Friday, July 26, 2019

Today's Links

  Ex-MSNBC host slams MSNBC's immersion in "feverish Russia conspiracy theories", and asks: "just how much damage has MSNBC done to the Left?." What leftist Russiagate skeptics were attacked for saying long ago is now too obvious to deny aaron mate


If the people who claim to be anti-Trump & promoted Russiagate above all else still refuse to acknowledge that Russiagate was a massive gift to Trump, then I don't think they're actually committed to defeating him. mate


Huey Long pushes for social security--Old-age pensions and relief for veterans

Everyone has begun to realize something must be done for our old people who work out their lives, feed and clothe children and are left penniless in their declining years. They should be made to look forward to their mature years for comfort rather than fear. We propose that, at the age of 60, every person should begin to draw a pension from our Government of $30 per month, unless the person of 60 or over has an income of over $1,000 per year or is worth $10,000, which is two thirds of the average wealth in America, even figured on a basis of it being frozen into a few hands. Such a pension would retire from labor those persons who keep the rising generations from finding employment....

To care for the veterans of our wars:
A restoration of all rights taken from them by recent laws and further, a complete care of any disabled veteran for any ailment, who has no means of support.



1--Mueller testimony was a disaster

A July Post-ABC poll found that 37 percent of Americans support Congress beginning impeachment proceedings, while 59 percent do not, with a 61 percent majority of Democrats backing proceedings.
It is high time for the Democrats to finally bury that nonsense and to start talking about progressive politics.

Mueller seemed to be not aware of many details of the investigation done under his name.
He said he knew nothing about GPS, the company hired by the Clinton campaign to contract with MI6 agent Christopher Steele to fabricate the 'dirty dossier'. There were lots of reports about GPS in the media and Mueller missed all of them?

He refused to answer why he did not indict Joseph Mifsud, a mysterious Maltese professor who planted the claim that 'Russia has dirt on Hillary Clinton' with Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos. Papadopoulos later repeated that claim. The FBI then used that fact as the reason to launch its investigation against the Trump campaign. In his report Mueller claimed, without showing evidence, that Mifsud worked for Russia. That is unlikely and there is actual evidence that he worked with the British MI6.

Mifsud lied to the Mueller investigation. But unlike others witnesses who lied, Mueller never indicted him for making false statements. He  punted on questions about this issue with multiple “Can’t get into that.”

2--Mysterious downing of M17 and rise of Zelensky

MH17. I have always thought the JIT "investigation" was rotten – see this (port engine intake – BIG clue as to direction of missile). We now have a documentary that reiterates Malaysia was excluded, a secret mission to get the black box first, the intercepts are fakes, more people report seeing fighter planes, the radars were not down for repair. But including Ukraine in the JIT and excluding Malaysia were enough clues that the investigation would be a fix. I'm sceptical that it was a BUK (too few fragments); I think the fighter plane sighting reports should be looked at. I think the Ukrainian side shot it down but I don't know whether by accident (wouldn't be the first time) or whether there was government involvement (but those faked up intercepts were out pretty quickly, weren't they?) Helmer discusses; the documentary.

UKRAINE 1. Not only was Poroshenko beaten by Anybody at All but the latter's instant support party won a majority on Sunday. In second place an eastern party; the Galicians, nazis and former Big Wheels were left in the dust. The only conclusion is that the voters of Ukraine are sick and tired of the last five years; the West's project in Ukraine has failed. And for the second time: Yushchenko was also scornfully rejected. Now what? The so-called NGOs (Washington puppets all) have given President Zelensky "red lines" – an obvious threat that there will be another "spontaneous" revolt if he tries to make peace and have a normal relationship with Russia. He is in office, without a tail and with only the support of the population and how many guns do they have? Three reasons for cautious optimism 1) Washington allowed the elections to happen without interfering 2) Trump shows little interest in Ukraine 3) the EU has its own problems. So maybe... if Zelensky does want to change course, if he moves quickly and decisively, if he can get backing from some power agency, if the West keeps out, if the rebels in the east want to be in some new Ukraine, if the nazis hold off... Probably too many ifs; Ukraine's nightmare is not over.

