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Trump didn’t start any wars? What utter BS. Sanctions are an act of war, and no president has used them more than Trump.
“Americans have become so accustomed to the concept of sanctions that the policy has become hum-drum and commonplace. Since the violence associated with sanctions is indirect and difficult to see, people don’t put them in the same category as bombs. But the reality is that sanctions, by virtue of their targeting foreign citizens for death, are every bit an act of war as dropping bombs on them.”
Sanctions against N Korea, Iran, Venezuela, and others.
Coups against Bolivia, and Venezuela
Provocations w/ China in the S China Sea, Iran in the Straight of Hormuz, w/ Russia in Syria
If Iran had assassinated an American general, the US would be at war. Trump did not get the US into a hot war, but he certainly tried. (Loser)
FDR started the war with Japan with an oil embargo, that’s why they attacked Pearl Harbour, AND the Philippines, Japan’s major source of oil.
When did TAE become a MAGA site?
Looks like Biden has got the lock on 270. I didn’t think the CIA and FBI would let Trump win.
When I met Nate Hagans as a possible tenant, when he was going to the U of Vt., he said, “I saw the light.” I thought to myself, hmm, I think that’s an on coming freight train.
“Has there been a worse candidate in history than Joe Biden? ”
Yes, and he is running against him.
“I don’t have to tell you. You read the same newspapers I do. A President who has said if he doesn’t like the outcome of an election, he’ll simply not leave office, and is taken seriously enough that,”
” A striking example recently was the firing of the inspectors general when they started looking into the incredible swamp Trump created in Washington. This kind of thing goes on and on.”
“Trump, but the people around him are essentially creating an international alliance of extremely reactionary states, which can be controlled by the White House, which, of course, has shifted way far to the right, tearing up every international agreement, wrecking everything in sight.”
“United Nations’ sanctions are reinstituted against Iran. Why? Because he says so. The United States brought it to the Security Council and could get virtually no support. So therefore we reinstitute the United Nations’ sanctions unilaterally. That’s the Godfather talking. It doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks. The same is true of every international agreement. The arms-control regime has been torn to shreds, with great danger to us as well as everyone else.”
“Well, having an arms-control regime is different than not having one. That’s a break, and it’s a break on one of the two most significant issues in human history. We’ve been living for seventy-five years under the shadow of possible nuclear destruction. The arms-control regime that’s been slowly built up over the years—Eisenhower’s Open Skies proposal, the Reagan-Gorbachev I.N.F. treaty, and other pieces—has mitigated the dangers. Trump has been tearing every piece of it to shreds. “
generic, thank you.
“Greg Palast does not mince words about the 2020 elections.
Only the voter fraud he warns about is not by the voters, as President Trump insists. It’s by the vote-stealers in the Republican Party. And they’ve been at it for a long time, unbeknownst to the American people.”
The author, Charlotte Dennent is a freind.
“His conclusion is that there will be no collective immunity to coronavirus despite earlier hopes. The virus is here to stay for a long while, and while vaccines may give immunity this is likely to be temporary”
“Despite publicly downplaying it, President Donald Trump and his team of White House advisers have embraced the controversial belief that herd immunity will help control the COVID-19 outbreak, according to three senior health officials working with the White House coronavirus task force. More worrisome for those officials: they have begun taking steps to turn the concept into policy.”
“An especially telling moment occurred on October 13th. According to the Times, two senior White House officials cited, in a background conversation with reporters, the Great Barrington Declaration—a document that argues for the pursuit of herd immunity through widespread infection instead of a vaccine.”
“Throughout the pandemic, Trump and his team have often denied that they are pursuing herd immunity as a strategy. And yet their words and actions have belied their disavowal. “Once you get to a certain number—we use the word ‘herd’—once you get to a certain number, it’s going to go away,” the President told Fox News, in August. ”
slatzman, I hear you, from the oil drum to politics, how did we end up here. I posted a couple of days ago about our predicement, and that politicos either know nothing, or will say nothing.
” Supporters of both President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden regularly assert that the nation will never recover if the other side wins.”
“They are both partly right but miss the larger point namely, that it is unlikely that either oil supply or demand will ever return to 2018 levels on a sustained basis.
World Oil Growth is Dependent on U.S. Tight Oil https://www.artberman.com/2020/09/03/stop-expecting-oil-and-the-economy-to-recover/
“Strangely enough, the limit we seem to be reaching with respect to fossil fuel extraction comes from low prices. At low prices, the extraction of oil, coal, and natural gas becomes unprofitable. Producers go bankrupt, or they voluntarily cut back production in an attempt to force prices higher. As the result of these forces, production tends to fall. This limit comes long before the limit that many people imagine: the amount of fossil fuels in the ground that seems to be available with current extraction techniques.”
