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Rembrandt van Rijn Self portrait 1642

 

US Hits Scotch Whisky, Italian Cheese, French Wine With 25% Tariffs (R.)
NYT: ‘Whistleblower’ Spoke To ‘Shifty Schiff’ Before Filing Complaint (RT)
Trump Attacks Democrats, Whistleblower Over Impeachment (R.)
Lindsey Graham Urges Foreign Leaders To Assist Barr With Investigation (Pol.)
We’ll “Definitely” Interfere In 2020, Just “Don’t Tell Anybody” – Putin (ZH)
Putin Shames Greta Thunberg And Her Handlers Over Environmental Agenda (ZH)
Dismay In Brussels As Boris Johnson Finally Reveals Brexit Plan (G.)
3 Saudi Brigades Annihilated in Houthi Offensive in Saudi Arabia (Pieraccini)
Ex-Israeli Intel Exec Says Epstein, Ghislaine Worked for Israeli Intel (Webb)
Julian Assange, Britain’s Unconvicted Prisoner (Cross)

 

 

And it still can’t help Boeing. Boeing has other problems.

This is based on a recent WTO ruling on Airbus and Boeing subsidies. The EU can only strike back in 2020.

Also: “..a 10% levy that could hurt U.S. airlines such as Delta that have billions of dollars of Airbus orders waiting to be filled.”

US Hits Scotch Whisky, Italian Cheese, French Wine With 25% Tariffs (R.)

The Trump administration slapped 25% tariffs on French wine, Italian cheese and single-malt Scotch whisky — but spared Italian wine, pasta and olive oil — in retaliation for European Union subsidies on large aircraft. The U.S. Trade Representative’s Office released a list of hundreds of European products that will get new tariffs, including cookies, salami, butter and yogurt – but in many cases applied to only some EU countries, including German camera parts and blankets produced in the United Kingdom. The list includes UK-made sweaters, pullovers, cashmere items and wool clothing, as well as olives from France and Spain, EU-produced pork sausage and other pork products other than ham, and German coffee. The new tariffs are to take effect as early as Oct. 18.


The U.S. Trade Representative’s Office said it would “continually re-evaluate these tariffs based on our discussions with the EU” and expects to enter talks in a bid to resolve the dispute. Still some Italian foods — Parmesan Reggiano, Romano and provolone cheese — were hit with tariffs as were Italian fruits, clams and yogurt. Also getting new tariffs are German and British camera parts, industrial microwave ovens, printed books, sweet biscuits and waffles. The main target of the U.S. tariffs is Airbus aircraft made in the EU, which face a 10% levy that could hurt U.S. airlines such as Delta that have billions of dollars of Airbus orders waiting to be filled. EU products winning reprieves include chocolate, Greek, French and Portuguese olive oil, helicopters, frozen fish, lobster, sparkling wine, stemware and tiles.

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“I’d go a step further – I think he probably helped write” the complaint..”

NYT: ‘Whistleblower’ Spoke To ‘Shifty Schiff’ Before Filing Complaint (RT)

The CIA agent accusing President Donald Trump of a quid pro quo with Ukraine spoke to House intel chief Adam Schiff’s staff before filing his whistleblower complaint, sources say – and Trump believes the collusion goes deeper. The “whistleblower” spoke to a House Intelligence Committee staffer about his concerns, gleaned from secondhand knowledge of a phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, that the president was abusing his power – and that staffer shared the information with Schiff – before the still-anonymous CIA officer filed his complaint, according to the New York Times, which cited Schiff’s spokesman and “current and former American officials” in a report published Wednesday.


The Times’ report “shows that Schiff is a fraud,” the president told reporters during a White House press conference with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto Wednesday afternoon when he was asked about the story, calling the fact that the congressman, whom he dubbed “shifty Schiff,” knew about the complaint before it was even filed “a scandal.” “I’d go a step further – I think he probably helped write” the complaint, Trump said. “He knew long before, and he helped write it too,” he continued more confidently. The president – who elsewhere in his remarks tried out his new “corrupt news” moniker for the mainstream media – nevertheless congratulated the Times on the scoop. “Maybe they’re getting better,” he mused.

