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Rembrandt van Rijn The three trees 1643

 

Hillary Clinton Bails On DC Event That Tulsi Gabbard Is Attending (NYP)
Dems Introduce Legislation To Block G7 Summit At Trump’s Doral Resort (Fox)
Trump Ditches Plan To Host G7 At Doral Resort: ‘Irrational Hostility’ (G.)
Trump Campaign Mocks Outrage Over Mulvaney Comments With T-Shirts (ZH)
UK PM Sends Unsigned Request For Brexit Delay (BBC)
Brexit Delay And Election Better Than Johnson’s Deal – Farage (R.)
Parliament Tethers Britain to a Failing Experiment (OffG)
“European Values” Is Slang For “European Power” (OffG)
Libor Rigging Inquiry Shut Down By Serious Fraud Office (BBC)
Boeing Board To Meet In Texas As Scrutiny Intensifies (R.)
The Not-Com Bubble Is Popping (Atl.)
Iraq Cleric Sadr Urges Supporters To Continue Anti-Government Protests (Rudaw)
10 Australia MPs Join Forces To Bring Home Julian Assange (DT.au)

 

 

NOTE: none of the people in the clip below have denied beating their wives.

Hillary Clinton Bails On DC Event That Tulsi Gabbard Is Attending (NYP)

It looks like the “Queen of Warmongers” blinked. A face-to-face confrontation between Hillary Clinton and Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard set for next Friday was averted when Clinton backed out of the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit in Washington, DC. Clinton aides cited a scheduling conflict when she announced her withdrawal from a speaking slot at the annual event. One insider told Slate that Clinton dropped out to protest the inclusion of former Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielson on the schedule. But Gabbard is on the bill, too — and Clinton’s pull-out came just hours after the former Secretary of State on Friday accused the Hawaii Democrat of being the “favorite of the Russians” on a podcast.


“I think they’ve got their eye on somebody who is currently in the Democratic primary and are grooming her to be the third-party candidate,” Clinton said. Gabbard fired back with a venomous tweet. “Thank you @HillaryClinton,” she posted. “You, the queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party for so long, have finally come out from behind the curtain.” Gabbard continued the retort during an appearance on Tucker Carlson Tonight: “The reason why she’s doing this is because ultimately she knows she can’t control me. I stand against everything that she represents.”

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And these people have no idea when they’re being uber trolled. They use their political clout to spend taxpayer money on hot air.

Dems Introduce Legislation To Block G7 Summit At Trump’s Doral Resort (Fox)

A trio of House Democrats introduced legislation Friday to block President Trump from hosting next year’s G7 summit at one of his Florida resorts. Reps. Lois Frankel from Florida, Bennie Thompson from Mississippi and Steve Cohen from Tennessee proposed the Trump’s Heist Undermines the G-7 (THUG) Act. A companion bill sponsored by Sens. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., will be introduced in the Senate, according to lawmakers. The House bill would prohibit funding for the three-day summit at Trump National Doral Golf Club in June. It would also require Trump to submit to Congress documents related to the decision to host the summit at Doral, lawmakers said.


“[Trump] is unashamed of his corruption,” Frankel said in a press release. “He is abusing the office of the presidency and violating law by directing millions of dollars of American and foreign money to his family enterprises by holding an important meeting of world leaders at his Doral resort.” Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney made the announcement on Thursday that next year’s G7 meeting will be held at Doral June 10-12. Mulvaney said the decision will save taxpayers millions because the resort will provide its services at cost. Democratic lawmakers claimed Friday that past G7 summits have cost “upwards of $40 million.”

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Meanwhile, the press and the Democrats have provided Trump with first of all a big laugh, plus an enormous amount of free advertizing for his resort. And they’re all righteous about it, they celebrate it as a major victory. Here’s the Guardian: “Donald Trump has been forced into a humiliating climbdown”.. Good god. Ditch the blinders.

Trump Ditches Plan To Host G7 At Doral Resort: ‘Irrational Hostility’ (G.)

