Links 3/24/15

Has Anyone Done More To Undermine Free Markets Than Lee Kuan Yew? Forbes (Bob H)

Secret Nazi hideout believed found in remote Argentine jungle Washington Post (furzy mouse)

SA Agriculture Minister says soil program proves utilising ‘God’s gifts’ can boost yields better than GM technology ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Mars One Won’t Respond To Us Directly, So Here’s A Point-By-Point Takedown Of Their Latest Claims Medium (furzy mouse)

Global warming is now slowing down the circulation of the oceans — with potentially dire consequences Washington Post

Medical expansion has led people worldwide to feel less healthy Science Daily. Correlation is not causation…over that time period, we’ve seen a big rise in obesity and diabetes, more income inequality (bad for health, lots of public health studies confirming that) and more and more work/time stress (bad for health). In other words, people may really BE less healthy, even if living longer.

The $6.8 Billion Great Wall Of Japan: Fukushima Cleanup Takes On Epic Proportion OilPrice

China’s Weapons of Mass Consumption Foreign Policy (Bob H)

Gloomy forecast for eurozone jobs Financial Times

Growth alone will not stabilise Europe Gideon Rachman, Financial Times. Swedish Lex: “What we have been saying for the past five years or so is now dawning on the FT.”

‘The Fourth Reich’: What Some Europeans See When They Look at Germany Der Spiegel (Peter J)


Merkel and Tsipras in bid to defuse tensions as cash fears rise Financial Times

Merkel, Tsipras put on a brave face for the camera – but no deals Fortune. The headline overstates the situation. Merkel mentioned development bank funds as a possibility for Greece. This is an idea straight out of The Modest Proposal. However, even if this carrot is delivered, I’d expect it to come at the price of considerable adherence to structural reforms.

5 Takeaways From Angela Merkel’s Meeting With Alexis Tsipras WSJ Moneybeat. The last is deadly. If Merkel really is fobbing Tsipras back to the IMF and the ECB, this little summit was a mere photo op.

Merkel and Tsipras meet in Berlin amid debt fears BBC. Read the discussion of the press conference.

SOROS: Greece is ‘now a lose-lose game’ with a 50% change of leaving the euro Business Insider (furzy mouse)

Does anyone believe the “emperor”? unbalanced evolution

Greek Study Provides Evidence of Forced Loans to Nazis Der Spiegel (furzy mouse)


Oligarchs and their “Pocket Armies” Take Over Oil Company in Kiev; Ukraine Begs for More Money; Three-Way Civil War? Michael Shedlock

Sorry Ukraine, You Still Need Russian Gas American Interest

Denmark slams Russian envoy’s nuclear target warning CNN (furzy mouse)


Israel Spied on Iran Talks Wall Street Journal. With friends like this….

Israel denies spying on US-Iran nuclear talks BBC

Pentagon loses track of $500 million in weapons, equipment given to Yemen Washington Post (EM)

Islamic State Militants in Iraq Siphon State Pay Wall Street Journal

A Raisin in the Israeli Sun Project Syndicate (David L)

Mob attack on Afghan woman becomes rallying cry for justice Christian Science Monitor

Imperial Collapse Watch

The Saker interviews Paul Craig Roberts Vineyard of the Saker (Chuck L)

Five things Americans still don’t understand about Obamacare Christian Science Monitor

First Amendment, ‘Patron Saint’ of Protesters, Is Embraced by Corporations New York Times. Headline underplays the thesis. Read the paper, Corporate Speech and the First Amendment: History, Data, and Implications by John C. Coates, IV (furzy mouse) or the article proper.

Ted Cruz Boldly Declares Nation Not Deserving Of Better Candidate Onion (David L)

Imagine President Ted Cruz New York Times. Editorial.

Ted Cruz Is No Captain Courageous Bloomberg

Martin O’Malley Wants to Be the Glass-Steagall Candidate Bloomberg

Nation’s largest ocean desalination plant goes up near San Diego; Future of the California coast? San Jose Mercury News (furzy mouse)

Woman held 8 days in NYC psych ward for saying Obama followed her on Twitter — even though he does Raw Story

Chicago Has a Bigger Problem with Stop-and-Frisks by Police Than New York Had Kevin Gosztola, Firedoglake

Oil drops as Saudi output nears record, China demand worries drag Reuters

US vetoes RBS, HSBC and BNP living wills Financial Times

Antidote du jour. Stephen L tells us this is Pies, who “has a wiggly way of approaching and waving his tail at people that charms. He gets up close and most people wind up petting him.”

