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Where to begin to analyze the madness of mainstream media in reaction to the Trump-Putin meeting in Helsinki? By focusing on the individual, psychology has neglected the problem of mass insanity, which has now overwhelmed the United States establishment, its mass media and most of its copycat European subsidiaries. The individuals may be sane, but as a herd they are ready to leap off the cliff.

For the past two years, a particular power group has sought to explain away its loss of power – or rather, its loss of the Presidency, as it still holds a predominance of institutional power – by creation of a myth. Mainstream media is known for its herd behavior, and in this case the editors, commentators, journalists have talked themselves into a story that initially they themselves could hardly take seriously.

Donald Trump was elected by Russia?

On the face of it, this is preposterous. Okay, the United States can manage to rig elections in Honduras, or Serbia, or even Ukraine, but the United States is a bit too big and complex to leave the choice of the Presidency to a barrage of electronic messages totally unread by most voters. If this were so, Russia wouldn’t need to try to “undermine our democracy”. It would mean that our democracy was already undermined, in tatters, dead. A standing corpse ready to be knocked over by a tweet.

Even if, as is alleged without evidence, an army of Russian bots (even bigger than the notorious Israeli army of bots) was besieging social media with its nefarious slanders against poor innocent Hillary Clinton, this could determine an election only in a vacuum, with no other influences in the field. But there was a lot of other stuff going on in the 2016 election, some for Trump and some for Hillary, and Hillary herself scored a crucial own goal by denigrating millions of Americans as “deplorables” because they didn’t fit into her identity politics constituencies.

The Russians could do nothing to build support for Trump, and there is not a hint of evidence that they tried. They might have done something to harm Hillary, because there was so much there: the private server emails, the Clinton foundation, the murder of Moammer Gaddafi, the call for a no-fly zone in Syria … they didn’t have to invent it. It was there. So was the hanky panky at the Democratic National Committee, on which the Clintonite accusations focus, perhaps to cause everyone to forget much worse things.

When you come to think of it, the DNC scandal focused on Debbie Wasserman Schultz, not on Hillary herself. Screaming about “Russian hacking the DNC” has been a distraction from much more serious accusations against Hillary Clinton. Bernie Sanders supporters didn’t need those “revelations” to make them stop loving Hillary or even to discover that the DNC was working against Bernie. It was always perfectly obvious.

So at worst, “the Russians” are accused of revealing some relatively minor facts concerning the Hillary Clinton campaign. Big deal.

But that is enough, after two years of fakery, to send the establishment into a frenzy of accusations of “treason” when Trump does what he said he would do while campaigning, try to normalize relations with Russia.

This screaming comes not only from the US mainstream, but also from that European elite which has been housebroken for seventy years as obedient poodles, dachshunds or corgis in the American menagerie, via intense vetting by US trans-Atlantic “cooperation” associations. They have based their careers on the illusion of sharing the world empire by following U.S. whims in the Middle East and transforming the mission of their armed forces from defense into foreign intervention units of NATO under U.S. command. Having not thought seriously about the implications of this for over half a century, they panic at the suggestion of being left to themselves.

The Western elite is now suffering from self-inflicted dementia.

Donald Trump is not particularly articulate, navigating through the language with a small repetitive vocabulary, but what he said at his Helsinki press conference was honest and even brave. As the hounds bay for his blood, he quite correctly refused to endorse the “findings” of US intelligence agencies, fourteen years after the same agencies “found” that Iraq was bursting with weapons of mass destruction. How in the world could anyone expect anything else?

But for the mainstream media, “the story” at the Helsinki summit, even the only story, was Trump’s reaction to the, er, trumped up charges of Russian interference in our democracy. Were you or were you not elected thanks to Russian hackers? All they wanted was a yes or no answer. Which could not possibly be yes. So they could write their reports in advance.

Anyone who has frequented mainstream journalists, especially those who cover the “big stories” on international affairs, is aware of their obligatory conformism, with few exceptions. To get the job, one must have important “sources”, meaning government spokesmen who are willing to tell you what “the story” is, often without being identified. Once they know what “the story” is, competition sets in: competition as to how to tell it. That leads to an escalation of rhetoric, variations on the theme: “The President has betrayed our great country to the Russian enemy. Treason!”

This demented chorus on “Russian hacking” prevented mainstream media from even doing their job. Not even mentioning, much less analyzing, any of the real issues at the summit. To find analysis, one must go on line, away from the official fake news to independent reporting. For example, “the Moon of Alabama” site offers an intelligent interpretation of the Trump strategy, which sounds infinitely more plausible than “the story”. In short, Trump is trying to woo Russia away from China, in a reverse version of Kissinger’s strategy forty years ago to woo China away from Russia, thus avoiding a continental alliance against the United States. This may not work because the United States has proven so untrustworthy that the cautious Russians are highly unlikely to abandon their alliance with China for shadows. But it makes perfect sense as an explanation of Trump’s policy, unlike the caterwauling we’ve been hearing from Senators and talking heads on CNN.

Those people seem to have no idea of what diplomacy is about. They cannot conceive of agreements that would be beneficial to both sides. No, it’s got to be a zero sum game, winner take all. If they win, we lose, and vice versa.

They also have no idea of the harm to both sides if they do not agree. They have no project, no strategy. Just hate Trump.

He seems totally isolated, and every morning I look at the news to see if he has been assassinated yet.

It is unimaginable for our Manichean moralists that Putin might also be under fire at home for failing to chide the American president for U.S. violations of human rights in Guantanamo, murderous drone strikes against defenseless citizens throughout the Middle East, the destruction of Libya in violation of the UN mandate, interference in the elections of countless countries by government-financed “non-governmental organizations” (the National Endowment of Democracy), worldwide electronic spying, invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, not to mention the world’s greatest prison population and regular massacres of school children. But the diplomatic Russians know how to be polite.

Still, if Trump actually makes a “deal”, there may be losers – neither the U.S. nor Russia but third parties. When two great powers reach agreement, it is often at somebody else’s expense. The West Europeans are afraid it will be them, but such fears are groundless. All Putin wants is normal relations with the West, which is not much to ask.

Rather, candidate number one for paying the price are the Palestinians, or even Iran, in marginal ways. At the press conference, asked about possible areas of cooperation between the two nuclear powers, Trump suggested that the two could agree on helping Israel:

“We both spoke with Bibi Netanyahu. They would like to do certain things with respect to Syria, having to do with the safety of Israel. In that respect, we absolutely would like to work in order to help Israel. Israel will be working with us. So both countries would work jointly.”

In political terms, Trump knows where political power lies, and is counting on the influence of the pro-Israel lobby, which recognizes the defeat in Syria and the rising influence of Russia, to save him from the liberal imperialists – a daring bet, but he does not have much choice.

On another subject, Trump said that “our militaries” get along with the Russians “better than our politicians”. This is another daring bet, on military realism that could somehow neutralize military industrial congressional complex lobbying for more and more weapons.

In short, the only chance to end the nuclear war threat may depend on support for Trump from Israel and the Pentagon!

The hysterical neoliberal globalists seem to have ruled out any other possibility – and perhaps this one too.

“Constructive dialogue between the United States and Russia forwards the opportunity to open new pathways toward peace and stability in our world” Trump declared “I would rather take a political risk in pursuit of peace than to risk peace in pursuit of politics.”

That is more than his political enemies can claim.

 
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  1. This is a frightening, accurate commentary on what we face as a result of an unaccountable power structure resorting to any and all means to retain power which, if this structure continues to exercise it, will lead to our extinction.

    • Replies: @anon
    , @RobinG
    , @standall
  2. anonymous[340] • Disclaimer says:

    Ms. Haley should have to wave around a vial of Russian tweets?

  3. Donatella says:

    Thanks to say things that make me feel not alone.

  4. In the establishment, it’s not dementia as such, it’s just serving the highest bidder. You can accuse only the elites of dementia: they forgot that to enjoy the fruits of your thievery you have to be alive. If only they die, it would be a great service to the humanity. Unfortunately, the way things go, they might take us all with them.

    • Replies: @Tulips
  5. Cyrano says:

    This mass hysteria over a country hostile to both democracy and gay rights (it’s hard to tell which one is worse) has been seen in the west before.

    It’s very reminiscent of the lead-up to Iraq war in 2003. I mean what’s next? Are they gonna accuse Russia of having WMD’s too?

    They are pretty good at providing false evidence of WMD’s, I wouldn’t be surprised if they stage another presentation of evidence of Russian WMD’s at UN, complete with satellite images of mobile trucks equipped with Uranium enrichment technology and all that.

    That Nikki Halley can be quite persuasive, you know. I just hope that the world doesn’t buy that BS again. Russia having WMD’s? That’s preposterous. They tricked us the last time, I hope that the people have learned their lesson – not to trust them anymore.

    • Replies: @Uncle Bee
    , @Malcontent
  6. Thank you, this is an excellent summary of the situation right now. It’s worth noting too just how disconnected the establishment is from the wider public. They have enormous financial resources and access to the entire legacy media but seem to have almost no real base of support. Remember how the Never Trumpers had no one more prominent and well-known than Evan McMullan (!!) to run as their candidate? Note too the tiny number of views the YouTube videos of the Aspen Institute get: https://www.youtube.com/user/AspenInstitute/videos .

    On its own, these things aren’t conclusive proof but together they add up. The Aspen Institute crowd is an almost entirely self-contained subculture. They seem to have no base of support, beyond their stacks of money, job titles and the power that come with the various offices they hold. That’s probably why they can never stop calling their opponents “populists” or why Bill Kristol keeps tweeting about encountering scrappy shoeshine boys who shout “give Trump hell, Mr Kristol!” as he goes about his urban peregrinations.

    • Replies: @MK-DELTABURKE
  7. Anonymous[115] • Disclaimer says:

    OT

    Diana Johnstone is not alone. Others on the alt-Left are starting to wake up, too. This is Joaquín Flores:

    People are seeing through dishonesty, and the old language traps are used up and done for. If reconquista is the goal, then we need to have an honest conversation about that. If there’s a Latino nation with self determination in the south-west US, or rights ‘back’ to the south-west US, then let’s speak of it in such terms. Because then we’d be looking at a Euro-American nation also. Now of course there’s issues of interpenetrated peoples, and identities we carry in our minds in diverse urban centers. But the point here is that we have to have an honest discourse, and stop hiding reconquista sentiments under the rubric of ‘human rights’. Because European-Americans don’t have right of return to Europe, so the left is promoting what will ultimately be a race war, full scale, if they don’t chill the fuck out and back off this disingenuous approach to policy-wonkism on immigration.

    The paradigmatic question today is, how is wealth made, and where does wealth come from? What is the balance of trade and debts, and how is that is no longer manageable? The US empire and NATO is no longer manageable. Trump is unwinding NATO. That can’t be a bad thing.

    https://www.fort-russ.com/2018/07/explaining-trump-to-socialist-liberals-flores/

    Fort Russ News is really turning out to be a leading voice of the Third Way movement.

  8. Tulips says:
    @AnonFromTN

    Let’s stop using the word “elites”. That sounds too positive, as though they have some admirable traits acquired by hard work, as in “elite athletes”. Instead, let’s call them “oligarchs” so that we get the right nuances of wealth and power, and get the correct emotional connotations of our disgust with them. We should label them with labels that they will dislike: oligarchs, mob bosses, etc.

  9. @Cagey Beast

    Aspen Institute does make attempts at outreach, but they invariably cock it up by eliciting, recruiting, or suborning every single person they bring in. The shitheads even tried to do it to me. You would think they’d have a dossier saying I hate those cobags.