Donald Trump has been forced into a humiliating climbdown over plans to host the G7 meeting at his own luxury resort following a political outcry. The US president announced in a Saturday night tweet that he had reversed his decision and would seek an alternative venue to host world leaders next June. The move represented a rare admission of defeat by Trump, who typically digs in and fights to defend every controversial statement and policy. Even in his concession, the president complained bitterly that he thought he was “doing something very good for our country” by choosing the Trump National Doral, near Miami, to host G7 leaders.

“It is big, grand, on hundreds of acres, next to Miami international airport, has tremendous ballrooms & meeting rooms, and each delegation would have … its own 50 to 70 unit building,” he tweeted. Trump added that he had announced he would do it at no profit and at no cost to the US but, he claimed, both the media and Democrats had reacted unreasonably. “… Therefore, based on both media & Democrat crazed and irrational hostility, we will no longer consider Trump National Doral, Miami, as the host site for the G-7 in 2020,” the president continued. “We will begin the search for another site, including the possibility of Camp David, immediately. Thank you!”

The choice of the Trump National Doral was widely condemned as the most egregious example yet of the president abusing his position to enrich himself and his business. The resort was in need of a boost: in May the Washington Post reported that Doral’s operating income had fallen 69% since 2015. Trump’s u-turn was welcomed by ethics watchdogs. Noah Bookbinder, executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, said: “President Trump’s decision to award the G7 Conference to his own property was outrageous, corrupt and a constitutional violation. “It was stunningly corrupt even for a stunningly corrupt administration. His reversal of that decision is a bow to reality, but does not change how astonishing it was that a president ever thought this was appropriate, or that it was something he could get away with.”

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And of course the trolling continues, certainly after the success of the Doral narrative.

Trump Campaign Mocks Outrage Over Mulvaney Comments With T-Shirts (ZH)

The Trump campaign’s latest trolling (after selling plastic straws and “Where’s Hunter?” T-shirts) comes after acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney told reporters last week that there’s “going to be political influence in foreign policy,” suggesting that the media “get over it.” In response, the Trump campaign turned Mulvaney’s comment into yet another T-shirt, as the rest of the media foused on his seeming admission that there was a quid pro quo with Ukraine. “Did he also mention to me in past the corruption related to the DNC server? Absolutely,” Mulvaney told reporters. “No question about that. But that’s it, and that’s why we held up the money.”


This was quickly seized on by White House reporters, who said Mulvaney described a quid pro quo for holding up security assistance to Ukraine unless the country’s alleged involvement with the DNC server was investigated. Mulvaney, later retracted his statement – saying “Let me be clear, there was absolutely no quid pro quo between Ukrainian military aid and any investigation into the 2016 election. The president never told me to withhold any money until the Ukrainians did anything related to the server.”

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Is there anybody left who knows where things stand? This move feels convoluted. 1 million protesters yesterday in London.

UK PM Sends Unsigned Request For Brexit Delay (BBC)

Boris Johnson has sent a request to the EU for a delay to Brexit – but without his signature. The request was accompanied by a second letter, signed by Mr Johnson, which says he believes that a delay would be a mistake. The PM was required by law to ask the EU for an extension to the 31 October deadline after losing a Commons vote. EU Council President Donald Tusk tweeted that he had received the extension request. He added he would now consult EU leaders “on how to react”. Hours after losing a crunch vote in a historic Saturday session in the House of Commons, the prime minister ordered a senior diplomat to send an unsigned photocopy of the request for a delay, which was forced on him by MPs last month.


The second letter from Mr Johnson – signed off this time – makes clear he personally believes a delay would be a mistake. It says the government will press on with efforts to pass the revised Brexit deal agreed with EU leaders last week into law, and that he is confident of doing so by 31 October. A cover note from Sir Tim Barrow, the UK’s representative in Brussels, explained the first letter complied with the law as agreed by Parliament. The prime minister previously said he would “rather be dead in a ditch” than ask the EU to delay Brexit. BBC Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg described the decision to send three documents as “controversial”, predicting “there will be a fight about whether Boris Johnson is trying to circumvent the court”. She added: “This is heading straight for the court, and it may very quickly end up in the Supreme Court.

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Farage thinks he can win bigly in the elction.

Brexit Delay And Election Better Than Johnson’s Deal – Farage (R.)

