Jul 272019
 


Pablo Picasso Houses 1937

 

For The First Time In 6 Years, No Central Bank Is Hiking
China Moves To Regulate ‘Blind’ Expansion Of Financial Holding Firms (R.)
Is This the End of Office of Special Counsel? (Alan Dershowitz)
A Purview of Dust (Kunstler)
Highest-Ranking House Democrat To Date Calls For Trump Impeachment (NBC)
US House Panel Seeks Grand Jury Evidence To Assess Trump Impeachment (R.)
It’s Time To Forget The Mueller-Fuelled Impeachment Fantasies (Robinson)
Highly Unlikely Conspiracies (Dmitry Orlov)
Trouble Feared As Hong Kong Activists Return To Scene Of Triad Attack (R.)
US and Iran Stuck on Negotiation Ground Zero (Escobar)
Irish PM Says No-Deal Brexit Could Lead To United Ireland (AFP)
Dominican Republic Sends McAfee to Britain, Without Guns or Yacht (R.)

 

 

They are stuck, the lot of them. They can’t turn back, they can only double down.

For The First Time In 6 Years, No Central Bank Is Hiking

The global central bank experiment with renormalization is officially over. After roughly half the world’s central banks hiked rates at least once in 2018, the major central banks have returned to easing mode, and as the chart below shows, for the first time since 2013, not a single central bank is hiking rates. Commenting on the violent reversal away from tightening financial conditions which emerged following the Q4 2018 selloff, Goldman’s Jan Hatzius writes that “The FOMC looks set to cut the funds rate next week, the ECB today sent a strong signal that action in September is likely, and China has resumed easing policy after a spring pause. With global growth running at a below-trend rate of 2.75% -down from about 4% a year ago- a synchronized tilt towards easing looks like a natural response to a weaker outlook.”

Yet even Goldman can’t help but ask just why the Fed is rushing to commence the first easing cycle in years, pointing out that “the US economy is in decent shape, with a tight labor market, inflation close to target and— in our forecast— growth running a little above 2% both this year and next. We are modestly above consensus because we expect the negative inventory cycle to end and final demand to continue growing robustly on the back of easier financial conditions.” This, according to the Goldman economist, should limit Fed easing to two 25bp insurance cuts, one next week and another in September, although the bank, which until very recently did not expect any rate cuts at all, fails to justify just why the Fed is doing what it is about to do, unless of course Powell is merely folding to Trump pressure.

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They get too big, they becomes threats to Xi’s power.

China Moves To Regulate ‘Blind’ Expansion Of Financial Holding Firms (R.)

China’s central bank on Friday unveiled the first draft rules to regulate the country’s vast and often complex financial holding companies, which it said have had “blind business expansion” in recent years. The draft rules set minimum asset requirements and ban the holding companies from involvement in non-financial business activities. “There’s a blank in the regulation of the sector, and the risks are accumulating and become exposed,” the People’s Bank of China said in a statement. “Financial holding firms, especially those formed by non-financial companies, witness a blind business expansion over the past few years,” it added.


The opaque cross-holding structures and “blind” expansion of financial holding companies have alarmed policymakers, who say the control of multiple financial institutions by conglomerates and their ability to do business across different sectors could pose wider, systemic risks. China has been working towards specific rules regulating financial holding companies since last year. [..] According to the draft regulations, financial holding conglomerates with at least 500 billion yuan ($72.69 billion) in assets or have non-bank affiliates that manage 100 billion yuan of financial assets or more will be subject to the rules. Financial holding firms cannot engage in any non-financial business in order to prevent cross-sector risks, the PBOC said, and it will be illegal for them to inject capital into financial institutions.

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Dershowitz is far too close to Epstein of course, but he’s right on why this is wrong:

“It contained negative information about people, including the president, who will have no opportunity to respond in a legal proceeding.”

Is This the End of Office of Special Counsel? (Alan Dershowitz)

Robert Mueller’s performance in front of Congressional committees should mark the end of special counsels, special prosecutors, independent counsels and the like. These hearings demonstrated, if any further demonstration was required, how dangerous it was to go outside of the normal processes of criminal justice. Ordinary prosecutors are not allowed to comment about why they decided not to prosecute the subject of an investigation. The Mueller Report, when made public, violated that salutary tradition. It contained negative information about people, including the president, who will have no opportunity to respond in a legal proceeding. The report and the testimony introduced the novel and dangerous concept into our legal vocabulary: “Not exonerated.”

