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Strange how the Diamond Princess has been ignored as the Petri-dish that it is. Everyone is partitioned off in the own rooms. Keeping their distance from other guests while on deck for fresh air. The Wuhan coronavirus like other cold viruses is highly contagious. My guess is that the virus spreaders are the crew that prepare and distribute the food and clean the ship but who do not have the required PPE (Personal Protective Equipment). The problem is the infected 1 to 3% who die of complications from viral pneumonia. I’d get off the ship. I trade two weeks in a military base’s officer quarters to avoid a minute in an intensive care unit.
Hubris prevails. Donald and Melania spun around the Daytona 500.
Like red septic ulcers, where spreaders land and join an uninfected population, medical centers will be overwhelmed within a month just like Wuhan. Infected cities and trade will shut down until the pandemic fades away to return with the next wave of deaths until the virus becomes a common cold or a vaccine is developed.
Roughly, without a Quarantine, the Wuhan coronavirus took a little over a month to overwhelming Hubei Province’s existing healthcare system. The CCP in Beijing, always in control, took over. Its draconian measures – shutting down China – sending in the PLA – gave the rest of the world time. So far only 15 confirmed cases in the USA weeks later.
Like the time of the Spanish Flu or the Black Plague before, the modern Western Empire is collapsing. It is unable to care for its subjects. Based on a transactional faith based system that only counts pieces of gold as defining one’s worth, the Imperialists are pathologically unable to provide the safety or a purpose in life that humans need to survive. Westerners are literally in limbo. None of the governments are planning, purchasing and storing the personnel protective equipment, health supplies, or intensive care beds needed to treat the pandemic. That costs lots of real money. Unless the virus mutates its corona to be less deadly, the West will shut down like China but without any of their organization. Until a vaccine is developed and distributed, millions will die. Survivors’ lives will be chaotic with the after-effects of illness, debt and grief.
WaPo; “NASA finds ‘fundamental’ software problems in Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft”.
NASA/Boeing found a second software bug after launch and its failure to get to the correct orbit. They had to update the spacecraft to get it back to earth. More problems were found later. NASA admits to inadequate oversight.
This isn’t a bug. It is deregulation. Also, China is the sole source of most of America’s generic pharmaceuticals. The “just in time supply chain” is a means for the wealthy to get a bigger cut of the economic system. At the core of the problem is the Meritocracy’s accommodation to elite corruption to get their own cut of the pie. The Wuhan coronavirus pandemic shows how fragile the system really is. If the President and Congress don’t get off their asses, there will be no ventilators, intensive care beds or protective gear to treat the millions of old farts that will die at their hands. Too bad we will be too sick and frail to take on the Establishment one last time.
Yes, a Wuhan coronavirus epidemic in the USA could kill a little more than the 2.8 million Americans who died in 2017. There are approximately 4 million ICU admissions a year in the USA. That too would double. There isn’t a public health system any more that can treat millions of ill Americans for free. If the intensive care beds are not available or if for profit hospitals refuse to treat the uninsured, all those who don’t get medical aid will either recover on their own or suffocate to death with viral pneumonia. The lower 90% who go to the hospital and survive, even with insurance, will be deeper in debt by the end of the pandemic.
The current John Hopkins data has a global mortality rate of 2.47% (Deaths divided by confirmed cases). The actual Wuhan coronavirus morality rate is lower due to limited number of test kits available and the recovered who never entered the medical data system in the first place. But like SARS, there appears to be super-spreaders; one-person infected patients in Switzerland, France and UK. Another person infected a company in Germany. 135 with coronavirus were confirmed to be aboard the Princess Diamond docked in Yokohama. But no deaths in these cases.
An analogy is a cold virus that kills a percentage of the patients. Transactional oligarchs are loath to spend money on an effective quarantine that shuts down businesses and deep-sixes the economy if everyone is going to catch the disease anyway. The unproductive are worthless. Some corporation or institution will develop a vaccine in 18 months. The question is statistics. How many will die in the next two years. At a 1% mortality rate and a failed quarantine, around 3.3 million Americans will die.
The Princess Diamond is the petri-dish of our near-term future. Will testing be provided to all and will medical care be given to those who are infected? Will workers who cook and deliver the food to the staterooms be provided with protective gear to safely do their jobs?
