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Esther Bubley Passengers on Memphis-Chattanooga Greyhound bus 1943

 

Trump Claims ‘Breakthrough’ In Trade Talks With China (RT)
Xi Jinping Seeks To Sign Trade Deal As Soon As Possible (CNBC)
Only Washington Got What It Wants In US-China Trade Deal (SCMP)
Bannon: Trump Impeachment Will Be “Trial Of The Century” (RCP)
The Real Reasons Tulsi Gabbard Did Not Vote to Impeach Donald Trump (MPN)
We Live in Hysteric Times (Jatras)
2019 – The Year of Manufactured Hysteria (OffG)
2019 Year In Review: “I Fought The Fed, And The Fed Won” (Dave Collum)
Swedish Justice Ministry Manipulated Crime Statistics (RT)
Julian Assange’s Mother Christine Breaks Her Silence, Reveals Her Agony (HS)

 

 

But then he says it on average every other day.

Trump Claims ‘Breakthrough’ In Trade Talks With China (RT)

US President Donald Trump has said that Beijing and Washington, locked in a bitter trade dispute, will be inking a trade deal “very shortly,” claiming a breakthrough has been achieved in the recent talks. Trump was speaking at the Turning Point USA’s Student Action Summit in West Palm Beach, Florida, on Saturday, as he made the announcement. “We just achieved a breakthrough on the trade deal and we will be signing it very shortly,” he said, without providing any additional details as to the terms of the mooted agreement or the timeframe within which it is expected to be signed.

Trump said that he spoke to his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on Friday, noting that Beijing has been “already buying billions and billions of agricultural products” from US farmers. The US push for China to step up purchase of US farm products has been one of the key demands of the Trump administration in the negotiations, that had dragged on for almost two years without bearing much fruit. However, last week Washington and Beijing announced that they finally reached “a historic and enforceable agreement” that will see the US lowering levies on $120 billion worth of Chinese imports, while 25% tariffs an another $250 billion worth of Chinese goods would still remain in effect.

China reciprocated by agreeing to boost purchase of American products to up to $200 billion over the next two years, that include agricultural products. In addition, Beijing suspended a new tariff hike on a series of US goods, ranging from corn and wheat to vehicles and auto parts.

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If the deal is so good for the US, why this? Is Xi just saving face?

Xi Jinping Seeks To Sign Trade Deal As Soon As Possible (CNBC)

Chinese leader Xi Jinping said on Friday the “phase one” trade deal is beneficial to both China and the U.S., according to state-run media agency Xinhua. “The first-phase economic and trade agreement reached between the U.S. and China is a good thing for the U.S., China, and the entire world,” Xi said. “Both the U.S. and Chinese markets and the world have responded very positively to this. The U.S. is willing to maintain close communication with China and strive to sign and implement it as soon as possible.”


Xi acknowledged a phone call he had on Friday with President Donald Trump regarding the trade agreement. Trump said earlier Friday that they had a “very good talk,” that China has started “large scale” purchases of U.S. agricultural products and a formal deal signing is being arranged. The Xinhua report didn’t mention any detail in the limited trade deal. The two countries announced last week that they had agreed on the text of the agreement that includes some tariff relief and increased agricultural buying. Xi expressed serious concerns over the U.S.2 recent involvement in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Xinjiang and Tibet, saying these practices interfered with China’s internal affairs, harmed China’s interests, and were not conducive to mutual trust and cooperation.

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The SCMP lifts part of the veil.

Only Washington Got What It Wants In US-China Trade Deal (SCMP)

The different approaches adopted by American and Chinese officials in dealing with the long-awaited first trade deal reflect their different sentiments and views on the result of the marathon deliberations. US President Donald Trump has been super proud of the accord, praising it as “a big deal”, “an amazing deal”, and “a historic deal”. In sharp contrast, Beijing has maintained a rarely seen cautious attitude, with its often superlatively upbeat state media muted and shying away from commenting on the development. The only positive word used in China’s official statement is “significant”. In news briefings, United States officials gave detailed information and specific numbers about the accord, trying to give the impression that the deal is “measurable, enforceable and verifiable”.

Chinese officials, by comparison, released just the outlines of agreement in nine areas without giving any specifics. The fact that Beijing has released fewer details about the deal than Washington might speak volumes. The downgraded signing ceremony for the “significant” deal might be more evidence of differing views over the significance of the accord. The deal will not be signed by both presidents as planned, but instead by their lead negotiators – US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, a change that is likely to have been a Chinese suggestion. From the beginning, the US-China trade talks have been a one-way avenue as they are all about a deal between what the US wants and what China can give.