This concept, which finds no basis in the rules of the Justice Department or the Special Counsel, is a variation on the nefarious theme articulated by the disgraced former FBI director, James Comey, when he went beyond announcing that Hillary Clinton would not be prosecuted, and expressed his opinion that she had been extremely careless in her treatment of emails. This statement said, in effect, that Hillary Clinton was not being exonerated. Mueller’s testimony was confused and confusing on many scores. He couldn’t explain why he had reached a formal decision on conspiracy with Russia but had failed to reach a formal conclusion about obstruction of justice. He had to pull back on his answer to whether the decision not to charge the President was based on a Justice Department policy against indicting a sitting president.

There was no explainable pattern as to why he chose to answer some questions while declining to answer others. He seemed not to be familiar with the contents of the Report that bears his name. It was almost as if he had signed his name to the Report without carefully reading or understanding it. [..] Prosecutors, like the Special Counsel, operate behind closed doors and in secret. They hear only one side of the story. They are restricted in what Grand Jury information can be made public. Non-partisan expert commissions, on the other hand, operate primarily in public (except when hearing classified material) and hear all sides of every issue in an effort to hear the whole truth.

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Mayor of Munchkin Land.

A Purview of Dust (Kunstler)

In all this long and excruciating public playing-out of dark schemes, Mr. Trump, first candidate and now president, seems to have acted as little more than a tackling dummy for the Mueller Team and its backstage Clinton confederates. He tweeted childishly about the deeply partisan composition of the Mueller Team when he should have mounted a forceful legal opposition to the effrontery of their selection in the first place. It’s interesting to follow the pronouncements of the bit-players in this spectacle, now that Mr. Mueller has inadvertently destroyed the basis of the sacred narrative. Rep. Jerold Nadler turned up yakking with Anderson Cooper on CNN last night, looking every inch like the Mayor of Munchkin Land, bloviating against the supposed imminent Russian takeover of America (read: by witches) and for the now-receding fool’s errand of impeachment, which would only further expose the criminal culpability of his own Democratic Party in this sordid misadventure.


Mr. Cooper looked deeply pained by the chore, and yet his own professional credibility is on the line after two years of allowing himself to be played like a flugelhorn by the folks who matter in this country, and he contested nothing in Mr. Nadler’s mendacious pratings. And now a fretful silence will descend around this colossal goddamned mess as the momentum of history shifts against the perpetrators of it, and the true machinery of American justice is brought to bear upon them. The playing-out of Act Three will probably coincide with epic global financial disorder in the months ahead, further obscuring what people and nations can do to arrest the collapse of Modernity and its sidekick Human Progress.

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You just had a 22 month inquiry.

Highest-Ranking House Democrat To Date Calls For Trump Impeachment (NBC)

Rep. Katherine Clark, D-Mass., became the highest-ranking House Democrat to call for opening an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. “I deeply respect the committee work of House Democrats to hold the president accountable, including hearings, subpoenas and lawsuits. All of our efforts to put the facts before the American people, however, have been met with unprecedented stonewalling and obstruction,” the sixth-ranking House Democrat said in a statement Thursday evening, adding, “That is why I believe we need to open an impeachment inquiry that will provide us a more formal way to fully uncover the facts.” Clark made her announcement the day after former special counsel Robert Mueller testified before two House committees about his investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, possible coordination with the Trump campaign and subsequent efforts by the president to obstruct the probe.


“Since the release of the Mueller report in April, it has been clear that the president committed impeachable offenses by welcoming interference from a hostile foreign power in the 2016 election and then attempting to obstruct the investigation into his unpatriotic actions,” Clark said. “Moreover, he said he would do it all again if given the chance.” Four other House Democrats also publicly called for moving ahead with impeachment since Mueller’s testimony — Reps. Andre Carson of Indiana, Lori Trahan of Massachusetts, Peter DeFazio of Oregon and Lisa Blunt Rochester of Delaware — which brings the number to 94 Democrats who are backing an impeachment inquiry, according to an NBC News count.