Pies links

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  1. Inverness

    “Long live competition, but not competition of ideas.” Good find on a French blog (in French) about how neo-liberal economic policies are like fundamentalist religion. Chomsky has been saying the same thing.

    The article addresses how the TINA principle operates, as “an intellectual terror which spreads gangrene thoughout…the idea that the umemployed, and poor are solely responsible for their reality, and deserved to be marginalized.”

    I realize this is not news to NC readers, but the article does a nice job of expressing sympathy for the Greek plight, and its current government, who is only asking for what’s reasonable, and also breaks down, for the layman, what this new religion is all about (including a glorification of the markets, hence the religious references).

  2. rjs

    something that has come up among my correspondents…
    at issue is this:
    notice Russia and Siberia were much warmer than normal…
    we are considering if there’s been an abrogation of the 1977 treaty between the US and Russia not to use weather modification for military purposes..
    the cold in the East and the drought in California have done economic damage on a par with the embargo..
    even back in the 70s there was talk about manipulating the jet stream…the technology to do so must be far advanced by now…

    1. YankeeFrank

      Does it comfort you to think that humans are manipulating the climate and thus have control of it? Guess what, the reality is a lot scarier. Its called global warming.

    2. Synapsid


      That is a perceptive comment. Your interest has been noted.

      Do not leave your present location. Wait for the knock on the door.

  3. john bougearel

    That is one helluva photo-op – revealing perhaps a glaring distrust that Tsipras has of Merkel.

    1. James Levy

      Only in America could devote “Christians” embrace a libertarian atheist like Ayn Rand and her little doofus acolytes. Have these Liberty University clowns ever read the Sermon on the Mount? Do they think that when Jesus said “feed my sheep” he meant his actual flock of sheep in 30 AD? What vile disease afflicts the American Protestant mind and warps its understanding of its own founding document to such a perverse extent? I’m not saying anyone has to believe a word of the Hebrew of Christian Bibles, but Jesus did have a message, and if you want to run around saying you are a follower of Jesus, you should have a clue as to what that message was.

      1. DJG

        Just take a quick look around the Internet for the desparate determination to contradict the second chapter of the Epistle of James, with its requirement of good works. Lots of words expended to support the flaky Pauline hypothesis of personal redemption by faith alone.

        1. Ulysses

          You’ll also see a desperate attempt to retranslate phrases like “blessed are the poor,” to “blessed are the poor in spirit.” Why? Because a fatcat wealthy guy who makes a financial killing, off investing in for-profit prisons, say, can’t pretend to be poor, but could claim to “feel in his heart” that he is “poor in spirit.”

          “Just as the commandment “Thou shalt not kill” sets a clear limit in order to safeguard the value of human life, today we also have to say “Thou shalt not” to an economy of exclusion and inequality. Such an economy kills. How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points? This is a case of exclusion. Can we continue to stand by when food is thrown away while people are starving? This is a case of inequality.”

          — Pope Francis I

    2. craazyboy

      Has anyone kuestioned whether the Kuban Kanook born in Kalgary, Kanada can be POTUS – assumming our US Konstitution still disallows it? Will we ask the US Supreme Kourt???

      But yeah, he be kreepy looking. Shouldn’t let young boys into a Konfessional booth with that dude.

      PS – I’d say if we have to mod the Konstitution, it should be to disallow any more prez candidates from Texas.
      They’ve had enough chances to run the country.

      1. Carla

        “PS – I’d say if we have to mod the Konstitution, it should be to disallow any more prez candidates from Texas.
        They’ve had enough chances to RUIN the country.”

        There– fixed it for ya.

      2. Llewelyn Moss

        You may be Krazy but your logic is Impekkable. Yes, Those Eyes. Those Eyes are Ka-reepy.

        1. norm de plume

          Not knowing what Cruz looks like I googled him and hit Images. You’re right, a singular visage. A face only a mother, or a billionaire, could love. With a face like that he wouldn’t need to audition for the Koch’s, just smile. And wink.

          Up the top in the options which scroll across the page, the four visible are from left – Comic Book Ted, Tattoo Ted, followed by Ted Bundy and Rand Paul.

      3. Katniss Everdeen

        This theme is proving irresistible to me.

        Kuban Kanook (Kanuck???) kould katch on. Damn, couldn’t figure a way around that “o.”

        1. craazyboy

          Not sure if I know the proper spelling for the slang term for Canadian. Maybe lurking can…s can clarify.

