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Ivan Shishkin The wilds 1881

 

Justice Dept. To Launch Criminal Investigation Into Its Own Russia Probe (Hill)
Trump Cancels All Admins’ NYT, WaPo Subscriptions (ZH)
EU Set To Put Brexit Delay On Hold After Johnson’s Ultimatum (G.)
Russian Gun Activist Maria Butina To Touch Down In Moscow Saturday (RT)
Despite Ultra-Low Mortgage Rates, New House Prices At Multi-Year Low (WS)
Vladimir Putin, Syria’s Pacifier-in-Chief (Escobar)
WikiLeaks Releases New Docs Questioning Syria Chemical Attack Narrative (ZH)
Indonesia’s Report On Lion Air 737 MAX Crash Faults Design, Certification (R.)
South Korea Grounds Nine Boeing 737 NG Planes With Cracks (R.)
Can The US Beat China In A “Trade War”? (Vltchek)
Johannesburg Shuts Down Computers City-Wide After Bitcoin Ransomware Attack (CCN)

 

 

It’s a probe of the Mueller probe. The MSM will do what they can to ridicule it, saying it’s for political reasosns only. But the Mueller probe wasn’t? At least they haven’t dared attack Durham yet, or his reputation.

Justice Dept. To Launch Criminal Investigation Into Its Own Russia Probe (Hill)

The Justice Department has reportedly opened a criminal investigation into its own Russia probe The New York Times reports. The newspaper reports that after former special counsel Robert Mueller closed the official investigation months ago, a new criminal inquiry will proceed to find out how the investigation of Russian interference into the 2016 presidential election and Trump’s alleged collusion with Russia “all began.” Attorney General William Barr has closely reviewed how the department handled the Russia investigation.

But shifting the administrative review to a criminal inquiry would allow the prosecutor presiding over the inquiry, John H. Durham, to subpoena for witness testimony and documents, people familiar with the matter told the Times. It would also enable Durham, a U.S. attorney appointed by Barr to lead the inquiry, to put together a grand jury and to file charges. When defined as an administrative review, Durham could only voluntarily interview witnesses and investigate government documents, according to the Times.

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Yes, this made me laugh.

Trump Cancels All Admins’ NYT, WaPo Subscriptions (ZH)

In what we are sure will be “hair-on-fire” screamed about as ‘tyrannical-book-burning’, President Trump has reportedly planning to instruct federal agencies to not renew their subscriptions to the New York Times and the Washington Post. As The Wall Street Journal reports, White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said in an email Thursday: “Not renewing subscriptions across all federal agencies will be a significant cost saving – hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars will be saved.” The decision comes days after the president cancelled the White House’s print subscriptions to the Post and the Times after expressing frustration with their coverage.


“We don’t even want it in the White House anymore,” Mr. Trump said of the Times during an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity that aired Monday night. “We’re going to probably terminate that and the Washington Post. They’re fake.” Additionally, The Journal reports that a White House official confirmed that print editions of the Times and the Post weren’t among the newspapers delivered to the White House on Thursday. And while liberals use “fact checkers” to force advertisers to boycott “right wing” websites/newspapers, President Trump’s response is even cleaner: “your subscription has been terminated.”

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Corbyn insists Boris must take No-Deal off the table.

EU Set To Put Brexit Delay On Hold After Johnson’s Ultimatum (G.)

The EU’s plan to offer the UK an extension until 31 January on Friday is expected to be put on hold after Boris Johnson threatened to pull the Brexit deal if Jeremy Corbyn rejects a general election. Sources said the dramatic developments in Westminster needed to be fully understood and the choreography in Brussels could change. Donald Tusk, the European council chairman, had been expected to announce on Friday morning, following a meeting with ambassadors, that the EU27 had accepted the delay requested in a letter reluctantly sent by Johnson last Saturday. But senior EU sources said the developments in London had left the situation in flux. An announcement is expected on Monday or Tuesday.