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People are going to turn against this.

US House Panel Seeks Grand Jury Evidence To Assess Trump Impeachment (R.)

The Democratic-led U.S. House Judiciary Committee asked a federal court on Friday for access to grand jury evidence from the Mueller probe that lawmakers say they need to determine whether to begin impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump. Democratic lawyers from the House of Representatives filed a 53-page petition in U.S. District Court seeking permission to review evidence involving interactions between Trump campaign officials and Russian agents, and Trump’s alleged efforts to direct former White House Counsel Don McGahn to remove Special Counsel Robert Mueller. The action moved the House one step closer to impeachment, a politically contentious issue that has divided Democrats as Congress prepares to pivot to the 2020 election season.

“We have just given notice that we are actively considering articles of impeachment … that is as serious a step as we should take at this time,” an attorney for the committee told reporters during a background briefing held after the filing. A separate committee lawsuit expected early next week to compel McGahn to testify before the panel will also cite the need to decide on impeachment, though McGahn could avoid court action by agreeing to appear as a result of negotiations, aides said. The grand jury evidence, which is protected from outside scrutiny by federal law, was compiled by Mueller’s 22-month probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and Trump’s efforts to impede the investigation.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler told a news conference that since Justice Department policy prohibits prosecution of a sitting president, the House of Representatives is the only institution of government capable of holding Trump accountable for actions outlined in the Mueller report.

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” Instead of grappling with the very serious reasons why working-class people of all races are disillusioned with the Democratic party, prominent figures focus on litigating the various ways in which they were robbed of their rightful prize.”

It’s Time To Forget The Mueller-Fuelled Impeachment Fantasies (Robinson)

What a time-wasting farce this has all been. Robert Mueller’s confused, lethargic testimony before Congress this week confirmed how foolish Democrats have been to hope Mueller would “bring down” Donald Trump. For years, people have hoped that Mueller would swoop in like a “deus ex machina” with blockbuster charges against the president. For years, it has also been obvious that this would not happen, and that defeating Trump would require the traditional hard work of political organizing. Now that Mueller has conclusively showed that the Russia investigation was a pitiful sideshow, perhaps Democrats can finally get back to the issues that Americans actually care about.

It’s embarrassing to recall just how absurdly some people elevated Mueller, and how much faith was placed in him. Memes compared Mueller to Superman, or portrayed him as a top cop who was secretly fitting Trump for an orange jumpsuit. He appeared on votive candles and earrings. SNL sang him a Christmas carol. There was an action figure. But faith in Mueller was born of desperation. He was an ageing Republican bureaucrat, with no track record of seriously challenging people in power. He had been an apologist for the Iraq war and mass surveillance, and a reliable servant of the DC establishment. It took a great deal of wishful thinking to envision Mueller as a caped crusader.

[..] Democrats complaining about Russian interference have always seemed like “sore losers”. Instead of grappling with the very serious reasons why working-class people of all races are disillusioned with the Democratic party, prominent figures focus on litigating the various ways in which they were robbed of their rightful prize. In many ways, the Democratic obsession with the Mueller investigation was symptomatic of a party that has lost touch with the real concerns of working people. People are upset because they’re drowning in debt, their rent is too damn high, they can’t afford their health insurance and they are working crappy jobs.[..]As Thomas Frank has pointed out, the “party of the people” has become a party of Wall Street, unwilling to contemplate policies that threaten the interests of the wealthy.

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Why are we still entertaining any thoughts about this? Sorry, but I seem to have forgotten.

Dmitry also persuasively burns down the likelikood of a successful moon landing here. Click the link for that.

Highly Unlikely Conspiracies (Dmitry Orlov)

A year and a half ago the British PM Theresa May stunned the world by introducing into international relations a new, rather casual standard of proof—“highly likely”—in regard to the very strange case of the Sergei Skripal poisoning. It is part of a technique that is applied as follows. Make an unsubstantiated accusation of some party being “highly likely” to have committed a certain crime. Demand that the accused party confess to the crime, disclose all relevant information and agree to pay reparation. If this demand is not met, impose punishment. It is “highly likely,” the British government claimed, that a couple of Russian tourists secretly employed by a nonexistent Russian government agency called “GRU” smeared some poison gas on the doorknob of the front door of the house occupied by Sergei Skripal, a former Russian officer who had been caught spying, did time in Russia and was released in a spy swap deal.

