Links 5/23/13

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Record Burmese python caught in Florida Guardian (Chuck L)

Trends in Amphibian Occupancy in the United States Plos One via Washington Post (Lambert)

Coral reefs ‘ruled by earthquakes and volcanoes‘ PhysOrg (Chuck L)

Moore Tornado an EF-5; $2 Billion Damage Estimate: 3rd Costliest Tornado in History Wunderground (Lambert)

The Hairy Building that Produces Clean Energy OilPrice

New Documents Reveal How a 1980s Nuclear War Scare Became a Full-Blown Crisis Wired (Chuck L)

“No to Profit”: Fighting Privatization in Chile Boston Review

China factory output hits seven-month low Financial Times

Asian Stocks Drop on China PMI, Fed Stimulus Concerns Bloomberg. Nikkei down 6% as of when I set up this post to launch later, although it came back to a mere negative 5.4%. it’s down 7.3%. Yowza.

Fed Leaves Market Guessing Wall Street Journal. Bernanke should have gotten lessons in how to be oracular from Greenspan.

Stockholm riots challenge image of happy, generous state Reuters (George P)

Wait, there are riots in Sweden? Foreign Policy

New Iceland government freezes EU talks till referendum Reuters (George P)

Woolwich attack: terror returns to Britain’s streets Telegraph. As in beheaded.

BRICS risk ‘sudden stop’ as dollar rally builds Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, Telegraph

Syria: The Messed Up Neighborhood Moon of Alabama

UK provided more support for CIA rendition flights than thought – study Guardian

Al Jazeera deletes its own controversial Op-Ed, then refuses to comment Glenn Greenwald

“At the Highest Levels of the U.S. Government” … Like the President? Marcy Wheeler

Unlikely Heir: Obama Returns to Kissinger’s Realpolitik Der Spiegel (furzy mouse)

How to Stop the FBI from Reading Your Email MarketWatch. From last week, still germane. Lambert: “Surreal to see a headline like that in the mainstream.”

Rand Paul demands an apology for Congress looking at quasi-sovereign MNEs’ tax-avoidance gimmicks Linda Beale (Chuck L)

Labor Health Care Plans May Suffer as Part of Obamacare Implementation Jon Walker, Firedoglake (Carol B)

Is This Big Tea Party Group Really an Innocent Victim of the IRS? Mother Jones


Retailers See Risk in Factory Safety Plans New York Times

Wells Fargo Forecloses On Homeowner For Making Early Mortgage Payments DSWright, Firedoglake

Jamie Dimon Blackmailed His Own Bank—and Won Dave Dayen, New Republic

No Arrests on Wall Street, But Over 7,700 Americans Have Been Arrested Protesting Big Banks The Contributor (Chuck L)

Monitor Checking Into Violations of Mortgage Settlement WSJ MarketBeat

Mortgage-Bond Yields Guiding Home-Loan Rates Increase Bloomberg

The Death-Positive Movement Pacific Standard (Chuck L)

Antidote du jour (Vyacheslav Mishchenko):


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  1. DakotabornKansan

    “The year’s at the spring / And day’s at the morn; / Morning’s at seven; / The hillside’s dew-pearled; / The lark’s on the wing; / The snail’s on the thorn; / God’s in his heaven – / All’s right with the world!”- Robert Browning, Pippa Passes

  2. dearieme


    You’d think they’d come up with a more convincing yarn that the one they’ve tried out. Could there be anyone sentient who didn’t smell a rat?

    1. glassbreaker

      McGowan is positively cruel on the comically halfassed carnage. They know they don’t have to pretend any more. So they’re full of shit. What are you gonna do? They rule by secret decree.

    2. petridish

      Careful, dearie. You’l find yourself labelled a conspiracy theorist with feelings of powerlessness. So, whatever you do, DON’T read this:

      Taramov said Todashev was worried about the direction of the questioning by the FBI agents, that he was going to be “set up’’ by the law enforcement agency.

      “He had a bad feeling,’’ said Taramov, who quoted Todashev as telling him that the FBI was “making up this crazy stuff’’ that there was a connection between the terror suspect and him.

      Or this:

      Or this:

      2 FBI Agents Involved in Dzhokar Tsarnaev’s Arrest “FALL” Out of Helicopter and Die

      1. petridish

        PS. I wonder where this guy’s manifesto will be found. Written in invisible ink on his boxing gloves maybe?

        Too bad In-Trade is out of the biz.

      2. Lambert Strether

        “Oh, we got into an argument and he pulled a knife on me so I shot him.” — Marx Brothers, A Night at the Opera.

        First time as farce, second time as reality.

    3. curlydan

      This is getting to be like a bad episode of “24”.

      Cue to scene: We’ve got the man with crucial information, he’s going to tell us everything we need to know…oops, he pulls a knife, and instead of shooting him in the 90% of the body where we won’t immediately die, the best law enforcement agents just happen to shoot him in the heart or brain, and oh damn, he’s dead.

      1. petridish

        Really. And by all accounts there was a bunch of “law enforcement” officers present.

        Either their kevlar was at the dry cleaners or this guy was a really, really good “ultimate” fighter. Oh, I forgot. He did split someone’s lip in a parking lot a couple of months ago.

        1. cward

          Each succeeding administration uses these false flags with impunity because of the implicit MAD in coming forward.

          I am truly stunned at the level of compliance within Washington and corporate media. Clinton took False flag operations to a whole new level with OKC, infiltration and destruction of the militias – and of course Matthew Sheppard [ the wife of the operative who gave Clinton his dead gay for Don’t Ask Don’t Tell passage told all recently]

          So Clinton resurrected the False Flag for greater good, Bush and Cheney upped the game with 9/11 [with Dems and media silent and complicit].

          The black jackets and khaki pants all over the finish line should have been enough for thinking americans left and right… but my question is… Each False Flag usually condemns and entraps enemies of the administration using the goon squads.

          Clinton destroyed the militias, entrapped heroes like McVeigh, and anti gay groups.

          Bush follows with Muslim dupes… enlisted by Israelis.

          But why would O go after Muslims? You’d think this would have been another anti white NRA sting.

          It leads me to believe that not all of these acts have exectutive pedigree. What if this one was rogue CIA?

          Just a thought… although I am no Obama fan. My vote for him the first time was date rape. I stayed home for contest #2.

