanted list? It randomly popped up one day when I doing an internet search for something entirely unrelated, but I had a look see anyway.

There's many on it who could pass as home boys gone bad but most, as country folk might say, 'ain't from 'round here..' No way of telling for sure how they gain access to Canada but one should remember we have very long coastlines and an undefended border with the US.

Posted by: bubbles | Sep 29 2023 21:52 utc | 40

So...UK Braverman raises the issue of UN 1951 definition of what is a refugee.and immigration intergration that does not suitably happen for UK society thinks it should be. Germany the other day raised its concerns about immigration"fairness" of distribution .. today Sweden realises that the warnings of immigrant communities not intergrating now requires military control in areas .......hmmm....told you so?

Posted by: Jo | Sep 29 2023 21:52 utc | 41

It suggests Trudeau is not running the country.

Posted by: Bill Miner | Sep 29 2023 21:40 utc | 39

###########

Gee, you think?

These incompetent "leaders" may be avatars to distract the population as they perform their roles like brain-damaged donkeys ...

Or is that too "on the nose"?

What next? The elections are fake? 😂😂😂

I will never get tired of the innocence and naivety of people who follow current political events closely. It's a blindspot that I find endlessly fascinating ...

Posted by: LoveDonbass | Sep 29 2023 21:55 utc | 42

Bill Miner 35

I reported my local imam to Prevent, anti-terrorism drot. for reciting Qur'an verses in support of islamic State's massacres in Sri Lanka.
Doh. Prevent is the terrorist recruitment office for British Intelligence.

Why did you tell the SBU you don't agree with Nazism? I should have taken commission for finding them a useful idiot to create future patsies.

It was at times like this that so many left wing Jews left Austria and Germany, sensing the wind of change .
Right wing politics is being fuelled up from sides . If I were you, I would leave Canada. All of the right wing of politics is building up, Nazism, Islamism, Nationalism , because of the Neo-cons. But where to go to?

Posted by: Giyane | Sep 29 2023 22:01 utc | 43

The question is of, who informs the PM and advises him on international relations and security? Who advised the PM to act upon hear say? Those two questions need to be answered. It suggests Trudeau is not running the country.

Posted by: Bill Miner | Sep 29 2023 21:40 utc | 39

When trudeau made his grand statement accusing India he did say he had consulted with the US and the UK beforehand.

As Chester was to Spike in the Looney Tunes cartoons.. Oh and you knew he was a jr. high school drama teacher before being drafted by Liberal movers and shakers based on his Pa's enduring popularity? Except the Prairie Provinces of course. They weren't so enamored with his Pa.

Posted by: bubbles | Sep 29 2023 22:19 utc | 44

FYI

Veterans for Peace

Keynote Event with Clare Daly (IRISH MEP) and Jeffrey Sachs, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.

[2hrs 30 mins]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LdERmcB1qk

Posted by: Don Firineach | Sep 29 2023 22:28 utc | 45

@ bubbles | Sep 29 2023 22:19 utc | 44

consulting with the us-uk, is just simple code for - i got it from csis - gospel truth, lol... csis - junior partner to cia-mi6... that is the reality... csis takes bullshit and immediately feed the canadian politicians the bullshit.. that is how information works in canada... if you aren't in the 5 eyes loop, you are out of the loop!

if you want to be a good western politician, beholden to corporations, you make sure to follow everything the intel agencies tell you..

Posted by: james | Sep 29 2023 22:42 utc | 46

The trudeau, India thing.
When was it Sept. 8? trudeau's in India for the G20 meeting. Rumour has it they found a stash of coke aboard his plane when "parked" in India. Comes back to Canada, then we hear about the Sikh thing...
My 2 cents.... Without his ex, the man is just "partying" to much and threw a tantrum when they "took" his 8-ball away.

Posted by: heavymetal101 | Sep 29 2023 23:01 utc | 47

Something outside the usual here> 'A Nobel prize-winning immigrant's view on American inequality'

"The paper, which he co-authored with his wife, Anne Case, another distinguished economist at Princeton, was titled "Rising morbidity and mortality in midlife among white non-Hispanic Americans in the 21st century."

Take a moment to understand what that may be about, because it's different than what you will normally read..


"Case and Deaton documented an astonishing fact: unlike virtually every other demographic group in America (and other rich countries),

the death rate of white, middle-aged Americans was rising instead of falling.

And that this macabre trend was being driven largely by a rise in what they would call "deaths of despair" — from suicides, drug overdoses, and alcohol abuse — especially in the population without a college degree."

" After Donald Trump won the presidential election, many commentators cited the paper as evidence that despair in white, working-class communities was a crucial reason why those voters helped put the firebrand president into office."

https://www.npr.org/sections/money/2023/09/26/1199422599/a-nobel-prize-winning-immigrants-view-on-american-inequality

After the fact commentators I might add. Of course hindsight is always 20/20 but where were these sage commentators when the likes of Mitt Romney and Bain Capital couldn't sell out Delco Remy to the land of China as fast as fast could be... for a personal profit of course.

