Russian Popular Consensus on Syria Gas Attack Crisis

Listening to Russian experts (short report about the mood on Russian prime time TV)

The Saker

I just spend about 2 hour listening to a TV debate of Russian experts about what to do about the USA.  Here are a few interesting interesting points.

1) They all agreed that the AngloZionist (of course, they used the words “USA” or “Western countries”) was only going to further escalate and that the only way to stop this is to deliberately bring the world right up to the point were a full-scale US-Russian war was imminent or even locally started.  They said that it was fundamentally wrong for Russia to reply with just words against Western actions.

2) Interestingly, there also was a consensus that even a full-scale US attack on Syria would be too late to change the situation on the ground, that it was way too late for that.

3) Another interesting conclusion was that the only really question for Russia is whether Russia would be better off delaying this maximal crisis or accelerating the events and making everything happen sooner.  There was no consensus on that.

4) Next, there was an consensus view that pleading, reasoning, asking for fairness or justice, or even for common sense, was futile.  The Russian view is simple: the West is ruled by a gang of thugs supported by an infinitely lying and hypocritical media while the general public in the West has been hopelessly zombified.  The authority of the so-called “western values” (democracy, rule of law, human rights, etc.) in Russia is now roadkill.

5) There was also a broad consensus that the US elites are not taking Russia seriously and that the current Russian diplomatic efforts are

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Black Journalist Investigates Bernie’s African American Politics

Bernie Sanders in the Deep South

By Briahna Joy GrayApril 11, 2018

Senator Bernie Sanders joins with others during an event to mark the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination on April 4, 2018, in Memphis, Tennessee. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Last week, I joined Bernie Sanders in Memphis, Tennessee, and Jackson, Mississippi, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. Sanders was overwhelmingly well received by both passersby and the local audiences who came to hear him speak. But so far, the media coverage of his trip has revolved around a brief aside, in which Sanders faulted the Democratic Party for its recent legislative failures:

“The business model, if you like, of the Democratic Party for the last 15 years or so has been a failure,” said Sanders. “People sometimes don’t see that because there was a charismatic individual named Barack Obama. He was obviously an extraordinary candidate, brilliant guy. But behind that reality, over the last ten years, Democrats have lost about 1,000 seats in state legislatures all across this country.”

Twitter erupted immediately, and critics, like former South Carolina representative Bakari Sellers, accused Sanders of “arrogance” and of “dismissing” President Obama. But Thursday’s critiques were only loosely tethered to Wednesday’s words, which, on their face, were fairly uncontroversial: Who could defend as successful the “almost unprecedented” loss of legislative seats over the last ten years, or Hillary Clinton’s defeat to game-show host Donald Trump? In Mississippi, when Sanders called the Democratic Party a “failure,” the audience erupted into applause. And of course, President Obama was a uniquely charismatic and brilliant president.

In fact, if Beale Street could talk, it would tell a very different story about Bernie Sanders than the now-familiar critique that

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Factually Rich Overview of Public Debate on Russia

Russian Roulette: No Smoking Gun, Six Key Flaws

Paul StreetApril 11, 2018

Michael Isikoff and David Corn, Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin’s War on America and the Election of Donald Trump (Twelve, March 13, 2018)

Do you like complicated mystery novels that make you keep a list of names and dates so as not to get overwhelmed by clues and complex chronologies (unless you have a super-strong memory)? Are you prone to conspiratorialism? Do you blame Donald Trump’s presence in the White House on Russia and particularly on Vladimir Putin? Do you like to jump to conclusions before all the facts are in? Do you like to get mad at other countries for the nasty things they do (or may have done) while turning a blind eye to the nasty things the United States does?  Are you a “progressive” fan of the U.S. “intelligence community” – the FBI, the CIA, NSA and the rest?

If you answered yes to all these questions, then boy, do I have a book for you: Democratic Party journalists Michael Isikoff (Yahoo News) and David Corn’s (Mother Jones) new volume Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin’s War on America and the Election of Donald Trump.  

Don’t get me wrong. Russian Rouletteshould be read by anyone interested in the peculiar and fascinating story of Donald Trump’s weird and disturbing relationship with Russia. It’s a riveting account. It’s the best treatment yet in book form of numerous knotty and bizarre chapters in the strange Trump-Russia saga, including:

+ Trump and top Trump associates’ financial, political, and espionage entanglement with Russian oligarchs, officials, and agents.The list of associates includes Trump’s slimy former campaign director Paul Manafort, Trump’s creepy former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, Trump’s longtime crypto-fascistic political adviser Roger Stone, Trump’s despicable son-in-law Jared Kushner, and candidate Trump’s goofball foreign policy advisers Carter Page and George Papadopoulos.

