Thursday, September 12, 2019

The Longer Wars


 Over a century of hot and cold war between the US and USSR/Russia is documented here. The hostilities commenced in 1918, when President Woodrow Wilson sent 13,000 American soldiers to fight bolsheviks and sink Russian ships under Bolshevik control. 
The term "Red Scare" originated in 1919, during this action.
In 1933 FDR finally recognized the USSR, as most countries had done over a decade before. (There was a lot of fear among American capitalists!) 
 At the start of the Cold War, Stalin was strictly adhering to what Roosevelt and Churchill had agreed at Yalta. Truman accused Stalin of breaking the agreement, because FDR had just lied to Congress about what the agreement said. Truman, who FDR despised, was never in any of the loops.
 We all know that George HW Bush promised up and down to never expand NATO an inch towards Russia, and that he and Reagan both said there were "no losers, only winners" when the cold war ended. 
All of this was first broken when Bush, running for re-election said the US won the cold war and inferred that the Russian losers could take what we gave them.
Clinton gave them Russia's Idi Amin, Boris Yeltsin the drunk toady mass murderer. 
Yeltsin was precisely that bad. See the details here:

Foreknowledge of the WTC-7 collapse is one of the sloppiest points in the sloppy cover-up of the events of 9/11/01. 
Everybody on the street was told for an hour before the 5:20 PM collapse to get away, that the building would be brought down soon. 
"The Lehman Building" was announced as having already collapsed on BBC news, as it still stood in the window in the background. 
"Lucky Larry" Silverstein spun on camera that the Fire Department told him WTC-7 was a goner and he told them to "go ahead and pull it" (demolish). There is camera footage of firemen telling people the building would soon come down, to get away. 
On 9/8/19 I posted the story about the U. Alaska, Fairbanks study that basically found that nothing but controlled demolition could have done it. 
That's always been the case. The top of WTC-7 hit the ground in freefall time. 
A basketball dropped from that roof at the same moment would have tied hitting the same ground.

Mass Media Purges always align with imperial interests, because it is a global corporate empire, without real lines between the CIA, NSA, Google, Facebook, Mossad and Wall Street. (It's perfect, really, and shall remain perfect until we all die in our isolated solitary confinement.)
Sister Caitlin in Oz has the story, until she gets deplatformed again. 
There is a Democratic Debate tonight. I should probably get bounced when I send this out today. It's an experiment.

Matt Taibbi has this (brave judge should not fly in small planes now)
​ ​A judge last week ruled the federal government’s Terrorist Screening Database (TSDB), which secretly categorized more than 1 million people as “known or suspected terrorists,” is unconstitutional.
​ ​Like a number of “War on Terror” reforms instituted in the Bush years, the TSDB’s unconstitutionality was obvious from its inception. Indeed, the very idea that we needed to “take the gloves off” in our post-9/11 “State of Exception” was an original selling point of some of these programs.
​ ​The TSDB is cousin to the No-Fly List (a different and more restrictive list ruled unconstitutional in 2014), the Distribution Matrix (the drone assassination program also known as the “Kill List”), the STELLAR WIND warrantless surveillance program, multiple expansions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, the broadened use of National Security Letters to obtain private data without warrant, the “Enhanced Interrogation” program the rest of the world calls torture, and countless other War on Terror initiatives that were and are clear violations of the spirit of the constitution.

Asia Times says Bolton's firing raises the odds of a US-China trade deal. (Stocks went up and gold went down on the news.)

Today's hot rumor is that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo might serve both as as National Security Adviser, and as Secretary of State, as did Henry Kissinger. Other candidates for Bolton's vacancy are also discussed. 
This will be another signal regarding US foreign policy and sincerity of negotiation overtures going forward. 
Bolton was always a genocide-first kind of guy.

Charles Hugh Smith
All of America's bubbles will pop, and sooner rather than later.
​ ​Financial bubbles manifest three dynamics: the one we're most familiar with is human greed, the desire to exploit a windfall and catch a work-free ride to riches.
​ ​The second dynamic gets much less attention: financial manias arise when there is no other more productive, profitable use for capital, and these periods occur when there is an abundance of credit available to inflate the bubbles.  

​ ​Humans respond to the incentives the system presents​ ...​  
(Note to New Green Deal advocates: if corporations reckoned they could earn more by investing the $2.5 trillion in alternative energy projects rather than stock buy-backs, they would have done so.)  

​ The European commission’s incoming president has been pilloried for giving the EU’s most senior official on migration the job title “protecting our European way of life”...
  The British Labour MEP Claude Moraes, a former chair of the European parliament’s justice and home affairs committee, said the title could not stand. “Calling the European commission migration portfolio ‘protecting our way of life’ is deeply insulting,” he said... “If that [title] survives then we are in a bad position as progressives, because it is an embarrassment for us.” ...
​ ​The fuzzy aspirational titles contrast with the outgoing commission, which uses prosaic factual terms, such as “foreign policy and security” or “digital single market”.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is allowing nationwide enforcement of a new Trump administration rule that prevents most Central American migrants from seeking asylum in the United States.
​ ​The justices’ order late Wednesday temporarily undoes a lower court ruling that had blocked the new asylum policy in some states along the southern border. The policy is meant to deny asylum to anyone who passes through another country on the way to the U.S. without seeking protection there.
​ ​Most people crossing the southern border are Central Americans fleeing violence and poverty. They are largely ineligible under the new rule, as are asylum seekers from Africa, Asia and South America who arrive regularly at the southern border.
​ ​The shift reverses decades of U.S. policy.  

(US policies of covert military and economic warfare continue, however.)


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