Suggestions that the Labour leader could reject Johnson’s demand for a general election on 12 December provoking the prime minister to pull his deal set alarm bells ringing. Sources said the French government wanted to see the outcome of the vote on a general election before making a decision, but that the other 26 member states were ready to grant the three-month extension. The final offer could differ from the extension requested in the Benn act by specifying that the UK could leave on 15 November if the deal was ratified in the UK and European parliament. Before Johnson’s ultimatum to the Labour leader, the EU looked set to offer a three-month extension, which could be cut short at the point at which the Brexit deal was ratified.

It remains the most likely outcome. “We don’t want to be dragged into British politics and this is what was requested,” said one senior EU diplomat. “They can leave earlier if they ratify the deal. To echo your prime minister, we just want Brexit done.”

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Bless her. Casualty of Russophobia.

Russian Gun Activist Maria Butina To Touch Down In Moscow Saturday (RT)

Maria Butina is finally coming back home, after spending over a year behind bars in a bizarre case of anti-Russian hysteria that saw the gun rights activist libeled in the media and locked up as “unregistered foreign agent.” She is expected to leave a federal prison in Tallahassee, Florida and would be transferred from to a migrant center in Miami on Friday, Russian ambassador in Washington, Anatoly Antonov confirmed, saying The same day Butina would board the plane to Moscow and is set to touch down in the Russian capital on Saturday morning.


Butina was sentenced by a US federal judge for 18 months in April after pleading guilty to conspiring to act as a foreign agent without registration, Antonov said that he hopes Butina’s belated homecoming would “put an end to the most difficult period in her life,” and wished the 30-year-old reunite with her family and loved ones as soon as possible after her ordeal is over.

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A broken market. The Fed broke it.

Despite Ultra-Low Mortgage Rates, New House Prices At Multi-Year Low (WS)

The median price of new single-family houses in September fell 8.8% from a year ago to $299,400 – down 12.8% from the peak in November and December 2017 and back where the median price had first been in November 2014, according to the Commerce Department this morning: “Median price” means half of the houses sold for more, and half sold for less. The decline in the median price does not include incentives that are thrown in by homebuilders to close deals, such as free granite counter tops.

This median-price data – produced jointly by the Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development – is “volatile” on a month-to-month basis. To show the longer-term trend, I added the 12-month moving average, which eliminates the monthly ups and downs. The September data point, being the average of the past 12 months, lags months behind of today’s market, but it allows for longer-term trends to become clearer. The lag of the 12-month moving average (red line) shows up in how, on the way up, median prices were mostly above the red line, and now on the way down, median prices are mostly below it:

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Let’s see what develops. Bit early to draw grand conclusions.

Vladimir Putin, Syria’s Pacifier-in-Chief (Escobar)

Russia-Turkey deal establishes ‘safe zone’ along Turkish border and there will be joint Russia-Turkey military patrols The negotiations in Sochi were long – over six hours – tense and tough. Two leaders in a room with their interpreters and several senior Turkish ministers close by if advice was needed. The stakes were immense: a road map to pacify northeast Syria, finally. The press conference afterwards was somewhat awkward – riffing on generalities. But there’s no question that in the end Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan managed the near impossible.

The Russia-Turkey deal establishes a safe zone along the Syrian-Turkish border – something Erdogan had been gunning for since 2014. There will be joint Russia-Turkey military patrols. The Kurdish YPG (People’s Protection Units), part of the rebranded, US-aligned Syrian Democratic Forces, will need to retreat and even disband, especially in the stretch between Tal Abyad and Ras al-Ayn, and they will have to abandon their much-cherished urban areas such as Kobane and Manbij. The Syrian Arab Army will be back in the whole northeast. And Syrian territorial integrity – a Putin imperative – will be preserved.

This is a Syria-Russia-Turkey win-win-win – and, inevitably, the end of a separatist-controlled Syrian Kurdistan. Significantly, Erdogan’s spokesman Fahrettin Altun stressed Syria’s “territorial integrity” and “political unity.” That kind of rhetoric from Ankara was unheard of until quite recently. Putin immediately called Syrian President Bashar al Assad to detail the key points of the memorandum of understanding. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov once again stressed Putin’s main goal – Syrian territorial integrity – and the very hard work ahead to form a Syrian Constitutional Committee for the legal path towards a still-elusive political settlement.