This heinous act of smearing poison gas on the doorknob occurred after Skripal had left his house, never to return. So badly was the doorknob contaminated with poison gas that the entire roof of the building had to be replaced. [..] Well, clearly, Putin ordered this retired former spy to be murdered by a couple of bumbling tourists on a hookers and weed tour of London who took a side trip to look at a cathedral using an exotic poison gas in order to make sure that the FIFA World Cup championship, which Russia was hosting and which was just about to start, would go off without any international embarrassment. It is rather untraditional to assassinate spies exchanged in a spy swap because it undermines future spy swaps, but Putin, being a former spymaster himself, probably wouldn’t have known that and nobody at the mythical “GRU” knew either.

In any case, it is “highly likely” that this is exactly how and why all of this happened, and if you don’t believe that then you are a conspiracy theorist and your conspiracy theories need to be subjected to a thorough, lavishly funded debunking campaign. Elements of this campaign include accusing you of lack of patriotism and of aiding and abetting the enemy, paying “experts” to browbeat you with their superior acumen and knowledge (including secret knowledge to which you are not privy because of national security concerns) and feeding you false information as bait in order to discredit you once you take the bait and try to run with it.

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Rumor has it Chinese troops are gathering.

Trouble Feared As Hong Kong Activists Return To Scene Of Triad Attack (R.)

Several thousand protesters defied a police ban on Saturday to converge on a rural Hong Kong town where suspected triad gangsters attacked protesters and commuters at a train station last weekend. Police, widely criticized for failing to better protect the public from the triad raid in Yuen Long, refused to allow a planned march in the town on safety grounds.But activists insisted they would push ahead and by 3.30 pm (0730 GMT) several thousand had gathered in sweltering heat, many chanting anti-police slogans such as “black police” and “know the law, break the law.”


Residents described a mounting police presence on Saturday morning, with force chiefs insisting they will still seek to keep order despite the ban. Extra fortifications have been placed around the local police station. Police inside the station were filming the protesters as the march began. Activists told Reuters they feared the protest could turn violent, given feelings of palpable anger among protesters over last Sunday’s events and a determination among some to challenge villagers they believe are close to long-standing triad groups in the area. “The situation is escalating, and (Saturday) could be the start of a more violent period,” one told Reuters.

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Stand down.

US and Iran Stuck on Negotiation Ground Zero (Escobar)

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, a fervent Trump groupie, has turned the country into a tropical U.S. neo-colony in less than seven months. On U.S. sanctions, Bolsonaro said, “We are aligned to their policies. So we do what we have to.” Tehran for its part has threatened to cut its imports of corn, soybeans and meat from Brazil – $2 billion worth of trade a year – unless the refueling is allowed. This is an extremely serious development. Food is not supposed to be — illegally — sanctioned by the Trump administration. Iran now has to use mostly barter to obtain food — as Tehran cannot remit through the CHIPS-SWIFT banking clearinghouse. If food supplies are also blocked that means that sooner rather than later the Strait of Hormuz may be blocked as well.


Beltway sources confirmed that the highest level of the U.S. government gave the order for Brasilia to stop this food shipment. Tehran knows it well – as this is part of the “maximum pressure” campaign, whose goal is ultimately to starve the Iranian population to death in a harrowing game of chicken. How this may end is described by an ominous quote I already used in some of my previous columns, from a Goldman Sachs derivatives specialist: “If the Strait of Hormuz is closed, the price of oil will rise to a thousand dollars a barrel representing over 45 percent of global GDP, crashing the $2.5 quadrillion derivatives market and creating a world depression of unprecedented proportions.” At least the Pentagon seems to understand that a war on Iran will collapse the world economy.

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For now wishful thinking, but things could move fast. Scotland will vehemently protest being taken out of the EU.

