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Iran Invites US To Join Probe Of Ukrainian Jet Disaster (R.)
Missile System Suspected Of Bringing Down Airliner – Short Range, Fast And Deadly (R.)
Trump’s Iran De-Escalation Succeeds (Flores)
Tulsi Gabbard: ‘Iran Is Closer Now To A Nuclear Weapon Than Ever Before’ (NW)
Iran Could Have Nuclear Weapon Within One To Two Years: French Minister (R.)
Matt Gaetz Voted With Democrats On War Powers Resolution (SAC)
Democrats To Press For Impeachment Witnesses Throughout Trial (R.)
The Justice Department Is Devoid of Justice (PCR)
Internal Boeing Messages Raise Serious Questions About 737 MAX (R.)
Boeing Emails Show Workers Mocking FAA, Ridiculing 737 MAX Safety (MW)
White House Unveils Plan To Speed Big Projects Permits (R.)
China To Become First To Realize UN Goal Of ‘No Poverty’ (CD)

 

 

There are still far too many people out there with opinions derived from confirmation bias. Please stop it, open your minds. Whether it’s Soleimani or this downed jet, it’s fine if you need some time to figure things out. WWIII? Attacking Iran? These things would cost Trump the presidency. And he knows it.

Meanwhile, why are the US and Canada falling over themselves to declare the shooting down of the 737-800NG (if that’s even what happened) “unintentional” and “accidental”? That brings back memories of MH17. Where the opposite happened.

And why did Iran go from refusing to hand over black boxes, to inviting the US and others in, within 24 hours? Detente?

 

Iran Invites US To Join Probe Of Ukrainian Jet Disaster (R.)

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has accepted an invitation from Iran to take part in its investigation into the crash of a Ukrainian airplane in Tehran, the agency confirmed late on Thursday. The NTSB said in a statement its Response Operations Center had received formal notification from Iran of Wednesday’s crash of the Boeing 737-800 that killed all 176 on board. “The NTSB has designated an accredited representative to the investigation of the crash,” the agency said. The NTSB confirmed it would take part in the probe after an Iranian official told Reuters of the agreement. “The NTSB has replied to our chief investigator and has announced an accredited representative,” Farhad Parvaresh, Iran’s representative at the International Civil Aviation Organization, part of the United Nations, told Reuters.

A person briefed on the matter said it was unclear what if anything its representative would be able to do under U.S. sanctions. NTSB said in its statement it “continues to monitor the situation surrounding the crash and evaluate its level of participation in the investigation.” The United States is allowed to take part under global rules since the Boeing 737-800NG jet was designed and built there. Canada, which had dozens of passengers onboard, has also assigned an expert, while a team from Ukraine held discussions in Tehran on Thursday, Parvaresh said in a telephone interview. Iran is ready to provide consular facilities and visas for accredited investigators, he added.

Sweden and Afghanistan, which had some passengers on board, have also been notified. France may also be involved as it was one of the countries where the engines were made, Parvaresh said. He denied U.S. and Canadian claims that the jet had been shot down accidentally and said Iran was committed to a full and transparent investigation for the accident, adding it was too early to speculate on the cause. “As Iranians we feel this tragedy and disaster for us and for the families,” Parvaresh said, expressing condolences to the relatives of the people who died. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said earlier the jet was probably brought down by an accidental Iranian missile strike, citing intelligence from Canadian and other sources.

The U.S. government believes Iran shot down the plane by mistake, three U.S. officials told Reuters. The Ukraine International Airlines flight to Kiev from Tehran crashed hours after Iran fired ballistic missiles at two U.S. military bases in Iraq. Parvaresh said expert testimony indicated that the aircraft could not have been hit by a missile and that it was important to keep the crash investigation non-political. “I think we should keep this purely technical and not confuse it with political tensions in the region. We should leave it to experts to investigate and make their report.”

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And Russian.

Missile System Suspected Of Bringing Down Airliner – Short Range, Fast And Deadly (R.)

Canada said on Thursday that a surface-to-air missile brought down a Ukrainian airliner in Tehran, while the Ukrainian government said it was investigating reports of debris from a Russian-made Tor-M1 missile. The Tor, also called the SA-15 Gauntlet by NATO, is a short-range “point defense” system that integrates the missile launcher and radar into a single tracked vehicle. It is designed to be mobile and lethal against targets at altitudes up to 6,000 meters (20,000 feet) and at ranges of 12 km (7.5 miles), according to the Federation of American Scientists, which researches and analyses “catastrophic threats to national and international security”.

