History – First Draft 05.11.2015

History – First Draft 05.11.2015T-14

The Killing of Osama bin Laden
Seymour M. Hersh

 

Another Idiotic Plan to Hurt Russia
America’s Start is Setting
BY MIKE WHITNEY • APRIL 20, 2015

The Laussanne negotiations between Iran and the so called P5+1 group (the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain, and Germany) have nothing to do with nuclear proliferation. They are, in fact, another attempt to weaken and isolate Russia by easing sanctions, thus allowing Iranian gas to replace Russian gas in Europe. Laussanne shows that Washington still thinks that the greatest threat to its dominance is the further economic integration of Russia and Europe, a massive two-continent free trade zone from Lisbon to Vladivostok that would eventually dwarf dwindling US GDP while decisively shifting the balance of global power to Asia. To counter that threat, the Obama administration toppled the elected government of Ukraine in a violent coup, launched a speculative attack on the ruble, forced down global oil prices, and is presently arming and training neo-Nazi extremists in the Ukrainian army. Washington has done everything in its power to undermine relations between the EU and Russia risking even nuclear war in its effort to separate the natural trading partners and to strategically situate itself in a location where it can control the flow of vital resources from East to West.

http://www.businessinsider.com/protests-against-israeli-police-brutality-and-racism-are-turning-increasingly-violent-2015-5

http://www.businessinsider.com/israeli-soldiers-describe-situations-where-rules-of-engagement-went-horribly-wrong-2015-5

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60 thoughts on “History – First Draft 05.11.2015

  1. oh yeah, it’s real smart planning, kinda like a street person using the last of his government food debit card credits to arrange a big block party for his wino friends. the morning after will bring headache and hunger pains.

  2. Not sure where this fits, but it rings true when hit with a gong stick:

    A parable on American corporate approaches:

    The Americans and the Japanese decided to engage in a boat race. Both teams practiced hard and long to reach their peak performance levels. On the big day they felt ready. The Japanese won by a mile. The American team was discouraged by the loss. Morale sagged. Corporate management decided that the reason for the crushing defeat had to be found, so a consulting firm was hired to investigate the problem and recommend corrective action.

    The consultant’s finding: The Japanese team had eight people rowing and one person steering; the American team had one person rowing and eight people steering. After a year of study and millions spent analyzing the problem, the consultant firm concluded that too many people were steering and not enough were rowing on the American team. So as race day neared again the following year, the American team’s management structure was completely reorganized. The new structure: four steering managers, three area steering managers, and a new performance review system for the person rowing the boat to provide work incentive.

    The next year, the Japanese won by TWO miles!!!

    Humiliated, the American corporation laid off the rower for poor performance and gave the managers a bonus for discovering the problem.

  3. lately, i’ve been jerking off to images of bitches playing volleyball. seems to work pretty good.

  4. dave, good to know you’ve been getting some exercise and keeping fit. someone should invent co-ed tackle volleyball.

  5. unless you really have to go there, and even then, my advice is to stay far away from Tokyo and any place north of there on the island of Honshu. those three Fuku meltdowns spewed nuclear fuel all over that area, and it won’t be going away for quite some time. it’s not worth the risk to breathe it into your lungs or injest. just my dos centavos.

  6. i think my pet peeve with late stage industrialism is the stock piling of spent fuel from nuclear reactors. i mean shit, i really don’t ever expect anything but really stupid shit to take place, ever, but that practice has always seemed eminently stupid to me. eh, just me i guess.

  7. when the fat fuck in the purple velvet jumpsuit and gold chains drives his black escalaud into the closed doors of the local popeyes chicken, that’s when you know we’re gittin’ close to when TSHTF.

    no chickin, WTF? how i gonna feed mah famly tonight?

  8. i’m beginning to love Fast Eddie:

    Fast Eddy says:
    May 20, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    “Afghanistan had anarchy — and it lasted for many years — when the Russians left.

    My understanding of what happened is that warlords came into power and were fighting to control districts of Kabul much like mafia kingpins.

