Apr 302019
 


Edouard Manet The absinthe drinker 1859

 

Ros Rosenstein Resigns (ZH)
Trump Sues Capital One, Deutsche Over Complying With Subpoenas (Fox)
Russia Military Budget Continues To Decline (AFP)
One Child Dies From Yemen War And Side Effects Every 12 Minutes (MEE)
Letter to Dennis A. Muilenburg, CEO of Boeing (Ralph Nader)
Boeing Told Southwest 737 MAX Alert Feature NOT ON By Default (RT)
Boeing Boss Rejects Accusations About 737 MAX Jets That Crashed (G.)
Assange Accuses Ecuadorian Diplomatic Staff In London Of Spying (RT)
Why is Maria Butina in Prison? (Ron Paul)
Tom Petty was Right (Jim Kunstler)
The Gilets Jaunes Are Winning, What’s Next? (OffG)
Globalization is Waning (CNBC)
Climate Change Being Fuelled By Soil Damage (BBC)
Antibiotic Resistance As Big A Threat As Climate Change (G.)

 

 

I wonder what we’ll learn about Rosenstein now he’s stepped down. Offering to wear a wire to spy on Trump is still a very curious issue.

Ros Rosenstein Resigns (ZH)

While long-expected, amid two chaos-ridden years as the Justice Department’s No.2, the day has finally come when Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has reportedly sent his resignation letter to President Donald Trump, will leave post May 11. “I am grateful to you for the opportunity to serve; for the courtesy and humor you often display in our personal conversations; and for the goals you set in your inaugural address: patriotism, unity, safety, education and prosperity,” Mr. Rosenstein wrote in the letter, which was reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. In his letter, Mr. Rosenstein cited the Justice Department’s progress in executing the Trump administration’s agenda: fighting violent crime, combating the nation’s drug abuse crisis, toughening immigration enforcement and supporting local law enforcement. “Productivity rose, and crime fell,” he wrote.


“Our nation is safer, our elections are more secure and our citizens are better informed about covert foreign efforts and schemes to commit fraud, steal intellectual property, and launch cyberattacks,” he wrote. “We also pursued illegal leaks, investigated credible allegations of employee misconduct and accommodated congressional oversight without compromising law enforcement interests.” Mr. Rosenstein made no mention of the special counsel in his resignation letter, but instead, as WSJ reports, wrote of the Justice Department’s responsibility to avoid partisanship. “Political considerations may influence policy choices, but neutral principals must drive decisions about individual cases,” he wrote.

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“..allegations of potential foreign influence on the U.S. political process..”

Really? That’s what this is about?

Trump Sues Capital One, Deutsche Over Complying With Subpoenas (Fox)

President Donald Trump filed a lawsuit Monday against Deutsche Bank and Capital One in an attempt to block congressional subpoenas for his business records, claiming House Democrats are simply attempting to harass him. Politico reported that in a joint statement, Reps. Maxine Waters, D-Calif. and Adam Schiff, D-Calif., called the Trump suit “meritless.” They claimed Trump’s suit was a tactic to delay accountability. Waters is the chairwoman of the Financial Services Committee and Schiff is the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. Schiff said at the time that the subpoenas were part of an investigation “into allegations of potential foreign influence on the U.S. political process.”

Two House committees subpoenaed Deutsche Bank and several other financial institutions earlier this month as part of investigations into Trump’s finances. The lawsuit by Trump, his sons Donald Jr. and Eric and his daughter Ivanka, was filed in Manhattan federal court. The Trump Organization and the Donald J. Trump Revocable Trust are among the other plaintiffs. The Trumps want a federal judge to declare the subpoenas unlawful and unenforceable. The lawsuit also seeks to block the financial institutions from disclosing information and complying with the subpoenas. [..] “This case involves congressional subpoenas that have no legitimate or lawful purpose,” the suit, obtained by The New York Times, said.

“The subpoenas were issued to harass President Donald J. Trump, to rummage through every aspect of his personal finances, his businesses and the private information of the president and his family, and to ferret about for any material that might be used to cause him political damage. No grounds exist to establish any purpose other than a political one.”

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AFP headline was: “US military spending up for first time in 7 years”. But that’s not the story. It’s Russia. Even France spends more. And stories keep on coming about Russia threatening just about everyone.

Russia Military Budget Continues To Decline (AFP)

US military spending has risen for the first time in seven years, reflecting Trump administration policy, according to a new report released Monday by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. Worldwide military spending also rose by 2.6 percent to $1.8 trillion overall last year, SIPRI calculated. It was the second year running the global figure has risen, bringing military spending to its highest level since 1988. “The increase in US spending was driven by the implementation from 2017 of new arms procurement programmes under the Trump administration,” said Aude Fleurant, director of SIPRI’s Arms and Military Expenditure (AMEX) programme.


