History and Utopia

06.26.2017

“X. no longer knows what to do with himself. Events trouble him to excess. His panic is salutary to me: it forces me to calm him, and this effort of persuasion, this search for soothing arguments, soothes me in my turn. In order to keep on this side of madness, you must frequent those more demented than yourself.”
-Cioran

Teen YouTuber Shoots and Kills Boyfriend

 

Hersh’s new Syria revelations buried from view
26 June 2017

As for the substance of Hersh’s investigation, he finds that Trump launched 59 Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian air base in April “despite having been warned by the US intelligence community that it had found no evidence that the Syrians had used a chemical weapon.”

In fact, Hersh reveals that, contrary to the popular narrative, the Syrian strike on a jihadist meeting place in Khan Sheikhoun on April 4 was closely coordinated beforehand between Russian and US intelligence agencies. The US were well apprised of what would happen and tracked the events.

Hersh’s sources in the intelligence establishment point out that these close contacts occurred for two reasons. First, there is a process known as “deconfliction”, designed to avoid collisions or accidental encounters between the US, Syrian and Russian militaries, especially in the case of their supersonic jets. The Russians therefore supplied US intelligence with precise details of that day’s attack beforehand. But in this case, the coordination also occurred because the Russians wanted to warn the US to keep away a CIA asset, who had penetrated the jihadist group, from that day’s meeting.

“This was not a chemical weapons strike,” a senior adviser to the US intelligence community told Hersh. “That’s a fairy tale. If so, everyone involved in transferring, loading and arming the weapon … would be wearing Hazmat protective clothing in case of a leak. There would be very little chance of survival without such gear.”

Who Tried to Kill Putin – Five Times?
Oliver Stone’s ‘The Putin Interviews’ (Part I)
by Justin Raimondo
June 26, 2017

“Five assassination attempts, I’m told. Not as much as Castro whom I interviewed – I think he must have had 50 – but there’s a legitimate five that I’ve heard about.”

Putin doesn’t deny it. Instead, he talks about his discussion with Fidel Castro on the subject, who told him “Do you know why I’m still alive? Because I was always the one to deal with my security personally.” However, Putin doesn’t follow Castro’s example. Apparently he trusts his security people: “I do my job and the security people do theirs.” What’s interesting is that the conversation continues along these lines, in the context of attempts on Castro’s life. Stone is surprised that Putin didn’t take Castro’s advice on the security question, saying “Because always the first mode of assassination, from when the United States went after Castro, you try to get inside the security of the president to perform assassination.” “Yes,” replies Putin, “I know that. Do you know what they say among the Russian people? They say that those who are destined to be hanged are not going to drown.”

 

The Latest Escalation in Syria – What Is Really Going On?
THE SAKER • JUNE 23, 2017 • 2,700 WORDS

The kind of missiles fired by S-300/S-400 batteries are extremely fast, over 4,000mph (four thousand miles per hour) which means that a missile launched as far away as 120 miles will reach you in 2 minutes or that a missile launched 30 miles away will reach you in 30 seconds. And just to make things worse, the S-300 can use a special radar mode called “track via missile” where the radar emits a pulse towards the target whose reflection is then received not by the ground based radar, but by the rapidly approaching missile itself, which then sends its reading back to the ground radar which then sends guidance corrections back to the missile. Why is that bad for the aircraft? Because there is no way to tell from the emissions whether a missile has been launched and is already approaching at over 4,000mph or not.

Saudi king ousts nephew to name son as first in line to throne
Mohammed bin Nayef replaced by Mohammed bin Salman, 31-year-old in charge of economy and war in Yemen

Rain Dance
Clusterfuck Nation
June 23rd, 2017

The standard explanation is that, first, Medicare jacked up overall healthcare activity in the 1960s, hauling in a customer-base of old folks who previously received no special treatment and were, generally, less well than non-old folk. Secondarily, technological innovation opened up so many new methods of disease control for everybody, young and old, that we’re able to treat more sickness in more complicated ways — and that drove costs up way further.

The greater part of the story remains neatly concealed within the matrix of rackets erected around the money-flows since the big cost bump-up in the 1960s, and these involve insurance companies, Big Pharma, corporatized doctors’ practices, hospital monopolies, and, of course, politicians on-the-take dividing amongst each other a colossal pool of grift that exists mainly for one simple reason: the cost of everything is hidden from public view.

17 Replies to “History and Utopia”

  1. i’m actually not a big adele fan. she does have an amazing, powerful voice and vocal range. the lyrics to this song are not that profound. it’s a common lament over a busted relationship. it’s the song’s arrangement that’s amazing. apparently over a billion other humans agree.

  2. best to just to listen to it and not view the video, which kinda sucks.

    she was apparently too tired to stand while singing, WTF?

  3. nice summary comment on OFW:

    Van Kent says:
    July 4, 2017 at 9:55 pm

    Kurt, at your request

    Tim Garrett writes about simple thermodynamics.
    Civilization is an heat engine. Economic growth represents the ability to use energy to turn matter in to consumables. The higher the GDP, the higher the energy consumption and also the amount of waste.

    David Korowicz writes about HOW the civilization works. How it is interconnected. How energy, raw materials, spare parts, vehicles all the things we have, criscross our global economy.

    Joseph Tainter writes how solving a problem increases complexity and uses more energy and raw materials.

    Alice Friedemann writes about trucks. How there are no other options available. How everything runs on trucks. The energy, the raw materials, the spare parts, food to the groceries, everything runs on trucks.

    Dmitry Orlov writes about the stages of the collapse and what the coping and recilience mechanisms are.

    Ok. Now the grid.
    – There will come a time when the civilization heat engine doesnt have MORE energy and resources. As it cant grow, it will collapse. = Tim Garrett
    – As the growth collapses, everything goes, everything collapses at once. We have a global economy in debt to its eyeballs. When the global financial tsunami arrives. It all goes at once. = David Korowicz
    – At that time the different plans of the governments or CBs to fix the problem would cause more complexity, use more energy, use more resources, which wont be available at that time. = Joseph Tainter
    – As our global financial system fails. So does coal from Australia. Phosphorus from Marocco. Rare earth metals from Sweden and Finland. Natural gas from Russia. Oil from ME. Raw material that are hard to get, will then from that point on, stay in the ground forever. = Gail Tverberg
    – As energy, raw materials, spare parts, equipment and tools become unavailable, because trucking stops. Nothing can replace, rebuild or renew the needed raw materials, spare parts and equipment. There will be none of that, because the trucks that deliver the stuff from all over the world stop. Everything stops. All at once. = Alice Friedemann
    – As the grid requires people who work. Maintenance. Raw materials from all over the world. Energy. Trucks. A global civilization that provides all of these. A working global financial system. As the global financial system goes bye-bye, then also unavoidably and certainly will the grid fall. And at that point there are ZERO coping or resilience mechanisms for us, our civilization, our government, everything goes. = Dmitry Orlov

    We are on an trajectory that has mathematical certainty. Eventually civilization wont have energy and resources to grow. At that point of no more growth, it will collapse. Everywhere, all at once. And as that happens the grid will come down and SHTF. Simple.

  4. yeah, my schedule still calls for wide spread famine along the eastern seaboard (usa) in september/october 2024, give or take a year. not exactly sure how that prognostication may fit into the above.

  5. “all this jibber jabber will be overcome by events. i’d say…”

    yup. they’re taking decades, and the financial collapse is on the order of months to years off. the dry cask engineering looks good, though it’ll be underwater by end of century or so. hope they used a good grade of stainless steel.

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