      4. craazyboy

        Oh well. Here’s a serious article discussing the natural born citizen issue. It never seems to work the way you want.

        A CA buddy told me more about Chinese maternity motels. They go to the emergency room, Jr gets awarded a US birth certificate and citizenship, then the happy family skips town and stiffs the hospital, leaving US resident-consumers to absorb the cost of the emergency room bill. Said it has been going on for years too.

        1. Paul Tioxon

          John McCain was born in Panama before Jimmy Karter lost it to Noriega. So, there is a pattern to Republican Uber Patriotism compensating for lack of actual Amerikaness? Am I Krazy or did Liberty University force students to rally for a candidate under pain of economic sanctions of a $10 fine? Liberty mandatory crowd assembly buries individuals in mass collective. Inherent contradiction alert. Maybe it should be Slavery University of Virginia, GO SUV!!!. Like Luxury Apartments, if you have to use the term, they’re not luxury, and Liberty University seems lacking in personal freedom.

          1. Llewelyn Moss

            Penalty for not attending = $10 fine plus 4 “reprimands”.

            Tough skool.
            I saw this link to the school Honor Code guidelines. Students can also get reprimands for:
            – Spending the night with a person of the opposite sex
            – Refusal to submit to an Alco-Sensor test and/or drug test as specified by the administration
            – Involvement with witchcraft, séances or other satanic or demonic activity

            The full list would be hilarious (except of course it is a real thing).

              1. Llewelyn Moss

                I sure as heck hope not. ;-)

                I noticed they have a section in the Honor Code doc with a procedure for “Self Reporting” your own offenses. May I suggest you strongly consider that. I stand ready to hear your full Konfession. hahaha.

            1. bob

              skool is right. I had a friend who went to another school in that town. I visited, once. It was a cult.


              He founded it, and lived there. Too much good stuff to give highlights. The gay teletubbie scandal is only worth mentioning in relation to the university, which holds as its mascot–


              They’re the older, more established nutjobs. Sorta like the mormons after Smith, they gained a lot without him being there anymore.

              Hillsdale “college” is another, newer version, along the same lines.


              They named the track after Rush. For speed.


        2. Katniss Everdeen

          ” “It would be reasonable to interpret the Constitution’s natural born citizenship provision to include children born abroad to U.S. citizens, including Senator Cruz, for a number of reasons,” she said.”

          So, this is some pretty interesting stuff.

          It would mean that all of the children born today in CA “maternity motels,” or to “illegals” who make it across the border to give birth, will eventually give birth to american “citizens,” even if they are deported or return to their “home” country voluntarily.

          This could get real interesting in about 70 years. I hear that the Chinese are an especially patient people.

          1. alex morfesis

            on chinese babies in america

            there is a huge financial penalty in some parts of china for having a second child and don’t even think about having a third one…no residency papers allowed, etc…and forced take down of pregnancies have been done by plutocrats trying to make their local “population control” numbers stay in line…

            as to stiffing hospitals…that might be a bit of a stretch…suspect the hospitals are playing stupid…calling dr black..dr bill black…control fraud department…why bother having you pay a medical bill when a convenient “oops” and some cash in an envelope with the hospital “billing” department can allow you to dump the cost on the american taxpayer…these are not “broke” chinese who are showing up…they have assets and can be chased in china…there are courts in china and they do sometimes work…there are even lawyers in china with websites who might take the collection cases…and the “facilitation companies” who aid and abet…well…why are they getting a financial pass…???

            oh and back to our subject matter…

            if we are going to have foreigners run for president…

            putin in 2016

            the only man who stood up to obama each and every day…never compromised his ideals…the kind of man the republican party needs…a man of conviction…who can’t be convicted…a white shoe republican…putin in 2016

            1. craazyboy

              The way I understand it is the hospitals can’t turn away anyone that shows up at the emergency room. I doubt bribery is involved, but I’m sure the hospital admin has decided it’s easier to write off a bad collection and merely add it to overhead and raise prices to cover it.

              The “facilitation companies” are the ones we could go after, if anyone was serious about stopping this.

              Re: Putin in 2016 – Could turn out to be our best president since Kennedy- Ike era. Maybe he’ll end the Cold War again, too?? Then again, there is the Oligarchy thing. Maybe he would fit in with the Beltway all too well.

