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March 31, 2024

The MoA Week In Review - OT 2024-093

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Declan Hayes of Strategic-Culture sees War in the East due to regional resistance to Chinese bullying (which long ago got Genghis Khan riled up):

[Conclusion:]

Although I see war as being inevitable, the only way of mitigating its effects is for China to listen to Russia’s diplomats, to cop itself on and to give countries like the Philippines and Vietnam not only room to breathe but space to wriggle out from under Under Sam’s clutches and from those of China as well. Because I cannot see China doing any of that, the gods of war will be increasingly very busy in the South China Sea until both China and the United States are firmly muzzled. Let’s hope Japan’s cherry blossoms, as well as China’s, can withstand further nuclear attacks when both sides really get into their stride.

https://strategic-culture.su/news/2024/03/30/all-out-war-in-south-china-sea/

Posted by: scorpion | Mar 31 2024 13:07 utc | 1

Patrick Lawrence's Scheer Post piece is good reading.

Posted by: bevin | Mar 31 2024 13:58 utc | 2

Why did US diplomat say Scarborough Shoal belonged to the Philippines?

Here is a long tweet by Arnaud Bertrand on what Nicholas Burns said and why it is not true.

The US is playing a very dangerous game in the South China Sea, where instead of trying to appease tensions like a responsible power should do, it backs maximalist claims that violate International Law, and lies egregiously for that purpose.

Here is Nicholas Burns, the US ambassador to China, saying in an interview 2 weeks ago (https://youtube.com/watch?v=a38IsiPMnoI ):

“You've seen over the last couple of months some 10 standoffs between Filipino naval forces and both Chinese coastguards and Chinese military vessels at a place called Second Thomas Shoal and also in Scarborough Shoal. Now it's important for everybody on this zoomcast to understand that the International Court of Justice, which is the relevant legal body, ruled in July 2016 decisively in favour of the Philippines. And so that that territory is the sovereign territory of the Philippines and that China’s legal claim to it has no basis in international law. All the rest of the world understands that and recognises that this is sovereign Filipino territory.”

This is absolutely packed with lies.

First of all, it was NOT the International Court of Justice (ICJ) but the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) that made the July 2016 ruling (https://pca-cpa.org/en/cases/7/). This is a very important distinction because rulings by the PCA - unlike rulings by the ICJ - do NOT carry the weight of international law. Furthermore, in this case, China declined to participate in the arbitration.

Secondly the PCA ruling in question absolutely does NOT confirm the Scarborough Shoal and Second Thomas Shoal as "sovereign Filipino territory". For the simple reason that the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), which is the international law framework the PCA was asked to arbitrate under, “does not address the sovereignty of states over land territory”. In fact the PCA, in its ruling, specifically said that it had “not been asked to, and does not purport to, make any ruling as to which state enjoys sovereignty over any land territory in the South China Sea, in particular with respect to the disputes concerning sovereignty over the Spratly Islands [where the Second Thomas Shoal is] or Scarborough Shoal”!

This is all the more ironic because the US is one of the rare countries out there that refused to sign or ratify UNCLOS, contrary to China...

What the ruling DID say with regards to the Scarborough Shoal and Second Thomas Shoal is as follows:
- For the Scarborough Shoal, it ruled that they are rocks that cannot sustain human habitation or economic life of their own, do not generate an exclusive economic zone (EEZ) or continental shelf entitlements beyond their 12-nautical-mile territorial sea. It also ruled that both Chinese and Filipino fishermen, among others, had traditional fishing rights in the area and that no party should prevent the other from exercising these rights.
- For the Second Thomas Shoal, the ruling declared that it is a "low-tide elevation", that "does not generate entitlements to a territorial sea, exclusive economic zone, or continental shelf" but that it is "within the exclusive economic zone and continental shelf of the Philippines", with the consequence that the Philippines have rights over the resources in these areas.

That's it, it's a ruling about maritime entitlements under UNCLOS, not about the sovereignty over these territories.

Thirdly, Burns’ statement that “all the rest of the world understands that and recognises that this is sovereign Philippine territory” is even more egregious. This is patently untrue, even for US allies. For instance Britain, France and Germany in their 2020 "note verbale" to the UN on the matter (https://un.org/Depts/los/clcs_new/submissions_files/mys_12_12_2019/2020_09_16_DEU_NV_UN_001.pdf), specifically wrote that they “take no position” over the “disputed territorial sovereignty to naturally formed land features and to areas of the continental shelf in the South China Sea”.

In fact, until this declaration by Burns, this would have been untrue for the US themselves! Their position so far had been that - just like Britain, France and Germany - they did not take a position on the sovereignty claims themselves. The main reason is because these claims do not only involve the PRC and the Philippines but also the ROC (Taiwan), who also claim both the Scarborough Shoal and Second Thomas Shoal, as well as Vietnam and Malaysia who have also made claims over other parts of the Spratly Islands archipelago (of which the Second Thomas Shoal is part of). As such, unilaterally siding with one of the claimants over the others is a rather bizarre position for Washington.

Lastly, if the US wanted to be constructive here, instead of backing one state or the other in its maximalist claims in order to fuel conflict, it should encourage the negotiation of the Code of Conduct (CoC) for the South China Sea that's currently being discussed between ASEAN countries and China.

This is a diplomatic effort to end disputes. Why not support that instead of siding with one party against others, which can only fuel the disputes? The answer is simple: this is part of a broader and immensely worrying trend which we see in U.S. conduct generally (be it in Ukraine, Gaza, Taiwan, etc.) where the U.S. 1) jumps on all opportunities to sabotage diplomacy and fan the flames of conflict and war and 2) support the arbitrary and ever-changing self-interested rules of its "rules-based order" in opposition of International Law.

Why do they do that? I genuinely think we need to seriously ask ourselves if the U.S. doesn't want to recreate a WW2-type scenario where the whole world is in flames and the U.S., protected by its immensely favorable geography, ends up reaping the benefits. If there's a "great reset" initiative going on, that might be the one. WW2 placed the U.S. at the top of the global pecking order: at a time when this "leadership" is crumbling down, it's not inconceivable that they wouldn't mind a remake...

https://twitter.com/RnaudBertrand/status/1773938209380307072

Posted by: Petri Krohn | Mar 31 2024 14:10 utc | 3

Sorry, I messed up two of the URLs in Arnaud Bertrand's tweet. Here are the working ones:

https://pca-cpa.org/en/cases/7/

https://www.un.org/Depts/los/clcs_new/submissions_files/mys_12_12_2019/2020_09_16_DEU_NV_UN_001.pdf

Posted by: Petri Krohn | Mar 31 2024 14:15 utc | 4

G20 members annual real GDP growth (in %), 2022–2023

     Country/group   2022   2023 ↓
India 7.2 7.3 China 3.0 5.2 Indonesia 5.3 5.1 Turkey 5.5 4.5 Russia -1.2 3.6 Mexico 3.9 3.2 Brazil 3.0 2.9 U.S. 1.9 2.5 South Korea 2.6 2.4 * Australia 2.7 2.1 * Japan 1.0 1.9 Canada 3.8 1.1 France 2.5 0.9 Italy 4.0 0.9 South Africa 1.9 0.6 UK 4.3 0.1 Germany 1.8 -0.3 Saudi Arabia 7.5 -0.8 Argentina 5.0 -1.6
AU 3.9 3.2 EU 3.4 0.4

* Projected.


Sources

https://tradingeconomics.com/country-list/full-year-gdp-growth?continent=g20

African Union 2022, 2023: https://stats.oecd.org (click Development > Africa’s Development Dynamics > Africa's Development Dynamics - Statistical Annex > Table 2: Annual real GDP growth rate)

Australia 2023 (projected): https://tradingeconomics.com/australia/full-year-gdp-growth

European Union 2022, 2023: https://tradingeconomics.com/european-union/full-year-gdp-growth

India 2022, 2023 (calendar year): https://ria.ru/20240331/ekonomika-1936905854.html (Trading Economics shows data as reported by India, i.e., for the Indian fiscal year, which ends in March)

Korea 2023 (projected): https://tradingeconomics.com/south-korea/full-year-gdp-growth

Posted by: S | Mar 31 2024 14:44 utc | 5

Declan Hayes' piece at the Strategic Culture site is crude sinophobia.
It begins by celebrating the revived SEATO which the Empire- cheered on by Declan- is building up to attack China:

"...The Armed Forces of the Philippines, her navy in particular, are tooling up at an unprecedented rate and NATO’s various arms producers see her as another mini-Klondike, with even Poland inking deals to sell the Philippines Black Hawk helicopters. Given that 12% of all Israeli arms exports now go to the Philippines and that Germany, Japan, the United States and Canada have all significantly contributed to expanding and modernising the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), it seems the Philippines has resolutely pinned its colours to NATO’s mast.

"And good on them for standing up to China, whose imperious claims on the waters of the South China Sea are, together with its ongoing attacks on the PCG, a casus belli if ever there was one. Not only does the Philippines lack the wherewithal to stand up to this Chinese maritime land grab but the Chinese must know their terrorism against the peoples of the Philippines is, from any angle, unconscionable, unjust and unacceptable..."

It has been increasingly clear in recent weeks that Declan has been bitten by a rabid animal of some kind. And this latest entrant, recommended by our old friend Scorpion, suggests that the animal in question might be in the CIA.

The truth, which is crystal clear in this instance, is that the United States is relentless in its efforts to advance its military positions as close to China as it can get. The election of Marcos mark II was part of this strategy, as is the re-armament of Japan, the return of Taiwan to the pre 1970 position of being a US base for aggression against the PRC, the crack down on opposition to the US puppet party in south Korea, the long campaign to build up Vietnam as a US ally against China (only an American imperialist would dare think of that) and the barely disguised racism in the ANZUS White Man's club.
China's policy has been almost painfully quietist and conservative as the Empire's crude and naked campaign of aggression- encirclement- has been building up. To the accompaniment it has to be said of a discordant chorus of sinophobic, anti-communist and racist propaganda straight out of the Readers Digest circa 1953.
The US wants another Cold War because it is afraid that unless it gets one, and lots of hot wars with it, it will disappear back into the isolation and obscurity from which it emerged in the post War (WWI) era- a provincial creole culture at the heart of whose good humour and opulent hospitality lies a calendar of vicious crimes motivated by greed and insensitivity. A record of genocide and enslavement caught, in every detail, in the flood lit glare of the Enlightenment era.

