Debt Rattle July 24 2019


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    Pablo Picasso Marie-Thérèse Walter 1937   • Mueller In Last-Minute Request For Aide To Be With Him During Testimony (NBC) • Questions for Mueller
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle July 24 2019]

    V. Arnold

    • Berkeley First US City To Ban Natural Gas (G.)

    WTF??? No farting in Berkeley? Time to get rid of the Mexican Food vendors?

    V. Arnold

    • Ralph Nader Says Boeing 737 Max Should Never Fly Again (CNBC)

    Absolutely; never again…
    Shortly after my last flight from BKK to Portland and back again (2007): I firmly resolved to not ever set foot in any airplane, ever again.
    There are myriad reasons for my decision; not the least of which is safety. Intrusions into personal privacy and control of travel for those who don’t pass muster are just the tip of the problem, IMO.
    There are many options that do not involve air travel…
    And now the worst of the worst; a totally corrupt manufacturer of of the worlds biggest manufacturer of commercial aircraft.
    What more needs to be said?
    If ever there was a time to grab control of your life’s decisions; it is now………..


    Watching Nadler opening the Mueller hearing, and thinking: Mueller is too compromised. And Nadler is just a string puppet. Not a smart one at that. Mueller should interrupt Nadler, but won’t. They play for the same team. Nadler opening is so partisan it should embarrass every single American. You have evidence, show it. You don’t, be silent. And now Dan Collins gives his partisan view, 180º from Nadler’s. What are you guys doing?

    And now Nadler’s waxing nostalgic about what a great guy Mueller is. Please please mention WMD.


    We just started and already Dan Collins has Mueller stuck, because the latter just said collusion is not the same as conspiracy, to which Collins replied that in his report he says that it is (largely).

    And now some Dem. woman talks about the Russian government meddling. That’s all they have. No there there. We know that.


    Don’t know who the guy is right now, but he’s burning Mueller to the ground. Trump is not above the law, and he damn well shouldn’t be below the law either.

    And then the next guy is a Democrat, and we have another 180º change. Theater is what this is. And again it is about the Kremlin meddling, for which Mueller has delivered zero proof; he’s blamed 12 anonymous Russians, that’s all.


    • Ralph Nader Says Boeing 737 Max Should Never Fly Again (CNBC)

    But the planemaker needs to “take their losses”

    I don’t know how planes a paid for …
    I would assume that the banks are owed the money for those planes. If the banks don’t go bankrupt ….

    Therefore, the banks, will seize the asset/plane and find a free parking place for all those planes while deciding what to do with them.

    I have a suggestion. Attack drones.!!!!!

    John Day

    Our Ruling Elites Have No Idea How Much We Want to See Them All in Prison Jumpsuits​ , Charles Hugh Smith (maybe they do know)
    ​ ​Let’s posit that America will confront a Great Crisis in the next decade. This is the presumption of The Fourth Turning, a 4-generational cycle of 80 years that correlates rather neatly with the Great Crises of the past: 1781 (Revolutionary War, constitutional crisis); 1861 (Civil War) and 1941 (World War II, global war).
    ​ ​What will be the next Great Crisis? Some anticipate another great-power war, others foresee another civil war, still others reckon a military coup is likely, and some view a collapse of the economy and U.S. dollar as inevitable.
    ​ ​While anything’s possible, I propose a novel crisis unlike any in the past, a Moral Crisis in which the people challenge the power of the nation’s corrupt Ruling Elites: not just elected officials, but the technocrats of the Deep State, the vested interests pillaging the nation, the New Overlords of Big Tech, the financier New Nobility, the Corporate Media and the self-serving state/corporate technocrat Nomenklatura who do the dirty work of the Ruling Elites.
    ​ ​Divide-and-Conquer has been the absurdly easy strategy of the Ruling Elites to fragment and disempower the citizenry. It’s child’s play for the Ruling Elites to ceaselessly promote a baker’s dozen of divisive issues via the corporate media.. The one issue that could unite the fragmented citizenry is moral revulsion: As the Epstein case promises to reveal, there is literally no limit on the excesses and exploitations of the privileged few in America, no limit on what our Ruling Elites can do with absolute impunity.

