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Dorothea Lange ‘We’re bound for Kingfisher (OK wheat) and Lubbock (TX cotton). We’ll be in California yet. 1938

 

ABC Stopped Jeffrey Epstein Report ‘Amid Palace Threats’ (BBC)
MSM Execs Part Of ‘Network Of People’ That Covered For Epstein – O’Keefe (RT)
Roger Stone, Trump Friend And Alleged Tie To WikiLeaks, Faces Trial (NPR)
Amid 2016 Election, State Dept Saw Burisma As Joe Biden’s Issue (Solomon)
Sondland Reverses Himself On Ukraine (Pol.)
Ryanair Grounds Three Boeing 737s After Cracks Found (G.)
Boeing Whistleblower Raises Doubts Over 787 Oxygen System (BBC)
The Recession In The Auto Industry Is Tanking The Global Economy (ZH)
China Signs Nearly 200 Deals For New Silk Road Projects (RT)

 

 

The BBC turns on Andrew?

ABC Stopped Jeffrey Epstein Report ‘Amid Palace Threats’ (BBC)

Leaked footage shows a US TV anchor complaining that editors “quashed” a story about paedophile Jeffrey Epstein due to pressure from the Royal Family. ABC’s Amy Robach is seen in the clip griping that her interview with an alleged victim of Epstein and Prince Andrew never made it to air. “The Palace found out,” she says, “and threatened us a million different ways.” An ABC news executive said there was “zero truth” to the assertion. Epstein, a wealthy and well-connected financier, was found dead in a jail cell in August while awaiting trial for sex crimes. His death was ruled a suicide by investigators. In the video, Ms Robach vents frustration that her 2015 interview with Virginia Giuffre – formerly Virginia Roberts – was never broadcast.

The clip was leaked on Tuesday by Project Veritas, a group that seeks to expose perceived liberal bias in the mainstream media. Ms Giuffre, 35, alleges she was abused by Epstein and was ordered to have sex with powerful men including Prince Andrew, the Duke of York. In court documents she said she was forced to have sex with the British royal on three separate occasions while she was under the legal age of consent. Prince Andrew has denied having “any form of sexual contact or relationship” with Ms Giuffre. In 2015, a judge ruled that the allegations made by Ms Giuffre regarding Prince Andrew were “immaterial and impertinent” and ordered them to be removed from a claim against Epstein.

“I’ve had this story for three years. I’ve had this interview with Virginia Roberts,” says Robach, speaking to someone off-camera. “We would not put it on the air. First of all, I was told, ‘who’s Jeffrey Epstein? No one knows who that is. This is a stupid story.’ “Then the Palace found out that we had her whole allegations about Prince Andrew and threatened us a million different ways. “We were so afraid that we wouldn’t be able to interview Kate and Will. “That also quashed the story,” the host of ABC’s 20/20 programme added. Robach also says that the interview included allegations against former US President Bill Clinton. “We had everything,” she continues. “I tried for three years to get it on, to no avail. “And now it’s all coming out and it’s like these new revelations and I freaking had all of it.”

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“They’re fine airing the allegations against Brett Kavanaugh, or [President Donald] Trump, or anybody else, but when it comes to Bill Clinton and some of these folks who are mentioned by Amy in this hot mic tape, they say they just didn’t have enough corroboration..”

MSM Execs Part Of ‘Network Of People’ That Covered For Epstein – O’Keefe (RT)

ABC and other mainstream media outlets refused to cover accusations against sex predator Jeffrey Epstein because “a network of people” that includes their executives were implicated, James O’Keefe of Project Veritas told RT. The Disney-owned network has doubled down on its insistence that anchor Amy Robach’s story on Epstein three years ago lacked “enough corroboration” and thus wasn’t aired. This was after Project Veritas released a “hot mic” video of Robach slamming the decision to quash the story. The conservative filmmaker told RT on Tuesday that he believes ABC’s refusal to budge from that explanation backs up Robach’s claim that “a network of people” – including the executives running her channel – are “covering up for this” because they are somehow “implicated.”

