Too Stupid To Fail


Anything goes and nothing matters.

US Raid Destroyed Most of Yemen Village, FM Blasts ‘Extrajudicial Killing’
Locals Knew About ‘Secret’ US Raid Long Before Troops Arrived
by Jason Ditz, February 01, 2017

The raid was scheduled for a night with no moon to make the multi-mile ground raid into the village a total surprise. Locals knew long before the troops got there, however, saying there were more US surveillance drones than usual and they were flying lower than would be normal long before the attack. The SEALs knew their mission was compromised but went in anyway.

White House: Iran ‘On Notice,’ US Won’t Rule Out Attack
Officials Vow ‘Appropriate Action’ Over Iran Missile Test
by Jason Ditz, February 01, 2017

Short sellers are piling into Tesla

Trump accuses Australian prime minister of trying to send US the ‘next Boston bombers’ in ‘worst deal ever’

The President and Immigration
by Andrew P. Napolitano, February 02, 2017

The courts have upheld this presidential power because under our system, immigration materially affects the nation’s foreign policy and foreign policy is constitutionally the domain of the president – with Congress’ role being limited to the senatorial confirmation of treaties and ambassadors and to authorization of money for the president to spend. Yet the courts have limited the president’s exercise of this power so that he cannot base it on First Amendment-protected liberties, such as the freedoms of speech, religion and association. So he cannot bar an immigrant because of the immigrant’s political views, religion or colleagues.

Our war with China another Vietnam War in the making

The White House-Tillerson bellicosity aligns with everything the United States has done since Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2011 announced a “pivot” to Asia to encircle China. We have sought to deny China a regional sphere of influence that we have exerted for almost two centuries beginning with the Monroe Doctrine. We have established a Marine training base in Darwin, Australia. We are building a THADD missile defense system in South Korea. We have negotiated the use of five military training bases in the Philippines. We have supported Vietnam in its South China Sea maritime dispute with China. We have sent aircraft carriers there. We have declared an obligation to defend Japan’s claim to the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands disputed by China.


Forget Mexico—Here’s who should pay for the wall
Steven Kopits
25 Jan 2017

If the border were treated not as a fence, but as a gate, then we might expect undocumented immigrants to be willing to pay to the U.S. government that which they otherwise would pay to human smugglers and lose in travel time, that is, about $4,000 per year in visa fees and related taxes. If all undocumented workers did so, Federal revenues would increase by $33 billion. Even so, this would constitute an effective tax rate of only 14 percent for the typical working immigrant.

Russian treason probe results in arrests of FSB officials, Kaspersky cyber expert

Russian media reported the arrests this week of three individuals suspected of treason, including a researcher employed by the nation’s leading cybersecurity firm and two employees of the former KGB.

Ruslan Stoyanov, the head of Kaspersky Lab’s computer incidents investigations unit, and Sergei Mikhailov, a senior official within the FSB’s Center of Information Security, were quietly arrested last month on charges of treason, Russia’s Kommersant newspaper reported Wednesday.

Mr. Stoyanov “is under investigation for a period predating his employment at Kaspersky Lab,” the security firm confirmed in a statement. He was hired by the company in 2012 after spending six years working for the Moscow Cyber Crime unit of the Russian Interior Ministry, according to his LinkedIn profile, where he hunted down hackers on behalf of the government, including cybercriminals subsequently convicted of causing millions of dollars in damages, Forbes reported Wednesday.

His arrest coincided with that of Mr. Mikhailov, who was apprehended by authorities in the middle of an FSB meeting last month and hauled away with a sack over his head, according to Russian media. Until then Mr. Mikhailov was considered the second-most senior figure in the Center for Information Security, an elite FSB unit that researchers have linked to cyberattacks launched last year against various U.S. political targets.

The case brought against the Kaspersky researcher and FSB official were filed in a secret military tribunal under Article 275 of the country’s constitution, which defines treason as “espionage, disclosure of state secrets, or any other assistance rendered to a foreign organization, or their representatives in hostile activities to the detriment of the external security of the Russian Federation committed by a citizen of the Russian Federation.”

Conviction carries a maximum punishment of 20 years imprisonment.

12 Replies to “Too Stupid To Fail”

  1. Unless you had some reason to understand how tsunami’s worked, when the water went out at Phuket you didn’t know you were already in the middle of a crisis. That is us. When a once in a thousand-year disruption wave comes through, your ways of thinking about the world don’t work. As a consequence you are fundamentally inhibited from perceiving reality clearly. Your right brain might be screaming “alarm!” but your left brain looks around, blinking stupidly in the light, struggling to make sense of what is going on and trying to find some tool in its toolkit to address it. This is a mistake — it is the toolkit itself that is broken.