Irish PM Says No-Deal Brexit Could Lead To United Ireland (AFP)

A no-deal Brexit could lead to a united Ireland as more people in Northern Ireland would “come to question the union” with Britain, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has said. His comments came after new British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the current Brexit deal was unacceptable and set preparations for leaving the EU without an agreement as a “top priority” for his right-wing government. Tension around the withdrawal deal centres on the so-called Irish backstop — a mechanism designed to preserve the bloc’s single market and prevent a hard border between Northern Ireland and EU member Ireland. Varadkar warned a no-deal Brexit could see more people in the North question the union with England, Scotland and Wales.


“People who you might describe as moderate nationalists or moderate Catholics who were more or less happy with the status quo will look more towards a united Ireland,” Varadkar said Friday at a summer school in county Donegal, the Irish Independent newspaper and other media reported. “And increasingly you see liberal Protestants, liberal unionists starting to ask the questions as to where they feel more at home. “Is it in a nationalist Britain that’s talking about potentially bringing back the death penalty and things like that? Or is it part of a common European home and part of Ireland?” said Vardakar, whose heavily trade-dependent nation stands to lose most from a messy EU-UK split.

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Colorful?

Dominican Republic Sends McAfee to Britain, Without Guns or Yacht (R.)

Tech guru John McAfee, creator of the eponymous antivirus computer software, has arrived in Britain from the Dominican Republic, where he was detained with his wife for entering the Caribbean nation with firearms on his yacht, his lawyer said on Friday. The attorney general’s office “asked him where he wanted to go, and he decided on London,” said lawyer Candido Simon, who McAfee hired to represent him in the Dominican Republic. McAfee, born in 1945 at a U.S. military base on British territory, has both nationalities. After Dominican authorities ensured the United States had no active legal cases or extradition requests for McAfee, they allowed him to choose where he would be sent, Simon said.


McAfee, who is seeking the Libertarian Party’s nomination for U.S. president in 2020, recently told Reuters in an interview he could help Cuba defeat the U.S. trade embargo by launching a cryptocurrency. On Friday, he asked his Twitter followers whether he should also campaign to be British prime minister. The Dominican Republic’s Public Ministry said it had seized the weaponry onboard McAfee’s yacht when it docked on the country’s northern coast and McAfee, his wife Janice, and four associates were detained.. The customs authority said it found pistols, a shotgun and bars of suspected silver on the yacht, the Great Mystery.

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    Pablo Picasso Houses 1937   • For The First Time In 6 Years, No Central Bank Is Hiking • China Moves To Regulate ‘Blind’ Expansion Of Financial H
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle July 27 2019]

    #48813

    Dr. D
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    “ For The First Time In 6 Years, No Central Bank Is Hiking

    Silly. Haven’t you heard? We always lower rates below zero in the best economy ever. …Or that’s what the charts say: they need to be at zero %, NOW.

    “Is This the End of Office of Special Counsel? (Alan Dershowitz)”

    Nope. They did this back with Ken Starr and the boys, and also the time before that, and nobody learned anything. Not just recent history, a lot of the same geriatric dinosaurs fine gentlemen are there. But if they learned anything, it wouldn’t be Congress. It’s politics, not being productive.

    “Highest-Ranking House Democrat To Date Calls For Trump Impeachment (NBC)”

    Great! For what? Template: “He spoke to X, on Y day, at Z time, saying Illegal A, concerning person B” Got one of those? Even prospectively? No one can delineate anything, of with anyone, concerning any action. I mean, at the least you should be able to accuse him! But they haven’t. What’s the charge, the specific illegal event in question?

    But no one notices. At all. So I guess they get what they deserve.

    “US House Panel Seeks Grand Jury Evidence”

    …Or any evidence at all. “It was Colonel Mustard, in the Library, with the candlestick!
    P.S., it seems nobody noticed, but they already voted on impeachment last week and in a stinging rebuke it failed 3:1. Doesn’t matter. Never happened. We’re going on as if it, the previous 22 months, the Mueller report, and indeed all of 2016 never happened. Good luck.