Robach had interviewed Epstein’s alleged sex slave Virginia Roberts Giuffre and other victims and claimed to have pictures and other proof to back up her story. The never-aired exposé was such a bombshell that it provoked intimidating calls from “the [UK royal] palace, which threatened [ABC] a million different ways,” and Epstein lawyer Alan Dershowitz – and the media establishment, O’Keeffe said, is very susceptible to such threats. Mainstream media’s decisions to suppress major stories like Epstein or the allegations of sexual assault against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein have contributed to a wholesale abandonment of trust in the media by the American people, O’Keeffe continued.

“It’s quite telling that this insider leaked this tape to Project Veritas and not the Washington Post, New York Times, CBS or CNN, because they seem to want to protect the people that were working with Jeffrey Epstein,” he added. They’re fine airing the allegations against Brett Kavanaugh, or [President Donald] Trump, or anybody else, but when it comes to Bill Clinton and some of these folks who are mentioned by Amy in this hot mic tape, they say they just didn’t have enough corroboration,” O’Keefe said, recalling that Robach had specifically mentioned that “we had [Bill] Clinton.”

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The advantages of silencing Assange: people can claim anything at all that would support any claim at all no matter how absurd. Assange and Wikileaks have denied any link to Stone, and he himself has too. But it no longer matters with Julian locked up in solitary. And now they use Stone’s empty braggadocio in an actual trial?!

Literally nothing in this report from NPR is true. But who cares anymore?

Roger Stone, Trump Friend And Alleged Tie To WikiLeaks, Faces Trial (NPR)

Stone and some of his associates may have been links in a chain that connected Trump in New York City with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in London, who at the time had confined himself in the Ecuadorian Embassy there. Assange, in turn, was in contact with Russia’s military intelligence agency, the GRU, which had stolen a trove of embarrassing material from political targets in the United States. WikiLeaks released many of those emails and other documents with disruptive effects on political life in the U.S. — and enjoyed public encouragement by Trump and his campaign. What Mueller’s investigation revealed was how much Trump and aides worked to get more.


The campaign built into its plans the expectation that there would be more damaging revelations about Hillary Clinton, and Trump’s campaign bosses also sought contact with some people connected with the interference over the course of the election season. Charging documents in Stone’s case describe a message from one of Stone’s contacts depicting the person in a photo taken outside the Ecuadorian Embassy — implying that he’d visited Assange — and other messages in which Stone and associates discuss the prospect of more “dumps” from WikiLeaks.

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Solomon rules.

Amid 2016 Election, State Dept Saw Burisma As Joe Biden’s Issue (Solomon)

In recent interviews, Joe Biden has distanced himself from his son’s work at a Ukrainian gas company that was under investigation during the Obama years, with the former vice president suggesting he didn’t even know Hunter Biden served on the board of Burisma Holdings. There is plenty of evidence that conflicts with the former vice president’s account, including Hunter Biden’s own story that he discussed the company once with his famous father. There also was a December 2015 New York Times story that raised the question of whether Hunter Biden’s role at Burisma posed a conflict of interest for the vice president, especially when Joe Biden was leading the fight against Ukrainian corruption while Hunter Biden’s firm was under investigation by Ukrainian prosecutors.

But whatever the Biden family recollections, the Obama State Department clearly saw the Burisma Holdings investigation in the midst of the 2016 presidential election as a Joe Biden issue. Memos newly released through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the Southeastern Legal Foundation on my behalf detail how State officials in June 2016 worked to prepare the new U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, to handle a question about “Burisma and Hunter Biden.” In multiple drafts of a question-and-answer memo prepared for Yovanovitch’s Senate confirmation hearing, the department’s Ukraine experts urged the incoming ambassador to stick to a simple answer. “Do you have any comment on Hunter Biden, the Vice President’s son, serving on the board of Burisma, a major Ukrainian Gas Company?,” the draft Q&A asked.

The recommended answer for Yovanovitch: “For questions on Hunter Biden’s role in Burisma, I would refer you to Vice President Biden’s office.” The Q&A is consistent with other information flowing out of State. As I reported yesterday, when a Burisma representative contacted State in February 2016 to ask for the department’s help in quashing the corruption allegations, Hunter Biden’s role on the company’s board was prominently cited. And a senior State Department official who testified recently in the impeachment proceedings reportedly told lawmakers he tried to warn the vice president’s office that Burisma posed a conflict for Joe Biden but was turned aside. There are no laws that would have prevented Hunter Biden from joining Burisma, even as his father oversaw Ukraine policy for the President Obama..