              1. Katniss Everdeen

                From what I understand, unpaid hospital bills may not be as odious as hospitals would like you to believe. Since hospitals have no set charges, they are free to fix charged amounts as they see fit. They are then free to assign them as “noncollectable,” with any attendant tax advantages, or as “charity,” with its own special accounting benefits. Especially for the “non-profits.”

                “Writing off” an inflated bill as “charity” makes them look ever so, well, benevolent, as well as compliant with requirements to provide a certain level of “charity” care.

                As far as the “Ted Cruz is a natural born citizen” theme goes, I’m having trouble letting go of the possibilities.

                If all it takes to become a “natural born” citizen of the US is one parent, regardless of the country of birth or the citizenship of the second parent, and every “natural born” citizen begets “natural born” citizens, there could be generations of “natural born” citizens who have never even lived in america.

                The Chinese may be willing to forgo their one child policy when they realize that if things get too crowded, they can just ship all the “americans” back “home.”

                1. craazyboy

                  I did post on that dystopian future, but the Devoureror ate it. So we must wait for it to be disgorged.

                2. Working Class Nero

                  That is not true. My natural born American children were born in Belgium but they CANNOT pass their American citizenship to their children unless they live 14 of their 18 childhood years in the US (which they have/will not do). There are some other conditions as well. I know a guy here who is American (through his mother) but his kids most certainly are not American due to them not meeting the conditions stated above. So American citizenship does not pass on endlessly through the generations as you state.

          2. craazyboy

            My buddy and I think in 20 years the trust fund kids will be back attending UC and discussing Ayn Rand literature over a nice California Pinot Noir. They then will get permanent visas, or whatever Uncle Sam requires, and move the extended family here. Maybe the family will even be political refugees, if China ever decides to turn Communist again. Then, political contributions are so much more powerful and efficient than voting. “Never Again” they will say.

          3. craazyboy

            Also, as far as “illegals*” being Empowered by our Constitution to have American Babies, back in the 90s, CA did pass a state law say’n it ain’t so. They got sued, by the ACLU, I think it was (rather ironic, IMO), and the Supremes overturned the state law. Our constitution remains intact on that issue to this day.

            * I don’t think a Green card or H-1B would improve this particular issue either. But the baby could be allowed the same residency status as the parent(s) – just so we don’t have to go shipping babies all around the world**. It only makes sense that way.

            ** I have heard this as an argument from supporters in favor of baby citizens. They said it would be outrageous if we made them ship their babies home.

        3. MyLessThanPrimeBeef

          How did Hitler become chancellor if he wasn’t born in Germany? His parents weren’t German citizens either. Maybe Germans could have learned something from us.

              1. ambrit

                Then he did an ex post facto by making Austria part of Germany in the Anschluss of 1938. I wonder if the Canada will get more States then it now has Provinces out of the “Reunification.”

      5. JerseyJeffersonian


        I spent a fair amount of time marshalling information on the issue of whether Senator Cruz is eligible for election to the office of President of the U.S. last night, and posted the results on yesterday’s Water Cooler. Unfortunately, it contained a lot of links, and I knew that it would immediately go into moderation, and might not emerge for a goodly while. I think that the mosaic that I assembled was pretty comprehensive, and dispositive on the point in question. In order to avoid the recurrence of the same problem, I supply you with the link to my response to ShamanicFallout’s original posing of the question:

        I hope that this helps.


  4. owenfinn

    Quelle surprise! A quarter million from Fukushima are still displaced and uncompensated, while the politicians prepare to gorge themselves on the mother of all taxpayer funded amakudari boondoggles.


  5. Kevin Hall

    “Cruz went on to say that, in some ways, he might actually be a better candidate than the nation deserved.”

    You are looking at the next demagogue in the oval office – he’s perfect to finish riding the wheels right off of this carcacha and right into hell.

    Imagine that.

  6. Ned Ludd

    Expressing too much emotion (after having your car seized) is now justification to lock you up.

    According to The Daily News‘ Stephen Rex Brown, last year Kam Brock attempted to retrieve a car that the New York Police Department had seized.

    When she walked into the NYPD’s Public Service Area 6 stationhouse, she was, by her own admission, “emotional,” but insisted that she was by no means “emotionally disturbed.”

    The NYPD disagreed — they handcuffed her and sent her to the hospital.

    According to the lawsuit Brock is filing, the “next thing you know, the police held onto me, the doctor stuck me with a needle and I was knocked out.”

    A similar thing happened to police officer Adrian Schoolcraft, when he refused to ticket or arrest innocent people. The NYPD locked him up as an Emotionally Disturbed Person (EDP).

