Sunday, July 22, 2018

Josh Siegel — James Comey warns Democrats: Don't 'lose your minds' and embrace socialists

Former FBI Director James Comey offered unprompted political advice Sunday, urging Democrats to not become too liberal as a means of revolting against President Trump.
“Democrats, please, please don’t lose your minds and rush to the socialist left,” Comey said in a post to Twitter. “This president and his Republican Party are counting on you to do exactly that. America’s great middle wants sensible, balanced, ethical leadership.”...
Heaven forbid.

Washington Examiner
James Comey warns Democrats: Don't 'lose your minds' and embrace socialists
Josh Siegel

Obama to Clapper to Brennan

Is the worm turning?

Zero Hedge
Clapper: Obama Was Behind The Whole Thing
Tyler Durden

Sputnik International
Congress Wants to Grill Ex-CIA Chief Brennan Over Accusing Trump of 'Treason'

Patrick Armstrong — The Browder Documentary

Link to Andrey Nekrasov's video on Browder, The Magnitsky Act - Behind the Scenes.

Sic Semper Tyrannis
Patrick Armstrong

Jeremy Heimans - Right-wing politics has a new secret weapon. Can the Left harness it?

Jeremy Heimans explains why Donald trump won. He understood how to mobilise his fan base through social media.  The NRA use the same methods.

Hmm, I think Jimmy Dore is doing a good job too.  Very emotive.

The big think

The election of Donald J. Trump surprised many, most of all the Democrats. Jeremy Heimans, a political activist and the Founder of the online media company Purpose, explains it simply: Donald Trump won the internet, and thus won the presidency.

Big Think - What America gets wrong about China and the rest of Asia

This is a Charles Koch sponsored channel, but in the comments section underneath lots of people said they disliked the Koch's but enjoyed the topics on this channel. See what you think? It's quite positive about future US/ China relations.

Aspen - Why German healthcare is AMAZING

Aspen, an American says she loves the German healthcare system. There are no worries about getting treatment whereas in the US she was petrified to see the doctor in case it might bankrupt her. She says the German public healthcare system is first class. She says she has no intention of ever moving back to the US because the health system is so bad.

Reuters — Syrian 'White Helmets' flee to Jordan with Israeli, Western help: officials

This has been reported widely on the net. Now Reuters has picked it up.
The evacuees will be kept in a “closed” location in Jordan and resettled in Britain, Germany and Canada within three months, the source added.…
Draw your own conclusions.

Syrian 'White Helmets' flee to Jordan with Israeli, Western help: officials

See also

Four Free Syrian Army Commanders Run Away To Israel

Also of interest at Southfront

US To Create Several New US military Bases In Argentina

See also

Sputnik International
US 'Unlikely' to Accept White Helmets, Who They Know to Be 'Terrorists'- Journo

Also at Sputnik
Top 5 Facts to Know About the White Helmets Amid Controversial Syrian Evacuation

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Because the Israeli leadership is so humanitarian.
The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) confirmed Israel's spearheading the move at the request of the United States and European governments. The dead of night operation comes a week after reports first surfaced that serious discussions were held on the matter during the July 11-12 NATO summit in Brussels.
The IDF official twitter account posted the following statement: "Following an Israeli Government directive and at the request of the United States and additional European countries, the IDF recently completed a humanitarian effort to rescue members of a Syrian civil organization and their families."
The IDF further called the effort "an exceptional humanitarian gesture" and additionally confirmed that the White Helmets were transferred "through Israel".…
Meanwhile a number of journalists and analysts asked the obvious million dollar question: "Why evacuation specifically for just this group and its families?" Why not other civilians?"...
With today's Israeli rescue operation giving greater clarity to the nature of the group fundamentally being a foreign-created and foreign sponsored entity, a number of mainstream media outlets are now for the first time casually and belatedly referencing this fact....
Zero Hedge
White Helmets "Rescued" By Israel Via Golan Heights In Overnight Operation
Tyler Durden

Pavel Nastin — Jihadism Spreads like Wildfire Across Africa

Don't forget Africa. The most populous cities in the world are projected to be in Africa by the end of the century.