[..] For all the cliffhangers in Sochi, there was not a peep about an absolutely key element: who’s in control of Syria’s oilfields, especially after President Trump’s now-notorious tweet stating, “the US has secured the oil.” No one knows which oil. If he meant Syrian oil, that would be against international law. Not to mention Washington has no mandate – from the UN or anyone else – to occupy Syrian territory.

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Just as the US donates millions more to the White Helmets. OPCW should be dismantled.

WikiLeaks Releases New Docs Questioning Syria Chemical Attack Narrative (ZH)

A whistleblower with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), responsible for conducting an independent investigation into the alleged chemical attack in the Syrian town of Douma on April 7, 2018, has presented WikiLeaks with a body of evidence suggesting the chemical weapons watchdog agency manipulated and suppressed evidence. A prior official OPCW report of the investigation issued last March found “reasonable grounds” for believing a toxic chemical was used against civilians, likely chlorine. Long prior to any independent investigators reaching the site, however, Washington had launched major tomahawk airstrikes against Damascus in retribution for “Assad gassing his own people”.

]WikiLeaks published documents based on evidence presented by the internal OPCW whistleblower to an expert review panel on Wednesday. “The panel was presented with evidence that casts doubt on the integrity of the OPCW,” WikiLeaks editor Kristinn Hrafnsson wrote. An official WikiLeaks press release said as follows: “Kristinn Hrafnsson took part in the panel to review the testimony and documents from the OPCW whistleblower. He says: “The panel was presented with evidence that casts doubt on the integrity of the OPCW. Although the whistleblower was not ready to step forward and/or present documents to the public, WikiLeaks believes it is now of utmost interest for the public to see everything that was collected by the Fact Finding Mission on Douma and all scientific reports written in relation to the investigation.”

“Based on the whistleblower’s extensive presentation, including internal emails, text exchanges and suppressed draft reports, we are unanimous in expressing our alarm over unacceptable practices in the investigation of the alleged chemical attack in Douma,” the experts pointed out.

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An aditional report comes out today from a US transportation board. Boeing’s reply: we’re updating the software…

Indonesia’s Report On Lion Air 737 MAX Crash Faults Design, Certification (R.)

Indonesia has called for better Boeing cockpit systems and oversight by US regulators after design flaws helped bring down a Lion Air 737 MAX jet – a crash that was compounded by errors from ground staff and crew. In its final report into the crash of the jet on Oct 29, 2018 that killed all 189 people on board, Indonesia made recommendations to Boeing, Lion Air, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and other agencies. A copy was seen by Reuters and it is due to be released publicly later on Friday.


Less than five months after the Lion Air accident, an Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX crashed, leading to a global grounding of the model and a growing crisis for the world’s biggest planemaker, which has just ousted the top executive of its commercial airplanes division. In the report, Indonesian regulators criticised the design of the anti-stall system known as MCAS, which automatically pushed the plane’s nose down, leaving pilots fighting for control. During the flight, the control column was in such disarray that it required 103 pounds of strength to counter the automated system. “The design and certification of the MCAS did not adequately consider the likelihood of loss of control of the aircraft,” the report said.

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It’s company wide.

South Korea Grounds Nine Boeing 737 NG Planes With Cracks (R.)

South Korea’s transport ministry on Friday said nine Boeing 737 NG planes in the country had been grounded after checks found structural cracks requiring repairs. The suspension follows an order from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration earlier this month for aircraft operators to inspect older Boeing 737 NGs for structural cracks. Boeing on Oct. 11 said inspections of 810 of the planes globally had led to 38 requiring repair. South Korea said it found nine planes with cracks among 42 planes examined. Among the nine grounded planes are five operated by Korean Air Lines, according to the transport ministry.

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It is possible to sing the praises of China too much.

