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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.
Both are right, a corporate run Supra-State (the American Empire), was created in the West through trade treaties that literally rules the world but is glossed over by the media. Eighteen years ago, today, NATO’s war on Islam commenced that assure a steady flow of wealth to military corporations. In 2014 the Empire restarted the Cold War that forced Russia, China and Iran to ally. That was a bridge too far. At the same time, Western middle class wealth was transferred to emerging countries and the top 1%. Financiers got a get out of jail card to exploit little people. This reignited populism; Brexit, Donald Trump and Yellow Vests. There are only two options. Revolts that destroys everything and start over again, as in the past. But revolutions are extremely dangerous in the nuclear age. Or, once again, make nation states superior to corporations and jail the criminals. The United Kingdom is splintering into the fiefdoms of England, Scotland, City of London, Wales and Ireland. This will offer no protection to the little people from corporate exploitation. The resulting internal ethnic and class conflicts will destroy the British Isles.
Dick Nixon was forced to resign due to an intelligence/media coup after pulling American troops out of Vietnam. Donald Trump has withstood his prepartum coup attempt so far by a triumph of will. But his great failing is seeing the world only from his perspective plus old age. He creates his own reality with a sharpie. But, no one has told him that the Taliban is cutting all roads out of Afghanistan and Kabul is intolerable. He has to win 2020 to avoid an indictment in New York State for crimes that jailed Michael Cohen and whatever else Democrats can dig up. He must avoid a black swan event while conning the rest of the world. But I swear I see huge black wings flapping and Boris Johnson whooping.
Sept. 3, 2019. An interesting day. The British Parliament seized control. Perhaps chaos has been put off there a little longer. Northern Bahamas Islands were leveled by Hurricane Dorian. Only cars, shredded palm trees and water are left. Dimitri Orlov has the symptoms right but not the cure. Mankind can only survive by cooperating and downsizing. Unaddressed; climate change, inequality and/or nuclear weapons will eliminate humanity. A middle-class revolt is unsurvivable in the nuclear age. The only way out for the United States is to restore the Constitution and the rule of law for everyone. Jail the corrupt wealthy criminals including Boeing executives who killed 346 people. Rebuild international alliances. End the voluntary army, close the revolving door and clean up the intelligence community. Provide free education and health care. Learn to live with less energy.
Der Spiegel’s article is a good compilation of the 737 Max, Boeing, and FAA’s failures. But, at times it reads like a Google translation. No doubt in order to cut costs which also caused the 737 Max crashes in the first place. But it also highlights the total uncertainty caused by the end of Globalization, labor unrest and Brexit nationalism. With the Trade Wars escalating and Hong Kong rioting, there is no way that China will recertify the 737 Max unless the American President capitulates. Publication of the article in Germany indicates that Europe is slipping away from the Atlantic Alliance. The “five-eyes” media moguls omit all stories that describe the deadly consequences of neoliberal capitalism. The loss of two Malaysian Airlines 777s has never been fully explained. Airbus has killed as many people as Boeing with problems with their fly by wire flight control systems but the establishment has managed to blame the pilots for the deaths. These crashes and the assisted suicide of Jeffery Epstein document the collapse of government into incompetence. This is a multipolar world. Nationalist and Globalist Oligarchs are in conflict. Last century this clash led to World War I. Together with Climate Change, mankind’s future is at stake. But, denial avoids considering the consequences. Barack and Michelle Obama spent $15 million for a new house on Martha’s Vineyard that will be flooded by sea level rise in their or their daughters lifetimes.
The Farmer’s Wife and the rest of us are analog. We need fertile land, air, water and work to survive. We also need government to provide security, safety, shelter and the right to life. Nuclear arms and climate change are existential threats to our survival; also, so are greed and cognitive dissonance. Global trade is dependent on fossil fuel. Digital currency and artificial intelligence are dependent on electrical energy which didn’t exist until in the late 19th century. Common sense indicates for civilization to continue we must stop fouling our world, be extremely energy efficient, and live in the analog environment as much as possible.