    “Instead of grappling with the very serious reasons why working-class people of all races are disillusioned with the Democratic party”

    Sadly, it’s worse than that. They’re not just passively disillusioned, the PARTY IS ACTIVELY DRIVING THEM AWAY. Tim Pool being a good example, when he reports that their methods aren’t working, or they are lying to the public – beyond being a reporter’s job, should be actively HELPFUL to their strategy and election — they cut him off and tattoo him as “Far right” “White supremacist” “Nazi sympathizer.” What? Like so much of the nation, he was a Bernie Bro, an Obama voter and to the left of Bill Clinton. But since they were for national borders and claimed to be for workers, and Trump has stolen the ‘94 Democratic platform, you’re not only telling these people they are Republicans, you’re literally telling them not to use our forums, don’t come to our rallies, and don’t vote because we don’t want you in our party. I mean, okey-dokey, but I’m not sure you’ve thought out what you’re saying.

    In the meantime, if any reporters bothered to ask any actual questions of any actual persons, REAL neo-Nazis hate the President’s guts and think he’s a sellout, while the REAL neo-Nazis are supporting Ilhan Omar on Israel. I kid you not, but why say it, since no one cares about truth, or reporting. At all. This is while Trump is supporting gay rights and prosecuting all attacks on leftist personalities immediately, with the full force of the FBI. Some Nazi! supporting law, obeying courts, helping the other party…

    So. 2020 anyone? Once the Democratic zealots have purged the Democratic base and driven them out of the temple with a whip into the orange man party? I didn’t do that. They did. And I can and did tell them not to, but it won’t matter.

    Speaking of, I didn’t understand Trump’s clumsy fumble on telling the Squad to go back where they came from. That makes no sense since only Omar came from anywhere and she’s a citizen. Now his intent to keep AOC in the news and make the DNC rally ‘round is transparent, I can’t believe people even argue about that, or are shocked to find DJT has been punking them with the same pass-play every day, 10x a day, for 3 years, but the language was bizarre and senseless. …But we just found out:

    He used THAT SPECIFIC phrase to “go back where you came from” because Omar used that phrase herself in social media exchanges a few years ago, ON Somali immigrants she disagreed with (that is, a guy who said if you came to America, you should become American; terrible, I know). So if it ever got too hot, he’d just trot out Omar’s own words – exactly like his words – then repeat his recent accusations of racism in the Squad, and by extension, DNC. He’s picking on Omar and not AOC since he’s well-aware the blackout has broken and Minnesota papers like the Star-Tribune are covering her immigration fraud and probably felonies. AOC may be awkward, but she doesn’t have a powder keg under her rear-end like that. Step A) Realize Omar is going down, B) Strap on flak vest of Omar’s own words, C) get Omar as tight to the DNC as possible, D) Tweet while giggling like a little girl, E) release detonator as now whole party looks like unhinged crooks, and F) Profit!

    “US and Iran Stuck on Negotiation Ground Zero (Escobar)”

    They did open this, but MI6 immediately vetoed any settlement by pirating a ship. The U.N. does nothing about illegal piracy and war crimes, ‘natch: another day in the Anglohood.

    “If the Strait of Hormuz is closed, the price of oil will rise to a thousand dollars a barrel representing over 45 percent of global GDP, crashing the $2.5 quadrillion derivatives market and creating a world depression of unprecedented proportions.”

    Yes, but then they can blame Iran and the Central Bank bubbles and real crooks get away scot-free. They don’t care who dies. They WANT a few hundred million to die. They just need an excuse, an event, to place the blame for 100 years, like the ridiculous story about Serbian assassins. Now will Iran negotiate, or will they help their enemies get away with it?

    My guess is Iran is happy to let DeutcheBank take the blame instead.

    #48814

    V. Arnold
    Participant

    Pablo Picasso Houses 1937

    I like that Picasso; quite a lot actually…

    What’s next?
    That’s the exciting part…nobody knows…

    #48815

    It is certainly curious, or did I miss something; they start off saying Trump needs to be impeached and then they seek access to grand jury evidence because they think they can dig up something there that Mueller didn’t write about but that can give them grounds for impeachment. That’s up side down for sure, it’s indicting someone for a crime and only then seeking evidence of that crime. Like saying: he must have done something! The day before the Mueller hearing Nadler really said Mueller had: ‘Very substantial evidence’ Trump is ‘guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors’. But if that were true, he wouldn’t need the grand jury files.