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage said on Sunday a short delay to Brexit in order to hold a national election would be better than accepting Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s deal. “I want to leave on the 31 of October, but I’ll warn everybody that if this treaty goes through nothing will have changed at all, and I think far better to have a short delay and a general election where we might solve this,” Farage told Sky News, adding that Johnson’s deal was “rotten” and “not Brexit”.

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I like this from OffGuardian. We need alternative views. Part is on Britain…

Parliament Tethers Britain to a Failing Experiment (OffG)

Brexit isn’t going to happen. Left or Right – Lexit or Rexit – it’s over. It’s time to make peace with that idea. Penned in by the absurd Benn Act, No Deal is off the table, which means Britain will be forced to either remain or accept a deal that’s Remain by another name. The Letwin Ammendment and Johnson’s unsigned extension request are just morbid theatre. Unneccasary nails in a well-sealed coffin. It’s all very Weekend at Bernies’ – A lame cast of characters, puppeteering Brexit’s corpse to keep up a tired joke that was never funny to begin with. Parliament has become an absurd pantomime, where a clown Prime Minister – his majority willfully destroyed – sets up straw men that the “opposition” bayonet with increasingly maniacal glee.

No thought is given to policy or consequences, only increasing the tally of Boris Johnson’s parliamentary defeats. Labour, and the bedraggled, hysterical remainers in the Lib Dems/TIG/Green Party, have become nothing but contrarians – automatically gain-saying anything tabled by the government for the simple joy of humiliating the nation’s Court Jester in Chief. Corbyn has been so successfully gaslighted by his remain-heavy PLP he doesn’t even realise he’s betraying his life-long principles, his mentor Tony Benn, and entire swaths of the Labour’s Northern heartlands, who all voted to leave. When a general election does come, it will mean nothing.

Labour will likely be destroyed as working-class voters either flock to the Brexit Party or simply collapse into the apathy of the voiceless, and stay home. If Labour scrapes together enough voters from Remain country in Scotland and London to claw their way to a small majority, well their socialist manifesto will be crippled by the EU’s austerity policy and restrictions on nationalisation. In either event, Corbyn will be replaced by a New Labour non-entity of little renown and less worth. The papers will declare socialism dead (again), and maybe clap Corbyn on the shoulder for doing “well, considering” and “changing the conversation”.

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…and Kit Knightly unloads on the EU as well.. (2nd part of same article)

“European Values” Is Slang For “European Power” (OffG)

France is miserable, sick of austerity. Sick of spending cuts and falling standards and neo-liberal economics promising a trickle-down that never seems to come. In Paris – and many other French cities – the Yellow Vests are nearing their fiftieth straight week of protests, and don’t seem to be slowing down (Hopefully they plan something nice for their first birthday). People have lost eyes, hands, even lives. The Hong Kong protests – so long front-page news in the UK – have been a picnic in comparison. In Hungary, an elected President is held hostage by the bureaucracy of the EU. Whatever you think of Orban, he was democratically elected to enact the political promises he made during his campaign.

That Brussels can sanction him, and threaten to remove Hungary’s voting rights, is perverse. Anti-democracy in the name of democracy. They say it’s about “protecting European values”, but is it? That’s pretty hard to believe, considering the situation elsewhere in Europe… Spain will join France in the flames soon. They already sent thirteen politicians to prison for sedition. Take a moment to consider that – actual “sedition”. This comes after sending in riot police to break up a peaceful referendum. Spanish police beat voters, arrested protesters and destroyed ballot boxes. Madrid has faced no punishment, or even criticism, for this. They – unlike Orban – have escaped any sanction or censure.

Police attack Catalonian independence protests on the streets of Barcelona…and Brussels’ silence is deafening. (Imagine Russia had just jailed 13 opposition politicians for sedition. Imagine Maduro was blinding protestors with rubber bullets. The difference in coverage and attitude would be breathtaking.) What is the difference between Budapest and Paris? Or Moscow and Madrid? Well, Orban is anti-EU (as are the Gilets Jaunes). The governments of France and Spain are Pro EU, with a ferocity that fully justifies the capital P. Follow a pro-EU agenda of austerity, uncontrolled immigration and globalisation and you can blind as many protesters as you want. The harder you look, the more it seems “European values” is slang for “European power”.