    Their fundamental problem is, Aspen Institute is CIA. Their first and only instinct is to use people like toilet paper. They don’t want popular support. They want agents in complete control.

  10. @Tulips

    You are right, of course, the word “elites” has too many positive connotations. In fact, they are oligarchs, mega-thieves, or something on those lines. Functionally, in our society they are puppet masters of all the venal puppets (politicians, journos, etc.).

  11. Anonymous[115] • Disclaimer says:

    OT

    Oded Yinon speaks! As summarized by Gilad Atzmon: http://www.gilad.co.uk/writings/2018/7/22/oded-yinon-speaks-again

  12. @MK-DELTABURKE

    Exactly.

    Aspen Institute is CIA.

    Yes, the Aspen Institute is the CIA and the CIA is the Aspen Institute. Or, to be more precise, the CIA is the armed wing of Washington’s permanently governing technocratic party, in the same way the KGB was the armed wing of the Soviet Communist Party.

    Poor Julian Assange is likely going to be in their hands not too long from now. The citizen of one Five Eyes country will be arrested by another and then sent off to the imperial metropole, to be kicked around like a political football. The rest of us Anglosphericals are expected to cheer or remain silent. Either is acceptable.

    • Replies: @MK-DELTABURKE
  13. Q: “…the cautious Russians…”

    R: I see it this way:

    “… the Russians, who’ve learned their lessons after first fully trusting their partners…”

    • Replies: @Anon
  14. TG says:

    I hear you, and I sympathize, but this is not mass dementia.

    The oligarchy that runs the United States was worried that Donald Trump might actually (!!) take some consideration for the national interest of the people of the United States of America. That will never do.

    This is not irrational. The screaming, the hysteria, this is the utterly rational, breathtakingly brutal reaction of a ruling elite that has the moral sense of a reptile. And it’s working. All of Trump’s campaign promises to stop wasting trillions on pointless winless foreign wars of choice, and instead spend that on our own country? Gone. And so much else besides.

    It’s dangerous to underestimate an enemy. The useful idiot footsoldiers, screaming in mindless herd instinct, are one thing. The people behind them – the Koch brothers, Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, others – there is nothing at all mindless or demented about them.

  15. In my view, at the moment the deed is done. The president signed onto the report acknowledged the he accepts the report has even gone as far to say, he blames Pres. Putin

    Another backtrack, just muddies the waters, and mat be acceptable because no one wants to accept the real consequences of a president who has repudiated the one state president he most desired to make a deal with — the jig is up.

    Whether kabuki theater or real gamesmanship –

    A threshold has been crossed and uncrossing it is going to be tricky and in my further humiliation for the wh. The analysis here mattered before the president agreed with the report. But when he did, this analysis, becomes moot. Having a chit chat about de-escalating nuclear tensions is quaint in light of the president acknowledging that russia has in fact undermined the US democratic process. This is a serious charge and no amount of changing the subject, crying foul, or pretending it was all a big misunderstanding is going to change that.

    I think it would have been prudent for the president to hold fire in Helsinki and read the report and then responded . He did make any of those choices. It matters not how exposed the establishment in wanton eagerness to have their way, wh has embraced the matter. it is on record and . . . oh well. I see merit in maintaining his original position of disbelief — however, the president did a complete about face — and there is no question of that or the implications.

    • Replies: @Ozymandias
  16. Hillary lost the election when she could not walk. she lost a shoe, she was shown in the van, and shoe was thrown after her. And that was arranged by Russians.

    • Replies: @AnonFromTN
  17. peterAUS says:
    @TG

    Agree.

    Having a title “Mass Dementia in the Western Establishment” and approaching this effort as “mass insanity”,”demented chorus” etc. is simply delusional.

    They know exactly what they are doing and, it appears, they are doing it well.
    The are able to create their own reality.

    What puzzles me a bit isn’t “them” or their servants (media etc.).
    It’s people in general. They appear to be buying that manufactured reality with ease. In this era of instant communications it’s…….sobering.

    This constant shitting on “them” and their servants is fine and dandy but feels as just a feel good exercise.
    Perhaps some effort could be spared in trying to analyze and explain common people approach to all this. The buying, hook and sinker, that manufacture.

    Anyone with an average intelligence can, in two hours trawling of Internet, get how false all that is. And, yet, here we are.
    The same people who can spend hours on social media, shopping and entertainment online can’t, for SOME reason, figure all that out.

    Easy to blame “them” and media/academia/whatever.
    Maybe it’s time to start passing a bit of blame to people in general.

    Not holding my breath.

    • Agree: Ace
  18. Greg Bacon says: • Website

    There’s also the possibility that Trump is war mongering against Iran to take the heat off his Hollywood pedo buds so that us GOYIM will stop wondering what is going on in La La land.

  19. CCZ says:

    “Noo-ku-lar Combat”

  20. In my opinion, no dementia.
    Too many careers and institutions are built on continuing hostility towards Russia.
    First ECB President Duisenberg’s ph d thesis had as title ‘The economic consequences of peace’, something like that, his conclusion was that demilitarisation was possible economically, when controlled sensibly.
    Did anyone read ‘The Iron Mountain Report’, I never quite knew what to make of it, but it also is about if demilitarisation is possible.
    Barbara Hinckley Sheldon Goldman, American Politics and Government, Glenview Ill.,1990 describes how the USA weapons industry skillfully prevents that spending on useless weapons deminishes.
    The history of the later Roman empire, the army in control.

  21. @Tulips

    I suggest ‘ruling class’

  22. Anon[122] • Disclaimer says:
    @Daniel Rich

    The Russians are by nature cautious. They are a conglomerate of individuals, many of whom remember times when they would be sent by communist tyrants to a gulag for Wrongthink. Of course they’re cautious.

  23. nagra says:

    How Hillary Clinton could even run for presidency after the murder of Moammer Gaddafi and Libya destruction, in any decent civilisation and society.
    That’s planetary shame and the most important question, not DNC hack or anything else, which just trace in wrong direction.

    So, Trump should grow some balls and arrest not just her but Barack Obama as well on the same charges, as war criminals as they are, and prove that he really deserves to be trusted.
    And sacrifice himself in the process if needed as that would do any honest true US president, and he knew what to expect from such position from the start.

    It’s not TV reality show, as still it is.
    All he cares about is his ego and popularity, and he is loosing both.

    Israel lobby finally see that they put their money in the wrong bank.
    I intend to believe more that West, namely USA and UK the most, keeps them more hostage in uncertainty for decades than in some Jewish conspiracy.

    Also, I also believe that only Russia can guaranty Israel security and peace in the region.

    • Replies: @Authenticjazzman
  24. skrik says:
    @TG

    there is nothing at all mindless or demented about them

    Me: Oh yes there is; by *them* I don’t mean “Zuckerberg, others” but the actual rulers of ‘the West,’ then see this:

    Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

    Consider also:

    Aspen Institute is CIA

    and [perhaps most critically] this:

    may depend on support for Trump from Israel and the Pentagon!

    Now, I term the actual rulers of ‘the West’ the ccc = covert criminal cabal. Of course they are in hiding – acting from ‘behind the curtain,’ as some have it – it has to be that *dishonest* way – for them. Among their most notable ‘fruits’ are the JFK murder, USS Liberty outrage, inside-job 9/11 psyop and the utterly wicked destruction of Libya/Gaddafi, just 4 of many. The extended list is looong, and note that the 1st 3 in my list demonstrate the ccc ‘murdering their own’ – except that to the ccc, anybody not actually in the ccc itself is not ‘their own’ but only exploitable/disposable objects. Of course the ccc causes lies to be promulgated, hence the Lügenpresse. Neoliberalism/austerity must also come from the ccc, causing misery wherever it’s forced upon us, we the people. One of the spivs in suits who ‘sold’ neoliberalism to the Aus people called it ‘economic rationalism’ and jeered: ‘What would you rather – irrational economics?’ Another ccc modus operandi item is coercion as demonstrated by the downstream effects of Downer’s “Get a briefing!” – which shows us that the CIA et al. is a ‘command conduit’ if not a command originator. What I’m trying to illustrate here is that the ccc does not merely operate like a mafia, it *is* a mafia, and one of the author’s “may depend on” items suggests a name for this mafia, namely: Khazar. That’s our miserable world, deliberately made that way by that mafia; if that’s not ‘mindless and demented’ what is? rgds

    • Replies: @Northgunner
  25. All Putin wants is normal relations with the West, which is not much to ask.

    The problem is Putin’s idea of “normal relations” means Russia’s historic sphere of influence must remain unchallenged, and Russia, a country with an economy smaller than Texas, has to be treated as a cultural and economic equal of the US, China and Germany when in reality Russia is just a more aggressive Brazil with nukes. In the alt-right/far left scenario, we are supposed to dismiss the actual wishes of Ukrainians, Estonians, Poles, Georgians and other peoples who hate Russia (and love the US) as being simply irrelevant. Or, worse backed by shadowy Western forces. Anyone who has spent time in Ukraine knows how deep hatred of Russia goes, especially in Western Ukraine. Maidan was a matter of time, not driven by the West. Longer term we do the Russians no favors by buying into Putin’s delusions.

  26. Realist says:

    OT:

    Need to run articles by Caitlyn Johnstone as well.

  27. Sean says:

    In political terms, Trump knows where political power lies, and is counting on the influence of the pro-Israel lobby, which recognizes the defeat in Syria and the rising influence of Russia, to save him from the liberal imperialists – a daring bet, but he does not have much choice.

    Saudi Arabia spent 40 billion dollars helping Saddam’s Iraq in its war against Iran, the cost of US efforts in the Syria civil war have largely been met by the Saudis. The coming attack on Iran will be as much to please the Saudis as to lock Israel into West Bank Arab expulsion mode. The Israel Lobby will is not pushing Donald Trump, they are playing catch up with him. Trump has already shown with the Jerusalem recognition that he is encouraging Israel in unilateral courses of action.

  28. @TG

    No, I agree with the assessment in this article and its title: the establishment is dangerously detached from reality right now. Our stagnant and locked-down political culture in the West allowed the “elite” to develop a false sense of security and and certainty. They thought they had things pretty much figured out a few years ago but now they’re genuinely panicked.

  29. yurivku says:

    Looking to this circus from Russia, to those insane speaches, insulting caricatures in MSM, … I understand the huge amount of rotteness of Western society, mainly its high top part, but not only. Even here in comments (not in this particularly article) the percentage of trolls and brainwashed idiots exceeds all I could’ve imagined. So I stopped writing here – no sense, I beleive that something can change only after the dramatic changes in US/West society and that is possible only after a big war/revolution.
    So, I’m afraid our future is vague…

    • Replies: @Cagey Beast
  30. @Peter Akuleyev

    In the alt-right/far left scenario, we are supposed to dismiss the actual wishes of Ukrainians, Estonians, Poles, Georgians and other peoples who hate Russia (and love the US) as being simply irrelevant. Or, worse backed by shadowy Western forces.

    Or how about we wish these East European countries well but we choose not to take their side in whatever feud they have going with Russia? Maybe the people who “love the US” love the worst aspects of America? Maybe a lot of them come across as greasy little hustlers on the make? Ever think of that?

    Anyone who has spent time in Ukraine knows how deep hatred of Russia goes, especially in Western Ukraine.

    And that’s precisely why countries like Ukraine, the Baltic states and Poland shouldn’t be in NATO. We should never have included countries with deep resentments against, and hazy borders with Russia. The geniuses running the West should have encouraged the creation of a lots of neutral states — like Finland and Austria — rather than expand NATO eastward.