The US figure alone of $649 billion was as much as the next eight highest military budgets. But Chinese as well as US spending helped push the overall spending figures for the year higher, said the report. China’s spending has risen 83 percent since 2009, bringing it up to second place, ahead of Saudi Arabia, India — which is modernising its armed forces — and France. [..] Russia meanwhile dropped out of the top five spenders, with its military budget declining since 2016, said the report. Western countries’ economic sanctions against Russia, in place since 2014 because of its conflict with Ukraine, have hit the country’s military budget.

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“..the vast majority of the victims of Yemen’s conflict are children under five..”

One Child Dies From Yemen War And Side Effects Every 12 Minutes (MEE)

By the end of 2019, fighting in Yemen will have claimed about 102,000 lives, according to new figures from the United Nations that indicate the war has killed far more people than previously reported. A UN-commissioned report by University of Denver also revealed that more Yemenis were dying of hunger, disease and the lack of health clinics and other infrastructure than from fighting. About 131,000 Yemenis will have died from these side effects of the conflict between the beginning in 2015 and the end of 2019, according to the 68-page study, called Assessing the Impact of War on Development in Yemen. The combined death toll from fighting and disease is 233,000, or 0.8 percent of Yemen’s 30 million-strong population.


Researchers also said that those five years of conflict will have cost Yemen’s economy $89bn. “It’s worse than people expected,” Jonathan Moyer, an assistant professor and lead author on the report, told Middle East Eye. “It’s one of the highest-impact internal conflicts since the end of the Cold War. On par with Iraq, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo – conflicts with an impact on development that lasts for a generation.” According to Moyer, the vast majority of the victims of Yemen’s conflict are children under five. The report says that one child dies from the war and its side effects every 11 minutes and 54 seconds. Moyer’s team also projected forward, calculating Yemen’s losses if the war were to drag on until 2030. If fighting continues until then, the death toll would reach 1.8 million, the economy would have lost $657bn, 84 percent of Yemenis would be malnourished and 71 percent of them would live in extreme poverty, researchers said.

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Nader is Boeing’s biggest fear. He lost a niece in the Ethiopia crash.

Letter to Dennis A. Muilenburg, CEO of Boeing (Ralph Nader)

Dear Mr. Muilenburg: On April 4, 2019 you somewhat belatedly released a statement that “We at Boeing are sorry for the lives lost in the recent 737 MAX accidents. These tragedies continue to weigh heavily on our hearts and minds….” You added that a preliminary investigation made it “apparent that in both flights” the MCAS “activated in response to erroneous angle of attack information.” These and other remarks reflect years of mismanagement by Boeing executives, now tragically bearing bitter fruit. Your acknowledgement of the problems with the 737 MAX somehow escaped inclusion in your messages to shareholders, the capital markets and the Securities and Exchange Commission.

It is now stunningly clear that your overly optimistic outlook on January 20, 2019 – after the Indonesian Lion Air crash – was misleading. Whatever the public learns, day after day about the troubles of your company, it is still far less than what Boeing knows will come out day by day, and not just about the deadly design of the 737 MAX. Your narrow-body passenger aircraft – namely, the long series of 737’s that began in the nineteen sixties was past its prime. How long could Boeing avoid making the investment needed to produce a “clean-sheet” aircraft and, instead, in the words of Bloomberg Businessweek “push an aging design beyond its limits?” Answer: As long as Boeing could get away with it and keep necessary pilot training and other costs low for the airlines as a sales incentive.

Boeing kept on this track until the competition from its only competitor, Airbus, came along with its A320neo. The year 2011 was a crucial period for the company. Top management was into preliminary work on a new aircraft and then panicked over Airbus’s success. To compete with Airbus, Boeing equipped the 737 MAX with larger engines tilted more forward and upward on the wings than prior 737’s. Thus began the trail of criminal negligence that will implicate the company and its executives.

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Contradictory reports. Boeing seems to have a foot in its mouth.

Boeing Told Southwest 737 MAX Alert Feature NOT ON By Default (RT)

Southwest Airlines, the largest Boeing 737 MAX customer, says Boeing told them a standard flight angle alert system had to be bought separately to be activated, contradicting the manual – and only after the deadly Lion Air crash. The system in question, officially known as the angle of attack (AOA) disagree light, is basically an indicator at a plane’s control board. The light is expected to go on whenever the aircraft’s nose pitches up or down too far, warning its pilots of a potentially dangerous situation. Such a light was a standard issue on earlier models of Boeing planes, and was expected to work in the same manner on the ill-fated MAX 737 planes – except it wasn’t – instead coming as part of an additional indicator package.


