March 27, 2020

Plan A.

Yes indeed. Printing new money out of thin air so companies, governments and individuals already drowning in debt can borrow more money is the prescription for saving the economy! Free money for everybody!
"With Heroes Like This, Who Needs Villains?" By SchiffGold.com, ZeroHedge, 3/27/20 (emphasis removed).

Pearls of expression.

People are in full-blown headless chicken mode. . . .

The British tabloids are publishing horror stories about “doctors” standing by and helplessly watching as patients slowly suffocate to death. According to such stories, . . . these “doctors” [are] unable to treat roughly 400 patients with any of the UK’s over 8,000 ventilators . . . .

"Welcome To The War On Death." By CJ Hopkins, ZeroHedge, 3/26/20.

March 26, 2020

The dismal performance by the political class.

"Dismal performance by the political class" is the author's characterization but it's heartily endorsed by me. Bad as this all is, it is nonetheless gratifying to see the CDC toads and toadettes fall flat on their faces after chasing the will-o'-the-wisps of our indigenous maroon class whose net contribution to the health and security of the nation is exceeded by your average deplorable Zamboni driver. (Thank you for your service, brother!)
President Donald Trump's adversaries blame this [coronavirus] mess on his proposed [imaginary?] cuts in funding at the National Institutes of Health and the CDC. But those cuts never happened. Trump must take some of the blame because he was president when the CDC failed us. But it's doubtful more money would have averted this crisis. The CDC was too preoccupied looking into gun control, climate change, and gay and transgender issues.

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How indefensible that in this advanced technological age -- over 50 years after we put a man on the moon and a time when we have cellphones for less than $100 with the computing power of all the computers used during the World War-era -- the central government planners had no contingency plan to deal with a pandemic? So, we have been stuck with a Soviet-style shutdown of the entire American economy with curfews, food rationing and the equivalent of martial law in major cities such as San Francisco.[1]

They were not on the job and, like the entire political class itself, from FDR on, chased after nothings while driving this wonderful country to the brink of disaster, if not beyond. What did all that debt and fiscal diarrhea buy us over the decades except rejectionist, parasitic minorities, 40 million foreigners inside our borders (most of whom hate our guts while laying claim to our wealth), a gutted industrial sector, and a culture that can charitably be called merely lunatic.

Notes
[1] "$5 Trillion Down The Drain." By Stephen Moore, ZeroHedge, 3/25/20.

March 19, 2020

Netflix toads.

This comment is about two yearts old:
Someone mentioned the Netflix documentary White Helmets winning the Oscar, and that jogged memories from a couple years ago when the movie was released. While browsing Netflix looking for movies, I came across it and clicked on to watch, quickly discovering it to be a one-sided propaganda piece glorifying White Helmets and demonizing The Syrian "regime". I went to the Netflix reviews for the film expecting to see posts exposing this, but was shocked with what I saw. There were 61 reviews at that time, and 57 of them were rated 5-star, two 4-star, one 3-star, with one 1-star review (it had been posted that day) which brought truth to the issue. I had never seen any film ever which got that percentage of 5-star ratings.

I posted a review (giving 1-star) pointing out who funded White Helmets, and informed viewers that there was a lot of information available which countered the film's narrative (including [Vanessa] Beeley and [Eva K.] Bartlett's first-hand reporting from Syria). My review (like the other critical one) was mild with no content which would violate any standards. I checked my posting for the next two days to check response, and was happy to see it listed at the top as the "most helpful" review (based on reviewer clicks). And guess what happened the next day? Both my review and the other 1-star had just disappeared; it was back to 100% positive reviews. . . .

I was disgusted with the whole thing and never checked back. I assume there are plenty of critical reviews there now. But there is no question the reviews were manipulated during the critical time period when the film was "hot", just released and leading up to the Oscars, with Hollywood celebrities singing the praises.

It may seem a trivial affair, but what it did for me was inform me of the depth and extent this propaganda happens, even in the most unlikely of places.

Comment by kabobyak on "The Media War On Truthful Reporting And Legitimate Opinions - A Documentary." By b, Moon of Alabama, 4/21/18.