Trump initiated the tariff war with the aim of forcing China to overhaul its state-dominated system and market-unfriendly policy, and to change what the US claimed were unfair trade practices. The nine areas outlined in the 86-page document China released are largely about how it has to make changes – in other words, the accord is a must-do list for Beijing. In the tariff war, Washington apparently has the upper hand as the US has imported much more from China than vice versa. Thus Washington slapped tariffs on US$550 billion worth of Chinese products, while Beijing, in turn, lashed back at US$185 billion worth of American products – with the sum of both figures equivalent to about the entire trade volume between the two countries.

[..] Beijing’s compromises are substantive. For instance, the Chinese pledge to purchase an additional US$100 million of American products and services in each of the next two years represents a 77 per cent jump in US imports from the 2017 level of US$130 billion. Beijing’s commitment to purchase US$40 billion to US$50 billion of agricultural produce over that period also represents a sharp increase from an all-time peak of US$29 billion and a current annual run rate of less than US$10 billion. These pledges, as they are easily described and verifiable, reflected China’s eagerness to reach a deal.

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I know many people don’t like Bannon, and don’t like Fox, but that doesn’t make this less interesting.

Bannon: Trump Impeachment Will Be “Trial Of The Century” (RCP)

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon said the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump will be the “trial of the century” in an interview with FOX Business Network’s Trish Regan. “I think this trial is going to be the trial of the century, and the mainstream media is going to be all over it,” Bannon said. “That’s why I think it’s so important not just for his legacy, but for his presidency and his second term. He’s got to engage in this. He’s got to take them on. He’s got to have the whistleblower; we have to have the Bidens in front of the nation and the world. They’re going to have to stand and deliver under oath. And we’re going to get to the bottom of this. And I think that’s going to lead to an exoneration, not just an acquittal, but an exoneration of President Trump.”

“The trial of the century. Wow. You know, a lot of people are worried, well, you get John Bolton. What is he going to do? What is John Bolton going to say? And what is this one going to say? What is that one going to say? What do you say to those concerns?” Regan asked. “The call was perfect. He looked at everything that led up to it,” Bannon answered. “This is why the American people heard him. And you just saw the bureaucrats that were in it that were testified. This is because that is the managed decline of the United States. This is about the Washington consensus. The Washington Post published the Afghanistan papers last week. Two trillion dollars. 2,400 dead. Tens of thousands wounded.

What’s that? That’s the inter-agency consensus in 18 years that betrayed our country. That’s what betrayed our countries. With Brennan, that’s what betrayed our country, not Donald Trump. Donald Trump has stood up. The reasons people cheer for him, it’s their sons and daughters that have died in Afghanistan. It’s their lives, their kids’ lives being thrown away, and their tax dollars. And they understand that Donald Trump is fighting that. That’s why we need a trial, a real trial and Senate with witnesses. So, before the world, Donald Trump could get his day in court.”

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Tulsi reveals how democratic the Democratic party really is.

The Real Reasons Tulsi Gabbard Did Not Vote to Impeach Donald Trump (MPN)

Along strongly partisan lines, the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives voted to impeach President Donald Trump on two articles, by a total of 230-197-1 on abuse of power and 229-198-1 on obstruction of Congress. The first stems from his alleged pressuring of the Ukranian government to announce investigations into his political rival, Joe Biden. The second is because of his alleged refusal to cooperate with the investigation, withholding evidence and barring aides from testifying. The notable “1” in both counts was Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, who, instead of siding with the overwhelming majority of her fellow Democrats, voted “present” both times.

[..] The Hawaii congresswoman explained her stance yesterday with a press release on her campaign website. “I could not in good conscience vote against impeachment because I believe President Trump is guilty of wrongdoing,” she said. “I also could not in good conscience vote for impeachment because removal of a sitting President must not be the culmination of a partisan process, fueled by tribal animosities that have so gravely divided our country. When I cast my vote in support of the impeachment inquiry nearly three months ago, I said that in order to maintain the integrity of this solemn undertaking, it must not be a partisan endeavor. Tragically, that’s what it has been.”

She also introduced a resolution calling on the House to censure Trump on five issues she implied were far more substantial. Those include carrying out wars without congressional approval, illegally “occupying and pillaging” Syria, “recklessly enabling” Turkey to invade Northern Syria and ethnically cleanse Kurds (a U.S. ally), continuing to support Saudi Arabia’s “genocidal war” in Yemen and scrapping nuclear agreements with Iran and Russia, thereby strongly increasing the risk of nuclear proliferation.

While her move was undeniably unpopular within the Democratic Party she is hoping to lead into the next election, impeachment itself is a highly controversial tactic. The latest poll from Gallup (published Wednesday) shows support for impeachment dropping well below 50 percent while the president’s approval ratings continue to move upwards. Furthermore, it is entirely unclear how Democrats intend to actually remove Trump from office as to do so would require a similar vote from the Republican-controlled Senate.