3--UNDERSTANDING THE DEBATE--Liberals and Conservatives clash on race--

(Liberal) America is an idea. That idea is freedom. And anyone from anywhere can become an American, if they embrace that idea. If they embrace freedom and embrace everyone else’s right to be free, it doesn’t matter their color or creed, we welcome them.

As long as they come here legally.

(CONSERVATIVE)  What is America? America is a majority-white nation created by Anglo settlers, built upon English legal customs and institutions, and speaking the English language. If it ceases to be these things, it ceases to be America....

Stephen Miller came close in a recent interview with Chris Wallace. Criticizing “The Squad,” he said:
Let me just cut to the heart of the issue. These four congresswomen detest America as it exists, as it is currently constructed. They want to tear down the structure of our country. They want it to be a socialist, open-borders country.

If you, as Donald Trump said, want to destroy your country with open borders, you cannot say you love your country. If you attack border agents the way that Ocasio-Cortez has, it means you have a deep-seated hatred of the nation as it exists. That’s why you want to erase its borders, fundamentally transform the country, and in the process it doesn’t matter if American citizens lose their jobs, lose their homes, lose their livelihoods, lose their health coverage, and lose their very lives.” [Emphasis added]
 (WHY CONSERVATIVES FEAR IMMIGRATION) Americans, and whites, need to develop a vocabulary to defend our interests effectively in a country where we will be a minority. The goofing off and the grifting that characterize Conservatism Inc. won’t be sustainable much longer.
It didn’t have to be this way—but we’re going to have to fight to liberate a nation that will essentially be under occupation.

4--After Mueller Debacle, Where Do Democrats Go?

The Republicans exposed him as only vaguely conversant with his own report. They revealed that he had probably not written his own statement challenging the depiction of his findings by Attorney General Bill Barr.

Mueller’s staff of lawyers, Republicans showed, reads like a donors list for Hillary Clinton. The FBI contingent that started the investigation was a cabal so hateful of Trump that some had to be fired.
Republicans raised questions about the origins of the investigation, tracing it back to early 2016 when Maltese intelligence agent Joseph Mifsud leaked to a staffer of the Trump campaign, George Papadopoulos, that Russia had Clinton’s emails. That and subsequent meetings have all the marks of an intel agency set-up.

Repeatedly, Republicans brought up the dossier written by British spy Christopher Steele, who fed Russian-sourced disinformation to Clinton campaign-financed intel firm, Fusion GPS, who passed it on to the FBI, which used it as evidence to justify warrants to spy on Trump’s campaign.
To many in the TV audience, this was fresh and startling stuff.

Yet Mueller’s response to all such allegations was that they were outside his purview and that other agencies were looking into them....

Their goal from the outset has been to persuade the nation that Trump colluded with Putin’s Russia to steal the 2016 election, and that the progressives are the true patriots in seeking to impeach and remove an illegitimate president and prosecute him for acts of treason.

The Republican position is that, for all his flaws and failings, Trump won the 2016 election fairly and squarely. He is our president, and the drive to impeach and remove him is an attempted constitutional coup d’etat by a “deep state” terrified that it cannot win against him in 2020.
The rival narratives are irreconcilable.

5--The perpetrators of Russiagate must be held accountable PCR

Russiagate is over, and it is clear even to the most stupid American that Russiagate was an attempted coup against the president of the United States.  The remaining question is whether Trump will  “move on” or whether those responsible for the coup will be indicted for their numerous crimes.  Indictments are absolutely necessary if the rogue military/security complex is to be brought under control.  President Kennedy said that he was going to break the CIA into a thousand pieces, but they killed him first.  President Trump should at least abolish the covert operations branch of the CIA, which starts wars and blackmails and assassinates political leaders.  Foreign policy belongs to the State Department and the decision to go to war belongs to Congress.  It is absolutely imperative that President Trump put the official, elected government back in charge. He cannot do this unless a number of heads roll.

If President Trump lets them get away with it, the executive branch, legislature, and judiciary will become stage props for the deep state.  If the US is to remain even faintly connected to accountable government, President Trump must bring the culprits to justice.

