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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Narrative Control Problems

News-Biting,

2 minutes of truth about Syria by Jeffrey Sachs. 
(Notice the defensive postural reaction of the female news anchor when this starts to get real. Deer in headlights look and grabbing arms of chair.)

Professor Paul Craig Roberts:  
For some time I have pointed out the paradox of the American liberal/progressive/left being allied with the CIA, FBI, military/security complex and deep state. Now leftist Ann Garrison has noticed the paradox of this alliance. She concludes that the left has lost its mind...
I have explained that the leftwing lost its bearings when the Soviet Union collapsed and socialism gave way to neoliberal privatizations. The moral fury of the leftwing movement had to go somewhere, and it found its home in Identity Politics in which the white heterosexual male takes the place of the capitalist, and his victim groups—blacks, women, homosexuals, illegal immigrants—take the place of the working class.
The consequences of the leftwing’s alliance with warmongers and liars is the leftwing’s loss of veracity. The left has endorsed a CIA orchestration—“Russiagate”—for which there is no known evidence, but which the left supports as proven truth.​..
At one time, Congress—both parties—would have been all over the invalid Mueller appointment. However, after 16 years of Cheney/Bush and Obama regime lawlessness, even Republicans accept that the Constitution’s restraints on executive branch power, along with the laws and regulations Congress has established specifying the exercise of these powers, have been rendered meaningless by the “war on terror,” a hoax designed to further Israel’s interests in the Middle East and the neoonservative doctrine of US hegemony, while making billions of dollars for the military/security complex.

Moon of Alabama has "a few items related to Syria" (European colonialist powers are experiencing various mild to moderate difficulties coordinating the planned massive attacks, in retaliation for the Assad chlorine gas attacks on Syrian civilians that Nikki Haley said he gave the orders for.)
The U.S. asked the Merkel administration to participate in "retaliatory" regime change strikes on the Syrian government forces when, likely soon, another faked 'chemical' incident will be blamed on it. Several high ranking members of Chancellor Merkel's party want to follow that call. But now the Scientific Services of the German Bundestag, the equivalent of the U.S. Congressional Research Service, released an authoritative legal opinion (pdf, in German) on the issue. Such an attack would be illegal under international law and it would also violate the German constitution. There will be no official German support for such a wider attack on Syria. (In an earlier opinion the Scientific Service found that the continued U.S. presence in Syria is illegal.)

Tom Luongo: The way out of Syria for the U.S. with its face-saved is to thunder and bluster, threaten fire and brimstone just like Trump did with Kim Jong-un and use that to explain why Assad showed restraint and didn’t use chemical weapons this time.

​Turkey wants Idleb province in Syria, and is making Ottoman Empire ownership claims on this internationally recognized part of Syria.
Turkey is massively supplying the Idleb terrorists they were supposed to get rid of over the past year, but continue to support.
Russian and Syrian airstrikes are on hold, so the US can't stage that chlorine-barrel-bomb false-flag and have an excuse for massive air assaults on Syria.
Civilians in Idleb are getting picked up and tortured to death by terroristsmercenaries while Syrian Army forces are in holding pattern for politics.
Stress between US and Russian forces remains. US should really not go to conventional war against current Russian technology, nor nuclear...

YouTube bans media presenting Syrian National viewpoints. Only Western media views of Syria are "real news".

Vladimir Putin sends telegram to Kim Jong Un on 70th anniversary of North Korea (sad birthday) expressing confidence for future, and pleasure with friendly relations.

​Russia pushes to relax sanctions on North Korea, since they are moving in the agreed direction toward denuclearization.
Moscow will propose to the UN Security Council to reward North Korea with a gradual relaxing of sanctions if it takes the necessary steps towards denuclearization, Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov said.
“As North Korea takes steps on denuclearization, we believe that the UN Security Council has the authority and should address the issue of adequate easing of the sanctions against North Korea. We will raise this issue with the understanding that North Korea will also take the required steps,” Morgulov said on Wednesday, on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok.

