Tuesday 29th of November 2022

one hundred per cent......

For a country that has made human rights the glossy cover of its foreign policy rhetoric, this was not a good look. The Biden administration’s decision to grant Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman immunity from a civil lawsuit filed by the fiancé of murdered Saudi journalist and a human rights organisation simply stank.

 

BY Binoy Kampmark

 

make love not hate, nor war, nor bullshit......

At least five people have been killed and 25 injured after a gunman opened fire inside a gay club in the US state of Colorado on Saturday night.

A suspect is in police custody and is being treated for injuries. Two "heroic" people in the club subdued the attacker, police say.

our fascist history......

I KNOW. I HIT MY HEAD AGAINST BRICK WALLS. NOT SOFT AND I'M STUPID FOR ARGUING. BUT MOST WESTERN JOURNALISTS SEE ONLY ONE SIDE OF THE UKRAINE CAPER. IT’S ACTUALLY NOT ONE SIDE, IT’S THE FABRICATED WESTERN SIDE, THE CURTAIN THAT IS HIDING THE REALITY:

ZELENSKY IS AN IDIOT. THIS IS MY POINT OF VIEW. I CAN EXPLAIN WHY (I HAVE DONE IT MANY TIMES ON THIS SITE), BUT THEY WON’T LET ME. ALL THEY KNOW IS THAT "PUTIN IS EVIL" BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT THE US GOVERNMENT AND MURDOCH (WE BELIEVE MURDOCH NOW!) TELLS THEM… END OF STORY. THE ONLY CONCESSION THEY COULD MAKE:

— WHY DID PUTIN NOT STOP AT TAKING OVER THE DONBASS REGION THEN?

— HEY!!! LOOK AT THE MAP OF WHERE THE RUSSIAN ARMIES ARE NOW: IN THE DONBASS AND NOWHERE ELSE.

— SO WHY IS RUSSIAN “PRECISION” BOMBING UKRAINE’S UTILITIES AND ARMY DEPOTS?

under the non-magic carpet......

The international climate talks in Egypt — the 27th Conference of Parties to the 1992 UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, or COP27 — have become a dystopian nightmare: Oil companies, dictators and greenwashers captured the process more effectively than ever. 

But there is hope: Alliances are taking shape — between civil society, scientists and labor — that aim to break the fossil fuel companies’ deathly grip on climate policy.

 

BY Simon Pirani

 

Corporate Capture 

meanwhile on the eastern front......

US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has lauded Russia’s armed forces and weaponry on Saturday – but added, however, that such military might has not enabled Moscow to achieve victory in the Ukraine conflict.

“You know, the Russians have a massive military and impressive weapons,” but this “hasn’t helped them prevail in a campaign of conquest and cruelty,” Austin claimed, speaking at the Halifax International Security Forum in Canada on Saturday.

According to the official, “it’s about the cause,” as well as “those who fight for it.”

The secretary of defense went on to praise President Joe Biden for rallying “nations of goodwill” against Russia’s attempts to “redraw borders by force.”

western allies look to ukraine as a testing ground for weapons..............

A surprisingly frank article in The New York Times, “Western Allies Look to Ukraine as a Testing Ground for Weapons” describes how the imperial war machine is capitalising on the U.S. proxy war to test its weapons for future use.

“Ukraine has become a testing ground for state-of-the-art weapons and information systems, and new ways to use them, that Western political officials and military commanders predict could shape warfare for generations to come,” writes Lara Jakes.

 

BY Caitlin Johnstone

 

the bear knows.......

The leaders in the creation of the low-carbon infrastructure of the future must be those who will know how to build it, not those whose principal occupation is trading shares on the secondary market. This is why I believe that China, despite its current dependence on coal, is much more likely to achieve its future carbon emission goals than the United States.

A myriad of organisations of institutional investors, representing trillions of dollars of assets, have formed to back measures to mitigate climate change, drawing much media attention. But they are the wrong people to lead the climate fight.

 

BY Michael Edesess

 

bojo does not know better than his crass class of turdocrapts.....

New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg has reportedly been forced to apologize to guests at a business conference in Singapore after former UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave a speech condemning China as a “coercive autocracy.”

The ex-mayor of New York City and failed Democrat Party presidential candidate acknowledged to the approximately 500 Asian businesspeople and diplomats at the Bloomberg New Economy Forum that some guests may have been “insulted or offended” by Johnson’s comments, The Guardian reported on Friday.

sciences are relative.......