It looks to me as if Hayes has been got at. MI 6 please confirm.

Posted by: bevin | Mar 31 2024 14:57 utc | 6

Posted by: Petri Krohn | Mar 31 2024 14:10 utc | 3

Betrand, like so many, makes the huge mistake thinking that "international law" means anything to US policy-makers. Why intelligent people seem to think that is yet another testament to nostalgia for an international order that does not and cannot exist anytime in the near, medium, and (likely) long-term because the power dynamics are radically different.

Washington is the ruling administrative center of the Empire. It is also not limited to the geographic are of Washington and its suburbs, for example, Silicon Valley, is integrated into the Empire's administrative establishment as is all the mainstream media. This Empire is big and its administrative structure is big and, still, fairly robust with multiple loci of power. It is not as many here seem to think a rigid system that could fall at any time it exists as a tight yet flexible network. The Empire simply makes decrees and attempts to enforce them throughout the areas it holds and then attempts to increase those areas until someone stops it. For me, as someone who knows Washington, it has become what (if we knew the truth) I consider a criminal network that values money, power, and expansion to benefit only those who are in its ruling class.

For that ruling class war is a guarantee of not only increased economic gains but also to keep all possibility of reform at bay through the ultimate goal of controlling all aspects of human life and control of all geographic entities on Earth (an beyond) under its thumb. It seemed to me that in the 90s and 00s that this transition was easily made and most people still believe we are living in the former Constitutional USA and, in the USA, at least more and more people are beginning to sense this. The "factotum class" which is the "educated" professional class serves power and, although some have been trained in logic, once your job is to follow orders (or else) you warp that logic and fool youtself into thinking you are doing something good for a genuinely democratic system. It's deeply tragic because there are decent people in the Washington milieu who still believe in the bullshit.

Anyway, talk about the motivations of the Washington ruling class as making mistakes are so off-base that it is humorous. Washington wants perpetual conflict and perpetual war ALL the time. Those are the current rules of the road in the world. They will do anything from spreading diseases (I'm not saying that COVID was this though I'm on the fence there) to conducting massacres in Russia or anywhere. We have to understand that they have no brake, no moral compass other than conquest and control. That's the obvious reality.

Posted by: Chris Cosmos | Mar 31 2024 15:09 utc | 7

It looks to me as if Hayes has been got at. MI 6 please confirm.

Posted by: bevin | Mar 31 2024 14:57 utc | 6

I dunno if he has been got at. He has a real talent for invective, but has not shown much as an analyst (so far). I read the first half-dozen things of his I came to, but then lost interest. This taking out after China is quite new, to me anyway, so you may be right.

Posted by: Bemildred | Mar 31 2024 15:11 utc | 8

@PetriKrohn #3

It has been my feeling for some time that the best client for Washington to manipulate for the purpose of triggering a proxy war against China is the Philippines. Washington wants the conflict to start as early as possible to pivot the focus of the media away from Gaza and Ukraine. Taiwan is not going to play that role because mainland China does not want a war against Taiwan. They don't want a war against the Philippines either.

I am not convinced that the US will have much success in that project of covertly making trouble at the antipodes given that the project is not so covert finally. Both Taiwan and Beijing are on the same side on the topic of those shoals.

Posted by: Richard L | Mar 31 2024 15:57 utc | 9

Bemildred | Mar 31 2024 15:11 utc | 8
No. You are right. I was just being lazy. I agree with your assessment- it may be that Declan writes most fluently when sitting beside a half emptied bottle of Paddy's or Jameson.


Add this to b's excellent selection of current journalism to read:

Dimitris Konstantakopoulos on his old friend Samir Amin.

"...every revolutionary Marxist, wherever he comes from, from the South, the East or the west of our continent, must be resolutely against Western imperialist interventions and not be led astray by the humanitarian and “democratic” pretexts used by western imperialism. None of their interventions brought democracy, all of them led to social and national disasters in the countries where they took place. The first duty of every conscious militant of the Left today is the opposition to imperialist wars and sanctions....

"...Climate Change is coming with certainty, not with probability and humans will not survive it. They have to stop it but in order to stop it another social system and another civilization is what is needed. That is, even if we avoid the catastrophe of a World War, we risk finding ourselves in an environment of destruction due to a prolonged stalemate and conflict between North and South, East and West. If Rosa Luxemburg declared a century ago we had to choose “socialism or barbarism,” the dilemma today is: “socialism or extinction.”

"In our fight against climate change we fight for socialism. And in our fight for socialism we fight to save the planet...."
https://www.defenddemocracy.press/samir-amins-last-two-battles/

Posted by: bevin | Mar 31 2024 16:01 utc | 10

It looks to me as if Hayes has been got at. MI 6 please confirm.

Posted by: bevin | Mar 31 2024 14:57 utc | 6
.............,...............

That was my thought too. And especially surprising from one of their leading authors.

Posted by: scorpion | Mar 31 2024 16:05 utc | 11

Posted by: bevin | Mar 31 2024 16:01 utc | 10

Thank you. Yes, the time is here now when we must choose, work together to save our one and only home, or disappear, engaged in our petty little disputes with each other; another interesting failed experiment. Past evidence of how these declining empires go suggests the latter, but the prospect of mortality does focus the mind some.

Posted by: Bemildred | Mar 31 2024 16:18 utc | 12

thanks b! much to ponder and consider..

Posted by: james | Mar 31 2024 16:21 utc | 13

it might sound like a trivial question, but how are people here doing something ( what would it be?) to prevent climate change - that is, if you believe in it? thanks in advance..

Posted by: james | Mar 31 2024 16:22 utc | 14

January 6th is the gift that keeps on giving.

www.kitklarenberg.com/p/secret-cia-presence-on-january-6th

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Mar 31 2024 16:38 utc | 15

here is an archived link to read the full article off the link b provided above "Not Everything Is About Gender - Atlantic"

NOT EVERYTHING IS ABOUT GENDER

Posted by: james | Mar 31 2024 16:57 utc | 16

It looks to me as if Hayes has been got at. MI 6 please confirm.
Posted by: bevin | Mar 31 2024 14:57 utc | 6

I stopped reading Hayes some time ago when I noticed his attacks on independant vloggers who attempted to expose the blob. He used his position and poison pen against those without cred like Russell Brand, with such meticulous venom it appeared to be an agenda.
His sinophobia nailed the coffin.
Yes I think he was 'got at'
I notice he is no longer prolific at SCF

I also think he's a drunk

Posted by: ld | Mar 31 2024 17:01 utc | 17

In response to
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it might sound like a trivial question, but how are people here doing something ( what would it be?) to prevent climate change - that is, if you believe in it? thanks in advance..

Posted by: james | Mar 31 2024 16:22 utc | 14
"

Other commenters write about how we have to all learn to get along and my position continues to be that until finance is a public utility that we won't have the
core social incentives to be able to do that.

Hence the I Support Public Banking sign that links to www.publicbankinginstitute.org in my front yard

Posted by: psychohistorian | Mar 31 2024 17:03 utc | 18

thanks psychohistorian... i agree with you in that.. maybe prioritizing is the most important thing to do here... still - what are people who are concerned about climate change doing to address this?

Posted by: james | Mar 31 2024 17:06 utc | 19

The article about the Butlerian Jihadist illustrates the inversion of reality taking place in western academia. She ("they/them"? Schizophrenia much? I'm using whatever pronouns I want to use to refer to your nasty narcissistic ass) is actively and openly attacking the Materialist conception of reality that forms the foundation of the Enlightenment. She is waging jihad against the fact that reality is composed of matter and instead arguing it is composed of ideas. Instead of ideas arising from material brains (matter) she is insisting that matter arises from ideas... people can wish material changes to the universe using the power of their (apparently incorporeal) mind alone.

She's a phuquing loon - pardon my French.

She's also the fascist she accuses everyone else of being.

How does that work? One of the fundamental features of fascism is the rejection of philosophical Materialism and the embrace of philosophical Idealism (readers confused by this point need to read the top paragraph a couple more times until they can sort out the difference between matter and ideas).

In practical terms, fascism is the Ruling Class recruiting a portion of the Ruled Class to use as a weapon to attack the rest of the Ruled Class. The Ruling Class has to do this because they have no real power by themselves, but the Ruled Class keeps trying to organize itself to constrain the Freedoms™ of the Ruling Class to... well, ya`know, rule.

Of course, the Ruled Class is just being rational here and is motivated by the material conditions of their existence... philosophical Materialist thinking. How can the Ruling Class subvert that? By promoting irrational thinking and getting the Ruled to fixate on immaterial ideas because things in the imaginations of the Ruled don't cost the Ruling Class anything, particularly if they are irrational.

Anyway, fascism always has a strong mystical component built around religions and myths and pseudoscience, and the above is why.

But didn't I mention that philosophical Materialism is a key to the Enlightenment? And isn't the Enlightenment and the Age of Reason central to all of the wonderful economic development of the last half millennium? Yes indeed, but the capitalist economics that the Ruling Class relies upon has lost almost all of its progressive character (how and why is material for a post some other time), so a materialist conception of reality isn't important to the Ruling Class of today. Such a view of reality needs to be suppressed and subverted and replaced with a view in which imaginary things reign supreme.

And that brings us to why the Ruling Class and their roinish and servile sycophants in academia are doing the hard sell on imaginary gender nonsense. This is an attack on nothing less than the ability to see reality as... well, real.

Posted by: William Gruff | Mar 31 2024 17:08 utc | 20

@ William Gruff | Mar 31 2024 17:08 utc | 20

that article struck a nerve, lol... good to read your rant william! i linked the full article @ 16 for anyone who wants to read it all without signing up for atlantic..

Posted by: james | Mar 31 2024 17:12 utc | 21

Posted by: james | Mar 31 2024 16:22 utc | 14

Hi james,

The Long Descent: A User's Guide to the End of the Industrial Age is a good resource.

It focuses a lot on energy conservation, which everyone should be able to get behind regardless of their opinions about climate change. Resilience.org is also good. There are a lot of small common sense steps you can take. Whether or not it’s enough to prevent what some scientists are saying is headed our way, who knows. At least you can save money by being smart about the energy you use.

I’m lucky in that I can work from home. Obvious savings on gasoline and wear and tear on my car, but also, no dry cleaning (work in my pajamas!), less laundry in general, less spent on food made outside my own kitchen, and I keep the house at reasonably comfortable temperatures based on the season (I.e., I don’t set the heat to 80 in winter to be able to parade around in my underwear). I know this is not a solution for everyone.

