Tuesday, May 30, 2017

From The Mouths Of Babes

Noticing Nudity,

Syrian President Basher al Assad: "The American President has no policies. There are policies drawn by the American institutions which control the American regime which are the intelligence agencies, the Pentagon, the big arms and oil companies, and financial institutions, in addition to some other lobbies which influence American decision-making. The American President merely implements these policies, and the evidence is that when Trump tried to move on a different track, during and after his election campaign, he couldn’t. He came under a ferocious attack. As we have seen in the past few week, he changed his rhetoric completely and subjected himself to the terms of the deep American state, or the deep American regime. That’s why it is unrealistic and a complete waste of time to make an assessment of the American President’s foreign policy, for he might say something; but he ultimately does what these institutions dictate to him. This is not new. This has been ongoing American policy for decades."

Here is the speech John Kennedy was prepared to give November 22. 1963 in Dallas, given by the actor who played him in a movie about Jackie. Thanks Tom.

"Though the term moral injury is fairly new, especially outside military circles, the idea is as old as war. When people sent into conflict find their sense of right and wrong tested, when they violate deeply held convictions by doing something (such as killing a civilian in error) or failing to do something (such as not reporting a war crime), they suffer an injury to their core being." 
"I think having both PTSD and moral injury are the normal things for us," Ling says of those in the drone program. Moral injury, however, takes place at the intersection of psychology and spirituality... Thanks Tom.

The noose is tightening around the old-city in Mosul, Iraq. Non-ISIS allies have surrounded the core 9 square kilometer area, 130,000 civilian hostages, and the very well dug-in ISIS warriors, making their last long stand. Thanks Tom.

Who is paying the Libyan Coast Guard to shoot at refugees getting rescued in the Mediterranean? These guys work for pay.

"A shadowy international mercenary and security firm known as TigerSwan targeted the movement opposed to the Dakota Access Pipeline with military-style counterterrorism measures, collaborating closely with police in at least five states, according to internal documents obtained by The Intercept... The leaked materials not only highlight TigerSwan’s militaristic approach to protecting its client’s interests but also the company’s profit-driven imperative to portray the nonviolent water protector movement as unpredictable and menacing enough to justify the continued need for extraordinary security measures."

Russia's President Putin and Rothschild's French-poodle, Macron meet at Versailles, share a 7 second handshake, "tell each other everything" (Macron) and find much common ground for cooperation. Fighting ISIS in Syria does not now appear to necessitate the ouster of the Assad government.

The Guardian UK is England's "leftist" newspaper, but is doing everything it can to support Teresa May of the right-wing Tory party in the upcoming snap election, the one the Tories are supposed to win overwhelmingly. 
Why is churchmouse Corbyn, who refuses to support extending the nuclear sub program, and suggests that the Manchester bombing might partly be a result of Britain's wars in Libya, Iraq and Syria, suddenly rising in public opinion polls? Read your PAPER, lefties! (Is Teresa May the new Hillary Clinton? Corbyn bike commutes. Not Trump. Dissimilar...)

Speaking of Hillary Clinton,... An FBI leak now reveals that Seth Rich's laptop, which was confiscated just before he took that awful turn-for-the-worse, surrounded by police protection, contained DNC emails! He must have gotten them from Putin, right? Too bad he suddenly died and can't explain anything...

Medicare "Advantage" is "advantageous" for whom? Thanks Charles.
“I came to the point where I just couldn’t participate in what they were asking me to do anymore,” he (whistle-blower) said.
In 2014 the Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit research group, analyzed the only available Medicare Advantage data and reported that insurers had reaped about $70 billion in overpayments from 2008 to 2013.

Google is about to start tracking all your credit card purchases, not just online, everywhere you shop. Google wants to know everything, to track, er serve-you-better, to anticipate your every need...

45% of Americans spend about half their income paying on credit cards.

Will the crazy global debt bubble ever end? Charles Hugh Smith 
(It looks like a perpetual motion machine They all have fatal flaws. Flaws are detailed here.)

The Fallacy of Endless Economic Growth, very good journalism by Kristopher Ketcham:

Professor of Economics, Steve Keene explains in detail why economists must use complexity theory in order to get models that actually make applicable predictions, for the same reasons that weathermen had to begin developing and using these models 50 years ago. Weather forecasting has gotten much better with the use of a few critical variables, but with all of their interactions and the resulting cycles which emerge from those interactions. Keene composed a computer model in 1992 and ran it.
"The dynamics of rising inequality are more obvious in the next stage in the model’s development, which introduces prices and variable nominal interest rates. As debt rises over a number of cycles, a rising share going to bankers is offset by a smaller share going to workers, so that the capitalists share fluctuates but remains relatively constant over time. However, as wages and inflation are driven down, the compounding of debt ultimately overwhelms falling wages, and profit share collapses. Before this crisis ensues, the rising amount going to bankers in debt service is precisely offset by the declining share going to workers, so that profit share becomes effectively constant and the world appears utterly tranquil to capitalists—just before the system fails." (That turned out to be Greenspan's "great moderation", followed by the 2008 financial crisis.)

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