Eleni sends this clear and cogent essay about the "actual workings of empire" which was lifted off the comments section of Moon of Alabama, back at the dawn of the Obama administration, and is still right-on. The empire is not inept or incompetent. All those "mistakes" inexorably turn to the benefit of the long term goals of the empire. They don't always align with "stated objectives". No surprise. We're not sure who wrote this essay...
The CIA started infiltrating media with Operation Mockingbird, soon after Harry Truman created the Agency in 1947— and the infiltration has continued to this day. The crossover point occurred about five minutes after President Truman launched the Agency. The CIA’s mandate was: collect information about what was going on around the world, so it could advise the president. Why just collect information? Why not invent endless enemies who needed to be conquered?
Wikileaks releases file of CIA hacking techniques for Apple products.
Ukraine is breaking up.
Ukrainazis blockaded the separatist east, Donbass, and successfully kept necessary coal out of the rest of the country, causing power outages. Poroshenko doesn't rule...
A Ukrainian munitions depot got sabotaged and a Russia-criticizing, former Russian politician got killed the same day. Obviously Russia's fault. Thanks Ray.
Refugees in Greece have now been stripped of their rights to any hearing. They just get shipped back to Turkey. No questions asked. (Hands on ears: "I can't hear you! BLAH,Blah,blah,bla...") Thanks Eleni.
Republicans failed to replace Obamacare with their own version of TrumpRyancare, which would just shift the costs around, while keeping the same format.
It sucked too bad to get enough Republican votes. It's over. Next step: Titanic/Obamacare sinks to bottom of cold north Atlantic. Fair enough. This is a Democratic "victory" we can all feel numb about. Next stop: Briny-Deep. Next-next stop, Medicare for all. Trump says Obamacare will "blow up"; I say "implode".
Plan-B: Russia prepares for a split with the international banking system.
When CVS stopped selling cigarettes, some people quite smoking, and US cigarette sales dropped 1%. (Tobacco addiction is a spectrum of desperation. Desperate addicts can't quite. People who just buy a pack because it's right there when they pick up their birth control pills or Viagra, might quite.)
"How do we really deal with climate crisis?" Joe Brewer (Yeah, that was the 1973 question or something. "How do I live through the next 20 years", is a more personally useful question. Joe gets it.)