Military aircraft and cruise missiles – which the Tor system is designed to destroy – typically plot their courses to avoid being spotted on radar. They are equipped with systems such as chaff, which confuses radar, and flares, which act as decoys for heat-seeking missiles. The jet that crashed on Wednesday, Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752, a Boeing 737-800, would have filed a flight plan and had no defensive features. It was unlikely the flight crew had time to react to any missile, said Michael Duitsman, a research associate at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. “They probably wouldn’t have even seen it coming,” Duitsman said. “Right after takeoff, the pilots were probably preoccupied with other things.”

To attack a target, the Tor operator must identify it on the radar screen and direct the missile to launch. There were several other civilian aircraft nearby when Flight 752 crashed just a few kilometers from the airport. All of those aircraft would have been visible on the radar screen of the Tor battery as well as civilian radar at the airport. [..] Tor missiles are guided by radar and fly at almost three times the speed of sound. That means that if launched at a target 5 km (3 miles) away, they will arrive within about five seconds. They have a small warhead – about 15 kg (33 lb) of high explosive – but are designed to spray fragments of shredded metal, like bullets, into a target upon detonation.

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Most intriguing piece of the day. Do read it from A to Z. Was Trump tricked into killing Soleimani? Just so anti-war voters would move away from him?

Trump’s Iran De-Escalation Succeeds (Flores)

Impeachment against Trump has now been used several times to push him to act aggressively in the middle-east, contrary to his policy and self-interest. On all the ‘impeachment threat – then strike’ occasions, Trump ordered strikes on predictable targets – targets so predictable and oddly executed, that Syrian and Iranian forces barely felt them. There appears to be at the very least an ‘unspoken communication’ at play, where strikes are made to assuage political needs but not to inflict serious damage. If Trump really wanted an excuse to strike Iran, he’s had it before.

There was precisely such an opportunity when subversives in government hatched a plan to push Trump into a war with Iran, when two planes were sent to violate Iranian airspace – one manned, the other unmanned – flying in close proximity. This created the chance that Iran’s downing of either plane could be used as a pretext for a major war-creating strike on Iran.

Despite Trump’s acting reasonably, government actors and media attempted to create a sensation where Trump was ridiculed for ‘calling off’ a planned retaliation in the aftermath of the downed drone. The same liberal media and Democratic Party establishment that attacked Trump’s de-escalation then from a hawkish perspective, today manifest as doves who suddenly oppose Trump’s reckless hawkishness. Here, in the aftermath of the drone incident, a Trump policy was formulated – and it’s a policy that figures prominently in de-escalation in the aftermath of the assassination of Soleimani and Iran’s measured response. The policy is this – if Iran kills Americans, then the U.S escalates. If the U.S does something provocative, then Iran is actually allowed to respond militarily, so long as American personnel are not killed.

[..] A war with Iran would push the anti-war sentiments of independent voters away from Trump, and towards a more revitalized and mobilized Democrat Party anti-war base. Trump needs an anti-war base to be re-elected, and war with Iran pushes that base towards nearly any Democrat candidate. At the same time, Trump also needs the continued support from America’s Christian Zionist evangelical ‘Israel Firsters’, as well as the infamous AIPAC, not only to be re-elected, but to maintain the support in the senate against impeachment. That conflict between Trump’s two greatest populist strengths – between Trump’s anti-war base and his Christian Zionist base – largely defines his weakest political spot. That’s why it’s the best place to attack him.

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Easy, Tulsi!

Scott Ritter on Twitter: “I’m a huge @TulsiGabbard fan, but she is treading on dangerous ground. The implication here is that Iran has nuclear weapons ambition. If you buy into this fallacy, you empower those who will use this as a justification for war.”

Tulsi Gabbard: ‘Iran Is Closer Now To A Nuclear Weapon Than Ever Before’ (NW)

Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard blasted President Donald Trump’s actions toward Iran, claiming that his decisions has brought the Persian Gulf nation closer “than ever before” to obtaining a nuclear weapon. “Trump’s war with Iran is undermining our national security and putting all Americans in greater danger,” Gabbard, a Hawaii congresswoman and Iraq War veteran, warned in a Thursday tweet, sharing a clip of herself discussing recent tensions with Iran on CNN. “Iran is closer now to a nuclear weapon than ever before. And it’s opening the door to resurgence of ISIS/Al-Qaeda,” she claimed.