    ​ P​erhaps, at long last, a serial rapist and pedophile may be brought to justice, more than a dozen years after he was first charged with crimes that have brutalized countless girls and women. But what won’t change is this: the cesspool of elites, many of them in New York, who allowed Jeffrey Epstein to flourish with impunity. For decades, important, influential, “serious” people attended Epstein’s dinner parties, rode his private jet, and furthered the fiction that he was some kind of genius hedge-fund billionaire. How do we explain why they looked the other way, or flattered Epstein, even as they must have noticed he was often in the company of a young harem? ​…
    ​ Though some observers have likened Epstein’s enigmatic rise as a glamorous social magnet to that of Jay Gatsby, a more appropriate archetype may be the fixer, sexual hedonist, and (ultimately disbarred) lawyer Roy Cohn. In the 1970s and early ’80s, Cohn was a favor broker for boldface chums as various as the top Democratic-machine politicians, the mobster Carmine “Lilo” Galante, Nancy Reagan, the proprietors of Studio 54, the Catholic Archdiocese of New York, Andy Warhol, the publishers Rupert Murdoch and Si Newhouse, Dershowitz, and the ambitious young real-estate developer Donald Trump.
    ​Names from “Black Book” are here, A to Z, with details. Man, that’s a long scroll!​

    ​Thanks for this, Eleni, from Eric Margolis:
    ​ ​I’ve had many strange experiences in my decades of covering intelligence affairs. These run from being invited to KGB HQ in Moscow, Chinese intelligence in Beijing, US intelligence in Virginia, Libyan intelligence in Tripoli, South African intelligence, and even Albanian intelligence in Tirana.
    ​ ​But none was odder than the day I was invited to lunch in New York City with the by now notorious figure Jeffrey Epstein.​..​
    ​ ​Soon after I walked into the entrance of Epstein’s mansion on E 71st Street, said to be the city’s largest private home, a butler asked me, ‘would you like an intimate massage, sir, by a pretty young girl?’ This offer seemed so out of place and weird to me that I swiftly declined.
    ​ ​More important than indelicacy, as an old observer of intelligence affairs, to me this offer reeked of ye old honey trap, a tactic to ensnare and blackmail people that was old when Babylon was young.​..
    ​ Also present was the self-promoting lawyer, Alan Dershowitz, who had saved the accused murderer Claus von Bulow, as well as a titan of the New York real estate industry (not Trump) and assorted bigwigs of the city’s elite Jewish society. All sang the praises of Israel.

    The Honey Trap On E 71 ST

    ​Here is a video montage of all of the Democratic candidates who would answer some questions about their views for the press. Biden would not. The questions excerpted are about the human rights violations of Israel. To speak against Israel in American national politics means you are excluded. Everybody knows that. (What about “The Squad”? All seem to have gross failings, soon to be used to discredit whatever they espouse, as is beginning to happen with Ilhan Omar. This kind of deeply flawed opposition is good for Israeli-Zionist PR objectives.)​ Thanks Eleni.
    “Israel is the one essential country on the planet.”

    Caitlin Johnstone: The Just World Fallacy: Why People Bash Assange And Defend Power
    If you don’t cultivate a healthy respect for just how advanced modern propaganda has become, you won’t be able to understand what the propagandists are doing when observing the behaviors of the political/media class, and you’ll almost certainly wind up being fooled by the propaganda machine in various ways yourself…
    For example, have you ever wondered why ordinary people you know in real life often harbor highly negative opinions about Julian Assange, seemingly to no benefit for themselves, even while he’s being viciously persecuted for his truthful publications by some of the most corrupt political forces on the planet? …
    The reason is partly because of a glitch in human cognition known as the just world hypothesis or just world fallacy, which causes us to assume that if bad things are happening to someone, it’s because that person deserves it. Blaming the victim is more psychologically comfortable than seeing that we live in an unjust world where we could very easily become victim ourselves someday, and we select for that comfort over rational analysis.