[..] the entire process is a high-risk strategy from the Democrats that some feel could end up backfiring. “Trump is going to be able to say there was a conspiracy against him– with some justification,” Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi said. “It’s a disaster. If they had just not done this and argued against Trump’s presidency on other grounds– on how is America doing, inequality, all those things, it would have been tough for him. But now they’ve handed him a couple of issues, huge ones, that he’ll be able to carry all the way to the finish line…it’s amazing that they did this.”

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Team Maggot and Team Corpse..

We Live in Hysteric Times (Jatras)

With Trump’s impeachment it’s time to say goodbye to yesteryear’s Team Evil and Team Stupid. Say hello in 2020 to Team Maggot and Team Corpse! Even though Trump has not turned out to be the transformative and restorative president that many of his supporters might have hoped for, he certainly will be (assuming he survives impeachment, which he probably will) the lesser of evils in November 2020 compared to whoever ends up as the Maggot Party nominee. Worse from his opponents’ point of view, he remains a toxic avatar of the old America they thought would be well and truly laid to rest for ever and ever, amen, when Hillary Clinton came into her kingdom.

That having misfired in 2016, partisans of that legacy America’s marginalization, displacement, and eventual extinction can’t breathe easy while Trump remains in office lest he, however unlikely in view of his failures of performance, serve as a catalyst for revival of the historic American nation facing loss of its birthright: an organic, uncontrived, living ethnos characterized by European, mainly British origin (a/k/a, “white”); Christian, mainly Protestant; and English-speaking, as augmented by members of other groups who have totally or partially assimilated to it. The certified victim classes standing on the threshold of the permanent, total power that eluded them three years ago are haunted by the knowledge that there’s still lots of them Muricans in red MAGA hats rallying to Trump out there in Flyover Country ….

In short, Democrats hate Trump not so much for what he’s done (which, contrary to what his passionate supporters think based on his Tweets, isn’t much) but as an expression of an amorphous dread that by some mysterious populist alchemy he might still breathe life back into the Corpse Party’s deplorable base.

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Lots of 2019 overviews, of course. I don’t agree with thinking that this is a 2019 issue, though. For hysteria, look at 2020.

2019 – The Year of Manufactured Hysteria (OffG)

Then it happened … perhaps the loudest popcorn fart in political history. The Mueller Report was finally delivered. And just like that, Russiagate was over. After three long years of manufactured mass hysteria, corporate media propaganda, books, T-shirts, marches, etc., Robert Mueller had come up with squat. Zip. Zero. Nichts. Nada. No collusion. No pee-tape. No secret servers. No Russian contacts. Nothing. Zilch.

Cognitive dissonance gripped the nation. There was beaucoup wailing and gnashing of teeth. Resistance members doubled their anti-depressant dosages and went into mourning. Shell-shocked liberals did their best to pretend they hadn’t been duped, again, by authoritative sources like The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Guardian, CNN, MSNBC, et al., which had disseminated completely fabricated stories about secret meetings which never took place, power grid hackings that never happened, Russian servers that never existed, imaginary Russian propaganda peddlers, and the list goes on, and on, and on … and hadn’t otherwise behaved like a bunch of mindless, shrieking neo-McCarthyites.

Except that Russiagate wasn’t over. It immediately morphed into “Obstructiongate.” As the corporate media spooks explained, Mueller’s investigation of Trump was never about collusion with Russia. No, it was always about Trump obstructing the investigation of the collusion with Russia that the investigation was not about, and that everyone knew had never happened. In other words, Mueller’s investigation was launched in order to investigate the obstruction of his investigation.

[..] Never mind that the entire planet continues to be ruled by global capitalism, transnational corporations, and supra-governmental bodies, and that most of it is occupied by the U.S. military, NATO, and other GloboCap allies, and assorted corporate military contractors. Never mind that Russia isn’t “attacking” anyone, and that the “Nazis” haven’t taken over anything, and that no one is rounding up and murdering the Jews, or the Mexicans, or anyone else for that matter … because when have facts had anything to do with maintaining an official narrative?

The answer, in case you were wondering, is “never.” We are, all of us, living in a fiction. A fiction authored by those in power to serve the interests of those in power. That’s what an official narrative is. It makes no difference whether we believe it or not. It functions as “reality” regardless. If you doubt that … well, just ask Jeremy Corbyn. Or watch as the Labour “anti-Semitism crisis” evaporates into thin air, as the War on Terror did in 2016, once it no longer served a useful purpose.

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We go back a long way with Dave. Which has been hindered a lot by Twitter removing him from my feed. Extra good to see he still reads the Automatic Earth as one of his staples.

As for the review.. who has the time?