Jihadism Spreads like Wildfire Across Africa
Pavel Nastin

Pepe Escobar — Here’s the real reason the US must talk to Russia

Pepe Escobar draws out the implications of Andrei Martyanov's Losing Military Supremacy: The Myopia of American Strategic Planning.
What Martyanov describes as “the deadly combination of contemporary American elites’ ignorance, hubris and desperation,” though, cannot be underestimated.
Already during his election campaign, Trump announced multiple times that he would contest the post-Cold War international (dis)order. Helsinki was a graphic demonstration that now Trump’s “drain the swamp” faces a massive immovable object, as the swamp will take no prisoners to preserve its trillion-dollar power.
In contrast, Russian diplomacy, as explicitly reaffirmed once again this week by Putin himself, is adamant that anything is permitted when it comes to avoiding Cold War 2.0....
The fundamental issue is a switch from foreign policy idealism (Wilsonian foreign policy characterized by liberal internationalism under US leadership) to foreign policy realism (Jacksonian foreign policy, focus on US national interests). The Foreign policy idealism was furthered by Zbigniew Brzezinski, and foreign policy realism by Henry Kissinger.
It’s crystal clear that President Trump is applying Kissingerian divide-and-rule tactics, trying to reduce Russian political/economic connectivity with the two other Eurasian integration poles, China and Iran....
Here’s the real reason the US must talk to Russia
Pepe Escobar

Joaquin Flores — Explaining Trump to ‘Socialist’ Liberals

This is an interesting read as the statement of a millennial on the current situation via a letter to his boomer father.

 He has clearly thought this through carefully. However, some of his assumptions, e.g., about monetary economics, central banking, etc., are mistaken, but this is a common issue since almost no one has a correct grasp of them.

Flores argues to his labor-union leftist father how alt-right has become the new left and explains why. Of further interest, the family is Mexican-American, so the immigration issue also enters the argument.
FRN’s Joaquin Flores writes a letter to his 69 year-old dad, also a former labor union organizer like himself, to explain the situation in the US today. The paradigm has shifted, and those wedded to the old ways are very much confused and quite lost at sea. The left and right concepts are melting away, and glacial rivers are violently casting the uninitiated aside.
Fort Russ
Explaining Trump to ‘Socialist’ Liberals – FLORES

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Publius Tacitus — America On It's Way to Being Stalin's Soviet Union

Nothing more sickening and offensive than the hypocrisy of a nation claiming to be the pinnacle of democracy and freedom while moving inexorably towards a state that embraces authoritarianism. And no, I do not mean that Donald Trump is the culprit. He is not. He is a weak man masquerading as a strong man while the BORG aka the Deep State pushes onward with its agenda to quash the spirit of liberty that once infused this great country. He is more a victim than an instigator....
Sic Semper Tyrannis
America On It's Way to Being Stalin's Soviet Union
Publius Tacitus

Tom Luongo — In U.S., Sometimes CIA Eat You

The First U.S. Civil War is here. The real Civil War.
The one between We the People and the Government itself....
There's divisive and then there is divisive.

RT — China must speed up development of nukes to deter US aggression – state media

The arms race heats up as Cold War 2.0 spreads to Asia.

China must speed up development of nukes to deter US aggression – state media

Reuters — U.S. launches campaign to erode support for Iran's leaders

More brilliant thinking from the folks in DC and Langley.

U.S. launches campaign to erode support for Iran's leaders
Jonathan Landay, Arshad Mohammed, Warren Strobel, John Walcott

See also

Popular Resistance
Violent Coup Fails in Nicaragua, Us Continues Regime Change Efforts
Kevin Zeese

Marisa Fernandez — is leapfrogging rural China into online shopping, the third-largest tech company in the world behind Amazon and Google's parent company Alphabet, is focusing on hundreds of isolated villages in rural China as it has hired 85,000 delivery personnel, and focusing on locals to do its bidding in ramping up online shopping, a relatively new concept for the region, according to The New Yorker's Jiayang Fan.

Jake Johnson — Bernie Sanders: Trump 'Really Sold the American People Out' in Helsinki Summit

Bernie flames out. He is either brainless, or an agent of the US deep state. Likely, brainless, which became clear when he did not listen to Stephanie Kelton after appoint her economic adviser.