+ Trump’s fabled 2013 Miss Universe trip to Moscow and the mysterious sealed letter (its contents have never been revealed) Trump received inside “a black lacquered box” from Putin after the pageant.

+ A Russian journalist’s discovery of the infamous Internet Research Agency, a Russian “troll farm” (or was it a “troll factory”?) employing hundreds of proletarianized Russians creating and working with fake Web identities to influence U.S. and Western politics.

+ The alleged Russian Cozy Bear and Fancy Bear-Guccifer 2.0-WikiLeaks- hackings of the Democratic National Committee, the Clinton campaign, and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in 2015 and 2016.

+ “Moscow’s …clandestine propaganda endeavor, stretching across social media platforms, and in sync with the cyberattacks and the output of [Russian state media outlets] RT and Sputnik …to persuade U.S. voters to elect a president who would adopt a softer approach to Russia.”

+ Donald Trump, Jr, Manafort, and Kushner’s infamous meeting with Russian nationals promising damaging information on Hillary Clinton in Trump Tower in June of 2016.

+ The famous and controversial Steele Dossier, a summer 2016 report by Britain’s former top Russian intelligence expert alleging that Russia had cultivated Trump for at least five years and possessed compromising and salacious (yo, golden shower video!) information with which to blackmail the future president.

+ The Trump campaign’s squashing of a Republican Party platform amendment that would have called for arming Ukraine in its war with Russia.

+ The Democratic Party’s panicked, paralyzed response to the “intelligence community’s” reports that that it was under Russian cyber-assault.

+ The Obama administration’s reluctance to forcefully and openly confront Russia on the Kremlin’s alleged subversion of U.S. “democracy.”

Anyone who thinks there’s nothing strange or disturbing about Donald Trump’s relationship with Russia and Vladimir Putin has got their head in the sand. Is Trump messed up with Russia? Are you serious? Of course he is. This book is a good place to start on that.

But read it with your bullshit detectors on.  Russian Roulette has six basic flaws. First, it does not live up to its sub-title’s promise on Russian president Vladimir Putin. It comes nowhere close to offering smoking-gun evidence of Putin’s involvement in the 2016 U.S. presidential election or his motives. As the authors admit near the end of the volume, Putin’s role remains “shrouded in mystery.”

Second and related, the volume is technically premature. Special federal prosecutor Robert Mueller’s investigation of the book’s topic is

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On the Threshold of War

If the U.S. leadership thinks another Gulf of Tonkin incident will result in another Vietnam war, then the U.S. is not going to continue to survive as it exists today.   Russia has the technology to stop us, AND THEY HOLD THE MORAL HIGH GROUND AND MOST OF THE REST OF THE WORLD KNOWS IT.  

And you and I know it.  Make sure your friends and family are aware.  A good place to start is Vladmir Putin’s speeches and interviews.  Read them.  Don’t take the media’s word for it that he’s some sort of madman.  I promise you, you’ll suddenly remember what it feels like to be with another adult in the Political Room.  If you didn’t get it before, or if you were wondering, now you’ll have confirmation of just how slick and hollow Obama was.

The demonization of Putin is the same trick they pulled concerning Saddam Hussein and Moammar Gaddafi.  Saddam was killing his own people!!  Yeah, well, according to Wikpedia, the Ba’ath Party in Iraq killed about 330,000 Iraqis from about 1958-2003.  That’s quite a number, but put it alongside the number of Iraqis killed by the U.S. from 1991 to 2006 (perhaps as many as 1.5 million) and it takes on a different proportion.

Then take a look at what Libya was like.  They had the #1 UN Human Development Index rating in Africa at the time of the NATO invasion.  Free education and healthcare, free electricity, $0.14 per gallon gas, free vocational training.  Gaddafi had a commitment to modern housing for all Libyans, and made his own parents live in tents until his commitment was complete.  What does Libya have now?

And then there’s the disgrace of the American domestic scene, with so much homelessness and incarceration, and the condition of the American Indian, whose sacred traditions have so much to offer the world.  Yet so many of us still believe the U.S. is the “exceptional” country, as Obama said.  Exceptional at what, I wonder.

Russia knows all of this.  And they’re not going to take any more shit in Syria.  We’ve got less cred than Turkey in Russian eyes.


On the Threshhold of War

Paul Craig Roberts

April 10, 2018

“There was NO chemical attack by Syria. … I would bet my life on it.”

The author is a former Assistant Secretary for the Treasury in the Reagan administration, and former editor at the Wall Street Journal and Businessweek.