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“They should look at him for treason because he is making up the words of the president of the United States – not only the words but the meaning..”

Trump Attacks Democrats, Whistleblower Over Impeachment (R.)

U.S. President Donald Trump kept up his assaults on the Democratic lawmakers leading impeachment proceedings on Wednesday, accusing House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff of treason, as well as attacking the unidentified whistleblower who reported concerns about his behavior. The Republican president has lashed out repeatedly at the impeachment inquiry, which was prompted by his phone call with the Ukrainian president that sought an investigation that would be damaging to a Democratic political opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden. Trump repeatedly says he did nothing wrong in his July 25 telephone call in which he asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate a domestic political rival Joe Biden, the former U.S. vice president.


He has repeatedly attacked the Democratic chairman of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff, who is leading the impeachment inquiry. “They should look at him for treason because he is making up the words of the president of the United States – not only the words but the meaning,” Trump said. He accused the Democrats’ impeachment efforts of being groundless and politically motivated. “They’ve been trying to impeach me from the day I got elected,” Trump said.

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Both sides are now timing for the 2020 elections.

Lindsey Graham Urges Foreign Leaders To Assist Barr With Investigation (Pol.)

Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham on Wednesday asked several foreign leaders to continue to assist Attorney General William Barr with his investigation into the 2016 election. In a letter to the prime ministers of Australia, Italy and Britain, the South Carolina Republican requested their “continued cooperation with Attorney General Barr as the Department of Justice continues to investigate the origins and extent of foreign influence in the 2016 election.” At President Donald Trump’s urging, Barr is examining how the FBI investigation into connections between Russia and the Trump campaign began. Graham stated in the letter that during the 2016 election, the U.S. law enforcement and intelligence communities used a “deeply flawed dossier filled with hearsay and written by a biased, former United Kingdom intelligence officer” — a reference to the so-called Steele dossier — as part of its investigation.


He also added that law enforcement had received “intelligence from an Italian ‘professor’” — referring to Joseph Mifsud, whose interactions with a former Trump campaign adviser, George Papadopoulos, prompted the FBI to open its counterintelligence investigation — and accepted information from an Australian diplomat. That was a reference to a reported tip from an Australian official, Alexander Downer, to the FBI about possible collusion between Russia and Trump’s 2016 campaign. [..] “That the Attorney General is holding meetings with your countries to aid in the Justice Department’s investigation of what happened is well within the bounds of his normal activities,” Graham wrote. “He is simply doing his job.”

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Exposing the sheer stupidity that controls America.

We’ll “Definitely” Interfere In 2020, Just “Don’t Tell Anybody” – Putin (ZH)

Absolutely no laughing matter for the likes of Rachel Maddow and others who have now spent years locked deep in their ‘Russiagate’ navel-gazing, but at least Putin still hasn’t lost his sense of humor about it. While speaking on a panel of industry and political leaders at the Russian Energy Week conference, Putin mocked reports already alleging Moscow plans to interfere in the 2020 US presidential election. When pressed by NBC News correspondent Keir Simmons over whether former Special Counsel Robert Mueller was accurate in predicting Russia would “attempt to interfere” in the 2020 election, Putin leaned forward in a gesture to act like he was whispering a ‘secret’: “I’m going to tell you a secret,” Putin said, leaning forward. “Yes, we will definitely intervene, don’t tell anybody” he continued to an applauding crowd.

“You know, we have enough of our own problems,” Putin continued. “We are engaged in resolving internal problems and are primarily focused on this.” His characteristic public sarcasm was a hit with the crowd, at an event which included OPEC Secretary General Mohammed Barkindo and others. He followed on a more serious note by calling it “ridiculous” that Russia would interfere in the 2020 election. He also talked down his relationship and interactions with President Trump, describing that the two leaders have never been close. “In my opinion, we have good, businesslike relations, and a relatively stable level of trust,” he said during the conference’s plenary session. “We’ve never been close, and aren’t now.” However, Putin did come to the US president’s defense when asked about the Ukraine call transcript.