Is there anyone else on the US left (global center right) with promise, that is, groks both domestic and foreign issues? Most of them are clueless about economics and members of the war party. Sad.

Common Dreams
Bernie Sanders: Trump 'Really Sold the American People Out' in Helsinki Summit
Jake Johnson

Zero Hedge — "Truth Was Irrelevant" WSJ Asks: Was Brennan's Action The Real "Treason"?

Brennan in the crosshairs?

I don't link to the WSJ since it is behind a paywall. ZH recounts the latest there.

Zero Hedge
"Truth Was Irrelevant" WSJ Asks: Was Brennan's Action The Real "Treason"?
Tyler Durden

Steven Bannon is back — in Europe

Sputnik International
'Soros Brilliant, But Evil': Bannon to Rival Open Society Foundations in Europe

Deutsche Welle
US-Rechtspopulist Steve Bannon plant rechte Bewegung in Europa
[US right-wing populist Steve Bannon plans a right-wing movement in Europe]

(I didn't find an English there on their English site. It did not turn up in a web search either.)

Tucker Carlson - Professor Cohen on Why Trump Was Attacked Over Russia

Tucker Calson and Stephen Cohen expose the Russiagate myth. Cohen says the liberals are risking WW3.

The Julian Assange Affair

The Intercept
Ecuador Will Imminently Withdraw Asylum for Julian Assange and Hand Him Over to the UK. What Comes Next?
Glenn Greenwald

Caitlin Johnstone — Rogue Journalist
Be Prepared To Shake The Earth If Julian Assange Is Arrested
Caitlin Johnstone

Frank Li — Adam Smith vs. Karl Marx

Frank Li is a Chinese ex-pat that settled in America after receiving a PhD in the US. He is an electrical engineer and entrepreneur.

His take is informed from both the Chinese and American (Western) points of view and he offers a reasonably objective analysis in comparison to the largely one-sided and ill-informed one that one generally encounters in the West. His work covers the social, political and economic spectrum but this one focuses on economics.
The dramatic rise of China over the past four decades not only has rocketed China's economy to the top of the world (in terms of PPP - purchasing power parity), with no end in sight, but also is ending western dominance over the past 200 years, at least.
What does that mean to the world? Everything, from politics (End of Democracy?) to economics!
This post is about economics. It highlights two giant economists: Adam Smith behind the West’s economy and Karl Marx behind Chinese economy....
Adam Smith vs. Karl Marx
Frank Li | Chinese ex-pat living in the US

See also

Enter the dragon.

Sputnik International
China Wages Cold War Seeking to Replace US as Main Power - CIA Official

Thomas Frank - "Trump won because Clinton and the Democrats dismissed the concerns of working people"

This is good, Thomas Frank describes everything that is wrong with the Democratic Party and where it went wrong. It took the working class vote for granted and decided to represent instead the upward mobile class  of professionals who are very liberal on social values, but very right wing on economic issues. These people have top degrees and believe in the meritocracy and so have no sympathy for those poorer than themselves believing it's their own fault they got left behind.

These aspiring top earners also believe the bankers did not mean to cause the economic crisis in 2008, and only cheated a little, but they say nothing about working class people who lied to to get a mortgage and so were then sent to prison.

In his latest book, "Listen, Liberal : Or, What Ever Happened to the Party of the People ?", just released in France '"Pourquoi les riches votent à gauche" (éd. Agone), Thomas Frank explains how Hillary Clinton and the Democrats lost the 2016 presidential election. "Decades ago, the Democratic Party decided that thy did not want to be the party of the working class any longer. Thomas Frank call them the "professionals", they are white, rich, they have all studied in the best universities. They are very liberal on social issues, but very conservative and not as ease with the issues of inequality, incomes, etc.

"The Democrats, in the course of my lifetime, have become a party that is uncomfortable with discontent, with class-based anger. They don't like to talk about it. It makes them uncomfortable. Whenever they hear it, they try to get around it, they try to throw roadblocks in front, cognitive roadblocks, they don't want to think about it", acccording to Thomas Frank in this interview for the French newsmagazine "L'Obs". These Democrats want to be the party of a different class : the "creative" or "the winners". The democratic party and Clinton thought that the working class had "nowhere else to go", according to Frank. But they actually did vote for Trump....