  31. @yurivku

    I think you are right. Over the last four years I have been amazed again and again at how broken the political culture of the West has become. It’s only outsiders and newcomers to politics who give me hope. I’m thinking of people like Trump or the new governments in Italy and Austria.

    • Replies: @yurivku
  32. lavoisier says: • Website
    @peterAUS

    Anyone with an average intelligence can, in two hours trawling of Internet, get how false all that is. And, yet, here we are.
    The same people who can spend hours on social media, shopping and entertainment online can’t, for SOME reason, figure all that out.

    Easy to blame “them” and media/academia/whatever.
    Maybe it’s time to start passing a bit of blame to people in general.

    Not holding my breath.

    I fully agree with this sentiment. The only reason the evil bastards who control our society can get away with their treachery is because most of the American people are out to lunch on the most important issues of our time. If the sheeple were to take responsibility to inform themselves of what is happening today they would be able to see the lies they are being constantly exposed to as just that–lies. And then, they could put down the beer and turn off the damn sports channel and get angry at what has happened to their country.

    The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for ignorant people to remain ignorant.

  33. @Peter Akuleyev

    Normal relations: no longer be seen as you see Russia

  34. Their rage and mass lunacy can be traced to their one, botched by DT, specific goal and that being the finalization of an eternal one-party (Democrat of course) ruled leftist nut-house, catering to blue-haired crazies and doling out reparations to the “suppressed” folks of color, paid for by the few remaining sane tax- slaves.

    After DT upset their plans for the manifestation of said permanent northern version of Venezeula, they simply went from three quarters nuts to totally nuts, and we see the results 24/7.

    Authenticjazzman “Mensa” qualified since 1973, airborne trained uS Army vet, and pro jazz artist.

  35. @nagra

    ” Arrest not just her but BO”

    He would love to but he also know that the cities would burn thanks to GS.

    Authenticjazzman “Mensa” qualified since 1973, airborne trained US army vet, and pro jazz artist.

    • Replies: @nagra
  36. @TG

    PEOPLE BEHIND THEM

    Some nerd name Zuckerberg who happened to share the dorm room with some other nerd who invented a Lonely Hearts club for the internet.

    That’s a man to march behind.

  37. skrik says:
    @peterAUS

    Maybe it’s time to start passing a bit of blame to people in general

    Ma-a-ate! Let me give you a quick refresher on “1984:”

    1st, the inner party – that’s my ccc @ 25.

    2nd, the outer party – that’s Ike’s MI-complex, which I expand to:

    The US rogue regime = US-M/I/C/4a†-plex, with dog-wagging-tail, its illegitimate sprog the Zionist/Israeli rogue regime + Js = I/J/Z-plex, all components rife with corruption.

    a = academic = econ, psy, leg et al.; 4 = MSM+PFBCs, † = churches

    add a few significant stragglers like $ = banksters & ¿ = spies

    We can add the -plexes to their main ‘allied criminal regimes’ and get FUKUSIL.

    3rd, the proles in the book are the proles in real life.

    4th, ‘hate sessions’ are mediated by the US/Z-MMH = corrupt&venal Media (aka press, radio + TV, incl. PFBCs = publicly financed broadcasters), Madison Ave., Hollywood etc..

    5th, as well as “All politicians lie!” [thanks, but "No, thanks!" to JWHoward], most politicians are a) ccc-puppets and b) traitors to us, we the people and our countries.

    Fazit: Even if most proles really were switched-on = fully and fairly informed, their votes would still mean nothing since there is a disconnect [my 5th.] Unless you are thinking ‘pitch-forks and tumbrels,’ there’s nothing effective that we, the people can do. “1984″ is pretty-well exactly our reality, and here is a bit of proof:

    The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who *manipulate* this unseen mechanism of society *constitute an invisible government* which is the true ruling power of our country. We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society.

    There is a lie in there, surrounding “must cooperate” – it’s simply not true – but worse, worst: “an invisible government.” The latter is what is termed ‘deep state’ tyranny; the foul, un-elected and criminal puppet-string manipulators (part of the 1%) – again, the ccc.

    The lie-cloud they choke the sheople’s minds with is deliberately ‘spiced’ with scientifically designed psychological propaganda, and that’s what does the majority of dumbing-down damage.

    Ta ra! The Bernays haze. Choke on that.

    PS Q: Is there any hope at all? A: Apart from hope being hopeless policy, there *could* be a solution, whereby a big enough proportion of the 1%, a decent portion [should such a thing exist] could call a halt to the ccc and its murder-most-foul depredations.

    • Replies: @peterAUS
    , @RobinG
  38. @Cagey Beast

    Yup. Furthermore, CIA is organized crime and organized crime is CIA. CIA recruits and runs agents in favored criminal syndicates in every illicit trade: drugs, child sexual trafficking, arms, fraud, bustouts, extortion, money laundering. Their purpose is not to interdict the trade but to control it. CIA manages transnational organized crime to top up their budget for unauthorized clandestine operations, like killing JFK. CIA protects its criminal proteges with their chartered impunity. They call off law enforcement with the magic words national security or ‘sources and methods.’ If the plan gets exposed, CIA’s criminal cutouts insulate the agency from exposure.

    RFK knew how it works. RFK junior explained the reason for RFK’s focus on organized-crime until CIA whacked him. That’s why his book was made to sink without a ripple.

    https://popularresistance.org/the-mass-media-will-not-review-rfk-jr-s-book-why/

    Evenfurthermore, CIA is the government and the government is CIA. Decades ago Fletcher Prouty showed that CIA’s deepest-cover illegal moles are embedded in our own government. Every agency with repressive capacity is infiltrated with focal points, who report to CIA handlers without the other agency’s knowledge.

    https://ratical.org/ratville/JFK/ST/ST.html

    Of course Israel is trying to infiltrate it — they understand the levers of power.

    Assange has got some mighty stinkers in his insurance file. All we can do is hope they’re enough to destabilize the CIA Reich that has ruled America since 1949.

  39. Giuseppe says:

    This screaming comes not only from the US mainstream, but also from that European elite which has been housebroken for seventy years as obedient poodles, dachshunds or corgis in the American menagerie, via intense vetting by US trans-Atlantic “cooperation” associations.

    They are CIA assets who do what they’re told.

    • Replies: @jilles dykstra
  40. TBH I was absolutely shocked, when Trump bashed his own nation and his own people, while at the same time praising Russia amd Putin – declaring Russia innocent and United States guilty???

    Do Americans even realize, that their president turned the guns on them, while cozying up to a foreign nation and blaming Americans for ‘causing distress’ to this foreign nation?

    Trump executed pure and clear Russian foreign policy, repeating word for word what the Russian MSM has said for years. Everyone got several hits from him, except Russia and Putin.

    It seems like the old prophecy, about Obama being the last president of the United States, was correct. Trump is Russia’s puppet president. He sounds exactly like the presidents from Soviet satellite states sounded.

    What Russia has on Trump is now irrelevant. Americans should wonder instead, what documents Putin had after the meeting and if they were contracts signed by Trump. Putin showed intentionally the cover page as an illusion, but did the thick bundle of papers contain contracts with dotted lines for signatures?

    Trump’s bodylanguage after the meeting says it all:

    Trump is not a Russian agent, otherwise he would had scolded Russia in the press conference, pretending to be Pro-American and securing the interests of United States. Now he only talked about securing Russian interests. Whatever Russia has on Trump it must be something huge, more than any ‘sex tapes’.

    One clue was his willingness to hand over Americans to Russia – which would open the gates to Russia – and supporting the idea, that Russian authorities will interrogate the indicted Russian officials, maybe even letting Mueller and his team travel to Russia and watch the interrogations….

    “Interesting idea” according to Trump, because he could send all his opponents to Russia – and Russia only has to declare them to be “hostile to Russia”…. remember that Trump has called the American MSM ‘the enemy of U.S.’, which means that many American journalists will be sent to Russia for ‘questioning’ – if the ‘interesting idea’ is implemented in practice…

    ***

    The massive meltdown in MSM by Americans is something, that has never been seen before. Never.

    What this article, along with several similar articles, does not bring up, is that the patriotism of Americans all of a sudden went sky-high. Their patriotism, not their anti-russian sentiments.

    Trump sided whole-heartedly with Putin and Russia, which in itself would not had been that bad, unless he hadn’t bashed and attacked Americans and United States at the same time. That was the turning point – getting kicked by their own president, who is supposed to protect them and serve them and their interests.

    If their patriotism grows stronger – after Trump slashed them in public – then Americans still have a chance of surviving. It is pretty amazing to witness how Americans united – as Americans – despite all their divided political ideologies.

    It is like in Finland year 1939. The country was torn up by Whites and Reds who didn’t get along, but when they faced a threat from outside (Soviet Union), they all united as Finns, forgetting all their political differences.

    Those Americans who scold the ‘mass hysteria’, where is your patriotism? Can you even call yourself ‘Americans’?

    Oh and one more thing; the MSM is also united, even the Pro-Trump MSM, in other words Trump’s “FAKE MEDIA” attacks include the whole American MSM.

    Someone had to say it. Feel free to attack me ;)

  41. Z-man says:

    Trump knows where political power lies, and is counting on the influence of the pro-Israel lobby, which recognizes the defeat in Syria and the rising influence of Russia, to save him from the liberal imperialists

    Neocons!

  42. Z-man says:

    In short, the only chance to end the nuclear war threat may depend on support for Trump from Israel and the Pentagon!

    Disgusting, in the case of Izruel, but true.

    The hysterical neoliberal globalists seem to have ruled out any other possibility – and perhaps this one too.

    Again NEOCONS.

  43. The Zionist hysterical diabolical hate of Russia is driven by their hate of Christians and since Russia has returned to Christianity after throwing off the Satanist cult of Zionist communism the Zionists are in full attack mode and having total control of the U.S. gov gives them the platform to launch their campaign of Orwellian hate.

    The Zionists not only hate Russian Christians they also hate American Christians and they seek to destroy both nations and give them over to their communist lord satan and to see how far along the Zionists are read the 10 planks of the communist manifesto.

    Anyone who doubts that the Zionists control the U.S. gov should think about this, Israel and the Zionist controlled deep state did 911 and murdered some 3000 Americans and got away it and every thinking American knows Israel did it.

    • Replies: @Z-man
  44. Don’t know if the Cabal controls the Homeland but it certainly seems to exert a great deal of its influence and it also becomes apparent that the Crowd has a long history with the Russians as well thus given that, the whole thing appears to be a three ring circus created to avoid being, in all honesty, noticed by the dumbed down bozos who are shouting loudest in the bleachers… in time it won’t amount to a bag of beans!

  45. Alfa158 says:
    @Lauri Törni

    No reason to attack you; you just reinforced everything Johnstone wrote. Thanks.

    • Agree: Mike P, gsjackson
    • Replies: @lavoisier
  46. Z-man says:
    @DESERT FOX

    Like I’ve said many times before; A Neocons wet dream, constant turmoil (war) between Christian Russia and nominally Christian America.