Can The US Beat China In A “Trade War”? (Vltchek)

There are now many new systems, in numerous corners of the world. These systems, some Communist, others socialist or even populist, are ready to defend their citizens, and to use the natural resources to feed the people, and to educate, house and cure them. No matter how popular these systems are at home, the West finds ways to demonize them, using its well-established propaganda machinery. First, to smear them and then, if they resist, to directly liquidate them. As before, during the colonial era, no competition has been permitted. Disobedience is punishable by death.

Naturally, the Western system has not been built on excellence, hard work and creativity, only. It was constructed on fear, oppression and brutal force. For centuries, it has clearly been a monopoly. Only the toughest countries, like Russia, China, Iran, North Korea or Cuba, have managed to survive, defending they own cultures, and advancing their philosophies. To the West, China has proved to be an extremely tough adversary. With its political, economic, and social system, it has managed to construct a forward-looking, optimistic and extraordinarily productive society. Its scientific research is now second to none. Its culture is thriving. Together with its closest ally, Russia, China excels in many essential fields.

That is precisely what irks, even horrifies the West. For decades and centuries, Europe and the United States have not been ready to tolerate any major country, which would set up its own set of rules and goals. China refuses to accept the diktat from abroad. It now appears to be self-sufficient, ideologically, politically, economically and intellectually. Where it is not fully self-sufficient, it can rely on its friends and allies. Those allies are, increasingly, located outside the Western sphere.

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“The group is demanding 4 Bitcoin..”

Johannesburg Shuts Down Computers City-Wide After Bitcoin Ransomware Attack (CCN)

Hackers have breached the computer network of South Africa’s commercial capital Johannesburg in an attempt to ransom the city for Bitcoin. Consequently, the city has shut down its website and suspended all e-services as a ‘precautionary measure’. At the time of writing the city’s website was still inaccessible. Per The Times, the group behind the cyber-attack is an outfit known as Shadow Kill Hackers. The group is demanding 4 Bitcoin – nearly $30,000 at the current Bitcoin price – by the close of business on October 28. In their ransom note received by several employees of the city, Shadow Kill Hackers claimed to have obtained valuable and confidential data from the city:


“All your servers and data have been hacked. We have dozens of back doors inside your city. We have control of everything in your city. We also compromised all passwords and sensitive data such as finance and personal population information.” Failure to pay the Bitcoin ransom, the hackers have warned, will see the sensitive data released publicly. Some of the e-services that will be affected by the shutdown include online billing services. Internet-based customer care services have also been suspended. An investigation into the Bitcoin ransomware attack has already been launched and is expected to take 24 hours.

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    Ivan Shishkin The wilds 1881   • Justice Dept. To Launch Criminal Investigation Into Its Own Russia Probe (Hill) • Trump Cancels All Admins’ NYT,
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle October 25 2019]

    #50819

    V. Arnold
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    Poor Maria Butina; naively, she thought being able to own a gun = freedom across the board.
    She never understood that owning a gun in America just made you a target, aka victim.
    America, house of mirrors; house of lies; house of false ideas/promises; house of illusions; and finally, the house of torture and endless pain…
    …forgot the road to hell, in all its iterations…

    #50820

    V. Arnold
    Participant

    Ivan Shishkin The wilds 1881
    That wonderful painting gobsmacked me back to my hikes in the NW coastal mountains.
    The Cascades were likewise magnificient, if not a wee bit more challenging…

    #50821

    Shishkin is a completely insane hyper realist. I look at paintings like that and think: how long did it take to make it?

    Maria Butina is going home. She’s only 30. She’ll be okay. But what way to treat a young girl. Remember that when she was alleged to have ‘infiltrated’ both the NRA and the GOP on Putin’s explicit command, she was just 23. Makes no sense whatsoever. But it sells…

    #50822

    Dr. D
    Participant

    Exemplary picture is an example of nature without man in it. I don’t see a lot of food there. Living very close to certain death unless you do everything exactly right. There is also less biodiversity than an interim space, e.g., a forest cleared by man.