Fossil Fuel Production Is Reaching Limits in a Strange Way
“Population growth, particularly among 1st world and Asian working age populations, will decline / decelerate (respectively) and the likely decline in births will be greater than projected above. Energy consumption will almost surely grow far less than projected above with a fairly good potential for outright decline”
“So, it’s the growth of the working-age population in the developed world that is critical for the growth of money within a fractional reserve system.”
I care who wins the election, but I don’t think it will make much of a difference as we are in the greater depression, and politicos don’t know or will admit it.
Dr D., a correction, it was not Pulitzer.
“Among Hearst’s employees was the famed illustrator Frederic Remington. In 1897, Remington became very bored by the lack of anything newsworthy in Cuba and cabled to Hearst, “Everything quiet. There is no trouble here. There will be no war. Wish to return.” In response to Remington’s message, Hearst reportedly replied, “Please remain. You furnish the pictures and I’ll furnish the war.”
“We look at the world once, in childhood. The rest is memory.” This is straight out of the Sermon on the Mount and Krishnamurti.
Trump inherited $450 million. So at the age of 21 adjust for inflation in 2020, he would be worth $3.7 billion. Forbes reports that he’s worth $2.5 billion, so he’s basically been losing his entire life, so that explains his low tax returns.
“In 1772, a judge sitting in the High Court in London declared slavery “so odious” that it could not exist at common law and set the conditions which would consequently result in the freedom of the 15,000 slaves living in England. This decision eventually reached America and terrified slaveholders in the collection of British colonies, subject to British law. The predominantly southern slave-owners feared that this decision would cause the emancipation of their slaves. It did result in some slaves freeing themselves.
To ensure the preservation of slavery, the southern colonies joined the northerners in their fight for “freedom” and their rebellion against England. In 1774, at the First Continental Congress John Adams promised southern leaders to support their right to maintain slavery. As Eleanor Holmes Norton explains in her introduction, “The price of freedom from England was bondage for African slaves in America. America would be a slave nation.”
Thomas Jefferson relied on this understanding when carefully crafting the stirring word”
Not to mention that England said no more western expansion (genocide)
Does it matter if the virus was made in the Wuhan Lab? We know that the research there was for “gain of function”, that the US was a co-sponsor. So either way this is what these bat shit crazy researchers were after.
I do not understand how Woodward should have acted differently. He is an author and hasn’t been a journalist for a long time. If he had divulged, his interviews would be over, and when did he become a spokesman for public health?
James Joyce called Jung and Freud tweedle-de and tweedle-dum, and Jung said that Joyce was probably schizophrenic, but intelligent enough to handle it.
Not exactly permaculture, Here is my wife’s blog about our farm, “Usually at this time of year we are lambing on our farm. But we chose not to do this anymore, at least for a while. I did not know, of course, when we made that decision, that come spring, we would be forced to stay at home; that this would be a time when new life would have brought much-needed delight. More life. I look out at the paddock where I should see tiny lambs standing beneath their wooly mothers, their little tails trembling, while the ewes raise their chins into the air, as if whistling a familiar tune. I miss them.”
https://ewetopia.farm/Reply To: Debt Rattle August 19 2020
Speed reading. I took an Evelyn Wood Speed Reading class when I was 17. I had been a remedial reading student up to then, I think I’m dyslexic. I graduated the class with a 1,400 word speed after reading the Old Man and the Sea in 11 minutes. I was one of the slowest. I went to a great school which my parents made me transfer out of (Franconia C.) then went to a couple different U’s and was bored to death. I got a book called This Way Out, a guide to getting a college education without the college. I read extensively and a lot. At this point I think college is for the non-inquisitive and don’t like to read.
How is it political to go after such an overtly political organization as the NRA?
“”If we’d lost the war, we’d all have been tried as war criminals,” General LeMay remarked, according to Robert McNamara, who brought maximum efficiency to B-29 bombing during the war and maximum death and destruction to Vietnam as secretary of defense during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations.
He added: “What makes it immoral if you lose but not immoral if you win?”
I know of 7 friends and family that have gotten covid 19, despite living in Vermont. “Indeed, Vermont has had the fewest cases of covid-19 of any state in the country: fourteen hundred and two, as of Monday. The state’s hospitals currently house just one confirmed case. Only fifty-six people have died of the disease in Vermont—even though the epidemic raged in neighboring states—and the last of those deaths came more than a month ago, in mid-June.”
Let us not forget that the war on Lybia and Iraq had a lot to do with their avoidence of the us$.
Kimo, I’m perplexed that public restrooms do not have seat covers, and no one is proposing/mandating their use. (fecal plume) If I ever hear a flush in a public bathroom, I’m going to hold my breath and get out.
Oh, I should add, yes the bottom fell out, the land lord raised the rent by 70%.