SCIENCES ARE RELATIVE. SOME ARTICLES PUBLISHED IN VARIOUS SCIENTIFIC MAGAZINES EXPLORE THIS. BUT DESPITE BEING NON-ABSOLUTE, SCIENCES ARE FAR BETTER THAN THE GENERATOR OF DELUSIONS. 

 

THERE IS ALSO SOME RIVALRY (POLITE) BETWEEN PUBLISHERS OF SCIENTIFIC STUFF. WE KNOW SOME PUBLISHERS DEMAND ASTRONOMICAL FEES FOR THEIR FARE, WHICH COULD OR COULD NOT BE WRONG/RIGHT. PUBLISH AND BE DAMNED.

 

SOME SCIENTIFIC PUBLICATIONS GO MORE AND MORE INTO THE POLITICS OF “MANAGING” SCIENCES AND SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH. THIS SLIDES TOWARDS A MIX OF SOCIAL, ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL “SCIENCES” WHICH ARE ART FORMS BASED ON STATISTICS AND OPINIONS. 

 

there is 99.99 per cent chances that this swan will die.....

Ukraine could capture Russia’s Crimea by the end of this year, the country’s deputy defense minister, Vladimir Gavrilov, has said. In an interview with Sky New on Saturday, Gavrilov stated that what is known as a ‘black swan’ – or a sudden and unexpected event – could bring about Kiev’s victory. 

“I think Russia can face a black swan in their country, inside Russia, and this can contribute to [our] success with Crimea,” he said, adding that there was “also a military option as well with some kind of combination of forces, resources and something else.”  

“We can step into Crimea, for example, by the end of December. Possible? Possible. Not ruling out that it can be so,” Gavrilov added. 

false information entering the main stream media.......

Two false news reports went viral this week due to sloppy sourcing and journalistic malpractice. As usual they both featured bogus claims about U.S.-targeted nations, in this case Russia and Iran.

when the "official truth" is a game of deception.............

The US State Department is funding a video game with an anti-populist message aimed at teaching kids to recognize “disinformation,” according to documents published by the Foundation for Freedom Online (FFO) on Thursday. The game, 'Cat Park', is being rolled out globally, with US embassies asking employees to push it through schools and community organizations.

In a memo sent on October 31 to all US diplomatic posts worldwide, the State Department encouraged staff to “promote,” “publicize,” and “organize special rollout events” for ‘Cat Park’, a game developed by a Dutch studio and funded by the State Department’s ‘Global Engagement Center’ (GEC).

exceptionalism and incompetence of the scoundrel patriots....

SECRETARY MATTIS: Well, good morning, everyone, and welcome to today’s event, a conversation between former Secretary of State Dr. Condoleezza Rice and our current Secretary of State Tony Blinken. At a time when America is navigating its role in a changing world, today’s talk in the finest tradition of the great university where we meet offers a unique opportunity to delve into important issues.

I’m Jim Mattis, a Fellow here at Hoover, where we seek to improve the human condition by advancing ideas that promote economic opportunity while safeguarding peace. Thanks to their record of devoted service to our nation, little introduction is needed for these two patriots. America is one great, big, promising, exasperating, inspiring, and vexing experiment with all the political volatility inherent to a free and open society.

the reds aren't under your bed.....

...a picture of a tired looking Xi Jinping – taken at the G20 – the Sydney Morning Herald ran the headline: The Face of Capitulation. It was as banal as it was predictable. It was for a Peter Hartcher story that crowed at having slayed the dragon (sub-text: this was Hartcher’s personal victory).

After having been among the earliest promoters of the China Threat and having kept banging gongs and cymbals for the past five years to keep it alive, the Herald could hardly have said anything else as the Albanese Government decisively changed course in the management of Australia’s relationship with China.

 

BY Geoff Raby

 

and not only his son.......

Is there a link between 'Aid to Ukraine,' the US Democratic Party and the suspicious collapse of the FTX Crypto exchange?

We don't know exactly how much money was raised for Kiev, and how much of it reached its intended destination

 

Breaking news throughout the first half of November has been dominated by coverage of the sudden collapse of FTX, one of the world’s biggest cryptocurrency exchanges.

 

By Felix Livshitz

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