Iran is believed to be closer today to possessing a nuclear weapon than it has been under the restrictions of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal, which Trump withdrew from in May 2018. Still, it appears to be an exaggeration to say the country is closer than “ever before” to obtaining such a weapon. The JCPOA successfully reduced Iran’s uranium enrichment program, with U.S. intelligence leaders saying last year it would take the Islamic Republic at “about one year” to create a nuclear weapon. Before that agreement, Iran was believed to be within two to three months of creating highly enriched uranium that could be used in a weapon, according to a July 2018 report by the Congressional Research Service.

[..] Aniseh Bassiri Tabrizi, a research fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, a London-based security think tank, told CBS News that Iran could now develop a nuclear weapon within six months. She noted, however, that Iran has still expressed support for the JCPOA but plans to no longer abide by its obligations under the deal. Iran “is still allowing the verification by [International Atomic Energy Agency] inspectors,” she told CBS.

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Sometimes you might just get the idea that NATO wants nothing more than for Iran to develop nukes.

Iran Could Have Nuclear Weapon Within One To Two Years: French Minister (R.)

Iran could have nuclear weapons in one to two years if the country carries on violating the 2015 nuclear accord, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Friday. “If they continue with unravelling the Vienna agreement, then yes, within a fairly short period of time, between one and two years, they could have access to a nuclear weapon, which is not an option”, Le Drian said on RTL radio. EU foreign ministers will hold an emergency meeting on Friday to seek ways to guide the United States and Iran away from confrontation, knowing that a miscalculation on either side could leave the bloc facing a war and a serious nuclear proliferation crisis on its doorstep.

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It’s toothless anyway.

Matt Gaetz Voted With Democrats On War Powers Resolution (SAC)

“I spoke to the president today,” Rep. Matt Gaetz, (R-FL) said on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.” “The president told me he is more antiwar than I am, and I love the president for that. The thing is, I think a few of the advisers of the president are trying to slow-walk the administration into war. When the president relies on his instincts and we have the Trump doctrine, we kill the terrorist and we come home.” “I think this War Powers Resolution was worthy of support because it did not criticize the president,” Gaetz said. “It did not say he was wrong in killing [Quds Force Gen.] Soleimani. But…it did say that if any president wants to drag our nation into another forever Middle East war that they require the approval of the United States Congress.”


“That’s something I deeply believe. And I think it’s something the president deeply believes,” Gaetz explained. Tucker Carlson questioned Gaetz’s claim that his vote had Trump’s support. “Just to be totally clear,” Tucker Carlson asked, “you are one of three Republicans who voted, in effect, against the president’s stated position but you just talked to the president and he said that he is on your side?” “Well, the president probably would have preferred that I vote with the other Republicans,” Gaetz responded. “He [Trump] certainly said that. I think on these broader questions of war and peace, Donald Trump understands that the pro-war candidate loses presidential elections … it’s typically the anti-war candidates that win.”

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Inviting Biden and Schiff onto the stage.

Democrats To Press For Impeachment Witnesses Throughout Trial (R.)

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said he will press Republicans to accept four witnesses, including John Bolton, Trump’s former national security adviser, even if the Senate rejects testimony at the start of the trial to determine whether Trump should be convicted of abusing his power and obstructing Congress over Ukraine. “Those votes at the beginning of the trial will not be the last votes on witnesses and documents. Make no mistake, we will continue to revisit the issue,” Schumer said on the Senate floor. Schumer, who needs only four of the 100-seat Senate’s 53 Republicans to join Democrats on the witness question, could succeed by pressuring vulnerable Republicans such as Senator Susan Collins and Senator Cory Gardner, who face re-election challenges in swing states in November.


Without witnesses, Democrats fear Senate Republicans could move quickly to dismiss the charges against Trump. But securing witnesses could also open a Pandora’s box for Democrats. Trump has said he would like to hear from former Vice President Joe Biden, his businessman son Hunter Biden, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff and the anonymous whistleblower whose complaint launched the impeachment inquiry. Trump also has said he might try to block Bolton from testifying. “When we start allowing national security advisers to just go up and say whatever they want to say… We can’t do that,” he told reporters at the White House.

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“This is how corrupt American law has become. A man is being put in prison for 6 months for not cooperating with an investigation of an event that did not happen!”

The Justice Department Is Devoid of Justice (PCR)

In the United States the criminal justice (sic) system is itself not subject to law. We see immunity to law continually as police commit felonies against citizens and even murder children and walk away free. We see it all the time when prosecutors conduct political prosecutions and when they prosecute the innocent in order to build their conviction record. We see it when judges fail to prevent prosecutors from withholding exculpatory evidence and bribing witnesses and when judges accept coerced plea deals that deprive the defendant of a jury trial.