When the new planes were delivered to Southwest Airlines, the “lights were depicted to us by Boeing as operable on all MAX aircraft” regardless of purchasing the add-on, the airline operator said in a statement. The manual for the aircraft showed that as well, the company said. After the first deadly crash of a 737 MAX plane in October, operated by Indonesia’s Lion Air, Boeing notified Southwest that the indicators were actually not working by default. The company then promptly installed the optional package that made the warning lights function as the Southwest pilots had expected. Boeing, in a statement to CNBC, said the disagree lights would in the future be included as a standard feature – that is if the grounded jet returns to operations.

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There are no accusations, just a statement by the WSJ that the systems were not activated. That’s either true or it is not.

Boeing Boss Rejects Accusations About 737 MAX Jets That Crashed (G.)

The boss of Boeing has denied accusations that its two 737 Max aircraft involved in fatal crashes lacked an optional safety feature, which might have alerted the pilots to technical malfunctions that partly caused the accidents. “We don’t make safety features optional,” Dennis Muilenburg, Boeing’s chairman and chief executive, said at the company’s annual meeting in Chicago on Monday. “Every one of our airplanes includes all of the safety features necessary for safe flight.” A preliminary investigation into the Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max crash last month found it was triggered by a faulty “angle of attack” sensor, which monitors the inflight position of the plane.

The erroneous readings from the sensor in turn activated the aircraft’s maneuvering characteristics augmentation system (MCAS), an auto-pilot program that encourages the plane’s nose to dip down. [..] It was revealed over the weekend that Boeing had removed warnings about pitch sensor malfunction from the standard 737 Max (MCAS) safety package. The Wall Street Journal reported that the warning system, which was present in previous 737 models, was only operative on 737 Max jets if the operator airlines had paid for a package of additional safety features. “In this case again, as in most accidents, there are a chain of events that occurred. It is not correct to attribute that to any single item,” Muilenburg said.

“We know that there are some improvements that we can make to MCAS and we will make those improvements.” He told shareholders that software updates being carried out would make the grounded 737 Max fleet “one of the safest airplanes ever to fly”, adding: “Yet, we know we can always be better. We have a responsibility to design, build and support the safest airplanes in the sky. The recent accidents have only intensified our dedication to it.” [..] It was also revealed on Monday that four Boeing employees had called the Federal Aviation Administration to raise serious concerns about the 737 Max. The calls began coming in within hours of Ethiopian investigators releasing a preliminary report on the crash.

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“Ecuadorian law provides penalties of up to five years in prison for each violation mentioned in the complaint.”

Assange Accuses Ecuadorian Diplomatic Staff In London Of Spying (RT)

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has filed a criminal complaint in Ecuador, accusing the diplomatic staff at the London embassy of spying on the whistleblower before leaking illegally obtained data to a third party for extortion. Lenin Moreno’s government violated Assange’s privacy by secretly recording the journalist’s daily activities starting from March 2018, said a complaint submitted Monday to the attorney general’s office in Ecuador on behalf of the whistleblower. It says the spying was conducted with the help of Promsecurity, a private contractor firm which administers electronic surveillance at the Ecuadorian embassy in London.


Naming three officials of the diplomatic mission, including Ambassador Jaime Marchán, as well as four members of Promsecurity, the complaint alleges that the government violated at least four counts of domestic law by illicitly monitoring Assange’s activity. Those involved apparently tried to extort €3 million from WikiLeaks threatening to publish audio, video and personal documents of Assange unless they get paid. Ecuadorian law provides penalties of up to five years in prison for each violation mentioned in the complaint. The matter is “very sensitive and complicated” Ecuadorian lawyer Carlos Poveda told reporters after filing the case in Quito, asking for the judiciary to investigate the case. The lawyer did not reveal to whom the Australian’s personal information had been leaked to, but noted that that the Spanish authorities are already investigating the extortion scheme.

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“Maria Butina was in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

Why is Maria Butina in Prison? (Ron Paul)

Russian gun rights activist and graduate exchange student Maria Butina was sentenced to 18 months in prison last week for “conspiracy to act as a foreign agent without registering.” Her “crime” was to work to make connections among American gun rights activists in hopes of building up her organization, the Right to Bear Arms, when she returned to Russia. She was not employed by the Russian government nor was she a lobbyist on Putin’s behalf. In fact the Putin Administration is hostile to Russian gun rights groups. Nevertheless the US mainstream media and Trump’s Justice Department are treating her as public enemy number one in a case that will no doubt set the dangerous precedent of criminalizing person-to-person diplomacy in the United States.

The Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA) was passed in 1938 under pressure from the FDR Administration partly to silence opposition to the US entry into World War II. While a handful of cases were prosecuted during the war, between 1966 and 2015 the Justice Department only brought seven FARA cases for prosecution. Though very few cases have been brought on FARA violations, one of them was against Samir Vincent, who was paid millions of dollars by Saddam Hussein to lobby for sanctions relief without registering. He got off with a fine and “community service.” Millions of dollars in unregistered payments from Saddam Hussein gets no jail time, while Butina gets 18 months in prison for privately promoting a cause most Americans support! How is this justice?

The US Justice Department is not even as tough on illegals who commit capital crimes in the US! Unfortunately Maria Butina was in the wrong place at the wrong time. With the rise of the “Russiagate” hysteria, Butina’s case was seen as a useful tool by Democrats to push the idea that President Trump was put into office by the Russians. Plus, many of them are also hostile to our Second Amendment and to the National Rifle Association. So it was a perfect storm for Butina.

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Waiting is the hardest part.

Tom Petty was Right (Jim Kunstler)

The sense of gathering crisis persists. It is systemic and existential. It calls into question our ability to carry on “normal” life much farther into this century, and all the anxiety that attends it is so hard for the public to process that a dismaying number of citizens opt for suicide. There is no coherent consensus about what is happening and no coherent proposals to do anything about it. Bad ideas flourish in this nutrient medium of unresolved crisis. Lately, they dominate the scene on every side. A species of wishful thinking that resembles a primitive cargo cult grips the technocratic class, awaiting magical rescue remedies to extend the regime of Happy Motoring, consumerism, and suburbia that make up the crumbling armature of “normal” life in the USA.


The political Right seeks to Make America Great Again, as though we might return to a 1962 heyday of industrial mass production by wishing hard enough. The Left seeks the equivalent of an extended childhood for all, lived out in a universal safe space, where all goods and services come magically free from a kindly parent-like government, and the sunny days are spent training unicorns to find rainbows. The decade-long “recovery” from the Great Financial Crisis of 2008 amounted to ten years of fake-it-til-you-make-it — with the prospect nil of actually making it to something like economic and cultural soundness. Are we too far gone now? Some kind of shock therapy is surely in the offing, and probably in the form of a violent financial readjustment that will alter the terms of getting and spending so drastically as to topple the matrix of rackets that masquerades as the nation’s business.

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“..typical of Macron, revealing only how his personal authority is slipping away, and strangely enough, how irrelevant he is becoming to the entire debate.”

The Gilets Jaunes Are Winning, What’s Next? (OffG)

In the sharp light of spring it is clear that Macron’s winter strategy: the Great National Debate, has achieved nothing for the government and more tellingly perhaps, has further revealed Macron’s own incapacity to either change himself or shift course. As one anonymous French state official reportedly said: ‘Mitterrand gave them an extra week’s holiday, but Macron can’t manage anything’. He simply seems unable in any form to communicate with either the Gilets or the people of France. His constant speeches, with their casual insults and lack of empathy, remain one of the best recruitment tools the Gilets possess. His recent pronouncements continue this trend.

His promise to rebuild the cathedral in five years was met with scorn – ‘this is not a railway line’, said one commentator, while his invitation to the world (a typical empty gesture) angered and aroused traditionalists. Indeed, as has been widely reported, his endorsement of cash donations from billionaires, simply provided the Gilets with yet more free sticks to beat him and the state. Even his big showpiece speech was cancelled when the Cathedral burst into flames. And what was his big announcement? A freeze on hospital and school closures, the index-linking of pensions to inflation and the closing of the École Nationale d’Administration (ENA), the university that produces the country’s political and civil elite, all of which, particularly the last, were seen as too late and totally irrelevant.

After all it doesn’t put food on the table or help the people get to the end of the month with any money. As I noted in previous articles, this is typical of Macron, revealing only how his personal authority is slipping away, and strangely enough, how irrelevant he is becoming to the entire debate.

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Lost of people will deny this.