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400 pages means hours and hours of testimony, but he ‘forgot’ to mention the one thing he knew very well was key to it all? And now, after talking to “the right” people, he suddenly remembers? I’d give Sondland an F- on credibility.

Sondland Reverses Himself On Ukraine (Pol.)

In his revised testimony, released Tuesday by House impeachment investigators, Sondland said that during a Sept. 1 meeting in Warsaw, Poland, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky raised his concerns to Vice President Mike Pence about the suspension of military aid. Sondland, Trump’s ambassador to the European Union, added that he later told Andriy Yermak, a top Ukrainian national security adviser, the aid would be contingent on Trump’s desired investigations. “After that large meeting, I now recall speaking individually with Mr. Yermak, where I said that resumption of U.S. aid would likely not occur until Ukraine provided the public anti-corruption statement that we had been discussing for many weeks,” Sondland wrote in his addendum, which was released alongside a nearly 400-page transcript of his testimony.


Sondland revealed the exchange in supplemental testimony he submitted to House impeachment investigators on Monday, saying he had failed to recall the episode when he testified in person last month. Sondland, who had a direct line to Trump and was a major donor to his 2016 presidential campaign, had previously indicated he was unaware of any effort to connect military aid to Trump’s demand for politically motivated investigations. Sondland was eager to maintain that public posture, even with other U.S. officials working on Ukraine policy. Eight days after privately telling Yermak that military aid was contingent on Trump’s desired investigations, Sondland wrote in a text message to William Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, that Trump had been “crystal clear” that there was no quid pro quo involving military aid and publicly announced investigations.

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It’s all over now, baby blue.

Ryanair Grounds Three Boeing 737s After Cracks Found (G.)

At least three Ryanair Boeing 737s have been grounded due to cracks between the wing and fuselage but this was not disclosed to the public, the Guardian can reveal. The budget Irish airline is the latest to be affected by faults in the “pickle fork” structure, which has sparked an urgent grounding of 50 planes globally since 3 October. While other airlines, such as Australia’s Qantas and America’s Southwest, have disclosed the number of their planes affected by the cracks, Ryanair – which operates the largest fleet of 737s in Europe – has previously refused to confirm how many of its planes have been affected. Last Thursday, the airline told the Irish Times it “does not expect” the global pickle fork issue would “have any impact upon our operations or fleet availability”.


The Guardian can now reveal three of their planes have been affected by the issue. It is understood that experts do not regard the presence of the cracks as a safety issue as long as appropriate checks are carried out. The grounded planes have the registration numbers EI-DCL, EI-DAL and EI-DCJ. All three are more than 15 years old. Flight tracking site Flight Aware shows that DCL and DAL are both currently in a known plane repair site, the Southern California Logistics Airport in Victorville, California. The third plane, DCJ, is in storage at Stansted airport in London. A copy of internal Ryanair engineering logs, seen by the Guardian, lists all three as having “pickle fork cracks”. “AOG [aircraft on ground] – R/H pickle fork crack – on repair in VCV [Victorville],” the logs for DAL read.

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Boeing’s response and defense: “safety, quality and integrity are at the core of Boeing’s values”. Maybe try another line next time.

Boeing Whistleblower Raises Doubts Over 787 Oxygen System (BBC)

A Boeing whistleblower has claimed that passengers on its 787 Dreamliner could be left without oxygen if the cabin were to suffer a sudden decompression. John Barnett says tests suggest up to a quarter of the oxygen systems could be faulty and might not work when needed. He also claimed faulty parts were deliberately fitted to planes on the production line at one Boeing factory. Boeing denies his accusations and says all its aircraft are built to the highest levels of safety and quality. The firm has come under intense scrutiny in the wake of two catastrophic accidents involving another one of its planes, the 737 Max.

Mr Barnett, a former quality control engineer, worked for Boeing for 32 years, until his retirement on health grounds in March 2017. From 2010 he was employed as a quality manager at Boeing’s factory in North Charleston, South Carolina. This plant is one of two that are involved in building the 787 Dreamliner, a state-of-the-art modern airliner used widely on long-haul routes around the world. Despite early teething problems following its entry into service the aircraft has proved a hit with airlines, and a useful source of profits for the company. But according to Mr Barnett, 57, the rush to get new aircraft off the production line meant that the assembly process was rushed and safety was compromised. The company denies this and insists that “safety, quality and integrity are at the core of Boeing’s values”.