Survivors will be selected by their genes and health. The alternative to rolling the dice is to stay at home for months and have food delivered or if you must work have employers who provide protective gear or telecommuting.
Compassion and fairness are built into humans. Corporate media moguls must hide the hellish survival of the fittest in the neoliberal West less they lose everything on the nearest lamppost.
Except in fictional stories, the closest pandemic to the Wuhan Coronavirus is the Spanish Flu. It killed my Great Grandfather in a hotel room in St. Joseph, Mo. We’ve had a century of “progress” to game the future. But corporate media is strangely silent. I think it is because to have an effective quarantine it must follow China’s example. The West can’t. Government has been flushed down the toilet. President Donald Trump says heat in April will kill the virus. That is hope not planning.
Face masks, sheltering in place, avoiding human contact and washing hands constantly is all a person can do, just like in 1918, until a corporation develops its jackpot billion-dollar vaccine. Until then, Deplorables will have work to make money for supplies and rent until quarantined at home. At a 3% death rate, and with everyone on their own; 9,930,000 Americans will die. A hospital visit even with insurance will cost thousands. The poor and homeless will suffocate to death alone or with their families without medical care. Going shopping for food risks death. If the pandemic lasts longer than a couple of months and becomes more deadly, the economy will collapse without workers. The professional class will hold up in gated communities without guards or deliveries. Managing hell by telecommuting as long as the electricity stays on.
I made the weekly grocery run today. News on DC radio is tornadoes in February in the middle of winter; but no panic buying or face masks. The Cruise Ships make a perfect petri dish. It is hard to hide how contagious and deadly the Wuhan Coronavirus is to the thousands of people stuck aboard the three cruise ships. Thank god I am not trapped in a high-rise apartment. I am good as long as the credit union stays open, gasoline/groceries are for sale, and the electricity stays on.
I feel stuck in the beginning of a Sharknado movie. As highlighted here, it is remarkable how disingenuous the reporting is. If any country can control the outbreak it is China. They were successful nearly 20 years ago with SARS. The USA is run by self-absorbed managerial class who are either crazy or incompetent who gave the world AIDS and the forever wars and profited from both. There will be no quarantine in the West. It will cut into their financial gains. The problem comes when nobody gets paid and pensions stop. Gated communities will lose their guards and Amazon deliveries.
Wuhan Coronavirus is an epidemic in China now. Like all human institutions, the Chinese government didn’t see the deadly infection until it was impossible to ignore. The party then quarantined 55 million people – roughly equivalent to isolating all of America’s Mid-West Rust Belt States. This is a draconian measure that is sure to cause a global recession. The ultimate question is will it work. If not, an economic depression and hundreds of millions of lives will be lost. The USA is rapidly devolving in a third world nation. The new Western Empire is done for. The money that used to go to public health and education now goes into the pockets of the rich. There is not the infrastructure in the West or the will to do what is needed to save deplorable lives.
The future will be insane conflicts between the surviving connected factions at “The Edge of Doom”. Impeaching Donald Trump was the tip of the iceberg. The investigations ignored the intentional corruption of Imperial Democrats who restarted the Cold War with Russia in Ukraine for its profit.
The Elite will never do what is necessary for human beings to survive. We need air, water, food, education, healthcare, shelter and a purpose in life. That requires their money.
The 2020 election is doubt. But not from corporate (Imperialist) Democrats. In almost four years they have been a incompetent stumbling crazy bunch who could only shot themselves in both feet.
Although the USA is about as isolated from China as a nation can be today, one patient zero can start a city wide epidemic. Especially if the Wuhan Coronavirus stays contagious with no symptoms. If the virus is as fatal as the Spanish Flu, it will kill hundreds of millions of people. A Quarantine is guaranteed to generate cabin fever, fear and Chinese scapegoats.
China has been taken out of the global economy for at least a year. This is the economic equivalent of the shut off of oil from the Middle East.
Although Donald Trump has turned his cheek twice, he is building two new bases on Iran’s border and refuses to end the occupations of Syria and Iraq.
The ongoing mini-World War III with Iran and the Coronavirus Pandemic both at the same time. Oligarchs in their stocked Boltholes will terminate the kabuki elections among deplorable survivors in November.