          1. spy v spy

            Hero might be pushing it but it’s undeniable that the US government was on top of the bombing. A foreign – NATO – intelligence official was running McVeigh as an agent, and so, reportedly was FBI. ATF informant Carol Howe gave specific advance warning of the OKC attacks to the US government.

          2. cward

            McVeigh was a decorated soldier… a model for others.

            Whatever he thought he was doing… it wasn’t blowing up kids.

            The kids, of course were necessary to keep late night TV from joking about dead ATF and IRS… who of course were at a picnic that day.

            This government is EVIL.

            McVeigh was a patsy, and they keep enlisting em – god knows how after so so many operations

            Google Andreas Strassmeir… he was the operative who enlisted MCVeigh

          3. optimader


            “..McVeigh was a decorated soldier…” –so what?

            “..a model for others…” –Unfortunately probably true

            “..Whatever he thought he was doing… it wasn’t blowing up kids…” –Wrong, he knew there were children in the building and had no qualms about killing them

            “..McVeigh later justified his killing of children in the bombing: “I didn’t define the rules of engagement in this conflict. The rules, if not written down, are defined by the aggressor. It was brutal, no holds barred. Women and kids were killed at Waco and Ruby Ridge. You put back in [the government’s] faces exactly what they’re giving out.”[100]

            Whatever point you’re trying to make is neutralized by invoking TMcV and “Hero”. He wasn’t a hero, he was a P.O.S. that blew up a building and killed innocent people.

            spy v spy says:

            Hero might be pushing it but it’s undeniable that the US government was on top of the bombing. A foreign – NATO – intelligence official was running McVeigh as an agent, and so, reportedly was FBI. ATF informant Carol Howe gave specific advance warning of the OKC attacks to the US government.

            I believe you overindulge the efficacy of our Security ciphers to stick there necks out on stamping information as “actionable”. How specific was the advance warning?

            AS far as being “run” as an “agent” not sure what that means specifically. Are you saying he was on their payroll as an agent??

          4. cward

            to OPTIMADER

            this government kills children with impunity every day.

            But you sound like military you see things through goonie eyes.

            BUT – YOU HAVE NO IDEA what McVeigh knew and didn’t know.

            He was a decorated soldier who was targetted because of his disgust for what he saw at Waco and service.

            Not unlike thousands of others.

            The American Government engages in terrorism EVERY DAY – but so long as it’s brown people who are not Christian… Americans look the other way.

            We reap what we sow… and yes, McVeigh was a hero. Who failed because the feds made sure there were plenty of dead babies. ITS THE FEDS who are the demons here, guy.

            And it’s not like we are alone. ALL governments use this kind of muscle. It’s about corrupt power in these times.

            But you sound just like an enlistee… cop or government type. You sound like you drink the kool aid every day and let it dribble down your lip. CHeers.

          5. spy v patsy

            (1) Oh right, the US was shown the target but Oops! They failed to protect it! Again. Darn!
            (2) McVeigh was an agent, not an officer. There are various ways to run agents. You don’t pay them if you don’t have to. You can also threaten them or coerce them or blackmail them or flatter them or help them get laid. If you’re particularly curious about how McVeigh was run, maybe you should FOIA the United States government too.

          6. optimader

            cward..I was giving you the benefit of the doubt on a brain freeze, but OK you really believe your rambling justifications.

            “this government kills children with impunity every day.” — Therefore blowup a building and kill innocent people!.. got it, that makes sense…

            “BUT – YOU HAVE NO IDEA what McVeigh knew and didn’t know.” – I know what he said, that’s enough.

            “He was a decorated soldier..” – again, a non-sequitur.. history is littered w/ “decorated soldiers” who were also mass murderers, or at the least take pleasure with killing people, kinda goes w/ the territory.

            “..who was targeted because of his disgust for what he saw at Waco and service.” –TMcV was a looser/mass murderer.
            Nothing to pursue here, a waste of NC bandwidth


            (1) Oh right, the US was shown the target but Oops! They failed to protect it! Again. Darn!

            I think you watch too much TV. Our organs of security have proven to be most effective at security theatre, a show of force after the cows have left the barn, checking your loafers at the airport, etc. That’s why several billion $$ worth of technical wiz-bangery later, the combined resources of local state and federal Organs of Security focused in a relatively small geography and it reqd a boat owner to ramble out to his boat to see why the canvass was in disarray.
            2.) And so TMcV was (being coerced?) as “an agent” for the government that he apparently despised enough to commit mass murdrer? File under: lack of philosophical fidelity

      2. optimader

        or maybe just walking away from the table he is leg-cuffed and getting lunch? nah…

    4. alien v pedator

      Monsieur O.

      You seem inclined to presume official ineptitude, always a safe assumption – except that it’s not hard to blow shit up and kill people. It’s hard to do it and get away with it, in a country with a functioning judicial system or press – but that’s not where we are, is it?

      And McVeigh wasn’t going to the FBI for help, he was going to some goose-stepping Kraut who reported back through CIA and maybe, just maybe, CIA dropped the occasional hint to a favored few detailed to FBI, who could start and stop FBI efforts at CIA’s command, which efforts might include, as in the case of Ramzi Yusef, bomb-construction lessons (see horton’s link).

      It’s hard to explain. But, tell you what, try this next time you’re in some shit dive bar: tie a double half-hitch in a straw. Tell us if you wind up having any extra fun.

      1. Optimader

        Sr Spy
        Thats a bit of a muddle there but I’ll leave you with a thought..
        TMcV was hardly the sharpest knife in the drawer,( good infantry mat’l btw ) but as we know he had the assistance of a slightly more intellectually lukewarm that at least lived on a farm. Fertilizer and fuel oil… not exactly wet chemistry.

        So yeeahhh he was working for the fbi , cia and wanted to overthrow the gvnmt? Hmmm well maybe not… Occams razor pal.

        Btw as i recall TMcV was caught because he was an idiot. A car w/ bogus tags wasnt it? Hardly a jack bauer tic-to takedown.

        So keep connecting the dots, I like constellations too

  3. Andrew Watts

    RE: Labor Health Care Plans May Suffer as Part of Obamacare Implementation

    This has the potential to be a good thing. Labor has always been opposed to a single-payer system. One of their big selling points has been the generous health benefit packages that comes along with union membership. While business interests are increasingly becoming afraid that a employer mandate will be shoved down their throat in the event that Obamacare has an epic fail or the state exchanges fail to contain insurance costs. Gee, I wonder where they could’ve gotten THAT idea.