In 2016, he tells the BBC, he uncovered problems with emergency oxygen systems. These are supposed to keep passengers and crew alive if the cabin pressurisation fails for any reason at altitude. Breathing masks are meant to drop down from the ceiling, which then supply oxygen from a gas cylinder. Without such systems, the occupants of a plane would rapidly be incapacitated. At 35,000ft, (10,600m) they would be unconscious in less than a minute. At 40,000ft, it could happen within 20 seconds. Brain damage and even death could follow.

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Best news ever for the climate movement.

The Recession In The Auto Industry Is Tanking The Global Economy (ZH)

The global economy continues to grind to a halt and the culprit has never been clearer: the auto industry. For the better part of almost 2 years now, we have been reporting monthly on marked slowdowns in key auto markets like China, North America and Europe. Now, the slowdown in this massive industry is what’s helping spur an overall global economic slowdown, according to FT. The reaches of the auto market go deep, with long supply chains and large consumption of raw materials, textiles, chemicals and electronics. The industry is home to millions of jobs and last year, the sector shrank for the first time since the global financial crisis. The IMF is estimating that this fall in output accounted for more than 25% of the slowdown in the global economy between 2017 and 2018.


The sector may also be responsible for up to 33% of the slowdown in global trade growth over the same period, the IMF said. Gian Maria Milesi-Ferretti, deputy director of the IMF’s research department said: “The car sector has been weighing heavily on manufacturing activity and growth.” And the fund’s forecast of a small lift in global trade in 2020 is dependent on a recovery in the auto sector. Conversely, the fund’s analysis also notes the potential further damage that could occur if the auto sector becomes the focus of the ongoing U.S./China trade war.

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But who pays? And in what currency?

China Signs Nearly 200 Deals For New Silk Road Projects (RT)

China’s trillion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), also known as “One Belt, One Road,” has already attracted nearly 170 participants, Chinese President Xi Jinping has announced, vowing to further develop the project. “To date, China has signed 197 documents on Belt and Road cooperation with 137 countries and 30 international organizations,” he said in the opening speech at the China International Import Expo in Shanghai on Tuesday. The development of the initiative, which is aimed at boosting trade connections across the world and linking China with other countries, is a central part of plans to open up the Chinese market, according to Xi.


Other proposed measures include boosting investment and imports, lowering tariffs, developing free-trade zones, improving business environment as well as deepening bilateral and multilateral cooperation. “Standing at a new historical starting point, China will open its door only wider to the world,” Xi stated, calling for other countries to “stand firm against protectionism and unilateralism.” The ambitious BRI, launched in September 2013 by President Xi, could cost Beijing up to $1.3 trillion by 2027, according to Morgan Stanley’s estimates.

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    Dorothea Lange ‘We’re bound for Kingfisher (OK wheat) and Lubbock (TX cotton). We’ll be in California yet. 1938   • ABC Stopped Jeffrey Epstein R
    [See the full post at: Things November 6 2019]

    #51077

    V. Arnold
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    Dorothea Lange ‘We’re bound for Kingfisher (OK wheat) and Lubbock (TX cotton). We’ll be in California yet. 1938
    Lange’s work is deservedly historic; and her capture of the raw beauty of that time, told no lies..
    The paperclip “Scream” is a scream… 😉

    It’s November 6th; on this date in 1919, Albert Einstein was pulled from obscurity by a British scientist for his work on the general theory of relativity. Einstein said at that time, that only 12 people in the world would understand his work.
    Well worth a read as it’s a great story.
    https://www.yahoo.com/news/100-years-ago-british-scientist-202800469.html

    #51079

    I like that the New York Times headlines “Sondland UPDATES testimony..” 400 pages worth of testimony, hour after hour after hour, coaxed and coached by Adam Schiff, and during all that time he FORGOT the one thing he knew they were after? But remembered it later, after talking to god knows who?I don’t know who got to him, but somebody sure did.

    #51080

    Dr. D
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    Lang looks like fun. Wish I were there. It’s an honest hard that is better than the drip drip of the “thick of thin things” where “nothing matters and anything goes.” It’s the wealth that has driven us (them) all crazy, not poverty. Ask King David, once a homeless felon and living in caves: that’s not what crashed him.