March 17, 2020

Pearls of expression.

To the Mahatma [Mehdi Hasan, author of a piece critical of Bashar al-Assad], . . . all that matters in the evaluation of Assad’s political orientation is whether the methods Damascus has used to defend the gains it has made in the direction of asserting its right to equality and sovereignty are methods that that are suitable to a State in periods of stability, normalcy and safety. It’s as if what Hasan deplores about a war cabinet, for example, is not the war that made the war cabinet necessary, but the very fact that a war cabinet was created in response to it, as if carrying on in the regular manner could somehow make the war go away.[1]
This kind of skewed criticism of Assad, who controls the flight path of every sparrow in Syria, is visible in the mantra that he "enjoys bombing/gassing his own people" and that his forces employ "barrel bombs," as though the shape, effect, payload, method of manufacture, delivery vehicle, and aerodynamic characteristics of "barrel bombs" are such as to envelope them in a mantle of unique depravity. Far better to be blown to pieces by a sleek, aesthetically-pleasing, canister of steel and ball bearings manufactured in places where there are ample parking and an employee cafeteria.

Too, as Mr. Gowan points out, bombing urban areas in time of peace would make no sense whatsoever but it does in time of war, no matter how much it vexes Mr. Hasan. Bombarding civilian areas is inevitably carried out by contending powers who are intent on prevailing in any deadly contest. The U.S. Army held nothing back, for example, in its bombardment[2] of Raqqah, Syria, in its effort to defeat ISIS forces therein, though its subsequent kindhearted efforts to lead ISIS forces to safety upon their departure from Raqqah strike me as odd, to say the least.

Notes
[1] "Mehdi Hasan, beautiful soul, and his diatribe against the consequential Left." By Stephen Gowans, 4/21/18.
[2] 20,000 bombs on Raqqa, 80% of the city uninhabitable, and 1,400 civilian deaths from coalition air and artillery bombardment. "US air wars under Trump: increasingly indiscriminate, increasingly opaque." By Julian Borger, The Guardian, 1/23/18.

Another gem.

The argument I’m making here is not one of “whataboutism”, but that the only realistic choices available to a military confronting insurgent forces which capture territory and refuse to allow the civilian population to flee are either (1) siege and bombing, with inevitable civilian casualties, or (2) capitulation.[1]
This is a gem because the reliance on common sense is so glaring, as is the proper refusal to accept that any group can declare its opposition to any government and then get a free pass to the presidential palace while the existing government sits back and surrenders to the New Team.

Notes
[1] "Mehdi Hasan, beautiful soul, and his diatribe against the consequential Left." By Stephen Gowans, 4/21/18.

March 15, 2020

Col. Mustard, the Iranian proxy, in the library with the candlestick.

Everything that happens in the Middle East that the U.S. and Israel doesn’t like is Iran’s fault.
"2019: The Year the Neocons Failed." By Tom Luongo, Strategic Culture Foundation, 1/5/20.

March 14, 2020

Pearls of expression.

So, Trump bleats incessantly about how he wants to withdraw the U.S. from the senseless wars that it has been drawn into but at the same time his State Department sends two Zionist hardliners [Kelly Craft and James F. Jeffrey, Special Representative for Syria] to Syria on a semi-secret mission to support a policy of regime change in Damascus while also providing aid that will inevitably fall into the pockets of an al-Qaeda linked terrorist group. And ammunition will also be forthcoming for the invading Turks to shoot Syrians, Russians and Iranians. If anyone is seriously interested in what is wrong with U.S. foreign policy, the activity of Craft and Jeffrey might serve as a decent case study on how not to do it. Unless, of course, the actual objective is to screw things up and involve the United States in quarrels that it could easily avoid.
"More American Blunders in the Middle East: U.S. Envoys Embrace Terrorists Yet Again." By Philip Giraldi, The Unz Review, 3/14/20.

Always be nice.

H/t: "Hilarious Joke About Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer Has Democrats Seething." By Steve Straub, The Federalist Papers, 9/4/18.