    In the event of a Obamacare failure single-payer advocates are not going to get a better shot at implementing their system. Of course, the insurance companies are well aware of this. Which just makes this interesting to watch unfold.

  4. Jim Haygood

    Yesterday I posted a link to a Reuters article which stated that ‘Washington does not usually comment on drone strikes.’ All changed, comrades:

    The administration on Wednesday formally acknowledged for the first time that it had killed four American citizens in drone strikes outside the battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq.

    A new classified policy guidance signed by Mr. Obama will sharply curtail the instances when unmanned aircraft can be used to attack in places that are not overt war zones, countries like Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. The rules will impose the same standard for strikes on foreign enemies now used only for American citizens deemed to be terrorists.

    Mr. Obama may not explicitly announce the shift in drones from the Central Intelligence Agency in his speech, since the agency’s operations remain formally classified. The C.I.A., which has overseen the drone war in the tribal areas of Pakistan and elsewhere, will generally cede its role to the military after a six-month transition period as forces draw down in Afghanistan, officials said.

    Talk about defining deviancy downward: the new, ‘higher’ standard for drone strikes is the one now used for rubbing out American citizens.

    The Big Lie is the illusion of democratic control over a policy that remains classified, along with the CIA’s sinister parallel role in running its own assassination campaign.

    Overall, this is rather like a prolific serial rapist promising to restrict his future victims to those who were ‘really asking for it.’

    1. wunsacon

      >> Overall, this is rather like a prolific serial rapist promising to restrict his future victims to those who were ‘really asking for it.’

      LOL. Don’t wear your Borat man thong anywhere, Jim.

    1. Yves Smith Post author

      You can bet they had announcements like that during all the firebombings in WWII too. The Japanese do denial better than anyone.

      1. MyLessThanPrimeBeef

        I don’t know if it’s fair to say they are only good at copying, although they did spend over a thousand years practicing copying.

        And practice makes perfect.

        The same with Koreans. For even longer, they had tried to copy the Chinese Way of Life in various areas.

        Empires usually need people like them. Abe no Nakamaro passed the imperial examination and became an important official in Luoyang. The best Tang soldier was a Hwarang general from Korea, Gao Xianzhi, who fought at the Battle of Talas.

        It is not surprising they excel today…hard work and millennial tradition of adopting the values and to the desires of empires.

        But I don’t know if this ability for denial is indigenous or copied.

    1. Yves Smith Post author

      You need to explain technical charts! Google Translate is limited to recognized languages.

  5. AbyNormal

    (why the CME & ICE deadline threats are strengthening)

    Oxfam, the UK based charity, estimates that some $18.47 trillion is being held by individuals in tax havens around the world. Of this some $7.18 trillion is in accounts situated in British Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies.

    Tax lost in tax havens is enough to end global extreme poverty twice over according to new figures published by Oxfam, Wednesday.

    Although a deal was done earlier this month to get some of these tax havens to be more transparent and share tax information, there is still no tax deal on the table that will benefit poor countries who are struggling to reclaim billions of dollars.

    In the agreement British tax havens in the Caribbean have said they will provide information on offshore bank accounts.

    Tax havens take desperately needed cash from poor countries as well as from citizens at home who are being hit by austerity measures, the international agency said.

    1. MyLessThanPrimeBeef

      I am sure they also take the 0.01% money from rich countries busy printing more money.

      And so, you ask, is that – those trillions – the money for stimulating the economy without government deficit (but this would require the government to do its job going after those people)?

    1. Massinissa

      I HIGHLY doubt this ‘death positive’ movement will devolve into a suicide cult

      1. cward

        We don’t need a suicide cult. Sorry, but this member of the 7 billion could care less about hungry 3rd world kids.

        I care about hunted 3rd world tigers, lions, monkeys and rhinos. Healthy people breed. And we have too many breeders.

        Me and mine gave up on FEED THE CHILDREN a decade ago. When I’m asked, I say NOT ON YOUR LIFE!

        We need fewer people. When I think of the carnage of bush life in Africa it makes me weep.

        ECON 101 – the more you have of anything, the less value is attached to same. Goes for people, ants, air, water, and yes, CHILDREN.

  6. Jim Haygood

    Ford pulls out of Australia:

    Ford will stop making cars in Australia, nine decades after founder Henry Ford first began building Model Ts in the country, as a surge in the currency undermines the local industry’s ability to compete with imports.

    Ford, which began assembling Model Ts at Geelong west of Melbourne in 1925, is the smallest of the nation’s three manufacturers after units of Toyota and General Motors.

    Ford Australia faces costs double those in Europe and four times those of its Asian divisions, local President Bob Graziano told reporters today. He announced the loss of 1,200 jobs from October 2016 at two plants in Melbourne and Geelong.

    The removal of one could spark a “domino effect” as the industry as a whole becomes too small to support its own supply chain, Jac Nasser, chairman of BHP Billiton and former chief executive of Ford globally, told an event in Melbourne last month.

    Nasser has a point: absent strong exports, an economy of 23 million is hardly large enough to support an auto industry.

    The Economist’s Big Mac index suggests that the A$ is mildly (12%) overvalued against the USD. That’s not the whole story, though. From being about 40% undervalued during the commodity depression in 2000, the A$ has trended upward along with commodity prices to overvaluation today.

    Ford’s claim that Ford Australia faces costs double those in Europe and four times those of its Asian divisions hints at a serious productivity problem.

    But it also points to the dysfunctionality of the global monetary system since the U.S. pulled the plug on Bretton Woods in 1971. With exchange rates chronically out of line, only in currency-pegging regimes such as China can manufacturers do any long-term export forecasting.

  7. Aristophon

    The deaths related to the people linked to the Boston bombing as well as the Anwar Al-Awaki droning resemble mob-boss ordered hits on people who know too much. I’d sure hate to be a CIA “asset” :)

  8. Jackrabbit

    New York Times Editorial: The CIAs Part in Benghazi

    If I wanted to be disingenuous, I’d trumpet the editorial as:

    “New York Times Calls for More Investigations of Benghazi”

    But clearly, their purpose is writing is not to uncover truth as much as point fingers (away from Hillary). Attack-the-messanger and change-the-topic hasn’t worked.