“From what we know, I don’t see anything compromising at all,” Putin told the audience. “I didn’t see that during this phone call Trump demanded compromising material from Zelenskiy at any cost and threatened him that he wouldn’t help Ukraine.” The Kremlin last week said its consent must be required before any calls between the US and Russian leader are published. Putin said there’s no compromising material at all in those transcripts, and added he that “any conversation can be published — I always proceed from that.” Putin also addressed last year’s controversy over his closed door summit with President Trump, saying he requested that Washington publish details of the talks. “We don’t mind,” Putin said confidently. “I assure you that there’s nothing there that would compromise President Trump.”

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I wouldn’t have said he shames her. He simply understands that Greta IS her PR handlers. She should go home and be a child, not get dragged around the planet by spin doctors.

Putin Shames Greta Thunberg And Her Handlers Over Environmental Agenda (ZH)

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday chided Swedish environmentalist Greta Thunberg and her adult handlers, after the 16-year-old gave an emotional speech at the UN late last month. “Sure, Greta is kind, but emotions should not control this issue,” said Putin. “Go and explain to developing countries why they should continue living in poverty and not be like Sweden,” he added, before saying that it was deplorable how some groups are using Thunberg to achieve their own goals. In her speech last week, Thunberg lashed out at the United Nations – saying “You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words.” Thunberg also filed a legal complaint accusing five countries of inaction on global warming – drawing the ire of French President Emmanuel Macron, and many others who noted that she’s left China out of her diatribes and lawsuit, despite being the world’s worst polluter by total volume.

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There are actually Labour MPs who support Johnson’s nothingness.

Dismay In Brussels As Boris Johnson Finally Reveals Brexit Plan (G.)

Boris Johnson appears to be fighting a losing battle to avoid Britain staying in the European Union beyond 31 October after Michel Barnier privately gave a scathing analysis of the prime minister’s new plan for the Irish border, describing it as a trap. The European commission also refused to go into the secretive and intensive “tunnel” talks with the UK’s negotiators before a crunch summit on 17 October from which the UK had hoped to deliver a breakthrough deal. Despite concerted attempts to avoid publicly trashing the UK proposals, there was dismay behind the scenes in Brussels after Johnson tabled his first concrete proposal for replacing the Irish backstop.

The prime minister had set out the outline of the government’s offer in a speech to Tory party faithful in Manchester that also laid down the battle lines for a general election. On Wednesday night, he was hopeful a parliamentary majority could be assembled to back it. Johnson’s plan involves Northern Ireland leaving the EU’s customs union at the end of transition along with the rest of the UK, necessitating checks and controls on the island of Ireland. Northern Ireland would also stay aligned with EU standards on goods if Stormont agreed by December 2020, the end of the transition period, and then in a vote every four years.

But the UK has also requested that both sides commit at treaty level “never to conduct checks at the border” even if Stormont vetoes the arrangements laid out in the new 44-page Irish protocol. Barnier said that this commitment would prevent Brussels from protecting its internal market if the Northern Ireland assembly blocked the arrangement in 2020 or at a later date. “The EU would then be trapped with no backstop to preserve the single market after Brexit,” he warned, according to someone present in the room.

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Federico Pieraccini on an attack that proves it wasn’t Iran, ever. Where’s the coverage of this in the western press? Too inconvenient?

“Let us salute the resourceful Houthis, today’s unconquerable underdogs, for giving the world’s most repugnant bullies a bloody nose, and a huge blow to their bloated egos.”

3 Saudi Brigades Annihilated in Houthi Offensive in Saudi Arabia (Pieraccini)

Many may have hitherto been led to believe that the Houthis were a ragtag armed force lacking in sophistication. Many, seeing the drone and missile attacks on Saudi oil plants, may have declared it to be a false-flag attack carried out by Riyadh to boost Aramco’s market value; either that or it was an operation carried out by Iran or even Israel. On Saturday September 28, the Houthis put paid to such speculation by confirming what many, like myself, have been writing for months; that is, that the asymmetrical tactics of the Houthis, combined with the conventional capabilities of the Yemeni army, are capable of bringing the Saudi kingdom of Mohammed Bin Salman to its knees.