  47. As usual, Ms Johnstone is simply trying to whitewash Putin, which, in itself, shows just how much damage Trump’s grovelling has done to her champion’s cause. Contrast Trump’s grovelling at Putin’s feet with his dire threats against North Korea or today’s violent threats against Iran. No sign of anything like that being dished up to Putin! The really interesting point is why did Trump grovel? In an article some days ago, author Thom Hartmann offered several theories and he prefers what he calls the Deadbeat theory: Trump’s “not only not rich, but he’s badly in debt, and Russian billionaires are among his main creditors”. He’s afraid of being financially wiped out if Russian oligarchs pull out of Trump properties. If the Russian billionaires sought to get their money back and refused to give him any more money, Trump could well go bankrupt. That, as Mr Hartmann says, is one of the few scenarios that explain pretty much everybody’s behaviour within the Trump Crime Family, as well as the people in their immediate orbit. I’ve always thought that something like that is the most probable scenario. It’s not that Trump is in Putin’s pocket but that he is in the pocket of the oligarchs/gangsters for whom Putin fronts and it is those gangsters, not the Russian state as such, who are trying to subvert American democracy. Putin is just the gangsters’ agent.
    “All Putin wants is normal relations with “the West” [sic]”, argues Ms Johnstone. That seems hard to square with his claim to be entitled to invade any country he likes and annex any part of its territory he likes! It seems to be a uniquely American illusion to believe that the way to start “normal relations” with someone is to give them a punch in the nose!

  48. I woke up this morning to another ominous tweet by potus, this one in ALL CAPS. Apparently the long delayed war with Iran is still on. Pompeo and Bolton are making speeches that the war is imminent, obviously with potus’ blessing. Or, could it be that, since Trump thinks his bluff against Rocket Man worked, the same will work on the Mafia-like Ayatollahs of Iran? That’s quite a bet. Wesley Clark’s warning that the US military-industrial-congressional-complex planned to take out 7 countries in 5 years is just taking a little bit longer.

    Is this where Trump’s hand of friendship to Putin comes in? Could it be that, behind closed doors in Helsinki, Trump promised relief from all sanctions against Russia, and a pact between the two White Alpha Males, in exchange for Russia pledging not to interfere with Netanyahu’s 20 year obsession of demanding that the US bomb Teheran back into the stone age? All for the benefit of a Greater Israel, of course. (BTW, is this scenario really so far-fetched? After all, Russia did nothing but complain to the UN when the US angels of death destroyed both Iraq and Libya. Could not the same fate soon await Iran?)

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  49. @Ilyana_Rozumova

    I wonder, were her “speaking fees” from AIPAC and Saudis also arranged by the Russians? Those pesky Russians are everywhere, like Christian God. Did you check under your bed lately?

  50. nagra says:
    @Authenticjazzman

    so, it’s time for USA to burn for the change
    no problem
    the US really more than deserves it after all

    if he doesn’t he will not be just the greatest faker in the world but sleaziest one as well

    ( p.s. keep your jazz alive, nothing about airborne trained US army vet to be proud of,
    as all of this is not just a movie…
    …it mostly means the torture to anyone else at the very end of the rope… )

    • Replies: @Authenticjazzman
  51. There is an unrecognized plague in our society called antidepressants.

    More than ten per cent of the people in the industrialized world take drugs which interfere with self doubt. They don’t ask themselves whether an idea in their minds is true, fair or kind. They only ask if they believe it. And since the chemical they ingest prevents them from assessing the idea from all sides they always believe that if they think something it must be true.

    This is the perfect environment for the virus of groupthink to spread.

    And since our leaders, both on the left and the right, may be ahead of the curve on drug usage the neocons and the politically correct may use antidepressants at greater levels than 10 per cent.

    Other symptoms of antidepressant use include high levels of free floating anxiety (because useful anxiety is suppressed) and restlessness.

    I am still asking myself what motivated a veteran politician like Hillary Clinton to violate a cardinal rule of politics by attacking not her opponent but his supporters with the “basket of deplorable” comment in the closing days of the 2016 campaign except chemically induced madness.

    If history has recorded that the Roman Empire collapsed due to lead poisoning from the water pipes a future time may also conclude the US Empire was destroyed due to antidepressants.

  52. @Gordon Pratt

    I think you are mistaken trying to rationalize the behavior of the political class and their puppet masters. I believe the real driver are not antidepressants, but an obscene greed, which is so blinding that it made MIC profiteers forget that to enjoy the fruits of their thievery they have to be alive.

    • Replies: @Gordon Pratt
  53. @Michael Kenny

    Thank you, Michael, for your very interesting perspective. Considering all the factors, it appears most likely that Trump’s apparent groveling was simply the deference an underdeveloped country like the US owes to a strategically-invulnerable great power with superior governance.

    Trump probably concluded that he and America have much to learn from Russia’s categorically superior human rights performance in all the most comprehensive categories,

    https://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Indicators/Pages/HRIndicatorsIndex.aspx

    And from Russia’s progressive compliance with a broad range of human rights commitments,

    https://www.ohchr.org/EN/Countries/ENACARegion/Pages/RUIndex.aspx

    especially in comparison with US bad-faith evasion of a disgracefully derelict subset of the core conventions, and failures prompting multiple urgent follow-on inquiries:

    https://www.ohchr.org/EN/Countries/LACRegion/Pages/USIndex.aspx

    The summit was a mission civilizatrice for Russia. Trump doubtless knows that the whole world has seen the facts exhaustively documented above by preeminent human rights experts and independent civil society organizations. A bit of humility on Trump’s part might help to restore lost US world standing.

    Which of the treaty bodies’ conclusions and recommendation do you think would do most to mitigate the international disgrace of the USA?

  54. anonymous[339] • Disclaimer says:

    The psychology of the mass of Americans with it’s self-righteousness and self-centerdness is really amazing. Just in the last seventeen years the US has invaded or otherwise attacked numerous countries and has caused millions of people to die, become miserable refugees, become orphans and all other manner of evil. Not least of all has been it’s creation and patronage of ISIS, one of the most heinous groups in history. Yet Americans have this massive blind spot to the war criminality of all this that their country has committed against the peace of the world. Instead they’re being stampeded into some irrational Russia-phobia. It’s the US that’s been on the march everywhere, labeling those countries that resist it’s aggression as being aggressors for being willing to defend themselves. It’s all upside-down.

  55. anonymous[204] • Disclaimer says:

    [Rather, candidate number one for paying the price are the Palestinians, or even Iran, in marginal ways. At the press conference, asked about possible areas of cooperation between the two nuclear powers, Trump suggested that the two could agree on helping Israel:
    “We both spoke with Bibi Netanyahu. They would like to do certain things with respect to Syria, having to do with the safety of Israel. In that respect, we absolutely would like to work in order to help Israel. Israel will be working with us. So both countries would work jointly.”]

    WELL SAID. Ms. Johnstone, when you KNOW so well what is going on, then why do you write the following:
    {Donald Trump is not particularly articulate, navigating through the language with a small repetitive vocabulary, but what he said at his Helsinki press conference was HONEST and even brave.}

    This person is an illiterate Zionist brought to power by the Zionist Jewish Mafia, and is surrounded by them to continue wars for their interest to establish “New World Order” where ‘greater Israel’ is part of it. They have done every crimes against humanity that I don’t want to repeat. Why do you call this pathological liar who receives his instruction from the criminal Zionists at the house of Israel – Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), does not registered as foreign agent, runs by zionist Jews and their servants, traitor Kurds, Mark Dubowitz and Saeed Ghasseminejad

    http://www.defenddemocracy.org/about-fdd/team-overview/saeed-ghasseminejad/

    FDD is applying FATF (dictated to Trump and Obama) , the most severe Economic sanctions, against Iranian people TO TOPPLE THEE GOVERNMENT, against International law to kill THE POPULATION using traitor Kurds and other terrorist organization to destabilize Iran. Trump is serving the Zionist tribe.
    The same tribe has looted Russia and let Putin to power to serve the interest of the criminal Jewish Mafia and Both Putin and Trump are serving MAFIA to advance their interests. Do you think Trump is for PEACE?
    This is laughable because while you are writing these lines Trump is preparing his aggression towards Iran sending his Zionist Christian secretary of state, a Zionist controlled, and other dumb ‘advisors’ Bolton and Giuliani, to Paris attending MEK cult event to get their $$$ sell out money from the Saudis to buy a pair of shoes or new suits. They have no regret how many innocent people are going to kill, because they have killed millions of Muslims so far. Russians are famous for being Anti Muslims, if you trace their actions against their own Muslim population or neighboring countries including Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan and more.

    It is silly to believe that Trump wants peace. The handlers of both T&P, Jewish Mafia, want to bring these two servants closer together to work and manipulate events in Syria and put pressure on Iran to get out. Putin, a Zionist, is willing to do that if Russia is recognized by the West as ‘equal partner’.
    The Zionist tribe who has complete control over US life line, is willing to do that if this temporary alliance brings the result they want, destruction of another country, Iran.

    I must say that Putin has collected enough chips in Syria – on sacrifices made by Syrian army, Iranians and Hizbollah- to think that he can DELIVER FOR THE CRIMINAL TRIBE. Putin may think that, but I assure you that President Assad KNOW HOW IS SYRIA’S TRUE FRIEND. Russia has very poor record when it comes to being an ‘ally’ of Muslims but VERY GOOD RECORD TO SERVE THE INTEREST OF THE RACIST ZIONISTS. These evidence are in front of us. We have not forgotten that RUSSIA SOLD LIBYA and voted 4 times for economic sanction AGAINST IRAN designed by the Zionist tribe.

    The game that trump has started against China, Tariff, is threaten China to cooperate with this plan, if not then will be isolated. I hope China won’t allow these criminals to manipulate her. The North Korea phony show was staged to create a positive environment to bring everyone on board, including phony ‘progressives, to follow this ‘honest and even brave’ on board with this SHOW MAN AND THE CLOWN.

    Why people fall for a pathological liar?

    This ‘honest and brave’ just send an aggressive and insulting tweet where Iranian people would like to reply:

    THIS MESSAGE FOR TRUMP:

    [To US president Trump: NEVER, EVER THREATEN IRAN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTROY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE.]

    The Iranian people send this message to an illiterate president and his handlers, Zionist Mafia, telling them that your president is under control of Zionist tribe where YOU SHOULD LET FREE. Since your illiterate president knows shit about history and does not read even report “according to his own words” bug watching Videos, mainly Porno, an industry well controlled by the Tribe.
    For your knowledge we must tell you that President Rouhani was sending the warmongers, who have invaded many countries and region, killing millions of people including children to implement the Zionist tribe’s project, ODED YINON, a message borrowing from Iranian literature, SHAHNAMEH, The Book of Kings, that Trump has NO KNOWDGE OF, to make sure you understand what are you getting into.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shahnameh

    Rouhani is trying to save you from your true enemy, the Zionists, who are pushing for another war to establish ‘New world Order” where consists of ‘greater Israel’ where have already TOPPLED BY THE SACRIFICES MADE BY SYFRIAN, HIZBOLLA AND IRANIANS.

    Instead of threatening Iranian people, Trump should educated himself not to be manipulated by the Tribe, to read Iranian history and literature to understand what Rouhani said and throw speeches written by another illiterate Zionist Jew, instead learn about literature and history of the Iranian people to understand their SEVEN THOUSANDS YEARS of CIVILIZATION and their messages.
    President Rohani warned Trump “not to play with the lion’s tail, because you will regret it eternally.”

    This line and similar lines ARE COMING DIRECTLY FROM IRANIAN LITERATURE including SHAHNAMEH. Persians including Afghani, Tajik, even Uzbak, people in Pakistan and India all read Shahname (the Book of Kings) and memorize its verses which contain stories about heroes, wars and victory of Persian against the enemies.

    The HERO – RUSTAN, is too strong where no one can defeat Iran. His sacrifices and strength saves Iran and Iranian people from dumb enemies where brought them victory. That’s why they have survive for so many centuries.
    Rustan is THE LION. President Rouhani is warning Trump DON’T PLAY WITH RUSTAM, THE BRAVE AND WISE MAN. Rustam even killed his own son, by mistake, to save Iran from his stupid enemies.