Before the Internet and satellite communications the infectious deaths of 82 Chinese that started in a ground zero city of 11 million people (that I never heard of) would have been blissfully ignored until boatloads of infected survivors entered America’s West Coast ports. The Quarantine of tens of million people, preparing 100,000 hospital beds for Hubei Province and extending the national Lunar New Year holiday by three days indicate that the Chinese government is treating the Wuhan Coronavirus as a full-blown deadly pandemic.
The USA should be quarantining all airline passengers from China for two weeks or until a CDC blood test showed they were not infected. But that would cost money and impact the economy. It hasn’t been reported yet if there has been any transmission to others in the other 16 nations that are treating infected patients. If spreading, the global pandemic is on.
With a know nothing, anti-science, stupid, American President the possibility of the government providing an effective anti-virus protection program is nil. To be re-elected Donald Trump must be blessed by neither a pandemic nor a Holy Land Rapture happening in the next 10 months.
Back in the Bush I Administration, the Western Elite became the sole hegemon. They couldn’t help themselves. Instead of peace, they reverted to the being the crooks they are. Democracy subverted. Resources exploited. Unions destroyed. Regimes changed. They stole everything they could.
After decades of hybrid and actual war, Shia Muslims, thanks to being blessed with bountiful oil fields, have built thousands of precision guided conventional ballistic, drone and cruise missiles that can destroy the Middle East’s oil production facilities and crash the world’s economy, if Iran is attacked. There are two choices; peace or escalating the current WWIII. Already Donald Trump has backed down twice, but the USA continues to occupy Iraq and Syria illegally.
Australia is burning up. So is the West Coast of North America, Siberia, the Amazon and Central Africa.
The West is facing a fundamental dilemma across the board especially in Australia, France, UK and the USA. Corporations assured that government leaders were bought servants until Donald Trump who is an incompetent low level oligarch. Mankind’s survival is dependent on bringing corporations back under the rule of law. Government must once again be responsible for saving people’s lives not killing them. Peace, Clean Air and Water, Education, Health Care and Shelter are a right.
Change is coming.
Earth just jumped down the rabbit hole. Australia is incinerating. World War III started with the ballistic missile attack of Ain al-Assad base. Troops appeared shell-shocked. There is no safe place anywhere. At some point Donald Trump will not back down again.
Corporate Democrats proceeded with the Impeachment of Donald Trump. For them he is Russia’s “Manchurian Candidate”. The Empire (even in a crash dive) can’t let a Democratic Socialist be President. The co-pilot is trying to wrestle control away from the foaming mad pilot but will never turn over control to that communist in economy class.
The Iraqi government has been threatened with a cut off of access to Fed money from the sale of oil if they force Americans out. This is even more stupid than the assassination of the Iranian and Iraqi militia leaders. The Shiite militias are part of the Iraqi government. A colonial war of occupation just commenced. After 30 years of war all Iraqis want is the foreigners gone. The US doesn’t have a half a million-man army or equipment to pacify Iraq again; let alone, invade and occupy Iran. The thousands of ballistic missiles will be used before buildup is completed to cross over the Iranian border. The next thing destroyed will be Middle East oil fields. Making the whole thing pointless. The petroleum facilities will never be rebuilt in the short term. The global economy will be destroyed. The earth suffering from climate change does not need more CO2 emitted into the atmosphere. Summer Wildfires and toxic air quality will engulf the West Coast of North America.
Either the Gulf States make peace with Iran or they will inevitably be destroyed as the Iranian War keeps escalating. The House of Saud tortured fellow princelings and issued an IPO to raise more cash for the Kingdom. It will be worthless if the Crown Prince can’t pump oil.
Can humans save themselves?
The Crusades didn’t end well. Likewise, the modern Western Empire will collapse. Neo-Nazis, Sunni Jihadists and Mercenaries can’t win America’s wars. Proxy forces and contractors will turn on you, be discarded or just quit. The American Civil War, WWI & II were all won by industrial might and the use of all of the nation’s manpower. In this Twenty-Year War the USA has neither. It is inevitable. The US will lose the war in the Middle East either by bankruptcy and withdrawing like Vietnam or it will escalate into a nuclear holocaust.