Globalization is Waning (CNBC)

Globalization is waning, and a U.S.-China trade deal would do nothing to reverse that phenomenon, according to a global investment strategist. Peak globalization has actually already come and gone, according to David Roche, president and global strategist at London-based Independent Strategy. “The actual reversal of globalization started over seven years ago,” well before the rise of U.S. President Donald Trump, as countries worldwide instituted more protectionist policies, Roche told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” last week. In fact, even China — whose leaders are now some of the loudest proponents of global systems — will see most of its future growth come from domestic pursuits, he projected.


“Globalization is on a back foot, it’s not the trade deal with China, a trade deal agreement which would flip the switch and turn on the motor again — the damage has been done,” he added. “There is no way going forward that China is able to grow by using international trade. It is going to grow more domestically.” In fact, China is not the only country looking inward. For many years, Roche noted, countries like Italy have had populist governments adopting nationalist policies, prioritizing the short-term benefit of their citizens instead of embracing globalization and the interconnectivity it entails.

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Dig at your own peril.

Climate Change Being Fuelled By Soil Damage (BBC)

Climate change can’t be halted if we carry on degrading the soil, a report will say. There’s three times more carbon in the soil than in the atmosphere – but that carbon’s being released by deforestation and poor farming. This is fuelling climate change – and compromising our attempts to feed a growing world population, the authors will say. Problems include soils being eroded, compacted by machinery, built over, or harmed by over-watering. Hurting the soil affects the climate in two ways: it compromises the growth of plants taking in carbon from the atmosphere, and it releases soil carbon previously stored by worms taking leaf matter underground.


The warning will come from the awkwardly-named IPBES – the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services – a panel studying the benefits of nature to humans. The body, which is meeting this week, aims to get all the world’s governments singing from the same sheet about the need to protect natural systems. IPBES will formally release its report on Monday 6 May. About 3.2 billion people worldwide are suffering from degraded soils, said IPBES chairman Prof Sir Bob Watson. “That’s almost half of the world population. There’s no question we are degrading soils all over the world. We are losing from the soil the organic carbon and this undermines agricultural productivity and contributes to climate change. We absolutely have to restore the degraded soil we’ve got.”

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Antibiotics in fish farming. We sure are beyond repair.

Antibiotic Resistance As Big A Threat As Climate Change (G.)

Protests against climate change should be extended to the other greatest threat facing humanity, according to England’s chief medical officer, who says an Extinction Rebellion-style campaign is needed to save people from antibiotics becoming ineffective in the face of overuse and a lack of regulation. The threat of antibiotic resistance is as great as that from climate change, said Dame Sally Davies, and should be given as much attention from politicians and the public. “It would be nice if activists recognised the importance of this,” she said. “This is happening slowly and people adjust to where we are, but this is the equivalent [danger] to extreme weather.”

Davies said efforts to combat the problem of common illnesses becoming untreatable by antibiotic medicines should be coordinated at a worldwide level in a similar way as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the body of scientists set up in 1988 to tackle global warming. The IPCC warned last year that climate change would lead to disaster within 12 years if urgent action was not taken to reverse the growth in greenhouse gas emissions. Davies said the consequences of antibiotic resistance posed at least as great a threat to humanity’s future, and in the same timescale, but few efforts had been made to deal with the issue. “There is not the appetite [among pharmaceutical companies] to develop new medicines,” she said. “There is a systemic failure. We need something similar to the IPCC.”

She listed a series of problems that the world has allowed to build up, from overuse of antibiotics and a lack of restraints on prescribing strong medications, to the rampant use of the drugs on animals, including by farmers for “growth promotion”, as the drugs can make animals put on weight faster. Such use has been banned in Europe and the US, but is common elsewhere, and even in the EU and US, the use of strong antibiotics critical to human health is still allowed on animals despite scientific advice to the contrary.

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    Edouard Manet The absinthe drinker 1859   • Ros Rosenstein Resigns (ZH) • Trump Sues Capital One, Deutsche Over Complying With Subpoenas (Fox) •
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle April 30 2019]

    #47035

    V. Arnold
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    Western countries’ economic sanctions against Russia, in place since 2014 because of its conflict with Ukraine, have hit the country’s military budget.

