Thursday, December 29, 2016

Current Historical Perspective

Co-Creators of History,

Historian, Jada Thacker, sums up our current life-support situation quite elegantly. (I'm cutting and pasting his summation, here.)
"There is no need to sound the alarm that planet Earth will soon go "beyond the point of no return." The Earth is not going beyond anything. The Earth – which ancient texts and tribal lore agree endures forever – is merely returning humanity to the carrying capacity from whence it came."
"Lack of affordable, horrible GHG-emitting energy resources is going to kill most of us who depend upon an industrialized food supply – and very much sooner than their destruction of an otherwise convenient climate. While humanity could conceivably adapt to global warming, we cannot conceivably adapt to unaffordable industrial liquid energy resources."
"And while the development of alternative, so-called sustainable electric energy extraction such as wind and solar may be desirable, it is not sufficient to maintain industrialized agriculture. Human food supply is not critically dependent upon the availability of expensive clean energy, but upon cheap dirty energy – and a lot of it."

Russia and Turkey agree on Syrian cease-fire outline, without US involvement (moderate-hostage-decapitator factions have not all agreed) 

Turkish President Erdogan wants Saudi Arabia and Qatar to join peace talks regarding Syria, "since they have shown so much good will". 
No Kurds Need Apply, though, even though they live there and fight best of all.

Who is supporting ISIS in Syria? Is it Erdogan, Obama, BOTH, neither? What is happening?  
(Russia seems to have made a strategic deal to pay-off Qatar, whose tap on the Pars gas field is the competitor to Iran's tap on the same field, and who also wants a pipeline through Syria to supply Europe. Syria favored the Iranian pipeline, so US/Saudi-Arabia made war on Syria to change regime. Turkey gets profit from all pipelines, but wants to finish Kurdish genocide first and foremost.)
"As planned by the Russian forces the liberation of east-Aleppo was completed before Christmas. There are no longer beheadings by Takfiris in East-Aleppo."
"Shortly before Christmas the U.S. president signed a new directive that allows the distribution of air-defense MANPADs to "moderate rebels" in Syria. Like with the TOWs the CIA distributed to "moderate rebels" some of these MANPADs will inevitably end up with ISIS and may well be used against civilian airliners outside of Syria. The Kurdish YPG/SDF also wants these weapons though their only potential enemy with an air forces is the Turkish NATO army. The Russians understand the distribution of MANPADs to their enemies in Syria as a "hostile act" and will likely response in kind."
"The first choice of the migrating Takfiris will be Turkey where they have a support base and many followers of their ideology. With the pursuit of the war on Syria and support for radical Islamists Erdogan has put his country in the same position Pakistan had put itself when Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq supported the CIA supplied Mujahedin in Afghanistan against the progressive Afghan government in 1978. The result in Pakistan has been a slow boiling, deadly insurgency ever since. It will probably take decades for Turkey to rid the formerly secular country of such deadly cancer."

Here is the transcript of an interview with a Syrian Physician who stayed in Aleppo through all of the recent war, in order to serve his fellow Syrians, a trustworthy source, who addresses fundamentals of the wartime life in the city, as experienced, and of the relief now. (Syria was "the cradle of Christianity". He is a Syrian Christian.)

Kissinger reportedly advises Trump to consider Crimean reunification with Russia to be a fait accompli .

Paul Craig Roberts considers strategic aspects, which may underlie the Kissinger-pivot:
"American capitalism and the social safety net would function much better without the drain on the budget of the military/security complex.  It is more correct to say that the military/security complex wants a major threat, not an actual arms race. Stateless Muslim terrorists are not a sufficient threat for such a massive US military, and the trouble with an actual arms race as opposed to a threat is that the US armaments corporations would have to produce weapons that work instead of cost overruns that boost profits. The latest US missile ship has twice broken down and had to be towed into port.  The F-35 has cost endless money, has a variety of problems and is already outclassed. The Russian missiles are hypersonic.  The Russian tanks are superior. The explosive power of the Russian Satan II ICBM is terrifying.  The morale of the Russian forces is high.  They have not been exhausted from 15 years of fighting without much success pointless wars against women and children."
Who is keeping Russian gas flowing to Europe through Ukraine, when Ukrainian transport capacity is now redundant? Why? It costs Europe more...

Something dramatic is afooot with the (watered-down-and-toothless) UN Security Council Resolution 2334 , which calls on Israel to stop building illegal settlements on land stolen from Palestinians through military force, land which is illegally occupied as an act of war. All prior resolutions, most recently in 1980, have included withdrawal to pre-Naqba boundaries (1947). 
This flurry of accusations and threats from Israeli PM Netanyahu appears contrived to give legitimacy to this very bland retreat from principles of international law. 
Netanyahu threatens New Zealand, blames Obama and Kerry, withdraws Ambassador from France, and meanwhile the UK has been arranging events behind the scenes. 
What is the intended end-point of this drama? What is the world about to get sold? (The Palestinians will be robbed further, whatever it is.)

Here is a clue. A document has been leaked, of a meeting with Secretary of State Kerry and Palestinian and Arab leaders, pressuring them to accept his 2014 peace-plan.
"John Kerry and national security advisor Susan Rice told a Palestinian delegation headed by Saeb Erekat and intelligence chief Majed Faraj in Washington that the Obama administration would abstain on SC Res. 2334 if its wording was balanced – 10 days before last Friday’s vote."  
"In 2014, Israel accepted Kerry’s plan with objections. Palestinians didn’t respond either way. A same day article explained it one-sidedly favored Israel, Palestinian rights ignored like always. The leaked document called Trump hostile to Palestinian interests." 

How political dissent is being made "unthinkable", really, successfully. All media, including Facebook, Google and Twitter just eliminates information with algorithms.
The Overton window, also known as the window of discourse, is the range of ideas the public will accept. It is used by media pundits. The term is derived from its originator, Joseph P. Overton (1960–2003), a former vice president of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, who in his description of his window claimed that an idea’s political viability depends mainly on whether it falls within the window, rather than on politicians’ individual preferences. According to Overton’s description, his window includes a range of policies considered politically acceptable in the current climate of public opinion, which a politician can recommend without being considered too extreme to gain or keep public office.
Because the public perceives that it has been offered multiple choices, individual members of the public take stake in whichever view – confined within that acceptable window – best fits theirs.
Because it all works on algorithms, the “window” effect becomes literal, rather than just figurative. News and information that falls outside of the acceptable range of view is simply not seen by the public – it is hidden from view, and omitted from search results.


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