    I recall reading the account of someone who was asked why the Taliban were embraced by the people of Afghanistan and he he said that before the Taliban he had to pay off thugs just to get from the market to his home.

    Various factions were controlling different streets so he had to pay more than once.

    Anarchy sounds so romantic — up until the point where the armed gang rolls into the village — steals the food, rapes the women and smashes your teeth out with an iron bar —- and you don’t have your own gang to call (as in the police or the military).”

  9. Fast Eddy says:
    May 20, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    “I sometimes wonder if people actually read what Gail has posted.

    No doubt some people are new and have not read the archives … but many people posting have been here for some time so surely have seen the well-researched and supported articles that have been posted.

    Yet the facts are ignored and we get koombaya retorts with absolutely no basis other than ‘that’s what I think and hope for, therefore that’s what I will post’

    This is really a disservice to this blog and disrespects the audience – most of whom are on this blog because we tire of reading this sort of nonsense in the MSM or on other blogs whose entire basis is koombaya.

    There is nothing to be learned from arbitrary spewing of verbal diarrhea. All it does is clutter up the blog with a stinking sodden mess and it forces others to have to change the baby’s diapers.”

  10. “When you read that at the Shenzhen exchange, rallies of more than 500% aren’t unusual, and the 103 stocks listed trade at an average 375 times reported earnings, you should know you’re looking at an ordinary slot machine, not an exchange that reflects any underlying real economy.”

    “Is this a sign of how great the Chinese economy is, or is it perhaps a sign of how awful our own economies are really doing, and how indebted we are compared to Beijing? Is it because they caused our manufacturing sectors to all but vanish? How and why can a country blow a $28 trillion+ debt bubble in a decade and proceed to use that debt to buy the world? What does that say about that world?”

    http://www.theautomaticearth.com/2015/05/time-to-get-real-about-china/

  11. it’s waywayway more basic than any of that bullshit. you’re watching and organized global system divide into various chaotic components. blahblahblah.

  12. ruben’s (as in rubenesque) time has come and gone, thank god. i never could do the whole “fat bitch” thing. if you know what i’m’ sayin’.

  13. no matter how strong or contoured the musculature, note that it is being compared to rock, and the rock always wins in strength and texture. rocks rule the universe.

    we are just water bags, about 90+% H2O. even the ancient dried Egyptian mummies are about 40+% H2O.

  14. i think the basic game being played by the chinese and americans is a game of chicken with debt and guns. both countries have a lot of debt (and guns). the difference is the chinese have a lot of our debt which we exchanged as wealth/money for their “stuff”, with promises to repay with interest in the future (NOT).

    the problem with “stuff” is it wears out and needs replacing. thus, we continue to buy their stuff and run up even higher debt. meanwhile, they’ve run up debt as well, a lot of debt. but, they don’t use it to buy our “stuff” because we make so little that is useful for them (maybe some cars, fashion crap?) and, for security reasons we won’t sell them our high-tech stuff which they might want to buy.

    not sure about real estate, but that is always a problem because it can be nationalized/repoed by the locals. the US tried that one with the japanese and it ended in tears when the real estate bubble burst, first in the early 90s in Japan and later in the mid-2000s here.

    i’m sure the US finance gurus would love to repudiate or at least inflate away the US debt owned by the chinese (and others, like the japanese, euros). a nice little hot war over the south china sea could do the trick, in that one consequence could be a confiscation of foreign debt holdings. not sure, but i’d bet $$ that the US did that fiscal trick to the axis powers in WWII.

    like i said, a game of chicken being played.

  15. yeah, everybody’s always looking for some advantage over somebody else. that’s the way shit works. something like that.

  16. so i’m sure i mentioned this one before, but it keeps ringing in my mind. i’m down in costa rica, at one of their biggest pacific coast ports. i’m waiting for permission to board a german research ship to pick up some gear that they kindly picked up for me off the ocean floor. so i’m looking down and i see dried corn kernals scattered all over the place. WTF?

    so i ask my friend carlos and he tells me they buy the US corn because their corn is not as good. not even pondering it, i told him that was a really bad idea. first, it’s GMO corn, that why it’s so good looking. i asked him what happens when the corn shipments come to a halt? what’s plan B? he didn’t know if they had one.