Posted by: KMRIA | Mar 31 2024 17:15 utc | 22

@Posted by: William Gruff | Mar 31 2024 17:08 utc | 20

Butler is representative of much of Western Social Science. The division of Political Economy into Economics, Politics and Sociology and the unmooring of those disciplines from materialism has been a fundamental ruling capitalist class project, as political economy is dangerous as it tends to identify the reality of how Western societies work. Economics was first with its reversion into the marginal revolution medieval metaphysics and its rejection of all things material and political. Politics was ground down to a purely technical and non-critical analysis of political institutions and processes. Sociology was taken over by the functionalists and modernists (Western civilization being seen as the peak of perfection that the rest of the world should stretch to obtain).

As Gabriel Rockhill has shown, there was a vast state project to create a critical theory that was stripped of historical materialism as part of an intellectual Cold War after WW2. This was ramped up again post-Occupy Wall Street to take the gaze away from the ruling class and their class war on the rest.

The problem for the Western ruling classes is that this materially unmoored social science is now threatening the core need to educate the populace to basic levels of capitalist functionality, and even threatening the functioning of natural sciences. They let the "critical" theory out of the bag and now it has started to eat its own parents.

Here is an excellent workshop by Rockhill and others on the utter misuse of the term "fascism" in the social sciences and the reality that it is just another mode of capitalist rule.

Helmut-Harry Loewen, Gabriel Rockhill & Julian Sempill, "Critical Theory & Fascism"

Butler is just another tool, whether she understands that or not. She is certainly unlinked from physical reality, which for adults is captured by the term schizophrenic.

Posted by: Roger | Mar 31 2024 17:25 utc | 23

i knew...just frigging knew...that the atlantic's sudden concern with judith butler's profound dumbness has an ulterior motive. after calling her "they" to play along the author drops in "derp she loves hamas wtf lol".

as i've mentioned before, it's odd how people on the wrong side of the trans/gender debate land on the right side of the palestine issue and vice versa (professional dumb bitch bari weiss comes to mind). maybe their trans stupidity really is just well meaning humanism taken too far? whatever.

Posted by: bornhard | Mar 31 2024 17:32 utc | 24

james @21

Thanks for the link!

Posted by: William Gruff | Mar 31 2024 17:38 utc | 25

off to a out of town rehearsal.. back and respond much later.. cheers..

Posted by: james | Mar 31 2024 17:44 utc | 26

@Posted by: Roger | Mar 31 2024 17:25 utc | 23

Butler is just another tool, whether she understands that or not


Just read Wiki page on "them".
Would love to see CalDre's comment on the subject.

Posted by: 2+2=5 | Mar 31 2024 17:48 utc | 27

thanks psychohistorian... i agree with you in that.. maybe prioritizing is the most important thing to do here... still - what are people who are concerned about climate change doing to address this?

Posted by: james | Mar 31 2024 17:06 utc | 19

I stopped flying in 2001. I made an exception in 2009 in pursuit of "health-care" for my now deceased younger brother, but that is it since then. As long as the well-off continue to fly around in their private jets and the military fly around in their public ones this seems like pissing up a rope, but we do what we can. And I don't eat meat since 2015. Some of that can be attributed to adapting to old age, but flying I was quite happy to give up. Never liked meat that much to begin with, so that was easy, once I abandoned fast food and factory food, which went with not travelling. I quit a good career in the "defense" business in 1997 because I saw which way the wind was blowing and didn't want to be associated with it any longer, and I quit a better job working for an "equities trading firm" in 2001 for similar reasons, and retired a year later because IT was becoming a "private equity" cesspool too.

Since then we make do, but these are all only gestures in the direction of doing something. In the end governments must drive the change or there will be no real change, and I don't see much going on there either aside from bloviating and bandaids.

Even so, the way I live is still part of the problem.

I like to grow my own food, when I can too, but that is not much either.

The first "trans-gender" person I ever knew was in a defense-related job in the early eighties. The more it changes, the more it looks the same. Hmm.

Posted by: Bemildred | Mar 31 2024 17:51 utc | 28

Roger @23

Thanks for the Rockhill workshop. That looks to be worth paying attention to, but two hours? There goes the rest of the day…

Posted by: William Gruff | Mar 31 2024 17:51 utc | 29

@Richard L | Mar 31 2024 15:57 utc | 9

Both Taiwan and Beijing are on the same side on the topic of those shoals.

Not any more with the current DPP, Tsai regime, and the coming-up Lai regime.

Ma ying-jeou is the last leader ROC (Taiwan) that still claims the sovereignty over the South China Sea. Recently, ROC (Taiwan) completed a pier upgrade on Taiping Island (太平島, Itu Aba Island). Given the current situation between China and Philippine with amerikkka obvious hands behind PHL, amerikkka would not want Tsai to complicate it. There was speculation earlier in March 2024 whether Tsai would use this chance to get on Taiping Island and strengthen ROC's sovereignty claim. Apparently, Tsai dare not without a clear order from her amerkkkian daddy (美爹). (Well, Tsai is one of the loyalest servant that amerikkkan could find ever. Not sure about Lai. By the way, both Tsai and Lai have family members who are amerikkkans. For Lai, one of his sons lives and works in the amerikkka now and his grandson is born in amerikkka.) Even though Tsai's predecessor Chen is also for Taiwan independence from China. Chen actually got on Taiping once during his terms. Ma also went to Taiping as well. Close to the end of Ma's term, Ma had a public exhibition with official and historical documentation about ROC's sovereignty over South China Sea despite amerikkkan's opposition. Afterwards, amerikkka was very unhappy about Ma's action on this.

In addition, Philippine actually took a habitable island 中業島 (Thitu Island) from ROC (Taiwan) in 1971 after a typhoon. It's likely under amerikkkan sanction. ROC (Taiwan) had a small military unit on the island. That unit was ordered to move to Taiping when a typhoon was coming. However, Philippine sent its troop onto the island right after the typhoon passed. The military of ROC (Taiwan) was prepared to take the island back by force. At that time, the strength of the ROC military was much better than the Philippines. However, ROC government called off the military operation because ROC was fighting for the UN seat with PRC at the time and also likely influenced by amerikkka.

So ROC (Taiwan) would no longer give a s@#t about her sovereignty over South China Sea. For DPP and its followers, ALL HAIL TO amerikkka Daddy!!

Posted by: LuRenJia | Mar 31 2024 17:51 utc | 30

William Gruff! It is about time ... I shall meet you at this forums tomorrow at noon UTC. Bring your adjutants, and a textbook on quantum mechanics.

This the thesis I'm going to defend: neither idealism nor realism are sensible positions that allow for a coherent definition of "reality". Both are flawed metaphysics. Their fault derives from the original presumption in the "metaphysics of substance", and by removing the false premise of an eternal, unchanging, outside substance, the problem may be rectified. This implies introduction of another type of epistemology, which is possible to craft in a coherent manner. From this view, the idealism/realism conundrum is not to be resolved as to its original formulation, but rather exposed as being improperly stated.

However, your critique of Butler's work will remain standing even in the other framework, as your final observation above, denial of reality as [...] reality, still holds true.

Posted by: persiflo | Mar 31 2024 17:59 utc | 31

This is an attack on nothing less than the ability to see reality as... well, real.
Posted by: William Gruff | Mar 31 2024 17:08 utc | 20

The ability to see reality as ... well real. Perfectly describes the woke. Oh no.... reality is just nasty - wife/ex wife daughters, sister all the same. Most I can talk about with my sister so I gained a bit of an insight into it that way. I cannot follow them into that world so have largely been excommunicated.
Like watching the pied piper leading the little children away.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Mar 31 2024 18:00 utc | 32

@ William Gruff | Mar 31 2024 17:08 utc | 20 –

Thanks for laying out everyday language the critical difference between Idealism and Materialism. It’s most important that ‘street-educated people’ (like myself) grasp the not good consequences of Idealist thinking, After all we are not only greater in number than the ‘over-educated’, we stand to benefit the most by that understanding instead of wandering through life in fantasy.

(And you did it without mentioning Scorpion (the blogs most outspoken critic of Materialism), something I probably couldn’t do. :-)

Posted by: waynorinorway | Mar 31 2024 18:08 utc | 33

William Gruff

This woke psyops, the woke cult, it preys on empathy. My sister straight forward and honestly told me she makes decisions based on emotions. Empathy in many is a strong emotion. Something to be targeted. Hence we see the likes of MI6 white helmets starting with slapping a white hard hat and jacket on a hairy heaqdchopper to using photogenic clean shaven male models doing photo shoots running through smoke and dust carrying a small child.

The pretty boy giglo trump held by the scruff of the neck like a stray puppy and pronounced him President of Venezuela, the coke snorting jewish mafia clown in 404 paraded around like the Venezuelan giglo...

Preying on empathy.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Mar 31 2024 18:10 utc | 34

Average Filipinos are in such a poor state due their allegiance to the USA. Clinging to life (Call center and crap factory work on the decline) and heavily dependent on remittances from relatives in the west. They have a natural inclination to dislike China which is buttressed by propaganda. The CIA is so adept at provoking and inflaming. They're religious, proud and patriotic
which will lead them to nothing good.

They will soon be willing pawns which will lead to their own hell on earth once again.

They'd have been better off with Spain as they were already quite integrated by 1898 and Manifest Destiny did them no favors. Used and abused as the US formula goes.

Posted by: Chaka Khagan | Mar 31 2024 18:10 utc | 35

i linked the full article @ 16 for anyone who wants to read it all without signing up for atlantic..
Posted by: james | Mar 31 2024 17:12 utc | 21

Thanks for pointing out that full link james, I would have missed it otherwise. I checked out the article
after Gruff's post and was ticked it was behind the wall.

Good to see you back and in good form!

Posted by: waynorinorway | Mar 31 2024 18:11 utc | 36

Today I will post translations of posts by Russian journalists on Russia’s migrant issue. I apologize for the length, but this important issue is not covered in Western alt-media, so someone has to do it.

Posted by: S | Mar 31 2024 18:16 utc | 37

Russian journalist Edvard Chesnokov on how Tajik history is being taught in Russia-built schools in Tajikistan (March 27, 2024):

[5 screenshots of the guide on teaching Tajik history]

Historian A. Dyukov unearthed a guide that is used to teach the history of Tajikistan in Russian-Tajik schools in Tajikistan.