Humans are born with blinders to avoid the PTSD of seeing reality.
The OPCW Blackout, Impeachment, Ukraine, and the lawless New Aristocracy, are all indecipherable unless one acknowledges that a plutocratic counter revolt established a new Western Empire ruled by supranational corporations and oligarchs that superseded the corrupt incompetent national governments. Founded on neoliberalism, with one goal only, increase corporate profits no matter the cost to humans or the environment. By the turn of the century, all of the western political parties were bought out and the forever wars were on. Then Donald Trump was elected throwing a monkey wrench into the whole process. He and Bernie Sanders are unsuitable Emperors. Venerable Joe Biden, who spearheaded the restart of the Cold War with Russia, is the only suitable placeholder in contention except perhaps for a gay Mayor. Clearly a new way to select the Global Ruler is needed.
It is amazing that the world survived to 2020. How about 2030?
A great picture of the year I was born. I took Greyhound across country in 1982. There were seats for all but the buses were full. The thousand-yard stare never changes. My generation ditched the ties and vests. The Volker/Reagan counter revolt was already having an effect. Talked to several other middle-aged men who were traveling to find new jobs. The fedora and jacket were symbols of the working middle class till until the Tech Entrepreneurs ditched them for baseball caps and Southwest Airlines replaced Greyhound. Now, only the 10% can afford status displays. Democrats, except for Tulsi Gabbard, are blissfully unaware they are stoking a class conflict on the way to another civil war.
Donald Trump’s Impeachment would be illuminating if the media and politicians made it about the truth but they can’t. We are forced to be Establishment Watchers checking to see who has been photoshopped out. Tulsi Gabbard is one. In reality, the conflict is between nationalists and globalist oligarchs. Impeachment is a play of shadow puppets on a white screen.
Government has been totally privatized. Much to his disbelief Donald Trump is starting to realize he controls nothing except what his fellow plutocrats want. But he gets his buzz from his rallies. Nancy Pelosi held fire on her intervention till the next decade. Sooner or later, the Establishment will become so divorced from reality that it doesn’t need the charade of democratic elections anymore and will let the performance play out until all the little people breathe wildfire smoke in homeless encampments on the highland; just staying alive.
On 27 Jun 2019 the last 737NG was delivered to Skymark Airlines of Japan. Boeing replaced safety with public relations. CNET says not to buy the latest Huawei flagship smart phone without google apps support. Both are intertwined. The Boeing 737 halt will likely slow down the GDP with most of its sales to Asia stopped if their regulators hold firm and it will start a recession. The rise of Boris Johnson indicates that global trade will continue to take hits. We shall see if the West can survive only as a service economy. Impossible if it is not an Empire anymore. This has to be the reason why globalist Democrats are so intent on getting rid of Donald Trump. They pine for the Clinton/Bush/Obama era back before the Right to Protect wars in 2014 ended it all and gave rise to a multi-polar world .
The Afghan War has stated its nineteenth year. American troops are still in Syria and Iraq, and returning to Saudi Arabia. I didn’t realize until the Obama/Biden Kiev coup which restarted the Cold War that both parties are war mongers. Too many oligarchs and technocrats are dependent on military graft. The world is one mistake from global economic collapse and even a nuclear response from the looming war with non-compliant Iran. Even so, the ultimate cause of the forever wars is financialization. Wall Street and the US government rely on global trade being in dollars for income and to impose sanctions. Also, Africa’s “Big Men” and the like across the world cannot be allowed to develop safe national banking systems and move their money away from the West’s banking centers. Chaos insures offshoring of under developed world’s capital.
To keep the money flowing democrat politicians gave rebirth to the Red Scare. Congresswoman Madeleine Dean (D-PA) said; “They don’t want to talk about a president holding up $391 million of congressionally appropriated aid to a country that is under attack, assault, and invasion by Russia. You will notice that what happens here is, it weakened their national security, it weakens our national security, because who benefited from that attempt to withhold aid, and, in fact, the withholding of aid? Putin and Putin’s Russia.” This is a Big Lie.
Suffused with delusions, divorced from reality, robbing the lower classes to maintain their life-style, modern propaganda keeps a lid on the unrest in the current system; until it doesn’t anymore.