    I believe this to be pure bunk! Russia’s military budget has been pretty consistent at 60 to 70 billion USD per year.
    At that level they have essentially surpassed the U.S. in both technology and quality.
    The U.S has targeted offensive capability with now obsolete, obscenely expensive, aircraft carriers which largely don’t function; and obviously second rate aircraft highlighted by the F-35; a flying piece of junk.
    The U.S. certainly has the technology; but, endemic corruption has destroyed the whole defense industry.
    Russia has targeted defensive capability, thereby neutralizing most of U.S. capability.
    As to offensive capabilities, both Russia and China have focused on weapons which cannot be intercepted and destroyed; hypersonic missiles.
    They’re deploying these as I type; the U.S., by some estimates, is a decade behind.
    Bluff and bluster as it will; the U.S. military knows the genuine situation and by all reports I’ve read, are very concerned…can we say panicked?
    Oh sure we can…

    #47036

    Yeah, I saw that line. AFP can’t fathom how Russia can spend so ‘little’, so they make up a bogus story about sanctions. What was the number? 80%(?!) of our news stories come from Reuters, AP and AFP. This is how that works.

    #47037

    V. Arnold
    Participant

    I think it is important to note that Russia spends less than 10% of the U.S. arms budget and gets superior systems; how about them apples?
    And this isn’t some recent budget drop because of sanctions; it’s de rigueur spending.
    The sanctions have done wonders for Russian sovereignty; they are more self suffucient in all sectors than ever before; all thanks to western (U.S.) sanctions.
    USA, USA, keep up the good work…

    #47038

    John Day
    Participant

    http://www.johndayblog.com/2019/04/compare-and-contrast.html
    Sergei Lavrov just said a lot of important things to global diplomats, I picked this one out. Thanks Eleni:
    Obviously, lasting stabilisation in the Middle East and North Africa is unrealistic without overcoming the long-standing Arab-Israeli conflict, including the creation of an independent, viable and territorially integral Palestinian state in the safe and recognised borders of 1967 with possible exchanges and with the capital in East Jerusalem. The attempts to promote non-transparent plans that contradict UN resolutions and the Arab Peace Initiative cannot bring a lasting or fair solution and merely perpetuate old hotbeds of confrontation and create new ones.
    https://www.voltairenet.org/article206321.html
    ​Missing a principled leader, 50 years without Charles de Gaul​le… Thanks Wigs.
    With amazing effrontery last October, Macron told his people to stop complaining and be more like de Gaulle, after a meeting with a pensioner who complained he only had a small pension. This is the same Emmanuel Macron who accused his own people of being as “Gauls who are resistant to change” on a visit to Denmark.
    The truth is that the French people today have a lot to complain about. Macron’s policies are in fact, the reverse of de Gaulle’s. The General ‘did not care for those who own wealth.’ Macron doesn’t seem to care for anyone else.
    Another big difference between de Gaulle and the politicians of today was his attitude to money. Has there ever been such an uncorrupt leader? As I noted in 2008, “Despite occupying the highest office in the country for a decade, he died in relative poverty. Instead of accepting the pension he was entitled to as a retired president and general, he only took the pension of a colonel. The contrast between de Gaulle and the money-obsessed career politicians of today could not be greater.”
    https://www.rt.com/op-ed/457819-charles-degaulle-france-president/

    Yellow Vest protesters who have suffered life-changing injuries at the hands of French police have launched their own association, promising fresh actions against police brutality.
    Called “the mutilated for the edification of others,” the collective aims to accurately calculate the number of people who have been injured nationally by police during Yellow Vest protests. It also called for an end to the use of the non-lethal weapons deployed by French police — namely tear gas canisters and Flash Balls — and a large national demonstration is scheduled in Paris on May 26.
    Among those attending was Jerome Rodrigues, a prominent Yellow Vest leader who was hit in the eye with a gas canister during a demonstration in January. “You have 19 people in front of you and you have only 26 eyes that look back,” he told the press conference. “Count, there is a small problem,” he added…
    According to statistics gathered by the activist group Desarmons-les (“Disarm Them”), at least 154 people have been seriously injured by police use of non-lethal weapons during protests. Of that number, 22 people have lost the use of an eye due to Flash Balls. A further five have had their hands torn off by gas canisters.
    https://www.rt.com/news/457786-injured-yellow-vests-association/

    #47039

    As I said a number of times, VA, the US produces weapons for profit while Russia produces them to defend itself. That little principle explains all the extra costs. Boeing and Raytheon have so much clout in Washington they can ask whatever they want for their products, they will get their price no matter what. In Moscow, that situation is completely different. Russian arms makers must deliver quality.

    #47040

    And there’s of course the petit matter that Russia doesn’t seek to build or expand an empire. Which at the same time explains why that is exactly what it is accused of.