    • Replies: @Skeptikal
  56. Anonymous[306] • Disclaimer says:
    @follyofwar

    (BTW, is this scenario really so far-fetched? After all, Russia did nothing but complain to the UN when the US angels of death destroyed both Iraq and Libya. Could not the same fate soon await Iran?)

    You’re omitting Syria. It should be pretty obvious that the Russians and the Chinese aren’t going to sit back and allow Uncle Scam to destroy Iran when they wouldn’t allow it to happen to a much less important country like Syria.

    • Replies: @jilles dykstra
  57. “I would rather take a political risk in pursuit of peace than to risk peace in pursuit of politics.”

    I’d really like to know who wrote that line for the Prez. (Since I think it unlikely that he wrote that, or any of his “prepared remarks”.) Stephen Miller? Whoever. But it was a genius comment.

    • Replies: @seeing-thru
  58. Respect says:

    QUOS VULT IUPITER PERDERE DEMENTAT PRIUS

    “Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad”

    obviously the Gods want to destroy the so called western man

  59. @Lauri Törni

    Feel free to attack me.

    TDS is a convenient shorthand for this form of disconnect from reality. That said it is absolutely fascinating to see and puzzle over this geopolitical tectonic event. The old narrative is crumbling, with the result that people like Lauri are fighting desperately to preserve their “sanity”, dependent as it is on their tribal submission to the old order and its old narrative (its timeworn lies).

    “Science advances one funeral at a time.”
    Max Planck

    By which he means that people persist in believing in those “truths” (their belief system) they have held for a lifetime. Only when they die out will a new, revised belief system replaced the old. The same in geopolitics as in science.

    • Replies: @Lauri Törni
  60. @Tulips

    “Malefactors of great wealth.”

  61. @Giuseppe

    No longer, children whose parents both died unexpectedly.
    Merkel ‘w’re alone’.
    Tusk ‘the world order must not be changed’.
    Very few, in my opinion, on this side of the Atlantic can comprehend what’s happening, all of a sudden the USA president is friends with the enemy.
    It was great to see the face of Stoltenberg at the NATO dinner, Trump scolding the European countries for not paying enough for NATO.
    Not Burning Man, but burning water.
    Then the Paris climate agreement, Trump discusssing with Putin that the gas price must not become too low.
    On top of all this Brexit, the Brussels gang still thinking of making Britain accept their four freedoms, especially free movement of persons, while now Britain threatens not to pay the exit fee, some 70 billion €, I believe.
    Brussels still does not understand that this free movement caused Brexit.
    Never saw such confusion in my long life.

  62. @Gordon Pratt

    “What motivated a veteran politician like HC to violate the cardinal rule of politics”

    Perhaps the same thing that motivated you to violate the cardinal rules of common sense and sanity by assuming the HC is a “veteran politician”, a veteran shit-talker is about the hightest rating she should be afforded.

    Otherwise I agree with you 100% regarding the antidepressant epidemic, something which LR Hubbard, and his desciples ( I am not a Scientologist, but I consider him to be one of the most brilliant minds of the twentieth century) ) have been fighting for decades.

    AJM

    • Replies: @Eagle Eye
  63. @Anonymous

    Assad still is there.
    The USA was unable to remove Assad, how would they destroy Iran ?
    The USA has no idea of what Iran built deep in the rocks.
    Trump screaming in capitals on Twitter against Iran, sign of weakness, in my opinion.

  64. fitzGetty says:

    … but – look at London : Putin’s man is Westminster’s Leader of the Opposition and the ‘’Shadow Foreign Secretary’’’ and the ‘’Shadow Attorney General’’ are both bolshie, hysterical immigrant women … nice work – a heartbeat away from power …

  65. @nagra

    ” Nothing about airborne trained US Army vet, to be proud of”

    I am tremendously proud of my military history.

    I do not need or or seek other people who will then inform me as to what I should or not should be proud of, I decide this, not some internet leftist fool, so go fuck yourself.

    Authenticjazzman “mensa” qualified since 1973, airborne trained US Army vet, and pro Jazz musician.

    • Replies: @nagra
    , @nagra
  66. American dementia is not new. It is current … but after the false flags of almost all of our (US) wars going back as far as the Barbary Pirates, Americans have thrived on being the good guys in an evil world. We are SO GOOD, and the world thinks we are perfect and want to be part of US so much, that any other thought is treasonous.

    The fact that getting along with Russia is necessary to NOT create armageddon, is irrelevant to the typical citizen because no matter how wrong, we are blessed and perfect in the eyes of the gawd we pretend to believe in.

    So, same old same old …

  67. @Michael Kenny

    “Trump is in Putin’s pocket”

    Your post is overflowing with fabrications and bullshit, and is rediculous beyond definition.

    You have no clue as to what you are pontificating about.

    Authenticjazzman “Mensa” qualified since 1973, airborne trained US Army vet, and pro jazz artist.

  68. @EliteCommInc.

    “I think it would have been prudent for the president to hold fire in Helsinki…”

    Oh, look, Concern Troll is concerned.

    • Agree: RobinG
  69. gwynedd1 says:

    It’s just a tweet away?
    It’s just a tweet away ?

    Gimme a break.

  70. All Putin wants is normal relations with the West, which is not much to ask.

    It’s December 1939. Put Hitler in place of Putin and see if you like that statement just as much.

    Putin isn’t just looking for normal relations. he wants his conquests in Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia recognized and accepted by the rest of the world. Trump can’t go anywhere near that.

  71. @AnonFromTN

    Thank you for replying to my post.

    And you may be right. Scam artists know how easy it is to convince a mark of something silly once the mark has dollar signs in his eyes.

    Further to my idea, what distinguishes the person on antidepressants is the complete self assurance with which they say the most ridiculous things. It is that inability to say “I could be wrong, but…” which is the giveaway plus of course the unquestioning belief they are right.

    If one in ten people use the drugs, and more than one in ten higher up the social ladder, then each of us deals every day with someone who looks normal but displays chemically induced fanaticism.

    A chap I have known for forty years used to be shy, sensitive, well-read and funny. Now he is spending his retirement playing World of Warcraft and has nothing to say. Big Pharma says antidepressants turn introverts like him into extroverts. In fact the drugs have turned him into a jerk.

    We have no idea which of our ‘opinion leaders’ have undergone a similar change.

  72. nagra says:
    @Authenticjazzman

    if you know for real what you are proud of you’ll be so ashamed
    and yes you need other people to tell you that because this poor planet suffers a lot of “heroes” like you

    I bet you have no real war behind yourself nor you have idea what that even means
    I do, you miserable patriotic imbecile

    No Pasaran!

    • Replies: @Authenticjazzman
  73. @Ozymandias

    I have no idea who you are or what your comment means — aside from some unrelated and utterly worthless snide reference.

    I advocated for this president, even when it was against my stead. I voted for him. While in office I have defended him when I could.

    Obviously I cannot defend anything that supports:

    murdering children in the womb
    same sex conduct or marriage
    unnecessary wars
    carte blanche support for Israel
    out of wedlock relations
    slights against the value of scripture and it myriad abuses
    slights against celibacy or abstinence
    financial deregulation dealing with accountability and
    etc.

    several of the above this president supports
    My position on russian operatives hindering or over turning the election is clear. The president has in my view made a serious tactical error — he signed on the accusations and the case. Despite his full knowledge or at least claim that he thought the case nonexistent. Having changed his mind, he must now act accordingly or make a another U-turn and reject all or in part that which he challenged openly, then embraced. He has placed himself in a predicament from which all the choices weaken his him further.

    I don’t have any beef with russia or Pres Putin particular, but how this impacts the way forward on other issues, i.e, immigration matters. And as with russia the president has considerable investment in that policy. He got into bed with a lot of people who didn’t like him, don’t like him and they don’t like his policies and gave been seeking to undermine them since he came into office as much as his outward opponents. And now the pivot on the russian election gambit has given them serious leverage against him.

    He has already betrayed many of us that supported him on several issues. Unless the entire political arena is just theater for fare, hys latest choice to agree with the report, even if it was to make nice, is a consequential matter. It means, that the russians sought to overthrow a US system of key to governance. Many would be justified on claims that such activity would be an act of war. By agreeing to said accusations, he agrees with the indictments, and that Pres Putin, someone he thought an ally — in in fact not an honest broker and that he himself should prosecuted for ordering the the operation.

    It was a mistake to jump on that shaky wagon. Now consider the peripheral. He has been accused of knowing that a woman with whom he had an affair was threatened after being paid off. Rumor has it there are tapes he knew about the payoff, He says he did now – should those tapes become public and they indicate that he was in full knowledge he will not be a hard leap to suggest he also knew that and was a party to threatening her to remain true to her agreement to keep quiet. An agreement she has already broken.

    His opponents will use that to suggest he has indeed conspired with the russians to undermine our political way of government selection and that he is lying is a pattern of conduct suggesting that he is in fact a treasonous cad. Not a lick it of may be true, but in this climate — I am not sure it will matter.

    I won’t even mention what it appears like to be in an open feud with your attorney. I learned in short order, that even people who work at maintaining a life of integrity can be utterly wrecked by lies of supposed people of authority, though every word they utter is straight from the pit —

    Concerned — ever since i supported this man as candidate and as president. He would do well to be more prudent.

  74. Halper says:

    CIA is boosting the volume of its anti-Russian vilification because more and more CIA assets are getting flushed out. Stephan Halper is an obvious spook. Page is the corniest traitor since Lee Harvey Oswald.

    https://dailystormer.name/is-carter-page-a-cia-spook/

    Strzok has clearly got a dotted-line report to his real boss in CIA:

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2018/07/22/a-review-of-the-doj-fbi-fisa-application-release/

    http://turcopolier.typepad.com/sic_semper_tyrannis/2018/07/fisa-fraud-by-obamas-doj-and-intel-community-by-publius-tacitus.html

    Publius Tacitus is incorrect, though, in making a distinction between the obama administration and the intelligence community. Obama is a third-generation CIA spook he’s a CIA spokesmodel, not a head of state (see Andrew Krieg’s Presidential Puppetry.)

  75. @Ozymandias

    And for those who engage in constant jewish fear mongering and conspiracies, the minute he agreed with the report, the israel has him right where they want him.

    With Russia the great bear as threat to global peace as haters of Israel –

    maybe if he is fortunate, the entire matter will fizzle away — but I have my doubts. And if hard left have made any ground to the main, including feminists — forget it.

    but maybe

  76. @nagra

    ” You miserable patriotic imbecile”

    No problem, however I can pick up a saxophone and blow improvised jazz solos for hours on end, which you, talent -free dumbfuck that you are, could not do.

    People like yourself, leftist psychopathic nobodies with a manic urge to find victims, such sanctimoneous assholes do not impress me, and they, you, are the ones causing the suffering of this poor planet.

    AJM

    • Replies: @nagra
  77. Skeptikal says:
    @anonymous

    “Russians are famous for being Anti Muslims, if you trace their actions against their own Muslim population or neighboring countries including Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan and more.”

    This is not true.
    Russia is building new mosques for its Muslim citizens.

    http://www.irna.ir/en/News/81872869

    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/09/russia-opens-huge-mosque-eid-holiday-150923101040775.html

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_mosques_in_Russia

  78. nagra says:
    @Authenticjazzman

    stay in your borders and none will dispute you

    Japan, South Korea, Romania, Libya, exYu, Syria, Poland, Iraq, Afghanistan…is not your border “American Hero”, not even close moron, have you ever even learn Geography at your school

    is that hard to understand imbecile

    you came here to defend Trump (the piece of sh!t who change his mind as pair of socks) and you expect everyone bow to you because you are USA Vet ( :

    no sh!t
    get real and apologise to everyone for your behaviour before saying anything else ever and ever

  79. Wally says:
    @Quartermaster

    said:
    “It’s December 1939. Put Hitler in place of Putin and see if you like that statement just as much.”