The Yemeni army’s missile forces are able to carry out highly complex attacks, no doubt as a result of reconnaissance provided by the local Shia population within the Kingdom that is against the House of Saud’s dictatorship. These Houthi sympathisers within Saudi Arabia helped in target identification, carried out reconnaissance within the plants, found the most vulnerable and impactful points, and passed this intelligence on to the Houthis and Yemeni army. These Yemeni forces employed locally produced means to severely degrade Saudi Arabia’s crude-oil-extraction and processing plants. The deadly strikes halved oil production and threatened to continue with other targets if the Saudi-conducted genocide in Yemen did not stop.

On Saturday 29 the Houthis and the Yemeni army conducted an incredible conventional attack lasting three days that began from within Yemen’s borders. The operation would have involved months of intelligence gathering and operational planning. It was a far more complex attack than that conducted against Aramco’s oil facilities. Initial reports indicate that the forces of the Saudi-led coalition were lured into vulnerable positions and then, through a pincer movement conducted quickly within Saudi territory, the Houthis surrounded the town of Najran and its outskirts and got the better of three Saudi brigades numbering in the thousands and including dozens of senior officers as well as numerous combat vehicles. This event is a game changer, leaving the US, Mike Pompeo and the Israelis and Saudis unable to lay the blame on Iran as all this took place a long way from Iran.

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Whitney Webb strikes again.

Ex-Israeli Intel Exec Says Epstein, Ghislaine Worked for Israeli Intel (Webb)

In an interview with Zev Shalev, former CBS News executive producer and award-winning investigative journalist for Narativ, the former senior executive for Israel’s Directorate of Military Intelligence, Ari Ben-Menashe, claimed not only to have met Jeffrey Epstein and his alleged madam, Ghislaine Maxwell, back in the 1980s, but that both Epstein and Maxwell were already working with Israeli intelligence during that time period. In an interview last week with the independent outlet Narativ, Ben-Menashe, who himself was involved in Iran-Contra arms deals, told his interviewer Zev Shalev that he had been introduced to Jeffrey Epstein by Robert Maxwell in the mid-1980s while Maxwell’s and Ben-Menashe’s involvement with Iran-Contra was ongoing. Ben-Menashe did not specify the year he met Epstein.

Ben-Menashe told Shalev that “he [Maxwell] wanted us to accept him [Epstein] as part of our group …. I’m not denying that we were at the time a group that it was Nick Davies [Foreign Editor of the Maxwell-Owned Daily Mirror], it was Maxwell, it was myself and our team from Israel, we were doing what we were doing.” Past reporting by Seymour Hersh and others revealed that Maxwell, Davies and Ben-Menashe were involved in the transfer and sale of military equipment and weapons from Israel to Iran on behalf of Israeli intelligence during this time period. He then added that Maxwell had stated during the introduction that “your Israeli bosses have already approved” of Epstein. Shalev later noted that Maxwell “had an extensive network in Israel at the time, which included the then-Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, according to Ben-Menashe.”

Ben-Menashe went on to say that he had “met him [Epstein] a few times in Maxwell’s office, that was it.” He also said he was not aware of Epstein being involved in arms deals for anyone else he knew at the time, but that Maxwell wanted to involve Epstein in the arms transfer in which he, Davies and Ben-Menashe were engaged on Israel’s behalf.

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“These inconsistencies should raise serious doubts as to whether the British justice system is operating objectively and according to domestic and international legal norms.”

We had no such doubts any more.