    1. Llewelyn Moss

      Apparently he has not read Orwell. Never display emotion, or they invite you to the Ministry of Love for re-education.

    2. diptherio

      Yes, so we have racism and misogyny, followed by psych ward “doctors” who don’t understand the modern world. FMC (like FML only it’s “country” instead of “life”)….

      1. Ned Ludd

        “[T]he doctor made her discharge contingent upon her denying that Obama follows her on the social media site… No one at the hospital, she said, checked her Twitter account for objective proof of the truth of her claim.”

        I don’t think the problem is that the doctor doesn’t understand the modern world. I think the doctor cares about conformity and submission to authority.

        <a href='How many lights?

        You might have saved yourself a great deal of torment by yielding at the beginning…

        Tell me, how many lights do you see?

  7. Jim Haygood

    From ‘Raisin in the Israeli sun’:

    ‘Astonishingly, when Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu addressed the United States Congress earlier this month, his 39-minute speech about Iran’s existential threat to Israel did not contain a single mention of the Palestinian people.’

    Just as, prior to 1964, you’d probably find few references to minorities in State of the Union speeches.

    Jim Crow involves ignoring the second-class citizens, unless they cause trouble. We’re the proud sponsors of israeli Jim Crow, to the tune of $3 billion a year.

    1. Jim Haygood

      Last November, a Lufthansa Airbus fell into a 4,000 ft/minute descent that couldn’t be stopped with the control stick, until the pilots disconnected the Air Data Units. Angle of attack sensors (little mechanical semaphores sticking out on the side of the plane) got frozen in tilted-up position during the climb. When the aircraft leveled off, but the angle of attack sensors didn’t rotate back to level flight position, the flight computer interpreted a stall and forced the aircraft into a nose-down descent (what’s needed to recover from a stall).

      Today’s crash, in which a steady 4,000 ft/min descent began right after the aircraft leveled off at cruising altitude, suggests a repeat of the November incident. But this time apparently the crew didn’t manage to follow Airbus’s new bulletin saying to disconnect the Air Data Units and re-establish manual control.

      Fly-by-wire is here to stay. But when it fails, there has to be a quicker, more intuitive way to re-establish old-school manual control, than watching the ground come up to meet you while trying to troubleshoot a balky operating system.

      1. montanamaven

        Thanks for the link. I’ve talked to several pilots about a flaw in the design of Airbus. They said it’s difficult to take manual control over the aircraft. Over the years, I’ve noticed my bumpiest flights coming into Denver were always Airbuses. I try to avoid them.

      2. hunkerdown

        Manual control isn’t the Airbus Way, though. Remember, this is the aircraft maker whose products enforce safe flight attitudes and operational limits in software.

      3. kj1313

        Air France 447 showed that Airbus needs to significantly reassess pilot capabilities with the aircraft in a distress situation.

        1. sam snead

          AF447 was being flown by inexperienced pilots. The captain was resting with his girlfriend due to him not getting any sleep while on layover.

    2. VietnamVet

      AsiaAir QA8501 crashed while the pilot was out of his seat to turn off a faulty computer. By the time the captain was able to make it back to his seat, it was too late to save the stalled Airbus A320.

      No one connects the dots anymore. The media hypes deadly accidents but never reports anything that impacts western corporate profits. Each disaster is an isolated event.

      Then there is the information black hole around the shoot down of flight MH-17 and not a single word about the putsch initiated by the West to seize Ukraine and ultimately to dispose of Vladimir Putin that caused the shoot down in the first place.

  8. charger01

    Today’s antidote looks strikingly similar to Porter. He’s the famous three legged pup from Dunham Cellars.
    They actually have a decent red blend called “Three Legged redn”

    1. Stephen Liss

      Pies. That’s Polish for “dog”. Pronounced pee-ez. Dad named him. Dad got Pies from his housekeeper Gayle after his Jack Russell terrier Boots died, almost four years ago. Gayle raises border collies. Pies is not a puppy mill dog! I know it’s virtuous to save shelter dogs. I got Pies because life happened. I don’t have anything against healthy, lovingly raised purebreds, either. Dad had Pies for a couple of years. Greg took Pies from Orillia, Ontario to Edmonton, Alberta in September 2013, after Dad’s interment. Greg took magnificent care of him until I took him in January 2015. Greg is Pies’ godparent.
      Now that I have Pies, I meet lots of people. He reads them to see if they are friendly. He has the same happy howl that my sister’s wonderful dear departed rottweiler Portia had. Pies uses that happy howl to greet people. He has a wiggly way of approaching and waving his tail at people that charms. He gets up close and most people wind up petting him. Some women hug and belly rub him! 3x I have seen him get belly rubbed.
      Canine Casanova – not kidding, you’d have to see it to believe it.
      — in Kenmore, Washington.