2019 Year In Review: “I Fought The Fed, And The Fed Won” (Dave Collum)

I read many blogs, but those I read religiously include mailings from Ron Griess’s The Chart Store, Jim Grant’s Interest Rate Observer, Bill Fleckenstein’s Daily Rap, Tony Greer’s daily TGMacro mailings, Grant Williams Things That Make You Go Hmmm, Automatic Earth, Jesse Felder’s blog, and selected podcasts from Grant Williams’ and Raoul Pal’s RealVisionTV. I am a huge supporter of Adam Taggart’s and Chris Martenson’s Peak Prosperity. And then there’s Zerohedge: you can love ‘em or hate ‘em, but I am a die-hard fan of Zerohedge.

“Maturing is realizing how many things don’t require your comment.”

~ @LifeTipsPage

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Sweden has lots of serious issues, Assange is just one of them. I’m still surprised at the lack of assertiveness of the Swedish people. So much so that sometimes I think perhaps they deserve what’s happening to them. That this may be the only way to wake them from their mental slumber.

Swedish Justice Ministry Manipulated Crime Statistics (RT)

Sweden’s Ministry of Justice pressured the country’s Crime Prevention Council to hide, manipulate, or ignore potentially embarrassing crime statistics, a university study has found. Sweden’s Crime Prevention Council (Brå) has a difficult task. In a country where media outlets omit police-circulated descriptions of suspects’ ethnicity, and the government actively downplays the surge in gun crime and bombings in its immigrant ghettoes, Brå is charged with compiling factual, accurate crime statistics. According to a study published by Linköping University this week, the government intervenes here too to downplay “politically sensitive” data.


Employees told the university researchers that their managers – acting on orders from the country’s Justice Ministry – instructed them to manipulate results on “hot potato” issues. Presumably, these results were ones that could embarrass the government, and likely dealt with issues of race or immigration. One interviewee stated that “methodological deficiencies” was the reason given for the change. Brå’s own statistics show an upsurge in lethal violence since 2014, particularly among criminals and in disadvantaged and immigrant neighborhoods. They also show a sharp rise in sexual violence, assaults, threats and robbery since 2015, when the country welcomed more than 160,000 refugees and migrants – more per capita than any other European country.

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Not the greatest interview, but a great message nonetheless. Julian should be with his family for Christmas.

Julian Assange’s Mother Christine Breaks Her Silence, Reveals Her Agony (HS)

Exclusive: The mother of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange will not be celebrating Christmas again this year. Distraught that her son remains in the notorious Belmarsh prison, Australian Christine Assange said she has nothing to mark. “All I want for Christmas is my son Julian to be home safe with his family, under the protection of his country, to be free from this nine-year unlawful and brutal political persecution and to heal from the human rights abuses and torture which have damaged his mind and body,” said Ms Assange. Unable to speak with her son since he was jailed earlier this year, Ms Assange said all she has for Christmas this year are memories.

“Our Christmases were never boring. Julian would delight the children in the family with special Christmas performances,” said Ms Assange, in her first interview since his imprisonment. She revealed he would delight the children with a trick involving shaving sparklers and putting them in the mouth of a tyrannosaurus rex dinosaur toy, lighting it, giving the impression that he was alive and breathing fire. She said Julian had a lot of fun with his own son Daniel, decorating the Christmas tree. “He was a devoted, innovative and playful father,” she said. “Julian would love to string up the fairy lights …. we would make homemade decorations together.

“Julian’s Christmas presents were always very thoughtful. “He chose presents for the children in the family that would encourage curiosity, creativity and inventiveness.” “He would give me art books and materials because he knew I had a passion for art.” “I really miss our family Christmases … they have never been the same without him. There is something missing. We haven’t had a proper family Christmas since he has been detained … nothing is the same”.

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    Esther Bubley Passengers on Memphis-Chattanooga Greyhound bus 1943   • Trump Claims ‘Breakthrough’ In Trade Talks With China (RT) • Xi Jinping Se
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle December 22 2019]

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    V. Arnold
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    Esther Bubley Passengers on Memphis-Chattanooga Greyhound bus 1943

    Nice picture; I like it.
    The guy, the sailor, at the back, in the seat on the left; could be straight out of a John Ford WWII movie…

    #52277

    Dr. D
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    Data

    The NEJM editor has come out about it. 300 word-soup articles were published without a single notice. Yeah, we know.

    #52278

    Oh, the photo makes me think Steinbeck, especially the woman and man second and fifth from the left, It’s wonderfully framed without a frame. She could leave out the guy on the right’s head and nobody would have complained about it.

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    V. Arnold
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    Oh, the photo makes me think Steinbeck, especially the woman and man second and fifth from the left, It’s wonderfully framed without a frame.