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Just a rumor: “The decision comes because of evidence that implicates the Bank of England”

Libor Rigging Inquiry Shut Down By Serious Fraud Office (BBC)

An investigation into the rigging of Libor, the benchmark interest rate that tracks the cost of borrowing cash, has been unexpectedly closed. The decision comes despite evidence that implicates the Bank of England. It means no one will now be prosecuted in the UK for so-called “low-balling”, where banks understate interest rates they pay to borrow cash. The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) said its decision followed a detailed review of the evidence. Thirteen traders and money brokers were prosecuted over four years by the SFO in connection with rigging Libor.


Six have been prosecuted by the US Department of Justice (DoJ). A further 11 traders have been prosecuting for manipulating Euribor, the eurozone equivalent of Libor. The SFO said aspects of its Euribor investigation remain open. In a statement, the SFO said: “Following a thorough investigation and a detailed review of the available evidence, there will be no further charges brought in this case. This decision was taken in line with the test in the Code for Crown Prosecutors.” The code states that the evidence must support a realistic prospect of conviction and must be in the public interest.

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The people who demanded the cost cuts that led to the drama now get together to fire a few 1000 employees. They should first fire themselves.

Boeing Board To Meet In Texas As Scrutiny Intensifies (R.)

Boeing Co’s board of directors and top executives from its airplanes division and supply chain were due to meet on Sunday in San Antonio, Texas, two days after the U.S. planemaker was plunged into a fresh crisis over its banned 737 MAX jet. The meeting comes as pressure mounts on the world’s largest planemaker not only from investigations into the 737 MAX following two deadly crashes, but also from the financial burden caused by the jet’s safety ban and continued high production. Several industry sources said there was speculation inside the company of significant job cuts as Boeing, unable to deliver 737 MAX planes to customers, continues to drain cash.


And although Boeing has so far told suppliers it expects to maintain a production rate of 42 single-aisles monthly with plans to increase to a record level next near, rates may have to come down if regulators further delay the MAX’s return to service, the people said. The schedule for the board’s face-to-face meetings was set for Sunday and Monday in San Antonio, one of the people said, two days before Boeing reports earnings on Oct. 23. The week after, Boeing Chief Executive Officer Dennis Muilenburg – who was stripped of his job as board chairman eight days ago – is due to testify before U.S. Congress about the plane’s development.

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WeWork is not a mass mania?

The Not-Com Bubble Is Popping (Atl.)

It is easy to look at today’s crop of sinking IPOs—like Uber, Lyft, and Peloton—or scuttled public offerings, like WeWork, and see an eerie resemblance to the dot-com bubble that popped in 2000. Both then and now, consumer-tech companies spent lavishly on advertising and struggled to find a path to profit. Both then and now, companies that bragged about their ability to change the world admitted suddenly that they were running out of money. Both then and now, the valuations of once-heralded tech enterprises were halved in a matter of weeks. Both then and now, there was a widespread sense of euphoria curdling into soberness, washed down with the realization that thousands of workers in once-promising firms were poised to lose their jobs.

But if you look closer, today’s correction isn’t much like the dot-com bubble at all. In fact, it might be more accurate to say that what’s happening today is the very opposite of the dot-com bubble. Let’s first understand what exactly that bubble was: a mania of stock speculation, in which ordinary investors—from taxi drivers to Laundromat owners to shoe-shiners—bid up the price of internet-related companies for no good reason other than “because, internet.” Companies realized that they could boost their stock price by simply adding the prefix e- (as in “e-Bay”) or the suffix com (as in Amazon.com) to their corporate names to entice, and arguably fool, nonprofessionals. “Americans could hardly run an errand without picking up a stock tip,” The New York Times reported in its postmortem.

[..] When the web browser Netscape went public on August 9, 1995—the day many cite as the beginning of the dot-com bubble—its stock skyrocketed from $28 to $75 in a matter of hours, even though the company wasn’t profitable. In today’s market, the opposite is happening: Unicorns with no positive earnings are getting slaughtered at the gates. WeWork’s valuation fell more than 80 percent pre-IPO when investors balked at its mounting losses. Peloton, Lyft, and Uber have also struggled to persuade public markets to grade them on a curve; all saw their stock prices fall on the day of the public offering. Institutions and retail investors are refusing to fork over to unicorns the valuations that private investors were expecting—particularly Softbank, a major backer of Uber, Lyft, and WeWork. This isn’t a picture of mass mania. It’s a picture of public sobriety, where the masses are diagnosing an acute fever in private markets.

