Monday, December 30, 2019

Eventually Advancing

Advanced Life Forms,​

Eric Zuesse sees Obama in ​legal​ crosshairs for coordinating illegal investigation to thwart candidate Trump. "Treason"
​ ​Americans who vote for reform will be only increasing the likelihood of hell-on-Earth. Reform is no longer an available option, given America’s realities. A far bigger leap than that will be required in order for this country to avoid falling into an utter abyss, which could be led by either Party, because both Parties have brought the nation to its present precipice, the dark and lightless chasm that it now faces, and which must now be leapt, in order to avoid a free-fall into oblivion.
​ ​The problem in America isn’t either Obama or Trump; it’s neither merely the Democratic Party, nor merely the Republican Party; it is instead both; it is the Deep State.

​Massive international criminal conspiracy, including Democratic politicians and deep state, is rightly worried about being subject to legal consequences, including prison. The Saul Alinsky, "accuse them of whatever you did to confuse people" strategy of impeaching Trump is a hoped-for get-out-of-jail-free card.​

​Bernie Sanders could win the Democratic nomination. It is being said. There is some opinion that the Democratic Party that Trump is battling, typified by Clinton, Biden, Obama would already have been beaten before the election, if Sanders got the nod. 
(It depends on what you mean by "beaten", though. They would need to be assured immunity from prosecution, hundreds of 'em.)​

 I wish this were more complicated, like economists make it sound on TV and radio.
Understanding The U.S. Economy: Lots Of Rotten Jobs

​Yanis Varoufakis imagines a world without capitalism, and gives a narrow definition of capitalism, and suggests tools for deconstruction of corporate capitalism. Good thoughts and historical analysis.
In this system, calls for a gentler capitalism are mere fads – especially in the post-2008 reality, which confirmed the total control over society by mega-firms and mega-banks. Unless we are willing to ban tradable shares, first introduced in 1599, we will make no appreciable difference to the distribution of wealth and power today. To imagine what transcending capitalism might mean in practice requires rethinking the ownership of corporations.  

​Tom Luongo postulates that (Rothschild backed) Emmanuel Macron and UK PM Boris Johnson made a deal in October to pull off a no-deal Brexit, in a way that would betray German interests, increase French prerogative within EU governance (and probably be good for Rothschild banking on both sides of the "chunnel", sez I).

​Moon of Alabama has an important story:
​ On Friday a volley of some 30 107mm Katyusha rockets hit the K1 base which houses Iraqi and U.S. troops near Kirkuk, Iraq. One U.S. mercenary/contractor died, two Iraqi and four U.S. soldiers were wounded. Instead of finding the real culprits - ISIS remnants, disgruntled locals, Kurds who want to regain control over Kirkuk - the U.S. decided that Kata'ib Hizbullah was the group guilty of the attack.
 Kata'ib Hizbullah is a mostly Shia group with some relations to Iran. It is part of the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) which were founded and trained by Iran to stop and defeat the Islamic State (ISIS) when it occupied nearly a third of Iraq and Syria. KH is like all PMU units now under command and control of the Iraqi Ministry of Defense.
 To take revenge for the death of one of its mercenaries the U.S. air force attacked five camps where Kata'ib Hizbullah and other Iraqi forces were stationed...
The strikes were designed to kill those who still fight ISIS in its most virulent hide outs.​..
 In the aftermath of the American strikes, Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi said, “We have already confirmed our rejection of any unilateral action by coalition forces or any other forces inside Iraq. We consider it a violation of Iraq’s sovereignty and a dangerous escalation that threatens the security of Iraq and the region,”
The U.S. and Israel have already killed hundreds of Iraqi forces that are aligned with Iran. But these were the most egregious strikes. 
There is no doubt. The U.S. forces will have to (again) leave Iraq​.​  (I have doubts. JD)

What the World’s Most Controversial Herbicide Is Doing to Rural Argentina
After enormous lobbying efforts, Monsanto’s GMO soybeans, treated with Roundup, became the country’s largest export, as cancer rates and other health issues skyrocketed.

​Scientists assess where one might best live in North America as this century grinds on, considering climate change, aquifer depletion, storms, infrastructure breakdowns, local agriculture and other practical matters.  

Restoring natural forests is the best way to sequester atmospheric carbon (not growing pulp timber and chopping it down in 10-20 years, but actually letting big, complex forests keep growing and making wood, and moss and pine needles for centuries)

Chimpanzee with AK-47 wins. Short and intense video with no apparent fatalities. Thanks Bosco.

Naked Ape

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