Jimmy Dore - FBI Never Inspected DNC Server - Seriously!

Sam Seder says that Jimmy Dore does not get his facts right and is spreading fake news, and he also criticises Glenn Greenweld for trying to expose the Russiagate nonsense. I'm disappointing with Sam Seder who seems to support the  mainstream Democrats while is spreading Russiagate lies.

I can't see anything wrong in the Jimmy Dore video - all truth. Why wasn't Hilary's server allowed to be inspected by the FBI? How can Sam Seder not find this suspicious?

Despite recent claims by the media, and despite the fact Trump is parroting the same claims, the DNC servers were never inspected by the FBI and Crowdstrike’s involvement is still suspect.

Paul Craig Roberts - The Arrest of Maria Butina Is Another Hoax

What's wrong with the Guardian, the West has become an Orwellian nightmare? It once had an independent panel who overlooked it, but now it manned with bankers and Neocons. KV - Kevin.
The Guardian Neswspaper, which once was an honest newspaper that spoke for the British working class has now been suborned, in my opinion, by the CIA and British Intelligence (sic).
Perhaps you remember a few years ago that The Guardian complied with illegal orders from the corrupt UK government to destroy the Wikileak files that revealed US felonies and deceptions of so-called “allies,” who are nothing but Washington’s vassals.
What disturbs me about The Guardian is that it no longer guards truth and the working class. Instead The Guardian guards the extraordinary lies that serve the agenda of the US hegemonic state.
I cannot understand why any of The Guardian’s original subscribers read apologies for Washington’s crimes and misdeeds or why The Guardian prefers conflict instead of peace with Russia. Why does The Guardian work to increase hostility between nuclear powers that can easily result in the termination of life on earth? Are The Guardian’s editors paid by the CIA and UK “intelligence,” as the German newspaper editor Udo Ulfkotte said in his book, Bought Journalism, or are The Guardian’s editiors threatened with arrest and prison unless they serve the interests of the UK’s overlord in Washington?
Whatever The Guardian is, just like The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, MSNBC, NPR, and the rest of the Western presstitutes, journalism is not present on its pages. What the West has is a Ministry of Propaganda. The public is lied to and brainwashed, not informed.
We can see the total failure of The Guardian, and all the rest as well, in the reporting on the arrest of the alleged Russian spy, Maria Butina by the utterly corrupt US Department of Justice (sic). The principal evidence against Maria is that she met with a former Russian ambassador to the US, Sergey Kislyak. According to the utterly corrput US Department of Justice (sic), an assistant US attorney, Erik Kenerson, “cited Butina’s encounter with Kislyak as proof that she was in touch with diplomatic or consular officials and must be detained while awaiting trial.”
So, in America if you get your photo taken with a former Russian ambassador to the US it is evidence that you are a spy.
I have read the indictment of Maria Butina. She is not accused of any crime recognizable by Anglo-American law. She is indicted under Jeremy Bentham’s 18th century totalitarian argument that she is guilty of the “crime” of possibly intending to commit one in the future. (See The Tyranny of Good intentions by PCR and Lawrence Stratton.)

The Real News - Israel Is Arming Ukraine's Blatantly Neo-Nazi Militia the Azov Battalion

While in the UK, at the moment, those that criticise Israel's policies towards the Palestinians and believe Israel is a rogue st\state are getting called racists and antisemitic, Israel is arming the racist, white supremacist Neo- Nazis thugs in the Ukraine on behalf of the US, which due to current legislation has been banned from doing so itself. If I call this out, would I get called antisemitic and a racist?

A shocking new report in the Electronic Intifada reveals that Ukrainian neo-Nazis are using Israeli weapons to fight Russia. Journalist Max Blumenthal discusses the SS-wearing Azov Battalion, a neo-Nazi militia that uses Hitlerian symbols and is embedded in the National Guard of Ukraine, which also receives support from the US and Canada.


Ukrainian Fascist Leader Speaks in US Congress, While Nazis Launch Racist Attacks

Journalist Max Blumenthal asked why a fascist leader was welcomed in the US Senate building. He discusses Andriy Parubiy, the founder of two neo-Nazi organizations and the chair of Ukraine's parliament, and the violent white supremacist movement against Russia.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Jimmy Dore - FBI Chief: CHINA Our Biggest Threat

Just when you thought it was safe - as Trump makes peace with Russia - Lester Holt, of the FBI, says China is a serious threat to the US. The Chinese are everywhere, he says, they involved with US agriculture, high tech, academia, grain, everything, and they are in every state the FBI research has found.