    You must mean the Hitler that so called ‘holocaust historian’ Raul Hilberg said this about:

    “we’ve often fantasized about drawing up an indictment against Adolf Hitler himself. And to put into that indictment the major charge: the Final Solution of the Jewish question in Europe, the physical annihilation of Jewry. And then it dawned upon us, what would we do? We didn’t have the evidence.”

    Revisionists are just the messengers, the absurd impossibility of the ridiculous ‘holocaust’ storyline is the message.

    http://www.codoh.com

  80. as a general rule, who people has relations with is none of my business.

  81. bjondo says:
    @Tulips

    will lying, weasel, crooks work?
    or
    one word,
    shit.

  82. peterAUS says:
    @skrik

    Fazit: Even if most proles really were switched-on = fully and fairly informed, their votes would still mean nothing since there is a disconnect [my 5th.] Unless you are thinking ‘pitch-forks and tumbrels,’ there’s nothing effective that we, the people can do

    with

    PS Q: Is there any hope at all? A: Apart from hope being hopeless policy, there *could* be a solution, whereby a big enough proportion of the 1%, a decent portion [should such a thing exist] could call a halt to the ccc and its murder-most-foul depredations.

    is one option. Feasible, admit.

    There is another.
    Replace

    pitch-forks and tumbrels

    with firearms accessible by 2nd Amendment. For starter only, say, first two hours.
    Not getting into THAT topic here and now. To discuss that topic, properly, I’d need to trust you and then we’d have a long chat somewhere in open public place.
    That’s, incidentally, also something a person of an average intelligence can figure out in a week trawling of Internet.

    And, there is a Third option.
    The Mutual Assured Destruction.

    Personally, I’d go for the last.
    Hopefully, not in the next decade.
    Hopefully.

    • Replies: @skrik
    , @Jeff Stryker
  83. nagra says:

    from now on you can’t even sell popcorns over there Rambo

  84. nagra says:
    @Authenticjazzman

    I’m not here to impress you, you came here in fact
    and I’m not leftist or any ~ists or I have not some ~isms in my life
    No chance after all I have seen!

    I play too, and the most I like is improvisation ( :
    and I’m glad you have removed your ‘credentials’

    so, pick up your sax and play the best you can
    just play, and play for the poor planet at least

  85. @Jeff Davis

    Now, now, don’t underestimate the Donald! The man has razor sharp brains, is an accomplished mover/rouser of people, and I imagine has oodles of strategic abilities. Look at the facts, hard facts, not at perceptions. No man made tons of legitimate, legal money without possessing some qualities of genius. Never in US history has an outsider come in, overturned the political establishment, taken on the whole pack of media-hyenas, won the election capitalising on the weakness of all his opponents, then tried to do what he said he would do. Who could have imagined that seemingly simple-minded tweets, in simple vocabulary, would be used to beat down the collective might of the massed media? His tweets scored over their collective shrieks and howls! The power of simplicity, no? This guy is complex, clever, and a very astute strategist. He puts on the rude, crude and buffoonish show to get peoples’ attention – and he did get that, did he not? That is called strategy and real smarts.

    • Agree: RobinG
    • Replies: @Jeff Davis
  86. nagra says:

    maybe we’ll do 2~5~1 someday at least

  87. Respect says:
    @Quartermaster

    It is the USA with its NATO who is occupying Georgia and Ukraine , as well as all the countries bordering with Russia , looking for a war with Russia .

    You are the ones , yankees , who want to conquest all the countries on earth , with your 1000 military bases out of the USA , and your 50% of the military expenses of the world . Shame on you .

    You , yankees ,are the invaders , the occupants , the warmongers , get out of Europe ! .

  88. Respect says:
    @Quartermaster

    It is the other way around , moron , the usa and its nato are occupying most of the countries bordering with Russia . USA has 1000 occupation military bases out of the usa , and does 50% of the world military expenses , do you get it ?

  89. @Jeff Davis

    So standing up for American citizens is considered a “mentally insane” thing?

    That is what all of this boils down to; Trump treating Americans like s*hit in front of the whole world, while praising Russia and Russians.

    I fully understood all the concerns for what the Left is doing to people and to the society.

    What I don’t understand is how those, who raised those concerns – and rightfully so – suddenly have changed their minds, as if their previous concerns never even existed?!

    You have bashed the Jews – and rightfully so – but when Trump praises Israel and says that, “Securing Israel’s safety is our most important task” not a peep comes from the Trump-supporters?!

    Never ever did I expect, that it would be the Trump-supporters surfacing as the fifth column, giving the “finishing touch” to the destruction of American citizens.

    The Liberals seem to have woken up, willing to fight for the existance of Americans, whilst the Trump-supporters again….

    Are you ever going to be able to comprehend this?

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/27/opinion/trump-patriot-russia.html

    • Replies: @Jeff Davis
    , @Johnj
    , @Ace
  90. EugeneGur says:
    @Peter Akuleyev

    who has spent time in Ukraine knows how deep hatred of Russia goes

    I don’t know where is Ukraine you spent your time and in what company, but this is complete BS. The South-Eastern Ukraine hates the Western Ukrainian “banderovtsi” as much as the Russians do if not more – after all, the followers of Bandera operated mostly on the Ukrainian soil. There are deranged individuals in every country, of course, and Ukraine has been subjected lately to intense hate propaganda as well as repressions, but there is no hatred of Russia. This is contradicted by both sociology and everyday behavior of Ukrainian, which move to Russia in droves, spend time in Russia, support Russian sport teams, etc.

    we are supposed to dismiss the actual wishes of Ukrainians, Estonians, Poles, Georgians and other peoples who hate Russia (and love the US)

    Nobody is asking about what the real Ukrainians, Estonians, Georgians or even Poles actually think, least of all the US. There are almost as many Georgians living in Russia as there are in Georgia, and they show no desire to move back. In 2008 during the conflict, their biggest fear was that they’d be deported.

    The Ukraine’s Maidan was a violent coup, where a few thousand militants armed and trained abroad overthrew a government elected by the entire country. Protests that immediately started all over the country were suppressed with force – the one in Donbass still is.

    How could anyone with an access to Internet remain unaware of these facts is beyond me.

    • Replies: @peterAUS
  91. peterAUS says:
    @EugeneGur

    That’s an interesting point.
    Even if true, doesn’t matter.

    One could wonder…..who are the people populating Ukrainian Armed Forces?

    Or…who are the guys, in Ukrainian Armed Forces, presently engaged against Donbass? All of them. Including those is logistics/maintenance depots far away from the (current) line of separation?

    The will to fight against “Russia” ranges from a deep hate to simply not wishing to go against the (current) Ukrainian government.
    The former are in those “shock” battalions. The later are manning the logistics train. And everything in between.

    Now….if/when a real shooting starts, as soon as Russia, as expected (and desired) by the most of readers here, starts delivering ordnance into operational depth of Donbass enemy, the ratio hate/don’t care shall shift, hard and fast.
    Not in Russian favor, I suspect.

    • Agree: byrresheim
    • Replies: @EugeneGur
  92. @MK-DELTABURKE

    The Aspen Institute is CIA, but the CIA is an organization created and controlled by the globalist conspirators at the Council on Foreign Relations, mostly the Rockefellers and other banksters.

  93. peterAUS says:

    Back to topic.
    This link, I believe, points into a very interesting direction.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-07-23/imperial-naivete-american-public

    I don’t think that “naivete” is a correct word there.

    Some, perhaps, interesting excerpts:

    ….a public lulled into a warm and fuzzy sense of moral superiority based on the notion that we only go to war to save the good and punish the evil, and if we meddle in other nations’ domestic affairs and elections, we’re only doing so for their own good.

    If we weren’t a kindly, generous Empire, we’d let them go down the drain without trying to set them straight.

    Key expression “moral superiority

    There is more:

    ….the American public naively assumes that their Imperial Project is so god-like in its powers and prowess that no other great power should be able to meddle in our domestic affairs and elections.

    I don’t think it’s “naive” though. It’s something else……like, again:

    … there are no limits on our execution of power because we’re morally superior

    That is the key. That is what, deep in their hearts, Americans believe.
    We….are….better…than….anybody….else……

    So, blaming “them”, media, whatever…no…no…that’s a copout. Weak one.

    The crux is simple, eternal, hard wired: “I am better than you”.
    “I can be homeless punk here, but, I am better than YOU.”
    Feels good. That’s all.

    Blasphemy, a?

  94. @peterAUS

    It’s impossible to asses [correctly] who’s influenced by what, but it seems that telling lies doesn’t work that well any longer. You can find some numbers in the following article: Democracy Dies in Debt? US News Outlets Slashing Staff Left and Right – Link to Sputnik.

    Excerpt: “A Pew Research analysis on Monday found that more than a third of the US’ largest newspapers and more than a fifth of its largest digital outlets experienced layoffs between January 2017 and April 2018.”

  95. @Lauri Törni

    Have you given thought to the following possibility [wrt the body language after a 2 hour meeting between Putin and Trump]?

    H.E. Mr. Putin is an erudite and intelligent man [see his marathon TV appearances, addressing the Russian nation for hours on end]. Trump, on the other hand, is, at best, a 140-character man, and one who relies heavily on a range of platitudes. Could it be that being exposed to a man like Putin, for 2 hours in a row, without nothing but a translator at his side, has drained all the energy out of POTUS?

  96. To add to the list of things that the Russians had on Hillary ….

    IIRC, she was Sec of State at the time the US election-meddling-and-color-revolution brigade tried to rig the Russian elections against Putin.

    Putin does not seem to be the sort to let emotion be more important than policy, but I’ve always wondered that to the small extent the Russians did take a pop at Hillary’s campaign, if it didn’t bring a bit of a smile to Putin’s face to know he was just giving back the hits he’d already taken from her.

    Hillary of course was incompetent in having America interfere in Russian elections. That campaign never had a chance as Putin is a lot more popular in Russia than Hillary is in America. So, she took a pot shot at a rival world leader knowing (or at least some smart people did) that it would have no effect and that Putin would win that election anyways. And of course Hillary the Arrrogant could never imagine that another player in the game would get to take a turn, and that others might interfere in her election, and she knew she’d run and she knew she’d rig the Dem party to get the nod, in the same way the NED and the Soros NGO’s tried to interfere in Russia.

  97. The “Newspaper Industry” is headed in the same direction as the “News Carved on Clay Tablets Industry” did before it. Has been for a long time now.

  98. anon[317] • Disclaimer says:
    @exiled off mainstreet

    yes privatized into its parts the leaders of government are left nearly powerless.

    if 100% of the elements that constitute the power, scope and capacity of government remain as one unit; the government is at full strength..

    But if the government is broken down into its individual elements and parted out (privatized) to private corporations.. then the government is not able to bring its full powers to a solve a problem or deny a threat.

    If the private powers are opposed to the intentions and necessaries of the government then the leader of the weaken government is indeed without much power..

    What has happened is worse than described already because rule of law has made privatization into a global profit capturing and competition destruction machine.