I am with Cassandra. The successful counter revolt in the 1980s was due to Plutocrats losing money due to wage inflation and the oil shock. The elite’s killing unions and outsourced jobs was so successful inequality skyrocketed. With Negative Interest Rates no one with capital will make money. They have to pay to keep their wealth safe. Instead, like the end of the Roman Empire, oligarchs will bury gold in the back of the estate plus buy computer digits that needs electricity to cash. The Western Middle Class is heads over heel in debt. Heads will roll. The human race is the loser.
FDR’s second bill of rights disappeared. They are dependent on a functional government. It isn’t. Washington DC is corrupt and incompetent except it makes the rich richer. This is the result of no borders, no democracy and corporate rule – the free flow of capital, people, goods and services.
Humans evolved in tribes. We are hardwired to deal with around 150 people. Civilization requires a bureaucracy. This is always a hierarchy unless there is democracy and the rule of law. When society’s wealth becomes concentrated at the top, empires collapse. It will again unless truth, democracy and the rights of citizenship are restored. The problem today, as the Atlantic Alliance splinters apart, is that climate change and nuclear war are extinction events that require human cooperation to survive.
Corporate media cannot hide the venal lawlessness of the ruling oligarchs. The splintering apart of governments for profit will continue unabated. Tribal warfare will spread across the globe. The only barrier to the chaos is if the people restore democracy, equality, fraternity, and the rule of law.
The reason the 737 Max wasn’t grounded after the first crash was the FAA risk estimate and airworthiness notification were crap due to privatization and corruption. The second crash grounded the plane. Modern flight control systems need three or more sensors according to the regulations. Two is inadequate. The only way the plane can fly safely is if the pilot diagnoses the problem and flies it out of a computer induced dive and/or the inherent aerodynamic pitch up in a matter of seconds. That will take simulator training and weeding out of weak incompetent pilots. This goes against political correctness and will cost lots of money.
This encapsulates the Empire as it crashes. Corporate greed supersedes health and safety. Truth is the ultimate victim in a desperate attempt to prolong the regime of chaos.
Western multinational corporations have a cozy relationship the military and intelligence communities. They work hand in glove to make the Atlantic Alliance the global financial center. Wall Street and City of London function to transfer money to the wealthy by offshoring, hording flight capital from the forever wars, promoting environmental exploitation, and cost cutting. Corporate media propaganda is central to keeping the ruling Davos Cabal in charge. Government and Democracy was downgraded to a secondary position to corporate greed. With elections still being held, laid off indebted Deplorables gave a big finger to their superiors and voted for Brexit and Donald Trump. The Elite are doing their best to regain control but they are so incompetent that Donald Trump remains in office and Boris Johnson just became PM. Also, to increase shareholder value, western corporations like the American and the UK governments have been hollowed out. Boeing, Purdue Pharma and Volkswagen cheated to keep selling more product. Nobody is told the truth. The only public support for the claim of Russian collusion in the 2016 election is the discredited British Intelligence’s Steele Dossier. The only hope for a peaceful future without predatory chaos is the restoration of Democracy and the jailing of corrupt criminals.
Politicians must believe the propaganda to sell themselves and receive the money afterwards on the dresser. The last vestiges serving the people is gone. There are two factions of oligarchs (nationalists/globalists) fighting over the loot. The people are like Jimmy Carter. Western ideology has become so centered on greed and tribalism that you must leave the church (institutions) that you belonged to all your life to stay true to your innate moral values. All we can do is duck for cover and pray we are not stomped flat in the maelstrom. The one thing I know is if I have a chance to vote in the 2020 election I cannot vote for Joe Biden due his complicity in restarting the Cold War that I served in and which killed and maimed people I knew.