    With the publication of this editorial – coming 5 months after Hillary’s “What difference does it make” push-back – its hard to resist a dig at the ‘Benghazi is a nothing-burger’ knee-jerk, group-think of the left.

    Who knew that a Wall Street-sponsored, Chicago-way Administration that sold America a Third Way bill of goods would be secretive, controlling, and play fast and lose with the truth?

    Have a look at Hugh’s Obama Scandal List
    Shameless plug: Another great service from Hugh

    1. Optimader

      Chicago way blah blah blah.. Hillary sucks and mybe this is as good a way as any to take her piece off the board but at an operational level exactly how deep do you think the spooks would allow the state dept to be involved in an operation? State was being used as an unwilling cover and at DC the bureauc-rats were having a who’s budget food fight.
      Ultimately it was The wisdom of the POTUS’s urgenent elective regime change ( to protect our national security?) without control of the Libyan Military assets or for that matter a replacement regime that predictably allowed the apples (certain weapon) fall out of the tipped over cart.

      The state dept orhestrating a bit of weapons shuffling in Libya at a “consulate”?? Yeeeahh.. Mmm no I dont think so. State Dept running the operation ( as well as security)? Mmmmmmmnooo I dont think so.

      Allowing a frustrated Hillary to hold the bag? That more like it.

    2. Jackrabbit

      ‘Shamless plug’ is a misnomer. Its just a plug.

      Also, for your viewing pleasure, don’t miss Hugh’s list of “Bush Scandals” – linked at the Obama scandals site.

    3. cward

      Benghazi, IRS, blah blah blah.. Americans do NOT CARE.

      Obama may be a sleazebag but he’s not a Republican. END OF STORY,…the Republican brand is dead – so long as the Middle Class is dead.

      20% right – 20% left – 40% miserable in the middle – hating both parties.

      The fight is for the middle – and Benghazi and IRS targeting conservatives won’t move them RIGHT.

      The 1% is reviled by the former middle Class. Period.

      When I recount conversations in Greens, in SF – veggie yuppies say BofA is evil, Koch brothers should die.

      at a Car dealership in Denver – similar thoughts from VW buyers who used to drive BMW’s… banks, international corporations and 1% — PURE EVIL>

      I poll people where ever I go. I strike up conversations with strangers on planes, trains, and in waiting rooms.

      There are few things Americans agree upon… but left and right – both sides believe Corporations and Banks are evil. Nobody talks about the things that align left and right in these times.

      It’s this – Multi national corporatons are evil. the 1% are crooks who made their money on the backs of the Middle Class.

      Wall St is evil, corrupt and made too much off the rest of us. And BANKS… left and right agree – pure evil.

      Now why is it both parties don’t capitalize on this shared hatred? — The candidate and party who goes after multi national largesse, banks, Wall St, and the 1% will garner the 40% who is disgusted and will not go to the polls.

      It’s only a matter of time til they discover that there are no NEW voters… just disgusted old voters.

      Populism is the key to the next elections. Republicans ignore this at their peril. Dems don’t have to do anything… their brand says POPULIST – even as O sucks Wall st D!k.


      1. cward

        Oh, I forgot to add my polling of employees of said banks and corporations.

        ask any United Airlines employee what they think of their company? —

        ask any teller, [outside the bank] what they think of the bank?

        I don’t find many happy campers in these jobs. Most complain of disincentives for excellence, mediocre management more concerned with keeping excellence from rising through the ranks than performance standards.

        All in all – everybody hates everybody in this environment. And if you remember the great piece about Corporations killing their customers a few months back – nothing said it better.

        I’ve been in business for over 40 years, and I still marvel that the corporate model succeeds at all. The advantage is access to capital. Period.

        The corporate business model depends on government subsidizing winners, punishing losers, and keeping the playing field uneven, in favor of the well connected.

        It’s not as though every republican loves this idea… they don’t. BUT the Gopers I know hate corrupt government and multi nationals, banks and Wall St in equal measure.

        Yes, just like the Democrats. The common denominator is corruption in high places. There are a lot of votes out there for real Populism.

      2. Jackrabbit

        The full weight of the scandals have only been felt for a week or so. So I’m not sure if you, or anyone, has such a good read on the reaction of ordinary people.

        The fact that people are more cynical and distrustful rings true.

        I think the Times editorial was aimed more at D.C. than at the average Joe.

        Logically, Populist rhetoric that taps into people’s discontent makes sense for the next election. But then, we were fooled by a populist in 2008. And the Republicans ran Romney… ROMNEY! in 2012. So I’m not sure what the future holds.

        1. cward

          Mother Jones and the Nation are actually trying to justify IRS actions aimed at their political foes.

          This is so typical.

          When the Gopers are in power – the IRS targets Family Planning, Immigrants rights… Athiests united… blah blah.

          the difference these days is that Americans are more aligned than you think – but not on subjects being discussed.

          Go to the Huffington Post, Truthout, Slate, and then Townhall and Free Republic.

          the FAR right and the FAR left agree that

          1. Local cops, the FBI, CIA and military are not sancrosanct.

          2. the 1% got their money by cheating with the help of government left and right.

          3. Banks are evil and should be broken up, or liquidated.

          4. Wall St is corrupt and a tax on trades would pass easily on a popular vote. ANY vote against Wall st would pass with 75% or more.

          5. Multi national corporations should be punished for outsourcing, and importing without a tax on forein labor.

          6. [this is the shocker] Illegal immigrants are a burden and will cost us money we don’t have.

          Check any thread on these subjects… lefties at Huffpost sound like Freepers and Townies and WNDaily.

          Anti immigrant, anti Wall St, anti Banks, and multi national corporations.

          I don’t think phonies like Obomrey will succeed again. We are not given choices.. and pigs like O pawn themselves off as streetwise black populists when he’s a lawn jockey for men just like romney.

          1. taunger

            yes, the far left and right agree on many of those points, but certainly not all (your personal immigration agenda is showing); the even stranger part of your comment is casting slate or huffpo as far left. Far from it; probably same for free republic, but i get my right wing views from better writers.

      3. spooz

        I did a little rabble rousing on Bloomberg today, taking on the Ds and Rs who were pointing the finger at each other about the IRS scandals. Made a few comments about the duopoly and how libertarians and progressives must come together under Rule of Law, posted some Greenwald links, also the Obama scandals link from Hugh above.