    “ABC Stopped Jeffrey Epstein Report ‘Amid Palace Threats’ (BBC)”

    ABC executive said they were simply worried they would no longer get interviews from Kate for celebrity gossip. Much worse and oh-so more American.

    “His death was ruled a suicide by investigators.”

    And NOT a suicide by OTHER investigators. So as our a la carte news, pick whichever truth you want that fits your existing bias. P.S., why did they feel the need to add that line? Similar to the constantly added “he said, ‘without evidence’,” (usually said of a man’s own opinions or facts that are classified that only he and not the reporter would have access to.) Why? It’s a smear word, a lie word, an I-don’t-believe-it-either-but-must-convince-you-anyway word.

    “Project Veritas, a group that seeks to expose perceived liberal bias in the mainstream media.”

    Really? Did they find any said bias? Because it sure looks like they’re the only ones on earth doing investigative journalism. And to me the real story is a) how dumb, dumb, dumb the anchor is. “I don’t understand why the managers/owners spiked the story!” You’re fired. You’re not a reporter; you clearly have no cynicism gland. And b) that ABC was happy, satisfied, thrilled in fact, to have such a story, to out the leaker/witness, to tell her name to Epstein, to cover for serial pedophilia rapes, and to be such cheap whores they apparently didn’t even do it for the money. The act of protecting violent criminals and savaging victims, keeping that victim train going for 20 more years was reward enough. For their true Master. The Father of Lies? Tell me why it isn’t.

    So the Anchor, a woman, knew this and sat on it for 3 years, not leaking it to anyone else. Knowing all that time, every day she uses her $10,000 makeup and has 5-star meals in Manhattan, that girls from Minnesota were being essentially trafficked and raped? Tell me how that feels for you, because I wouldn’t know.

    “this insider leaked this tape to Project Veritas and not the Washington Post, New York Times, CBS or CNN, …the people that were working with Jeffrey Epstein,”

    And the FBI too. Look, even low-level dummies like me, totally disconnected and not looking for anything knew about this by 1999. So want to calculate Epstein’s appetite of 3 girls a day x 365 x 20 years? And I’m supposed to say “Aw, too bad Ms. Robach, nice try?”

    “Roger Stone, Trump Friend and Alleged Tie to WikiLeaks, Faces Trial (NPR)”

    Stone is an operator, and has been doing some clever things by going to trial. I don’t know if it’ll all pan out for him as it has for Flynn, but discovery is going to be hilarious, and the SWAT raid on him 10x harder than for Saddam and Bin Laden, lambasted harder than al-Baghdadi, with pre-alerted CNN reporters imbedded was the kind of public communication to voters about the state of their government that you just can’t buy. As an old guy, I’m sure this is the way he wants to go out. With dirty tricks and panache, spitting in their eye.

    “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!” ― Hunter S. Thompson

    “Amid 2016 Election, State Dept Saw Burisma as Joe Biden’s Issue (Solomon)”

    As I commented late yesterday, this means they knew it was wrong. As the present defense of it shows they also know it was wrong. Wrong in that even having the APPEARANCE causes credibility issues, diverting the Ambassador from useful duties to cover and witness-tamper with her, and so on. Just don’t do it. …Mr. Kushner.

    Also mirrors Clinton’s main vulnerability from ’16, the sale of U.S. Uranium to Russia for a few million in free cash to Bill, from our purported arch-enemy, via Russian banks who had been embargoed. Ya think? And it was, but you’re not supposed to ADMIT it! You know, the way Beto admitted he was gun-confiscating with SWAT teams and the way Joy Bahar said on national T.V. that Democrats should lie about taking the guns and your constitutional civil rights, then illegally trash Federal Law and double-cross and arrest you immediately upon claiming office. Yes, we all know it’s true; DON’T SAY THOSE THINGS IN PUBLIC. Do they have diarrhea of the mouth? Tourette’s? As said when pitching to the imprisoned transgender vote or pissing off every voter by adding the white, English imperialism of editing the Spanish language with “LatinX,” who are you talking to? They used to have enough brains to lie. It’s astonishing. I thought it was a requirement for political office, but as Assad said, I really appreciate the new political honesty here. Yes, Hunter Biden and Hillary Clinton are doing wrong. Yes, we all know it. Yes, we are going to erase your civil rights without any process of changing the law and Amendment. Yes, we’re going to lie about it and are lying right now. Thanks! That’s actually the #Logos you’re speaking, I’m surprised your mouth isn’t burning.