6--The Crazed Unrealistic Democrats Now Comprise the Greatest Threat to US  Unity and to Life on Earth


7--The Mueller debacle reveals Hillary's influence


So, contrary to the media description of Robert Mueller as a combination of Albert Einstein (with a law degree) and Jesus Christ, he demonstrated today that he is a doddering old fool whose memory span is about two seconds. (Or,  a heck of a good actor and faker).   What this proves to me is that the whole “investigation” was really run by the Clintons, via all the rabid, hyperventilating, Trump-Hating/Hillary-loving Democrat lawyers who were the only employees of the Mueller “commission” or whatever it was called.  Not one Republican, only former donors to Clinton, an employee of the Clinton Foundation (a.k.a. Bill and Hillary’s personal bank account), a Clinton personal attorney, Clinton donors, and other Clinton sycophants with law degrees.  Mueller was the front man, a political cadaver with lipstick and makeup, whose job was to deflect public attention from the fact that it was really Hillary Clinton and the DNC who were really orchestrating the witch hunt.


8--Clapper Suggests Mueller Just a Figurehead Who Was Not Involved in Writing ‘His’ Report (VIDEO)


If Mueller didn’t write the report, that means the work was left to the anti-Trump zealots that filled Mueller’s team.
Nearly every single prosecutor on Mueller’s team was a Hillary/Obama donor.
Mueller’s lead prosecutor Andrew Weissmann was at Hillary Clinton’s election night funeral and praised former acting AG Sally Yates for refusing to enforce Trump’s presidential order on a travel ban.

Mueller’s other top deputy, Aaron Zebley represented the IT aide who not only set up Hillary Clinton’s private server but also smashed her Blackberrys (under subpoena) with a hammer.
Zebley sat next to Robert Mueller on Wednesday to ‘advise’ the former special counsel. Zebley was well-versed on the 448-page report so he helped Mueller navigate through and answer questions.
Mueller showed Wednesday during the hearing that he had no idea what was in his own report....

Jim Jordan caught Mueller off guard when he brought up Trump campaign advisor George Papadopoulos and the fake Russian agent Joseph Mifsud — Jordan had to school Mueller on his own report!
At one point Mueller said he was ‘not familiar’ with Fusion GPS, the oppo research firm that Hillary Clinton’s law firm paid to obtain the phony dossier from Christopher Steele.
How is this even possible?

The highly respected conservative columnist Byron York said Mueller’s lack of knowledge about his own report raises questions about the handling of the investigation.
“Mueller’s performance raised questions that reached far beyond one appearance before one committee. It called into doubt the degree to which Mueller was in charge of the entire special counsel investigation,” Byron York wrote.

The Deep State coup cabal knew they had to choose Mueller as their figurehead because he could be passed off as ‘neutral and well-respected’ — so who better than a Republican and former FBI Director who served in Vietnam?
The “Weissmann investigation” or the “Zebley Investigation” just doesn’t have the same ring to it as the “Mueller investigation.”

9--More Russia BS--Russia targeted 2016 state elections with "unprecedented level of activity," Senate Intel report says


It concludes that the Russian government "directed extensive activity" against U.S. infrastructure that began as early as 2014 and extended into 2017. State and local officials, the report found, were "not sufficiently warned or prepared" about attacks from a hostile government power at the time. 


10--BoJo’s cabinet is a free market Taliban unleashed


What all of the above have in common is their inclusion in Boris Johnson’s new cabinet.
For such people the state does not exist to protect the rights and welfare of the many, but to ensure the freedom of the few to amass as much wealth as possible from the labor of the many with little or no interference. Tax is a dirty word. Regulation is a dirty word. Health and safety are dirty words. As for workers’ rights, you must be having a laugh. This is a government of the 19th century, by the 19th century, and for the 19th century, where those are concerned.