        Just went back to post a little more and it seems Bloomberg wants to know a little more about me before they allow me to post again. When I try to log in I get:

        “ would like to access your public profile, friend list and email address.”

        I guess anarchists such as myself must be kept track of.

        The story I was commenting on:

        1. Jackrabbit

          Thanks for sharing your experience with Bloomberg.

          Has anyone else had similar experiences with MSM?

  9. Timotheus

    Excellent piece on Chile’s privatized education system and subsequent looting/deterioration. Took 30 years for the entire thing to collapse and victimized youth to rebel. This is what we can look forward to around 2040 thanks to Obama, Bloomberg, Klein, Duncan, Rhee, Rahm, Gates & Broad.

    1. diane

      Yep, and speaking of rebellion by absolutely forsaken, brutalized and targeted youths in so claimed Developed Nations!!!!:

      05/23/13 Swedish riots rage for fourth night

      Police attacked and cars torched in Stockholm suburbs as unrest sparked by long-term youth unemployment and poverty spreads

      After decades of practicing the Swedish model of generous welfare benefits, Stockholm has reduced the role of the state since the 1990s, spurring the fastest growth in inequality of any advanced OECD economy.

  10. SubjectivObject

    “When the snake began to wrap itself around his leg, he called to his friends for help and then used a knife to kill it.”

    Ha!, Salt of the swamp.

    Let me imagine the phone call:

    Hey Bo


    I’m near Mo’s place

    Datsa good place

    Yeah, but sida the road an gotta giant snake wrapin round me, think I pissim off pullin at ‘is tail.

    That’ll do it, how big un?

    Lot longer than the truck

    Dayam, you hava all the luck

    Yeah, but git here quick fo the ranger come an take all the meat.

    Should I bring a gun?

    Naw, I gots ma pokit knife

    Yehaww! Fresh fried snake fritters, can taste it now.

    Well you be hopin I kill it first before you go gets too excited


    Wait a minute …. (stishh stishh shlawsh ….) I’m good, now gitta hell here quik! Bringa saw.

  11. MyLessThanPrimeBeef

    2040 – 30 = 2010.

    Some might say it started earlier than that. A lot earlier.

      1. MyLessThanPrimeBeef

        It was a long time ago, for sure.

        Thanks for following the reply. It should have gone after Timotheus’s comment.

  12. Susan the other

    Just want to relate my observation of Bernanke on the hill yesterday answering questions. Only a few totally hostile republicans. Bernanke sounds so reassuring. The problem is, nobody asked him about the crimes of the banksters; no one pinned him down on all that QE money going into the stock market; no one wanted to hear how dangerous the situation is. And absolutely no one confronted the Chairman on the Fed’s calculation of real unemployment. They allowed him to tweak away. When he said Abenomix looked like it was working in Japan, nobody had a follow-up question about trade wars (Haygood above). The stunning comment was that yes the Fed will cut back on buying MBS (since there aren’t many left?) and no, the Fed probably won’t sell them but just let them mature. I think the term of art was something like fall off. As in fall off the balance sheet? Bernanke is a monetarist in a world of reality where the doublespeak is as dangerous as the reality. Congress must have agreed not to challenge it.

    1. AbyNormal

      ” a monetarist in a world of reality where the doublespeak is as dangerous as the reality”

      i’ll be taking this with me…thank you very much!

    2. petridish

      “Congress must have agreed not to challenge it.”

      CONGRESS IS IN ON IT. (Damn I wish I knew how to bold, underline and italicize.)

      In a recent, rare display of bipartisanship, both houses of congress exempted themselves from any prohibition on insider trading which, of course, is a CRIME for mere mortal Americans. The debate, such as it was, took 14 seconds if I recall.

      Without connections to the levers of government, most of these schmucks wouldn’t have two nickels to rub together. Remember Dennis Hastert? He was a barely literate high school hockey coach who got himself elected to congress from Illinois. Now he’s a multimillionaire. Apparently the rarefied air in Washington, D.C. is more conducive to the development of latent business acumen than the fetid flyover kind.


      1. F. Beard

        Here’s how: To italise use [i]text[/i] but replace [ with the less than sign (it’s above the comma on my keyboard) and replace ] with the greater than sign (above the period). For bold, replace i with b.

          1. Lambert Strether

            “If you open it, close it.” Don’t forget that closing “[/i]” tags (with pointy not square brackets). If you ever see the whole site go italic below a certain point, that point is where a tag was opened and then never closed.

    3. Jackrabbit

      Everything is fine. Democracy is ‘contained’.

      Did you pray to//// um… for Obama today?
      Good. Now go buy something with your 18.9% credit card.
      Its for the children.

      1. MyLessThanPrimeBeef


        Also for the 0.01%, in addition to for the children.

        You know, it’s not polite to go after offshore tax-evading money.

        It’s easier (and more civilized) to go Keynesian, deficit spending, do the MMT thing — anything to divert attention from going after money overseas…because the people will only act when given no choice, we must give them some other choices and keep them busy dreaming about jobs guarantee.

        1. Propertius

          You know, it’s not polite to go after offshore tax-evading money.

          Much less impose a 1% tax on derivatives transactions.

          1. ambrit

            How about a .05% tax on each and every HFT transaction? Kill two birds with one stone.

          2. Propertius

            Works for me, Ambrit. It might be a bit low, though. How about an “extremely short term” capital gains tax that’s twice the ordinary income rate?

  13. wunsacon

    >> UK provided more support for CIA rendition flights than thought – study Guardian

    Well, the US and UK work hip-to-hip on banking. There’s NATO. Etc. So, it’s not a US empire. It’s an Anglo Empire. London and DC are Rome and Constantinople.

    1. MyLessThanPrimeBeef

      Then there was a schism and Roma and Constantinople stopped communicating to the point the former’s incited crusaders even sacked the latter.

    2. cward

      ANGLO empire?

      you mean Jewish –

      stop blaming Euro whites for what is clearly a Jewish led phenomenon.

      Wall St? — guess who?

      American foreign policy? guess who?

      All 5 fed families? — guess who again?

      Pretty much every major medium? — check!

      sorry… the facts are the facts ma’am.

      DO NOT tell me about Murdoch.. he’s an Australian Jew.

      Ditto for the Kochs.

      1. jrs

        hooray racists, always add so much intellectually to the conversation, it’s like woah why didn’t I think of that. They won’t go left so they have to go fascists right, so it has always been.