My Dad grew up in Yakima, WA. He was a teenager there when the picture was taken. I visited my Grandparents many times. Once as a kid I took the train there all by myself. It was a prosperous time after WWII. Apples were sold across the world. Yet, Mexican migrants who harvested the crops were completely hidden. There were no tent cities. It wasn’t until the mid-1980s when I saw the first vagrants living next to the tracks in the Seattle. The USA is not nearly as prosperous as it once was and deplorable Americans can no longer can afford healthcare, shelter or education and are dying early. The poverty is completely invisible to technocrat Democrats. The wealth was transferred to the rich by lawless exploitation and war. Politicians who enabled the graft got their cut.
When the Soviet Union fell, the fear that unified the Western Elite disappear and overwhelming greed reemerged. Democracy and the rule of law were replace by scapegoating and propaganda as rapine human and resource exploitation exploded. They no longer have a unifying language. Instead nationalist and globalist plutocrats are fighting each other over the control of pillage. Truth is gone.
The reality is that if human beings are to survive we have to learn to live in peace, lower our energy use and end toxic pollution. Whoever and whatever is against these goals are intent on an early death for us and our offspring. For some ungodly reason the movers and shakers mentioned in this post are completely unaware that they are inhabitants of the same real world as the rest of the human race.
Dorothea Lange’s picture is strange. My few trips through North Carolina I was struck by all the trees. Not one in the picture. It implies he did the hoeing all by himself but that can’t be. It is just like the chart of Industry and Consumer above. Industrial production has been in a decline since the beginning of 2018. That corresponds with the decline in rail freight. Manufacturing is gone. All that left in the USA is resource extraction and debt extortion. As Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez said, people go into debt to stay alive. When they can’t get any more loans, they die. After the harvest, all that is left is barren empty fields.
I agree with Tulsi Gabbard. Both political parties treat the 90% like garbage. To keep the money flowing upwards, they hide the truth and manipulate the population into two echoing silos, not talking to each other.
With the offshoring of industry and capital, all that is left in the USA is servicing their betters who exploit the people and the environment. Americans are dying young of opioid addiction, distracted driving and obesity. With no purpose in life, they turn to addictions that makes them feel good. The wealthy are the suppliers who are never jailed for their crimes.
The Trump Bombshell is inexplicable unless there is really any Empire and an associated supra-national global corporate trading club that controls the media and has bought all of the politicians except for fringe nationalists and populists. The Trump Triumph diminished multi-national corporate control of Republicans to only Mitt Romney. The Bush Clinton dynasties died. The purposeful “siloing” of identity politics allowed the nationalists to succeed in the USA even though President Trump is isolated, alone, in the White House fighting the Empire’s bureaucracy. The thing is Joe Biden is utterly corrupt. He restarted the Cold War so his family could get a cut of the profits. Even if the façade of democracy is shattered in 2020s with the rebirth of a new Austerian Empire in the West compose of lots of little statelets like Scotland, it will be short lived. The black swan is honking. Without détente, a nuclear war with Russia or China is inevitable. Global debt is astronomical; $246.5 trillion. If not war, there will be unrest and an economic collapse.
Only a populist government will legislate a debt jubilee to start all over again without the decline, lost wars and destruction that has always occurred to Empires in the past.
I traveled through Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan in the late 1960s. It was all rebuilt. Japan was running high speed rail. The first cut in marginal tax rate in the USA from 90% was John Kennedy’s but the rate cut from 70% was in the Reagan Era when the first time in my life I saw the homeless living under bridges next to the railroad tracks in Seattle.
The most effective rate is around 70% to avoid tax avoidance and offshoring. Anything less intentionally flushes government down the drain and accelerates privatization. Mission accomplished. The income inequality of the USA is between Chile and Turkey.
The impeachment hearings are astonishing in that the Empire’s technocrats have no fear of going in front of Congress in public and denying the rampant corruption and blaming Russia for the war that started in 2014 when the West assisted the overthrow of the elected government of Ukraine.
Donald Trump is a symptom of the decline. The Praetorian Guard wants a new Emperor.