Now same are whining, mewling and finger pointing at China as the reason for America's dilemma. I saw an article recently about Romney yapping about China, national security etc recently, I had to turn away, the hypocrisy was too much to take.

Posted by: bubbles | Sep 29 2023 23:41 utc | 48

Posted by: titmouse | Sep 29 2023 18:48 utc | 31
*sigh*
"Canada, you need to get your shit together."
+++

You make make it sound like "All Canadians" are supporting the federal government...**Newsflash** come out to rural Alberta, I'll show you what we think of the feds.
The rot is so deep. Way past fixing. It's best to burn.. Burn it to a crisp... maybe the ones who are left running this circus will get the message. (I doubt it.) Look at the Nazi thing last week, "parliament ignorance" at its best. "Trained seals" clapping when told.
Call a spade a spade..All these "western governments" right down to our municipal governments. No more than organized crime rings.

Posted by: heavymetal101 | Sep 29 2023 23:48 utc | 49


https://nitter.net/RnaudBertrand

Arnaud Bertrand
@RnaudBertrand
18h
Projection level: max!

Someone should do a summary at some point of the *thousands* of information warfare operations the US (or the West in general) has launched against China these past few years, from the Xinjiang accusations to the "debt trap" narrative or all the "social credit score" stuff, officially assigning billions of dollars to it all.

And Western media: "look, China is launching an information war!" 🤦‍♂️ The level of disinformation and double standards is beyond insane.

Truth is: almost no-one in the West is even exposed to Chinese talking points, the immense majority of the population only ever hears one side of the narrative, that propagated by Western media, so-called "China watchers", Washington-based "NGOs" and think tanks funded in large parts by the military industrial complex.

The media and information ecosystem people evolve in is squarely in one camp, propagating a single narrative. When you hear debates on China on TV one side of the argument is "China is bad" and the other side is "no I disagree, China is very bad". It's not even remotely close to being fair.

Which is frankly extremely dangerous: it leads people to dramatically - and I stress this: DRAMATICALLY! - misunderstand even the most basic facts about China. Which is bad because in a world where China gains in importance it leads people to fundamentally misunderstand the world they live in, and take bad decisions in consequence. It also of course leads people to vote for the most hawkish voices on China, and the most hostile propositions against China. Which makes the world far more conflictual than it needs to be and is often against their own interests.

So dear FT: instead of making yourself the spokesperson of another delusional American government psyop, why don't you start asking yourself real questions such as "are we shooting ourselves and the whole of humanity in the foot by continuing with the China bad narrative"?

Posted by: MD | Sep 29 2023 23:49 utc | 50

Posted by: james | Sep 29 2023 22:42 utc | 46

Suppose so James. Good thing he studied drama / playing a role. Even tho he isn't a very convincing actor.

Posted by: bubbles | Sep 29 2023 23:51 utc | 51

posted a response to you bubbles... for some reason i is caught in the spam thing and will show up later - i think!

Posted by: james | Sep 29 2023 23:55 utc | 52

Just a thought.

We have Animal names for human actions, misdeeds, errors, etc. All unique to a certain species. ex. weasels, leeches, seals, pigs etc.
Yet when a Animal Species does any wrong to it's own, You think they say, "you"re acting like a human."??

Posted by: heavymetal101 | Sep 30 2023 0:06 utc | 53

https://nitter.net/RnaudBertrand

Kathleen Tyson
@Kathleen_Tyson_
Sep 27
China has increased GDP by $1.5 trillion so far in 2023. US has increased its deficit by a similar amount as US growth falters.

China’s fiscal revenues are up more than 10% while US fiscal revenues are down more than 12%.
Which economy is weakening?

Christophe Barraud🛢🐳 ???

Posted by: MD | Sep 30 2023 0:08 utc | 54

Arnaud Bertrand
@RnaudBertrand
Sep 24
Very good article on Western exceptionalism, double standards, mendacity, propaganda and our fundamental lack of understanding of others !!!

https://nitter.net/Kathygannon/status/1706031211746144391#m

Kathy Gannon
@Kathygannon
Sep 24
Just because it seems apropos of what Graham Allison is saying here is something I wrote from my Shorenstein Fellowship at the Harvard Kennedy School. @RnaudBertrand It was published in August

shorensteincenter.org/journa…

Posted by: MD | Sep 30 2023 0:31 utc | 55

@43 history illustrates that there is no place to go or run to when in the midst of a tyrannical state. You learn to survive and just survival becomes a revolutionary act when fighting fascist politic. The tide of fascism will rise and fall until the pendulum of war profiteering is stopped.

Posted by: Bill Miner | Sep 30 2023 0:34 utc | 56

RT picked up a report from the RFKjr Unfriendly website Mediaite that he will run as a third party candidate. Here's RT's report:

US presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has reportedly made plans to run as a third-party candidate, potentially shaking up the 2024 race for the White House by sapping Democrat votes away from President Joe Biden and boosting the odds of a Republican victory.

Kennedy, who is currently polling as the top challenger to Biden for the Democratic Party’s nomination, plans to announce his candidacy as an independent during an October 9 campaign event in Pennsylvania, Mediaite reported on Friday. Kennedy’s campaign will run commercials attacking the Democratic National Committee (DNC) to “pave the way” for the announcement, the media outlet said.