        1. cward

          Hey – blaming it on Anglo’s was the FIRST racist comment.

          I just leveled the playing field.

      2. Propertius

        DO NOT tell me about Murdoch.. he’s an Australian Jew.

        Ditto for the Kochs.

        The Kochs are Australian? Whocuddanode!

        By the way, I think you’re confusing Murdoch with the late Robert Maxwell (those media moguls all look alike).

        Murdoch is of Scottish/Irish/English descent, was raised Anglican (although his paternal great-grandfathers were both ministers in other denominations: Free Church of Scotland and Presbyterian), and has, I believe, since converted to Catholicism.

        His paternal grandparents emigrated from Scotland to Australia in 1884. His maternal grandfather was an Irish railway engineer, his maternal grandmother’s family came from Surrey.

        The Kochs are of Dutch and British descent. The Kochs’ father Fred was, of course, one of the founders of The John Birch Society – an organization every bit as antisemitic as you apparently are.

        Trust me, we Elders of Zion haven’t invited *any* of them to our blood-drinking and well-poisoning parties. And we’re not inviting you, either.

    3. Propertius

      It’s an Anglo Empire. London and DC are Rome and Constantinople.

      You mean Patton was right, after all?

  14. AbyNormal

    MW-Sales of new U.S. homes edged up in April to the second-highest post-recession level, as pent-up demand, low interest rates and tight inventories of older homes lifted demand. New-home sales reached a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 454,000, up 2.3% from an upwardly revised level of 444,000 in March.

    poem from a Teen

    My home can be
    or nowhere.
    My daily meals
    of anything or
    My knick-knacks
    and baubles
    are the clothes
    My money
    only what
    give me.
    I am a being.
    I am human.
    I am homeless.

    If only people
    could see
    where I stand.
    help me
    this all.
    Will this loneliness
    ever end?
    Will I begin
    new life?
    am here.
    be ignored.
    I am a person.
    I am alive.
    I am homeless.


    1. Chauncey Gardiner

      Thank you for this, Aby.

      A relative has driven a van in a late night food distribution program to homeless kids in the city. She said that citrus fruit is particularly desired.

      1. AbyNormal

        and thank you Chauncey…they need the C at the most and very least.
        You know the food stamp issue is getting plenty of headlines but i think we’d be amazed at the numbers that are following thru the cracks and NOT getting help. im seeing it more often…couple weeks ago i watched a mother filling up a cart at a dollar store, with her teenage son…they eat a lot but this kid asked for only what they could make last…i ended up behind them to cash out…i didn’t have much myself but i was dying inside so i paid their bill…i still hurt thinking about how many are NOT getting basic needS met. FU*K HOW ARE GOING TO DO THIS

        1. optimader

          i ended up behind them to cash out…i didn’t have much myself but i was dying inside so i paid their bill..
          Random act of kindness, the standout comment I’ve read here today that is a note for optimism.

          Some reflections on charity by Eric Arthur Blair (George Orwell )

          When differentiating charity with strings vs no string, he relates a situation during his time living among the rough in London. He observed a young priest handing out meal tickets to people around their fire. The fellow handed them out quickly and self consciously with out conversation. The point being, he knew not to linger for a “thank-you” or to proselytize. One of the recipients living rough made an aside to Orwell to the effect: “that feller aint gonna make for Bishop material”.. Orwell understood rather than it being intended as a derogatory comment , it was meant as the highest of compliments. The point being the recipients dignity is preserved by his personal right to choose not to be thankful. It is mutual recognition that the recipients present fate may well not be due to a personal deficiency or lack of character, consequently there should be no basis to be judged as a subordinate person that owes thanks in return.

          Bozo, the screever he refers to in the above book passage was a painter ’til he crushed his foot in a fall off a building, disabled from pursuing his trade. He recognized in himself that he was not destitute due to personal deficiency, it was merely his unfortunate fate, not something to be embarrassed about. Therefore he was not circumspect or thankful about accepting charity from those that appreciated his sidewalk art. He recognized that he was physically limited, but in his mind he was free and not subordinate to anyone else.

          Interesting thoughts, this Eric Arthur Blair-Orwell fellow.

      2. optimader

        Chauncey Gardiner,
        One of the finest passages summing up the nexus of politics and economics ever penned IMO

        President “Bobby”: Mr. Gardner, do you agree with Ben, or do you think that we can stimulate growth through temporary incentives?

        [Long pause]

        Chance the Gardener: As long as the roots are not severed, all is well. And all will be well in the garden.

        President “Bobby”: In the garden.

        Chance the Gardener: Yes. In the garden, growth has it seasons. First comes spring and summer, but then we have fall and winter. And then we get spring and summer again.

        President “Bobby”: Spring and summer.

        Chance the Gardener: Yes.

        President “Bobby”: Then fall and winter.

        Chance the Gardener: Yes.

        Benjamin Rand: I think what our insightful young friend is saying is that we welcome the inevitable seasons of nature, but we’re upset by the seasons of our economy.

        Chance the Gardener: Yes! There will be growth in the spring!

        Benjamin Rand: Hmm!

        Chance the Gardener: Hmm!

        President “Bobby”: Hm. Well, Mr. Gardner, I must admit that is one of the most refreshing and optimistic statements I’ve heard in a very, very long time.

        [Benjamin Rand applauds]

        President “Bobby”: I admire your good, solid sense. That’s precisely what we lack on Capitol Hill.
        Share this

        Ron Steigler: Mr. Gardner, uh, my editors and I have been wondering if you would consider writing a book for us, something about your um, political philosophy, what do you say?

        Chance the Gardener: I can’t write.

        Ron Steigler: Heh, heh, of course not, who can nowadays? Listen, I have trouble writing a postcard to my children. Look uhh, we can give you a six figure advance, I’ll provide you with the very best ghost-writer, proof-readers…

        Chance the Gardener: I can’t read.

        Ron Steigler: Of course you can’t! No one has the time! We, we glance at things, we watch television…

        Chance the Gardener: I like to watch TV.

        Ron Steigler: Oh, oh, oh sure you do. No one reads!

        1. ambrit

          Thank you for that scene by Chayefsky. The man had an insidiously subversive mind. He is missed.

          1. optimader

            your welcome Ambrit…it’s brilliant writing

            [Thomas and Johanna are watching Chance’s interview on TV]

            Thomas Franklin: It’s that gardener.