  17. Daniel Hood [OFW] says:
    May 24, 2015 at 6:29 am

    “More recently, Obama has warned ominously that “climate deniers” which tend to be those on the right of the political spectrum are becoming a “national security threat” and it seems Texas is leading the charge in this regard. Could it be the Pentagon under direct Federal orders is preparing for mass civil breakdown? I think so because I remember reading an article I dredged up last year about it.

    May 2015: “Obama Warns Climate Deniers They’re National Security Threats” http://www.thehill.com/homenews/ad…

    June 2014: “Pentagon Prepares For Mass Civil Breakdown” http://www.theguardian.com/environment/earth-insight/2014/jun/12/pentagon-mass-civil-breakdown

    In addition, we have a UN expert warning people may have to be “migrated” out of California if the drought continues. Question is, where will they migrate in huge numbers and what impact will that have on house prices and thus the wider US economy given vulnerabilities post 2008?

    Aug 2014: “UN Expert Warns America” http://www.businessinsider.com…

    May make sense that a number of Walmart stores are being closed as a security precaution, prepared as emergency distribution hubs in advance in case 75% water restrictions are enacted as warned by the governor of Cali next year if the drought doesn’t subside. Check out the regions where WMs have been closed, all in “weather event” locations.

    April 2015: “Wal-Mart Mysteriously Closed 5 Stores” http://www.businessinsider.com/wal-mart-and-jade-helm-conspiracy-theory-2015-4

    Interesting times indeed because Cali has a population of 40 million, Texas circa 27 million. These are huge numbers to get into trouble all at once re: food, energy, water security.

    No one can live [ ] without water for very long. Civilization and anarchy are only seven meals apart as the Spanish proverb warns.”

    At least they’ve found some good things to do with abandoned Wal-Mart stores.

  18. there is only one universal plan that all living matter plays out – suffer and die. some (most? all?) try to mitigate the suffering part. which, of course, only leads to more suffering, either for yourself, others, or both. the dieing part….eh.

  19. EARTHQUAKE PRECURSORS

    What can be done to turn forecasts into predictions? An enduring hope is that measurable phenomena may change noticeably just before an earthquake. Such changes are referred to as “anomalies” when they have no normal explanation. The major reason to expect precursors is that earthquakes are a response to stress, and stress causes cracking and other phenomena in rock that might be identified before the stress reaches the level sufficient to cause a major quake. Recognizing legitimate precursors necessitates associating “anomalies” consistently with earthquakes.

    Anomalies that have been observed and published as candidate precursors include seismicity (increased or decreased rate or magnitude distribution), ground deformation (tilt, strain, or apparent sea level changes), water level or pressure, seismic velocity (compressional, shear, or their ratio), gravity, magnetic field, magnetic susceptibility, electromagnetic waves or noise, electrical resistivity, geochemical flux in groundwater and air (e.g. radon, chlorine), heat flux, temperature, infrared radiation, animal behavior, and many more. Each on my list has some possible connection with stress or its effects, and I have listed them in order of how directly they are related to stress. For example, the same stress that leads to big earthquakes may also lead to more or less frequent small ones, depending on the spatial pattern of stress and which stress components are involved. High stress may lead to precursory cracking of the rock just before it breaks. Such cracking might reduce the rock density, leading to uplift or changes in seismic velocity. Similarly, cracks might allow freer flow of fluids, changing the chemistry of ground water or altering the electrical conductivity of the rocks. Animals might be sensitive to high-frequency vibrations from small cracking events or to changes in the electromagnetic environment. Each of the proposed precursors might change in either a positive or negative sense as a result of increasing stress. For example, precursory stresses might cause an increase in the rate or size of sharper temporal forecasting, has not proved effective to date. The sticking point has been whether there are characteristic earthquakes that behave differently than smaller quakes, and if so, how to recognize them. The search for precursors has a checkered history, with no convincing successes. The 1975 Haicheng “prediction” does not withstand scrutiny by modern standards. A general problem with earthquake prediction research is that retrospective correlations are easy to find, but only the most generic models can be tested prospectively. Stress evolution might lead to important refinements in forecasting, but so far the models are not specific enough for prospective testing. Reliable prediction in the popular sense, with high confidence and large probability gain, is not foreseeable at this time. However, long-term forecasting provides reliable information for reducing earthquake risks.