As Americans we must face the possibility that we have a criminally insane government in Washington that is leading the world to destruction.

A Russian Government Press Release:

False information is being planted about the alleged use of chlorine and other toxic agents by the Syrian government forces. The latest fake news about a chemical attack on Douma was reported yesterday. These reports are again referenced to the notorious White Helmets, which have been proved more than once to be working hand in glove with the terrorists, as well as to other pseudo-humanitarian organizations headquartered in the UK and the US.

We recently warned of the possibility of such dangerous provocations. The goal of these absolutely unsubstantiated lies is to protect the terrorists and the irreconcilable radical opposition that has rejected a political settlement, as well as to justify the possible use of force by external actors.

We have to say once again that military interference in Syria, where Russian forces have been deployed at the request of the legitimate government, under contrived and false pretexts is absolutely unacceptable and can lead to very grave consequences.

This is John Helmer’s interpretation of the warning:

When the rule of law was destroyed in Salisbury, London, and the Hague, and the rule of fraud declared in Washington, that leaves only the rule of force in the world.

The Stavka (the high command of the Russian armed forces), met in Moscow on April 6 and

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Inequality Like Climate Change; It’s Worse Each Time You Look

Three More Reasons for Wealth-Deprived Americans to Take to the Streets

By Yves Smith  April 10, 2018

Yves here. Although the general argument of this post on widening wealth disparity will be old hat for established readers, the data on income under-reporting was new to me.

By Paul Buchheit, the author of Disposable Americans: Extreme Capitalism and the Case for a Guaranteed Income (Routledge, 2017). His essays, videos and poems can be found at Originally published at Alternet

The rest of America has been left behind, but their voices are getting louder.

It’s starting to happen, as teachers around the country are fighting back against income and wealth inequality. At least 3 of every 4 Americans have been cheated out of a share of U.S. productivity since the 1980s. The approximately one of four Americans who have prospered, especially those in the top 5%, generally don’t seem to care much about inequality, and instead hang onto delusions about their own self-worth and the struggles of people who “don’t work hard enough.”

From various trusted sources come maddening facts about the relentlessly expanding wealth divide. Inequality is a perversion of human conduct, as most of society’s new benefits have derived from automation, and thus from decades of public input, taxpayer funding, and government research. But the beneficiaries are those who are well-connected to the corporate and financial processes exploiting that growth, mainly through stock ownership.

The rest of America has been left behind, but their voices are getting louder.

(1) In Just the Last 3 Years, the Richest 5% Gained an Average of $800,000 While the Poorest 50% LOST Wealth

This information comes from the 2017 Global Wealth Databook, and is summarized here. Incredibly, the richest 5% of Americans increased their average wealth from about $4 million to nearly $5 million since the end of 2014.

Meanwhile, the average household wealth of the poorest 50% actually

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Historical Repetitions

If the novelist CS Forester wrote accurately in one of the Hornblower novels I read recently, some of the propaganda used by Napoleon was quite similar to what we see today.  It was pointed out that Russian Czar Nicholas was a “successor to Genghis Khan”, even while Nicholas and the Khan were likely just about opposite characters in temperament and disposition.

And today, the American press constantly harps on whatever connections there may have been between Putin, the KGB, and various Communist personalities and institutions.  Putin carried the March 18, 2018 Presidential election with 76.69% of the vote, and the Communist Party candidate, Pavel Grudinin (“a farm magnate”), received the second greatest number of votes at 11.77%.  Not very close.  I note there were 8 political parties represented in the election.  Sounds more open and free than the stale duopoly we have here in Exceptional Land, doesn’t it?

Lastly today, I have this interesting quote for you from our own Alexander Hamilton:

When a man unprincipled in private life desperate in his fortune, bold in his temper, possessed of considerable talents, having the advantage of military habits—despotic in his ordinary demeanour—known to have scoffed in private at the principles of liberty—when such a man is seen to mount the hobby horse of popularity—to join in the cry of danger to liberty—to take every opportunity of embarrassing the General Government & bringing it under suspicion—to flatter and fall in with all the non sense of the zealots of the day—It may justly be suspected that his object is to throw things into confusion that he may ‘ride the storm and direct the whirlwind.

BP Says That Was Fun Let’s Do It Again

From the desk of the Associate Vice President for #MeToo Operations.

BP thinks an oil spill in Australia would be ‘welcome boost’ for locals

BP thinks an oil spill in Australia would be ‘welcome boost’ for locals

BP, the company behind the deadly Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster, the biggest in history, has claimed an oil spill off the South Australian coast would be a good thing, as the clean up would

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