            Johanna, girl with Franklin: Yes, Chauncey Gardiner.

            Thomas Franklin: No, he’s a real gardener.

            Johanna, girl with Franklin: He does talk like one. I think he’s brilliant.

  15. MyLessThanPrimeBeef

    Amphibian Occupancy in the US.

    Are amphibians doing the ‘Occupy America’ thing now?

  16. Valissa

    The U.S. Senate may — and should — review the NFL’s tax-exempt status
    Recently, you may have heard that the Internal Revenue Service came under some considerable fire for targeting certain groups seeking tax-exempt status while green-lighting others (such as one run by the brother of President Obama), but did you know that the National Football league, an organization that currently rakes in about $10 billion per year in revenue, is also a non-profit organization in the eyes of the government? While you’re trying to figure that one out, we’ve got another one for you. Did you know that the league has been a non-profit organization since 1966, when the NFL merged with the American Football League, and then-commissioner Pete Rozelle folded in the request for an exemption with the request for an anti-trust exemption?

    Another example of the unreliability of information in the news:
    AAA: More traffic this Memorial Day weekend
    Alos quoting AAA… Memorial Day travel to dip this year

    1. MyLessThanPrimeBeef

      The NFL would not be smart not to leave money earned overseas abroad.

      Heavens forbid they bring that money back. They might have to pay high taxes on it.

    1. MyLessThanPrimeBeef

      In at least one instance it is true.

      The government is to blame specifically for the part where they failed to prosecute banksters for all the problems they have created.

      1. mookie

        Thanks for that link!

        Feinstein is such a nightmare. With Democrats like her, who needs Republicans?

        1. diane

          You’re welcome, I wish he would have included the Post Office auctioning and leasing assigned solely to Blum’s CB Richard Ellis, but it’s pretty hard to stay current on the Feinstein/Blum Octopus:

          07/20/11 USPS Awards CB Ellis Richard Group contract to serve as exclusive real estate provider

          Cute how the title, … contract-to-serve-as-exclusive real estate provider , deliberately twists the punch line 180 degrees:

          a contract to serve as its exclusive provider of strategic corporate real estate solutions nationally. CB Richard Ellis will provide transaction management services for USPS, including leasing and disposition. USPS’s portfolio consists of approximately 35,000 facilities, totaling over 300 million sq. ft.

          Of course, one won’t find Blum or Feinstein’s name, anywhere in that piece, likely because there may be something illegal in that sole senator and hubby pigfest, let alone in selling off property the public owns for no valid reason other than gluttony.

          Here’s another revolting Blum/Feinstein blast from the not so distant past for you:

          06/22/10 Billion Dollar Baby: The University of California invests $53 million in two diploma mills owned by a regent.

          Honestly, I’ve come to see no difference between Democrats and Republicans in California at the end of the day, not just Feinstein.

          1. mookie

            Good grief, revolting is the right word. I’ve been ignorant of much of Feinstein and Blum’s outrageous moneygrubbing corruption, so thanks again for the links. Outside of a very few (Barbara Lee is the only Democrat I’m still willing to vote for) the only difference between the parties lies in their rhetoric. Kayfabe.

          2. diane

            Glad the links were of use, mookie! I’ll try to post some more here by day’s end if able (I collect them).

            And yeah, about those DemRats, haven’t voted for any since 2008 and that year it was only about two of them, the rest I wrote in “none of the above” or voted third party. And yeah, I did vote for the obomber in 2008, at the very last minute, …. against my better instincts, as a lessor of two evils!!!!, ….. much to my increasing shame.

          3. diane

            Some more:

            12/28/12 GOP and Feinstein join to fulfill Obama’s demand for renewed warrantless eavesdroppingThe California Democrat’s disgusting rhetoric recalls the worst of Dick Cheney while advancing Obama’s agenda

            01/26/11 Life and Death in McCarron’s Union Dying to be a Carpenter

            02/26/10 How Imperial San Franciscans Loot the Planet – DiFi and Blum: a Marriage Marinated in Money

            02/19/10 Disaster Capitalist University

            02/03/10 Richard Blum: The Man Behind California’s “Developing Economy”

            04/17/09 How Imperial San Franciscans Loot the Planet – DiFi and Blum: a Marriage Marinated in Money

            10/04/90 SEC Investigates Firm Whose Biggest Stockholder Is Feinstein’s Husband : Securities: Blum denies participating in any improprieties. Probe focuses on allegations that the company and its officials inflated the value of stock.

            See also.

          4. diane

            Some more (this may be a duplicate my first post got eaten, I’m shortening the amount of links on this one)

            12/28/12 GOP and Feinstein join to fulfill Obama’s demand for renewed warrantless eavesdroppingThe California Democrat’s disgusting rhetoric recalls the worst of Dick Cheney while advancing Obama’s agenda

            01/26/11 Life and Death in McCarron’s Union Dying to be a Carpenter

            02/26/10 How Imperial San Franciscans Loot the Planet – DiFi and Blum: a Marriage Marinated in Money

          5. diane

            (I see my inital post (at 2:27 AM, EDT) was ultimately saved from the “spam” (not complaining about timing, my sympathies about trying to sort through that monstrosity of “spam” bots). There was clearly a duplicate link in my inital post titled, How Imperial San Franciscans Loot the Planet – DiFi and Blum: a Marriage Marinated in Money; one was incorrectly noted as 04/17/09, which date still mystifies me. I was really tired when I posted, if I find out in the future the link match that date actually belonged to, I’ll share it, if the timing is right.)

    1. MyLessThanPrimeBeef

      I think it was only a dream but I thought I read that, in a poll, 9 out of 5 dictators favor MMT.

  17. rich

    “Children Are Dying”

    Over the last weeks, Atticus has battled six types of E. coli, his kidneys’ shutting down, multiple infections, and heart surgery, which “he handled like a champ,” his father says. “He’s overcome everything that’s been put in front of him.”

    Except for a mind-boggling problem that Atticus’s hospital—one of the most prominent in the country—has been powerless to solve: Atticus isn’t receiving some of the critical nutrients he needs to survive.

    Doctors and pharmacists say that because of nationwide shortages caused by a combination of factors—manufacturing problems, a market with few incentives for companies to produce low-profit drugs, and the government’s delayed and inadequate action—thousands of patients are being malnourished.