Geppetto, “3 months a year of essentially zero sales. We spend frugally and try to hedge against an ambiguous at best future. Failure is always a possible outcome”
Sounds very familar, I owned a bicycle shop, and in retrospect, I am suprised I made it through that first winter. After that I closed for a month every winter and went riding somewhere, many times to the Nepalese Himalaya. My shop was doing well with BMX, and then Mt biking started happening, and the bottom fell out of BMX. So I’ve always been paranoid that the bottom might fall out.
I read “Decline of the West” by O. Spengler back in the 80’s then onto others like The Crisis of our Age, Collapse of Complex Societies, and others. So all that is happening I’ve been anticipating, I know things might get really tough, but not for me yet, for me.
“Nobody told me there’d be days like these
Strange days indeed — most peculiar, mama” -J Lennon
“Sometimes I wonder if all the armchair anarchists I encounter on the internet have ever added value to anything? Built , created art, made music, built a surfboard, a bicycle, a car, an airplane, a house? I wonder if they have ever had to kill another sentient being to get some protein?”
As an armchair anarchist, I should say, yes, I play jazz every morning before TAE, and have built guitars. I haven’t built a house, but have replaced almost every window, floor and ceiling. I own a small farm so yes those sentient beings. I’ve built hundreds of bicycles.
I think what most people don’t understand is that anarchy is basically the lack of hierarchy. Mao, Stalin, Pol Pot, et al, had a lack of anarchy and an over abundance of hierarchy. 1968 had some anarchy, and it looked like things might get better. It is hierarchies that wage war, not anarchists. “What ever happened to that peace, love, hippie shit?” -Pete Townsend
It is the hierarchy that has failed in the US, and elsewhere, and the anarchists know it. 90% of human history has been anarchic, only the last 10k years hasn’t been. I think Vico got it wrong when he said civilization goes from Theocracy, to Aristocracy, Democracy, Chaos. That last stage, and the beginning of a new one is Anarchy, a far cry from chaos.
Dr D. “they have pretended that there has been this huge tragically large number of human lives being lost when more people die from car crashes.” Please Dr D. Somewhere between 40 to 50K people die in the US from vehicular crashes, not 132,000! You lose credibility with these numbers, and we are only half way through this year.
Dr D, is the lack of deaths in Florida due to their use of HCQ+? I have read there is widespread use in Florida, but I’m not sure.
Tom Cruise, we could do a lot worse, at least he’s not a grade b actor or a reality star. Without seeing his platform, I’d probably vote for him before trump or biden.
“A century later, naturalists suspected that the landscape they crossed had been formed by fire. John Muir commented on the parklike quality of the sierra woodlands. ….it is clear that the singular spacing of the trees is a result of the annual firing of the country.”
“The indians were skillful fire managers. Not only did they consider wind, temperature, and time of year, but they were also good at turning the fire in the direction they wanted, by piling brush along the desired path.
Early visitors to the Indian territories often noted the smoke and the burning.
Indian burn every year just the same, so keep all ground clean, no bark, no dead leaf.”
“For more than a half century, the Mono, the Chukchansi, and all the other surviving tribes have not been allowed to burn. …. The land began to change. In the Indian view, it began to die.”
This is from “Sprout Lands, Tending the endless gift of trees.” -William Bryant Logan
Bosco, My double grammy winning teacher, Harry Leahey grew up with Bill Evans, He studied with Dennis Sandole, who also taught Coltrane. Here’s me playing So What by Miles Davis.
Academic freedom, David Graber, Debt the first 5000 years, was fired from Yale for his involvement in Occupy Wall Street.
V. Arnold, you posted a year or two ago your birthday. I turned 64 on the 12th, so I remembered that I am almost exactly ten years your junior.
Happy Birthday V. Arnold!
“We know from experience, for example, communism does not work.” Wes, have you looked at what Cuba and Vietnam’s success story with covid is? Compare that to the “great” democracies of th US and UK.
We went to see Cristo’s Gates, and seayed with my wife’s cousin, Dennis Oppenheim, here is one of my favorites of his:
In my mail box today, (Vt, USA) an 8 page newspaper, The Epoch Times. Every article is an attack piece on China. Title articale “How the Chinese Communist Party Endangered the World” ,
The drum beats of war.
“Randy George had never laid anyone off in his 20 years running his bakery and café in Middlesex, Vermont…He’s had to put 28 of the staff of Red Hen Baking Co. on furlough.”
That’s our favorite bread about 10 miles from here, and there is not as much of it available as pre-pandemic.
Framatic recovery should have been dramatic
I should have mentioned in my last post. A freind had a family member in the Boston area was in bad shape, was given chloroquine and had a framatic recovery.
My 18 yo nefew in Brooklyn got it, had waves of different symptoms then both his parents got it, dad had very light symptoms.