Steve Bannon is ejected, but not dead. "“It’s the Republican establishment. The Republican establishment has no interest in Trump’s success on this. They’re not populists, they’re not nationalists, they had no interest in his program. Zero. It was a half-hearted attempt at Obamacare reform, it was no interest really on the infrastructure, they’ll do a very standard Republican version of taxes." (Maybe he'll commit suicide next week.)
Donald Trump Junior announces that he is "following" Julian Assange, after a meeting last week where Assange provided proof that he got the DNC/Podesta email trove from a "leaker", not Russian "hackers". "Following tweet from an account that tracks the every move of the Trump family has sparked new speculation that a Presidential pardon of Julian Assange may be in the works."
American "wars on the cheap", using foreign mercenaries, who look like locals, and US weapons, air and logistics support, may be practically over. That is not viable in Syria these days, and only worked in Afghanistan when Bin Laden was our-guy. The world has caught on. North Korea is too dangerous to take on, and South Koreans won't do it. Venezuela is already getting as much covert war as the US can supply. US troops won't work. A lot of these potential wars-of-choice are examined. Without cheap wars on weak countries, what will support the $US as global reserve currency? Thanks Eleni.
Moon of Alabama:
Israel is pressing for further U.S. engagement. A full reestablishment of Syrian government control over Syria is seen as a "nightmare scenario". The preferred outcome is a balkanized Syria in which Israel can play off various sectarian or ethnic groups against each other. While its optimal outcome is now unlikely to be achievable Israel will continue to press for an autonomous Kurdish area under U.S. control. To be economical viable that area needs the oil fields north of the Euphrates. We can therefore expect some resistance from the U.S. military and Israel influenced experts against a Syrian army move across the Euphrates and to capture the oil fields. I expect the Euphrates crossing and the consolidation of the oil-fields to become the next contentious issue between the U.S. and Russia in the Syrian war theater.
Is North Korea Showing the Emperor is Naked?
Washington uses the usual tools — sanctions and bombs — to enforce dollar-denominated global trade and energy trade. China has counter-attacked with everything from the biggest "win-win" trade/ infrastructure project of the 21st century — the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) — to buying energy in yuan; call it a mighty counterpunch against the infernal US debt machine. Russia for its part has fully re-emerged as a prime geopolitical/military power.
Speaking of dollar dominance... Bitcoin Primer article: (I pick one point to highlight. The electricity cost of one bitcoin transaction is enough to supply 12 US households with 24 hours of electricity, and growing with every subsequent transaction. It's designed in.)
Mike Kreiger sees Americans :rapidly descending into madness". "What I’m witnessing across the board is hordes of people increasingly separating themselves into weird, unthinking cults. Something appears to have snapped in our collective consciousness, and many individuals I used to respect (on both sides of the political spectrum) are becoming disturbingly polarized and hysterical." https://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2017/08/16/americans-are-rapidly-descending-into-madness/
"Euthanasia in the Netherlands has reached a crossroads. The Dutch are fully aware that they are entering new territory. Will they plunge in further or will they decide to take a step back?... In Life’s End Clinic, seniors without a terminal illness are already being euthanized under existing law." Thanks Eleni. The reader will find that a nice lady with early dementia, still driving, dancing and enjoying dinner out and wine with friends, chose to be put to death, and that was carried out. Was her husband's role in the decision primary, or supporting? Dutch Euthanasia has come a long way in the 15 years it has been legal.
Crossing That Bridge