The core issue in Ukraine is the basic lie of “Russian Aggression”. The West supported the overthrow an elected government in Kiev in order to access their resources and destabilize Russia. The Nineteenth Century’s “Great Game” modernized for the nuclear age. Seizing Ukraine’s natural gas plus America’s military aid are utterly corrupt. Since 2014 Ukrainians are dying so corporations can make more money. Not any different from Boeing, PG&E, Juul Labs or Perdue Pharma. The paid media and political participants will strenuously avoid mentioning the corruption but instead scapegoat Russia. Even more dangerous than the first Cold War with the Soviet Union, a new war with the Russian Federation was ignited by the Obama/Biden Administration in Ukraine. Even worse, Donald Trump appears intent on adding China to the endless Eurasian Wars.
Donald Trump backtracks on restricting flavored vaping cartridges. The reason given is the loss of jobs and votes that this will cause. The truth is that making money overrides safety or kids getting hooked on drugs. “Honey Cut” additive that mimics unregulated THC vaping cartridge oil kills users. Boeing has yet to agree to mandate flight training that costs money so pilots can instinctively handle the 737 Max’s new flight characteristics. Armored US National Guard units were flown in keep Syria’s oil while leaving the Kurds at the mercy of jihadists. Anything that makes money for oligarchs is acceptable no matter the consequences. This is the deregulated unsafe corporate state in action. Unrest circles the global on the first anniversary of the Yellow Vest uprising. The one sure thing is that vampire capitalism will fall.
Will there be any survivors?
Since the 1970’s oil shocks; there has not been enough cheap energy to increase economic growth. Each time the true price increased it hits a declining maximum cost that crashes the global economy. Exporting manufacturing to regions with low labor costs and financialization allowed Washington DC, Wall Street and City of London to play the Empire Game. Destroy democracies and replace nation states with a corporate supra-institutions. The first generation sons and daughters of the borderlands became its bureaucrats. Working Americans deplorable, dying of despair.
But the Great Game is a fool’s errand. Nothing is what it seems. Democrats are corporate enablers not the people’s party. Donald Trump is an ugly American Oligarch with all of his toxic cultural delusions. Only he would steal Syria’s oil and not foresee the ultimate defeat of North and South Carolina National Guard armored units sent to protect the oil fields in the middle of an empty desert, hundreds of miles from the coast, surrounded by enemies and supplied only by air. “They are Expendable”.
Last September, a drone attack cut Saudi’s oil production by 50% and the USA was 10 minutes away from a World War with Iran. Both disappeared down a memory hole. One big mistake and the whole edifice crashes. Or to paraphrase Ernest Hemingway; “How does it end? Two ways. Gradually, then suddenly.”
The Washington Post wrote that Billionaires are a target of Progressives and should start transferring their wealth to off shore accounts (Note to Jeff Bezos). This is beyond the irony of the charges brought against Roger Stone and Michael Flynn. Both were never members of a coup d’état to remove the sitting President but targets. They document the injustice being by brought against them by the intelligence community and the continued jailing of Wikileaks’ founder by the British.
The Elite have so bought into the merit and righteousness of their wealth that they don’t see that nation states and the rule of law that they are so strenuously are trying to destroy are what allowed them to accumulate their wealth in the first place.
The Tragedy of the West is that the political duopoly has decayed into necrosis. Two fatal delusions are at each other throats due to the need of the rich to accumulate even more wealth. One “Let’s make a deal or you will be kneecapped” is demented when the Patrone is all alone in the White House except for the daughter and son-in-law and his Consigliere is in Otisville Federal Correctional Institution. The other party’s “Russian Aggression” is existentially toxic when it was Joe Biden himself who spearheaded the start of the Donbass Civil War on Russia’s border in order to enrich his donors and family. The conflict continues to this day at the risk of nuclear annihilation.
Boeing and the Biden Family encapsulate a failing Empire engulfed in corruption caused by the Oligarchs’ seizure of control of the West’s national governments and the resulting loss of democracy and the rule of law. “The opioid crisis, which the Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) estimates cost $696 billion in 2018—or 3.4 percent of GDP—and more than $2.5 trillion for the four-year period from 2015 to 2018.” Yet, Purdue Pharma’s profiteers, the Sackler Family, keep their fortunes and freedom while 42,000 Americans died of overdoses.