We just saw it again when federal prosecutors recommended a six month prison sentence for Lt. Gen. Flynn, the former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency accused of lying to the FBI about nothing of any importance, for being uncooperative in the Justice (sic) Department’s effort to frame President Trump with false “Russiagate” charges. The Justice (sic) Department prosecutor said: “The sentence should adequately deter the defendant from violating the law, and to promote respect for the law. It is clear that the defendant has not learned his lesson. He has behaved as though the law does not apply to him, and as if there are no consequences for his actions.”

That is precisely what the Justice (sic) Department itself did for years in their orchestration of the fake Russiagate charges against Trump. The prosecutor’s hypocrisy is overwhelming. The Justice (sic) Department is a criminal organization. It has no sense of justice. Convicting the innocent builds the conviction rate of the prosecutor as effectively as convicting the guilty. The Horowitz report of the Justice (sic) Department’s lies to the FISA court did not recommend a six-month prision sentence for those Justice (sic) Deplartment officials who lied to the government. Horowitz covered up the crimes by converting them into “mistakes.” Yes, they are embarrassing “mistakes,” but mistakes don’t bring prison sentences.

Now that we know the only Russiagate scandal was its orchestration by the CIA, Justice (sic) Department, and Democrats, failing to cooperate with the special counsel investigation of alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election is nonsensical as we know for a definite fact that there was no such interference. [..] This is how corrupt American law has become. A man is being put in prison for 6 months for not cooperating with an investigation of an event that did not happen! If Trump doesn’t pardon Flynn (and Manafort and Stone), and fire the corrupt prosecutors who falsely prosecuted Flynn, Trump deserves no one’s support. A president who will not defend his own people from unwarranted prosecution is not worthy of support.

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Clowns and monkeys. Are these people still working at Boeing?

Internal Boeing Messages Raise Serious Questions About 737 MAX (R.)

Boeing on Thursday released hundreds of internal messages that raise serious questions about its development of simulators and the 737 Max that was grounded in March after two fatal crashes, prompting outrage from US lawmakers. In an April 2017 exchange of instant messages, two employees expressed complaints about the Max following references to issues with the plane’s flight management computer. “This airplane is designed by clowns who in turn are supervised by monkeys,” one unnamed employee wrote. In one message, dated November 2015, which appears to shed light on lobbying methods used when facing demands from regulators, a Boeing employee notes regulators were likely to want simulator training for a particular type of cockpit alert.

“We are going to push back very hard on this and will likely need support at the highest levels when it comes time for the final negotiation,” the employee writes. The planemaker said some communications “raise questions” about Boeing’s interactions with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in connection with the simulator qualification process. In releasing redacted versions of what it called “completely unacceptable” communications, Boeing said it was committed to transparency with the regulator. Unredacted versions of the messages were turned over to the FAA and Congress in December.

Peter DeFazio, the House transportation committee chairman, who has been investigating the Max, said the messages “paint a deeply disturbing picture of the lengths Boeing was apparently willing to go to in order to evade scrutiny from regulators, flight crews, and the flying public, even as its own employees were sounding alarms internally”. He added: “they show a coordinated effort dating back to the earliest days of the 737 Max program to conceal critical information from regulators and the public”.

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“Would you put your family on a Max simulator trained aircraft? I wouldn’t.”

Boeing Emails Show Workers Mocking FAA, Ridiculing 737 MAX Safety (MW)

Newly released internal emails from Boeing Co. paint a disturbing picture of its 737 Max program, with employees bragging about fooling FAA regulators and ridiculing its safety. The emails were part of more than 100 pages of documents sent Thursday by Boeing to House and Senate committees that have been investigating the aircraft maker in the wake of two crashes in 2018 and 2019 that killed a combined 346 people. The 737 Max family has been grounded for nearly a year, with no return date yet. “This airplane is designed by clowns who in turn are supervised by monkeys,” read one email.


Some messages detail problems with the development of Boeing’s 737 Max simulator and suggest the planes got FAA approval under false pretences. “I still haven’t been forgiven by God for the covering up I did last year,” one of the employees says in a 2018 email, apparently referring to interactions with the Federal Aviation Administration. “Would you put your family on a Max simulator trained aircraft? I wouldn’t,” one employee emailed a colleague. “No,” the co-worker responded. “These newly-released emails are incredibly damning,” Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., said in a statement Thursday night. “They paint a deeply disturbing picture of the lengths Boeing was apparently willing to go to in order to evade scrutiny from regulators, flight crews, and the flying public.”

