This is why nobody takes you seriously.

07.15.2017

 

The New Silk Road Will Go Through Syria
PEPE ESCOBAR • JULY 14, 2017 • 900 WORDS

 

Tucker Carlson Is Doing Something Extraordinary
He is offering a glimpse into what Fox News would look like as an intellectually interesting network.

On Tuesday, Carlson told retired Lieutenant Colonel Ralph Peters he thought the U.S. should team up with Russia to defeat ISIS. Peters responded that, “You sound like Charles Lindbergh in 1938.” Carlson called that comment “grotesque” and “insane.”

Then, on Wednesday night, Carlson told the Council on Foreign Relations Senior Fellow, and former Mitt Romney adviser, Max Boot, that he opposed overthrowing Syria’s Bashar al-Assad and didn’t see Russia as a serious threat. Boot responded by accusing him of being a “cheerleader” for Moscow and Tehran. Carlson called that comment “grotesque” too. And declared, “This is why nobody takes you seriously.”

 

Russia Baiters and Putin Haters
By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN • July 14, 2017

As for favoring “repression over democracy,” would that not apply to our NATO ally President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, our Arab ally Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi of Egypt, and our Philippine ally Rodrigo Duterte? Were U.S. Cold War allies like the Shah of Iran and Gen. Augusto Pinochet of Chile all Jeffersonian Democrats? Have we forgotten our recent history?

The Post brought up the death in prison of lawyer-activist Sergei Magnitsky in 2009. Under the Magnitsky Act of 2012, Congress voted sanctions on Russia’s elites.

Yet China’s lone Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Liu Xiaobo, sentenced to 11 years in prison for championing democracy, died Thursday of liver cancer, with police in his hospital room. Communist dictator Xi Jinping, who makes Putin look like Justin Trudeau, would not let the dying man go.

Will Magnitsky Act sanctions be slammed on China? Don’t bet on it. Too much trade. Congress will do what comes naturally — kowtow. Yet our heroic Senate voted 98-2 to slam new sanctions on Russia.

What are the roots of this hostility to Russia and hatred of Putin, whom a Fox analyst called “as bad as Hitler”?

 

A Euro-African West?
By NOAH MILLMAN • July 14, 2017

 

The Syrian Test of the Trump-Putin Accord
RAY MCGOVERN • JULY 10, 2017 • 1,300 WORDS

 

Trump’s Tweets Are Not Harming National Security
Former intel officers-turned-Cassandras peddling crisis and self-promotion
By PHILIP GIRALDI • July 14, 2017

 

Russian Rap

 

The Redemption of Richard Florida
By AARON RENN • July 14, 2017

But to tar Florida with the ills of the knowledge economy is like blaming Thomas Friedman for the problems of globalization just because he wrote The World Is Flat. Both men clearly celebrated, profited from, and are in agreement with the values of people who benefit from the phenomena they described—but are certainly not the architects or creators of these trends. It is perhaps fair to critique Florida for some of the failed projects and civic turnaround efforts that cities undertook at his recommendation or inspiration. But then the critics would have to give credit to Florida for the positive stories and results, something they never do. Florida didn’t cause Detroit to go bankrupt even if former Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm’s “cool cities” initiative he inspired is now widely mocked.

[…]

Gratuitously attacking Silicon Valley techies out of some desire to punish the successful would be bad, but policies that reduce the urban creative class’ outsized share of success—while raising GDP and median income curves—should not be ruled out. Barack Obama was the first president since Herbert Hoover to never once hit 3 percent annual GDP growth. President Bush’s economic record was likewise dismal. Job growth in the U.S. since 2000 has averaged 0.5 percent per year, compared to 1.9 percent during the 1980s and 1.9 percent during the 1990s. (Recent years have seen better growth rates than this anemic average.) And real median incomes are lower today than in 2000.

 

Mexican Drug Violence Only Getting Worse
El Chapo’s capture created a power vacuum, a ‘vicious’ power struggle.
By TED GALEN CARPENTER • July 6, 2017

Matters have not turned out at all the way drug warriors and other optimists assumed. Instead, El Chapo’s capture has made the violent chaos in Mexico worse—much worse. His fall created a power vacuum throughout Mexico’s ruthless drug trade. The extent of the upsurge in violence as his would-be successors maneuver for control is horrifying. In May alone, there were 2,186 fatalities—the third time in 2017 when the monthly death toll topped 2,000. That is more than twice the average monthly pace of the bloody years of Felipe Calderon’s presidency (2006-2012), when more than 60,000 Mexicans perished in drug-related carnage. The May total was a new record, and it brought the total number of deaths in 2017 to 9,906. That was an increase of 33 percent over 2016, which had already seen a worrisome rise.