    “Sondland Reverses Himself on Ukraine (Pol.)”

    Well that’s easy: I guess he needs to be arrested for perjury. He was either lying before or lying now. Either way, it’s a crime. Bye.

    Q: How guilty do you have to be to be arrested anymore? A: No one knows. We have yet to arrest anyone.

    “Ryanair Grounds Three Boeing 737s After Cracks Found (G.)”
    “Boeing Whistleblower Raises Doubts Over 787 Oxygen System (BBC)”

    While fun, I expect this is normal and they’re just checking Boeings more now, and the media is reporting what is ordinarily normal, boring repairs like a front tie-rod end change. The media specializes in reporting tiny events as if they’re pandemic, and pandemic events as if they either don’t exist or are ordinary and always happening. You can tell because math and statistics are like garlic to vampires, never used and spat out, because they enforce objective truth on pathological liars and are #Logos, their one true hate and enemy.

    “The Recession in The Auto Industry Is Tanking the Global Economy (ZH)”

    This does prove up Marx’s theory that Capitalism will be SO successful that it will glut the market with products and crash itself. I assume since every conclusion he ever had was wrong this one will be too, but this process isn’t. And thanks to non-capitalism, it’s also concentrated in Mary Barra’s and Zuckerberg’s hands, who will obviously give you UBI for free, no strings attached, and not cut off your UBI or health care or anything the way UK’s Nation Health just said they will: https://www.zerohedge.com/political/uks-national-health-service-deny-treatment-racists-and-sexists No no no. When have Zuck or Dorsey or Pichai ever cut off Free Speech?

    The other part of this is Germany is now in a Recession, two quarters of shrinking growth. Of course like us they have been, but they’ve paused lying about it now for some reason. How’s the old Euro doing?

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    sumac.carol
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    https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/the-forgotten-life-of-einsteins-first-wife/
    Interesting link about Einstein’s wife – makes one wonder if credit was not appropriately allocated.

    #51082

    sumac.carol
    Participant

    Come on Dr. D on Marx being wrong on everything. As he predicted we have a never-ending, earth-destroying search for more markets, a glut of high-end garbage we don’t need while we have not enough of the essentials. We have incredibly powerful monopolies and a massive expensive workforce that is terrified of leaving it’s awful jobs. Sounds like Marx was bang on.

    Marx Was Right: Five Surprising Ways Karl Marx Predicted 2014

    #51083

    Dr. D
    Participant

    Actually NIH denies medical care to a third category too: Whistleblowers.

    Even ones who report on unrelated 3rd nations.

    #51084

    Doc Robinson
    Participant

    Those Boeing 737 cracks are not trivial, and the repair takes weeks (not a few hours or days).

    The attachment frames with their pickle fork reinforcements are a so-called safe life design (see below for more on this) which means they shall last well above the life of the aircraft, in this case, 90,000 flights. The cracks were found on ex-Jet Airways of India passenger planes which were converted to freighters for Amazon with more than 33,500 flights behind them. When doing these conversions the airframes are stripped bare and the cracks were found… The 737 NG pickle forks are a safe life design, according to our information. This is what makes the cracks worrying. They shouldn’t be there on an airframe with only 37% of its design life behind it.

    https://leehamnews.com/2019/09/30/boeings-737-in-another-pickle/

    #51085

    Dr. D
    Participant

    Marx was wrong about many things.” – Quote from Rolling Stone article linked. And there are many things wrong even in that article, to say nothing of Marx. But that would make a very long discussion indeed.

    I’d say about Capitalism what Gandhi said about “Western Civilization”: “ I think it would be a good idea.”