Kennedy has railed against the DNC for refusing to give him a fair opportunity to win the party’s nomination, and he has criticized Biden for declining to approve US Secret Service protection for him during the campaign, despite numerous death threats. He’s the son of 1968 presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy and the nephew of former President John F. Kennedy Jr., both of whom were assassinated.

“Bobby feels that the DNC is changing the rules to exclude his candidacy, so an independent run is the only way to go,” Mediaite cited a Kennedy campaign insider as saying. The New York Times reported last week that Kennedy had met with the chairman of the Libertarian Party, suggesting that he was considering a run for president without winning the Democratic nomination....

He has said that his top priority as president will be to “end the corrupt merger between state and corporate power.” Kennedy also has argued that Biden’s administration missed many opportunities to settle the Russia-Ukraine conflict peacefully, and its strategy of giving billions of dollars’ worth of weapons to Kiev has been “terrible for the Ukrainian people.” [My Emphasis]

As discussed, RFKjr would never be allowed to be the Ds POTUS candidate, and he's 100% correct that the DNC will do what it must to exclude him, just like it did with Sanders. Politically, IMO this is the absolute correct choice. This way he can campaign and say what needs to be said--and there's a great deal that needs saying. But, will the media black him out? I'm going to say yes, despite his campaign having money to buy airtime.

Posted by: karlof1 | Sep 30 2023 0:46 utc | 57


https://halfreeman.wordpress.com/2023/09/27/responses-to-romney-reflections-on-life-for-an-american-in-russia/

LIFE IN LUGA(Russia) As far as life here in Russia things are going pretty much the same. Despite what Antony Blinken has said, there are still plenty of groceries on the shelves in the stores.

Two days ago I went to the grocery store and then to the open market. I bought enough groceries for the kids and me for at least a week. It came to the equivalent of $64.00. Gas has gone up a little. Regular gas has gone up 3 rubles per liter. Diesel went up even more than that. Still, even with these recent increases, prices have not gone up much since the SMO began.

If my math is right, gas is still just under $2.00/gallon. Of course, I take taxis so I don’t really feel the impact of the gas prices. My taxis are about the same cost.

The Russian economy overall is strong. I mentioned in a previous blog that Russia’s economy is now rated the strongest in Europe. The sanctions have failed completely.

Russia has diversified in some areas, and it has changed its focus to the east. It was dumb to sanction a country which has as many natural resources as Russia has. I think many agree that more countries are “cheating” on the sanctions. Putin announced in a speech this past week that in August the Russian budget had a surplus. I don’t think economists in the U.S. know what the word “surplus” means anymore.

He said the GDP growth for Russia is estimated to be 2.5-2.8%. Russia essentially has no budget deficit and very little debt. Senator Rand Paul said the U.S. deficit will exceed $1.5 trillion. If you go to usdebtclock.org you will see that the U.S. debt now stands above $33 trillion. America is literally borrowing money from China to send to Ukraine.

As far as attitudes about the war, folks here don’t seem to talk about it a lot–at least with me. I think it is safe to say most want to bring it to an end. They would love for Mr. Putin to give the go-ahead to stepping up the offensives.

Putin and his generals are still playing defense. The spring-summer-fall offensive by Ukraine has failed miserably. On all accounts it has been terribly costly both in loss of lives and equipment for Ukraine. Putin said indications are that Ukraine has had 71,500 casualties as a result of the offensive...

Posted by: MD | Sep 30 2023 0:51 utc | 58

@37 pretzelattack, LoL. Good one. If they're radicalized penguins, Biden will have them here in no time. The Demonrats don't have any good options in CA or the US. Doesn't mean that somehow they don't win. If anyone cared to look at Larry Johnson's article, I will say that all of those cities are run by them. I was a Democrat 30 years ago. No more. Not a Republican either. In fact, I quit voting over 20 years ago. Why perpetuate the charade? Cheers.

Posted by: Immaculate deception | Sep 30 2023 1:00 utc | 59

Posted by: karlof1 | Sep 30 2023 0:46 utc | 57

Thank you for this post, karlof1. That is a very brave man. I would not have been intending to vote. God bless him and keep him safe. Already he has become a shining light piercing the darkness. For the sake of my children and my children's children, I thank him with all my heart.

Posted by: juliania | Sep 30 2023 2:04 utc | 60

"US presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has reportedly made plans to run as a third-party candidate, potentially shaking up the 2024 race for the White House by sapping Democrat votes away from President Joe Biden and boosting the odds of a Republican victory."

Posted by: karlof1 | Sep 30 2023 0:46 utc | 57
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Karlof1, I think RFK Jr. will pull voters from the Republican side as well as the Democratic side should he run as an independent. I just read a PEW poll of 14,000 respondents that said that 79% of American voters are sick and tired of the Two-Party system in the US (this is up quite a bit from the last PEW pole using the same questions). People are tired of all the bickering and fighting that does nothing for the voters, they are also sick and tired of corporate control of government: People are looking for something new and different.