      1. JerseyJeffersonian

        He’s a handsome gentleman, Pies is. You can see in the self-assured way that he looks into the camera that he knows and is comfortable with who he is.

        My wife and I share our home with two rescue dogs, one a full border collie, and the other a mix, half border collie, half flat coat retriever. The border collie is named Sabine, after the great German clarinettist, Sabine Meyer (I am an oboist and a great admirer of the beauty, technical proficiency, and soulfulness of her playing). She was abused by so-called “humans” for her first two years. Tallulah, the mix, was only a pup of about 10 months when we adopted her, and although skinny, was apparently not abused. They were a pair of uncivilized “Kentucky Porch Dogs” when we took them home, and we wondered what we had gotten ourselves in to for a while. Things are vastly improved after the passage of a couple of years; Tallulah has always been a sunny and blithe spirit, but Sabine presented as a project, requiring a slow peeling away of the defensiveness that she understandably exhibited. Now, she just can’t get enough love from her people, and I am willing to put aside my silly human projects to share my time with her whenever she asks for it. Every day she gets closer to being the dog she was meant to be, and we are the beneficiaries of the progressive unveiling of her spirit.

  9. Katniss Everdeen

    RE: Pentagon loses track of $500 million in weapons, equipment given to Yemen Washington Post (EM)

    “In a 2013 report, the U.S. Government Accountability Office found that the primary unclassified counterterrorism program in Yemen lacked oversight and that the Pentagon had been unable to assess whether it was doing any good.”

    It is so tempting to cite Einstein’s “Doing the same thing over and over…” maxim, but what’s the point?

    This is the american military we’re talking about here.

    1. Eureka Springs

      Neoliberal Pentagon: Knowing the price of everything but the value/location of nothing. Last few times they ‘lost’ stockpiles of weapons Libya was destroyed, Syria too, and ISIS (what is the definition of is is?) in Iraq suddenly appeared. All features, not bugs.

    2. Llewelyn Moss

      But of course the “Counterterrorism Program In Yemen” has done a Ton Of Good. The Drone carpet bombing in Yemen has been the best recruiting tool the Terraists® could have ever imagined. And exponential number of Terraists means expansion of the War On Terra which is good for the MIC (read that jobs jobs jobs). It’s a Win-Win. Well except for US taxpayers — kinda sux to be them these daze.

      1. James Levy

        They have a patented neocon answer for that one: we didn’t kill enough of them, i.e. “try harder” or “stay the course”. It can’t be proved but it is likewise almost impossible to refute. They’ve used it for everything since Vietnam. The problem is always too few dead bodies of foreigners, too few weeping widows and mangled children. If we just keep killing we are bound to break their will to resist our domination at some point. That’s the strategy that holds sway in Washington among all the “serious” people. And since moral arguments hold no water with these people, and they can always just keep making the same assertion and you can’t PROVE it won’t work, then they will keep on killing people around the world until they no longer have the resources at their disposal to do so.

        1. Llewelyn Moss

          Oh ye of little faith. Just One More Decade Of War will bring total victory for gawd’s chosen people , and evil shall finally be vanquished and will be banished from the earth forever. So saith the MIC. :-)

          1. Ulysses

            “Even the humblest Party member is expected to be competent, industrious, and even intelligent within narrow limits, but it is also necessary that he should be a credulous and ignorant fanatic whose prevailing moods are fear, hatred, adulation, and orgiastic triumph. In other words it is appropriate that he should have the mentality appropriate to a state of war.”

            George Orwell, 1984

  10. Jim Haygood

    In today’s inflation report, y-o-y headline CPI was flat compared to -0.1% last month. Meanwhile, y-o-y core CPI strengthened from 1.6% last month to 1.7% now:

    No sign of deflation here. Most likely, headline CPI will converge toward core CPI over the next year. It’s safe to exit the deflation emergency shelter now.

  11. craazyboy

    “Nation’s largest ocean desalination plant goes up near San Diego; Future of the California coast? San Jose Mercury News (furzy mouse)”

    Guess ya try something, but this desal plant is right down the road from the beachfront San Onofre Nuke plant – which I’ve read has 8X the nuke waste stored there that Fuka does. All in earthquake country. Hasn’t had an negative impact on property prices in this strip of coastal real estate, tho. However, if this real estate debt ever gets deflated, the world will enter a 100 year depression.