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They’ll be buried in ever more lawsuits, and many courts will choose the other side. It’s simply too late, and opinion on fossil fuels etc. is against deregulation.

White House Unveils Plan To Speed Big Projects Permits (R.)

The Trump administration on Thursday unveiled a plan to speed permitting for major infrastructure projects like oil pipelines, road expansions and bridges, one of the biggest deregulatory actions of the president’s tenure. The plan, released by the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), would help the administration advance big energy and infrastructure projects like the Keystone XL oil pipeline or roads, bridges and federal buildings that President Donald Trump and industry groups complained have been hampered by red tape. “For the first time in over 40 years today we are issuing a new rule under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to completely overhaul the dysfunctional bureaucratic system that has created these massive obstructions,” Trump said at the White House on Thursday.

The proposal to update the how NEPA, the 50-year bedrock federal environmental law, is implemented is part of Trump’s broader effort to cut regulations and oversight to boost industry. “This proposal affects virtually every significant decision made by the federal government that affects the environment,” Interior Secretary David Bernhardt said, adding that the NEPA reform would be the “most significant deregulatory proposal” of the Trump administration. The proposed rule says federal agencies would not need to factor in the “cumulative impacts” of a project, which could include its impact on climate change, making it easier for major fossil fuel projects to sail through the approval process and avoid legal challenges.

[..] Trump’s efforts to cut regulatory red tape have been praised by industry. But they have so far largely backfired by triggering waves of lawsuits that the administration has lost in court, according to a running tally here by the New York University School of Law’s Institute for Policy Integrity. Over the last few years, federal courts have ruled that NEPA requires the federal government to consider a project’s carbon footprint in decisions related to leasing public lands for drilling or building pipelines.

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The author is a senior fellow at the think tank Center for China and Globalization. That explains a lot. But yes, China achieved a lot re: poverty. Question is: at what price?

China To Become First To Realize UN Goal Of ‘No Poverty’ (CD)

China is poised to realize a dream that a few decades ago most experts would have dismissed as wishful thinking. For centuries, China dreamed of building a “moderately prosperous society” in all respects. And this year, under the leadership of the Communist Party of China, China will realize that dream despite having a population of more than 1.3 billion. Late leader Deng Xiaoping resurrected this ancient but never-realized goal when reform and opening-up were launched. Chinese leaders who followed adopted it, adding additional details. President Xi Jinping included it in his seminal “four-pronged comprehensive strategy” in 2014. Xi explained the notion in great detail at the 19th National Congress of the CPC in October 2017 in a speech titled, “Secure a Decisive Victory in Building a Moderately Prosperous Society in All Respects”, mentioning the concept 18 times.

He said that building a moderately prosperous society in all respects meant promoting social fairness and justice, as well as ensuring steady access to childcare, education, employment, medical service, elderly care, housing and social assistance. He pledged to “intensify poverty alleviation, see that all our people have a greater sense of fulfillment as they contribute to and gain from development, and continue to promote well-rounded human development and common prosperity for everyone.” Now, a little more than two years later, the results are in, and China is about to eradicate absolute poverty. In 1979, China’s per capita GDP was $200. It is now estimated to be $10,000, a 50-fold increase – with GDP growth averaging just shy of 10 percent a year.

Over the past four decades, China has lifted about 800 million people out of poverty, which is 70 percent of the global total. Little wonder China is set to become the first developing country to achieve the first of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals: No poverty. China’s rural population living under the currently defined poverty line of $1.90 per person per day fell from 770 million in 1978 to 16.6 million in 2018, and the rural poverty level declined from 97.5 percent to 1.7 percent, a decrease of 95.8 percent. In 2019 alone, about 340 impoverished counties and 10 million people were lifted out of poverty. And Xi has pledged that after the eradication of absolutely poverty in 2020, China will launch a campaign to eliminate relative poverty.

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    Jack Delano Main street intersection, Norwich, Connecticut 1940   • Iran Invites US To Join Probe Of Ukrainian Jet Disaster (R.) • Missile System
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle January 10 2020]

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    Jack Delano Main street intersection, Norwich, Connecticut 1940
    Cropped properly; the woman could be straight off the cover of Life Mag.
    Fashion of the day and all that stuff…

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    Dr. D
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    Much as it pains me to admit it, the economy here has stopped flatlining or declining 2% p.a., and has popped its head up barely, like 1-2%. There must also be more optimism as there are jobs, help wanted signs, and rising wages or better conditions (like 4 day workweek). For instance, Taco Bell is paying 6 figures for managers in some (almost certainly city) districts. These are also entirely low-skill jobs, which is easy to pressure wages upward: since a whole generation has been destroyed, it’s nearly impossible to get anyone to show up at all, literate and you know, not drunk, much less reliably. So despite technical unemployment no doubt still near 18%, the few remaining people who actually work are in short supply. …Just like Russia in 1990 under the same conditions of communism or bank extraction.

