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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Incommunicado In Rochester

Missing the News,

Jenny and I have spent this week in Rochester, New York, visiting our daughter Amber, who has just graduated from her Masters program in Mathematics Education.
I spent the week putting in an 8-bed vegetable gardening system. The picture at the bottom tells the story. All went well.

The Real Meaning of "Sensitive" Intelligence (It compromises a source, who can be killed. It's not the news itself.) Thanks Eleni.

"We are witnessing an assault by the national security state and its liberal media on a President of the United States that is unprecedented." Paul Craig Roberts (Dennis Kucinich, too. Thanks Tom)

"As did almost all of its predecessors, including those which led to the resignation of President Nixon and impeachment of Bill Clinton, Mueller’s investigation seems certain to drag on for years." 
"In the United Kingdom, the odds are growing that Trump may not finish his term." Pat Buchanan

Chinese media says that US social division shows that "Western Democracy is Crumbling". (They left out the word "fake", before "western", huh?)

"If China can fund infrastructure with it's own credit, so can we", says Ellen Brown. (How much "credit" do "we" have without the threat of military and covert attacks? Just askin'...) Thanks Tom

Who killed Seth Rich, the apparent leaker of 44,000+ DNC emails to Wikileaks? He was shot in the back with $2000 in cash and jewelry left on his person, about a block from home. He had been talking to his girlfriend on his cellphone. The 2 men who directly walked the other way on a grainy surveillance video were "robbers", who "botched it."  You don't need to know who killed Seth. The DNC has given the family a "spokesman", who says "leave 'em alone" and stuff.
The latest is that the Russian Embassy in London tweeted the question of who murdered Seth, with a big, red Hillary Clinton scowly face behind it. What's that supposed to mean, huh?

Yesterday a small battalion size force (~2-300 men) of the regular Syrian army, Syrian National Defense Organization volunteers and Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF/PMU of the Kata'ib al-Imam Ali) marched on the road from the west towards al-Tanf. They were about 23 kilometers away from the border station when they were attack by U.S. aircraft coming in low from Jordan... The U.S. attack was clearly a willful, illegal attack on Syrian ground against legitimate forces of the sovereign Syrian government. (The Iraqi PMU contingent in Syria is a legitimate allied force under control of the Iraqi prime minister.) There is no clause in international law, no UNSC resolution or anything similar, that could justify such an attack. The U.S. military has no right at all to be at al-Tanf or anywhere else in Syria. There is nothing to "defend" for it... Moreover - the U.S. claims it is "fighting ISIS" in Syria. Why then is it attacking the Syrian government forces while these launch a large operation against the very same enemy?

SRay, Larry and Jeanine all sent me this story about the "Doomsday Vault" of seeds getting flooded because the permafrost is melting. How doomsday-ready is that, huh? This thing is brand new. The electricity never even went out. Which "doomsday" scenario are we protecting genetic diversity from again?

So, the minimum doomish-day the seed vault should have been prepared for is that thing that melted the glaciers 12,900 years ago, right? We know that happened recently in geological time, and may have been the basis for hundreds of verbal traditions of massive flood killing everybody, in both the new and old worlds. It seems very likely that a comet hit the North-Polar ice caps. Poof, there went the giant sloths and woolly mammoths.

Certainly all of our nuclear reactors are buttoned up better than that these days... 
We learned from those prior leaks, and the tsunami at Fukushima, and Chernobyl, and fixed things, right? Right? right? 
(Another one already, THIS week, on top of last week? Shit.)

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Seed-Vaulter

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