“Praise God for the Deep State”.
This shows how deep the delusion is in the swamp. The Intelligence Community serves the Empire. Its eunuchs climb upwards through the corporate-state revolving door. However, Donald Trump is a bonafide oligarch who innately steals oil which will only accelerate the Five-Eye’s end. With Russian and Iranian aid, the Syrian Arab Army will retake their foreign occupied eastern territory. All the East Coast carriers are in Norfolk getting repaired. Thousands of American troops are back in Saudi Arabia, the reason for 9/11 in the first place. The only weapons left for the USA are nuclear. Hezbollah and Iran have achieved nonnuclear mutually assured destruction with Israel and Saudi Arabia. The September attack on Saudi oil production that cut it by 50% can be repeated at any time. The only way out is peace. But that would break the swamp’s rice bowls.
The human tragedy of living on one earth is that anyone who supports détente is labeled a traitor by the psychopath warmongers who risk annihilation to get richer.
The protests in Chile are specifically against neoliberalism (corporate rule). Protests are spreading across the world due rising inequality and chaos that enriches the wealthy. The media tries to hide it or blames Donald Trump, but the causes are basic. PG&E is burning a blacked-out California. The Boeing 737 Max is unsafe to fly. Both are the results of austerity, regulatory capture and corporate asset stripping. Congress further deregulated aircraft safety a year before the Indonesian crash. More and more people are going to die unless government control over corporations is restored and executive suite crooks are jailed for their crimes.
Maria Butina also snagged the disgraced CEO of Overstock who said the FBI made him do it. It is good that she gets to go home again. The Middle Class in the USA once were prudes. But this century, Bill Gates was Larry Summers and Jeff Epstein’s insider chum. The only well-paying jobs are servicing the 0.1%. I had a job for 37 years that I was well aware existed because industry needed government approval. Before I retired; however, it became clear that with consolidation and Barrack Obama’s “Get out of Jail Card”, corporations could ignore the law and if caught only pay fines. In the USA, there is no home to go to anymore. Either you have gig jobs or are a crook like your boss. This creates galloping cognitive dissidence. Like, ignoring that there really are conspiracies. Or, that the Elite are astonishingly incompetent addicted boors,
Look at Hillary Clinton, Corporate Democrats and Syria. It is simply impossible to see reality when your livelihood and status rests on corruption. The two peaks in inflation adjusted crude oil prices were December 1979 and June 2008. After the first peak cost cutting and the plutocrat counter revolt stopped wage growth and de-industrialization led to the current political polarization. The current recession starting in 2008 has bred constant wars, rising inequality and digital quantitative easing for the rich.
We are adapted by evolution to live on African savannas powered by solar energy. Language, culture and education allowed humans to live anywhere on the earth except Antarctica. Fossil fuels built suburbia. We can go back to Africa but there are too many people living there already to do it peacefully. The first steam engine was built in1698. As long as there are libraries, humans can adapt but live using much less energy – the 1700s – except more efficiently. This requires planning, healthcare and education for all and small families; (preserving civilization as much as possible) but above all peace. This is counter to the schemes of the elite to get even richer by stealing any remaining wealth from everyone else.
The UK and USA are no longer democracies. They are circuses. Mainly to transfer money to the connected from those who aren’t. If things are bewildering, it is because the truth is kryptonite to neo-liberal-cons. We are being sorted for the cattle cars. The first truth never mentioned is “Empire”. The second is that it failed. Saudi Arabia’s Aramco oil facilities can be destroyed at will if the Saudis don’t make peace with the Houthis and Iraqi Shiite militias. A cutoff of Saudi oil will kill the global economy.
Everything is really out of the hands of Washington DC and London, despite all the huffing and puffing. Nations are secondary to multi-national corporations. (A bankrupt corporation in Northern California, PG&E, shut off the electricity to almost a million people with absolutely no concern for the severe consequences). The Trump Impeachment and Brexit are solely about who retains sovereignty, globalists or nationalists. It sure is not the people. Maybe valid elections and jailing oligarchs will restore consent of the governed but the most likely alternative, Civil War 2.0, in the nuclear age, will exterminate everyone instead.