    View story at

  2. ‘Right now, the Church is killing us. While it is holding many important, necessary values, it is also holding a ton of stuff that is deeply dysfunctional. But by monopolizing the instruments of culture and power, it inhibits us like a well meaning but overbearing parent from being able to form the new innovations in culture, practice and value that are necessary to our age. The collapse of the Blue Church is going to lead to a level of “cultural flux” that will make the 1960’s look like the Eisenhower administration. As the Church falls away, the “children of Blue” will explode out in a Cambrian explosion and reach out to engage in all out culture war with the still nascent Red Religion.’

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  3. Awakened to life out of the night of unconsciousness, the will finds itself as an individual in an endless and boundless world, among innumerable individuals, all striving, suffering, and erring; and, as if through a troubled dream, it hurries back to the old unconsciousness.

    -Arthur Schopenhauer, On the Vanity and Suffering of Life

  4. from OFW commentary:

    “For the most part renewables require large up front costs, thus large debt loads …are not maintenance free, and require fossil fuels to be manufactured and diminishing metals, and other raw materials to be created. Without the industrial working infrastructure that is made possible only with fossil fuels….we would largely be left with a cloths line and a basin of water warming in the sun.”

  5. Tesla: the Edsel of our time.

    Tesla: the Hudson of our time.

    Tesla: the Nash Rambler of our time.

    Tesla: the Oldsmobile Toronado of our time.

    all great cars, ahead of their times.

  6. The Spicer piece is hilarious. Only because of McCarthy. I saw that whole episode of SNL. That show is so not funny anymore. Michael Che on Weekend update called Boston the most racist city in America. That isn’t comedy and the Super Bowl has nothing to do with what may be going on with racial issues in the United States. Boston happens to be one of the safest places in America and the Boston Police are very good at not creating backlash.

  7. Yah, SNL has clearly deteriorated over time. Michael Che and his news partner are not funny, and together they are lesser than Seth Meyers, who was a comedic step down from his predecessors.

  8. recently, when discussing the fall of Mesopotamia and the Sumarian culture, salinization of the soil was raised as an important cause. to reduce the water evaporation, i suggested that they should have covered their desert reservoirs, perhaps with water lilies. my fellow bloggers thought it was a crazy suggestion.

    Voila, modern water lilies to the rescue:

  9. recent exchange over at OFW:

    h50gcd13 says:
    February 11, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    Glenn confronted with losses of shale plays.
    Glenn has no answer other than asserting questioner is crazy.
    Cycle has repeated so many times that it makes me dizzy.

    The real question is will the incoming credit/debt needed to make up for the losses always be provided to the shale plays?
    The clear answer is yes.
    Chesapeake Energy Corporation should have been bankrupt a decade ago but it is not.
    If it can make it a decade it can make it two.
    If it can make it two it can make it ten.

    The financial organizations lending the credit/debt can not go bankrupt.
    Nor can the US$ lose buying power as it is backed with force.
    The financial world is rigged so it can not bring the house of cards down.

    Physical things could bring the house of cards down.
    Overall energy inputs fall too low
    Climate change
    Disastrous contamination of environment

    Mark’s bet should be not about GDP. It should be will bankrupt CHK still be a entity a year from now. His bets structure denotes a fantasy. The bet I propose denotes a reality.

    Corporations hemorrhaging loss can continue indefinitely if the physical things necessary for their continuance do not end.

    Glenn if you are looking for a realistic argument that the contributors of this blog irrationally believe in doom it’s not that the shale plays make profit. That is fantasy and is indeed delusional. A logical argument that the contributors of this blog irrationally believe in doom is that the shale corporations continuance and the continuance of the oil they extract is demonstrably not affected by loss.

    doomphd says:
    February 11, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    so that “someone” who is backing these losers (shale plays) are central banks providing funds as “loans” backed by the US government (deep state) CIA-DSA-State Dept-Military-Industrial (Blackwater, Haliburton, Dow Chemical, GE, etc.) powered (violence, high-tech, low-tech, whatever it takes) petrodollar with ZIRP, NIRP policy. is that about right? who’s gonna rock that boat and live to tell?

    h50ged13 says:
    February 11, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    “so that “someone” who is backing these losers (shale plays) are central banks providing funds as “loans” backed by the US government (deep state) CIA-DSA-State Dept-Military-Industrial (Blackwater, Haliburton, Dow Chemical, GE, etc.) powered (violence, high-tech, low-tech, whatever it takes) petrodollar with ZIRP, NIRP policy. is that about right?”

    I would say about right. With a supersize of drama. Of course i dont know. What is clear is there is a policy instituted to continue loans to the shale corporations.

    ” who’s gonna rock that boat and live to tell?”

    Oh my. So much drama. Who has the capability of “rocking the boat”? Not me. Not you. not assange. not snowden. Not manning. Perhaps Trump. Perhaps Putin. Neither are that stupid. They like the boat floating.

    doomphd says:
    February 11, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    when you look over the side, at all that open water, you kinda want to stay in the boat.

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