Unfortunately, the Empire and ruling elite have become detached from reality. Boeing was going full throttle transferring corporate wealth to its executives and shareholders by cost cutting until the two crashes. This will likely stop production of the 737 Max next week. The subscript of the debacle is that outsourcing expertise makes fixing the defective flight control system and getting global regulatory approval too much to accomplish in the short term. Boeing will need to be bailed out if the global economy hasn’t crashed first from the Trade Wars or a War with Iran. Likewise, Democrats and the corporate media scapegoat Russia and push for the removal of Donald Trump but are so incompetent that they didn’t know that their white knight was senile. Boris Johnson will get his Brexit for Halloween. The Atlantic Alliance will cease to exist as the United Kingdom splits into its component states; City of London, England, and Scotland. Ireland becomes one nation in the EU unless the Troubles restart. Piracy off of Gibraltar can only be explained by intelligence operators out of control – government ceasing to work. Greed rules supreme.
This is quite the weekend. The Iranian Ambassador to the UK blames the Deep State for escalating tensions. The Steele Dossier that tried to derail Donald Trump’s Campaign and then led to the intelligence community coup attempt against the President was authored by the British. British Spooks reportedly were in country in the failed attempt to bring down Bashar al-Assad. The Salisbury England poisonings were used heat up the Cold War but the two accused Russians did not have time to travel across town to drop the wrapped poisoned perfume into the dumpster that killed the one woman fatality. Off of Gibraltar UK forces seized an Iranian tanker. A hard Brexit on Halloween appears certain unless there is another act of war by the UK or USA, which Iran will respond in kind. This will spiral into a world war. With the Generals gone from the White House, acting ideologues in charge, peace and prosperity has never been so far away.
What is frightening is that the opposition political parties in the UK and USA have lost touch with reality.
Mark Shields, Democrat pundit, on Friday’s NewsHour: “Donald Trump is presiding over the greatest economy, in employment terms, in the history of any American under the age of 68. You could say, 50 years ago, it was, you know, almost as good. We were at war then. This is a peacetime economy. It’s a remarkable thing.”
The depth of the despair in Mid-America is invisible. The Washington Post documents that the US government enabled the Opioid Crisis to make money for manufacturers and distributors. The endless wars disappeared. They are now corporate profit centers. Multinational Corporations control Washington DC, London and the Media. Democracy died.
The last time propaganda was so separated from reality like this was when the Soviet Union fell.
The West is teetering on the edge of a cliff. Cost cutting, the forever wars and the transfer of the world’s wealth to a few thousand oligarchs must come to an end. The Chinese, Russian and Iranian Axis is a global alternative to the Atlantic Alliance. Climate Change is real. Stored solar energy in fossil fuels is finite. The GOP remained in power by hijacking populism, electing Donald Trump, and withstanding an incompetent “five-eyes” counter coup. He defines “Ugly American”. Hate, propaganda and fear works with America’s European ethnic tribe which is under stress: dying early, losing the rat race. For Democrats the only alternative to chaos is the restoration of law and order, equality, and rebuilding the middle class; the very last thing their corporate donors want. Facing reality is hard. The good times are over. It is time for a new generation. Last month the globe was 10 minutes away from economic collapse if not a world war too.
Memory is a strange thing. The new Jeff Epstein indictment brings us right back to the plea deal in 2008. This was at the end of Bush II Administration. The last one to jail a corporate CEO, Jeff Skilling. Jeff Epstein was also jailed but with the sweetest deal possible. The 2008 economic crisis was bad enough that a 47 year old black globalist defeated a Vietnam War veteran, John McCain. My recollection back then was that the news media wasn’t all propaganda, GWOT was ongoing but the Cold War was a thing of the past, no tariff wars, and Washington DC didn’t flood. Yet, Donald Trump could still be re-elected next year if he avoids a world war and plays his tribe’s anthem.
“Unemployment has fallen about three full points since 2014 but inflation is no higher today than it was five years ago”. In other words; the number of workers and their income are both too low to cause wage inflation. This is the best of years only if you are a global billionaire. The number of which has doubled from 1,124 to 2,208 in the past decade.