  12. DJG

    Slowing the Gulf Stream because of the melting of the Arctic ice caps. You might as well write your living wills now, and Norway was so nice while it was habitable. Yves just reminded us of Obama’s four legacies, one of which is more oil and gas than ever, with the asphalt-slurry pipeline carrying the crap right into the U.S. of A. Although the debate over neo-libs and neo-cons in the past few days is interesting (I still favor the descriptor “fascist” for all of them), what strikes me about people like Cruz, H Clinton, Obama, and J Kerry is that they are just smart enough to do damage. Rahm, here in Chicago, is the epitome of just smart enough to do damage. They’re that kind of “folks.”

  13. YankeeFrank

    Regarding Der Spiegel’s “The Fourth Reich”, it does a solid job of pointing out some of the psychological instability, irrationality and megalomania of the German character, but falls short by denying the outright racism of the current German victimhood dance. Denying the fourth reich by pointing out how its not being done with guns and racism when it IS being done with finance and racism is blind and self-serving. Pusillanimous is a word they use, and I won’t try to refute it. The ugliness of the German culture has become, once again, all too apparent to the rest of Europe. Perhaps the Germans should do what some of their louder bombasts are suggesting and go back to the Deutsche Mark. Oh the irony of seeing their export goliath collapse as the DM rises against the Euro. Lots of monocle popping and blaming the “freeloaders” of Europe for trying to destroy the noble German state? Wonderful, then maybe we can have a real WWIII, but this time we’ll nuke Germany once and for all and be done with them.

      1. James Levy

        Yes, that was racist twaddle worse than any “blame the lazy Greeks” nonsense coming out of Germany.

    1. Foy

      “The ugliness of the German culture has become, once again, all too apparent to the rest of Europe. ”
      “but this time we’ll nuke Germany once and for all and be done with them.”

      Man oh man… Apparently “nuking” people out of existence is not “ugliness” then…mmm it must depend on who does it.

      Cognitive dissonance anybody? I guess it takes a special type to put these two sentences in the same paragraph and not feel it…or maybe it is just the standard American hegemon mentality to any problem (destroy until they agree to our demands), which, on reflection, would explain a lot?

  14. MyLessThanPrimeBeef

    Growth alone will not stabilize xxx (Europe, Asia, America, etc..)

    Do you think ‘growth’ is a pyramid scheme…what problems we have, we just need to do more it or bring in more people to do it?

  15. rich

    U.S. Congress Clears Deck for Pension Decimation

    How does such an important piece of legislation, one impacting millions of retirees on a long term basis, get inserted into a federal temporary funding bill? It’s a result of corporate sponsored politicians.

    The Carlyle Group’s major innovation was locating in Washington, D.C., the home of purchased politicians and a $3.5 trillion budget.

    Corporations and their private equity underwriting (PEU) owners hate funding pensions. They’d rather use cash and borrowings for dividends and special distributions.

    Consider this 2011 statement from an ex-business reporter:

    I have seen so many people — particularly those in their 50s – 70s — taken apart by what has happened in their industry as greed has hollowed out the economy.

    These are people took pride in their jobs and held themselves to this invisible standard that we all just took for granted, but is being wiped out.

    The Carlyle Group shed their pension liability in their deals for RAC and Brintons’. PEUs will take any chance they have to dump health care and retirement expenses to workers.

    Congress helped them out with PPACA, commonly known as Obamacare. Corporations imitated public exchanges, offering private exchanges to retirees. In doing so many turned retiree healthcare into a defined contribution benefit, where the employer pays a fixed amount and the retiree “shops” for a plan.

    The big hits are on the horizon.
    Pension accounting changes are expected to show massive funding deficits for many state and local pensions.
    If you think this isn’t coordinated consider:

      1. ambrit

        Look at the Pentagons’ retirement programs. Fraud and abuse are where you find them I guess.

      1. craazyboy

        This is a new one on me. They say it’s cold fusion? I thought we didn’t know how to do that.

  16. juliania

    I watched/listened to this until 4 am last evening.

    Antiwar marches are going on all around this nation and the world. The article from South Australia had only one thing wrong with it – putting the quotes around the spiritual message. If quotes are necessary, put it around the gentleman’s statement as a whole!