I didn’t believe it, I looked into the PDF itself... and I was STUNNED.

The period of what is now Tajikistan being in a common space with Russia is repeatedly called “OCCUPATION”, “INVASION”, “COLONIALISM” (underlined in red); key events are all kinds of uprisings (it’s as if in our textbooks about modern history, the main event of the 21st century was, um, Kondopoga [the site of the 2006 riots after two local residents were killed by Chechens — S]), sprinkled with stupid copy-paste from 1920s/30s guides (“Measures taken by the Tsarist government to turn the masses away from the revolutionary movement”... “The February Revolution in Russia and the liquidation of the Tsarist regime in the General Government of Turkestan”)—historical science has moved forward a bit in a century, hasn’t it?

But haven’t found any mention of Russia’s local ally, the Emir of Bukhara—Sayyid Alim Khan—although he enjoyed the broadest autonomy as part of the Russian Empire and had his own army with a shahada on the banner (that’s an “occupation” for you).

Oh, you still don’t understand what the deal is here? All this “fight against the Russian occupiers” IS FUNDED WITH RUSSIAN MONEY.

This particular guide is from the Lomonosov School in Bokhar [Bokhtar — S]. This is one of the schools that were built with Russian money; in 2021, the Russian Government allocated $150 million for this project; in 2022—₽5.74 billion.

And for ₽5 billion the authors of the guide could not even produce a competent document—according to them, the events of the 19th century took place “in 1930” (look closely).

Indeed: how can it happen that after taking lessons about “Ruski occupiers”, the guys come to Russia, and then excesses are occuring from time to time?

I have no idea who is behind this, probably the AMERICANS!

P.S. And another thing, well, an entire section is devoted to the ethnogenesis of Aryans. Someone has already dabbled with the “Aryan theme”—apparently they want to repeat it.

P.S. Still, I decided to double-check—and found this document not only from Dyukov, but also on the school’s website. Soon it was deleted, but the video I recorded of downloading it from the website remains.

Posted by: S | Mar 31 2024 18:16 utc | 38

Russian journalist, Deputy Head of Moscow City Duma Andrey Medvedev reacts to Chesnokov’s post (March 27, 2024):

Indeed, as my colleague correctly notes, there is nothing in the educational guides of Tajik (kinda even partly Russian–Tajik) schools that was not written in Soviet history textbooks starting in the 30s.

All the narratives remained the same, as if copied from Lenin’s works, such as “On the National Pride of the Great Russians.” In Soviet textbooks, the Russian people were the bearers of imperial chauvinism, the Russian Empire was a subject that robbed and humiliated all peoples (except the Russians, because the Russians themselves were colonialists), siphoned off resources, and destroyed ancient local culture. Field commanders and thugs, such as Masanchi or Alibi Dzhangildin, were declared fighters against the damned Tsarism. Meanwhile, however, it was omitted that the whole struggle traditionally boiled down to massacres of Russians in Turkestan.

The 1875 uprising in Kokand, which was essentially a form of religious war against the Russian and local authorities (as they wrote in Russian documents, “jehad”) and boiled down to massacres of Russian postal stations and settlements, was also called the national liberation struggle in the Soviet years. And against whom was the struggle? Against the occupying empire.

Today, in textbooks in the lands of the former USSR another occupier, the Soviet Union, has been added to the Russian Empire. Through history textbooks and national historical policies in almost all neighboring countries they are systematically broadcasting that the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union were the colonial periods of national history. Ethnocide, “pumping out resources,” purposeful and exceptional repression (in some countries they are compared to genocide).

In reality, it is enough to go to Afghanistan, which has never been conquered by anyone, and compare the current life there and in neighboring, say, Tajikistan, which was allegedly colonized and oppressed. And it will immediately become clear what all these arguments are worth. What’s more, Pamir and its autochthonous population, the Pamir Tajiks (Rushans, Wakhans, Shughnans), were saved by the Russian Army from extermination by those very Afghans at the end of the 19th century.

However, we have what we have. Russophobic textbooks, including those funded with Russian money. The guide that my colleagues have found is from the Lomonosov School in Bokhar [Bokhtar — S]. It’s one of the schools built with Russian money; in 2021, the Russian Government allocated $150 million for this project; in 2022—₽5.74 billion. Wonderful.

Thing is, a number of officials in Russia still feel that certain common values exist in some form on the territory of the former Union: the Great Patriotic War, Soviet friendship of peoples. This is all a deep illusion. The Great Patriotic War, according to young people in the national republics, was someone else’s war, in which the Russians FORCED their grandfathers and great-grandfathers to fight.

Those who are under 30 years old do not think of themselves as “post-Soviet,” and they aren’t, and in addition, they live in a situation of significant social stratification, where the most vulnerable social strata find answers to their most important questions in radical Islam.

And the most important thing. All the republics of the post-Soviet space, including Central Asian ones, have been building national states since 1991. Even if it was camouflaged with some beautiful formulas. De facto, they have been building national states where, for the time being, someone else was allowed to live.

This is exactly what officials responsible for shaping migration policy and those who are promoting our soft power need to understand. Even though the quality of their work varies. The sooner we understand, the better it will be for everyone.

Because what’s going on is the following. We believe that people who are coming to us are at least minimally grateful to Russia/USSR for the creation of industrial and other infrastructure and have at least something in common with us in terms of culture and purpose.

But in reality people who are coming to us believe since childhood that their country would have lived better, had not those Russian imperials and Sovoks stolen everything.

Posted by: S | Mar 31 2024 18:17 utc | 39

Posted by: persiflo | Mar 31 2024 17:59 utc | 31

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So-called Idealism replaces physical materialism with mental materialism in which mental constructs - thoughts, words, even information in DNA code etc - are seen as solid, independent and inherently existent, or 'real'.

But as every Chinese housewife for millennia has finger-wagged to her grandchildren: "words don't cook rice!"

It is a materialist conceit to posit that the only alternate to their conceptually imagined physical-only 'reality' is an imaginary mental fantasy world.

As the Madhyamikans logically proved long ago, nothing conceived has any inherent substance or existence, including conceptually imagined notions of matter-based 'reality'.

Posted by: scorpion | Mar 31 2024 18:19 utc | 40

Bemildred @28

I recall Congressional testimony by a geophysicist some years ago, perhaps Michael Mann, in which he argued that it was already a lost cause to try and limit consumption of the remaining petroleum reserves on the planet. What can one do, tell billions of people in developing countries they cannot upgrade their lifestyles?

No, at this point all of the economically extractable petroleum will be extracted, and much of that will get burned, which itself is a tragedy since petroleum is such an awesome chemical feedstock for industry. Simply burning it for transportation? Crazy…

According to the geophysicist (pretty sure it was Mann) the primary focus needs to be keeping the remaining coal in the ground. At the same time, global baseload power generation must be increase by an order of magnitude unless only the ”Golden Billion” are to be allowed to have heat and air conditioning.

That is a tough contradiction to untangle, but I think we will be seeing moves by the Chinese in the coming years towards solutions that involve thinking outside the box biosphere.

Posted by: William Gruff | Mar 31 2024 18:21 utc | 41

@James Mar 31 2024 16:22 utc : Do I believe in climate change, and what am I doing about it?

I believe in climate change, and I think it's going to be an enormous challenge for the next generation to cope with it.

The things I've already done about it are: no commute, well-insulated house, grow some of my own food, get good at hydroponics, advocate for local economic production and consumption, advocate for renewal of artisan- and industrial-arts skills at the household and village level.

What I hope to accomplish this year is the first build of a greenhouse that is an "adaptive structure" - it changes what it does from winter to summer. The model I'm trying to implement will use a very modest amount of fossil fuel to operate throughout the year, even in winter.

I also designed and built a RobotOS, (robotic control system) which I am using to run household-level production processes (grow food) and some HVAC functions. The RobotOS is designed to support household- and village-scale production processes, in order to help tip the efficiency scale a bit more towards "local" and away from "concentrated-remote".

Over the next 10 years I expect to develop and test local-scale production processes, using the RobotOS as control mechanism, to run ovens / kilns, furnaces (like a rocket mass heater), greenhouse and livestock housing facilities, composters, fermenters, solar energy collector arrays, concrete and foam-crete mixing and casting machines, and maybe some others.

Last year I wrote my Product Development Guide (PDG), which I hope to release (for free to all interested) later this year, so that those that are unfamiliar with product development can learn about it, and maybe develop some products themselves to sell into their local community.

Look for the PDG to be released early this summer, downloadable (early July 2024) from www.realeconomy.org.

I took climate change seriously, and started working on solutions about 20 years ago.

Posted by: Tom Pfotzer | Mar 31 2024 18:24 utc | 42

Here is an excellent workshop by Rockhill and others on the utter misuse of the term "fascism" in the social sciences and the reality that it is just another mode of capitalist rule.

Helmut-Harry Loewen, Gabriel Rockhill & Julian Sempill, "Critical Theory & Fascism"

Butler is just another tool, whether she understands that or not. She is certainly unlinked from physical reality, which for adults is captured by the term schizophrenic.

Posted by: Roger | Mar 31 2024 17:25 utc | 23

Thanks for the Rockhill workshop. That looks to be worth paying attention to, but two hours? There goes the rest of the day…

Posted by: William Gruff | Mar 31 2024 17:51 utc | 29
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Rockhill has a useful expression in calling the liberal-fascist approach as the Janus-faced "good cop, bad cop" of capitalist rule. Rather than the apoplectic drama queen politics of warning about creeping fascism, he has argued that it's a set of different tools used for the same purpose. Some parts of the population already see the fascist side of things, e.g. African-Americans that get politically organized, or ditto for First Nations in Canada, but the liberal rule also plays its role for other parts of the population.

In a certain sense then, Rockhill argued that fascism is already here. The "good cop, bad cop" expression helps one to see how the whole thing works, IMHO.

Of course there is a lot more to Rockhill than that. However, it's often the parts that you remember that become useful.

Posted by: N Hanrahan | Mar 31 2024 18:25 utc | 43

A reader writes to Russian journalist Sergey Kolyasnikov (March 28, 2024):

Personal letter about migration from Tajikistan:

“Sergey, look, this is the UN program to support migration to the Russian Federation from Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, as the poorest countries in Central Asia, with financial support from… the British government: https://russia.iom.int/ru/regionalnaya-programma-po-migracii-v-centralnoy-azii-i-rossii

And they even have an office in Moscow—the contacts are at the bottom of the page.