Posted by: Ed | Sep 30 2023 2:06 utc | 61

Data: Pew Research Center; Chart: Axios Visuals (Updated Sep 19, 2023 - Politics & Policy).

Americans' views of the U.S. political system have reached new lows, according to a survey that reveals near-record distrust of the government, disgust with both political parties and general exhaustion over all the divisiveness.

Why it matters: The survey by Pew Research Center reflects the growing distaste with the nation's politics as congressional infighting threatens a government shutdown and the 2024 presidential race appears headed toward a Biden-Trump matchup most Americans don't want.

Four times as many Americans have unfavorable views of both parties today than they did in 2002 — an all-time high, with Republicans and Democrats equally unpopular, the survey found.
Trust in the government is near a 70-year low, with just 16% of the public saying they trust the federal government at least most of the time.
Two in three Americans say they always or often feel "exhausted" when they think about politics. The top two words they use to describe U.S. politics are "divisive" and "corrupt."
Zoom in: The problem could get worse as younger generations make up greater shares of the population. Younger people are far more likely to be critical of both the Republican and Democratic parties.

37% of 18- to 29-year-olds had unfavorable views of both parties, compared to just 16% of those 65 or older.
A growing number of younger voters are rejecting the two-party system and claiming to be independent, as Axios has reported.
Between the lines: A third-party solution is not so straightforward, however.

68% of Americans overall say they at least somewhat wish there were more parties to choose from, but they're not convinced that having more than two major parties would make it easier to solve the nation's problems.
Only about a quarter think so, while another quarter say more parties would make solutions more difficult.

The big picture: There is broad bipartisan agreement on what Americans view as the system's biggest problems.

For example, 87% of Republicans and 85% of Democrats agreed with the idea that politicians in both parties "are more focused on fighting each other than on solving problems."
Americans want limits on those in government: 87% want term limits and 79% support age limits — a proposition that has gained widespread attention in the face of congressional health scares and concerns about President Biden's age and acuity.
But Democrats were about twice as likely as Republicans to say "the federal government does more for ordinary Americans than people give it credit for." That description of the federal government had the largest partisan gap on the list.
Americans have become deeply cynical of those who run for office, the survey found.

When asked to use their own words to describe the biggest problem with the political system, Americans' most common answer (31%) involved "politicians."


Posted by: Ed | Sep 30 2023 2:30 utc | 62

Posted by: karlof1 | Sep 30 2023 0:46 utc | 57

Thats very interesting if it is true.

Reminds me of 1992 and Ross Perot dividing the Repub vote to allow Bill and neocon Hillary to win.

I'm cynical but I think the MSM promotes Trump a lot; they still talk about him literally non-stop, just like in 2015 and 2016 and ever since then even after 2021 when Biden became the official President. Non-stop free publicity for Trump. Even though they are almost always very negative about Trump and his older and (I think) naive voting base.

Posted by: Wisco | Sep 30 2023 3:02 utc | 63

[email protected]? He can articulate, communicate and runs rings around the Dem bases, not even in the same league and I'm not really fond of him, but will give credit where credit is due.....oh and he was right from day one ivermectin and HCQ are far better treatments for Covid than the horse piss currently being forced on people.....oh, wait, he told the truth.....breath of fresh fucking air.....Kennedy??? Obumner could drown him with one hand, nothing but a mere joke to entertain the he masses.

Cheers and good luck with votes, not that anyone bothers to count them properly anyway.

Cheers M

Posted by: sean the leprechaun | Sep 30 2023 3:59 utc | 64

Bill Miner 56

' The tide of fascism will rise and fall until the pendulum of war profiteering is stopped.'

Britain has a nest of spies in London whose sole reason for existence is to supply the Divide and Rule Factory with potential Dividing points.

Divisions fuel wars and under the rules of wars land can be stolen. The 33 trillion $ US debt funds the wars and the profits from the wars are immense.
In Kurdistan where Obama sent Daesh to threaten the population to surrender their oil to USUKIS, no wages have been paid for 3 months. The organisers of Daesh live in the nest of spies in London.

So it's a much larger ecosystem of war profiteering than just " politicisns".
There is an entire, non-productive , political class who job is to manufacture consent for war, in the media, in industry and in the mosque.
Nobody can swim against the flow of that corruption without being radicalised .

Business , religion, immigration is all in service to British Divide and Rule .
Which is how it always has been for 500 years. Radicalism on one side and colonial stoogism on the other.
At ALL levels of society politics.
The name the authorities give to this stooge conformity is radicalism, to make it sound intellectual and sexy.

Yes, they even use our description , radical, to describe their faithful colonial slaves. The word they use for us radicals is insignificant, because we are insignificant compared to the enormous flow of societal bullshit they control.

Posted by: Giyane | Sep 30 2023 4:03 utc | 65

That untapped and perhaps volatile sentiment was reflected in Perot's better than even chances at the end of George the First's initial reign. I don't think you can call it gaming in favor of Bill and Hill. Maybe you didn't. Since then the third party threat has been a priority and dealt with sternly. This kind of move would allow a much different campaign and may really screw up the DNC. Hope so.

