Saturday, January 23, 2021

I Wouldn't Even Post About It. — Andrei Martyanov

 The color revolution in Russia and maidan in Moscow that wasn't.

Reminiscence of the Future
I Wouldn't Even Post About It.
Andrei Martyanov

Zero Hedge — Taiwan Reports 13 Incursions By Chinese Air Force In One Day

Upping the ante.

Zero Hedge
Taiwan Reports 13 Incursions By Chinese Air Force In One Day
Tyler Durden

Corporate Media’s Leaked Chinese Documents Confirm China Didn’t Hide Covid-19 — Joshua Cho



Weekend reading. Longish and detailed.

FAIR — Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting
Corporate Media’s Leaked Chinese Documents Confirm China Didn’t Hide Covid-19
Joshua Cho

World Economic Forum — Who’s who at Davos Agenda Week 2021

  • More than 2,000 leaders will join the virtual Davos Agenda under the theme of "A Crucial Year to Rebuild Trust” from 25 - 29 January.
  • Twenty-five heads of state and government will join to address urgent need for global cooperation.
  • Six-hundred global CEOs to represent the private sector in 140 sessions live-streamed to the public.
  • Civil society leaders, academia, arts and culture, as well as youth, will be represented....

“Rebuilding trust and increasing global cooperation are crucial to fostering innovative and bold solutions to stem the pandemic and drive a robust recovery,” said Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the Forum.

“This unique meeting will be an opportunity for leaders to outline their vision and address the most important issues of our time, such as the need to accelerate job creation and to protect the environment,” he added.... 
World Economic Forum
Who’s who at Davos Agenda Week 2021
Georg Schmitt

Zero Hedge — A Large US Military Convoy Rolled Into Syria On 1st Day Of Biden Presidency


That didn't take long.

Zero Hedge
A Large US Military Convoy Rolled Into Syria On 1st Day Of Biden Presidency
Tyler Durden

Ray McGovern — Daniel Lazare and I Go Hot and Heavy on Biden-Russia

Are there straws in the wind that Biden my be able to create a more decent relationship with Russia? I say Yes; Dan says No. A wager of $.25 is at stake.
I think Ray is going to be a quarter poorer with Biden up against the MICIMATT (Military-Industrial-Congressional-Intelligence-MEDIA-Academia-Think-Tank) complex, where there are trillions of dollars and world domination the table. His initial appointments don't bode well. The first order of business after Biden taking control was mounting a color revolution attempt in Russia, which is taking place now, with US interference prominent enough for the Russian government to call the US embassy out over it (and again here).

The US-UK strategy has remained essentially the same as when surfaced by Halford Mackinder in 1904 and elaborated by Nicholas Spykman. It was updated by Zbigniew Brzezinski in The Grand Chessboard.

Ray McGovern
Daniel Lazare and I Go Hot and Heavy on Biden-Russia
Ray McGovern, co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, and retired 27-year career CIA whose tasks included preparing and briefing The President’s Daily Brief and leading the Soviet Foreign Policy Branch

See also

TASS
Putin offers condolences over death of Larry King - Kremlin

With Kamala Harris, Americans Yet Again Have Trouble Understanding What Multiracial Means — Jennifer Ho

There are some key terms in demographics that apply to the current US in particular, but also the UK through the British Empire and to some degree France with the French Empire. It is also the case with Russia and China, which are multi-ethnic countries.

These terms are "multicultural," "multiracial," and "intersectional." and also "gender" and "sexual orientation."

Culture has to do with tradition. Race has to do with a genetic grouping. They are both included in ethnicity. 

Gender and sexual preference involve physical characteristics and behavior.

Intersectionality is the combination of the above in individuals and groups. This is a big issue now and growing as the global population becomes more diverse in a "shrinking" world.

But being the melting pot and world leader, the US is at the forefront of demographic development and impact the population and world socially, politically and economically.

Tiger Woods was the former poster child. Now it is Kamala Harris.

This is a trend to watch. The post is of interest in this regard. And it goes hand in hand with the clash between liberalism and traditionalism, in which the US is now front and center.

It is not going to be smooth sailing, if Mike Pompeo's departing words that America is not a multicultural nation are any indication.

econintersect
With Kamala Harris, Americans Yet Again Have Trouble Understanding What Multiracial Means
Jennifer Ho, Professor. Asian American Studies, University of Colorado Boulder

Paris-gate

 

Here we go again.... This is just like when recently the Art degree left literally thought Trump meant that illegals were riding across the border on the backs of literal coyotes...  major cognitive impairment in these people no ability to discern the figurative from the literal...  and no ability to discern the abstraction from the real...  they are all unqualified...  SCARY!!!!