So the UK is openly supporting the Ukronazis, is itself an open enemy of Russia—and at the same time is funding a program of migration to us from that very Tajikistan via the UN? Doing it in such an open way, without shame?”

I do not even know what to say.

Posted by: S | Mar 31 2024 18:31 utc | 44

good article from kit Klarenburg

"Contrary to their mainstream portrayal, as inspired purely by religious fundamentalism, Daesh are primarily guns for hire."

Most readers know Klarenburg, works out of uk/serbia, colaborates with Grayzone. This is a good piece detailing some of the history (2011) of isis starting from a Rand Corp. analysis and recommendation. Rand tankies lay out strategic vision, then hand off to CIA psychos who hook up with MI 6 and start hiring and providing training, guns, ammo and intel. Once you "get" how it worked in Libya, Syria, Iraq then you can copy paste and figure out the current terror op-- in this case, Crocus.

bottom line, Russia understands the Empire's terror blueprints. The Global South agrees with their view. Russia, China, Iran will prevail.

https://english.almayadeen.net/articles/analysis/how-cia-and-mi6-created-isis

Posted by: migueljose | Mar 31 2024 18:31 utc | 45

Variation on a theme by Gruff, that's captured the whole threat tonight: denial of reality as reality --

The twisted logic is systematically present in all of critical theory. It's already present in the name even. The idea would be that we are discouraged to trust our immediate experience, including our perception of bodies (the trans agenda), beauty (cf. Adorno on Kitsch), and instinct.

The same reversal is also at the root of identity politics thought: Here, we are to twist "concepts" (terms; Begriffe) in their relation to that which is to be reffered. Such that "visibility" of marginalized groups leads to proposals like twenty different groups of sexual preference that must all be named. I've actually seen preprinted sheets where you could tick your boxes to then hand them out to others at the party, as a way to show you are woke and wish to initiate a flirt.

The german Suhrkamp Verlag printed 30 million(!) books by the Frankfurter Schule, and the state broadcaster Hessischer Rundfunk sent 1 hour from the Frankfurt institute six days per week at 8pm for ten years. - I hope the info is correct, but there are so many other irregularities that it doesn't really matter that much in the whole picture of things. As Roger said above, people like Judith Butler are a tool. Some, like Derrida, are probably conscious bullshit artists. It is all very interesting from a psychological perspective as well.

Posted by: persiflo | Mar 31 2024 18:38 utc | 46

Posted by: Bemildred | Mar 31 2024 17:51 utc | 28

Thanks for sharing some of your story Bemildred. I've always valued your posts and, like you, have stepped back from some of the more carbon heavy stuff like flying, fast food and now eat more wild (deer, mushrooms, greens) along with mail order peanuts and flour. and beer of course.

Posted by: migueljose | Mar 31 2024 18:39 utc | 47

That is a tough contradiction to untangle, but I think we will be seeing moves by the Chinese in the coming years towards solutions that involve thinking outside the box biosphere.

Posted by: William Gruff | Mar 31 2024 18:21 utc | 41

All good points. It will be interesting to see what the ROW does, once we are out of their hair. They seem to understand the need to control the arrogant and the greedy. Keep hope alive. What happens here, when we are forced to get by with what we have here, should be interesting. Might be worth staying alive to watch, I'm with Peter there.

Posted by: Bemildred | Mar 31 2024 18:43 utc | 48

Russian journalist Sergey Kolyasnikov is enraged that the terrorists who had known criminal background and terrorist associations were let inside Russia (March 28, 2024):

[3 photos of terrorists]

One of the terrorists, Shamsiddin Fariduni (photo #1), was sentenced in Tajikistan in 2015 to 5 years and 8 months for attempted rape of a 13-year-old boy (Article 241, Part 2 of the Criminal Code of Tajikistan).

The brother of the terrorist and gang leader Dalerjon Mirzoev (photo #2) fought for ISIS in Syria for 4 years. Because of that, his family in Tajikistan was under special surveillance. Ravshanjon Mirzoev went to Russia to work, then in 2016 he went to Syria, from there he contacted his family and disappeared again. He was later added to the list of “terrorism-related” persons maintained by the National Bank of Tajikistan. The news of his death came 4 years later.

What wonderful “valuable specialists” are coming to Russia without restrictions. Without such people, the Russian economy is dying. It’s strange that they didn’t receive Russian passports; apparently they didn’t have time for that. They could pass the Russian language exam for 15,000 rubles, the rest was also inexpensive. If you include fictitious marriage and citizenship, then it’s a little more expensive, 70,000 rubles.

How many thousands or tens of thousands of such “guys,” as Timati is calling them, are running around Russia at the moment, one can only guess. We need more stories about interethnic love; there are not enough existing ones.

Posted by: S | Mar 31 2024 18:44 utc | 49

So the UK is openly supporting the Ukronazis, is itself an open enemy of Russia—and at the same time is funding a program of migration to us from that very Tajikistan via the UN? Doing it in such an open way, without shame?”

I do not even know what to say.

Posted by: S | Mar 31 2024 18:31 utc | 44
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Thxs for these reports. Friendly reminder to all that when we see terms like America, US, CIA and UK that there are heavy Khazarian inputs in the mix, if not indeed the main drivers.

Posted by: scorpion | Mar 31 2024 18:48 utc | 50

Posted by: Bemildred | Mar 31 2024 17:51 utc | 28

Thanks for sharing some of your story Bemildred. I've always valued your posts and, like you, have stepped back from some of the more carbon heavy stuff like flying, fast food and now eat more wild (deer, mushrooms, greens) along with mail order peanuts and flour. and beer of course.

Posted by: migueljose | Mar 31 2024 18:39 utc | 47

Thank you. I've always appreciated your contributions too. Different life experience offers different perspectives, we all learn from each other. I stopped drinking too, but not because I don't like beer. I cook all my own food, and get testy with people who try to interfere. Nothing is like, as good as, that hands-on experience.

Posted by: Bemildred | Mar 31 2024 18:49 utc | 51

Thanks for another great week b.
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it might sound like a trivial question, but how are people here doing something ( what would it be?) to prevent climate change - that is, if you believe in it? thanks in advance..
Posted by: james | Mar 31 2024 16:22 utc | 14

james, I am not particularly concerned with climate change, since I don’t belong to the masters of universe club— those whom create the war machines that destroy everything and the earth along with it.

For myself, it’s little acts of preservation, such as, asking myself before I turn on a light, whether I actually need it. When showering, turning off the water while lathering up. Using small stream of water when brushing, and turning off the faucet while brushing. Not driving 20 KM to go to the latest rage restaurant. You get the idea. It all adds up over time.

Posted by: Sakineh Bagoom | Mar 31 2024 18:50 utc | 52

@LuRenJia #30

Thanks so much for the update. The hegemon is currently busy "shaping" the future battlefield.

Posted by: Richard L | Mar 31 2024 19:10 utc | 53

Russian journalist, political scientist, military volunteer Aleksey Zhivov on how the Russian government’s hands-off approach to migration has created a weak spot for Russia (March 28, 2024; emphasis original):

There were many reasons for the terrorist attack at Crocus. The first and main one is that we are engaged in a war with a strong and very vile enemy. An opponent that has no moral principles, only expediency.

However, we can say with confidence that the ultra-liberal conditions for migrants in Russia, the complete lack of control over them, and the failure of authorized government bodies to comply with the current migration legislation significantly aided in the recruitment of the perpetrators of the terrorist attack and its organization. And that’s the point!

Our enemies are using all of our weak points against us. The army of young men from Central Asia is that very weak point. I am convinced that after this terrorist attack, Western and Ukrainian intelligence services, having “taken the picture,” will try to do it again.

But it is even more likely that instead of individual terrorists, they will use financially and mentally unstable migrants to form an entire army of extremists infected with radical propaganda of hatred.

Perhaps someone has forgotten how and why Russia annexed Central Asia in the 19th century? So open your history book. Learn about it.

Posted by: S | Mar 31 2024 19:11 utc | 54

Peter AU1 | Mar 31 2024 18:10 utc | 34
*** This woke psyops, the woke cult, it preys on empathy. ***

Years ago was told by a politically correct, middle-aged 'liberal' type woman that she just couldn't live if she saw the world as sharply as I then did. Same person when proof was offered that an Establishment historical assertion was a total lie, accepted the proof -- but then said "oh, but it must have happened somewhere anyway".
They hide from reality, forever scuttling back into a fantasy world concocted for them by the Political Establishment psychological warfare department, wherein their delusions are "safe".

Still have not figured out what, if anything, could ever cure such people of their toxic internalised brew of cozy delusions, tunnel vision and self-justifying hypocrisy.

Posted by: Cynic | Mar 31 2024 19:12 utc | 55

For any developers who read MoA.

https://unicornriot.ninja/2024/xz-utils-software-backdoor-uncovered-in-years-long-hacking-plot/

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Mar 31 2024 19:19 utc | 56

Posted by: S | Mar 31 2024 19:11 utc | 54

What are your thoughts on RF in-migration? I was under the impression that it was already very 'diverse' with all the different states in the Federation.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Mar 31 2024 19:23 utc | 57

Re: climate change - some time ago I was astonished to learn that the F-35 burns 22 gallons of jet fuel a minute. During the Lockdown clampdown my little 1.5 litre turbo-diesel used fewer than 22 gallons of diesel in 12 months.

So, until the US military stop choking up the planet with its emissions it is not clear to me that any actions I can take will make one iota of difference.

Posted by: Jeremy Rhymings-Lang | Mar 31 2024 19:26 utc | 58

Posted by: Jeremy Rhymings-Lang | Mar 31 2024 19:26 utc | 58

Indeed.

2021:
https://cancelf35.substack.com/p/each-f-35-burns-22-gallons-a-minute

As described in the Watson Institute report, “Job Opportunity Cost of War,”

By spending money on the military and homeland security, we lose the opportunity to spend those funds on other things like education, healthcare, infrastructure, or clean energy. By forfeiting those opportunities, we lose the chance to fund programs that create even more jobs than military spending.

Since 2001, because the federal government has spent trillions of dollars on the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, and Pakistan, we have lost opportunities to create millions of jobs in the domestic economy, and we have lost opportunities to improve educational, health, and environmental outcomes for the American public. . . While defense spending is indeed a source of job creation, these other areas create many more jobs for any given level of spending. Education and healthcare create more than twice as many jobs as defense for the same level of spending, while clean energy and infrastructure create over 40 percent more jobs. In fact, over the past 16 years, by spending money on war rather than in these other areas of the domestic economy, the US lost the opportunity to create between one million and three million additional jobs.