Posted by: Not Ewe | Sep 30 2023 4:15 utc | 66

Posted by: sean the leprechaun | Sep 30 2023 3:59 utc | 64


Your dedication and loyaly is an admirable quality. Not just to your Donald Trump but to the MoA community. You have been posting on this site for a long time.

No need to invoke the Covid stuff. Trump bragged about the "vaccine" on TV.

Posted by: Wisco | Sep 30 2023 4:16 utc | 67

..."I don't think you can call it gaming in favor of Bill and Hill. Maybe you didn't."

I didn't at the time (I was in my 20s back then), but now I very clearly see it was all media gaming.

It might sound insincere of me to say so, but I often envy the naive and the gullible in recent years. Peace of mind and trust in one's government and media is very valuable and healthy.

Posted by: Not Ewe | Sep 30 2023 4:15 utc | 66

Posted by: Wisco | Sep 30 2023 4:34 utc | 68

Sorry I screwed up post #68. It was direcred at Not Ewe's #66.

Posted by: Not Ewe | Sep 30 2023 4:15 utc | 66

.."I don't think you can call it in favor of Bill and Hill. Maybe you didn't."

I didn't at the time in 1992 (I was just in my 20s back then), but now I very clearly see it was all media gaming and manipulation of the vote by media. Perot was on TV almost 24-7 that year, along with Bill and neocon Hill.

It might sound insincere of me to say so, but I often envy the naive and the gullible in recent years. Peace of mind and trust in one's government and media is very valuable and healthy.

Posted by: Wisco | Sep 30 2023 4:34 utc | 68

Posted by: Wisco | Sep 30 2023 4:44 utc | 69

Just a reminder. The Clintons (Bill and neocon Hill) didn't support gay marriage in 1992, and neither did Obama in his campaign 2008.

Posted by: Wisco | Sep 30 2023 5:08 utc | 70

So now, just 15 years later it's only "right wing extremists who are a danger to Our Democracy" who disagee with gay marriage. Bizarre.

Posted by: Wisco | Sep 30 2023 5:27 utc | 71

ZH has a posting up saying more about the Musk X intention to support citizen journalists

X Shreds Threads As Active Users Hit Record High; Legacy Media Fails To Kill 'Free Speech' Platform

The quote

And Musk has made it a mission to be that 'asteroid' to make legacy, dinosaur media extinct: "I hope people around the world engage in citizen journalism, so we know what's truly happening and we get real-time, on-the-ground coverage!"

Posted by: psychohistorian | Sep 30 2023 5:27 utc | 72

Twitter (X) still bans lots of people, but now they are back-handedly credited by MSM with being the biggest "free speech" site ever because that billionaire defense contractor Elon Musk makes some Tweets that go against the domi ant ridiculous narrative. And now they have more people signing up than ever!

Posted by: Wisco | Sep 30 2023 5:52 utc | 73

People are tired of all the bickering and fighting that does nothing for the voters, they are also sick and tired of corporate control of government: People are looking for something new and different.

Posted by: Ed | Sep 30 2023 2:06 utc | 61

Thank you, Ed. Younger citizens may not realize why what you say above is true. To my mind the rot set in when the Supreme Court made two terrible decisions -- the first to forestall the recount of votes in 2000 when men in Brooks Brothers suits broke in, sleeves rolled up, and manhandled little old ladies and men, interrupting that process. Anyone go to jail for doing that? Anyone get shot? That was an activity far worse than any Trumpian motivated 'assault' on Congress -- it was an assault on the people themselves, not on any so-called representatives thereof. Happened right at the turn of the century so an easy one to remember. Justice Kennedy gave a good speech against that decision, worth a revisit.

Second was the Supreme Court decision that money is speech in the Citizens United case. Also worth a revisit. Those two I'd consider the goal posts, one at each end of a playing field now become bloody and rutted tipping one way or the other as the benjamins slosh around and people far away, and near, lose their homes and their livelihoods, and worst of all, their lives. Bringing us to now and the sacrifice of an entire nation most of us would have had a hard time locating on a map of the world. Now we mostly can, if we can bear to look.

This century has a lot to answer for, and in my view those two SC cases are the biggies. The people shall judge? Well, we didn't till now. Now we had better.

Posted by: juliania | Sep 30 2023 5:56 utc | 74


The death of alphabet agency plant Feinstein is likely to be problematic for the dims. If I recall correctly some of her family has been begging for at least a year that she be allowed to retire but because Newsome who as state governor gets to choose interim senators wants a crony of his from Congress to get the gig and he is pushing for him as interim senator. However Feinstein's handlers and the part of her family that is married to this other bloke and allegedly on a promise from Feinstein herself want him to get the gig so Feinstein couldn't pull the pin. If Feinstein had resigned or karked in a few months time all would have been sweet because the governor couldn't nominate an interim. Too close to a full election as her term was up in 2024, it would get sorted at a dim primary before the november election.
Thinking about it, those who worry about which half of the uniparty is gonna win the prez beauty contest will get a good hint about whether Newsome is gonna be the late pick next year, if he chooses his cobber from congress for interim then no he isn't chasing for prez but if he agrees to let the Feinstein inlaw have the gig it means he has decided to go for "smooth running dim party unity".
In other words talkin that tosh shows he wants to keep onside with the dnc hacks who will finally make the call on whether c**t-faced joe cops the flick.