    Oh sure; absolutely…
    I didn’t even think of Steinbeck…

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    Doc Robinson
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    The Spanish newspaper El Pais had the scoop about the spying on Assange, and they currently have more thorough coverage about Assange than most news sources.

    Asked by the prosecutor Carlos Bautista and his lawyer in Spain Aitor Martínez, Assange said that the security cameras at the embassy were changed in late 2017. He said he suspected that he was being spied on by the staff of UC Global SL, and that he asked whether the cameras could capture audio, which he was told they could not.

    The 48-year-old Australian activist denied having given the Spanish company permission to pass on to third parties all the information that was being recorded without his consent.

    “We’re going to sell everything in the hotel [the embassy] to the American client,” reads an email sent by David Morales, the owner of the security company, to his employees. Morales and his company are being investigated in Spain for violation of client-attorney privilege, among other charges.

    “Did you give your consent to having your visitors’ passports photographed, their cellphones opened up and their private correspondence read?” asked Martínez. “Under no circumstances,” replied Assange.

    Judge De la Mata questioned Assange after sending a European Investigation Order (EIO) on September 25 requesting assistance from British authorities. As part of the request, the judge said that David Morales, owner of UC Global SL, “invaded the privacy of Assange and his lawyers by placing microphones inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London without consent from the affected parties.” The request also stated that the information thus collected was distributed to other people and institutions, including “authorities from Ecuador and agents from the United States.”

    Documents and videos revealed by EL PAÍS in July, months before Assange took legal action against Morales, show that UC Global SL spied on the cyber-activist’s conversations with his lawyers, at meetings where they were designing his defense strategy to avoid extradition to the US. Morales allegedly delivered these and other conversations to US intelligence services, this newspaper revealed. Morales was arrested and released pending trial to face charges of violation of client-attorney privilege and illegal arms possession.

    The EIO used by the Spanish judge is a new tool for judicial cooperation introduced in 2018 meant to facilitate transnational investigations, and it represents a step up from the old letters rogatory, which took longer. With an EIO, a legal authority from a EU member state can ask a legal authority from another EU country for assistance in obtaining evidence or means of evidence, including witness statements.

    It is an automatic procedure, and requests can only be rejected in exceptional cases. In this particular case, the Spanish judge ran into objections from the United Kingdom Central Authority (UKCA), the body in charge of processing and responding to EIOs. Rashid Begun, who signed the response from the UKCA, demanded more details and, in his first response, questioned the jurisdiction under which Spain claims to be investigating the case.

    Assange was questioned for an hour. His defense had asked the judge to keep the questions as short and concise as possible due to his client’s health. The UN special rapporteur on torture has issued a report stating that the WikiLeaks founder is being subjected to “cruel and inhumane” conditions. At the London prison where he is being kept, he is allowed out of his cell for one hour a day, and he is being kept isolated from the other inmates.

    Cablegate: Assange suspected a Spanish security firm was spying on him in London

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    zerosum
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    Dr. D
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    Photo to me says: Diversity in America. Always was. Standing all together without comment you can see with your eyes, the opposite of what is reported about that time now. But who you gonna believe? Them or your lyin’ eyes?

    “praising it as “a big deal”, “an amazing deal”, and “a historic deal”

    Yeah, but he says that all the time about everything. So much political backslapping and empty gladhanding all day, it’s boring. They only report the negative things he says. Remember the Markel thing? “I’m sure she’s a great American gal, she’s gonna be a great for the Royal family…” blah blah. “Did you know she hates your guts and vowed to leave the country if you were elected?” “No, I didn’t know.” …And which of the two quotes was published? Not that that’s incorrect media-wise, but this happens 20 times a day. Just like his ‘dear friend Xi,” “who he has so much respect for.” Blah blah boring political platitudes. Just have to make up some stuff instead like The Guardian, OPCW, or research scientists do.

    What are they really up to? I doubt there’s much of an agreement, since our positions are intractable. However, they’re about to pull the plug on the economy as shown by the near-trillion U.S. Fed bailout, so neither of them want to be anywhere near that. And it’s more telling that Cheeto is completely willing to put Xi on board in safety, rather than setting him up as the fall guy for the oncoming train derailment. That means they have a plan together. Maybe not the one about trade published in the papers, but there is some plan they’re trying to work through.