    The primary problem in critiques and the Rolling Stone article are, how is there an oversupply? A: because central banks artificially suppress interest rates, print money, and hand it to their friends. I.e. Anti-Capitalism, indeed, it is Marxism, State-run, State-directed central planning. Unlike say, the capitalism of the Middle Ages, it causes false, artificial demand, construction of useless products, waste, overproduction, and therefore requires a subsequent collapse and violent unemployment that favors only speculators and financiers. A slow, steady system could not do this, or not to this level. Monopoly relies on bribery and insider dealing of government controlling, favoring, and protecting corporations, i.e. Socialism. Since America is “Only suited to a moral people and will work for none other”, it’s no surprise Americans believed, as they morally attacked the obvious problems of bribery in a government far too small to run the economy and favor insider corporations, that they would believe capital would naturally aggregate, and competition would dis-aggregate as happened for 200 years before government starting running the economy. Once they could control the government to favor corporate interests, i.e. Marxism, the Robber Barons were never unseated again.

    Same with Income Tax. It is Communist, one of the platforms, along with a conniving, intervening Central Bank. Every day since it’s existed, inequity has increased, not decreased, and every time it’s raised and expanded even down to the poor, it hurts the modest, not the wealthy. It’s Marxism. As it’s been added, things got worse, not better. So Marx’s conclusion on this, as well as 1) Confiscation of personal property, 2) Open violence as the proper means 3) Confiscation of all dissident property. 4) Centralization of communication, as in Facebook, etc 5) State-run farms, as in Holodomor or FDR dumping milk while people starved 6) Legal Slavery, as the conscription of labor for state ends, 7) Forcing population moves, as destroying the rural areas and driving people into the cities as in France and America 8) Public school system, which now as Baltimore, graduates <10% with basic competency at a cost of $55k/student/year. All failures in the EXTREME, with 300M dead, the biggest mass-death of the 20th century, more than typhus and plague combined. I’d say that’s a pretty unprecedented, extremely well-tested failure.

    Product demands were no less in 1800 than they are now. Do you not think every man would have liked a pair of robotic, bird-singing clockwork pistols? Or a pocketwatch? Of course they would. So why were they not created and tossed on the cobbles of Philadelphia? A) they were too poor and B) they didn’t have access to unlimited, free, false, and bankrupting money that causes nations to come unhinged and fall into catastrophe. So their DEMAND for an iPhone5 comes to nothing if you don’t undermine the entire system to make iPhone5s for Steve Job’s personal profit, using hundred-trillion$ in free money to HIM while strangling wages for the working man, food production is gutted, and West Virginians starve. That’s a direct TRANSFER from the poor TO the rich, from the Reds TO the Blues, using Marx’s income tax and central bank, institutions tailor-made for the purpose. This is why RICH people donate to Marxist economic schools and pay to shutter Austrian schools: because RICH people get richer using these tools, not because they get poorer and the poor get a fairer shake.

    And a lot more, but trying to keep the base argument short: a) Most of the things they complain about in “capitalism” are actually Marxism, and b) Every day that any element of his platform is enacted, things have gotten worse. It would stand to reason that we should just reverse the double-ills added by Marxism and go back to it being only as “least-bad” as Capitalism, with as little transferring, bribing, and thieving as possible.

    But don’t worry, regardless of our opinions, that’s about to happen as both Socialism goes bankrupt and Nations lack the power to control anything and favor all their billionaires at your expense. http://nautil.us/blog/omniviolence-is-coming-and-the-world-isnt-ready

    #51086

    Doc Robinson
    Participant

    Ilargi: “I’d give Sondland an F- on credibility.”

    Did he ever have any credibility as ambassador? Sondland is called a “diplomat” in headlines but he’s a hotel developer who donated $1 million to Trump’s inaugural committee, leading to his selection by Trump as ambassador to the EU. Fiona HIll, who resigned from Trump’s National Security Council a few months ago, “viewed Sondland as a U.S. national security risk because he was so unprepared for his job,” according to Wikipedia.

    Sondland has also been a vocal opponent of the construction of Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which would transport gas across the Baltic Sea to the EU. He has argued that the pipeline would leave the EU dependent upon Russia for its energy needs and increase Russia’s leverage on key U.S. allies in NATO. Sondland argued that “Putin uses energy as a political weapon. The EU should not rely on a bare-chested version of the Harry Potter villain Lord Voldemort as a supplier, even if his gas is a bit cheaper.”