Today is the calm before the storm of war strikes home. If there are any survivors, the winners will write the history. Clearly Donald Trump believes that corporate media, the intelligence community, the Democratic National Committee and its hired contractors particularly the British worked together to deny him his Presidency. They failed spectacularly. Together they showed completely the incompetence of the global Elite; greed, hubris, arrogance and self-righteousness. The Empire’s mental eunuchs particularly Democrat politicians simply cannot see reality. To do so would seal their fate. In the past when Empires collapsed, a civil or regional war would destroy the capitol. This time the prelude is particularly prolonged because Russia and China have nuclear weapons.
The trigger for the final spasms may well be the Levant. The current Iraqi government is on the ropes. Riots with reported snipers killing participants are ongoing. Iraqi Shiite militias are on the border with Saudi Arabia and being bombed by Israel and could have assisted the Houthis attack on Amoco oil facilities. The USA is also occupying Eastern Syria with decrepit detention camps filled with thousands of ISIS families. Turkey may invade. Corporate Media is silent on this.
Ukraine and Joe Biden in 2014 are important. This needs to be investigated. It is where Democracy was shafted and the final war of the Empire started.
“Twisted Pair” is the perfect title. I think both countries are headed towards a Civil War 2.0. Brexit and Impeachment both don’t make sense; in no way are they middle class revolts like the Bolsheviks Revolution or the Reign of Terror. Instead they are the Elite clawing at each other. Much like the cavalier southern plantation owners verses northern industrialists in 1860. Oligarchs have tasked their incompetent toadies to bring it on. Impeachment will be the death knell for the Democratic “People’s” Party. Brexit likewise for the Labour Party. Neither has shown the slightest concern about the people’s future; just short term gain. Much like Saudi Arabia, with declining resources, incompetent leadership, and military that only loses wars; the UK and the USA are incapable of facing climate change. Both nations will splinter into pieces. My guess is that the last grasps for breaths and whimpers will be from the silos where the remaining humans retreated. Evolutionary Losers who failed to learn how to cooperate with each other.
Greta upset me too. I am relieved that I am not alone. My Mom spoke only Swedish until she started first grade. I was amazed how well Greta spoke and she made sense until her angry outburst. English after WWII became the language of commerce then of the Empire as shown by it being taught as a second language in grade schools. She is a sign that the chickens have come home to roost. Boris Johnson is an oaf. Donald Trump a wiseguy. Both are a result of austerity and rising inequality. The Houthis attack on Saudi oil production destroyed the Empire. The Carter Doctrine is dead. There are two options left. Let Eurasia have its gulf oil or blow everything up.
All that remains for North America is to use the remaining resources, labor and wealth on new green deal, strong borders, health, shelter, education and food. Paid for by ending overseas wars and easing inequality. The denial of the ruling class is astonishing. The media strenuously says this is the best of all possible worlds and avoids discussion of the ultimate outcome of climate change and the end of the empire – a new dark age. I think it comes down to Elite pouting. “If I can’t have it. Nobody can.” There may not be survivors.
The 737 Max, Purdue Pharma and Houthis revenge attack show that the Emperor has no clothes. Indeed, in fact, with the UK self-destructing, there is no Empire. Israel and Saudi Arabia must learn to live with their neighbors or they will vanish in the convulsions of the end of civilization that they initiated. Likewise, to survive climate change, the USA must convert the wealth that it spends on warfare to protecting mankind and the environment; if not, it will cease to exist.
US satellite photos taken today show approximately nineteen hits at Abqaiq. The strikes on empty storage tanks were with military precision all from one direction.
Brent Oil futures have jumped the highest since 1991.
This is the biggest fiasco since Pearl Harbor. The USA and Saudi Arabia failed totally to protect a vital national resource. They didn’t even detect the attack. Worse, a military response against Iran guarantees the shut off of oil from the gulf. I doubt it was a nation state since the attack will dump the world economy into a depression. This is beyond the Houthis. That leaves a Shiite non-state proxy forces. If they did it once, they can do it again. An attack against Hezbollah or the Shiite militias in Iraq will be ineffective and will start a regional war. This has to give any rational Israeli pause. The only way out is peace. This could end of the American Empire.