    This may be an economic flip pulling jobs and wealth from the cities TO these blue-collar flyover areas, I can’t tell, but if so the cities have 30 years of wealth to bank on and won’t feel a similar hardship for quite some time. This may also be showing in Cheeto’s minority support, particularly the black vote, which has nearly doubled, which has been said to be due to jobs in minority communities. Again, not an accident, exactly what he and Bannon said was their express, specific plan, while CNN and NYT called them racists for helping blacks and wanting the black vote.

    I’ll keep you posted, but this is strictly anecdotal, light, and hard to define.

    Trump’s Iran De-Escalation Succeeds (Flores)”

    No doubt at all this is what they would TRY. We can see them do it with their “Presidential” “Beautiful bombs.” And how causing peace makes Trump “weak”, and Iran “Wins”. The question is more: is there a single person on earth dumb enough not to notice and fall for it? What’s their counter-response? To fight? Or pretend to fall for it and set a trap?

    Other than that, prettymuch what I’m saying – since it’s blindingly obvious – that Syria missiles were a joke, the Iran drone was another joke, a transparent attempt by the same transparent actors to cause the same transparent war they’ve openly said they wanted for 40 years. Wot a shock.

    And Iran responds in like kind with fake, transparent counterattack. All a fake movie set with fake actors and a fake script. CNN doesn’t notice since their reporters haven’t not reported the fake in a generation. Do you have any idea how hard it is to shoot off 100 missiles, each of which can destroy a town, and not hurt a single person? They deserve a medal just for pulling it off. But talk is cheap, and the only way to prove things among perennial, pathological liars, is with actions. Like Rouhani’s non-attack on non-bases, with a non-warning.

    I think a few of the advisers of the president are trying to slow-walk the administration into war.

    Yup. At last people can see the patently obvious and have stopped denying everything. Not the media though, they’ll deny the truth to their grave, like good little zealots.

    Tulsi Gabbard: ‘Iran Is Closer Now to a Nuclear Weapon than Ever Before’ (NW)”

    I’m sure they are, but: compared to what? Israel has said they’ve been an hour from the bomb since 1979. They should know since they’re the ones that sold it to them. That’s why we need to attack their enemies for them in an illegal war of aggression. The one they got the dual-citizen NeoCons to do. Nope.

    Besides, nukes are a joke. You can kill more people with a trunkful of fentanyl, like we found the other day, available from China for spare change. No one cares. We love our made-for-TV stories and not the truth.

    And right on schedule: “Iran could have nuclear weapons in one to two years.” Guess we know who they work for since they use the same words. Does anyone notice after 40 years? Nope. Not CNN and LeMonde at least.

    Democrats to Press for Impeachment Witnesses Throughout Trial (R.)”

    The non-strategy for the non-defense of the non-impeachment. Talk about wasting our time. But #Oppositeland, what else would you expect?

    This is how corrupt American law has become. A man is being put in prison for 6 months for not cooperating with an investigation of an event that did not happen!”

    You notice for the 50,000th time, this is not a black man. It’s about being poor and vulnerable. Self-serving corruption could care less about your color. And no one should be surprised, since the system from county judges in Delaware to the Supreme Court in D.C. have been blatantly imprisoning the innocent for 70 years. What’s the oldest still-surviving case? Peltier? Hard to track there are so many thousand. Armstrong — both white AND essentially a billionaire, was in prison, like Assange, another white insider, and Manning, also white, and also transgender — was put in prison, in solitary, indefinitely for life, for contempt. But but, it’s all racism! It’s only black people! As above, after 40 years will anyone notice? Nope. Not if a media you know and we all agree lies every day about everything says so. Because this one time it’s not a lie, I promise.

    Would you put your family on a Max simulator trained aircraft?

    I would. Because I’ve read what the fault was and am logical, not following manufactured fear from an inevitably lying media who hasn’t told the truth in my lifetime. See the fake exploding gas tanks from Dateline. I’d fly every day for a year if they just told pilots and put an off switch on the wall, and I’d die of cosmic rays and the airport x-ray machine 100 times over from cancer before a 737 Max would kill me. Get a grip, people.