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My list of mass protests yesterday included Chili, Ecuador, Lebanon, Barcelona, France, London, Puerto Rico, Hong Kong. Today we can add Iraq.

Iraq Cleric Sadr Urges Supporters To Continue Anti-Government Protests (Rudaw)

Firebrand Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has called on Iraqis to resume the nationwide protests against corruption, unemployment, and the lack of public services. Several of Iraq’s central and southern cities, including the capital Baghdad, were rocked by violent protests in early October, which left at least 108 dead and more than 6,000 injured. In a long statement published on his Facebook page late on Saturday, Sadr called on his supporters and the public to return to the streets on Friday, October 25 to resume the protests.


Sadr is head of the Sayirun alliance, the largest bloc in the Iraqi parliament. He is also head of the Saraya al-Salam militia, which is part of Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) umbrella, also known as Hashd al-Shaabi in Arabic. “The government leaders and politicians are in a state of fear because of you, they are completely unable to fix anything within this country,” Sadr’s statement read. “Therefore, I ask everyone to start the revolution which will clean Iraq from corrupters and fools.” Sadr has withdrawn his backing for the government of Adil Abdul-Mahdi in the wake of the protests and called for fresh elections. He accused Iraq’s top politicians of being under the influence of foreign powers – particularly arch rivals Iran and the United States.

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Is something positive happening? I’m not holding my breath for Australia to stand up to the US.

10 Australia MPs Join Forces To Bring Home Julian Assange (DT.au)

A group of 10 MPs from across the political spectrum have joined forces to form a Parliamentary Working Group focused on bringing home Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. LNP member George Christensen and independent Andrew Wilkie have agreed to be co-chairs and have put forward the proposed group for approval from the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. It is understood the group includes Nationals MP Barnaby Joyce, members of the Labor Party and the cross bench. Mr Wilkie told News Corp Australia he hopes the group will raise the profile of Assange’s case and educate the public.

He believes people who may have been wary of Assange because of the rape allegations levelled against him will change their view when they know what is happening. He said Assange has not been charged with rape and the attempts to extradite him to the US have nothing to do with those allegations. Assange, 48, faces 18 counts in the US including conspiring to hack government computers and violating an espionage law. Australian Barrister Greg Barnes, who is acting as an Adviser to the Assange campaign said: “People are quite naive and misunderstand what is going on.” “If the United States get their way, he will probably be tried in secret, in a kangaroo court and given life in jail.”

The formation of the group comes ahead of Assange’s scheduled court appearance in London on Monday and calls for the Federal Government to intervene on Assange’s behalf. Assange is being detained in one of Britain’s toughest prisons Belmarsh and his legal team have warned his health is deteriorating. A full extradition hearing is not expected to go ahead until February. Mr Barnes said it is the first time that the US has sought to use its laws to prosecute a person who did not commit an act in a US jurisdiction or have any links to the US. “It is a dangerous step and it means that any journalist or person who publishes material deemed to be classified under US espionage laws could be prosecuted irrespective of having any link to the US.”

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    Rembrandt van Rijn The three trees 1643   • Hillary Clinton Bails On DC Event That Tulsi Gabbard Is Attending (NYP) • Dems Introduce Legislation
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle October 20 2019]

    #50705

    V. Arnold
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    “I think they’ve got their eye on somebody who is currently in the Democratic primary and are grooming her to be the third-party candidate,” Clinton said. Gabbard fired back with a venomous tweet. “Thank you @HillaryClinton,” she posted. “You, the queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party for so long, have finally come out from behind the curtain.” Gabbard continued the retort during an appearance on Tucker Carlson Tonight: “The reason why she’s doing this is because ultimately she knows she can’t control me. I stand against everything that she represents.”