11--Damascus says Turkey-US deal on Syria buffer zone to violate its sovereignty


12--Bojo and Brexit


Johnson, in his first speech as Prime Minister, promised the UK was leaving the EU, “no ifs or buts,” in 99 days with a new deal. He also promised economic unicorns that would make Labour blush for its grandiose patter about “safer streets and better education and fantastic new road and rail infrastructure…higher wages, and a higher living wage, and higher productivity we close the opportunity gap” without any specifics as to how to produce such miraculous improvements. Johnson did acknowledge that there was a “remote possibility” that there would be no deal, and so
…we will now accelerate the work of getting ready and the ports will be ready and the banks will be ready and the factories will be ready and business will be ready and the hospitals will be ready and our amazing food and farming sector will be ready and waiting to continue selling ever more not just here but around the world….
I imagine at least some of you in the UK saw Johnson speak, and I feel very sorry for you. I can’t recall ever reading a major address that had so much hot air and so little substance, and what substance there was was deeply wrongheaded

13--After a Century of Chaos, Totalitarianism, and War, Versailles Treaty Still Haunts the World

In 1919, World War I formally came to an end. The victorious allies dictated a peace that humbled Germany, formalized the disintegration of the Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman Empires, created a gaggle of weak ethnically based states, and shared the geopolitical spoils among the victors. A new world seemed to have been created.

The treaty signed on June 28 in the famous Hall of Mirrors at the Versailles palace, however, proved to be but a brief interlude of peace. Germany remained recalcitrant. The myth had emerged that the German military had been defeated by the Dolchstoss, or “stab-in-the-back,” at home. But the reality was unpleasant enough: the peace settlement made no pretense of applying Woodrow Wilson’s famed Fourteen Points to Germany as the surrendering Germans had expected....

In January 1919, the allies convened in Paris without their previous adversaries. Variously the Big Three or Four (U.S., United Kingdom, France, and sometimes Italy) sought to remake the world. They battled each other over their respective shares of the plunder, such as dividing Germany’s colonies and one-time Ottoman possessions, and concocting a system to hinder Berlin’s recovery. These leaders were besieged by individuals, groups, and interests seeking support for a variety of causes, most importantly creating new nations out of old ones and punishing perennial adversaries....

By the treaty’s terms, Czechs were freed from Austrian control, but ethnic Germans were forced to submit to Czechs. So too Poles, who were granted historic Prussian territory. Romanians got to rule over Hungarians. Virtually every clause created a new grievance in waiting. Germany, though under new, left-leaning management, was stripped of territory, disarmed, handed a large reparations bill, and forced to admit full responsibility for a war caused by a cascade of assumptions, errors, and crimes by all combatants....

The Great War loosed communism on Russia, and it spread from there. Popular disappointment with the peace created an opportunity for fascism to take control in Italy shortly after the war’s conclusion. Another decade passed before Nazism arose in Germany, fueled by anger over Versailles and the devastating impact of the Depression. London, Paris, and Brussels squabbled over enforcement of the treaty; ultimately, they made concessions to Hitler that were denied to his democratic predecessors.

Although the allies imagined their handiwork would last, others were less sanguine. John Maynard Keynes, later famous as an economist, spoke of “serious acts of political unwisdom.” France’s Marshal Ferdinand Foch, the allies’ Commander in Chief, warned, “This is not peace. It is an armistice for 20 years.” He was right.

Thus, tragically, what was sometimes called the War to End War was anything but. Fourteen years after Versailles, Hitler became Germany’s chancellor. Two decades after the allies celebrated in the Hall of Mirrors came an even worse conflict, with even greater destruction and death. And today Versailles remains, geopolitically, the gift that keeps on giving. Officials today seek to stabilize the Persian Gulf, yet the best hope for peace might be dissolution of one or more of the artificial countries created in the treaty.

14--ECB announces more QE

According to an article in the Financial Times previewing the ECB meeting: “The ECB’s last major unconventional policy move—buying the bonds of companies rather than just governments—certainly seemed to do more for asset prices than the underlying economy. The main legacy of this corporate buying is arguably the creation of record demand for European leveraged loans—riskier lending to heavily indebted companies, that has sparked concern among policymakers.

The leveraged loan market, in which debt resting on shaky foundations is repackaged and then sold off, has similarities to the US sub-prime mortgage market that sparked the financial crash of 2008.
There had been speculation before the governing council meeting that the ECB would announce an immediate interest rate cut together with other measures. When asked why this was not done, Draghi said it was because the issues were complex and needed further examination. While this may be the case, another factor in the delay is likely to have been the meeting of the US Federal Reserve next week, at which an interest rate cut of at least 0.25 percentage points is expected.