R​ussian President Putin points out that $20 trillion of American government debt (accelerating growth of debt, too) ​makes the $US a risky financial asset.
(It is backed by the full faith and destruction of the US military, for the moment, but that may be slipping.  How about some gold?)

Ilargi, at The Automatic Earth:
In the wake of a number of the Lehman and 9/11 commemorations in America, and as a monster storm is once again threatening to cause outsize damage, we find ourselves at a pivotal point in time, which will decide how the country interacts with its own laws, its legal system, its Constitution, its freedom of speech, and indeed if it has sufficient willpower left to adhere to the Constitution as its no. 1 guiding principle.
The main problem is that it all seems to slip slide straight by the people, who are -kept- busy with completely different issues. That is convenient for those who would like less focus on the Constitution, but it’s also very dangerous for everyone else. Americans should today stand up for freedom of speech, or it will be gone, likely forever.
The way it works is that president Trump is portrayed as the major threat to ‘the rule of law’, which allows other people, as well as companies and organizations, to drop below the radar and devise and work on plans and schemes that threaten the country itself, and its future as a nation ruled y its laws.
Bob Woodward’s book “Fear: Trump in the White House” and the anonymous op-ed published in the NYT a day later serve as a good reminder of these dynamics. If you succeed in confirming people’s idea that Trump is such an unhinged idiot that an unelected cabal inside the White House is needed to save the nation from the president it elected, you’re well on your way.
Well on your way to separate the country from its own laws, that is. Not on your way to saving it. You can’t save America by suspending its Constitution just because that suits your particular political goals or points of view.

According to a State Department email from Sid Blumenthal to Hillary Clinton Bob Woodward has been an FBI asset ever since his Deep Throat days.

​Democratic Party Dept. of Loose and Locked Lips:  
More ​general infidelity pops up as additional Strzok-Page emails are made public.
A December 15, 2016 email appears to discuss a "political" leaking operation, in which others were "leaking like mad" amid the Trump-Russia probe.
“Oh, remind me to tell you tomorrow about the times doing a story about the rnc hacks,” Page texted Strzok.
“And more than they already did? I told you Quinn told me they pulling out all the stops on some story…” Strzok replied.
A source told Fox News “Quinn” could be referring to Richard Quinn, who served as the chief of the Media and Investigative Publicity Section in the Office of Public Affairs. Quinn could not be reached for comment.
Strzok again replied: “Think our sisters have begun leaking like mad. Scorned and worried, and political, they’re kicking into overdrive.”

​Kenneth Starr, Clinton Special Prosecutor, finally speaks/publishes after 20 years, figuring the Clinton Dynasty is safely over. ​
Bill was politely evasive. Hillary just rattled off "I don't recall" for hours, making no pretense of honesty. 
Starr says Hillary actively enabled President Bill's sexual escapades. (If Starr figures the Clinton game is over, he's likely right, don'tcha think?)

Tom sends video and transcript of Google General Staff meeting, the day after Google's best and sincerest efforts to help candidate Clinton win were dashed against the rocks. There was no joy in Mudville; bigwigs or worker-bees. 
There was lots of interest in making the milieu of online political education more hyper-local, consistent, and personalized. 
The uneducated voters just don't understand. sigh... 
It is very good that these beneficent and intelligent people are always vigilant in defense of what is best for those of us who don't understand.

Google responds to leaked video: "Will investigate":
​Study shows that American teens now prefer text chats to face-to-face meetings (less risky, of course...)
Some 35 percent of kids aged 13 to 17 years old said they would rather send a text than meet up with people, which received 32 percent.
The last time the media and technology-focused nonprofit conducted such a survey in 2012, meeting face-to-face hit 49 percent, far ahead of texting's 33 percent.
More than two-thirds of American teens choose remote communication -- including texting, social media, video conversation and phone conversation -- when they can, according to the study.

​Do you think it is unethical for Ph.D.s in Experimental Psychology to work for software companies to increase addiction ("success") rates of internet apps targeting children? 
It's not illegal. That's not the question. Should it be?​
​Forming Preferences​

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