This means that, when considered against spending the money on efficiency, renewables, health care, education, and infrastructure, instead spending it on the F-35 is causing a loss in jobs. While massively accelerating climate change.

Israel has accelerated global warming by about 30 years since October alone.

So the little guy needs to go buy a Tesla on a 10 year note, underwritten by the same Wall Street-Silicon Valley-MIC nexus pushing everyone else to make up for their own emissions.

Is it any wonder it's hard to care?

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Mar 31 2024 19:36 utc | 59

Russian Telegram channel Mnogonatsional posts a video from the Sakharovo migration center (March 29, 2024):

[video]

“How did she pass the Russian language exam? She can’t speak a single word at all!”

The situation in the Sakharovo migration center. Migrants receiving certificates do not speak Russian at all, yet somehow have passed the exams. I wonder how? The answer is obvious.

We remind you that migrants who do not speak and do not want to learn Russian are a risk group.

Same channel laments the lack of any real punishment for the corrupt police officers who are helping the migrants illegally obtain documents (March 29, 2024):

[a video of the detention of the gang] [a photo of Mariya Titova, head of the gang]

Humane justice news.

In Irkutsk, the court gave a suspended sentence to a former employee of the Ministry of Internal Affairs who organized a gang to legalize migrants, although the prosecutor’s office asked for a real sentence of 10 years.

We are talking about this lady, her name is Mariya Titova.

In 2022, as the head of the organizational and methodological department of the Migration Department of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia for the Irkutsk Region, she created an organized crime group and, acting using her official position, together with a colleague entered into a criminal conspiracy with a number of civilians aimed at organizing illegal migration. The suspects created conditions for the illegal stay of foreigners in Russia and assisted them in passing “native Russian speaker” interviews, in violation of the procedure provided for by law. Subsequently, this provided them with the right to unhindered and indefinite stay in Russia and to obtain Russian citizenship. Investigators of the Investigative Committee, working with the employees of the Operational-Investigative Unit of the Internal Security of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia for the Irkutsk Region and the FSB Directorate for the Irkutsk Region, have established that the accused have received bribes totaling more than 1.2 million rubles (this is only what has been proven).

The activities of the gang were identified and stopped by the internal security officers of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the FSB, then investigators from the Investigative Committee and the FSB collected evidence, and the humane judge decided on a suspended sentence, although the prosecutor’s office has been asking for real 10 years. That’s our life.

Posted by: S | Mar 31 2024 19:43 utc | 60

it might sound like a trivial question, but how are people here doing something ( what would it be?) to prevent climate change - that is, if you believe in it? thanks in advance..
Posted by: james | Mar 31 2024 16:22 utc | 14

james, I am not particularly concerned with climate change, since I don’t belong to the masters of universe club— those whom create the war machines that destroy everything and the earth along with it.

For myself, it’s little acts of preservation, such as, asking myself before I turn on a light, whether I actually need it. When showering, turning off the water while lathering up. Using small stream of water when brushing, and turning off the faucet while brushing. Not driving 20 KM to go to the latest rage restaurant. You get the idea. It all adds up over time.

Posted by: Sakineh Bagoom | Mar 31 2024 18:50 utc | 52

_____

I always come back to this observation: One does the right thing because it's the right thing to do, not because it might make a damn bit of difference.

Posted by: malenkov | Mar 31 2024 19:54 utc | 61

“France saves Europe” bye Aurilien is one of the finest articles i read over the last years. Highly recommend!

Posted by: El.Lissitzky | Mar 31 2024 19:58 utc | 62

I always come back to this observation: One does the right thing because it's the right thing to do, not because it might make a damn bit of difference.

Posted by: malenkov | Mar 31 2024 19:54 utc | 61

Yes, the true test of morality and ethics: what do you do when you think nobody is watching?

Posted by: Bemildred | Mar 31 2024 20:01 utc | 63

@Tom_Q_Collins #56

From the article:

Xz-utils versions 5.6.0 and 5.6.1 were found to have the malicious programming added by “Jia Tan” (jiaT75) on GitHub.

The mention of RSA cryptography functions being subverted by xz-utils also recalls the famous difficulties that the RSA security company faced when the National Security Agency seemingly tricked it into including a weakened dual elliptic cryptography algorithm, part of a secret deal involving an encryption product called BSafe that hit the news in 2013.

Western software developers, many of whom are extremely naïve when it comes to geopolitics, will be tricked by the “Chinese name” and start acting paranoid whenever a Chinese person appears and wants to commit to their open-source project.

Just like Western security researchers were tricked by the “Russian name” Феликс Эдмундович planted in the metadata of the Word files containing leaked DNC documents that were given to Gawker by “Guccifer 2.0.”

Posted by: S | Mar 31 2024 20:16 utc | 64

Yes, the true test of morality and ethics: what do you do when you think nobody is watching?

Posted by: Bemildred | Mar 31 2024 20:01 utc | 63

____

Or, put another way, it's good not to feel shame when walking past a mirror.

Posted by: malenkov | Mar 31 2024 20:21 utc | 65

So the little guy needs to go buy a Tesla on a 10 year note, underwritten by the same Wall Street-Silicon Valley-MIC nexus pushing everyone else to make up for their own emissions.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Mar 31 2024 19:36 utc | 59

Yup, pretty much, gotta keep the debt-based Ponzi scheme going, helped by the loans also needed to pay for replacement batteries after 5 to 7 years.

Haven’t been keeping up with developments so I don’t know if an economic scheme for recycling lithium-ion batteries on a large scale has been achieved yet. More “externalities” beloved by the accountants...

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Posted by: Sakineh Bagoom | Mar 31 2024 18:50 utc | 52
Posted by: malenkov | Mar 31 2024 19:54 utc | 61

It’s all about the Joules versus the Megajoules though. All of us here and elsewhere can think about whether or not we need to turn a particular light-switch on, but the moment an F-35 fires up its afterburners all our conscience-wringing is in vain.

Posted by: Jeremy Rhymings-Lang | Mar 31 2024 20:28 utc | 66

@Tom_Q_Collins #57

I think that as long as foreigners are working as guest workers, all we should care about is whether they have a clean criminal record and no terrorist associations. They work, they get paid, they return to their countries. I don’t think they should necessarily know Russian language.

However, if they want to obtain citizenship, they must speak Russian well, they must know Russian history relatively well, and, most importantly, they must truly like Russia and Russians. Of course, they should be able to preserve their original culture, but they must also show basic respect for how things are in our country and make a reasonable effort to integrate into our society.

We shouldn’t be handing out citizenship to people who hate us and just want to suck money from Russian welfare programs while they recreate carbon copies of their native countries in ghettos.

Posted by: S | Mar 31 2024 20:50 utc | 67

William Gruff | Mar 31 2024 17:08 utc | 20--

Excellent posting for Easter, a day completely devoted to Magical Thinking, although in its pagan guise it is tied to the changes in the material world.

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 31 2024 21:43 utc | 68

It has been increasingly clear in recent weeks that Declan has been bitten by a rabid animal of some kind. And this latest entrant, recommended by our old friend Scorpion, suggests that the animal in question might be in the CIA.

The truth, which is crystal clear in this instance, is that the United States is relentless in its efforts to advance its military positions as close to China as it can get. The election of Marcos mark II was part of this strategy, as is the re-armament of Japan, the return of Taiwan to the pre 1970 position of being a US base for aggression against the PRC, the crack down on opposition to the US puppet party in south Korea, the long campaign to build up Vietnam as a US ally against China (only an American imperialist would dare think of that) and the barely disguised racism in the ANZUS White Man's club.
China's policy has been almost painfully quietist and conservative as the Empire's crude and naked campaign of aggression- encirclement- has been building up. To the accompaniment it has to be said of a discordant chorus of sinophobic, anti-communist and racist propaganda straight out of the Readers Digest circa 1953.
The US wants another Cold War because it is afraid that unless it gets one, and lots of hot wars with it, it will disappear back into the isolation and obscurity from which it emerged in the post War (WWI) era- a provincial creole culture at the heart of whose good humour and opulent hospitality lies a calendar of vicious crimes motivated by greed and insensitivity. A record of genocide and enslavement caught, in every detail, in the flood lit glare of the Enlightenment era.

It looks to me as if Hayes has been got at. MI 6 please confirm.

Posted by: bevin | Mar 31 2024 14:57 utc | 6

Absolutely.

I haven't read and article on SCF that I disagreed with more sharply. I honestly considered abandoning the site as a news source when I read this war mongering garbage. Declan has lost the thread...

Posted by: Ahenobarbus | Mar 31 2024 21:44 utc | 69

Caitlin J is only saying what any decent historian knows: this is the stuff of history. Land grabs, resource pillaging, enclosures and mass expulsion of populations. By 2040 Gaza will be a holiday destination with a FIFO community of LNG workers off the coast.

Like Australia.

Posted by: Patroklos | Mar 31 2024 21:49 utc | 70

Friendly reminder to all that when we see terms like America, US, CIA and UK that there are heavy Khazarian inputs in the mix, if not indeed the main drivers.

Posted by: scorpion | Mar 31 2024 18:48 utc | 50

Al

To put a finer point on it, there is a heavy billionaire, war monger input in the mix when we here those terms. However you want to dice it, those terms do not reflect the perspective of the vast majority of "America" or the "US".

Alternative, more accurate descriptions: "Washington DC", the "US ruling class", "US intelligence", "US regime", "US oligarchs".

Let's "put the bell on the cat", as they say down under.

Posted by: Ahenobarbus | Mar 31 2024 21:52 utc | 71

@ William Gruff | Mar 31 2024 17:51 utc | 29

(Thanks to Roger for the link, one of many.)

I listened at high speed, reducing the listening time as I prepared supper.

Posted by: Suzan | Mar 31 2024 21:54 utc | 72

Posted by: Cynic | Mar 31 2024 19:12 utc | 55

"Still have not figured out what, if anything, could ever cure such people of their toxic internalised brew of cozy delusions, tunnel vision and self-justifying hypocrisy."

They're addicted to the manufactured soap operas, boob tubes and other media offer for entertainment and like any addiction, be it gambling, or alcohol/drugs, no amount of outside friendly advice, nor interference will help their dilemma. Their cure can only come from within.