    I think this trial is going to be the trial of the century, and the mainstream media is going to be all over it,” Bannon said. “That’s why I think it’s so important…”

    Which is why Pelosi cannot let that happen. Still not sure of what they’re up to, just as I didn’t see the pocket-impeachment, but it’s suggested they’re actually out to destroy Bernie and the other Senators, (seems unlikely) or to add impeachment of Pence first (and install herself. It would reveal the level of the coup too clearly.) but certainly regardless of what Cheeto does in Schrodinger’s impeachment/ nonimpeachment, they will instantly call it obstruction of his non-impeachment, despite the fact that he WANTS the impeachment, just as his preferred weak candidate would be slurring, white male insider Biden. ‘Tis only to dream he could be nominated, be the candidate to alienate the Left and to NOT be removed from the race. Anyway, so regardless of if he prevents or promotes the impeachment, or whether he promotes or accuses the CIA and House, he will be obstructing the impeachment-we-don’t-have. Got it? …Which is just like Mueller and every day since 2016. Whatever he does, they might be actual crimes, unlike the present ones, and they’ll just add the new articles and vote a real, non-fake impeachment. How else do they stop him from arresting Hunter, Feinstein’s spy, Wasserman’s Awan Brothers, and the now hundred-millions almost-provably recycled back from Ukraine to the DNC to win elections? Gotta have something.

    …Still seems like a crummy idea though. If you want to know how mind-numbingly crummy it is, look no further than the farthest far-left Jacobin. Yes, they literally have a magazine proudly published in honor of the world’s most famous mass-murderers, the Super McCarthy death squad that caused the rise of Napoleon, and the real 1st world war that leveled Europe for a decade. Proud, I tells ye! Anyway, what does this say?

    I’ve never understood the point of impeachment from the first, even when it was a cause being pushed by the Squad, whom I otherwise admire a lot. Whatever its origins, Pelosi, a highly skilled politician in the short-term tactical sense, turned it into a defense of the old order. There’s no chance the Senate will convict Trump, as Mitch McConnell has made clear. So the House passing this narrow, legalistic indictment looks more like performance, and a weak one at that, than politics. It’s about taking a stand, making a gesture, and not changing the world.

    What is the endgame for impeachment? Max swears they’re not looking for “a restoration of the Obama-Clinton order, much less the elevation of President Michael Pence.” But should Trump be convicted and removed from office, as fanciful as that seems, the result would be the elevation of Pence. As for the restoration angle, there’s a species of mainstream Democrat who seems to think that everything was pretty much okay in the United States before January 20, 2017, and if we just get back to the status quo ante we’ll be well on the road to recovery. That’s Biden’s main selling point, and a core belief of the Democratic establishment.

    While impeachment seems like another iteration of the desire to exorcise Trump, the impeaching mindset obsesses over his offenses with a dark, almost pornographic, enjoyment. As Jodi Dean has said, liberals are in love with their hatred of Trump. Functionaries and spies catalog his crimes, stoking outrage among connoisseurs. Liberals stage readings of reports written by cops and prosecutors. Russian hands are always present. “All roads lead to Putin,” Nancy Pelosi said in October and again a week ago, as if the United States had never produced an authoritarian, xenophobic huckster before. You have to wonder if the near-certain failure of impeachment is part of its charm. It gives them the best of both worlds: a chance to indulge their hatred at a higher level of intensity without removing him from the scene, allowing their festering obsession to endure.

    …Getting rid of Trump would be great, but Congress isn’t going to do it — we actually have to vote him out. And impeachment, a therapeutic ritual for MSNBC hosts and an act of score-settling by the national security state, isn’t helping.” –Doug Henwood

    https://jacobinmag.com/2019/12/impeachment-donald-trump-nancy-pelosi-democratic-party?__cf_chl_jschl_tk__

    Could be written by myself or anyone from the Right. So excuse me, but if the most guillotine-waving Trotskyite Left and the Right from the center all the way to the upper bleachers all agree with identical talking points against impeachment and the Neo-lib Democrats, then WTF???

    But for Bannon, much lambasted, but practical. And he said his and Trump’s first act would be to grab the black and minority vote from the Democrats by, you know, giving them jobs like the proud, real citizens with free agency that they are, not poor little children who need help from their white, liberal betters…and so steal them from the DNC for a generation. Black approval for Trump may have doubled to 40%. …Some racist. …And this coming from a guy who’s an anti-semite because he worked for Jews, funded by Israel, back with Breitbart, both the person and the News Agency. …Cause you know, that’s what real Nazis and White Supremacists do, work side by side with Jews without a word, the tricky buggers. …But it all makes sense now, since Bernie is ALSO an anti-semite, and he’s HIMSELF Jewish. …You know, like Ben Shapiro and many others. Hopkins lays it all out here, for people who are keeping score: “2019 – The Year of Manufactured Hysteria (OffG)” (Must read cover to cover) THAT is what you have to believe, with a straight face, to buy any of this now. …And they do. No problem, not choking at all, give me more. This is where #AntiLogos, the fundamental rejection of logic gets you. But I FEEEEEEEL 2 + 2 must be 9, you hateful bigot. No, I’m trying to help you, because if you start believing facts are optional and math is a suggestion, and buy off anyone who challenges you, you might engineer a Boeing 737 that crashes and kills 300 people because of your lack of math, objective reality, and feelings.