Holt says China is trying to achieve economic superiority over the US. What, do you mean that if a country economic system outsmarts the US then the US will go to war with that country?  Surely if we live in free world, which the US says it defends, then countries should be able to choose any economic system that suites them  best. Oh I get it, China is not a democracy, but hey, neither is America, so who are the FBI kidding? 

Lester Holt comes across as a gangster to me, as many of the elite are, and peace with Russia threatens their military-industrial complex profits (a protection racket that these mobsters run), so China is being set up to be the new bogeyman. They didn't waste any time getting the next enemy ready for us, I suppose just in case Trump actually does pull off a working peace deal with Russia, despite the CIA and FBI attempts to undermine it. 

In a recent Lester Holt interview, the FBI reveals they’re on to their newest scapegoat, China

More reaction to the Trump-Putin Helsinki summit

Liberal commentators are highly critical of President Donald Trump for what they see as a cozy relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin. But in their fury they’re missing the bigger picture: Trump’s stance on Russia may augur a return to a consensus between the U.S. and Russia on how to run the world....
Trump Didn’t Betray America. He Wants to Restore the Old U.S.-Russia Alliance
Geoffrey Roberts |  expert on Russian and Soviet foreign policy, is an Emeritus Professor of History at University College Cork, expert on Russian and Soviet foreign policy, and a member of the Royal Irish Academy

ABC (Australia)
Trump's behaviour not treasonous: Professor Stephen Cohen on the Helsinki Summit
Stephen Cohen | Professor Emeritus of Russian and Slavic studies at New York University, Professor Emeritus of Politics at Princeton University

The American Conservative
Forget Trump: The Military-Industrial Complex is Still Running the Show With Russia
Bruce Fein | partner in the law firm of Fein & DelValle PLLC, formerly associate deputy attorney general and general counsel of the Federal Communications Commission under President Reagan and counsel to the Joint Congressional Committee on Covert Arms Sales to Iran

The Duran
Assessing the Putin-Trump Helsinki summit: neither a breakthrough nor a damp squib but a possible start towards detente
Edward Popov

HBR — Survey: 68% of CEOs Admit They Weren’t Prepared for the Job

CEOs are known for their confidence. It is, after all, one of the reasons they’ve made it to the top. And yet, that confidence sometimes flags, as we at leadership advisory firm Egon Zehnder learned from a survey of 402 CEOs from 11 countries—executives who together run companies with $2.6 trillion in sales.
Participating anonymously, CEOs told us that while they did feel ready for the strategic and business aspects of their roles, they felt much less prepared for the personal and interpersonal components of leadership, which are just as critical to success.
Here are some of the most surprising findings:
One of the issues is that there is not much CEO training prior to taking the reins.
Remarked one: “When you become the final decisionmaker, everything changes. It’s hard to train on this.”
That would apply to decision-makings in politics, too. How does one train to be president and commander-in chief of the military.

Harvard Business Review
Survey: 68% of CEOs Admit They Weren’t Prepared for the Job
Kati Najipoor-Schutte and Dick Patton

Jeff Desjardins — New York City isn't even on the list of the projected 20 most-populated cities in 2100

The biggest city projected for 2100? Lagos, Nigeria.

Pretty amazing article. Different world.

Urbanization is in full swing globally.

Jeff Desjardins, Visual Capitalist

Chris Dillow — Capitalism as a fetter

...there is, if you like, a third way between utopian communism on the one hand and technocratic tweaks on the other.
It begins from the idea that ten years of stagnant productivity might mean we are now at the phase of capitalism that Marx foresaw:
At a certain stage of development, the material productive forces of society come into conflict with the existing relations of production or – this merely expresses the same thing in legal terms – with the property relations within the framework of which they have operated hitherto. From forms of development of the productive forces these relations turn into their fetters.
 Stumbling and Mumbling
Capitalism as a fetterChris Dillow | Investors Chronicle