Saturday, July 16, 2016

Summer Heat

​Dressed Wrong for the Event,

John Kerry (still Secretary of State) just dropped in to the Kremlin to arrange a little US/Russia-cooperation, which is a nice and novel idea. (It seems that the ISIS Minister-of-War, "Omar-the-Chechan, got killed in the war this week.)

Here is an update on the leak of the proposal, with details. (This may have been leaked by neocon elements who oppose it, some surmise.)

Friday night military coup in Turkey fails. The military plotted a coup against Erdogan early in his Prime-Ministership, over a decade ago, but never got a chance to pull the trigger. The current military had Erdogan loyalists in top positions. A couple of weeks ago, when Erdogan surprisingly apologized to Russia and normalized relations with the Israeli government, I sent out a story with the viewpoint that this was to appease the Turkish military. At least Erdogan reduced his enemies abroad by those acts, undercutting support for a coup, ahead of the fact. We might expect more President Erdogan and less "Sultan" in the near future. (To me, this really casts the Thursday/Friday meetings between Kerry and Putin in a broader light. This is bound to influence US/Russia relations, hopefully for the better.)
"The people are afraid of a military government," a 38-year-old man who gave his name as Dogan told AFP. "Most of them have been in military service, they know what a military government would mean."

French President Hollande (every hair in place) takes the Bastille Day truck-massacre in Nice as a cause to extend the fascist-emergency-powers of his government for another 3 months. His approval rating hovers in the single digits these days, but he doesn't need approval.

Last November, Friday the 13th at the Bataclan Theater in Paris, there was a massacre carried out by Islamic terrorists, and there were suppressed reports of gruesome atrocities. Those reports of men being castrated with their balls stuffed in their mouths, women being bayoneted in their genitals, and humans being disemboweled in the upper level of the theater, where suppressed. Those reports have now surfaced again. They came up at government hearings in March 2016, but were not made public. (Snopes patches together an official denial, but major news outlets across the world are running with this story. Is a Snopes refutation necessary for confirmation, these days?) 

I didn't get polled by The Guardian, but I'd have fit right in.

Green Presidential Candidate, Jill Stein announces that if she is elected President, she will pardon Edward Snowden, AND appoint him to a cabinet-level positions. (Makes sense to me. He's shown resourcefulness, integrity and a willingness to sacrifice his life and perquisites for moral reasons.He went up against the empire and has a stalemate so far. Pretty good.) Chelsea Manning would be pardoned and released from solitary confinement in a military prison, also.

Jeremy Corbyn is the only certain name on the Labour Party ballot for Party Leader, which he already got voted accidentally last year, when they let the hopelesslyidealistic simpleton onto the ballot and he won. Do-Over! (What's Plan-C if he wins again?)

"We found that inside the brain's reward centers, sweet sensation is integrated with energy content. When sweetness versus energy is out of balance for a period of time, the brain recalibrates and increases total calories consumed," said lead researcher Associate Professor Greg Neely. The sweeteners essentially cause the brain to send a message that not enough energy has been consumed, triggering a kind of starvation response that makes food taste even better.

What if just staying stoned on pot all day really turns out to be the cure for Alzheimers? (This is seriously something to follow going forward. This is a paradigm shift in medicine.)

Somewhat Disoriented

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