Now Even the QAnon Shaman Disowns Trump: I Was Duped

 Trump didn't pardon him. He must feel very let down because he probably felt a lot of loyalty for Trump. And the protestors were probably expecting a coup which didn't happen. 


The legal representative of Jacob Chansley—better known as the “QAnon Shaman,” who burst into the U.S. Capitol wearing furs and Viking horns—has said his client feels cheated by Trump. Referring to his client as “the guy with the horns and the fur,” attorney Al Watkins told the St. Louis NBC News affiliate KSDK: “[Chansley] regrets very, very much having not just been duped by the president, but by being in a position where he allowed that duping to put him in a position to make decisions he should not have made.”

The Daily Beast

Now Even the QAnon Shaman Disowns Trump: I Was Duped

Facebook purges left-wing pages and individuals

The accounts broke no rules and no reason was given for deleting the them. 


 On Friday, Facebook carried out a purge of left-wing, antiwar and progressive pages and accounts, including leading members of the Socialist Equality Party. Facebook gave no explanation why the accounts were disabled or even a public acknowledgement that the deletions had occurred.

Since the 2016 election, the US intelligence agencies have advocated internet censorship in the name of fighting “fake news.” While these actions have been presented as targeting far-right conspiracy theories, they have in fact disproportionately affected left-wing, antiwar and socialist organizations.

WSW

Facebook purges left-wing pages and individuals

Friday, January 22, 2021

MMT Is Already Helping — Pavlina R. Tcherneva

I was looking forward to reading Doug Henwood’s piece and the chance to respond to what I was sure to be a hard-hitting analytical critique. I was disappointed. There is no there there and thus my reply will be short.…
Smackdown.

Jacobin
MMT Is Already Helping
Pavlina R. Tcherneva | Assistant Professor of Economics at Bard College, Research Scholar at The Levy Economics Institute, and Senior Research Associate at the Center for Full Employment and Price Stability

The crisis of American power: How Europeans see Biden’s America — Ivan Krastev and Mark Leonard

Our survey showed that Europeans’ attitudes towards the United States have undergone a massive change. Majorities in key member states now think the US political system is broken, that China will be more powerful than the US within a decade, and that Europeans cannot rely on the US to defend them. They are drawing radical consequences from these lessons. Large numbers think Europeans should invest in their own defence and look to Berlin rather than Washington as their most important partner. They want to be tougher with the US on economic issues. And, rather than aligning with Washington, they want their countries to stay neutral in a conflict between the US and Russia or China....
European Council on Foreign Relations
The crisis of American power: How Europeans see Biden’s America The crisis of American power: How Europeans see Biden’s America
Ivan Krastev, Chairman of the Centre for Liberal Strategies, and Mark Leonard, Director

New Covid-19 strain may be more lethal, Robert Peston learns

Alarming news! 

The worrying news is that although treatments for Covid-19 have improved, the new strain does seem to be more lethal.

"Four groups - Imperial, LSHTM, PHE and Exeter - have looked at the relationship between people testing positive for the variant vs old strains and the risk of death - that suggests a 1.3-fold increased risk of death.

ITV


Newly declassified documents, the British saw Trump as their "main opponent"

Donald Trump’s presidency would do unmitigated damage to the U.S./U.K 'special relationship,' would be absolutely hostile to British interests, and had to be defeated through Steele’s participation in the Russiagate disinformation campaign."


PDF

https://t.co/6pygLfADDE 


Heisenberger Report — Here’s An Idea: Put People To Work & Print Money To Pay Them


Job guarantee, but no mention of sources.

Heisenberger Report
Here’s An Idea: Put People To Work & Print Money To Pay Them 

Fauci says it's 'liberating' working under Biden — Jonathan Easley

I can tell you I take no pleasure at all in being in a situation of contradicting the president, so it was really something that you didn’t feel you could actually say something and there wouldn’t be any repercussions about it,” he said. “The idea that you can get up here and talk about what you know, what the evidence and science is, and know that’s it — let the science speak — it is somewhat of a liberating feeling.”...
The Hill
Fauci says it's 'liberating' working under Biden
Jonathan Easley

McConnell, Heavily Funded by Wall Street, Is Blocking Seating of Democrats as Senate Committee Chairs — Pam and Russ Martens


Finance capital rules!

Wall Street On Parade
McConnell, Heavily Funded by Wall Street, Is Blocking Seating of Democrats as Senate Committee Chairs
Pam Martens and Russ Martens
Australians could soon be deprived of Google’s ubiquitous search engine, with the web behemoth threatening to cut off service should lawmakers pass a hot-button measure forcing tech firms to cough up revenue to media outlets.