    A. Privatized things look like this
    Govt power remaining= Ttl govt power -govt powers transferred to privately held profit making entities.
    How transferred? by contract.
    B. global scoop powers.. patents and copyrights allow private owners to monopolize an industry and to
    destroy all competition.
    let us suppose there are twenty nations that have steel mills, the price of steel is competitive.
    each nation has a process that works, mostly they share knowledge because there are no
    laws preventing one of the steel mills from using whatever knowledge is available..
    then along comes corrupt lawmakers who are willing to use the government to privatize (transfer public
    domain to private domain) . they make a patent law and steel mills all patent their processes..
    soon a treaty is signed by all 20 nations.
    soon after the treaty, a nobody in nation 22 discovers a cheaper, faster way to make better steel
    corporation G is the first to discover the cheaper steel making technology so it rushes to
    country 22, finds the inventor and pays him 6 million or whatever.

    Corporate G then asserts to the 19 others that they cannot use the new technology.
    G then builds a new plant for the advanced technology and presto all 19 other nations are
    out of business.

    c. Corporate G makes so much money it is bigger than its host nation state.. and therefore it dictates the
    laws made and makes the other important decisions. Worse no one else in the world can make steel and
    everyone but those who work for G have forgotten how to make steel, inventors no longer work to make
    better steel..

    so patent law weakened not just one nation, but 20 more..

    Trump is the leader of a nation that has had all of its power transferred to private corporations
    Trump has little to trade, nothing he says or tries to say is taken seriously, but Corporate G d/n care
    it keeps making money, long after the nation state and its people are broke.

  99. Tyrion 2 says: • Website

    The American media are delusional. Trump has supposedly given everything to Russia and North Korea simply by speaking politely with them. Supposedly this confers on their “regimes” some sort of invaluable “legitimacy”. As if those governments derive their legitimacy from how politely the Ametican President speaks with them.

    Perhaps the American media are jealous?

    Teenage guy talks to teenage girl. Girl makes great show of rejecting him. Guy then talks to teenage girl’s best frenemy. Said girl calls guy “a stupid traitor” and frenemy a “manipulative slut”.

  100. RobinG says:
    @exiled off mainstreet

    #BROWDERGATE

    A perfectly good article, I’m sure, but why diffuse ourselves [and engender feelings of fear and hopelessness as you express] when a strategic pressure point has presented? Johnstone makes no mention of Bill Browder. Nor do the [100, so far] commenters.

    BILL BROWDER is a key figure in the anti-Trump, anti-Russia hysteria. The notorious Trump Tower meeting was about the Magnitsky Act, a fabrication by Browder to hide his financial crimes. Browder “testified” in the Senate expressly to demonize Putin. Browder’s contacts in the IC, the Jewish Lobby, and the fawning media have enabled his propaganda assault this week. He’s appeared – unchallenged, virtually unquestioned – on countless talk shows. But he’s been running scared at the mention of interrogation by Russians. There are huge holes in his story, made clear in his deposition in the Prevezon case. The truth will bring him down! And perhaps his Deep State supporters, along with him.

    Ask your Senators if they’ve heard/read Browder’s 2015 deposition in the Prevezon case. (See comment 161 under The Untouchable Mr. Browder? by Israel Shamir for links.)

    Research links to primary sources on #Browdergate -

    https://populist.tv/2018/01/20/bill-browder-links-and-resources-to-understand-controversy/

  101. @Quartermaster

    I envy those who can read someone else’s thoughts

  102. @skrik

    ‘ruling class’, ‘elites’… (that’s how they view themselves; as anointed ‘princes of the earth’).

    Call them what they are: zionist jews and their only ‘loyalty’ is to the terrorist state of isisrael.
    That neu jersy sized apartheid state is nothing more than a rothschilds owned and operated company — that’s how it was planned from the beginning.

    isisrael has NEVER been America’s or anyone else’s friend – events like the bombing of the King David Hotel, JFK’s murder/coup, the attack on the USS Liberty and their involvement in 9/11 and other events are clear enough for those with clear understanding (peruse the babylonian Talmud as well for many eye openers as to how they view us gentiles/goyim).

    It’s past time to throw such parasitic traitors off our backs and out of America; that especially includes aipac, the adl, bnai brith and all the rest. They weren’t kicked out of over 100 countries without damn good reasons!

    Fuck zionists!!
    Fuck isisrael!!
    BFTTW!!

    • Replies: @skrik
  103. @Tulips

    self-elites.

    Should fill the bill.

    (eligere= to chose)

  104. skrik says:
    @peterAUS

    with firearms accessible by 2nd Amendment

    Me: Warning! It is generally *not* recommended to even suggest let alone actually incite violent revolution, for the obvious reasons a) ‘big brother’ [NSA et al.] really is listening, and b) those with ‘form’ in the ccc&Co, having practically demonstrated their psychopathy [9/11, Libya/Gaddafi destruction, say] would suffer no pico-sec. of lost sleep for having any bothersome ‘suggester/inciter’ terminated with extreme prejudice. ‘Best’ example = the JFK murder etc..

    By your citing of ‘my 5th = disconnect,’ I’m assuming you are withdrawing your accusation of even partial voter-responsibility for the catastrophic ‘state of the nation?’ Yes, most of the mass-membership of the ‘mushroom club’ are glued to their boob-tubes or other flat-screens of distraction, but this may well be a rational reaction by the proles to their [unconscious?] realization of their ‘perfect’ powerlessness, eh?

    As for your preferred option, I’ll refrain from publicly associating you with its acronym.

    • Replies: @peterAUS
  105. Vojkan says:
    @Peter Akuleyev

    Why should anyone freaking care and put his ass in the line of fire because you bunch of primitives hate Russia? Between having a nuclear cataclysm because you pathetic dwarfs of nations are frustrated to have a neighbour you can’t bully and Russia obliterating you, I say let Russia obliterate you, thus we won’t have to suffer the ear-hurting dissonnance of your incessant whining any more. Though I doubt Russia would stomp on you. When you see shit, you don’t stomp on it, you don’t want you don’t want your shoes to stink, you just walk around it.

    • Replies: @yurivku
    , @Apolonius
  106. Backstay says:
    @peterAUS

    I have been saying this same thing for some time. How can people spend so much time connected and know or understand so little?

    • Replies: @peterAUS
  107. @peterAUS

    PETER

    That is strange coming from an Australian-we have had about 20 Martin Byrants and many Americans, while valuing a gun for home defense, do not value automatic weapons on the streets.

    Australia has managed to have a stable country without pitchforks.

    I’d be interested in why you feel this is the case.

    • Replies: @skrik
    , @peterAUS
  108. yurivku says:
    @Cagey Beast

    I’m thinking of people like Trump or the new governments in Italy and Austria.

    Still thinking about Trump after all he’s done ? Funny. He’s of course is a bone in DC’s throat, but his level of intelligence and real power seem to be extreamly low.
    He’s just an irritant to all these neocons withour real possibility to change something.
    Hope Putin is clever enough not to go to the US even if Trump will insist inviting.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @Cagey Beast
  109. yurivku says:
    @Lauri Törni

    You are the clear explanation why we’ll (US – Russia) never have good relations. Idiot or troll doesn’t matter, it won’t affect the result.

    • Replies: @RobinG
  110. skrik says:
    @Jeff Stryker

    managed to have a stable country without pitchforks

    Let me! Let me!

    Just as Jews claim to be god’s [= some fantasy but non-existent supernatural 'mental crutch'] ‘chosen,’

    just as yanks claim to be ‘exceptional, democratic and in god [see prior] they trust,’

    Aus claims to be ‘the lucky country.’

    Q: What’s in common? A: Self-delusion.

    It wasn’t always ‘smooth sailing’ in Aus; many democratic actions [universal suffrage, say] and social[istic!] programs were conceived and implemented.

    Like fair work/fair pay:

    “Eight hours to work,

    eight hours to play,

    eight hours to sleep,

    eight bob a day!”

    One of the best things they may have had, was The remarkable model of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. ‘Destroyed’ = disabled, disfigured and ‘re-purposed’ by [traitor!] politicians, assumed to be ‘on orders’ from the real, external to Aus, rulers. Spit. Continuing problem.

    The last effective, independent Aus PM was EGW, ‘retired’ primarily on CIA orders. EGW didn’t ’100% support’ the US aggression against Vietnam, wished to inspect Pine Gap – and introduced the then ‘medibank’ = universal, taxpayer-funded doctor/hospital payments system. Despite multiple antediluvian neanderthal efforts, medibank endures as medicare, but is continuously endangered. Administrative ‘overheads’ were measured at ~3%. Choke on that, private medical insurance! Same as ‘privatised’ govt services [don't start me]; rip-offs and inflated charges are ‘inbuilt,’ despite all contrary [cynical, lying, propagandistic] ‘marketing’ claims.

    Any ‘smooth sailing’ now is mostly due to anaesthesia by Bernays haze, on top of the pre-existing self-delusions. rgds

    • Replies: @Jeff Stryker
  111. Anonymous[266] • Disclaimer says:
    @yurivku

    Still thinking about Trump after all he’s done ? Funny. He’s of course is a bone in DC’s throat, but his level of intelligence and real power seem to be extreamly low.

    Yeah, in my experience Ivy League-educated, self-made Manhattan multi-billionaires tend to be on the left side of the bell curve. I imagine if he had a higher IQ he could done anything he wanted to in public sector employment.

  112. skrik says:
    @Northgunner

    ‘ruling class’, ‘elites’…

    I share your sentiments [in a slightly different vernacular]; of course they, the usurping ‘rulers’ are neither a class nor in any way ‘elite,’ but who/what ever they are [jews, oligarchs, 'simply' psychopaths or 'true' spawn of satan], they do seem to be ‘in control.’ Proof of that is the coordinated criminal actions of ‘the West.’ Find “CIA is the government and the government is CIA” above; it’s the obvious place to expect a ccc = covert criminal cabal to establish itself. Add to that the truly weird concept of having spies a) out of all control and b) with apparently unlimited power. We ‘shall know them by their deeds’ which is almost unrelievedly a ‘bad look.’ Odd is that the 1st mention of any conspiracy that I heard of was that of ‘jewish banksters ruling the world.’ We since know that such was pilloried by the CIA, but it seems to me to be a case of the tar-baby: The more they [CIA, jews] howl/deny, the guiltier they prove themselves to be. rgds

  113. @skrik

    Someone in Australia would have known that Vietnam was near enough to Australia for a war to create the immigration crisis that it did-Romper Stomper took place nearly 30 years after the US entered Vietnam.

    Naturally, seeing the refugee due to follow, Australia at the time balked at the Vietnam War.

    • Replies: @skrik
  114. @Lauri Törni

    Most american know full well what it looked and sounded like. And most Americans winced. And most of those same, knew that the president was not attacking the us. They understood he was attacking the intelligence,. He was rebutting the tactics of his opponents. Thy understood moreover, that the president should have avoided that attack while standing next to the accused in a foreign state. But having done so, he should not have retracted his comments.

    And now having been intimidated into agreeing with the intel has created a precarious way forward. It will unfortunately halt any negotiations and it should. It will and should kick into high gear US defenses. It will sadly have moved the president into the camp of regime changers. His attempt to say he misspoke has made a far less formidable adversary and further U-turns will fuel that issue.

    It gives credence to accusations across Europe that russia has been engaging all manner of political and government intrusions, including murder. That changes the nature of how to address the very valid issues of NATO.

