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A must-see for lockdown and mask fans:
I’m depressed about the Assange “trial”.
It’s crystal clear to me why there’s fat all chance of Trump pardoning him, since Trump has always worked hard to keep the armed forces on his side. From the five star generals down to the lowliest GI they all believe that Assange is a traitor who should be locked up and the key thrown away unless he can be given the death penalty. It makes me wonder if the whole point of the Atlantic piece was actually to make sure that Trump didn’t even consider withdrawing the extradition request.
Russians are the dumbest idiots on the planet!
– Ah, come in Lysyyrik! I hear you have a cunning plan for me? One that makes us look both evil and incompetent, solving none of our problems and only adding to them?
– Oh yes, Mr P, I think you’ll find it ticks all the boxes, it’s a very cunning plan.
– Pray tell, do, I’m on tenterhooks.
– Well, when N’s in Tomsk, we’ll slip him some novichok.
– Excellent! He’s of no particularly importance to us and novichok is 5x deadlier than VX, so it’ll kill him within minutes! Hmmm, I just don’t see where the incompetence comes in, though.
– Well, Mr P, the real novichok would kill him in just over a minute, so we’ll actually use this rubbish stuff that’ll only put him into a coma, just like we did…
– With the Skripals? I see, this really is a cunning, even if entirely predictable plan!
– Thank you, Mr P. As I was saying, we’ll do this just before he boards his plane for Tomsk and then he’ll come over all wobbly during the flight.
– There’ll be doctors on board, of course, to make sure he doesn’t die?
– Oh no, the plane will have to make an emergency landing and a team of doctors on the ground will have to take care of him.
– Sounds good, keep going.
– Suspecting poisoning, they’ll pump him full of atropine and then take samples of his blood etc. for a full toxi-do-dah analysis.
– Then they’ll find ‘our’ novichok, won’t they?
– Yes, they should if they’re any good, but we’ll threaten to whack ’em if they release the results to the world.
– Whack ’em, eh? Nice! But what can they tell the world, then?
– That’s easy, Mr P, they’ll say he’s gone hypoglycolonic – he is a diabolic after all, and so it’s perfectly plausible – and they’ll say that they found no traces of toxins in his blood.
– Right, with you so far, Lysyyrik, except I don’t see how we let the world know that it was us who nobbled him.
– Aha! This is where the plan gets cunningest, you see. His associates and the Germans will beg us to fly him to Berlin so their doctors can take a look at him.
– Why would they do that?
– Cos we’ll have suggested it “all diplodocus-like” through the special channels, of course.
– Ah yes, of course, the special channels, brilliant! But why would we comply?
– Because we want to look like we’ve got nothing to hide, sir. It’s an extra level of incompetence I built into the plan.
– Most cunning! So then, when he arrives in Berlin the doctors there will immediately find the “novichok” and tell the world that the evil Russkies have been up to their old tricks again. I like this cunning plan, let’s put it into action immediately!
– Not so fast, Mr P, I haven’t finished yet.
– Really? There’s even more to it? You do astound me sometimes Lysyyrik!
– No, you see, their doctors will suspect poisoning and pump him full of even more atropine. Do a toxi-whatsit analsys and then announce to the world that he wasn’t poisoned and that he’d just gone into a hypoglycol coma and that the Russky quacks had done a good job saving him.
– Why on Earth would they say that?
– Cos otherwise…
– We’ll whack them?
– You’re getting it Mr P! Yes, but here’s we turn it up to eleven on the cunningometer. A day later, we tell their doctors that we were only kidding and that nobody’s going to whack anybody whatever they announce to the world.
– And so then they say that they did find “novichok” after all?
– You took the words right out of my mouth, sir. Yes, they say that and then they tell Mutti and she talks to Heiko and the EU and NATO and Trump and then they announce that the evil Russkies have been up to their old tricks again and put more sanctions on us and cancel North Stream 2.