July 4th is a good day to declare independence from global oligarchs and the “five-eyes” intelligence community. Add, nationalist oligarchs, Donald Trump, and politicians, Boris Johnson, and we have a three-ring circus. None give a damn for the little people. Just getting richer from raking in flight capital from spreading chaos. Once upon a time, Democracy, the Fourth Estate and the Rule of Law provided common sense rules to rein in aristocracy’s excesses, no more. There is no finer example today than the United Kingdom. It is about to lose Northern Ireland and Scotland. Its armed forces seized a Panamanian flagged oil tanker which is either an act of war or piracy. Disappearing Sergei and Yulia Skripal. Arming Jihadists. Using dead children in false flag poison gas attacks. Bombing Syria, Iraq and Libya. Flooding Europe with millions of refugees.
Before it is too late, now, is the time to restore government by and for the people.
The separation of global corporations from reality has become crazy funny. Nike pulls their July 4th shoes because they have a Betsy Ross flag on the heel that celebrates the 18th century founding of a slave nation according to social media. The Dollar Bill is next.
Julian Castro says his family never spoke Spanish while growing up because of oppression. Second generation of immigrants like my Mom who had to learn English in First Grade were maltreated. Meanwhile, the Elite ignore the homeless, the sick, and debt slaves who are abused today. All to avoid the truth that life expectancy is decreasing, get votes and get richer.
Boeing retired its engineers and outsourced design, coding and manufacturing to increase profits. Only after the second crash did overseas aviation regulators recognize that the 737 Max’s computer trim control system was flight critical. Boeing didn’t acknowledge it had problem after killing 346 people; let alone, know how the fix it. The identification of a second software flaw by FAA pilots will delay recertification at least into next year. Military Contractors like Boeing are at the top of the pyramid. They have bought the politicians below to keep the endless wars going and the money rolling in. Similarly, the fossil fuel industry’s profits come from supplying energy that harms humans and degrades the environment from its extraction, shipping and use. Only Tulsi Gabbard is an anti-war candidate. Not Kamala Harris for whom open borders and racial politics are a means to gain more wealth for her family. Donald Trump is neutering the EPA to increase corporate exploitation.
Facing facts: No one leaves home unless forced. The best birth control program is the education of women. Men need jobs and a purpose in life. The only fix is the restoration of democracy and the redistribution of wealth.
Boeing pretty much encapsulates what went wrong with the financialization and globalization of the West that has been spurred on by exploding inequality. Workers and the environment are eliminated from economic decisions. With global corporations and trade pacts superior to nation states; a multitude of anomalies are now baked into human society.
When people don’t matter there is no incentive to design and build safe airplanes. That costs money. Workplaces become toxic. The life expectancy in the UK and USA declines. The US dollar becomes a military weapon. Monopolies buy up innovation. Breaking the law is punished by fines which are added to the cost of doing business, not jail time. The environment (that has no concern about the fate of the human beings) bites back. Families migrate to survive. Nationalist and globalist oligarchs go to war over the spoils. Last week the global economy was 10 minutes away from collapse by an American air attack on Iran.
Dr. D and tabarnick;
The American Civil War never ended. The Great Compromise put a lid on it. Remnants were visible in LZ English 50 years ago; officers, poor blacks, rednecks, and urban middle class kids; armed, self-segregated, and trying not to piss each other off. Globalists, Neo-Cons and the Haute Bourgeoisie don’t get it. Rising inequality and the destruction of the middle class makes another revolution inevitable unless wealth is redistributed. Triggers will be food shortages and migration caused by climate change and the endless wars or energy shortages/economic collapse from a Hot War with Iran/Russia/China (that is if a nuclear war is somehow avoided).
It is no coincidence Donald Trump is President and Boris Johnson will be PM. They are like James Buchanan, the 15th President; unable to see or address the issues tearing their country apart that got them elected in the first place.
At the end of the 20th century Francis Fukuyama declared the end of history with the fall of the Soviet Union. He was right but for the wrong reasons. Democracy, government by and for the people, died. Plutocrats won. They’ve privatized education and purchased western governments. The teaching of history ended. Consolidated media dispenses propaganda 24/7. Elections are manipulated to win the vote.