As Australian legislators continue to debate the controversial law – which would compel internet platforms to hand over a cut of revenues to press agencies for sharing their content – Google stepped into the fray on Friday, insisting the move would make its operations unfeasible in the country.
Internet growing pains.

Realizing the Dream of Communal Cities: A Conversation with Jennifer Lemus and José Luis Sifontes Cira Pascual Marquina

Spokespeople from one of Venezuela’s flagship communes discuss the building of a communal city and the path towards Chávez’s communal state.…

I believe that it is very important to understand that Bolivarian socialism is built from below, from the bases. It is not imposed by decree, and that is why it must express itself as a government that responds to the interests of the people.

The communal government – constituted by the people, by the pueblo, by the spokespeople of the communal councils and the communes – will create communal cities with an even wider horizon: the new communal state.

In other words, the communal city cannot be understood as an end in itself. The communal city is part of a progressive process. After that comes the grouping of various communal cities, the confederation of communes... and all this will give birth to the new communal state, which is the strategic objective! ...

Venezuelanalysis.com
Realizing the Dream of Communal Cities: A Conversation with Jennifer Lemus and José Luis Sifontes
Cira Pascual Marquina

The Next Neoliberal President… — Thomas Neuburger

Before you go wild celebrating the new administration (unless you are among the 1%). The Swamp and the Borg won.

Naked Capitalism
The Next Neoliberal President…
Thomas Neuburger
Originally published at DownWithTyranny!

See also

MR Online (maybe not as obnoxious as Mike Pompeo, but cut of the same cloth)
Biden’s ‘Secretary of State for regime change’ indicates no change in U.S. foreign policy
Originally published: The Morning Star (January 20, 2021)

Also

Strategic Culture Foundation
President Biden’s New Administration, Old Aggression
Editorial

Also

Johnston' Russia List
Biden Administration Set to Challenge Russia Across the Southern Caucasus, Sitnikov Says

Also

Reminiscence of the Future
Why START.
Andrei Martyanov

Also

Counterpunch
Russiagate Ain’t Over
Joe Lauria

Lars P. Syll — How Richard Posner became a Keynesian

 Judge Richard Posner used to be a hard-nosed Chicago School jurist and legal theorist. Until he actually read the General Theory. While this is old news, it is worth rereading and if you haven't seen it yet, reading for the first time.

Lars P. Syll’s Blog
How Richard Posner became a Keynesian
Lars P. Syll | Professor, Malmo University


Ding Zhen and the Myth of the True Khampa Man — Xu Jun

While this is a human-interest story about Tibet, it is also significant for two other related reason.

The first is that the Chinese are learning to capitalize their rich cultures, for example, through adventure tourism.

The second is that they have their own "cowboy" myths, which some of the subcultures fit very well. This post is about one of them.

Most Westerns are likely familiar with this through martial arts films, the Samurai films of Japan, and the Kung Fu films of China (mostly Hong Kong). This is a similar but different dimension.

Sixth Tone
Ding Zhen and the Myth of the True Khampa Man
Xu Jun | professor at the Center for Tibetan Studies of Sichuan University

Covid cases rolling over

 

Good sign here... and that this is happening in middle of winter.... maybe mRNA vax on top of antibodies finally disrupting transmission...  I’m assuming this is opposite of what is happening in Europe...





Thursday, January 21, 2021

Galileo’s Dialogue

 

Galileo’s stuff apparently was presented as dialogue in 1632....  nothing changed for centuries.... still riding horses for centuries.... slave labor..., .. obviously didn’t work... dialogic method still doesn’t work today... but Art Degree people keep trying to employ it expecting a different result...



 

Why Russia & Belarus Are Not Irrational to Fear Another ‘Operation Barbarossa’ — Eric Zuesse

Balance of power is based on parity. US policy is dominance. Dominance is about submission. 

The quest for dominance is leading to an arms race involving Russia and China. While neither Russia nor China wants to engage in an arms race, the economic incentive for the US to do so is strong owing to the MIC and military Keynesianism.

Strategic Culture Foundation
Why Russia & Belarus Are Not Irrational to Fear Another ‘Operation Barbarossa’
Eric Zuesse

SouthFront — After 12 Years Of Deliberations, ECHR Concludes Georgia Began Hostilities Against Russia In August 2008

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has declared unfounded the accusations of Georgia against Russia in connection with the events of August 2008 in South Ossetia, the press service of the Russian Ministry of Justice reported.

It is noted that on January 21st, the decision of the Grand Chamber of the ECHR on the interstate complaint “Georgia against Russia (II)” was published, the subject of which is the events of August 2008 in South Ossetia and their consequences.