    “Justice Dept. to Launch Criminal Investigation into Its Own Russia Probe (Hill)”

    I wouldn’t worry. We don’t arrest people or enforce the law anymore. We just collect evidence for blackmail and move on.

    “EU Set to Put Brexit Delay on Hold after Johnson’s Ultimatum (G.)”

    Already on 3 years, want to go for 33? Justice deferred is justice denied. Corbyn is against his own base, another reason he didn’t sweep into the PM, despite every star being otherwise aligned for the opportunity. That doesn’t reflect well on his party or legacy.

    Despite Ultra-Low Mortgage Rates, New House Prices at Multi-Year Low (WS)”

    So they’re up near 50% since only 2011? What Millennial got a 100% raise in pay to buy them? And they’re worried about an 8% drop? With average Millennial (and remember they are now in the 30s, peak earning years) income being $35k, the TOP average price should be 3x Income = $100k houses. …So the market is 3x/300% overvalued, and corrections generally overshoot. I don’t think your market rate changes of 1% are going to fix that. Instead, paper assets like these are going to cycle worthless and drop 90%, and prices of real things, commodities are going to rise 10x. –Wait! Isn’t U.S. harvest in corn and beans going to be half the norm? Sounds like the Kondratieff cycle is right on schedule.

    Kon

    https://ourworldindata.org/food-prices

    With food prices at relative 1,000 year lows, where do you think it can go? When Arab Spring toppled five governments with a small increase in high food prices, what do you think that means? Well, if you live in California, you won’t have to worry because they’re going to turn off your electricity anyway. Not that the other 40 states can laugh: electricity is ALL they have left, in collapsing houses and cities.

    “Europe and the United States have not been ready to tolerate any major country, which would set up its own set of rules and goals.”

    He misses the basic point that they wouldn’t tolerate opposition EVEN IN EUROPE, like Barcelona. Or from Russia, which is IN Europe, duh. So who are these “Western” or “European” people really, if they’re equally willing to attack “themselves” as anyone else? Sounds pretty equal opportunity pirates to me. “Why do you rob banks?” “That’s where the money is!” — Willie Sutton. Why do they rob people who actually do work and produce things? And they’re taking all that wealth back to their colonial white people in Glasgow and Gainesville, Krakow and Cleveland? Er…don’t think so.

    “Johannesburg Shuts Down Computers City-Wide After Bitcoin Ransomware Attack (CCN)”

    Since nothing is as perfectly trackable as Bitcoin, I generally have to think most of these are a scam, inside people making hay for their own reasons. Remember Baltimore? All their computers got ‘hacked’ and ‘erased’ right after they started investigating multiple city frauds? Or that North Korean hacker that turned out to be SONY? Yeah. If it’s written by an adult in a paper, it’s probably false. Don’t believe the hype.

    #50823

    V. Arnold
    Participant

    Shishkin is a completely insane hyper realist. I look at paintings like that and think: how long did it take to make it?

    Me thinks you’ve never been in a rainforest before…

    #50824

    Shishkin is a completely insane hyper realist. I look at paintings like that and think: how long did it take to make it?

    Me thinks you’ve never been in a rainforest before…

    Huh?

    #50825

    John Day
    Participant

    http://www.johndayblog.com/2019/10/war-zone-living.html
    Eva Bartlett from Canada has been traveling in Donetsk, and has a story here of the people who hosted her and explained their lives, being shelled in their homes for 5 years by western-backed Ukrainian neo-nazis. Children lost, schools shelled, ordinary people captured and sent to torture camps, humans rushing out to get the wounded into their cars, to get to a hospital. They want their lives back. They are not invading, just holding their homes and dying in them.
    Thanks Eleni.

