Thursday, September 17, 2020

Drone This Guy

 ​Enemies of the State,​

​  ​"Can't we just drone this guy?" , Clinton openly inquired...​ The statement drew laughter from the room, which quickly died off when Clinton kept talking in a terse manner, sources said. Clinton said Assange, after all, was a relatively soft target, "walking around" freely and thumbing his nose without any fear of reprisals from the United States.​ 
​  ​London: 
​  ​Julian Assange has again interrupted his extradition hearing, claiming that he never put informants lives at risk, when he published hundreds of thousands of State Department documents on his WikiLeaks website...
 ​  ​Assange cried out from the dock after lunchtime during evidence being given by former military analyst Daniel Ellsberg who leaked the classified Pentagon Papers that revealed the US government knew it would not win the Vietnam War based on existing resources.
​  ​Ellsberg was purs​u​ed under the Espionage Act as is Assange. All charges against him were eventually dropped and he has become a vocal supporter of Assange as well as Chelsea Manning, who leaked to Assange the hacked files. Ellsberg also supports Edward Snowden who leaked classified documents he had access to as a CIA subcontractor...
 Ellsberg claimed to have never seen evidence that an informant exposed by WikiLeaks was harmed or killed in retaliation.
​  ​"I find the government highly cynical ... am I right in believing not one of them who was subject to threats or interrogation by these brutal and ruthless regimes actually suffered physical harm?
"Were any of the threats carried out? Even one? Isn't the answer no?" Ellsberg said.
"The rules are you don't get to ask questions, I do," said Lewis.

​  ​Assange also rejected the claims that he put lives at risk.
"Through his rhetorical sleight of hand he is suggesting that I put lives at risk," Assange said from the dock.
"This must be corrected.
"The damage to me will be irreparable if the media reports that I harmed people, when it is not true," he said.

​  ​District Judge Vanessa Baraitser reprimanded Assange, for the second time in as many weeks.
"I have warned you about this before, you are not entitled to interfere like this," she said.

Caitlin Johnstone points out that the above article is a smear piece against Assange, buying into the false accusations against him.
​  ​At no time does Bourke (who has been a regular smearer of Assange) bother to provide the reader with any of the readily available information showing that Assange never caused anyone harm and was not responsible for the unredacted documents being made public. She weaves a narrative about Assange being badly behaved in the courtroom, insinuates that the accusations he objected to could be true to the furthest extent possible without actually making a claim that would need to be retracted, and gets out.

CIA Intercepts Suggest U.S. Lied About Biological Weapon Use During Its War On Korea
​  ​During the early 1950s War on Korea the U.S. used biological weapons against North Korea and China. Bombs designed to spread leaflets were filled with plague infested rats and dropped on Korean towns. Various infecting insects were released. Leaflets were contaminated with smallpox and then distributed. Several local epidemics were caused by these attacks.
​  ​The program was a continuation of one which a special unit of the Imperial Japanese Army had developed during the second world war. Unit 731 and its leaders were not indicted for the war crimes they had committed during the war but integrated into the U.S. biological warfare program.

​Please let me point out again that numerous nations had bioweapons labs working on highly pathogenic chimeric strains of coronavirus, and even sharing research and funding. The US and Canada were at least neck-and-neck with China, if not ahead.​ Lab? Yes. Who released it? Dunno...
"I Am The Target": Silenced Chinese Virologist Tells Tucker COVID-19 Intentionally Released, CCP Trying To 'Disappear' Her

​Charles Hugh Smith explains the 4-D demise of what the US economy has mutated into.
​...​denormalization is an extinction event for much of our high-cost, high-complexity, heavily regulated economy. Subsidizing high costs doesn't stop the dominoes from falling, as subsidies are not a substitute for the virtuous cycle of re-investment.
​  ​The Fed's project of lowering the cost of capital to zero doesn't generate this virtuous cycle; all it does is encourage socially useless speculative predation. Collapse isn't "impossible," it's unavoidable.
​  ​The basic idea is that all the structures of the "normal" economy only function at full capacity, as costs have moved higher, unproductive complexity has increased and our ability to pay these higher costs is based on ever-expanding debt.
​  ​As a result, "normal" became extremely fragile and binary: it's either fully funded at full capacity or it collapses. The structures of everyday life (to use Braudel's apt phrase) are incapable of downsizing to 70% of their previous complexity and cost, much less 50%.
​  ​There won't be any "new normal" because the system has become too rigid, ossified, over-regulated and controlled by entrenched interests and elites. It is incapable of reducing complexity and cost, and bailouts via borrowed money are stopgaps, not actual solutions.
​  ​Decomplexification is a mouthful, and everyone inside the machine knows the impossibility of paring organizational complexity. Everyone who is a stakeholder in the status quo (which is virtually every employee, manager, etc.) will fight to keep the status quo intact as is, for fear that any re-organization might imperil their livelihood or security. This is entirely understandable, of course.
​  ​Modern life is inherently complex. Democracy is complex and cumbersome because having a bunch of stakeholders all competing for public resources and advocating for a bigger slice of the pie is inherently messy. There must be oversight and feedback to minimize the possibility of one clique gaining complete power.
​  ​Long global supply chains are inherently complex. Managing ever-increasing regulations is inherently complex. And so on.
​  ​When the money runs out or loses its purchasing power, all sorts of complexity that were previously viewed as essential crumble to dust. We're witnessing the early stages of this in real time in healthcare and education: overly complex and costly systems are breaking down not just from the challenges of the pandemic but because they're structurally incapable of adapting or evolving beyond pseudo-reforms and policy tweaks.


(​Pictured below at recent sunset in Yoakum, with workshop nearing completion, and avocado trees)


  1. Thanks for keeping us posted. I received Ivermectin and doxycycline from India, enough for a few doses should a family member or friend come up short. Wide spread rapid home testing, when available, should put the pandemic under control. Finally.
    Avocado trees look good. Lots of sky down there in Yoakum.
    As it happens, I also lived in Hawaii for five or six years. I've been trying to figure out how to get you "Every Story is a Love Story," my Woodstock novel and now have added incentive to send "On the Road to Dharamsala," a collection of poems, many written in Hawaii.
    Once I finish a piece, it is on its own. Readers react as they will. Am almost always surprised at what they like. So, I don't push stuff. In this case, though, for some reason, I feel that you & your fine looking wife should have these books. We're in the same tribe or something.
    I thought of sending them to John Day M.D. c/o Community Clinic, Yoakum, and then thought maybe the clinic is in Austin? Anyway, if you get a moment, send me an address. Woodstock john

    1. Hi John, I see you have a couple of blogs on Blogger, but no posts. We have also traveled to Dharamsala. I am loathe to publish my email on the blog, but if you send me yours I will delete it promptly and reply to you via email. I work at People's Community Clinic in Austin. My street address in Austin is 11915B Charing Cross Rd, Austin Tx 78759

  2. Hey John, thanks for replying. I will send books to your Austin address. Excellent.

    I post here and there as "straightwalker," a name I was given by two Japanese-Hawaiian ladies on the Big Island.

  3. Hi John, you've been MIA over at TAE; you okay?
    All the best,