 

U.S. Charges 412, Including Doctors, in $1.3 Billion Health Fraud

In one case, prosecutors said, the owner and operator of a drug-treatment center in Delray Beach, Fla., recruited addicts to aid him in his schemes, attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and visiting “crack motels” to persuade people to move to South Florida to help him. He offered kickbacks in the form of gift cards, plane tickets, trips to casinos and strip clubs as well as drugs.

The owner, Eric Snyder, and an associate were charged with fraudulently billing insurance companies for more than $50 million for false treatment and urine tests over nearly five years, the authorities said.

[…]

Opioid addiction is an escalating public health crisis in America, with drug deaths rising faster than ever. Hydrocodone and oxycodone, two powerful opioids, are among the most commonly abused prescription drugs, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 91 Americans die each day of an opioid-related overdose.

This entry was posted by JR.

20 thoughts on “This is why nobody takes you seriously.

  1. the united states is experiencing a “death by a 1000 cuts”. death is slow and painful. but after losing enough blood, it comes quickly and mercifully.

    i’ve noticed many things like this over the years, slowly at first, then all at once.

  2. great video, dave. only thing he missed was the rifle needed while plowing and doing other farm chores, for protection. even if 99% of the unprepared in the city and elsewhere quickly die, the 1% surviving will find your farm and will be desperate for food. that could be a large number, perhaps more than your ammo supply and luck in detection and shooting.

    it reminds me of Rod Serling’s “The Shelter” episode, food for thought made back in the 1960s.

  3. “i’ve noticed many things like this over the years, slowly at first, then all at once.”–dave

    not pissing you, can you please list a few of these things. just curious what you’ve noticed.

  4. ageing (slowly) and death(quickly, all at once)
    decay (say structural) and collapse
    the build of stresses prior to failure (eg, landslide)
    adding heating water,suddenly it boils (there are many and various phase change boundaries, just look around)
    bend any piece of wood until it breaks…
    etc.
    i think…

  5. i’m sure you’re very familiar with the slow (relatively) build up of seismic stresses and strains that may suddenly result in an eruption or an earthquake.

  6. yes, and ground gases such as radon and heium also build up, like a strain gauge monitor, prior to a major strain-reliveing event.

    today we are on our way back to HI after a one-week tour of CA. we missed the Big One.

  7. i’ve long been something of a henry rollins fan. i had several of his books, they’ve disappeared, not unusual.

    anyway, some years back, i somehow heard that HR giving a talk in new haven. i kind of literally thought to myself, something like, “well i’ll go check out HR. There’s got to be maybe 2 or 3 more people in all of CT that have any interest in HR.” how wrong was i! when i got to the venue, toad’s, there was a line stretching down the street for like a block and a half. i turned around and went home.

  8. i’m off to South Korea at the end of next week. here’s hoping Korean War II doesn’t start while we’re there.

  9. right out of the script from “Jaws”:

    “Everyone’s safety in Hawaii is always our top priority,” Charlene Chan, director of communications for the Hawaii Tourism Authority, said in a statement to the Star-Advertiser. “However, we also know from speaking to our tourism industry partners that if reports are misinterpreted about the state’s need to prepare for an attack, this could lead to travelers and groups staying away from Hawaii.

    “The effect of such a downturn would ultimately be felt by residents who rely on tourism’s success for their livelihood,” she added, saying the threat of a North Korean missile attack “is a very remote possibility at this time.”

    http://time.com/4868176/hawaii-north-korea-missile-attack/?xid=newsletter-brief

  10. we are surrounded by morons. check out the denialist stupidity level of this exerpt:

    “Based off current projections, Chan is correct. Hawaii’s farthest west islands, Niihau and Kauai, are roughly 4,400 miles away from North Korea, putting them about 400 miles outside of the country’s maximum target distance. The state’s capital, Honolulu, and larger islands are even farther away.”

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