    Under Fire from Ukraine and Misperceived by the West, The People of the DPR Share Their Stories

    Pepe Escobar has a truly informative article about the fires of strife burning in South and Central America, where neoliberalism has accellerated the rate of bleeding of native peoples, in order to further advance the wealth of colonial elite classes and foreign multinational corporations. This is presented country by country, comparing and contrasting, and providing historical context for these long-term wealth extraction processes. Bolivian election last…
    ​ ​Bolivia is now the most dynamic economy in Latin America, as stressed by top Argentine analyst Atilio Boron.
    ​ ​The campaign to discredit Morales, which is bound to become even more vicious, is part of imperial 5G war, ​of ​which, Boron writes, “the chronic poverty that the absolute majority of the population suffered for centuries”, a state that always “maintained the population under total lack of institutional protection” and the “pillaging of natural wealth and the common good”.

    Burn, Neoliberalism, Burn

    #50826

    V. Arnold
    Participant

    Huh?

    Apparently I completely misunderstood your comment. I thought you meant, “insane hyper realist” as one who mis-represents the real…
    My bad…

    #50827

    V. Arnold
    Participant

    Well, I just looked up hyper-realist and: 1 Exaggerated in comparison to reality.
    Oxford Dictionaries

    #50828

    Well, Shishkin fits that description in a way. Whether it’s hyper or superduper is just semantics for me.

    #50829

    As for the Boeing files, there is again talk of the one sensor that failed. It seems like forever ago that I pointed out using just the one is madness – but also cheaper for Boeing-. You can’t have two either, because they may contradict each other, and then what is a pilot going to do? Flip a coin? So three is the minimum number. That one sensor, in one of these cases, failed because a bird flew into it, IIRC. Boeing has a very long way to go. And the nonsense from the media and regulators better stop. If it’s a Boeing, I’m not going…

    #50832

    Best news item of the day.

    Rare eagle sneaks into Iran and drains Siberian ornithologists’ funds by spamming costly text messages

    rareeagle

    A Russian bird conservation group has discovered a sudden hole in their budget after one of the eagles they were tracking started bombarding them with hundreds of expensive text messages from Iran.

    Roaming is one big headache when you travel a lot, and raptors can get burned by it just as easily as the bipeds that created mobile phones. Just ask the Russian Raptor Research and Conservation Network (RRRCN), an environmental group whose eagle tracking budget was surprisingly drained by one particularly sneaky bird of prey.

    The network studies the migration routes of various birds, including the endangered steppe eagle. They do so by putting solar-powered GPS trackers on their subjects. The device records the coordinates of the birds and dumps the data via text messages through a regular mobile network when it’s available. The conservationists then check the routes against potential threats like high-voltage power lines or poison baits deployed for pest control and try to find ways to avoid them.

    Several of more than a dozen eagles tracked by the RRRCN this year spent the summer in Kazakhstan in desolate places with no mobile coverage. The scientists expected them to take one of the usual routes that would bring them within reach of a cell tower, but one particular bird named Min surprised them in the most financially devastating way.

    Min flew away from mobile networks all the way to Iran, and once there, texts with the coordinates recorded over the past several months were dumped. The problem is that each message sent from Iran costs a lot, and four are needed for each day of tracking.

    eagle

    #50833

    teri
    Participant

    Eh, Trump is just as good at setting everyone up with “fake news” as anyone else is. The whole shebang is just BS now. I’m not wasting a second feeling sorry for the head dumbass in office.

    “Trump Pressed Ukraine’s President to Act Out a Fake News Script, Live on CNN”

    https://theintercept.com/2019/10/23/trump-bill-taylor-ukraine-president-cnn/

    #50834

    zerosum
    Participant

    Exemplary picture is an example of nature without man in it. I don’t see a lot of food there. Living very close to certain death unless you do everything exactly right. There is also less biodiversity than an interim space, e.g., a forest cleared by man.

    Its also my impression.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temperate_rainforest#Pacific_temperate_rain_forests
    Annual precipitation over 140 cm (55 in)
    Mean annual temperature is between 4 and 12 °C (39 and 54 °F).
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old-growth_forest
    In British Columbia’s coastal rainforests, old growth is defined as trees more than 250 years, with some trees reaching more than 1,000 years of age
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    The use of the word “semantics” got me looking into definitions of words
    The definition of semantic left me feeling like an outcast.
    I’m not pointing fingers…..
    If the hat fits ….