    Oh wow! Gabbard’s venomous tweet!
    Hilary the coward, who murders behind the curtin, dares to cast blame?
    We’ve reached a new low; which is remarkable, given we’re already at the bottom…

    #50706

    V. Arnold
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    Rembrandt van Rijn The three trees 1643

    Love the three trees…

    #50707

    Dr. D
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    Well, that should move Tulsi to the top of the polls, and much rejoicing by all.

    Trump Ditches Plan to Host G7 at Doral Resort: ‘Irrational Hostility’ (G.)”

    I need to keep up more. This: “Trump added that he had announced he would do it at no profit and at no cost to the US” followed by this: “The choice of the Trump National Doral was widely condemned as the most egregious example yet of the president abusing his position to enrich himself”

    And yet no irony. So not only do these guys not read, not ask, you know, sources, they don’t even read their OWN previous paragraphs. What about free don’t they like?

    This is similar to the ‘emoluments’ they’ve been on I’ve mentioned before. I don’t think that means if the new President owns a bagel shop, they are required to stop selling bagels to every one, every employee, influencer, every lobbyist, every voter, every foreigner, in Washington D.C. Certainly it never meant that in the past. But beyond that, they write an article that “Trump is losing billions”, correct, probably not as much as $1B/year, but it’s down, and he has no salary. Yet at the same time, “Trump only wanted to get in to enrich himself!” Wow, he’s REALLY bad at it then! And apparently still hasn’t noticed as he’s going again! I don’t care which one you report, but pick one and stick with it, will ya? Not back-to-back contradictions like above.

    Anyway, yeah, entertaining troll, handing the Democrats a ‘win’ so empty it draws a vacuum. Loved the “THUG” act though. That’s the way to do it.

    Brexit Delay and Election Better than Johnson’s Deal – Farage (R.)”

    They can’t have an election or the people would ‘win’ and Westminster would ‘lose.’ Otherwise, they’d have held it already. Which shows Westminster is the core enemy of democracy. But it’s a messy system. What was that article a few days back on how…suspicious…the Brexit setup and Farage is? Yeah. But if so, who’s running it? The Queen? Because the setup says, “leave, but I can in no way be responsible.” Politics.

    U.K. Ministers are probably making mint on jacking the Pound around and trading on it though. Probably pull the nation out of bankruptcy with that inside line.

    “Brexit isn’t going to happen.”

    Surrenders-R-us. Yeah, and what will you do when you finally have an election and the Brexit party dominates the field? Not Brexit again and again forever? Not saying it will happen, but note this is from a very narrow, Westminster, perspective, and damn-all-the-people.

    France is miserable, sick of austerity.”

    All quite so, but remember: the ‘austerity’ they actually revolted under is the save-the-earth, environmental, AGW, Green ‘Austerity.’ They think if they wrap up economic ruin in a green wrapper it will work. It won’t. The people have hit the wall. Meanwhile, what was it the G7 said? Like a $40 Million dollar party, each with their own Leer jet? “Ruin for thee but not for me.” You plant trees and save the earth, living in tents and huts, and I’ll put up another $100M 1,000 acre airport tarmac and cash in.

    I’m glad others are reporting how transparently anti-democratic, dictatorial even, the EU is, and not just me. Was I they only guy who saw them remove the PM of Italy? Of ITALY? You’re a threat to all life on earth.

    Libor Rigging Inquiry Shut Down by Serious Fraud Office (BBC)”

    I don’t find that suspicious at all. See how the BoE is the one doing the rigging, on inside Brexit info, above. But rigging markets is what makes them great, and therefore everyone will flock to London to lose their money forever, right? Not Singapore? And when the financial center finishes moving to Asia, we won’t be out of power for 1,000 years, right?

    Boeing Board To Meet In Texas As Scrutiny Intensifies (R.)”

    Well one thing is always sure in human nature: they’re not going to blame themselves. It’s either my fault as an employee for following orders, or even my fault as a customer because: reasons. (they literally said this yesterday.) So do they get $500B in bonuses for crashing like Wall St here, or is their payout smaller because they killed so many fewer people?

    The Not-Com Bubble Is Popping (Atl.)”