Julian Assange, Britain’s Unconvicted Prisoner (Cross)

This article is a second piece focusing on Belmarsh prison, where the founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, continues to be arbitrarily detained by the British government. The first part showed how Belmarsh prison has been systematically denying Assange access to justice by restricting all the means through which he could prepare his defence; access to and possession of legal documents, talking to his US lawyers, restricted meetings with his UK lawyers, and access to a laptop as a basic means to prepare his defence. These restrictions have been imposed in contradiction to all legislation and standards regarding the rights of the prisoner. This piece looks at the weaponizing of Category A prison security and the use of prison healthcare isolation as part of a program of the state-sponsored abuse of a journalist imprisoned for releasing prima facie evidence of US war crimes committed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The decision on 13th September by Judge Vanessa Baraitser in a ‘technical hearing‘ at Westminster Magistrate’s Court, means that although Assange has been given parole half way through what experts believe was a disproportionate 50 week sentence for skipping police bail in 2012, he will still be kept in prison while he is fighting extradition to the US – a process which could take many years. Baraitser justified her decision as follows: “In my view I have substantial ground for believing if I release you, you will abscond again” She described his status now as: “…from a serving prisoner to a person facing extradition”

According to the British judiciary, Assange was initially apprehended and sentenced to prison because he had ‘skipped bail’ by seeking refuge for political asylum in London’s Ecuadorian embassy. Despite the fact the original investigation in which he was wanted for questioning (and complied) by Swedish authorities had been dropped, the British courts still treated Assange as a serious criminal and sentenced him as such. The narratives in Baraitser’s statement, the injustices arising from them and the proceedings around this hearing have all been highlighted and roundly condemned. What’s more, despite the change to Assange’s prisoner status, he has so far been kept in Belmarsh. These inconsistencies should raise serious doubts as to whether the British justice system is operating objectively and according to domestic and international legal norms.

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    Rembrandt van Rijn Self portrait 1642   • US Hits Scotch Whisky, Italian Cheese, French Wine With 25% Tariffs (R.) • NYT: ‘Whistleblower’ Spoke T
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle October 3 2019]

    #50322

    V. Arnold
    Participant

    Rembrandt van Rijn Self portrait 1642

    Ah, Rembrandt’s mastery of light exhibited here…

    #50323

    V. Arnold
    Participant

    Well Ilargi; I self exiled just over 16 years ago and all I’ve seen is a serious deterioration in the very fabric of American (U.S.) society.
    But it doesn’t stop there; the west in general and the UK in particular, have gone psychotic.
    How does one make a cogent comment on that ongoing insanity?
    Rhetorical question: One doesn’t!
    Keep on trucking on…

    #50324

    V. Arnold
    Participant

    This just in; auto loans to extend to 8 years for “irresponsible borrowers”…ZH
    That is just swell; adds reams to my post above… 😉

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    anticlimactic
    Participant

    GRETA THUNBERG

    She has never suffered problems from Global Warming or Climate Change. She HAS suffered from being taught from a very young age that she was going to have a very bleak future. I read about a 7 year old Australian girl who became hysterical claiming she wanted to ‘decarbonise’ herself!

    What justifies terrorising young kids like this? It is obviously mentally damaging.

    I suppose that because there has never been any scientific evidence that Man’s activities influence global warming or climate it is best to brainwash kids at a young age to make sure they never question.

    Some say these ‘man-made catastrophes’ were promoted to justify a World Government so that a few oligarchs could control everything. It is no surprise to discover George Soros is involved with the institute which sponsors Greta.

    Greta does have a bleak future, but that will come from her, her country and the EU doing what activists demand to combat these ‘man made disasters’.

    #50326

    Dr. D
    Participant

    If we told her the same for economic austerity, we’d be monsters. If we say it’s ECO austerity, we’re heroes. …But you die, or don’t die, just the same. Who cares by which poison?

    #50327

    Dr. D
    Participant

    It’s Thursday, who should surrender today? How about Sweden?

    Swedes Are Fleeing

    https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/14894/swedes-are-fleeing

    Well, it is the hand grenade capital of the world. However, should you really abandon your country rather than fight for it? Of course this could be fixed, remediated, but to do that you’d have to talk honestly about what has happened and where to go from here, because hands will have to pull together.