    I’m still surprised at the lack of assertiveness of the Swedish people. So much so that sometimes I think perhaps they deserve what’s happening to them. That this may be the only way to wake them from their mental slumber.”

    I feel the same about my country. Perhaps worse, because we do name and talk about what’s going on, and THEN do nothing.

    Ah well,

    “Prudence indeed will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.

    It ain’t not true. As we now have actual militias mobilizing against actual armies, you can understand the gravity of trying to oust even a little corruption. This is why you can never allow corruption to go unchallenged, or governments to grow large, and we have failed on both counts.

    #52283

    Dr D Rich
    Participant

    Who reads the New England Journal of Medicine?

    When Hemingway a long long time ago insisted he was being spied on, his friends labeled him paranoid and abandoned him. Of course as it turns out, </They> were spying on him.

    Two true stories. First is related to our Afghanistan trillion dollar debacle. Congressman John Murtha was deadened a few days after he wrote me a personal letter in support of my quest to halt the double dipping by military physicians who received remuneration for performing disability exams on behalf of the Lockheed subsidiary QTC. As many recognize, Murtha’s deadening occurred a few days after laparoscopic surgery gone awry. The surgery was performed at a military hospital in Bethesda. He succumbed to the injury a few days later at GWU hospital. Active duty physicians were compensated by DoD and Lockheed. Lockkheed was compensated by DoD for weapons systems and reimbursed for disability exams on personnel injured where those Lockheed weapons systems were deployed.

    2nd saga: DoD sends me a laser to laser people. I say “this laser has problems and will fail” I am labeled “disgruntled”. Laser fails intraoperatively. DoD subcontractor fixes the laser, but I insist that the problem still exists and additionally the fluorine is still leaking. They label me a “disruptive physician” and I step aside to let the QTC compensated surgeon assume control. Laser fails intraoperatively. Again. However, I am the boss of Lockheed/QTC compensated surgeon, but I don’t know yet that he/she is receiving compensation from LH/QTC. So I insist to be present when company engineers “dissect” the laser. The company balks at my presence in my department in my military service’s hospital. I win that battle only to bare witness to loose nuts, bolts and washers spill out as the engineers removed the cover panel to the circuit board housing 4 large heat sink transistors. These large transistors control the XYZ offset motor system. Two of the 4 transistors were loose on their mounts.

    In the end, the commander nurse relieved me for failing to meet production goals and being mean to little people. Unbeknownst to me and “beknownst” to the commander nurse, $300,000 had been diverted from the $1.2 million dollar annual operating budget for laser treatments. A colleague opined about the predicament, “the money wouldn’t have been diverted if you maintained better relations with colleagues and superiors.” I responded “True that, but how would improving my personal appeal have fixed the laser’s XYZ motor circuit board manufactured by a vendor to the excimer laser company or prevent the facilities engineer from removing the plastic packaging seals as the final installation step of the 3 HF detectors two years ago?”
    Dave replied “this is why people don’t like you”.
    And the human nose detects HF at much lower concentrations than Industry manufactured detectors.

    #52284

    Dr. D
    Participant

    Ah, speaking of Feeeeeelings that kill people. Operations fail midstream. Because they feeeeel that anyone making them fixing the equipment is mean. Awwwwwww.

    You’re next on the operating table, banjo, wanna have a go? P.S. ALL our equipment is built by the same sort of people with the same sort of feelings are are inspected only by people who feel they don’t want to rock the boat. I feel like sharp scalpels and working anesthesia are an extra level of quality I’m not feeling like providing since I feel I can’t be fired and I feel if I pay the governor of Kentucky he’ll feel all kinds of generous towards me too.

    …But I’m sure everything will be just fine. Right? Lay right down on this (table) (car) (airplane seat) and relax. We’re experts here. We know best.

    And we think Putin is after us? No need. We’re far more dangerous without him. That’s why in the pictures he’s eating popcorn and watching.

    #52285

    boilingfrog
    Participant

    Frank Kilgore, a SW Virginia lawyer by vocation, and historian by avocation, wrote a recent Roanoke Times editorial that seems to speak (in my mind) to the photograph and Dr. D’s comment.

    In a nutshell, an integrated Little League team from the coalfields of Appalachia kicked the snot out of a segregated Little League team from oh-so-pc-proper Charlottesville back in 1951.