    Yes, and it is large enough to take things apart, but Herr Doktor is so slow: WeWork was a ground-up price-rigging operation. You take your one company, WeWork, and then rent buildings from your OTHER company, Empty Manhattan Real Estate, Inc, inflating your real estate prices. Then when things go wrong, one of the two companies goes bankrupt, yet the OTHER keeps the years of debt-fueled cash from the other company. Totally legal if removed far enough. Bagholder=shareholders, who honestly deserve it if they couldn’t read how pin-headed the WeWork ledgers are. It’s more plausible and legal to sell the Brooklyn Bridge, but this is what happens when you turn the monetary fire house to “11” and let it spray your golfing pals for 20 years.

    For Tulsi, they smear all army people and veterans as traitors, because they’re rednecks who own guns and wear red hats. Been doing it since, I dunno, Waco, I guess? Is really at a peak now though.

    Ain’t free speech great? Now we know what kind of person HRC is, and Ms. Gabbard is, from their own mouths. …And we know what kind of person the corporate media is, too.

    #50708

    Turfkiller
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    “Meanwhile, the press and the Democrats have provided Trump with first of all a big laugh”

    Pretending you are that we have been humiliated by a narc? What do you think this is, an episode of “Ghost Hunters?” Only those without a character of substance become a regular audience of behavior imitation programs or shallow politicians.

    A narc’s job with assistance from the flying monkeys is to turn others supply’ into mirrors of themselves.
    If cupcake was a Trump, it would be a thin coating of frosting, no cake underneath.

    Take your narcissism, gas-lighting, and lies elsewhere.

    #50709

    You should really watch the Three Trees as large as possible. Click the pic and click again on the pic you see on the page there. There’s a town on the horizon, there are windmills, there’s a man fishing in the bottom left corner, with a woman beside him who’s perhaps making sandwiches(?). Behind the right tree, a man walks behind an ox cart (or horse cart). On top of the right hill sits a lone figure who people think is Rembrandt himself. And even in the bushes in the bottom right corner there’s an amorous couple, though they are hard to spot because it’s dark there.

    #50710

    zerosum
    Participant

    “NOTE: none of the people in the clip below have denied beating their wives.”

    NOTE (THE OBVIOUS):The question is enough to do the damage. The answer is irrelevant.

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    Brexit: Parliament Tethers Britain to a Failing Experiment


    the Yellow Vests are nearing their fiftieth straight week of protests
    …. We hear about peace, but we don’t see it. We hear about prosperity, but we don’t feel it.,

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    My list of mass protests yesterday included Chili, Ecuador, Lebanon, Barcelona, France, London, Puerto Rico, Hong Kong. Today we can add Iraq.

    I want to add Venezuela and USA, Canada, Mexico, Central America.

    Its time to look up the definition of populism (pick your favorite definition)
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Populism

    Populism refers to a range of political stances that emphasise the idea of “the people” and often juxtapose this group against “the elite”.

    #50711

    There are mass protests in Canada?

    #50713

    kultsommer
    Participant

    Land down under, where women glow and 10 men thunder.

    #50714

    zerosum
    Participant

    Thousands march in climate strike with activist Greta Thunberg

    Thousands of people marched through downtown Edmonton to the Alberta legislature Friday for a climate strike that included 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, while a counter-protest made its way from Red Deer in support of Alberta oil and gas.

    #50715

    zerosum
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    We are here: demonstrating because ….
    We hear about peace, but we don’t see it. We hear about prosperity, but we don’t feel it.

    I see a lot of inventory. Even the pallets are pilling up in the yards.
    Its all collateral owned by the banks.
    The banks have access to MMT
    Consumers have access to credit cards.
    Retiree and savers think that they have a pile of safe money/wealth somewhere.
    Collecting agencies know that they will not be able to collect on the loans without using force.
    To avoid the use of killing force, if they can, people are moving, migrating, escaping, prepping.

    #50717

    zerosum
    Participant

    Thousands is a mass protest for Canadians who are going for an election on Monday.
    Government could fall.

    #50718

    Dr. D
    Participant

    You seem very emotional. Who’s winning when you’re upset? And it isn’t here that’s the issue: speak your mind! It’s that if it’s in your mind, you’re the one carrying it. Make what you carry, your living space, your consciousness, a good place. There are bad men in the world, what of it? Like the poor, they will always be with us. There’ll be more when I’m gone.