    The Just World Fallacy: Why People Bash Assange And Defend Power

    Thanks Eleni, Ray McGovern reviews the download (almost certainly by Seth Rich) which was blamed on impossible Russian hacking.
    July 22, 2019 “Information Clearing House” – Three years ago Monday WikiLeaks published a trove of highly embarrassing emails that had been leaked from inside the Democratic National Committee. As has been the case with every leak revealed by WikiLeaks, the emails were authentic. These particular ones, however, could not have come at a worse time for top Democratic Party officials.
    The emails made it unmistakably clear that the DNC had tipped the scales sharply against Democratic insurgent Bernie Sanders, giving him a snowball’s chance in hell for the nomination. The posting of the DNC emails is also widely seen as having harmed the the electoral prospects of Hillary Clinton, who could not escape responsibility completely, while a handful of the very top DNC officials were forced to immediately resign.
    Relatively few Americans read the actual emails, their attention diverted to the incessant media-fostered question: Why Did the Russians Hack the DNC to Hurt Hillary? For the millions of once enthusiastic Democrats who favored Sanders, however, the disclosure that the nomination process had been fixed came as a bitter pill, leaving a sour taste in their mouths and a passive-aggressive reluctance to promote the candidacy of one they considered a usurper. Having had a huge stake in Bernie’s candidacy, they had little trouble seeing through the diversion of attention from the content of the emails.

    Pat Buchanan on America divided and manipulated by identity politics. (“Workers of the World, Unite!”, he does not quite say.)
    But what is racism? …Republicans and conservatives believe “racist” is a term the left employs to stigmatize, smear and silence adversaries. As one wag put it, a racist is a conservative who is winning an argument with a liberal.

    ​This is a critical and pivotal arena. Control of fossil fuel supplies to advanced nations is global power.
    In recent weeks a dramatic escalation of tension around Turkish oil drilling rig presence in the disputed Exclusive Enterprise Zone surrounding EU member state Cyprus is taking place. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is claiming that Turkey has the right to drill not only in the waters off of Northern Cyprus, but also in waters far from there where Greek Cyprus has claimed rights. The actions, moving Turkish oil and gas drilling platforms into the waters, is creating a dramatic new clash in the energy-rich Eastern Mediterranean.

    Erdogan, Cyprus and the Future of NATO

    ​ ​The Islamic Republic’s top military adviser further warned Iran and its regional allies will target all American bases in the region should the US launch war plans, while reiterating Iran’s ability to block the vital Strait of Hormuz to global oil transit. Everyone must be able to freely transit the Persian Gulf waterway or no one at all, Dehghan warned.
    Yesterday, Iranian vice-president, Eshaq Jahangiri, said that Iran rejects UK-led attempts to establish a “joint European task force” to monitor and patrol the Persian Gulf in order to protect international shipping, countering that it would only bring “insecurity”.
    “There is no need to form a coalition because these kinds of coalitions and the presence of foreigners in the region by itself creates insecurity,” he said. And added, “And other than increasing insecurity it will not achieve anything else.”


    Had a bite to eat, and back to the Mueller hearing. Bob for all his grey hair is a piece of crap. And he obviously knows it. Embarrassing. He has dick all And no, I do not support Trump. The whole thing exposes the stupidity US politics has sunk into. You can’t save it from that.


    Mueller doesn’t know his own report, wanna bet?


    And now the House wankers get into WikiLeaks. Unbelievable. Credibility is no concern for either Mueller and his team, or for Congress. Isn’t that the craziest thing you ever heard?



    From the early days it always seemed beyond doubt that MH17 was brought down by the Ukraine government, but I could not think of a logical reason for why they did it. IF it was a false flag operation to justify an armed invasion of East Ukraine THEN it makes sense. However this implies collusion with the US and possibly other governments.

    Respect to Malaysia – it seems their efforts lead to a very different history.


    Mueller must have had a week of intense audiovisual dementia entrainment before his testimony today, with special emphasis on enhanced memory loss of all his handlers.

    V. Arnold

    Astonishing; just astonishing. Bread and circuses…

    And now across the pond; another travesty; Boris is the new prime minister with just 0.02% of British Population Choosing Boris Johnson as Next Prime Minister (according to Sputnik News).
    I’ll double down on hopeless…

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