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elitism

    Elitism is the belief or attitude that individuals who form an elite—a select group of people with an intrinsic quality, high intellect, wealth, special skills, or experience—are more likely to be constructive to society as a whole, and therefore deserve influence or authority greater than that of others.[1] The term elitism may be used to describe a situation in which power is concentrated in the hands of a limited number of people.

    https://www.thesaurus.com/browse/riffraff

    Synonyms for riffraff commonality commoners gang gathering mob outcast ring scum

    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”.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snob

    Snob is a pejorative term for a person who believes there is a correlation between social status and human worth.[1] Snob also refers to a person who feels superiority over those from lower social classes, education levels, or other social areas.
    ——–
    Remember
    Biden said,
    There is no proof of wrong doing”
    This is a perfect example of our social/economic systems that has been set up by the lawyers and the accountants. Its often referred to as Capitalism. (an economic and political system in which a country’s trade and industry are controlled by private owners for profit,)

    BREAKING: Corrupt US Embassy In Kyiv Forces Ukrainian General Prosecutor To Drop Burisma, Biden Investigations


    BREAKING: Corrupt US Embassy In Kyiv Forces Ukrainian General Prosecutor To Drop Burisma, Biden Investigations
    by L Todd WoodOctober 24, 2019

    #50835

    teri,

    I saw that story pass by in several shapes, but it has huge issues. It consists of things leaked from Schiff’s secret hearings to the NYT. That already right there, Schiff and NYT especially when combined, means greatly diminished credibility. Then for some reason Intercept elects to rewrite it again, g-d knows why. Then it’s all based on the -alleged- testimony of one man, Taylor, who moreover seems to want to speak for both Sondland and Volker, each of whom have told entirely different stories. There are so many weak points that we can’t possibly know if what is alleged actually happened. Anything Schiff leaks is hugely partisan. Anything the NYT publishes is hugely partisan. Add a few layers of that on top of each other and you end up with a pretty mouldy cake. That doesn’t mean it couldn’t possibly be true, it means we can’t know from what the sources involved tell us to believe.

    #50836

    seychelles
    Participant

    If it’s a Boeing, I’m not going…

    The only sane course of action.

    #50837

    VietnamVet
    Participant

    Maria Butina also snagged the disgraced CEO of Overstock who said the FBI made him do it. It is good that she gets to go home again. The Middle Class in the USA once were prudes. But this century, Bill Gates was Larry Summers and Jeff Epstein’s insider chum. The only well-paying jobs are servicing the 0.1%. I had a job for 37 years that I was well aware existed because industry needed government approval. Before I retired; however, it became clear that with consolidation and Barrack Obama’s “Get out of Jail Card”, corporations could ignore the law and if caught only pay fines. In the USA, there is no home to go to anymore. Either you have gig jobs or are a crook like your boss. This creates galloping cognitive dissidence. Like, ignoring that there really are conspiracies. Or, that the Elite are astonishingly incompetent addicted boors,

    #50838

    V. Arnold
    Participant

    PLURAL NOUN
    usually treated as singular
    1The branch of linguistics and logic concerned with meaning. The two main areas are logical semantics, concerned with matters such as sense and reference and presupposition and implication, and lexical semantics, concerned with the analysis of word meanings and relations between them.

    More example sentences
    1.1The meaning of a word, phrase, or text.
    ‘such quibbling over semantics may seem petty stuff’

    In my understanding of the language (English); hyper-realisic, as opposed to super-duper, do not amount to semantics; but actual definitions of meaning. And therein, markedly different in their meaning…

    #50839

    ezlxa1949
    Participant

    737 NG
    NG = No Good ?

    #50843

    Dr. D
    Participant

    That’s why Americans would have to win: like the Vietnamese, we have to take back (or rather “fix”) our country. We have no where else to go. That the elites are so, so INCREDIBLY stupid now, having never faced a real challenge in their lives, only makes it that much easier.

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