– I don’t know what to say, Lysyyrik, this is the most cunningest cunning plan in all of Cunningdom that even the great Professor Cunnington of Cunning University at the very pinnacle of his cunninghood could not have dreamt up. Let’s not waste another moment! I’m so happy I feel like indulging in some gratuitous violence. If you would permit, Lysyyrik?
– Be my guest, sir…
<< THWACK >>
– How was that?
– Excruciatingly painful and entirely inappropriate, Mr P.
– Thank you, Lysyyrik. One does have one’s standards to maintain, you know.
The WikiLeaks organisation has published a number of classified documents detailing […] Democratic national committee emails showing the party was trying to rig the 2016 primaries for Hillary Clinton.
I actually think that this has a lot more to do with Assange’s arbitrary detention than either Guantanamo or the collateral damage video. I wonder if the Orange one realizes he’s doing the DNC’s bidding?
You got me there.
Can we stop calling Mrs Baraitser “judge?” She clearly isn’t one because she is incapable of remaining impartial and is therefore obliged by law to recuse herself. Since she does not she is in contempt of her own court and must be disbarred. A jail sentence is also a possibility.
And in the midst of it all, they insist on keeping the twice-yearly idiotic move between Brussels and Strasbourg going. You don’t want to know what that costs.
Not twice yearly, try every month and at a cost of roughly €114m a year, link.
WHO Warns of COVID19 Rebound Risk, Says Pandemic ‘Worsening’ Globally
That’s got to be great news – the WHO got everything everything else wrong, so this is probably wrong, too.
The idea: save the banks so they can lend money at higher rates than they borrow at from the ECB. Utterly crazy and useless.
The ECB really is a one-trick pony, isn’t it? The Germans, meanwhile, are showing the way out of this crisis by reducing VAT, cutting energy taxes and (more contentiously) giving incentives to buy a new car. All the ECB has to do is to provide large interest-free loans to governments to allow them to do as Germany. The trickle-up economy will take care of the rest and there will be no need for a constitutional crisis between EU and Germany.
Oh wow, I didn’t even see that as a bone of contention. I’ll look around for evidence if you like, but the sources of my opinion are the NOS Journaal from a week or so ago about a cancer patient having his follow-up treatment delayed indefinitely even though it was at a critical stage; another NOS piece where a cardiologist from the VU was practically begging people who were having any heart issues not to delay; the BBC saying that thousands of people with illnesses other than Covid19 were not getting treated; a GP friend of mine in the UK who echoed exactly the same point; and my neighbour who works on a children’s ward at the LUMC and told me they’re running at about 25% normal capacity.
This has absolutely nothing to do with me having a low opinion of doctors and nurses (which I most certainly don’t have) who I know very well are working hard under often very difficult circumstances.
Excess deaths may be the best, if not only, way to get an accurate fatality number for COVID19.
I couldn’t disagree more. Especially in the UK, but also in most countries, so many people have not been examined or treated for cancer, heart problems, kidney disease etc, etc it’s no wonder there are high numbers of excess deaths being reported.
I don’t know how much you’ve been following the situation with the pronouncement by the German Constitutional Court (Bundesvefassungsgericht Karlsruhe) on the ECB bond buying programme, but this is real dynamite for both the Euro and the EU. It’s very difficult to find good commentary on this, however this article by monsieur Frexit himself, François Asselineau, is well worth your time. I don’t know how good your French is, but there’s always Google Translate.
You’re right the death rate figures from Russia don’t look convincing. In fact I had remembered what I read about Russia incorrectly, it was a tweet by @Covid19Crusher from a couple of days ago which talked about the improvement in the number of recoveries, not a drop in death rate. My mistake.
Russia will in the next few days pass Spain as the no. 2 in total cases behind the US. But it reports “just” 2,418 deaths to date, vs Spain’s 27,321.
I read that Russia started with mass use of hydroxychloroquine + azitromycine + zinc on 16 April and saw the death rate tumble.
Catch Corona and Dodge the Draft!
A few remarks: Germany has a huge amount of ICU places. Neighbor the Netherlands has far fewer. But that’s also partly due to a different philosophy: where most countries try to keep people alive as long as possible, the Netherlands has a tradition, way before corona, of focusing more on quality than quantity of life. Old people with multiple ailments are not kept alive at all costs.