The Court asserted that since August 12, 2008, “strong Russian presence and the South Ossetian and Abkhazian authorities’ dependency on the Russian Federation indicated that there had been continued “effective control” over South Ossetia and Abkhazia.”

After almost 12 years of trial, the ECHR ruled that Russia should not be held accountable under the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms for incidents that occurred when Russian servicemen repulsed an attack by the Georgian army on the peacekeeping contingent and local civilian population during the events in South Ossetia.

The court also did not support Tbilisi’s statements about the alleged invasion of the Russian army into the territory of South Ossetia on August 7, 2008, that is, the day before the start of the Georgian aggression.

As Russian Deputy Minister of Justice Mikhail Halperin noted, Georgia tried to prove that the European Convention on Human Rights is applied not only in peacetime, but also during hostilities, which contradicts the foundations of international humanitarian law.…

The ECHR has also established numerous violations of the Convention by Russia and ruled: …
As such, despite years of accusations by the US and Co., it was established that Georgia was actually the side that began the hostilities that led to the two-day war of 2008 between Tbilisi and Moscow.

SouthFront
After 12 Years Of Deliberations, ECHR Concludes Georgia Began Hostilities Against Russia In August 2008

Moon of Alabama — The Number Of Uyghurs Has Trippled - The U.S. Calls It A Genocide - Propaganda Fails To Explain It


A different story.

Moon of Alabama
The Number Of Uyghurs Has Trippled - The U.S. Calls It A Genocide - Propaganda Fails To Explain It

Book Review: The Making of US Empire at the Dawning of Its End — Pepe Escobar

As the Exceptional Empire gets ready to brave a destructive – and self-destructive – new cycle, with dire, unforeseen consequences bound to reverberate across the world, now more than ever it is absolutely essential to go back to the imperial roots.

The task is fully accomplished by Tomorrow, the World: The Birth of U.S. Global Supremacy , by Stephen Wertheim, Deputy Director of Research and Policy at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft and a research scholar at the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University.

Here, in painstaking detail, we can find when, why and especially who shaped the contours of US “internationalism” in a roomful of mirrors always disguising the real, ultimate aim: Empire.

Wertheim’s book was superbly reviewed by Prof. Paul Kennedy. Here we will concentrate on the crucial plot twists taking place throughout 1940. Wertheim’s main thesis is that the fall of France in 1940 – and not Pearl Harbor – was the catalyzing event that led to the full Imperial Hegemony design.

This is not a book about the U.S. industrial-military complex or the inner workings of American capitalism and finance capitalism. It is extremely helpful as it sets up the preamble to the Cold War era. But most of all, it is gripping intellectual history, revealing how American foreign policy was manufactured by the real flesh and blood actors that count: the economic and political planners congregated by the arch-influential Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), the conceptual core of the imperial matrix....
The Unz Review
The Making of US Empire at the Dawning of Its End
Pepe Escobar

See also

Strategic Culture Foundation
Pompeo’s Last Stand
Strategic Culture Foundation
Philip Giraldi, former CIA counter-terrorism specialist and military intelligence officer, now Executive Director of the Council for the National Interest and founding member of the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity

Also

New on Venezuelanalysis
Venezuela: Biden to Endorse Guaido After Trump Issues Parting Sanctions
Ricardo Vaz

A Reminder from Berlin — Peter Radford

 I would not lay the issues entirely at the feet of economics, but Peter Radford has a point worth considering.

As I have been saying, it is impossible to approach most interesting and important issues in life with without a systems view, which necessitates improving this view with feedback as the natural sciences do. 

Conventional economics pretends to be a natural science but has no comprehensive systems view of a subject matter that is social and political as well as economic. The result is as Peter Radford asserts. Disaster.

BTW, the MMT approach doesn't fix this either since it is analysis of a narrow subject matter. It lays a foundation but a superstructure needs to be built on that foundation of institutional analysis of monetary production societies (note: not "economies").

The Radford Free Press
See also
The dominance of Big Tech and other ‘superstar’ firms’ has put market power back on the agenda of politicians, as well as in research. But although oligopoly markets have been introduced in macroeconomic and trade models, this is mostly in the context of a very large ‘continuum’ of sectors such that a firm has market power in its sector but no influence on the wider economy. This column argues that it is high time that oligopoly is integrated fully into the macroeconomics toolbox.
Xavier Vives must have tenure.
 
Xavier Vives, Professor of Economics and Finance and Academic Director of the Public-Private Sector Research Center at IESE Business School.
Originally published at VoxEU

Also

Axios
Tech Companies Worry About Becoming Targets
Ashley Gold

More violence scheduled

 

Hey left morons there are new assaults imminent!  Better get on it!!