    Earthquake research is still a highly valuable endeavor, in spite of the difficulties facing prediction. Scientifically, we can learn a great deal about the causes and effects of earthquakes, the material properties of the medium in which they occur, and their effects on the natural landscape and environment. Modeling the time-dependence of earthquakes more accurately will help us understand better the physics of stress accumulation and release. Practically, we can contribute to public safety and the resiliency of the built environment by exploiting earthquake forecasting more wisely.

    from: David D. Jackson, “Earthquake Prediction and Forecasting”

    eh, it’s a bitch, but we try…

  20. Earthquake research is still a highly valuable endeavor, in spite of the difficulties facing prediction.

    anything that can generate grant money is, by definition, “highly valuable”.

  21. san andreas fault line, probably the most well know and well studied fault line in the world. concentrate on that. try to find some loci of deformation. i’m sure there are many at any point in time. make sure you don’t miss any. try to predict how, where and when those various deformations will be resolved. and, as soon as one is resolved in some fashion, some residual stress will show up someplace else. so figure that out. these are problems of hard determinism and chaos. maybe you’ll get lucky and hit on a “prediction” of some sort. silly, but i guess even geologists need to eat.

  22. all good, as long as we got “the rock”, and some assorted cute bitches on the job…

  23. note to hollywood city council: fund reinforcement of “hollywood” sign letters to withstand M9 earthquake. the iconic sign must live on!

  24. so you’re saying that eastern euopeans were/are pretty barbaric. well, they’ve learned from the best, the mongols.

    of course, any group can “go medieval”, given the opportunity. (and i bet they can’t even spell medieval.)

    pogrom. now that’s a descriptive term. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pogrom

  25. no, i’ve got nothing against eastern europeans or barbarians, whatever they are, in particular. i think that all people suck.

  26. Shrapnel, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shrapnel

    it can be made from most anything. did you know that in the olden days, like 18th century and older, a chief cause of death and wounds for solders was from flying teeth and other bone fragments emanating from some unlucky bastard standing in line next to the others who got hit early on with an explosive on a marching assault. this changed combat tactics in the 19th-20th century to a spread assault. so much for heroism.

  27. that version (note it’s free) of the HR movie has TV commercial breaks in it. after awhile, the movie suspense builds to the point that the commercial breaks are beyond comical, merging into the absurd to the surreal.

  28. what’s so spooky about that movie is it’s based upon factual matter. over at OFW, the commenters touch on this topic as coming to your neighborhood post-collpase.

  29. here’s a good one: concerning the missing natalie holloway case, a witness has suggested he saw where the killer buried the body. only problem: it’s near the basement of a new resort building. the media-crased public (MCP) want the building area raised to see if it’s true; the resort PTB want nothing to do with it, claiming the building wasn’t even being constructed at the time.

    it will be interesting to see who wins this one, the MCP or the PTB. i’d place $$ on the PTB.

  30. this is good, judge sentences on-line trading enteprenuer to life in prison for creating “silk road”. why? among other things, it was used for drug trafficking, and we all know that it’s not only illegal and immoral, that business belongs to the CIA in this country and elsewhere. if the judge was sincere about justice and wanting such dangerous activities to cease, she’d show some leniency and encourage moron creative entrepenuers like him to take business away from the CIA’s primary blacks ops money maker. instead, on behalf of the PTB, she wants to make an example of him. what a hypocrite, or a moron, take your pick (she’s not stupid, so hypocrite).

    http://money.cnn.com/2015/05/29/technology/silk-road-ross-ulbricht-prison-sentence/index.html

    note to DSA: be sure to flag this comment for the CIA, you pin-head assholes.

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