    #48816

    zerosum
    Participant

    Stop the show!!!
    Ask J. Assange for his proof of what he knows.

    #48817

    zerosum
    Participant

    Oppps!

    We cannot believe what a convict says.

    #48818

    John Day
    Participant

    http://www.johndayblog.com/2019/07/pedophile-economics.html
    I’ve been reading for the last few years that Hollywood pedophiles have an economic barter system that trades in children.
    Those folks fly places, New York, Florida, Pedo-Island, planet Earth.
    The big secret in the Epstein case is where the money came from. Now we see one source.
    Accused pedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s Gratitude America Ltd. foundation somehow kept getting stock allocations in more than 40 underwritten offerings by Morgan Stanley, according to Barron’s.
    “Gratitude America” is a cute name for this kind of arrangement, isn’t it?
    There are spots in the flow of money that are sure things. Who gets the sure things? Why?
    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-07-26/someone-morgan-stanley-kept-giving-epsteins-foundation-allocations-hottest-ipos

    Lawyer to indicted power-elites, such as former friend, Jeffrey Epstein, Alan Dershowitz, has clearly and officially changed sides.
    Here is an excerpt from his essay advocating elimination of the office of special counsel.
    Dershowitz doesn’t want to lose this time. He “has skin in this game”.
    ​ ​The night before Mueller’s testimony, I was asked on a TV show whether it was a Hail Mary pass thrown by the Democrats. I predicted that it would be an intercepted pass. I was right. Even many Democratic stalwarts viewed the Mueller testimony as harmful to their cause. As a liberal Democrat, I share that view and it doesn’t please me. But as a patriotic American, I care far more about the implications of the Mueller testimony for all Americans and for the rule of law.
    https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/14595/office-of-special-counsel

    ​Helen of DesTroy has this article about Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard suing Google.
    Google can’t explain why it took her campaign website offline for a few hours when searches for her name were peaking during the first Democratic debate.
    The searches took people to the many news stories about Gabbard being an “Aassad apologist” and “Russian puppet”, instead. Good enough.​
    https://www.rt.com/usa/465093-tulsi-sues-google-ads-blocked/

    From Vineyard of the Saker, sad… Israel is the anti-Aloha.
    What Tulsi Gabbard’s caving in to the Israel Lobby really shows
    A very wise friend of mine wrote this about why Gabbard had to cave in:
    ​ ​I told you she is a single issue politician. It’s about wars without end. Everything else is Realpolitik and nothing is more real than Zionists controlling the politics and legislation in Washington. She would have no hope of surviving the next round of laws. They are going to make anything “anti-Israel” equal “anti-Semitic” and that will be a crime like it is in France. She has high ideals on only a single issue. It’s a great issue. But you cannot count on a politician to be a noble warrior. Forget anyone doing the right thing all the time. She shines bright on one issue. If she was really wise or clever, she would have abstained. So, she is neither.

    What Tulsi Gabbard’s caving in to the Israel Lobby really shows

    John Helmer writes about another fading “justification” for war against Russia, Thanks Eleni
    Ukraine shot down flight MH-17 and tried to blame it on Russia, as instructed by US/NATO. “Investigation” went where it HAD to go. Nowhere.

    MH17 EVIDENCE TAMPERING REVEALED BY MALAYSIA – FBI ATTEMPT TO SEIZE BLACK BOXES; DUTCH COVER-UP OF FORGED TELEPHONE TAPES; UKRAINIAN AIR FORCE HID RADAR RECORDS; CRASH SITE WITNESS TESTIMONY MISREPORTED

    Tom Luongo with Ukraine update. “Time is running out”, again.
    It’s ok for the US to let Ukraine collapse, but not so much for the people who live there.
    The last Russian gas flows can stop completely this winter. A sit-com comedian is now at the helm after recent elections, a Russian speaker.
    Volodmyr Zelensky is in power along with Zelensky’s political party which won close to a clear majority in Verkovna Rada elections recently.
    Zelensky’s Servent of the People party won 253 seats out of 450, giving him not only the presidency but no need to build a coalition government​.​
    https://tomluongo.me/2019/07/25/time-runs-out-on-operation-ukraine/

    This is the most salient read I have seen of this odd occurrence, and China was part of it, not just Russia, South Korea and Japan. Who knew?
    RUSSIAN-CHINESE AIR PATROL MISSION NEAR SOUTH KOREA WAS SHOW OF FORCE TO US HAWKS
    On July 23, a group of Russian and Chinese warplanes, including strategic bombers, conducted a joint patrol mission near South Korea’s territory under the annual cooperation plan, the Chinese Defense Ministry’s official spokesman Col. Wu Qian said on July 24.