Had the ECB decided to move at yesterday’s meeting, the Fed may have decided to go further and cut rates by 0.5 percentage points, the effect of which would have been to lower the value of the dollar against the euro, worsening the position of the euro zone in export markets.
The official policy of both the Fed and the ECB is that they do not shape monetary policy with an eye to its effect on currency values. But the breakout of a currency war, on top of the existing trade conflicts, is very much present

15--Wall Street demands “discipline” as protests continue in Puerto Rico


16--Despite Mueller debacle, Democrats step up call for crackdown on “foreign meddling


The Democrats’ efforts to foment a palace coup based on sections of the military and intelligence establishment have only lent credence to Trump’s demagogic posturing as an opponent of the “un-elected deep state operatives who defy the voters to push their own secret agendas,” as he put in a speech last year.
Trump’s crisis-ridden administration, broadly despised by the American people and buffeted by crises at home and abroad, emerges strengthened from this entire sordid affair....

, Trump made his most sweeping assertion of untrammeled executive power to date, declaring that the American constitution gives him “the right to do whatever I want.” Mueller’s performance exposed the fraud of the claims by the Democrats, the major print and broadcast media outlets, and substantial sections of the Republican Party that the “Russians,” in league with WikiLeaks and its imprisoned and persecuted founder Julian Assange, are guilty of “sowing divisions” in American society....

Wednesday’s debacle will not, however, deter the Democratic Party and its media allies from pursuing their right-wing anti-Russian witch hunt, or extending it to China and other countries in the crosshairs of American imperialism. The New York Times and Washington Post both responded to the pathetic spectacle on Capitol Hill by demanding an intensification of US efforts to crack down on supposed “foreign meddling.”

The latter term is a euphemism for the bipartisan drive to censor the internet and criminalize independent and critical journalism, embodied in the jailing of Assange and Chelsea Manning. Prompted by the Democrats, Mueller used Wednesday’s hearing to condemn what he called “illegal activity” by WikiLeaks.

In an editorial titled “They’re Doing It as We Sit Here,” the New York Times praised Mueller’s call for “legislation to improve information-sharing and other coordination among intelligence agencies.” Bemoaning the fact that Mueller’s warnings about “Russian subversion of American democracy” were not being heeded, the Times complained that “Nearly all Republicans on both committees failed even to acknowledge the threat posed by Russia and other countries.”

While the Times lurid claims of “Russian meddling” are absurd lies, the policies being implemented are very real. Congress has compelled every major technology company to implement a sweeping censorship regime, disproportionately affecting left-wing, anti-war websites and organizations. In addition to the frame-up of Assange, the Trump administration, with Democratic support, has imposed new limits on visas for Chinese students, claiming they are, as FBI director Christopher Wray told congress “unconventional collectors,” i.e., spies.

A certain balance sheet can be drawn on this politically degraded episode in American history. The past two-and-a-half years of anti-Russian hysteria have made clear that the Democrats agree with the vast majority of Trump’s domestic program. For three years in a row, they have voted record increases in the military budget, a fact that Trump notes prominently every time he gives a fascistic speech to a military audienc

The Democrats’ objections to the Trump administration have revolved around differences over foreign policy. They have demanded that the White House adopt a more aggressive posture against not only Russia, but increasingly also against China. They have repeatedly warned against backpedaling by Trump on US efforts to destroy Chinese technology giant Huawei.

From the start, the Democrats’ efforts to foment a palace coup have been aimed at demobilizing and disarming the mass opposition that exists to the Trump administration. To the extent that Trump appears strong, it is due only to the spinelessness of his cynical and cowardly political opponents in the Democratic Party.
The entire experience since Trump took office makes clear that it is impossible to seriously oppose the fascist in the White House by supporting or seeking to pressure the Democratic Party.