“Concentration Camp” is another example of identity politics and the divergence of meanings until groups no longer converse with each other. Barbed wire and machine guns made internment camps possible. The British first used them in 1899 to imprison Boer families in their victory over the Afrikaner Republics. The Nazis used “Konzentrationslagers” from 1933 to house political (asocial) prisoners, forced laborers, and the Final Solution once it was given the go ahead. It is an apt term for the Detention Centers in the USA. If Mike Pompeo and John Bolton are ever successful in starting the Iranian War (they tried last week) and if a nuclear war is avoided; I have no doubt immigrant Muslims in America will be detained in the centers in addition to Central American families fleeing oppression and climate change. American Dominionists aren’t the least bit concerned about the families’ fate. They are splitting families apart right now in order to discourage migration.
The MH-17 (Boeing 777) shoot down and investigation are integral to Joe Biden’s legacy. He flew to Kiev and green-lighted Ukraine’s invasion of the rebel Donbass region in Russia’s borderland which reignited the Cold War 2.0. The investigation was compromised from the start. Its intent was to support war spending and destabilize Russia not the truth. Similarly, a recent Atlantic article stated that the corrupt Malaysian government was incapable of investigating the fate of MH-370 (Boeing 777) that disappeared into southern Indian Ocean. The two 737 MAX crashes and Boeing’s cover up of the causes along with the FAA’s incompetence indicates a pattern. A Multi-national corporation bought corrupt governments in order to increase defense spending, avoid inconvenient truths, and keep their CEOs out of jail.
The restart of the Cold War 2.0 was the reason why China broke the ring of corruption and grounded the 737 Max after the second crash. With Iran’s shot down today of the Navy RQ-4N Spy Drone in the Straits of Hormuz, unless Donald Trump backs down, the Iranian War is about to start which will likely turn the Cold War into World War III.
Brexit and the 737 Max; there is a correlation. It is not a coincidence that the United Kingdom is about to split apart. Boeing is incapable of designing a safe aircraft. Shareholder profit and CEO bonuses drive its corporate decisions. De-regulation assured that there was no government oversight to catch the flight critical part failure and save 346 human lives.
Western oligarchs cut taxes and privatized government functions. As a result there has been an astonishing transfer of wealth to the rich and corresponding decline in life expectancy of Americans and Englanders. Plutocrats don’t give a damn for anyone else. They are sick addicts to their greed.
“The top 1% of U.S. households are holding a record $303.9 billion of cash, a quantum leap from the under $15 billion they held just before the financial crisis.” The earth is dying. What is destroyed is not repaired. With conscientious comes the need to have a purpose in life. Corporate propaganda like that of the Soviet Union’s is a constant repetition of lies. A glimpse of hope, the truth and a song of a movement seeped through the fakery to me yesterday;
Hurray For The Riff Raff – Pa’lante
“And do my time, and be something
Well I just wanna prove my worth —
On the planet Earth, and be, something”
“To all who had to hide, I say, iPa’lante!
To all who lost their pride, I say, iPa’lante!
To all who had to survive, I say, ¡Pa’lante!”
To my brothers, and my sisters, I say, ¡Pa’lante!”
Bring it On
Democrats have a basic problem. They cannot admit to themselves that they are handmaidens to the rich who are facilitating the transfer of wealth from America’s lower classes to a very few very rich families. They did it by outsourcing jobs to China and shutting down factories, tax cuts, looking the other way as illegal immigrants and refugees replaced working Americans in slaughter houses, not jailing connected criminals, and giving military contractors what they wanted; a restart of the Cold War with Russia. This was all in concert with corporate media propaganda and the failure of western democracies.
There is just one war party; but it is split into two factions; one crazy and the other in denial. Since facts are in short supply and working Americans are stressed out from lost jobs and losing power; whole sections of America, especially in the South, are regressing back into their tribes and imposing their religious beliefs on everyone else. Theocrat VP Mike Pence is one heartbeat away. The similar reverting back to their fundamental tribal religion did not turn out well for Sunnis in Iraq and Syria. The American Taliban should take heed. The American Constitution and the rule of law is all that protects us from chaos.