    P.S., you’re a fool if you think Airbus doesn’t have the same emails in their teams, and the Euro regulators don’t show up and cover everything there too. They need to sink Boeing to kill the U.S. and economy, but Boeing shouldn’t make it easy for them with lies and pathetic engineering.

    White House Unveils Plan to Speed Big Projects Permits (R.)

    He keeps trying to improve the economy, and they keep fighting prosperity tooth and nail, using every underhanded means they can find. …And I’m referring to the Republicans. Because if America succeeds, how will they buy it up at 1c on the $1? How can I escape my crimes if there’s no civil war to burn the records? Those Epstein tapes don’t kill themselves, you know.

    China to Become First to Realize UN Goal of ‘No Poverty’ (CD)”

    Cough*buls—t*cough. Goes to show there’s no end of morons, but this is the media and the U.N., so… Probably Yale. Even the middle class in China are poorer than our poor by our standards. And they’re following the fallacy that – like Malaysia – if a comfortable farmer, but with no need for cash money, becomes a paid factory worker, but is barely eating and crammed in a concrete flat with no community and no security, but makes $10/week, that he’s better off. No, he’s WORSE off, you maniacs, and that’s before we calculate the environmental and human rights costs.

    Armstrong, re: 1934: “[T]he broader trend is cooling thanks to the solar minimum. But there are also wild swings from new record lows to a single day of record high temperatures. This is similar to what was taking place during the 1930s. There was the dust bowl with drought and heat in the summer, and the winters were still the coldest on record which we have not yet reached on a sustained basis.”

    Glacier National Park quietly removes all signs about how there won’t be any glaciers, since 50 years after the prediction, they’re still there and probably growing. Yet another day Manhattan isn’t underwater, in fact hasn’t raised an inch. Polar bears are doing better than ever and are an arctic scourge – to humans at least, which they don’t mind to eat. So that’s half my life they’ve been wrong. Every. single. day. Since what? 1990? Are they going to notice sometime? Not on your life: humans never, ever admit when they’re wrong. Science only proceeds again when they die of old age, because it’s essentially a popularity contest, a fashion show for nerds. Sadly. While they drum out good science that’s unfashionable, waiting in the shadows with answers. And sadly because this was so, SO predictable. But then they couldn’t destroy everyone, put in a worldwide tax that favors the rich and Sach’s CO2 trading hypothecations, and kill millions of hateful humans, annoying the rich with their breathing and “property rights.”

    Over in Australia, 10 years of research 2005-2015 showed 40% of fires were intentionally set while 47% were started by humans but accidentally. That’s 87% caused by humans. So the 200 arsonists seems dead-on the long-term average, the only difference being they’re mad enough to find an arrest them. Since fire-using humans are going to start fires, maybe we can go back to doing it carefully on purpose again? Lookin’ at you, California. You essentially outlawed this and killed everyone in Paradise, then bankrupted PG&E and raised rates on the poor to cover it up.

    “I never would have agreed to the formulation of the Central Intelligence Agency back in forty-seven, if I had known it would become the American Gestapo.” Harry S. Truman

    That was 70 years ago. Imagine what mischief they could have got up to by now. But I’m sure as a President, who read every security file we’ll never see, he was an idiot and a conspiracy theorist who made it all up. Trust Brennan, he’s on NBC. When’s the last time they lied to you? 11pm Thursday?

    #52618

    Dr. D
    Participant

    Elsewhere:

    “A supposed party with possible knowledge inside IRGC says that since yesterday evening, 56 IRGC commanders have been arrested by the IRGC’s intelligence organization. I have not confirmed this as I have no reason to do so, so take this as plausible rumor.

    This would presume IRGC being cleared of spies at the moment so no Iranian response until spy/spies found. This is believable as they did this about a year ago. One imagines they have much dissent within the ranks. So if missiles have hit Iraq as you said, then they must feel confident in their cleansing.”

    #52619

    zerosum
    Participant

    WHITE NOISE

    • Iran Could Have Nuclear Weapon Within One To Two Years: French Minister (R.) one to two month
    if someone decided to sell one

    ———
    • Internal Boeing Messages Raise Serious Questions About 737 MAX (R.)
    • Boeing Emails Show Workers Mocking FAA, Ridiculing 737 MAX Safety (MW)
    White noise. Some employees always know more that those “experts”.
    —–
    @ Dr. D

    ” …. people who actually work are in short supply ….”
    You should add … People who can do what they are paid to do are in short supply. ( see, white noise)

    “Besides, nukes are a joke. You can kill more people with a trunkful of fentanyl”
    That’s only point #1.
    I’m sure that we could make a longer list.
    Let’s see, starvation, obesity, un-affordable med., Un-affordable housing, financial entrapment, lying,
    stealing, scamming, enablers
    Hey,
    Lets make a modern 10 commandment for peace, prosperity, and happiness for all.