    #47041

    Dr. D
    Participant

    “Trump Sues Capital One, Deutsche over Complying with Subpoenas (Fox)”

    I’m not a genius, but I believe this is how it works:

    “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

    So I’m pretty sure they need a crime, at least a suspected one, and an investigation, and a judge, and then it’s no problem, they can have every paper directly related. Well they didn’t have a crime, but they did have an investigation, and that investigator referred no charges. But this is politics, where there is no law, because they just make it up every day. Again: what are the odds that the CIA/Justice under Comey haven’t ALREADY looked at the tax records of a guy who has been continually under audit for decades? What are the odds his STATE records haven’t already been (illegally) read by Andrew Cuomo? About zero. And they weren’t leaked, so I’m guessing there’s nothing but smears and innuendo there, useful to get ratings and (illegally) tip the election. Release them: it’ll be hilarious. Then, with the precedent established, we can look at Maxine Waters and Hunter Biden, and hey, why not Cheney and Chertoff? Careful what doors you open.

    Russia Russia Russia!

    MICdrop

    There’s one warlike, dangerous nation in that chart, and it’s not China, Russia, UK, France, or Japan. Fair bet? The U.S. spends more on militarizing the police against their own citizens than most nations spend on national defense.

    “One Child Dies from Yemen War and Side Effects Every 12 Minutes (MEE)”

    And it’s not in the news. But isn’t trying to stop thousands of children from being killed for the profits of British and American weapons billionaires really hate speech? Time to Twitter ban that Yemen talk faster than UKIP and Padmos. However, if you’re ISIS, Facebook and Twitter somehow can’t find you and your pages stay up for years. –You know, the Facebook that shared the NZ shooting 3 million times? Ain’t that odd?

    “She was not employed by the Russian government”

    Wait: they didn’t even prove this? But what am I saying? It’s the FBI/Justice, they fabricate evidence and railroad defendants because it’s slightly easier than doing their jobs legally. They get caught pretty much year-round, it’s in the papers regularly, and no one is fired, nothing is reformed.

    Moving on, so she’s actually AGAINST Putin, and will give them a hard time when she returns? Why aren’t we funding her with millions and sending her home? You know, with a complimentary freight container of guns? I mean, we give them to everybody else on earth. (Except ourselves, ‘natch, the one place where they are actually legal.)

    Excellent Kunstler this week. I wish it were nationally required reading.

    “..typical of Macron, revealing only how his personal authority is slipping away, and strangely enough, how irrelevant he is becoming to the entire debate.”

    This is just what you want. He’s no longer at the table, and since he was always a puppet, first to his pedo wife, and then to the Rothschilds (literally), you just go around him. Ignore him like a weak little boy having a tantrum, which is all he deserves. Buh-bye. Your backers will not be so kind. When you’re not useful, they’ll throw you to the mob, and I’ll sit here with popcorn. Can we get this man a ticket to Libya? They may want to see him.

    “Hurting the soil affects the climate in two ways: it compromises the growth of plants taking in carbon from the atmosphere, and it releases soil carbon previously stored by worms taking leaf matter underground.”

    This is another mutation of the non-science that “cows release CO2” argument. The cows GOT that CO2 from this year’s grass. Their manure will grow next year’s grass. It’s net-zero. So the plants TAKE CO2 from the air: true. And unless you create a 1,000 year virgin forest, when you chop and eat that corn, it will be RELEASED again, that year, net-zero.

    The soil, sure, there’s some CO2 decay when utterly desertifying good soil into hardpan, and there’s a lot of soil worldwide, but a) we’re not doing that or we’ll all die of starvation long before we die of CO2, and b) we’re talking about the top inches, and there’s not actually a LOT of organic matter in there. Or at least not in any modern farming practice. So NewsMediaSpecial: technically true by being totally false. But hey, it’s the BBC, the mouthpiece of the Skripals and Kuwaiti incubator babies.

    “Antibiotic Resistance As Big A Threat As Climate Change (G.)”

    The Guardian also wants all humans to die to save the planet. Make up your mind.

    #47042

    And the US arms production story gets better still:

    Erdogan says F-35 jet fighter project would collapse without Turkey

    #47043

    Dr. D
    Participant

    Please! More popcorn! And Turkey going down will crash the Italian and Spanish banking systems.

    From yesterday: Vodafone Finds Hidden Backdoors In Huawei Network Equipment

    No fair! WE wanted those backdoors to spy on Merkel and steal Siemen’s corporate secrets! Don’t you know that’s our job, not China’s?

    #47044

    V. Arnold
    Participant

    As I said a number of times, VA, the US produces weapons for profit while Russia produces them to defend itself. That little principle explains all the extra costs.
    Ilargi

    Yes, that and your follow up comment, cover the whole gambit.
    Empire uber alas; until it isn’t…

    #47045

    Dr. D
    Participant

    Under “The Best of MSNBC”: Russia! Russia! Russia!