Posted by: Debsisdead | Sep 30 2023 6:15 utc | 75

Posted by: juliania | Sep 30 2023 5:56 utc | 74

"People are tired of all the bickering and fighting that does nothing for the voters.."

Dream on! No, the divisiveness is actually intensifying on purpose. Lol @ "voters". Get real.

Posted by: Wisco | Sep 30 2023 6:19 utc | 76

In response to
"
This century has a lot to answer for, and in my view those two SC cases are the biggies. The people shall judge? Well, we didn't till now. Now we had better.

Posted by: juliania | Sep 30 2023 5:56 utc | 74
"

Well said but I want to add US motto reversion to E Pluribus Unum as another people judgement indicator of refocus to public good.

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@ Debsisdead | Sep 30 2023 6:15 utc | 75 with the layout of the Feinstein replacement view.......insightful and thanks

I keep thinking that so much is going to happen in the next 6, 9, 12 months globally leading up to the US (s)election that speculation at this point is mostly wasted energy.

IMO, unless the Ukraine SMO becomes a full NATO war that proxies into Poland, the Ukraine side will be forced to capitulate before winter of this year. And even if NATO involvement/escalation happens, I believe that shock and awe from Russia will start to show and China will escalate against empire as well......we are watching social anthropological history being made or ending for our species in "real time", what ever that might be, but not years/decades/centuries further along the arch of Western social dominance.....Russia and China will not allow it.

Thanks for sharing.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Sep 30 2023 6:40 utc | 77

https://nitter.net/GodfreeTrh

Eivor Vågslid
@Eivor_Koy
Sep 26
To learn more about the history of China's anti-desertification efforts and the "straw checkerboard sand barrier" technique, which was developed in China and has since spread worldwide, I travelled to Shapotou, Ningxia, today.

Posted by: AW | Sep 30 2023 10:00 utc | 78

I'm cynical but I think the MSM promotes Trump a lot; they still talk about him literally non-stop, just like in 2015 and 2016 and ever since then even after 2021 when Biden became the official President. Non-stop free publicity for Trump. Even though they are almost always very negative about Trump and his older and (I think) naive voting base.

Posted by: Wisco | Sep 30 2023 3:02 utc | 63

There's a big difference between promoting an obsessing.

Also, like him or hate him, 74 million people voted for him last time. Black, white, Asian, male, female all across the US. Young, old, some with little education, some with PhD's. Pretty damn presumptuous of you to assume they're naive.

Posted by: Phil R | Sep 30 2023 10:01 utc | 79

https://nitter.net/GodfreeTrh

Eivor Vågslid
@Eivor_Koy
Sep 26
To learn more about the history of China's anti-desertification efforts and the "straw checkerboard sand barrier" technique, which was developed in China and has since spread worldwide, I travelled to Shapotou, Ningxia, today.

Posted by: MD | Sep 30 2023 10:05 utc | 80

@ Wisco, §67:
"Trump bragged about the jabs" - well, he had to didn´t he? Otherwise he would have been crucified even more by the MSM for ´reckessly ignoring medical advice´ - he´s not a doc, remember?
But, aside from recommending ivermectin and HCQ, for which he was shouted down, he was opposed to lockdowns and preferred to go for ´natural immunity´. When the bribed docs prevailed and jabs became policy, he made the best of it and made sure the policy was delivered "at warp speed". That´s what he was bragging about.
The fault´s with the policy that he opposed, not with the execution at which he succeeded.

Posted by: John Marks | Sep 30 2023 10:29 utc | 81

Posted by: Spasie | Sep 29 2023 12:03 utc | 4

Tor browser or a VPN. Opera browser has a free VPN embedded.

Posted by: Patience | Sep 30 2023 11:32 utc | 82

Posted by: Spasie | Sep 29 2023 12:03 utc | 4

Try to use yandex browser.

http://browser.yandex.com

Posted by: Greg Galloway | Sep 30 2023 11:51 utc | 83

A good short vid from Rybar on the Armenia situation:

https://t.me/two_majors/12902

For myself I don't think the the vehicle hit by Azerbaijan killing six Russian peacekeepers was by accident, I think it was a message, "don't let the door hit you on the way out."

Posted by: LightYearsFromHome | Sep 30 2023 11:57 utc | 84

In Sweden gang wars and unrest is escalating, 3 people have been killed within 24 hours and they tried to employ the army - army responds they can't help and don't have resources.

Sweden is already one of the large destinations of black market weapons for Ukraine, the gangs are especially interested in ATGM weapons.

https://gript.ie/sweden-seeks-military-assistance-to-tackle-gang-crime/

Posted by: unimperator | Sep 30 2023 14:14 utc | 85

Well Hell's Bells, heavymetal101! We can't all afford hiding behind our cow pastures & oil derricks pointing at others. If things are that bad everywhere I guess it all comes down to St. Kitts & Nevis to save North America from ourselves!
/spits tobacco juice

Someone get Slim Pickins on the phone. We gotta find us a clutch hitter out there in the Caribbean before things go completely to pot. We've been left with some quitters here drunk on their maple syrup when out on the town with their drama teacher.
/shakes head in disappointment

I picked the wrong week to quit snuffing instant coffee...