Posted by: aye, myself & me | Mar 31 2024 22:44 utc | 73

Posted by: james | Mar 31 2024 16:57 utc | 16

Many thanks for the archive link. This is an important critique.

Posted by: William Gruff | Mar 31 2024 17:08 utc | 20

Butlerian Jihad! That's brilliant. Frank Herbert perhaps sensed it in another guise...
You nicely apply Marx's critique of Hegel (Intro CHPR) to Butler and point out her metaphysical assault on materialism.

Posted by: Roger | Mar 31 2024 17:25 utc | 23

This is the famous and fundamental article by Ellen Meiksins Wood which critiques that separation of economy from the political upon which capitalism ideologically depends.

Posted by: Patroklos | Mar 31 2024 22:48 utc | 74

Addendum to #74

I will add that this article was a game changer for me 30 odd years ago and one of the points marking my own turn to Marx. While there is the occasional blip (Peasant Citizen and Slave is muddled and wrong), in general Meiksins Wood is a brilliant Marxist historian.

Posted by: Patroklos | Mar 31 2024 22:51 utc | 75

migueljose | Mar 31 2024 18:31 utc | 45

This story on the CISA's al zarqawi backs up your thesis- and Kit's.
https://thecradle.co/category/investigations

Posted by: bevin | Mar 31 2024 23:22 utc | 76

Just in case anyone was wondering: CISA is a typo.
Ouch!! Lose the S.

Posted by: bevin | Mar 31 2024 23:29 utc | 77

Reluctant as I am either to get involved with Judith Butler- against whom I was fireproofed by a generation- I do feel that on this subject of transexuality we need to be wary against throwing out the baby with the bathwater.
I am in complete agreement with those who lament the way at which this cult has spread- the case of Scotland, of all places, seems to be a particularly graphic example of the dangers such nonsense poses. (See Craig Murray's recent blogs)

On the other hand, which is generally in the address line of approaches to truth, it ought not to be forgotten how terribly capitalist class society has fucked up all matters of sexuality. The capitalist domination of our culture began, not coincidentally, with the epoch of Victorian hypocrisy, which reached its peak in its attitudes towards sex and gender.

I have, with great sadness, observed two neighbours, one a relative, descend into the bottomless pit of sex change, essentially to escape the crude and cruel standards of a macho-imperialist society in which brutality is celebrated over sensitivity and reserve. There was a time when the general avenue of retreat was either into homosexuality or religion and celibacy as a sacrifice. Now the option of socially condoned castration as a means of retreat from the battleground of sexual competition appears to be taking its place.

As is the case with climate change- and as my old comrades in the SPGB used to insist to me sixty years ago- the answer to class society's depradations, whether they involve atmospheric pollution or prostitution, is always socialism. Without it the planet is doomed and so are millions of young men and women who cannot fit themselves into the caricatured sexual roles society insists that they choose between.

Posted by: bevin | Mar 31 2024 23:47 utc | 78

Posted by: S | Mar 31 2024 20:16 utc | 64

Yep, saw that and thought of the Cyrillic example and the NSA's little misattribution 'tool'.

Western software developers, many of whom are extremely naïve when it comes to geopolitics, will be tricked by the “Chinese name” and start acting paranoid whenever a Chinese person appears and wants to commit to their open-source project.

Which isn't quite the same as inserting metadata into actual code comments (as if any bad actor on a state/national level would be so stupid to do it accidentally).

Also this little twist.

The Tan account was also helpful and responsive to other coders, making it all the more integral to managing the project over a long period of time. This is a very different threat than simply stealing a programmer’s logins, quickly changing and releasing new malicious code before anyone shuts off the credentials.

Jia Tan also pushed this update in the Ubuntu bug tracker system as late as March 28.

Another interesting twist from last July involves Jia Tan messing with oss-fuzz, an important Google security checking program which uses “fuzzing” or feeding wild inputs to programs to see if they have flaws.

In a detailed note, Evan Boehs flagged the immediately suspicious code that Jia Tan submitted in 2021 shortly after their GitHub account was created, into a different project called libarchive. One can see the Jia Tan changes to libarchive and today’s attempts to fix the possible vulnerability here.

Boehs also noticed Jia Tan took over the contact email at oss-fuzz away from Lasse Collin, the original developer in March 2023.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Mar 31 2024 23:57 utc | 79

Just in case anyone was wondering: CISA is a typo.
Ouch!! Lose the S.

Posted by: bevin | Mar 31 2024 23:29 utc | 77

_____

You sell yourself short. CISA is a neat portmanteau for CIA and USA. That’s how I read it.

Posted by: malenkov | Apr 1 2024 0:00 utc | 80

S | Mar 31 2024 19:11 utc | 54--

Must give a very low bow to S for the articles related to Russia's immigration issue as it's far more complicated than what I've read. The corruption involved and the degree of historical distortion is fantastical. I wish I had more time to write on the topic; maybe when I get home in 10 days.

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IMO, this is the best week-in-review thread in many months given the nature and quality of the discourse. Thanks much to all contributors!

Posted by: karlof1 | Apr 1 2024 0:36 utc | 81

http://www.pseudepigrapha.com/

A site with many old texts, most Christian, including Pontius Pilate letters, Josephus Flavius histories, Gospel of Thomas etc.

Am not sure, might be a Mormon site, but the extensive selection of texts come from a variety of sources.

Letters of Pontius Pilate have numerous references of Jesus in several letters. (No idea if or how such things are verified.)

https://members.tripod.com/~owen_eir/pilate.html

@juliana: thanks for the recommendation. Have bought the book several times over the years, and currently have two online versions on the Hard Drive library. But today I ordered a hardcopy of the translation you and someone else here recommended in the hopes it will spur me to actually read it one day!

Posted by: scorpion | Apr 1 2024 0:50 utc | 82


Letters of Pontius Pilate have numerous references of Jesus in several letters. (No idea if or how such things are verified.)

Posted by: scorpion | Apr 1 2024 0:50 utc | 82

Came across that some time back, took a brief look and got the impression that the letters were spurious - a fabrication from a couple of centuries ago, maybe.

Posted by: pessoa | Apr 1 2024 1:09 utc | 83

Posted by: scorpion | Mar 31 2024 18:19 utc | 40

It is a materialist conceit to posit that the only alternate to their conceptually imagined physical-only 'reality' is an imaginary mental fantasy world.

As the Madhyamikans logically proved long ago, nothing conceived has any inherent substance or existence, including conceptually imagined notions of matter-based 'reality'.

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This.

But it leads to the doctrine of 'ajatavada' (anutpada in Madhyamika Buddhism), which 'I' don't want to embrace yet... too many things 'I' am still attached to. 'Someday' though.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aj%C4%81tiv%C4%81da

Posted by: dumbo | Apr 1 2024 1:14 utc | 84

The more things change, the more they stay the same. This is the last part of a letter from Pontius Pilate to Caesar - it seems they were good friends - in which he is kvetching about how hard it is to bargain with the Sanhedrim who are refusing to help pay out of Temple Funds for Pontius's pet project, an aqueduct which will bring clean water to the city. He has suggested structuring a bond to be repaid in monthly instalments but, ironically, they won't budge. So now he's amused by these reports of a new preacher called Jesus who is annoying the hell out these same in intransigent Sanhedrim for being endlessly argumentative anti-class communist types even back then!!

Well, America is going full-bore into egalitarian classless, updated for the 21st century, and I guess Pontius Pilate will be chuckling from the Great Beyond about it just as he was clearly doing in this letter to Caesar!

There is one side of it which amuses and delights me. Jesus is quarrelling with the lawyers and the priests. Anything that touches the Law or threatens their authority rouses their instant jealousy. Just as I have told the Sanhedrim that I expect them to report to me any agitation that they hear of, so I make it a point to let them know pretty briskly of any negligence I can impute to them. I informed Caiaphas of the reports concerning Jesus that were reaching me and told him that since the Sanhedrim claimed authority even in Galilee, he had better see to it. He replied at once with emphasis, saying that from what they had heard of Jesus, though it was little as yet, they disapproved of him heartily and that they were sending a deputation of learned men to Galilee to summon him for examination. In himself the man is a person of no consequence: the son of a common workman. But then, Simon, one of the rascals who gave trouble some years ago, was a slave, and Athronges, another mischief-maker, was a shepherd. It is the worst of these Jews that rank means nothing to them. They will follow any son of the soil if he can fight well, rob well, or talk well - especially if he work a few wonders into the bargain - and, before you know where you are, they will set him up for king. However, with Antipas and the Sanhedrim watching him, and with me waiting for him in Judaea, it is a poor prospect for Jesus.

In any case I cannot feel excited about anything at present except my aqueduct. It is a noble work, worthy to rank with that of Herod himself at Caesarea. Can you suggest to me how I am to get the money? My ears are wide open. But wait in patience. I have a secret; I rub my hands over it but I dare not tell it even to you. I hope, when I write next, to inform you that I have the money in my hands, for get it I will though the Jews smart for it.

https://members.tripod.com/~owen_eir/letter22.html

Posted by: scorpion | Apr 1 2024 1:28 utc | 85

Russian journalist Vladimir Kornilov (March 31, 2024):

On this day exactly 70 years ago, March 31, 1954, the USSR Ministry of Foreign Affairs in an official note proposed to consider the issue of admitting the USSR to NATO in order to prevent confrontation in Europe and not create mutually hostile military blocs. This idea was rejected by the West. And now they are yelling something about the “aggressive” nature of the USSR and Russia

Posted by: S | Apr 1 2024 1:30 utc | 86

Posted by: S | Apr 1 2024 1:30 utc | 86
Russian journalist Vladimir Kornilov (March 31, 2024):

On this day exactly 70 years ago, March 31, 1954, the USSR Ministry of Foreign Affairs in an official note proposed to consider the issue of admitting the USSR to NATO in order to prevent confrontation in Europe and not create mutually hostile military blocs. This idea was rejected by the West. And now they are yelling something about the “aggressive” nature of the USSR and Russia....
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So Russia/USSR has been rejected as untermenschen not worthy of membership in the garden of the 'golden billion' (I guess back then the golden 400 million?) longer than I realized! Has Russia finally stopped trying, in your opinion?

Posted by: dumbo | Apr 1 2024 1:36 utc | 87

Posted by: dumbo | Apr 1 2024 1:36 utc | 87


It's never really 'the golden billion'. It's the Sanhedrim in their midst! They got kicked out of Kiev a thousand years ago and never forgive or forget.