    #52620

    zerosum
    Participant

    https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/iraqi-pm-pompeo-us-must-establish-mechanism-troop-withdrawal

    Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi, who is still serving in a ‘caretaker’ capacity, has informed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that the US must establish a mechanism for the full withdrawal of remaining US troops in Iraq, which according to most estimates numbers around 5,000. Toward that end the Iraqi PM requested a US delegation be sent to work out such a plan.

    AND THE RESPONSE FROM USA

    And according to Axios, US officials attempted to halt the weekend Iraq parliament vote to expel American forces. “It’s our concern that Iraq would take a short-term decision that would have catastrophic long-term implications for the country and its security,” one unnamed Trump administration official was quoted as saying.

    “But it’s also, what would happen to them financially,” the official told Axios. “If they allowed Iran to take advantage of their economy to such an extent that they would fall under the sanctions that are on Iran?”

    Surprisingly, the administration has of late invoked the threat of sanctions on its ally the Iraqi government, despite for years propping up the post-Saddam political system and military.

    #52621

    boscohorowitz
    Participant

    Dem congress-critter Matt Gaetz looks like he as cloned in a secret underground gubmint laboratory run by DEVO. Initially intended as a hologram for the much anticipated Lil Abner CGI remake. You can’t make up shit like this. Ipso facto proof of God, although I couldn’t necessarily speak for God’s sanity under such terms.

    #52622

    Dr D Rich
    Participant

    Dr. D drinking the high test Koolaid today

    #52623

    Doc Robinson
    Participant

    China To Become First To Realize UN Goal Of ‘No Poverty’ (CD)

    On the other hand, there’s this story from two days ago:
    China province of 80 million claims only 17 people in poverty, sparking debate about official data

    #52624

    zerosum
    Participant

    If there is no money, then, keep printing more and more and keep spending and spending more.
    Soon, the americans will not have any money and then, (the Mexicans), will need the wall to keep the americans from immigrating to Mexico.
    I suggest that Canadian, do something to keep the warlords out of Canada.

    https://www.npr.org/2020/01/09/794969121/appeals-court-allows-trump-to-divert-3-6-billion-in-military-funds-for-border-wa

    Appeals Court Allows Trump To Divert $3.6 Billion In Military Funds For Border Wall

    January 9, 20204:42 PM ET

    Bobby Allyn

    In the 2020 spending package passed in December, Congress maintained border wall funding at $1.3 billion, far below Trump’s request, which he had upped to $8.6 billion.

    #52625

    zerosum
    Participant

    Who did it !!!!

    Everybody could see every plane in the sky.
    Everybody has the data of what they saw.
    Everybody should produce their data.
    If the data has been manipulated, it will be different than all the other data.

    Liers will be found.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secondary_surveillance_radar#Mode_S

    Secondary surveillance radar (SSR)[1] is a radar system used in air traffic control (ATC), that not only detects and measures the position of aircraft, i.e. bearing and distance, but also requests additional information from the aircraft itself such as its identity and altitude. Unlike primary radar systems that measure the bearing and distance of targets using the detected reflections of radio signals, SSR relies on targets equipped with a radar transponder, that replies to each interrogation signal by transmitting a response containing encoded data. SSR is based on the military identification friend or foe (IFF) technology originally developed during World War II, therefore the two systems are still compatible. Monopulse secondary surveillance radar (MSSR), Mode S, TCAS and ADS-B are similar modern methods of secondary surveillance.

    #52627

    V. Arnold
    Participant

    Liers will be found.

    Hopefully, the liars as well…

    #52628

    zerosum
    Participant

    Hopefully, the liars as well…

    You caught me Hahahahah

    #52629

    V. Arnold
    Participant

    Well, sort of; the liers in ambush could be problematic also, no?

    #52630

    zerosum
    Participant

    hummmph
    I haven’t followed that train of thought.
    Its worth thinking about.

    #52640

    Dr. D
    Participant

    Maybe so. Certainly I’m in error somewhere. But I struggle to make things make sense in any other framework: certainly what I’m being told is completely wrong.

    Stage was set that withdrawal cannot be resisted even if the military, his own cabinet tries. And as you see, once they got their feet under them, they ARE trying. Very very hard. Oops, another accident.

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