Maybe, but then why does Worldometer say that there are 22400 total recovered in Germany against 250 in The Netherlands?
You’ll like this.
I just flew home to Holland from South America. Back home I quickly developed cold/flu-like symptoms but with no fever. I phoned the doctor to find out if I should be tested for Covid19 and was told that they’re not testing any more, that I should stay at home and only seek help if I should develop a high fever and/or breathing difficulties.
So I asked how the RIVM (Dutch institute for national health and the environment) could possibly keep track of the spread of the disease if they’re not testing suspected cases, but the poor receptionist could only shrug her shoulders, “I don’t know,” she said.
the creation of a “Climate Innovation Fund”, which will invest $1bn (£760m) over the next four years to speed up the development of carbon removal technology
We’ve already got the perfect carbon removal technology, it’s called a tree.
Poor Andy suffering with PTSD (post-traumatic sweat disorder).
If only having sex with pimped underage girls and then lying about it was actually funny.
Meanwhile, while you weren’t looking, the Fed is busy saving Wall Street again. Got to rescue them bonuses
I’ve got no problem with bonuses when things go well provided the beneficiaries get hit with “maluses” when things go awry.
Where did the Amazon burning pic come from? I assume it’s exaggerated otherwise doomsday is upon us.
There’s a theme running through all this of US intimidation and bullying. Even countries like Sweden, home to the Nobel Peace Prize, are unable to stand up for what they know to be right.
America has the entire West by the short and curlies. How long though, till the worm turns?
Well, I did call him “well fed”, but you’re absolutely right, he’s significantly out of proportion and there must be some meaning there. After all Da Vinci was an accomplished artist, so he will have done that for a reason. Hmmm….
Renaissance paintings can be so rewarding, especially Da Vinci, because of all the symbolism packed into them.
Somehow my eye is more drawn to the Madonna’s brooch than to the carnation. It is basically in the shape of the vesica piscis. The stone is black so it could be a very dark sapphire, jet or obsidian and I would suggest that this blackness symbolizes the void.
The carnation, blood red and a symbol of perfection, although held out in front of her, seems also to emanate from the brooch, from the void. Even so, the rather well-fed baby Jesus although apparently reaching for the carnation, has his gaze elsewhere, namely the viewer of the painting.
The neckline of her dress mirrors that of the brooch leaving us in no doubt that this is the symbol of the divine feminine. The baby Jesus, with his gaze and expression seems to be beseeching us to grasp this point.
A fascinating painting, thank you for posting it.
At least six ravens have been kept at the fortress since the days of King Charles II, who feared the Tower and the kingdom would fall if they were ever allowed to leave.
Well, the Torygraph gets it wrong again. I was at the Tower of London in April 2006 and there were no ravens there. I asked an attendant where we could find them and she pointed to a sign which explained that they had been taken away to a safe place for fear they would catch bird flu.
The state Britain is in today makes me think the prophecy came true.
Just think about John Bolton as a human being
I saw that quote a while back and I’ve been trying, but it’s really hard. I could imagine him as a walrus, that I could handle, and then Pompeo could be the Eggman, coo-coo ca-choo.
John Quincy Adams. A bit wiser than Mike Pompeo.
A bit wiser? I reckon there are baloney sandwiches that are wiser than Mike Pompeo.
Wow, Dr. D. I have to admit to being a bit of a searcher after doom porn from time to time, but your piece today about why takes the biscuit. Trouble is, I can’t fault your logic. I fear you’re right.
As for the Klee, thanks zerosum, you’ve allowed me to appreciate a work I would normally dismiss.
I was so saddened by the news today
I saw a venerable old lady smoking
How I had admired her special way
But now, full of fumes, she was choking
She stood just as proud and grand as ever
As I watched a licking flame
Near a thousand years of quiet endeavour
Put our modern era to shame
The fire out, a smouldering wreck
The billionaires say they’ll repair her
What do they know with their money? Heck,
She’s not just some ugly skyscraper!