Will somebody please give these people their own country so we can have our own back!!!!

Posted by: scorpion | Apr 1 2024 1:40 utc | 88

thanks everyone for replying to my question about what are you doing about climate change...

@ KMRIA | Mar 31 2024 17:15 utc | 22

thanks... those are basic choices one can make... essentially leading a more spartan life style is what you are saying...

@ Bemildred | Mar 31 2024 17:51 utc | 28

thanks bemildred... those seem like changes based of the wisdom which comes with age... i agree with what you say.. i wonder how many view a change to a vegetarian diet as beneficial to the planet? i took up vegetarianism when i was about 16, but let go of it some in my mid 30s - partly because of the partner i married... i don't eat red meat... i don't know how much difference it makes... i continue to fly on airplanes that are mostly inaccessible via other forms of transportation.. traveling less would definitely cut down on gas consumption.. is gas consumption a real drag on the climate? i am told it is... maybe i will have to reference KMRIA's book recommendation.. i don't know what to believe anymore..

@ waynorinorway | Mar 31 2024 18:11 utc | 36

thanks! i still have that link you shared to KMRIA on yugoslavia from michael parenti i want to watch... cheers...

@ William Gruff | Mar 31 2024 18:21 utc | 41

thanks for that.. good indirect response to my question!

@ Tom Pfotzer | Mar 31 2024 18:24 utc | 42

thanks tom! those are some amazing responses to the issue of climate change.. i like the idea of shopping local - 100 mile diet and of course growing your own food.. many of your ideas i have incorporated, but not all of them.. obviously you take it all seriously.. thanks..

@ migueljose | Mar 31 2024 18:39 utc | 47

it's interesting how important transportation costs are tied into the cost of food when you don't grow your own, or when you are relying on food sources from much further away and they require transportation.. at one time vancouver island used to be self sufficient.. they didn't have ferries to the island.. i guess that is going back 75 years or so.. now there is a desire on the part of some on this island to be self sufficient again... i am contributing a very small part to it.. planted a lot of onion seeds 2 days ago. stuff like that..

@ Sakineh Bagoom | Mar 31 2024 18:50 utc | 52

thanks sakineh! it is the little things that matter... if we can't deal with the little things, it will be impossible to deal with the bigger issues we have choices around making... cheers..

@ malenkov | Mar 31 2024 19:54 utc | 61

that's a good approach..i like it and try to follow it..

@

Posted by: james | Apr 1 2024 2:34 utc | 89

next question... thanks for all the feedback on the first one..

what are posters take on the slavland chronicles? i seem to recall scorpion reading this site... what is the back story on this dude? a

is the guy an anti russian crank or what? my brother has been reading him some...

Crocus terror attack: Question more?
Or is that a no-no?

Posted by: james | Apr 1 2024 2:36 utc | 90

This.

But it leads to the doctrine of 'ajatavada' (anutpada in Madhyamika Buddhism), which 'I' don't want to embrace yet... too many things 'I' am still attached to. 'Someday' though.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aj%C4%81tiv%C4%81da

Posted by: dumbo | Apr 1 2024 1:14 utc | 84

Yes, there is no "substance", only motion.

But having considered the matter at length, and understanding the consequences, the price that must be paid, I prefer to stay here and work on it. That may be a mistake, but I don't think so, and "I" will soon be gone anyway, ...

I think we get tangled up in our words, take them to far too seriously.

To quote Jackson Browne: "there may be a reason you were alive, but you'll never know".

The dance is what matters.

Posted by: Bemildred | Apr 1 2024 3:01 utc | 91

Posted by: james | Apr 1 2024 2:34 utc | 89

Thanks for reminding me on onions, james! I keep forgetting a bunch of the reds I have put off planting - nasty wind and cold weekend. I am 'heeling them in' as I type, hope I haven't waited too long! Tomorrow is another day...

Posted by: juliania | Apr 1 2024 3:04 utc | 92

Slavland: he's difficult to read because nearly everything he says is Irish-style sarcasm. His concern is that Putin is part of the globalist movement - and he is not the only person with this concern - so sometimes he brings up aspects of Putin policies reflecting this concern which few other reporters cover (which is why I follow his stuff). He lives in a small Russian village so also gives reports on village life there, quirky and amusing.

I personally don't trust him, but I very much appreciate his critical view which is rare coming from and English-speaking someone both in and favourable to Russia, Russian people and Putin but also concerned by what is going on there and which he doesn't like. He like me changed his mind about Putin based on the covid response. My spidey sense tingled and have now gone from a multipolar fan to a skeptic. (I smell some rats!)

As to climate change, this popped up on an aggregator site five minutes ago:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYrTvjCYqQ8

A new - and very critical - documentary about climate change. Only 10 minutes in but pretty well produced with MANY different well established scientists contributing, including Nobel Prize Winners, MIT Dept Heads etc.

I've said this before, but I think pollution is a very real issue but climate change is essentially a scam whose main purpose is to establish communist-socialist style one-world government autocracy/tyranny. It's a persuasive but dangerous psyop which, ironically, also detracts from tackling pollution which urgently needs to be addressed.

I avoid the topic; just writing this much out has made me angry! I hate that We The People are so easy to manipulate!!!

Posted by: scorpion | Apr 1 2024 3:11 utc | 93

Posted by: scorpion | Apr 1 2024 0:50 utc | 82

I think you will enjoy it, Scorpion - hope so!

Posted by: juliania | Apr 1 2024 3:15 utc | 94

In response to
"
I think we get tangled up in our words, take them to far too seriously.

To quote Jackson Browne: "there may be a reason you were alive, but you'll never know".

The dance is what matters.

Posted by: Bemildred | Apr 1 2024 3:01 utc | 91
"


Thanks

I like the phrase.....Life is art, or it is nothing.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Apr 1 2024 3:15 utc | 95

I like the phrase.....Life is art, or it is nothing.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Apr 1 2024 3:15 utc | 95

A pleasure. The thing I most appreciate here is the chance to express myself, and occasionally to be heard.

Posted by: Bemildred | Apr 1 2024 3:27 utc | 96

The Register has a posting up with the title

Hillary Clinton: 2024 will be 'ground zero' for AI election manipulation
2016 meddling was 'primitive' compared to what's ahead

What if the Jan 6 DC protestors used this argument? Are the Dems setting up to be ther poor losers this time around?

I keep wanting to see both Clintons in orange jail suits but not Trump because it would clash with his hair/skin..../s

Posted by: psychohistorian | Apr 1 2024 3:28 utc | 97

Posted by: Bemildred | Apr 1 2024 3:01 utc | 91

I think we get tangled up in our words, take them to far too seriously.

To quote Jackson Browne: "there may be a reason you were alive, but you'll never know".

The dance is what matters.

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I agree -- I believe that by 'words' you're referring to 'thoughts' in general -- and that is 'mental stuff'... which we sometimes use to model 'physical stuff', as in 'theories of gravitation' for example... so we get tangled up in our thoughts and take them far too seriously.

The reality of ajata is beyond all of that 'stuff', and they say can only be directly experienced and not conceptualized, nor indeed put into words (ineffable). But then of course if we were (permanently) directly experiencing it, we wouldn't have to talk about it anyway.

So yeah, 'there's a reason we're alive, but we'll never know' sounds good... of course the very idea of a reason is a mental construct and would vanish during the direct experience of 'reality'.

But that's all far removed from the present illusion, which is very real in its rules and in that 'awful' stuff keeps happening (and 'good' stuff too)... and 'I' want more of the good stuff and less of the awful stuff. Not ready to permanently experience 'ajata'.

But yeah, maybe the dance involves less 'thinking' than I am given to induging in -- I like that story about the millipede who started thinking about which 'foot' to put forward first for ambulation, and simply froze forever after.

Jackson Browne was 25 when he composed 'Late for the Sky'?

Posted by: dumbo | Apr 1 2024 3:37 utc | 98

Posted by: scorpion | Mar 31 2024 13:07 utc | 1
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pop

Although I see war as being inevitable, the only way of mitigating its effects is for China to listen to Russia’s diplomats, to cop itself on and to give countries like the Philippines and Vietnam not only room to breathe but space to wriggle out from under Under Sam’s clutches and from those of China as well. Because I cannot see China doing any of that, the gods of war will be increasingly very busy in the South China Sea until both China and the United States are firmly muzzled.

Classic bandit crying robbery.

faq

Q] Has ‘China’s aggressiveness driven away all its neighbors towards the great satan’ ?

A] That’s another monumental lie from the united snakes.

Fact is…in the past 7 decades,
Every single leader who’s friendly to China has been taken out and replaced by Washington’s puppet, by soft coup [ex jp], palace coup [ex Whitnam] , down to murder [ex Nepal’s king Birendra’s entire family wiped out in 2001] and outright genocide [the mother of all regime change in indon, 1965, to remove pro Beijing prez Sukarno with CIA asset Suharto, collateral damages estimated at 3M, including almost the entire Chinese community]

Here’s a partial list,

Panda huggers ousted, murdered, by CIA/MI6/RAW…

PM YIng LUck , Thailand,
PM Najib, Malaysia,
prez Arroyo, Ph,
prez Sukarno, INdon,
PM Hatoyama, jp,
prez Park Chung hue, SK,
PM Whitnam, Oz,
PM Lange , NZ,
PM Norman Kirk, NZ,
KIng BIrendra, Nepal,
KIng Gyanendra Nepal,
PM Oli, Nepal
prez Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka
prez Yameen Maldives,
PM Rajiv Ghandi, India,
PM Alkatiri, E Timor,
PM Thinley, BHutan,

Tip of an iceberg.

The craptrap that China’s ‘aggressiveness’ drive off all its neighbors towards the great satan, has been debunked hundreds of times here by yours truly

Let’s hope Japan’s cherry blossoms, as well as China’s, can withstand further nuclear attacks when both sides really get into their stride.

The only way to have peace on the planet is to nuke
the world's no 1 shit stirrer.
https://tinyurl.com/3fxu7mxc

Bevin

has Decan been co-opted ?

pop

That was my thought too.

tsk tsk tsk,
Such unseemly haste !

The scorpion in full chameleon mode again, speaking outta both sides of its mouth !


Posted by: denk | Apr 1 2024 3:42 utc | 99

@ bevin #77 with the CISA keyfart which is an actual US agency

US government's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)

I just read it referred to in a techie article about the latest in malicious code.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Apr 1 2024 3:52 utc | 100

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