    “NYT: ‘Whistleblower’ Spoke to ‘Shifty Schiff’ Before Filing Complaint (RT)”

    We’re finding new illegalities in the Schiff frame-up job. The Whistleblower documents were altered, as we know, specifically to make it legal for this CIA agent to use nonsense hearsay, as proven by the call transcript. And we know Schiff sat on this “Urgent Matter”, the very reason it has whistleblower status, for 2-3 weeks. And then there’s the other matter of, yes, the Whistleblower ACCUSED the President, (not sure that makes you a whistleblower, maybe a leaker? Or as CIA, a “bureaucratic adversary”?) but how did the agency know the allegation had merit unless THEY HEARD THE CONVERSATION? –And clearly they didn’t. Just question, because sans evidence, all we have is “You said” — which is the reason Whistleblowers must actually have evidence-in-hand. Otherwise, I could say Schiff was brainwashed by aliens from Alpha Centuri, overseen by David Icke and get Whistleblower status — a nonstarter.

    But worse than that. The document was suddenly changed, and the leaker’s helpers – CIA and Schiff – BACKDATED the original complaint on the pdf form. So they are not only changing forms at will to make them legal, they are essentially filing false government statements as well. And they had to to get the date and the legality to align, as for 220 years until that date you had to have a thing called “evidence.” So any one else think the CIA whistleblower is himself the CIA agent from the board of Burisma? You know, in conversations with Brennan?

    “They should look at him for treason because he is making up the words of the president”

    Oh geez, calm down. Like yourself, there are 50,000 felonies in play here, and you go after the one thing that’s senseless. Do your job and prosecute his ACTUAL felonies, which are many.

    “Lindsey Graham Urges Foreign Leaders to Assist Barr with Investigation (Pol.)”

    I like the quote from yesterday, “I’m old enough to remember when Democrats wanted to look into 2016 election tampering.” Now when they ask about it, it’s Treason.

    “We’ll “Definitely” Interfere in 2020, Just “Don’t Tell Anybody” – Putin (ZH)”

    Showing that Americans are the laughingstock and don’t even realize it. …Or rather their government is.

    “Putin Shames Greta Thunberg and Her Handlers over Environmental Agenda (ZH)”

    Apparently suggesting that a person is kindhearted but young is shaming now. But this is America, if you don’t agree with me slavishly, rigidly, and perfectly, you’re Hitler. That’s free speech!

    “Dismay in Brussels as Boris Johnson Finally Reveals Brexit Plan (G.)”

    Well when everyone has only sabotage in mind, you can pick one of three things not to work. That’s it. Pick one. But remember: only if you leave are you no longer in a eternal Catch-22.

    “3 Saudi Brigades Annihilated in Houthi Offensive in Saudi Arabia (Pieraccini)”

    Hey, don’t you know it’s useless for normal people with small arms to fight against today’s advanced armies? That’s why Americans are idiots for keeping the 2A: because the intelligentsia who’s never seen a gun in person say they would obviously lose. They’re just living a red-hat couch potato fantasy, as proven by our stellar success in Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Hated but well-funded governments backed by Raytheon always win, MBS is just another example.

    Oh wait: THAT, but the opposite.

    “Ex-Israeli Intel Exec Says Epstein, Ghislaine Worked for Israeli Intel”

    You mean they were undermining our GOVERNMENT? Wait: I thought they were our ALLIES. I mean, you know, after they sunk our ship in an attempt to get us to fight their wars. Who else but a friend and ally would laugh that off as a joke?

    If only you were wrong, V., but living here it’s both better, and worse, than reported. In one way, life goes on as it always has, go to work, harvest crops, stack pumpkins, deer season, autumn porches in moonlight, and in another way, it is indeed as dangerous and irrational as Robespierre, complete with mob hangings, thankfully (mostly) virtual. But such is history. It looks clear and exciting in the books, but in reality is messy and takes a long time. In reality, things are almost always habitual and ordinary, as it must be. Pump water, chop wood. Men are perrennial as grass…

    Desiderata

    Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
    and remember what peace there may be in silence.
    As far as possible without surrender
    be on good terms with all persons.
    Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
    and listen to others,
    even the dull and the ignorant;
    they too have their story.

