Observing the Patients,
Jim Kunstler has this (and more) to say:
Remember, the “Resistance” is not going for impeachment, but rather Section 4 of the 25Amendment. That legal nicety makes for a very neat-and-clean surgical removal of a whack-job president, without all the cumbrous evidentiary baggage and pain-in-ass due process required by impeachment. All it requires is a consensus among a very small number of high officials, who then send a note to the leaders in both houses of congress stating that said whack-job president is a menace to the polity — and out he goes, snippety-snip like a colorectal polyp, into the hazardous waste bag of history. And you’re left with a nice clean asshole, namely Vice President Mike Pence.
Presidents Trump and Putin had another (previously unannounced) hour long talk at the G-20. This one was out in the open and off the record (kinda' like a golf course.).
The US Deep State has to use their bugs and tricks to get a transcript, though, it might have been a secure room.
Trump just went over and talked to Putin for an hour with Putin's translator.
"Off the Reservation..." Good job, Mate!
"The White House confirmed that the meeting took place during the G-20 heads of state dinner, hours after Trump's formal bilateral sit-down with Putin. In that conversation, Trump spoke with the Russian leader for roughly an hour, joined only by Putin's translator. And while the meeting took place in the open in front of all other leaders, it had previously gone without mention by the White House."
"Murder" of 3 Green Berets, who were training alphabet-soup-named jihadis to overthrow the Syrian government, by a jihadi posing as a loyal member of the Jordanian army, opens a bag of worms. This was a foreseeable combat incident in the world where it is legal for the US to fund, supply and train terrorist armies.
The Green Berets know. They despise this job they have been given by the CIA. Here is the story of what is going on in the Jordanian desert, one of the Obama-wars.
Israel "rejects" cease fire agreement in Syria, between US and Russia, and Syrians and alphabet-soup-musical-chair-named jihadi mercenaries of all stripes. "More War in Syria" is the Israeli order to it's alphabet-soup-name Jihadi mercenaries in Syria.
Israel's Crimes Against Humanity: Gaza will be unlivable next year, not 2020, as the UN claims. (These are the rightful owners of this land, being caged, bombed, shot, starved, arrested and tortured.)
John Pilger, Pulitzer winning author of "Freedom Next Time", has spent time in Palestine again and again since the 1960s. Thanks Eleni:
Fatima and Nasser are a couple whose home stood in a village near Jerusalem designated “Zone A and B”, meaning that the land was declared for Jews only. Their parents had lived there; their grandparents had lived there. Today, the bulldozers are laying roads for Jews only, protected by laws for Jews only. It was past midnight when Fatima went into labour with their second child. The baby was premature; and when they arrived at a checkpoint with the hospital in view, the young Israeli soldier said they needed another document. Fatima was bleeding badly. The soldier laughed and imitated her moans and told them, “Go home”. The baby was born there in a truck. It was blue with cold and soon, without care, died from exposure. The baby’s name was Sultan.
“Palestine,” said Nelson Mandela, “is the greatest moral issue of our time.” Palestine Is Still The Issue
The UAE is reported to be behind the hacking of Qatari news site, inserting the pro Iranian and pro Israel statements, which were immediately acted upon by the Saudi regime, to justify the bullying sanctions by GCC states against little (but rich and talkative) Qatar. It's a pretty lame excuse, but it's all they wanted. Nobody had to find it plausible, and nobody did.
The Senate will just vote to repeal Obamacare 2 years from now, with nothing to replace it, since their idea is at least as bad, which is saying a lot. (Medicare for All, y'all...)
"A new study just released by The Commonwealth Fund found that the U.S., despite spending more money per capita than any other country on the planet, has the worst healthcare system in the developed world."
The pipeline that no refinery needs or wants anymore...
"A federal judge ruled that the federal permits authorizing the pipeline to cross the Missouri River just upstream of the Standing Rock reservation, which were hastily issued by the Trump administration just days after the inauguration, violated the law in certain critical respects."
Fortunes of War