When the Elite’s only goal is to make as much money as possible, lower taxes and privatize government; Boris Johnson, Donald Trump, 737 Max and corporate media propaganda are the end results. To survive Russia, China and Iran must co-operate and challenge the American hegemon who is negotiation incapable. If there was a quick software solution, Boeing would have released it by now. The only way out is the truth, facts and costly fixes but instead the West is bombarded by corporate kumbaya propaganda. The truth is avoided at the cost of human lives.
You can’t talk about clash of civilizations or religion without identity politics being invoked and being called a racist. Yet, this is the essence of Mike Pence’s speech. The perpetual wars since Yugoslavia have been based on NATO stoking ethnic hatreds in order for military corporations to make a profit and to allow western oligarchs access to new resources. The USA is going to spend 75 million dollars with NGOs to “End the presence of Iranian forces and proxies in Syria.” These are the Shiite militias supported by fellow Shiites in Iran who are defending their families in Iraq and Syria against radicalized Sunnis who were thrown out of power by America’s invasion of Iraq. The VP is correct. The US Army will be fighting in the Western Hemisphere soon. But he can’t see the parallels with the Middle East. The same radicalization (the return to their tribal roots) is happening to the American working class who have been thrown out of work by the bi-coastal globalists. Unless the evangelical 1/3 start talking to the modernized 1/3 of the Americans, a Civil War is inevitable due the coming resource and food shortages plus the plagues due to mono-culture industrial agriculture. The Trump Administration denies the very reason that so many kids are crossing the Southern border; the drought in the highlands of Central America. Families can no longer survive there. Panama has cut the cargo weight of ships traversing the Canal due to the shortage of water that fills the locks and lakes. If these existential threats can’t be addressed and mitigated, there is no hope.
The war party duopoly is off their rockers. I am so old I remember in the Third Grade how deeply unpopular the Korean War was. WWII Vets called up to fight another war. Harry Truman like LBJ could not run for a second term because of war. Today is worse. The wars are endless. This is a multi-polar world now. The schoolyard bully has been challenged. He thinks he must come out from his corner fighting. Sooner or later, someone will say or do the wrong thing with no thought of the consequences. But he is too old, corrupt, fat, demented and rusty to win the war. America’s healthy population and industrial might are gone. A Third World War will take civilization with it. Even if avoided, the Mid-West flooding that is preventing corn planting and China’s African Swine Fever epidemic are symptoms of the coming storms, sea level rise and plagues that will engulf the earth. Cooperation is the only way humans can survive the future.
Boeing has got itself between a rock and a hard place; all to increase shareholder value and CEO bonuses. The fundamental problem is the Max is not the NG. MCAS is needed to prevent a stall at higher angle of attack on takeoff after retracting the flaps but there are only two sensors and if one goes bad on the operating flight control system, all hell breaks loose. Both cockpit pilots have to have on hands training together to instinctively decide what is wrong and work together to save the aircraft. But American Airlines won’t have Max Flight Simulators till the end of the year. If FAA recertifies the airplane to fly commercially before then, this indicates that the flow of money to the wealthy is more important than public safety.
Google has banned Huawei. This kills their smartphone market in the West. China plus Canadian and EU regulatory officials have every reason to delay certification and overflight privileges until 737 Max pilots are trained to safely fly the aircraft. Donald Trump’s economic wars have just become red hot.
Daniel Elwell, the Acting Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) at hearing yesterday together with Republican Congressmen blame foreign pilots for the two Boeing 737 Max crashes. American Exceptionalism is for real. “That America may in anyway be responsible for its own fate is of course unthinkable”. The “Ancien Régime” lives on. “Let them eat cake.” Completely ignoring the risks of being hung from a lamppost or the bright flash of light of a nuclear bomb.
Every post today highlights that the continued transfer of wealth to the rich has reached the point of no return. The incompetence is so total that society is falling apart. In each instance there is a scapegoat; Russia, Islamic Republic of Iran, China, Blacks, the Obese, Poor, or Addicts. Blaming the victim covers up the real cause, corporate criminals stealing everyone else’s money because they can. What Boeing did was simple. The CEOs increased shareholder value by $235 billion and killed 346 people as a result. No different than the over 500,000 people killed in the Global War on Terror in order to make a profit on the $6 trillion spent.