    Russian-Chinese Air Patrol Mission Near South Korea Was Show Of Force To US Hawks

    ​Something like WW-3 is underway, but it’s confusing. Michael Hudson clarifies. Hudson was the unintentional architect of the petrodollar system, which saved the western financial regime when the US ran out of gold and Nixon had to default on the gold standard. He knows how things work. You may want to scroll down to his summary.

    U.S. Economic Warfare and Likely Foreign Defenses

    #48819

    zerosum
    Participant

    Yes. Read Michael Hudson

    U.S. Economic Warfare and Likely Foreign Defenses

    For the beginners, he explains the elephant in the room.
    However, his knowledge cannot get rid of the elephant.

    ” …. the ultimate choice facing nations in today’s world is between socialism and barbarism.”
    (This conclusion assumes the collapse of the present system and ignores other possibilities/probabilities. There is no time frame.)

    #48820

    seychelles
    Participant

    “It contained negative information about people, including the president, who will have no opportunity to respond in a legal proceeding.”

    Loosely translated, “I am being ‘crucified’ in a like manner and it just isn’t fair.” I always appreciate a ‘free’ platform and sympatico really engenders a nice, feel-good buzz.

    #48821

    seychelles
    Participant

    “And now a fretful silence will descend around this colossal goddamned mess as the momentum of history shifts against the perpetrators of it, and the true machinery of American justice is brought to bear upon them.”

    Ongoing mess very unlikely to be “silent” and don’t get your hopes up about the “true” machinery delivering the goods. It’s all about distraction as the globalists finish off the dollar and its reserve currency status (read FASAB56, the final nail in the coffin of legalized UST theft) and joyfully but slowly pull open the curtain revealing that US trajectory into 3rd world status has become irreversible.

    #48822

    Turfkiller
    Participant

    Several articles here focused on how Robert Mueller did and not on what Robert Mueller had to say. They do this for a reason.

    #48823

    seychelles
    Participant

    “… there are multiple signs of cover-up and guilty demeanor. All of the magnetic tapes from the Apollo missions have been destroyed along with most of the plans. In particular, blueprints of the lunar lander are nowhere to be found. The astronauts, when asked to swear on a Bible on camera that they have been to the moon, reacted rather strangely and refused. The lunar rocks that were supposedly retrieved from the Moon and given out as presents have turned out to be either missing, indistinguishable from asteroids that have been collected by Antarctic expeditions, or fossilized wood from the Nevada desert…”

    “All the world’s a stage.” Media mind sculpturing as practiced by the MIIC complex post WWII.

    #48824

    ezlxa1949
    Participant

    Men in the Moon and all that…

    What about the Lunar Laser Ranging experiment? Where US astronauts allegedly left a reflector on the moon for the laser beams of earth-bound scientists? And what about the Lunokhod arrays? See Wikipedia.

    After applying Occam’s Razor I conclude that these alleged reflectors are actual reflectors. Etc etc etc.

    #48825

    zerosum
    Participant

    You read the propaganda from the USA. Do you want to compare it with the propaganda from Iran.
    Do you want to expand your horizon?
    Take the challenge read
    https://www.tehrantimes.com/

    #48826

    V. Arnold
    Participant

    zerosum

    Good link, thanks.
    Duly bookmarked.
    I also read Fars News and Press TV; both excellent sources…
    Western news is barely worth the time anymore…

    #48827

    V. Arnold
    Participant

    Yes. Read Michael Hudson

    Already read it; long and chock-a-block full of the real economics governing todays turbulent world…
    But, no surprises for us who pay attention…

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