17--Kim Jong-un’s escalating pressure campaign against S. Korea and US 


18--Sanctions are biting. WSJ: "The North’s economy declined 4.1% in 2018...[Its] mining, agriculture and manufacturing sectors contracted, while trade decreased 50% from the prior year."


19--The Russia hoax was a crock, it never happened


20--Understanding China's challenge to the international order


21--Huey Long proposals


The key planks of the Share Our Wealth platform included:
  1. No person would be allowed to accumulate a personal net worth of more than 300 times the average family fortune, which would limit personal assets to between $5 million and $8 million. A graduated capital levy tax would be assessed on all persons with a net worth exceeding $1 million.[citation needed]
  2. Annual incomes would be limited to $1 million and inheritances would be capped at $5.1 million.[citation needed]
  3. Every family was to be furnished with a homestead allowance of not less than one-third the average family wealth of the country. Every family was to be guaranteed an annual family income of at least $2,000 to $2,500, or not less than one-third of the average annual family income in the United States. Yearly income, however, cannot exceed more than 300 times the size of the average family income.[citation needed]
  4. An old-age pension would be made available for all persons over 60.[citation needed]
  5. To balance agricultural production, the government would preserve/store surplus goods, abolishing the practice of destroying surplus food and other necessities due to lack of purchasing power.[citation needed]
  6. Veterans would be paid what they were owed (a pension and healthcare benefits).[citation needed]
  7. Free education and training for all students to have equal opportunities in all schools, colleges, universities, and other institutions for training in the professions and vocations of life.[citation needed]
  8. The raising of revenue and taxes for the support of this program was to come from the reduction of swollen fortunes from the top, as well as for the support of public works to give employment whenever there may be any slackening necessary in private enterprise.[1]


Long believed that the underlying cause of the Great Depression, (which he called "Mr. Roosevelt's depression") was the growing disparity between the rich and everyone else.[2] For most of his political career, he was endeared to the "little man," which refers to the rural poor.[3] The Share Our Wealth program was going to become the capstone project for Long's populist agenda


22--Huey Long rails against FDR

conditions today are much more deplorable than they were in [Herbert] Hoover's depression. The Roosevelt depression is just a double dose of the Hoover depression. In 1929 we started out with the public debt under Hoover of $16,931,000,000, and we wound up under Hoover with his depression showing a public debt of $19,487,000,000, or an increase of $2 billion practically all of which increase under Hoover, however, was covered by loans made by the Reconstruction Finance Corporation, for which it had adequate security and collateral, and so, in fact, there was scarcely any such thing as an increase in the public debt under Hoover as compared to Roosevelt.

So we started in, in 1933, with the Roosevelt depression, starting from the Hoover national debt figure of $19,487,000,000. Now, when we got to December 31, 1934, the national deficit had been raised by the Roosevelt depression to $28,478,000,000, or an increase of approximately $9 billion, and most of it is just that much more debt, good and simple....

We compare the Roosevelt depression with the Hoover depression and we find the Roosevelt depression debt is $9 billion more than the Hoover depression debt; the unemployment under Roosevelt has eclipsed everything Hoover ever heard about, and approximates mores than one-half the whole population of America; the wage earner of today is living further below the standard of a fair living than ever before in the history of the country; the wealth of the country is more in the hands of the big interests and the big men than it has ever been, and the common people and masses in general have less than they ever had; two-thirds of all of the money in the banks is owned by one-one hundred and fiftieth of the people, according to the figures furnished by the Government bureau itself; there are 5 million more people on the dole than there were last year, and another 5 million people trying to get on the dole.

23--The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) is a United States government corporation providing deposit insurance to depositors in U.S. commercial banks and savings institutions. The FDIC was created by the 1933 Banking Act, enacted during the Great Depression to restore trust in the American banking system. More than one-third of banks failed in the years before the FDIC's creation, and bank runs were common.[2] The insurance limit was initially US$2,500 per ownership category, and this was increased several times over the years. Since the passage of the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act in 2011, the FDIC insures deposits in member banks up to US$250,000 per ownership category


24--Elizabeth Warren Says Another Economic Crash Is Coming: Is She Right?


25--Is There a Stealth Financial Crisis? Alarm Bells Are Ringing.





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