    “Once upon a time, if you voted against someone like Obama or Tony Blair in Britain, you simply accepted your loss and moved on. Those days are indeed properly for story books which begin – “Once Upon a Time.” This is not something which is unique to Britain. We are beginning to see the collapse of civilization which will only end in separatist movements and violence. People are no longer willing to accept democracy. If they lose, they are turning much more violent demanding their way or no way. Pro-BREXIT British MPs had to be escorted to Parliament by police to protect them from violence….” Etc. Cycles expert, Martin Armstrong

    BREXIT Vote Delayed – Democracy Has Fallen

    Question is, do you want to have war and fight endlessly or it is not worth it if we can agree to vote on power, and more importantly, relinquish power, as the price and compromise not to live an eye for an eye like the Hatfields and McCoys that makes the rest of the world blind. And more importantly, poor. Let’s not do that. Let’s agree to hold democracy, western values, sportsmanship, and with it, not telling people what to do, and letting go of power until your turn. When FC Liverpool tells Manchester United “Goal! Suck it, we punkd you, ha!” do we burn down Liverpool? Or their players even? Heavens no. It’s just a snipe, you got me, rubber chicken and the THUG Act, ha ha. Or else what kind of world have I constructed? If where I’m living is tense, where is that? In my mind?

    #50720

    kultsommer
    Participant

    V Arnold, as for the trees you may like to see work of Safet Zec. There is rarely an artist who grasped soul of the tree, among other things, as he does. Google and have feast for the eyes.

    #50722

    Dave Note
    Participant

    Quite the choreographed dance move, as I thought from the start.

    Pepe Escobar on Syria…

    “It’s a quadruple win. The U.S. performs a face saving withdrawal, which Trump can sell as avoiding a conflict with NATO ally Turkey. Turkey has the guarantee – by the Russians – that the Syrian Army will be in control of the Turkish-Syrian border. Russia prevents a war escalation and keeps the Russia-Iran-Turkey peace process alive. And Syria will eventually regain control of the entire northeast.”

    #50724

    zerosum
    Participant

    Look what somebody wrote.
    Cough, cough
    (so did we)
    Its called populism

    Civil Unrest Is Erupting All Over The World, But Just Wait Until The United States Joins The Party…



    All over the globe, the mood is turning sour. Anger and frustration are bubbling over, and protests are becoming violent in major cities all across the planet. In some cases economic pain is driving the protests and in other cases political matters are motivating the protesters, and it has been a very long time since we have seen so many angry protests happening all over the world simultaneously.

    #50726

    V. Arnold
    Participant

    You should really watch the Three Trees as large as possible. Click the pic and click again on the pic you see on the page there.

    Okay, I did and it’s grand. But I couldn’t make out the couple, too dark for my old eyes…

    #50727

    John Day
    Participant

    I know it seems off-topic in this crazy world, but avocado trees convert sunlight, rain, CO2 and soil nutrients into GUACAMOLE. Mexican varieties are the most “cold tolerant”.
    Yoakum Avocado Orchard Planting, Dawn October 18, 2019
    http://www.johndayblog.com/2019/10/guacamole-fans-saturday-morning-at-600.html
    Saturday morning at 6:00 AM, having made coffee and had my first mug, I went out to start the final prep for getting the 12 Mexican avocado trees that I have been raising in pots this summer, into their permanent environment.
    Yetti the dog came out around dawn to check on my progress, and went back to wag at Holly and Tommy that something was afoot outside that they should go check out.
    They started planting avocados in the holes I had prepped, while I got another mug of coffee and Yetti stood guard.
    Then we all engaged the planting together, and I watered the babies in for an hour.
    Jenny composed these documentary images to share with you.

    #50728

    V. Arnold
    Participant

    V Arnold, as for the trees you may like to see work of Safet Zec. There is rarely an artist who grasped soul of the tree, among other things, as he does. Google and have feast for the eyes.

    Thanks. Safet Zec’s trees are beautiful. He also painted a woven basket which I found fascinating.
    I tried to post the image but, as usual, failed miserably… 😉
    Ah, the link works swell.

    basket

    #50729

    There it is.

    #50730

    V. Arnold
    Participant

    There it is.

    Thank you kind sir…

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