    GM pollution of the soil, killing its vital mini-life, is a no-brainer, people. And what “Roundup Ready” crops do to the earth, that is what sick and shortminded profit pseudoscience and corporate welfare is doing to the entire planet! Slather the quotation marks around that obscenity!

    Let’s wake up and watch some cricket and relearn how to live; it’s a beautiful world out there and our lives should reflect that beauty.

    Cricket does.

  17. optimader

    Secret Nazi hideout believed found in remote Argentine jungle Washington Post (furzy mouse)

    The article gets it right that secret hideaways ended up to be irrelevant. Boremann and others were organizing contingency plans when it was becoming apparent the “thousand year reich” was an overly optimistic branding

    If you want to see the legacy of where the ahhh….. “Swiss” immigrants ended up, skip the jungle and visit Bariloche. If you didn’t know better , you would think you were in Berchtesgaden… er I mean Zermatt.
    You can stay in the “Eisenhower suite” !

    Coincidentally, the is where: is located. Go figure

  18. Jack

    Saker just can’t help himself can he? He had to throw the Freemasons in his list. It’s like for every good point that nutjob gives you have to sift through five pieces of bullshit. And it’s disappointing to see Roberts entertaining 9/11 inside job theories.

  19. Just Jack

    Jack! The latest CIA personas have first names only. The new streamlined persona routine: take a swipe at the interviewer with some name-calling (nutjob, well, then Q.E.D.). Then feint at minimal respect for the real target, Paul Craig Roberts, and vilify mildly with ‘disappointing.’ Disappointing, the troubling of 2015. No evidence, no argumentation, no slipups. How very… disappointing.

    1. Jack

      Oh, I’m a CIA operative am I? Sweet, when does my check arrive? I could always do with more money.

      I’ll double down: Saker isn’t just a nutjob, he’s a bigot, and I eventually got so sick and tired of his bile and insanity (ranting about the Catholic Church and Freemasons, Bosnian War revisionism are some examples) that I simply stopped reading his site outside of specific items that I see get linked to. If and when the fighting starts up in earnest again in Ukraine I’ll resume looking at his site for updates (though I’ve expanded to other sources, a lot of YouTube channels especially, so I won’t have to rely on him as much).

      And I actually like Roberts, even with the inside job nonsense he comes across as a lot saner than Saker does in that interview. But the 9/11 garbage is just that, garbage. I’ll echo Chomsky by pointing out one really obvious problem with the idea of an inside job: why engineer an attack and not forge convincing evidence linking your false flag operation directly to the country you want to invade? I well remember the lead up to the invasion of Iraq, and the plethora of flimsy excuses given for invading.

      Not only did they never present convincing (or any at all, really) evidence linking Saddam to 9/11 but the US government (across two administrations) have spent the last 14 years surpressing information linking Saudi Arabia to the attacks. Any actual conspiracy regarding 9/11 involves who bankrolled the attacks and how much the Bush administration knew and when they knew it.

      I know it’s bad form, in general and on this site in particular to engage in personal attacks, but 9/11 ‘truthers’ are fools. No, more than that you’re scum who don’t give the slightest damn about facts or truth. Every single one of your vapid points and arguments have been refuted time and time again (hurr durr the steel couldn’t have melted. It didn’t melt you morons, it got sufficiently hot to weaken and the support beams buckled outward. There’s goddamn photographs taken of the towers from helicopters showing the beams bending outward) and you just keep coming back and parroting the same discredited garbage. You’re idiots and you should be berated as idiots at every opportunity until constant public shaming either stops you being so idiotic or you at least shut up and crawl back into whatever filthy hole you crawled out of.

  20. different clue

    If man made global warming can shut down the thermohaline heat-conveyors to the point of keeping the heat away from the high latitude oceans, then the heat could build up even more in the low latitude oceans. And even more water vapor could boil off the greaterly warming low latitude oceans. If the high latitudes stayed relatively colder because of thermohaline ocean-heat deprivation, perhaps those airborne oceans of water vapor would move to the sub-polar areas and fall out as snow blitzes so heavy enough as to rebuild the icecaps.
    In otherwords, man made global warming could indeed lead to a man made ice age in some thermohaline-deprived places. Wouldn’t that be the depth of irony?

    How much energy did it take to suck all that water up out of the oceans and move it to the high latitude land masses and drop it as snow during the last ice age anyway? What was the climate in the tropics and subtropics during the high latitude ice ages? I know I remember reading that jaguars and capybaras were known from fossils to be living in Florida at a time when Great Lakestan was sitting under a mile-high cap of ice.

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