(note: This is sarcasm for the irony impaired ;) ... I'll never stop snuffing instant coffee! >:( USA! USA! USA!)

Posted by: titmouse | Sep 30 2023 15:23 utc | 86

There's a big difference between promoting an obsessing.

Posted by: Phil R | Sep 30 2023 10:01 utc | 79

As Joan Rivers once said "Any publicity is good publicity" and old Trumpey boy sure do love him some publicity. A tabloid star from way back.

Posted by: bubbles | Sep 30 2023 16:05 utc | 87

Sorry, Hillary haters, but if she were carried of by space this evening, nothing would improve in the US or on planet earth. Whichever psychopath sits in the White House, nothing important changes. There's always another war against another "Hitler", homelessness grows, super-richies get super-richer, the rest get poorer. When the Demons or the Reptilians dominate the Congress, nothing changes. Certainly nothing improves.

Posted by: lester | Sep 30 2023 16:11 utc | 88

Can anyone point me in a direction to find out what’s happening in Kazakhstan or Armenia right now? In the US the only info on the “search” engines is filtered by US minders.

I’m specifically looking for what’s happening with regards to sanctions.

Posted by: Michael.j | Sep 30 2023 16:56 utc | 89

"Plagued by sexual assaults US Mcmurdo station halts alcohol sales in bars. They have bars in Antarctica? What about strip clubs and gambling? What are they really doing there?" - Immaculate deception

They need access to a red light district, although US Puritanism will never admit this. Banning alcohol sales will lead to moonshining, etc. Throw away the first gallon or so and you won't go blind. Or so I'm told!

Posted by: lester | Sep 30 2023 17:00 utc | 90

Wisco if you weren’t attending at the time and wish to reflect from here you must factor the differences in media ownership and regulation between then and now. I’m certain the remarks you made were not directed my way. If so then you should slow down and do some thinking.

Posted by: Not Ewe | Sep 30 2023 17:01 utc | 91

I haven't figured out yet what it is the US government wants from PR China. To be as submissive as Japan,which tanked it's economy for a generation, at Bush I's decree? Be as poor and undeveloped as the Philippines or Haiti?

It's hard to know how submissive is submissive enough. Iraq was good enough for Reagan, when waging war with Iran. But when Bush I needed help getting re-elected, Saddam became "Hitler", Iraq "Nazi Germany," and vast numbers died so Bush I could look more manly than Reagan. He still lost the next election.

Posted by: lester | Sep 30 2023 17:16 utc | 92

@ bubbles | Sep 29 2023 23:51 utc | 51

thanks... trying to reply and post a link to indian punchline again this morning, as i don't see my post from yesterday...

i think this is relevant to the conversations here at moa on canada-india relations.. the article is now from yesterday..

India won’t be bullied in multipolar setting

Posted by: james | Sep 30 2023 17:26 utc | 93

Posted by: james | Sep 30 2023 17:26 utc | 93

Read that this a.m. James, good read. Haven't read the CFR related link contained in it yet though. Instead read 2 latest substack pieces from ex CFR head man Richard Haass. Gives some insight into what western thinkers are discussing. Kind of surprising sometimes like an underlying current in those pieces is recognition of changes in the world that need to be addressed and sooner rather than later.

A link to the site if interested: https://richardhaass.substack.com/

Posted by: bubbles | Sep 30 2023 17:43 utc | 94

Escobar has an excellent article recapping the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh/Armenia, "Nagorno-Karabakh Is No More". As you'll discover when you read it, the situation poses a substantial threat to Russia's security. This is the reply I made to Pepe at his VK about the article:

Your SCF article on Nagorno-Karabakh is an excellent recap. I know Russia said it doesn't do Color Revolutions, but it could do an old fashioned coup where its national security is clearly involved. USAID penetration is unacceptable and dangerous, and if Armenia succeeds Moldova will follow. IMO, Team Putin must very seriously consider sending the polite men in green to deal with the situation. Yes, the Outlaw US Empire will bellow at being kicked out, but that's a small cost to pay in this case.

Posted by: karlof1 | Sep 30 2023 18:46 utc | 95

bubbles | Sep 29 2023 23:41 utc | 48

and there's Covid running rampant everywhere

have you seen the actuary reports on deaths 18-65?

Plugging your ears and ignoring what is happening to our neighbors and ourselves is *unfortunate* cuz it's biting us in the ass

Worker shortages? check
Early retirements check
Influx of immigrants to wipe butts/other'essential workers'? check
decrease in payouts to Social Security/Medicare?

The information is out there. I suggest the People's CDC for real information on the status of Covid in these here United States *that we know about* since the gov wants it to go away (PLUGS EARS la la la) https://peoplescdc.org/

And yes, the 'vaccines' are pretty much a bust-don't prevent infections and have some gnarly effects on human bodies...and the squelching of The Drug That Cannot Be Named is just another crime against humanity.