She was the very heart and soul of Paris
Nay, of the whole of France
We’ll do what we can to fix her up, yes,
But restore her in full? Not a chance
A symbol of France having lost her way
It couldn’t be any more poignant
All the best has been allowed to decay
While the worst returns to the forefront
Somewhere I was still hoping against hope Corbijn would get his act together after missing more open brexit goals than the Barnstoneworth United striker.
Thanks Doc D for the summary and analysis of the summary and analysis. I particularly liked the Rachel Maddow superkut vid.
Couldn’t face the news yesterday, as RTL and NOS dismissed the whole thing, but not before reminding everyone that J had jumped bail on a rape charge. Today’s Daily Mail was beyond belief – not that I read that disgusting rag, mind you, but the Mrs read a tiny bit to me about J having bad habits, as if that is what this is about!!
Anyway, great piece, kudos for writing it, I only wish it would actually make a difference.
With you there about Brussels. That’s how most of the people on the European mainland see it, too, and why so few of us want to the deadline extended, it’s going to cost a fortune anway, so why prlong the agony. Their bed, they can lie on it.
For anyone who wanted to stop Brexit, this seemed the way out: show illegal activity. Plenty appears to be there, but it’s been swept under the carpet. Why hasn’t it been investigated much more?
It’s a question you can add to the list I wrote in response to the Demise of Democracy essay. The answer’s the same.
Well, it’s another good essay and yet there’s still something missing, there are simply way too many questions left unanswered.
Why didn’t Cameron insist on a 2/3 majority or at least 10% difference between remain and leave? Why did Farage, Johnson and Gove all run away when Leave won? Why did no “brexit champion” stand up to lead the country into its glorious future? Why did May (a remainer) get the job of leading the UK out of the EU? Why did Corbyn miss every open goal he ever saw? Why out of eight possible ways forward could not even one get the backing of a majority in the house of commons last night? Why is it not possible to hold a second referendum? Why doesn’t May out-cojone all the “men” she’s surrounded by and just revoke Article 50 in the nation’s best interest?
The truth is that real power is being wielded behind the scenes and that power has decided that a hard brexit is required – the UK must be broken away from the EU. As a theory it doesn’t answer all the questions, but watching this slow motion, avoidable, train wreck happen, convinces me there must be quite some truth in it.
Article 11, which would stop search engines from showing snippets of text from other websites
Seems my days of reading TAE are numbered ;C
Well, if I were the EU27, I’d offer May three options:
– 29 March,
– Mid May i.e. before the EU elections, or
– Three years’ time after the next general election in the UK.
A wonderful essay, thank you for posting it.
I recently visited a rich town in the south west of England and saw for myself the juxtaposition of great wealth with abject poverty and homelessness. As I’ve said before on this forum – in agreement with Aston – the brexit genie will not go back in the bottle. Whether the UK remains in or leaves the EU is almost irrelevant now with the country as divided as it is. This division runs right through families and all other societal structures. My only hope now is that through all the chaos, which will most probably get much worse before it gets any better, the UK, quite possibly split up into independent states, rises, phoenix-like from the ashes with an entirely new paradigm, a new economic model, one which takes full account of all the painful lessns learned throughout the brexit “process.”
With the inustrial revolution, the UK lead the way into devastating materialism. Just perhaps, they could point the way out again.
GJ and the rest – It gets more Orwellian each day. I fear for the future.
ISIS – Well, if uncle Sam is having trouble defeating one small enclave, maybe he should ask the SAA for help.
Not much to disagree with there. Corbyn rarely sees an open goal he doesn’t miss!
Secretly Corbyn – never a fan of the EU – is hoping for a no-deal Brexit. The ensuing chaos can be blamed firmly on the Tories, the DUP will withdraw its support so the government will not survive the next vote of confidence. PM Corbyn can then put in place all the measures, such as re-nationalizing the railways, supporting key industries and agriculture etc., which would all be in breach of EU laws.