    He goes on to talk about other examples of not-sexism and not-racism of the working class, possibly ahead of the curve, folks in Appalachia.

    https://www.roanoke.com/opinion/commentary/kilgore-think-twice-before-calling-coalfield-appalachians-racists-and-sexists/article_bc248a6e-725f-5ccd-ac6a-b02ba182a7bc.html

    #52286

    Dr. D
    Participant

    Editor in Chief of World’s Best Known Medical Journal: Half of All the Literature Is False:
    Science has taken a turn towards Darkness”

    “Dr. Marcia Angell, a physician and longtime Editor in Chief of the New England Medical Journal (NEMJ), which is considered to another one of the most prestigious peer-reviewed medical journals in the world, makes her view of the subject quite plain:

    It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor of the New England Journal of Medicine”

    Editor In Chief Of World’s Best Known Medical Journal: Half Of All The Literature Is False

    But a little white lie never hurt anybody, right? Why ya gotta be so mad? It’s always Facts this, Logic that: blah blah blah. You’re like a slave driver with that rule stuff, just so “nobody gets killed,” harshing my vibe. And don’t get me started with the math. What does it matter if something is 1 in 100 or 1 in 1,000,000? That single person shouldn’t die, so we should sacrifice a million billion zillion dollars on the one guy instead of saving the million. I mean, doesn’t the one guy count? That’s my math feelings. Just like this guy:


    I mean, that’s what happens when we don’t care about doing a good job or not, promote everyone, and just follow orders, right?

    #52287

    V. Arnold
    Participant

    We all slid out of the womb an itty bitty helpless information sponge into a world full of mentally ill giants who couldn’t wait to fill our tiny skulls with all of their inner demons. And now everything, understandably, is fucked. Caitlin Johnstone

    Nothing I can add except;
    https://www.zerohedge.com/health/caitlin-johnstone-why-everything-fked

    #52288

    VietnamVet
    Participant

    A great picture of the year I was born. I took Greyhound across country in 1982. There were seats for all but the buses were full. The thousand-yard stare never changes. My generation ditched the ties and vests. The Volker/Reagan counter revolt was already having an effect. Talked to several other middle-aged men who were traveling to find new jobs. The fedora and jacket were symbols of the working middle class till until the Tech Entrepreneurs ditched them for baseball caps and Southwest Airlines replaced Greyhound. Now, only the 10% can afford status displays. Democrats, except for Tulsi Gabbard, are blissfully unaware they are stoking a class conflict on the way to another civil war.

    #52289

    WES
    Participant

    Dr. D:. What is the endgame for impeachment?

    Simple: Destroy Donald Trump!

    The impeachment’s immediate endgame is to support the Dems 3 court cases before Fed courts.

    As for the two reasons given for impeaching, the legal reason is to provide support for the three Fed court cases to obtain (1) Trump’s tax records before he became President (fishing for evidence), (2) forcing the President’s White House lawyer to testify, and (3) obtaining Mueller’s grand jury documents (Dems already have this evidence via Mueller’ Lawfare gang but need to re-acquire it legally to use).

    The Dems have convicted the President on 2nd or 3rd hand hearsay, but now need to find/make up new evidence.

    Case (1) is now before SCOTUS
    Case (2) is currently before Fed appeal court (Obama judge). 90% chance goes to SCOTUS.
    Case (3) is currently before Fed court (Obama judge). 90% chance goes to SCOTUS

    These three cases are Lawfare’s attempts to bypass the US Constitution and create new laws.

    The two articles put forth in the impeachment, are designed to reinforce the legal arguments being put before the courts for the three cases. Note all the other articles of impeach were dropped but these two!

    All three cases are legally very weak. Lawfare has been winning these cases in DC Fed/Fed Appeal courts under biased Obama judges using judge shopping.

    Per a retired Harvard lawyer, the President’s chances of winning at SCOTUS are very high due to Lawfare lawyers trying to back date these weak legal cases. Each case has at least one fatal flaw in its construct.

    The requests for (1) Trump’s tax returns before he was President and (3) Mueller’s grand jury information are particularly weak.

    The impeachment article claiming Obstruction of Congress is very weak because the house alone is not Congress. Second the wrong house committee was used not the house Justice committee (i.e. fatal).

    If the President wins any two of these three cases likely the impeachment articles get the legal rug pulled out from under them.

    Note that the Mueller grand jury information focuses on Russian collusion not the Ukraine which the Impeachment focuses on. The reason the Dems want this information is so they can leak it during 2020 election to try and hurt the President.

    Typical communist activity to destroy your opponents by any means possible. Just like communist taking over a village. First thing they do is kill everyone in a position of authority, like majors, police, judge’s, City officials, etc. so there is no structure left in place.

    Also Need to know the Dem Party has been hijacked by its extreme left wing enabling Lawfare to take over. That is why many moderate Dems are walking away. This is not their parent’s Dem party anymore.

    Hope this helps.

    #52305

    lasttwo
    Participant

    Go Tulsi Gabbard.

    The democrat’s are fools the republicans are worse — the war mongers are winning and have been for quite some time. Just for 2 seconds consider the opportunity cost on $5,000,000,000.000.

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