I'm saddened and shocked that my neighbors cannot see that their 'mild' Covid infection is the cause of their subsequent heart/brain/kidney/blood pressure/POTS issues...

Read on Reddit yesterday a post by a teacher that says one of her students has had 4 Covid infections THIS YEAR!

The mythical "Herd Immunity" is a fantasy and always has been~

Stay safe. Wear a mask.

Posted by: furies | Sep 30 2023 19:38 utc | 96

More evidence that the USA's decline will deepen and its basic problems worsen from what happened in New York, "New York City Infrastructure Hit by Torrential Rains":

A state of emergency has been declared in New York after flash floods caused by torrential rains wreaked havoc in America's most populous city.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul, who announced the measure, stressed that “It is critical that all New Yorkers take all necessary precautions and avoid flooded roads, which are some of the most dangerous places during flash floods.”

She also told a local television station about the "very challenging" and "life-threatening" destructive floods that have submerged streets, basements, subway stations, vehicles and even New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport....

Solving the city's growing stormwater problems will require a huge investment in infrastructure, experts say.

The city's 2021 report, called The New Normal, estimated that recalibrating the sewers would take decades and cost $100 billion. Upgrading the system in southeast Queens alone would cost $2 billion, it found.

Hurricane Sandy occurred in October 2012 and inflicted massive damage onto New York City and the overall region and ripped wide open the massive infrastructure issues facing NYC and the region, which were also revealed when Hurricane Irene visited in 2011. This latest storm was a far cry from a hurricane yet it caused almost as much damage. The costs estimated above understate what will be needed by 100% if not more as the cost of labor and materials will escalate as time moves forward as will the interest rates to finance such a massive reworking--and that's just the sewers!

IMO, the needed work will never be done and NYC will simply degrade and lend credence to the 1981 film Escape from New York.

Posted by: karlof1 | Sep 30 2023 21:32 utc | 97

karlof1 @ 95

Besides the USA troops already there from the recent "training exercise" you can bet there are USA little green men already flying in as humanitarian and relief workers. This is well thought out, USA has control over both Azerbaijan and Armenia. Think about it.

Russia can't move in legally, it would have to be invited, like Syria, that can't happen without a coup against the Pashinyan govt., so RF would be forced to invade. Very bad for Russia, very bad for RF ally Iran, brilliant play by the USA. RF and Iran would have to create serious asymmetric blowback, that takes time and Russia is rather busy.

Turkiye is not Russia's friend here, Turks are probably as hungry to push Armenia aside and connect to Azerbaijan as they were a 100ys ago. Wo knows what betrayal Macron and Biden have planned masqueraded as EU membership and protection. Armenia is totally screwed, historically screwed, its destiny is totally in the hands of others and no one on any side gives a shit about it, lowest pawn on the board once again, it's not a soccer player on the pitch, it's the ball.

USA stirs up an unholy amount of misery and death. Wonder if the USA and EU Armenian community get it? They are pretty comfortable, they'll pay lip service not much else.

Posted by: LightYearsFromHome | Sep 30 2023 21:36 utc | 98

karlof1 @ 97

The city's 2021 report, called The New Normal, estimated that recalibrating the sewers would take decades and cost $100 billion. Upgrading the system in southeast Queens alone would cost $2 billion, it found.

Maybe Mayor Adams can take a begging trip to Kiev to ask for money?

Posted by: LightYearsFromHome | Sep 30 2023 21:42 utc | 99

US says it's not looking for confrontation with China, yet the propaganda war it
continues to fuel says they aren't being honest. I know, quelle surprise

" US govt report accuses China of global 'information manipulation'

The report, released by the State Department's Global Engagement Center, said Beijing spends billions of dollars annually on 'foreign information manipulation' through the use of propaganda, disinformation and censorship, while promoting positive news about China and its ruling Communist Party. "

China is spending billions of dollars globally to spread disinformation and threatening to cause a “sharp contraction” in freedom of speech around the world, warned a US State Department report published Thursday.

China’s “global information manipulation is not simply a matter of public diplomacy – but a challenge to the integrity of the global information space,” the report said.

“Unchecked, Beijing’s efforts could result in a future in which technology exported by the PRC (People’s Republic of China), co-opted local governments, and fear of Beijing’s direct retaliation produce a sharp contraction of global freedom of expression.”

The report, released by the State Department’s Global Engagement Center, said Beijing spends billions of dollars annually on “foreign information manipulation” through the use of propaganda, disinformation and censorship, while promoting positive news about China and its ruling Communist Party."

https://www.firstpost.com/world/us-govt-report-accuses-china-of-global-information-manipulation-13182642.html

Naturally America and it's many agencies, official and unofficial funded through such venues as the NED, USAID and partnered with the likes of Soros Open Society Org would never..ever.. think of doing such things.

The only valid point made in the above article imho was "and exercising control of Chinese-language media." I believe that to be true and criticism of said control of what the local yokels can read and say is legitimate.


Posted by: bubbles | Sep 30 2023 22:05 utc | 100

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