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

    #51087

    zerosum
    Participant

    @ sumac.carol & Dr. D

    Phil Torres is a scholar of global catastrophic risks –
    Civilization is an experiment. We may not get the results we’re expecting. So humanity would do well to hope for the best but prepare for the worst.

    humanity is not hoping for the best or preparing for the worst.-3 monkeys
    —–
    https://video.foxnews.com/v/6100890967001/#sp=show-clips

    Enlarge player →
    Graham on quid pro quo in Biden-Ukraine scandal
    Nov. 05, 2019 – 5:42 – South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham on impeachment inquiry and Biden-Ukraine scandal.

    Background
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lindsey_Graham#Personal_life
    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko presents the Order of Prince Yaroslav the Wise to Graham, December 30, 2016
    —-
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Solomon_(political_commentator)
    Solomon’s part in the Trump–Ukraine scandal

    #51088

    zerosum
    Participant

    BREAKING: Source Reveals Hunter Biden Took ‘Off The Books’ Payments From Burisma, Aided By FBI Coverup


    BREAKING: Source Reveals Hunter Biden Took ‘Off The Books’ Payments From Burisma, Aided By FBI Coverup
    by CD Media Staf fNovember 6, 2019

    In our extensive discussions with Onyshchenko, CD Media can report that he confirmed Hunter Biden took ‘off the books’ payments totally millions from Burisma.
    “There were ‘official’ and ‘unofficial’ payments to the Biden family,” Onyshchenko stated.
    Onyshchenko also confirmed that former FBI agent Karen Greenway, who oversaw the Obama administration’s anti-corruption efforts in Eastern Europe, directed the coverup of the Biden scandal at the time, in concert with the U.S. embassy in Kyiv, and other Deep State American government assets ‘in-country’.
    There is much more information to be disclosed in this story and CD Media will be releasing more as we become comfortable with its accuracy.

    #51089

    zerosum
    Participant

    Finding the truth by the 3 monkeys
    Will John Solomon be requested to give a testimony at the impeachment inquiry?

    https://thehill.com/opinion/campaign/435906-us-embassy-pressed-ukraine-to-drop-probe-of-george-soros-group-during-2016

    US Embassy pressed Ukraine to drop probe of George Soros group during 2016 election
    By John Solomon, opinion contributor — 03/26/19

    #51090

    zerosum
    Participant

    https://www.zerohedge.com/political/ukrainians-pimped-hunter-bidens-seat-leverage-obama-state-department
    “…. the Wall Street Journal, citing documents released in response to a Freedom of Information Act request submitted by journalist John Solomon.” (Wall street jornal is behind a paywall.)
    Here is the affidavit that nobody is citing

    Uploaded byJohn Solomon
    Description:
    Sworn statement of former Ukraine Prosecutor General Viktor https://www.scribd.com/document/427618359/Shokin-Statement

    Now go to
    https://www.zerohedge.com/political/democrats-release-impeachment-hearing-transcript-top-diplomat-ukraine
    see what Ambassador Star said.

    Maybe the 3 monkeys are waking up

    #51091

    VietnamVet
    Participant

    Boeing and the Biden Family encapsulate a failing Empire engulfed in corruption caused by the Oligarchs’ seizure of control of the West’s national governments and the resulting loss of democracy and the rule of law. “The opioid crisis, which the Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) estimates cost $696 billion in 2018—or 3.4 percent of GDP—and more than $2.5 trillion for the four-year period from 2015 to 2018.” Yet, Purdue Pharma’s profiteers, the Sackler Family, keep their fortunes and freedom while 42,000 Americans died of overdoses.

    #51092

    John Day
    Participant

    Guys, Jeffrey Epstein’s “death” has been reported, but those pictures of the body on the stretcher being wheeled by do not match Epstein’s.
    http://www.johndayblog.com/2019/08/whose-murdered-corpse.html
    Narrative control is getting us to argue about whether he suicided or was Arkancided.
    Epstein IS a global player. Notice that Ghislane Maxwell is not in custody anywhere, either.

    #51093

    zerosum
    Participant

    Keep following Epstein. Keep us informed.
    Its going to be bigger than Biden.

    #51100

    oxymoron
    Participant

    Yes John, I believe you are right now I look at it. He would not have killed himself, not that early in the game. He doesn’t appear to have the personality to reflect on his deeds enough to enter any of the stages of grief and would seek only to escape – after all he is an escapist.

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