And you think your vote counts...
When is the house from "The Wizard of Oz" going to land on the "Wicked Bitch of the East"...
What the Hell do you mean "MAY"...
Growing up an intelligence brat travelling the world for fifteen years made classified a daily word. I knew my parents worked for a classified organization. It was so classified that I knew it was linked to NSA, but didn’t know its name until I was in my twenties. There were questions I could ask that I knew they would not answer. At the same time, they tried to make me understand their world without crossing a line. That kept raising the same question repeatedly in my mind. Classified, why are there so many secrets?
It is a tough question to analyse. Now in my forties I think I have a far better grasp on the answer. Some things are classified to protect identities and sources of information. Others are classified to be stored ammunition against an enemy for future use.
I wish I could say things were improving between the US and Russia but they aren’t. They’re rapidly worsening.
There’s so much happening right now, I can only provide a summary of a few of the more interesting and worrying developments.
This report builds on those I’ve released over the past two years and begins with a chilling editorial put out by the NY Times on September 29th, 2016, which further demonized Putin specifically, Russia generally, and openly advocates for military confrontation.
Hey, we’ve been down this path before. The deeply conflicted NY Times has never met a war in the Middle East it didn’t support, and has never had any trouble repeating war plan talking points (that always neatly align with those put out by neocon think tanks) or even printing obviously fake “intelligence” from unnamed sources such as that used to justify the illegal US attack and invasion of Iraq.
The only way to govern successfully is to actually solve the underlying systemic problems, but doing that requires overthrowing a corrupt, self-serving elite.
Regardless of who wins the presidency, a much larger question looms: will the U.S. be ungovernable 2017-2020? There are multiple sources of the question.
One is of course the remarkable unpopularity of the two candidates for the presidency. For all the reasons that are tiresomely familiar, whomever wins the presidency will remain deeply unpopular with roughly 40% of the adult populace.
While most Americans are focused on the endless circus surrounding Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, a drama of earth-shattering importance is playing out behind the scenes. Most people seem to assume that we don’t have to be concerned about Barack Obama anymore because his second term is scheduled to end in a few months, but the truth is that an absolutely critical decision is in his hands right now. Both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have said that they will not support a proposed UN Security Council resolution that would formally establish a Palestinian state, that would set the parameters for the new state, and that would grant them East Jerusalem as their capital. So at this moment there is a tremendous amount of international pressure on Barack Obama to support such a resolution, because the U.S. veto power on the UN Security Council is the only thing standing in the way of formally dividing the land of Israel. I wrote about this in August, in September, and now I am writing about it again in October. If Obama is going to do this, it needs to happen by January 20th, 2017, and so for the next few months we are officially in “the danger zone”.
Aleppo — Hours after Russia warned — in the face of the U.S. considering further military options in Aleppo — it would take “all necessary measures” to protect Russians in the war-town city, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad once again offered fighters in rebel-held eastern Aleppo amnesty if they surrender. Reports Reuters:
“Rebels holed up in Aleppo can leave with their families if they lay down arms, President Bashar al-Assad said on Thursday, vowing to press on with the assault on Syria’s largest city and recapture full control of the city.
“The offer of amnesty follows two weeks of the heaviest bombardment in the five-and-a-half-year civil war, which has killed hundreds of people trapped inside Aleppo’s rebel-held eastern sector and torpedoed a U.S.-backed peace initiative.”
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia has built up its forces in Syria since a ceasefire collapsed in late September, sending in troops, planes and advanced missile systems, a Reuters analysis of publicly available tracking data shows.
The data points to a doubling of supply runs by air and sea compared to the nearly two-week period preceding the truce. It appears to be Russia’s biggest military deployment to Syria since President Vladimir Putin said in March he would pull out some of his country’s forces.
The market’s melt-up since the Feb. 11 interim low has been positively surreal. But there’s nothing sustainable about it.
This latest rebound was the work of eyes-wide-shut day traders and robo-machines surfing on a thinner and thinner cushion of momentum. What comes next, in fact, is exactly what happens when you stop pedaling your bicycle. Momentum gets exhausted, gravity takes over and the illusion of stability is painfully shattered.
The simple truth is, the Fed’s long-running interest rate repression policies have caused systematic, persistent and massive falsification of prices all along the yield curve and throughout all sectors of the financial market.