Monday, July 31, 2017

Preoperative Testing

Surgical Candidates,

South Korea is preparing a "surgical strike" against North Korea, consisting of machete-surgery to hack off all the heads of North Korean military and civilian commanders, and whoever else is in the area, which will set the artillery off pounding millions of people in Seoul. That will stabilize things and save lives.

"We'll handle North Korea. We're going to be able to handle North Korea. It will be handled. We handle everything," Trump told reporters at the start of Monday's first Cabinet meeting with his new Chief of Staff, flanked by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary James Mattis. (Who is "we"? Tillerson was caught in a smile, just before the question, but not Mattis, who immediately looked down and rearranged himself in his chair, as President Trump answered woodenly.) 
China wants both balanced trade with the United States and lasting peace on the Korean peninsula, its official Xinhua news agency added in a commentary. "However, to realize these goals, Beijing needs a more cooperative partner in the White House, not one who piles blame on China for the United States' failures," it added.

Fallout map for nuclear strikes on continental US, just to consider, again... (Wind directions and speeds may vary, of course.)

Since China is at some kind of impasse, influencing the nuclear-deterrent-behavior of North Korea, perhaps it is tie for deeper diplomatic engagement through Russian channels, maybe with those 455 diplomatic personnel, who will remain in Moscow, when 755 leave, in the long delayed answer to President Obama's parting slap at Russia. The House and Senate have cut off all presidential maneuver for normalization of relations, with recent ironclad sanctions votes.

The Military Industrial Complex, through spokesperson John McCain's Brain Tumor, advocates buying billions of dollars of high tech murder devices and gifting them to the tottering Ukrainian Mafi-Nazies to screw Russia some more.

Wait, you're saying that the sanctions that just passed make it 3:1, not 2:2? Marxist analysis? Teetering empire shoots self in foot? Petrodollar puking blood?
One must note that the sanctions do not affect the European economy, but directly target it, as the EU is the single greatest existential threat to US dollar hegemony after China and Russia.

That didn't last long. 
Trump removes (fatally disrespectful of his betters) foul mouthed Anthony Scaramucci as White House (mis)Communications Director.

"Nations Substitution": European peasants are too poor to have enough children to replace themselves. However, Europe seems "rich" to Africans, willing to do anything to live and slave there. And there are so-many-to-choose-from. What's a global multinational corporation supposed to do, eh? Thanks Eleni, in Athens.

Greece's Road to Bailout Exit (It's simple: Move to Africa. The rest is just contracts and window-dressing. Global capital will have your last drop of blood, slowly, legally, inexorably.)

The Toxic Fruit of Financialization: The Risk is for Those at the Bottom, Charles Hugh Smith (That's easy to see, but there are methods to it.)

Shell Oil profits triple as cost cuts take effect. (They quite exploring for oil. It's all been found. Game-almost-over; playing out the clock.)

Artificial Intelligence is already self-teaching. there's no regulation of it. Corporations are already "persons", all AI has to do is completely control a corporation or two, and VIOLA, democracy can permanently transcend carbon-based-life-forms! Carlos Perez, a researcher in AI, argues that Elon Musk is right about the need to think through regulating AI, while it remains possible. (What will AI value?)

Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the Pakistani IT scammers. (There's more than bank-fraud going on here. All hell broke loose after Hillary Clinton lost. These guys started liquidating assets and smashing hard drives, as families fled to Pakistan, but remained in highly-paid government employ to the end.)

New York property speculators have figured out how to evict everyone, (1000 ways to be cut to death that are mostly Catch-22 for "protected" renters.)

The Conservative Case for Medicare-for-All: "The evidence is appallingly clear: Among first-world countries, the U.S. is a public health disaster zone." 

Jimmy Carter calls for single-payer healthcare in the US, as elected Democrats look at their feet and mumble about Trump threatening Obamacare.

Too Fat to Stand and Their Flesh Rots While They're Alive: UK studies up on why US chickens have to be dipped in Chlorine before getting packed for markets, as Britons consider bilateral trade deals with corporate USA.

Tastes Like Chicken


  1. John- What is the plant on the left side of your blog background photo? Do have any suggestions about what to do with excess produce in the garden? Matt in Spokane

  2. Fig tree on left, and blackeyed pea seen on right. The critters share my figs with me, but I canned some tomatoes in May and June, have a couple of cases of quarts of pickled cucumbers, have some habanero-carrot salsa and some "scorpion-bite" salsa, lots of dry, shelled blackeyed peas, paper bags of yellow onions, heirloom garlic on a drying rack, a few little peppers drying, carrots in the fridge, and so on. Our last freeze (hard, though) was January 7, this year, so I really had to start storing produce this time around.

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    1. Thanks Floyd,

      There's more since then, too. :-)