    Marine experts think this whale may be a Russian-trained spy

    Can we survive the Russian Whale threat???
    Belugas

    https://www.nbcnews.com/video/marine-experts-think-this-whale-may-be-a-russian-trained-spy-1514457667952

    I hope this nonsense has finally jumped the shark — I mean whale — now.

    #47048

    There actually is a coup attempt in Venezuela going on. From what I can see, Guaido’s support appears underwhelming so far, but don’t let’s forget he has the US and other South American countries behind him.

    #47049

    zerosum
    Participant

    Everyone here seems to be on top of the world news.
    People are being manipulated everywhere

    …. a coup happening in Venezuela
    …. a coup in France
    …. a coup in Yemen
    …. heh! there are changes happening everywhere.
    In some places people die from bullets.
    In other places people are injured by rubber bullets, flash bang etc.
    In other places people starve and get sick from the sieges.
    In an other place, Mozambique, people die from neglect.

    I’m in the sweet spot
    …. not too hot, not too cold,
    ….. not too wet, not too dry
    just right

    Yes, I count myself lucky

    #47050

    zerosum
    Participant

    I forgot to mention the biggest coups of all
    “Slow Time” is hiding many changes

    Humanity vs Mother nature
    Humanity vs our social/economic structures
    Humanity vs life/death

    #47051

    zerosum
    Participant

    The USA is above critization. It does not interfere anywhere. /sac
    The new media, the international press, is manipulating the facts being presented to us.
    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-04-30/blackwater-founder-calling-5000-mercenaries-topple-venezuelas-maduro
    Blackwater Founder Calling For 5,000 Mercenaries To Topple Maduro

    #47052

    zerosum
    Participant

    I can’t let the TV get away with what they are doing without making comments.
    “Military uprising against Maduro”
    Then they show crowds of teens trowing rock at water gun vehicles while hundreds of civilians are watching the activities.
    This could be scenes from France, Yellow Jackets or Israel vs Palestine demonstrations.

    Yes. If we are on blogs commenting, we are probably retired and wise enough to figure out what our news media are attempting to do to our thinking process.

    Don’t the news media realize that seniors have got dementia and that they are wasting their time and resources trying to affect our thinking. 🙂

    #47053

    seychelles
    Participant

    Waiting is the hardest part.

    Just do everything that you prudently can to make a nice day while the good times roll.

    #47054

    seychelles
    Participant

    Dig at your own peril.

    A recent article pointed out that normal earthworm activity and the soil microbiome were both significantly impaired by glyphosate….and that soil virtually everythwere contains glyphosate or one of its derivatives. Basic soil science is incredibly important. We can only hope that some of our brighter and more ethical young people will realize this and select soil fundamentals and management as a career path.

    #47055

    Arttua
    Participant

    Keeping up with Venezuela, https://venezuelanalysis.com/news/14451
    It seems random guy is not achieving much.

    #47056

    PlanetaryCitizen
    Participant

    Even the most cursory google search will tell you that dolphins, sea lions, and beluga whales have been and are being used by both the US and Russian military’s since the 1960’s. The US Navy’s program NMMP is in San Diego.

    If past is precedent then Russia is most certainly capable of expanding empire, defensive perimeter, area of influence. Call it what you will. Soviet satellite countries remember Soviet dominance all too vividly and is why they were eager to join NATO. That’s not to say that the US/NATO didn’t renege on it’s deal with Russia against NATO expansion and eastern Europe has always been Russia’s Achilles heel, Ukraine and Belarus in particular. Russia would never allow Crimea to be taken up by NATO. That said Russia is not some Putin enabled altruistic paradise. Any man who has been in power for 26 years (at end of current term) and is currently seeking to change the constitution to remain in power is a dictator, plain an simple. Russia is controlled by a criminal oligarchy. Not that much of the rest of the world isn’t controlled by nefarious means as well. How else could we have the level of income disparity that is currently in place? Well, okay, perhaps it’s because in part because people vote against their own self interests. Stupid is as stupid does.

    #47057

    #47058

    Dr. D
    Participant

    Good point about RoundUp, if they really care about soil, they need to ban it poste haste. And for the insects. And for the hedgehogs and all species on earth. What? They won’t? It’s almost like they don’t care and just want taxes and power.

    Prince before Congress looking for 5,000 new sales of his essential product: murder.

    #47059

    V. Arnold
    Participant

    …and since he was always a puppet, first to his pedo wife…

    Hmmm; not sure that’s in the best of taste…

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