This divorce from reality assures the next Crash will be civilization itself. Ask yourself how did true believers become the Vice President and Secretary of State or a psychopath the National Security Advisor. The majority of Americans are under stress just like the Sunnis in the Levant who were kicked out of power by the Iraq invasion. Both societies retreated back into their tribal beliefs. The consequences for both are horrific. Except, Civil Wars with air power destroying cities wholesale so far has been limited in Serbia and Ukraine in the West.
All nation states conduct espionage. It is in their best interest to know what other states are planning. I have no doubt that they also conduct influence campaigns to their benefit. The USA acknowledged meddling in Russia in the 1996 to get Boris Yeltsin elected President. Nowadays the US conducts hybrid regime change campaigns. After success in Ukraine and Libya, failures in Syria and Venezuela, so far. The only source of the Russian collusion claim is the discredited Steele dodgy Dossier. The only claim that the DNC was hacked is CrowdStrike an anti-Russian cyber-protection company. The basic premise for the appointment of a special prosecutor was never verified. The Muller Report is vaporware. This is total incompetence. The apparatchik have to believe their own propaganda. The divorce from reality never ends well. The Empire is stomping around blind, risking everything to remain a hegemon, when they have already lost. This is now a multi-polar world that is on the brink of a civilization ending catastrophe.
Yes. Sorry. I wish I could write clearly like you. Just like LBJ and Vietnam or Jimmy Carter and the Shah, if a war with Iran breaks out this summer; the gasoline lines from the shortage of oil, will assure that Donald Trump is not a second term President. But unlike LBJ, Donald Trump desperately needs a second term to avoid indictment. He will be the Republican candidate. On the other hand, Plutocrats will do everything in their power to prevent a Bernie Sanders/Tulsi Gabbard ticket. They will suffer the same fate as the late Eugene McCarthy. The Democrats will nominate a corporate sponsored candidate after a brokered convention. “Money talks.” Joe Biden and Kamala Harris top that list right now. The Democrats will win the election against a weakened ranting Donald Trump if Americans are still at war with Iranians who are supported by the Chinese and Russians, if the gasoline lines persist, and if the corruption remains undeniable.
The Democrats have an albatross around their neck. They restarted the Cold War solely to keep their donors in the money. Damn the risks of a nuclear war. Corporate politicians will scapegoat Russia continuously through their dementia, decline and death. The defense industry’s corruption has gotten so bad they can’t design and build airplanes that fly safely or do their designated missions. 346 airline passengers needlessly died because of government deregulation. Donald Trump has a clear path to re-election except for Bibi Netanyahu, Mike Pompeo and John Bolton. The summer war with Iran will close the Straits of Hormuz and crash the global economy. A year of endless gasoline lines will elect the Defense Community’s Biden/Harris ticket who will oversee the last gasps of the Empire and humans on earth unless there is a restoration of peace and community.
I was awakened today by the radio broadcasting that Russia meddling had elected Donald Trump President. This won’t go away. It is gospel with no supporting facts. Julian Assange will be collateral damage. He likely will disappear like Sergi and Yulia Skripal. The fact is that the Obama Administration was spectacularly incompetent. African drone strikes, and the Libya, Ukraine and Syria Wars continue today and will continue for no good reason other than war profits until forced to stop. The FBI and British Intelligence surveilled, and their informants tried to trap the Trump campaign and smeared it, but he was still elected President. The soft coup against the dimmest bulb to reside in the White House failed. The Oligarchs’ Handmaidens cannot face reality. 90% of Americans are being screwed by the Plutocrats who are hoovering up the world’s wealth with the assistance of the credentialed 10% and contaminating the earth doing it. The tipping point is now. War and climate change are forcing millions to migrate. They are at the Southern Borders. There are only two paths ahead; autocracy or restoration of democracy and the rule of law. If France is an example, this won’t be peaceful.