    Atticus’s gastrointestinal tract, like that of many NICU babies, isn’t mature enough for digestion, so he must rely on intravenous nutrition, a formulation called parenteral nutrition (PN), typically made up of 20 nutrients. Some babies, as well as hundreds of thousands of children and adults, rely on PN, sometimes for months or years.

    At the time of this writing—some shortages come and go by the week—Atticus’s hospital is low on intravenous calcium, zinc, lipids (fat), protein, magnesium, multivitamins, and sodium phosphate; it’s completely out of copper, selenium, chromium, potassium phosphate, vitamin A, and potassium acetate. And so are many other hospitals and pharmacies in the country, leading to complications usually seen only in the developing world, if ever.

    In Washington, for example, health professionals blame calcium deficiencies for rising numbers of NICU babies—also called neonates—with metabolic bone disease, poor growth, and fractures, including a baby with a broken thigh bone.

    • • •

    Experts call the nutrient shortage a public-health crisis and a national emergency—and are astounded that the government and manufacturers have let the situation become so dire.

    “Children are dying,” says Steve Plogsted, a clinical pharmacist who chairs the drug-shortage task force of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN). “They’re not getting any calcium or any zinc. Or they’re not getting any phosphorous, and that can lead to heart standstill. I know of a neonate who had seven days without phosphorous, and her little heart stopped.”

    “I’ve never seen anything like this in my entire career, and I’ve been a pharmacist for 40-some years,” says Michael Cohen, president of the nonprofit Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) and a 2005 MacArthur Foundation fellow. “This should never be allowed to happen.”

    There are 300 drug, vitamin, and trace-element shortages in the US, the highest number ever recorded by the University of Utah Drug Information Service, which began tracking national shortages in 2001. Approximately 80 percent of these are generic injectables, or drugs given intravenously.
    Why haven’t you heard about the shortages? Most people haven’t. Many hospital administrators, doctors, and even NICU nurses are unaware that patients are being shortchanged. What’s more, several hospital staff members say that “virtually none” of the patients or their parents know that their intravenous nutrition is so incomplete that they may be in danger of serious deficiencies.

    “Until there’s a big enough outcry, lawmakers and the FDA don’t care,” Caitlin says. “No one understands. We tell hospital officials, but even the higher-ups outside of our unit don’t get how bad it is. It’s like, who do I need to sleep with to get something done?”

    “It’s a recipe for disaster,” says Erin Fox, who directs the University of Utah Drug Information Service. “These companies have really let the American public down by choosing to not have a backup plan. They don’t care if they run out of something that’s lifesaving, because to them it’s a business.”

    1. AbyNormal

      i was reading US Infant Mortality the other day (an thanks rich furthering my ed)

      US surpasses other industrialized countries in infant death rate
      a few snips…
      One in eight babies in the US are born preterm, or less than 37 weeks gestational age. This is second only to Cyprus for preterm birthrate in the industrialized world, and 131st out of the 176 countries surveyed. Complications of preterm birth are the direct cause of one-third of all newborn deaths in the US.

      A major factor behind the high rate of preterm birth in the US is poverty. Tens of millions of Americans live in destitution, including millions of young mothers and their children. Some 16 million children in the US live in “extreme poverty,” in households whose annual income is less than half the official poverty line. Since the onset of the 2008 recession, many social outreach, nutrition, and public health programs serving these women and their babies have been gutted.

      Preterm births present special problems, such as undeveloped lungs and an immature immune system. These conditions require constant and intensive care at quality hospitals. Across the US, hospitals have been cutting such care and raising costs over the past decade. In Philadelphia, for example, which the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ranks as 196th out of 200 urban counties for infant mortality, 15 maternity wards have been closed down. Only six remain open.

      The growing ranks of the uninsured and Medicaid recipients have also put the strain on hospitals that receive state reimbursement for services to the poor. As states slash reimbursement rates, hospitals have tightened admissions and scrapped charity care programs. According to reproductive health organization the Guttmacher Institute, one in five US women of childbearing age are uninsured. Another 15 percent are enrolled in Medicaid.

      1. AbyNormal

        The Cause of Drug Shortages and Proposals for Repairing these Markets…
        “Some blame these shortages on the “manipulation” of drug middlemen. These “gray market” distributors have become an unofficial alternative market for drugs — operating outside the usual distribution networks. This shadow market has exploded in recent years, with vendors charging markups of up to up to 3000% for some cancer drugs. These vendors stockpile supplies to be redistributed later at high prices, once shortages arise.”
        “The only way to improve the availability of these products is to make it profitable for firms to invest in the manufacturing that enables stable, safe, and more scalable supply.”–Scott Gottlieb, M.D.
        (where the fu*k have i heard this before…EVERYWHERE)

    1. MyLessThanPrimeBeef

      Some people are lucky to be born with that ability; some spend arduous years practicing to develop that.

  18. Hugh

    The Assange affair, its role in renditions, unrest and high youth unemployment, wealth inequality, the image of Sweden that most of us grew up with is a myth long gone.

    1. MyLessThanPrimeBeef

      Does their prime minister still walk home, after taking in a movie, through the streets of Stockholm?

  19. cward

    This from the New Republic… a former bastion of conservative thinking. This web address is filled with pro cop, pro military, pro FBI and CIA types.

    You’ll notice left and right are no longer rubber stamping government False Flags.

    So who’s left?

    from the New Republic today

    “”became violent and lunged at an agent with a knife while he was being questioned “”

    And we’re supposed to believe the FBI was interviewing him without checking to see if he had a weapon on him? I guess it’s not too difficult to believe as it’s only we patriotic Americans they fear.

    Just ask the FBI agent who asked the judge to sign the stupid order for the case of James Rosen to be turned over CRIMINALLY to a US Attorney. It was two judges really – one refused and the agent took it to another one who approved it. That agent AND US Attorney should be out of jobs. The FBI and US Attorneys are a deadly mix!

    12 posted on Thursday, May 23, 2013 11:47:29 AM by Thank You Rush
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    To: fatima

    Why is it that everything associated with this smells to high heaven?

    It has become impossible for a thinking person not to question everything they (government security agencies) tell us because their accounts of events are always “evolving”.

    Even truth sounds like lies. Does paranoia now need to be the new normal?

    1. Elliot

      Yes. As the philosopher Lily Tomlin said, “No matter how cynical you become, it’s never enough to keep up.”

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