Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Deep State Fixes Stuff

Vampire Squid Fodder,

 Ellen Brown calls the new, improved BlackRock Asset Management, which just got discreetly bailed out, and promoted to the "fourth branch of the federal government", "The New Giant Vampire Squid". It seems to have been placed above both the Treasury and the central bank.  "Must Support Retirement Valuations..."
  As Peter Ewart notes in a May 14 article on BlackRock titled “Foxes in the Henhouse,” today the economic system “is not classical capitalism but rather state monopoly capitalism, where giant enterprises are regularly backstopped with public funds and the boundaries between the state and the financial oligarchy are virtually non-existent.”
  If the corporate oligarchs are too big and strategically important to be broken up under the antitrust laws, rather than bailing them out they should be nationalized and put directly into the service of the public. At the very least, BlackRock should be regulated as a too-big-to-fail Systemically Important Financial Institution. Better yet would be to regulate it as a public utility. No private, unelected entity should have the power over the economy that BlackRock has, without a legally enforceable fiduciary duty to wield it in the public interest.

 Anthony Fauci, "bioweapons defense expert" is the third highest paid federal employee, in his position for 36 years (only matched by J. Edgar Hoover), directs massive money to friends, half a trillion in grants and contracts so far, and gets paid as much as half a million dollars by friends to talk at dinner. Don't displease him. You'll never work again.
Fauci helped bury the last 36 years of skeletons in public health, and he can turn a disaster like COVID into a gold mine for your company, especially if you make vaccines, but you're going to have to follow his lead. Even Trump does.

Fear in the JFK Assassination, Part 1 
(The mystery of how the USMC taught Lee Oswald Russian and Communism)
​  ​One of the fascinating phenomena in the JFK assassination is the fear of some Americans to consider the possibility that the assassination was actually a regime-change operation carried out by the U.S. national-security establishment rather than simply a murder carried out by a supposed lone-nut assassin.​..​
​  ​ Indeed, if you want a modern-day version of how the U.S. national-security state treats suspected traitors and betrayers of its secrets, reflect on Julian Assange, Edward Snowden, and Chelsea Manning. That’s how we expect national-security state officials to behave toward those they consider traitors and betrayers of U.S. secrets.
​  ​Not so with Oswald. With him, we have what amounts to two separate parallel universes. One universe involves all the Cold War hoopla against communists. Another one is the one in which Oswald is sauntering across the world stage as one of America’s biggest self-proclaimed communists — a U.S. Marine communist — who isn’t touched by some congressional investigative committee, some federal grand jury, or some FBI agent. How is that possible?
  Later​, when Oswald ended up in Dallas, his friends were right-wingers, not left-wingers. He even got​ a​ job at a photographic facility that developed top-secret photographs for the U.S. government. How is that possible? Later, when he ended up in New Orleans, he got hired by a private company that was owned by a fierce anti-communist right-winger. ​  ​Why would he hire a supposed communist who supposedly had betrayed America by supposedly joining up with America’s avowed communist enemy, the Soviet Union, and to whom he had supposedly given U.S. national-security state secrets, just like Julian and Ethel Rosenberg had?

​ ​According to the latest Goldman state-level coronavirus tracker, the prevalence of coronavirus symptoms is rising, with the share of patients seeking care with symptoms of Covid-like illness at 3.5%, up 0.4% from 2 weeks ago. Daily confirmed new cases have risen steadily over the past several days to 86 per million, ending a 2-month decline. A big part of this is due to increased testing: indeed, the volume of daily coronavirus tests has risen 23% over the last two weeks, while the positive test rate has risen by 1.3pp to 6.2%. On the flipside, fatalities have declined over the last two weeks (-12% to 1.9 per million), although fatalities lag new cases by multiple weeks  

​Epidemiologists respond to a poll of when they might "get back to normal" with various activities, like fetching the mail without a mask. Interesting...​ 

​It's hard to figure out some of these statistics, but higher-home-values probably relates to higher urban density, and high summer temperatures and low winter temperatures both make people congregate indoors. COVID-death-rate-Statistics:
​  ​Counties with higher home values, higher summer temperatures, and lower winter temperatures have higher death rates.  

​ Texas, California and Floriduh all have rising coronavirus cases, especially in some big cities like Houston, and particularly among summer-frolicing-young-adults, like in San Marcos, home of party-school TSU. Texas focus here:

Siberia, one of the coldest places that humans have been able to live and grow some food, broke 100 degrees F on the first day after summer solstice. This has never happened before, and it follows a record hot winter.
​  ​On Saturday, the thermometer hit a likely record of 38C – or 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit – in the Siberian town of Verkhoyansk in Russia’s Sakha Republic.  

​Egypt faces 2 wars at the same time. It needs to keep "friends"​ on the Libyan side of it's porous desert border, and it needs the Nile to have plenty of water for farmers, which it doesn't really have, already. 
Sudan, the Nile-next-door-neighbor is not going to block the flow of water, but Ethiopia, on the other side of Sudan, is about to start filling the vast area behind it's new dam, which will drastically reduce flow to Egypt for at least 7-10 years. Egypt just doesn't have the long term funding and it probably can't really prevent the flow reduction. Maybe Egypt and Ethiopia can work something out where both lose, but don't face the huge losses of a protracted war. 
Both already have a lot of bills to pay.

Is coronavirus better or worse if you drink RoundUp out of your faucet? Just askin':
Bayer Pays $10BN To Settle Thousands Of Monsanto Glyphosate Lawsuits

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