    #50328

    Dr. D
    Participant

    …With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
    it is still a beautiful world.
    Be cheerful.
    Strive to be happy. “

    #50329

    boscohorowitz
    Participant

    “I wouldn’t have said he shames her. He simply understands that Greta IS her PR handlers. She should go home and be a child, not get dragged around the planet by spin doctors.”

    Oh, I think that Putin, for all his decent qualities, is nonetheless Big Oil. Don’t attack Big Oil.

    Putin Patronizes Greta

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    boscohorowitz
    Participant

    “What justifies terrorising young kids like this? It is obviously mentally damaging.”

    What justifies sticking our heads in the sand? Terror is a natural response to looming disaster. Parlor psych analysis coupled with political analysis doesn’t change this core existential reality.

    If I were her age, I’d be terrified, and display the anger that terror inspires when it doesn’t inspire suicidal defeatism. So she’s being handled. So is pert near every leader and major spokesperson you see, hear, or read. Grown-ups, in fact.

    A pox on all your houses. I hope y’all have nightmares about kids like Greta while you dismiss because of the existence of media spin doctors and the realities of media access.

    #50331

    kultsommer
    Participant

    Most of artist’s self portraits carry that tension from the gazing into the mirror, sometimes they show bit of vanity of an artist, or burden of an artist as in last Picasso (one of my all time favorites BTW) on TAE.
    In this one Rembrandt painted himself as if one of his wealthy sitters, self content and in at the best time of his life.
    Assange’s handlers can recite the law and logic presented by his defenders word for word, mockingly bobbing their heads
    right and left and then produce the big fart afterwards. And that’s the problem.

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    lasttwo
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    Dr D got me remembering and the whole thing is worth printing
    Desiderata
    Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
    and remember what peace there may be in silence.
    As far as possible without surrender
    be on good terms with all persons.
    Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
    and listen to others,
    even the dull and the ignorant;
    they too have their story.

    Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
    they are vexations to the spirit.
    If you compare yourself with others,
    you may become vain and bitter;
    for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
    Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

    Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
    it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
    Exercise caution in your business affairs;
    for the world is full of trickery.
    But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
    many persons strive for high ideals;
    and everywhere life is full of heroism.

    Be yourself.
    Especially, do not feign affection.
    Neither be cynical about love;
    for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
    it is as perennial as the grass.

    Take kindly the counsel of the years,
    gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
    Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
    But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
    Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
    Beyond a wholesome discipline,
    be gentle with yourself.

    You are a child of the universe,
    no less than the trees and the stars;
    you have a right to be here.
    And whether or not it is clear to you,
    no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

    Therefore be at peace with God,
    whatever you conceive Him to be,
    and whatever your labors and aspirations,
    in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.

    With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
    it is still a beautiful world.
    Be cheerful.
    Strive to be happy.

    — Max Ehrmann, 1927

    Of course 5 years or 15 years later he may have written a different poem

    #50345

    V. Arnold
    Participant

    …With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
    it is still a beautiful world.
    Be cheerful.
    Strive to be happy. “

    Yes, it is a beautiful world and I rarely forget that for long…
    All I have to do is look around us.
    My dear wife is very good about grounding me…

    #50350

    Dr. D
    Participant

    Wow, let’s not make you captain of the ship. Suppose a storm breaks and we’re battered by the winds, urgent action is required.

    Should our response be a) mindless terror, or b) vigorous action?

    Should we a) terrorize the crew with stories of how we probably won’t come out alive or b) invigorate them to personal action and teamwork?

    Should we a) do what has worked in the past for 1,000 years or b) attempt to rebuild the ship, our response, and our hierarchical structure into something new and untested a few hours before the storm begins?

    Battering your crew into mindless terror, thereby avoiding all action and change in their personal actions — the only action they actually have power over — is irresponsible in the extreme. When they have mental breakdowns on the ropes and are washed overboard — as indeed seems to be happening — count yourself responsible. I’ll go plant trees.

    “Why don’t you go upstairs and book a conference room. Maybe you can talk him to death” –Bourne Identity.

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