  115. skrik says:
    @Jeff Stryker

    seeing the refugee due to follow, Australia at the time balked at the Vietnam War

    Me: No, on both counts. AFAIK, 1) no single person ‘envisaged/foretold’ any possible ‘boat people’ invasion and 2) most of Aus was “All the way with LBJ,” due to a) the [oh, so stupidly cynical] ANZAC myth and b) the Liberals [they never were 'liberal,' just stole the label for marketing], their Labor shadows and all other such ‘useful idiots’ just ‘lurved’ any/everything US. To this day, including abandoning any ‘own’ culture in favour of every latest US craze, rap [spelt with a silent 'c'] then lately ‘hip-hop.’ Spit. ‘Ohne mich’ = not with me, you don’t. rgds

    • Replies: @Jeff Stryker
  116. RobinG says:
    @yurivku

    How about Idiot AND Troll.

    BTW, have you seen “THE MAGNITSKY ACT – BEHIND THE SCENES” that Phil Giraldi posted today? Debunking anti-Russian criminal sociopaths like Bill Browder will go a long way to improving relations. Not to mention easing pressure on the unfortunate Trump.

    Full research primary links available here, including Browder’s 2015 deposition in the U.S. vs. Prevezon Holdings case. Every Senator who voted to support Browder should see this. [Any who already have, double shame!]

    https://populist.tv/2018/01/20/bill-browder-links-and-resources-to-understand-controversy/

    • Replies: @Yurivku
  117. Yurivku says:
    @RobinG

    UWell, we here in Russia know all this (about Browder) for quite a time. What new did you find? It’s just one story in long list of those written and spoken for western idiots like Scripals
    , MH17, chemicals in Syria and WMD in Iraq, Russian meddling in f-n US elections and so on. Eat it all dummies.

  118. peterAUS says:
    @skrik

    Me: Warning! It is generally *not* recommended to even suggest let alone actually incite violent revolution, for the obvious reasons a) ‘big brother’ [NSA et al.] really is listening, and b) those with ‘form’ in the ccc&Co, having practically demonstrated their psychopathy [9/11, Libya/Gaddafi destruction, say] would suffer no pico-sec. of lost sleep for having any bothersome ‘suggester/inciter’ terminated with extreme prejudice. ‘Best’ example = the JFK murder etc..

    One option. Choose well. Free will.
    Timing .

    By your citing of ‘my 5th = disconnect,’ I’m assuming you are withdrawing your accusation of even partial voter-responsibility for the catastrophic ‘state of the nation?’

    You are assuming wrong.
    I do blame an average voter, in USA, for the state of the nation.
    Besides, that “catastrophic’ doesn’t apply to higher strata of society. One percent in particular.
    The puzzling, sort of, thing is that the lower strata behave as they do. Voting thing among all that…..behavior.

    As for your preferred option, I’ll refrain from publicly associating you with its acronym.

    Maybe you could try to work on your street-smarts. Reading people in particular.
    Helps with the first and second paragraph too.

    • Replies: @skrik
  119. peterAUS says:
    @Backstay

    Because it’s easy.

    “If we only INFORM people all will be fine.” Gives a comfortable illusion about doing something.

    Big topic. Neither time nor place to discuss it.

    If/when you/me see our family members getting hungry while some other people don’t know what to do with their opulence then, and only then, we’ll try to do something.

    Have a quiet chat somewhere in a park, for example. Just two of us. Two.

    If/when you have tens of thousands of men like that then, and only then, something can happen.

    Can, not necessarily will.

  120. peterAUS says:
    @Jeff Stryker

    Not sure I understood you here.
    Let’s try.

    That is strange coming from an Australian-we have had about 20 Martin Byrants and many Americans, while valuing a gun for home defense, do not value automatic weapons on the streets.

    Nobody said anything about “automatic weapons”.
    Ten thousand men, on the same page, well organized, can, with bolt action rifles and shotguns, create a situation when those in power shall listen to their demands.
    Anywhere in this world.

    Devil is in details.
    Try to find a (retired) Army/Marines Colonel,combat arms. Ask him about details. If he’s serious he’ll tell you to call in a week and then you’ll have, say, 6-8 hours conversation. Caveat: more you know about the topic easier will be to understand what he’s talking about.

    Australia has managed to have a stable country without pitchforks.

    True. Plenty of other countries haven’t. Different strokes for different folks.

    I’d be interested in why you feel this is the case.

    The last sentence from the previous paragraph.

    • Replies: @Jeff Stryker
  121. skrik says:
    @peterAUS

    You are ‘off,’ both as in ‘a piece of cheese’ and ‘with the fairies.’ I**3

    • Replies: @peterAUS
  122. peterAUS says:
    @skrik

    You are ‘off,’ both as in ‘a piece of cheese’ and ‘with the fairies.’ I**3

    I know, for your types. Feels comfortable.
    For me, you got into the “ignore” list. Time saving.
    All good.

    • Replies: @Jeff Stryker
    , @skrik
  123. Mulegino1 says:

    I would say that what is affecting the western establishment elites at this juncture is not mere dementia but the madness which arises from acts of pure, hellish evil. These people are the Gadarine swine of the contemporary era; a good portion of them appear to be Satanic perverts and pedophiles, if we are to judge from recent revelations. I am not being hyperbolic when I write that Antichrist’s reign has been postponed. They had imagined it would be installed by November of 2016 and this is driving them to despair. They hate Trump because his election blocked their lord and master’s ascent and they hate Putin because he represents the great restraining power.

  124. @yurivku

    He’s of course is a bone in DC’s throat, but his level of intelligence and real power seem to be extremely low.

    Yes, he’s a golden chandelier stuck in the belly of the Beast. I think he’s quite smart, in his own way, but can only do so much on his own. He also has some bad ideas and makes enemies when it isn’t necessary but he’s still the only hope for change at the centre of the American empire.

    • Replies: @yurivku
  125. @skrik

    Be that as it may, Romper Stomper took place 30 years after the Vietnam War began. The reverberations of the war were felt in Australia long afterwards.

  126. @peterAUS

    That’s an armchair rugby referee for you, encouraging a Civil War in a country he’s probably never set foot. What do you believe would change its policy towards Oz.

    If you remember when Reagan broke the air-traffic control union strikes and 30,000 of them immigrated to Oz in 1981, what would happen would be that many qualified Americans would come to Australia and take Australian jobs.

    That’s how such unrest would affect you.

    At any rate, the US would still have the same grip on popular culture (If not financial markets) and Vegemite would not suddenly replace McDonald’s everywhere.

    Also, though the Asians seem to slowly taking over your economy anyhow, if the US military was busy suppressing a civil war and Asian countries might get aggressive towards you militarily.

  127. @peterAUS

    The Asians might get more aggressive if the US military suddenly found itself preoccupied with a Civil War.

    Asia is taking over your country economically anyhow but they might get a bit anti-social if suddenly the US were to lose all capacity to maintain its presence in your hemisphere.

    • Replies: @peterAUS
  128. skrik says:
    @peterAUS

    I know, for your types. Feels comfortable

    Aw, don’t go all wussy – you’re acting like a wounded suitor. I suppose it was my rejection of your

    I’d need to trust you and then we’d have a long chat somewhere in open public place

    Similr to which you you offered Backstay

    Have a quiet chat somewhere in a park, for example. Just two of us. Two

    Try this google; that the sort of place you had in mind? It’s also reputedly a secret entrance to an ASIO bunker but I suppose you know that; I call attempted entrapment.

  129. RobinG says:
    @skrik

    ……………. ? ccc = ‘great financial consortiums’ ?

    “As a matter of fact, the composition of the governments is predetermined, and their actions are controlled by great financial consortiums.”

    J. V. Stalin, Questions & Answers to American Trade Unionists: Stalin’s Interview With the First American Trade Union Delegation to Soviet Russia
    Pravda September 15, 1927 ___________(h/t, J.S.)

    • Replies: @skrik
  130. yurivku says:
    @Cagey Beast

    think he’s quite smart, in his own way, but can only do so much on his own

    But I think he’s stupid, ignorant, spineless (as well as most of POTUSes), the only difference is – he’s not completely belongs to DC. Probably it’s better than if Clinton was on his place, but who knows, Trump can make any stupid thing…

  131. skrik says:
    @RobinG

    ccc = ‘great financial consortiums’ ?

    G’day, q.possibly and glad you responded. Yeah sure, Stalin is ‘close;’ it’s why some suggest oligarchs, but it demonstrably falls a bit short. My ccc = covert criminal cabal, each word of the highest significance; let’s examine each one:

    [COED:] covert = not openly acknowledged or displayed – this is 100% true, since they operate from ‘behind a curtain’ of deliberate secrecy. Not declaring who they are is a lie of omission, then see after cabal below. Before moving on, let’s consult Cicero:

    mendaci neque quum vera dicit, creditor

    = A liar is not to be believed, even when speaking the truth. That’s never a ‘good look,’ and leads to the next:

    criminal – self-evident, then:

    [COED:] cabal = a secret political clique or faction. Øarchaic a secret intrigue.

    ORIGIN
    C16 (denoting the Kabbalah): from French cabale, from medieval Latin cabala (see Kabbalah).

    Finally [COED:] Kabbalah (also Kabbala, Cabbala, Cabala, or Qabalah = the ancient Jewish tradition of mystical interpretation of the Bible.

    I allow myself to propose an exactly apposite example of the latter: ‘Xxx promised it to us!’ – Where Xxx comes directly from some “mystical interpretation of the Bible.” ‘Nuff said?

    More? IF it were only “great financial consortiums” THEN one would need to explain the criminality, since I’m pretty sure oligarchs *could* work legally. Then, the ‘normal’ consortiums’ business is to ‘make money’ [and cheating and/or theft may be sort of 'normal'], but the ccc goes *far* past that into [mass-]murdering for spoil, quite/most often for oil and/or *soil*. The latter is within Nuremberg class = supreme international criminality. That may complete the loop and explain why covert in the 1st place.

    I wrote above that I would ‘revisit’ lies; here’s a partial quote:

    But it remained for the yyy, with their unqualified capacity for falsehood, …

    Feel free to ‘guess’ at the yyy, then I assert QED rgds

  132. Anon[243] • Disclaimer says:

    Great article. Good to read someone not suffering from dementia!

  133. EugeneGur says:
    @peterAUS

    Or…who are the guys, in Ukrainian Armed Forces, presently engaged against Donbass?

    Besides those in “volunteer battalions”, which tend to be nationalistic with distinct Nazi overtones, people in the regular Armed Forces are there for the money. There are very few paying jobs in today’s Ukraine, so men enlist and hope for the best.

    the ratio hate/don’t care shall shift, hard and fast. Not in Russian favor, I suspect.

    That could’ve been the case in 2014. Today I very much doubt it. Even the Right Sector people are fed up with the current power in Kiev, and even the dumbest nationalists are beginning to realize what a deep hole the country is in. Normal people all over the South-East are hoping and praying for the Russians to come. The problem is the Russians aren’t coming.

    • Replies: @peterAUS
  134. The moniker “journalist” should immediately by banished by replacement of “reporter”, as in report the facts and observations, not interpretations or personal opinions.

  135. Eagle Eye says:
    @Authenticjazzman

    I am not a Scientologist, but I consider [L. Ron Hubbard] to be one of the most brilliant minds of the twentieth century

    Interesting point. Serious question – in your view, what else (other than psychotropic medication) was Hubbard “brilliant” about?

    • Replies: @Authenticjazzman
  136. @Eagle Eye

    ” In your view what else was Hubbard brilliant about?”

    Well for example his bizarre sounding concepts regarding the sources of mankind, and the history of this insane planet, which are repeatedly ridiculed and labeled as absurd by the PTB, who of course have their own turf to defend, and their own concepts which they do not want to be brought into question.

    AJM

  137. peterAUS says:
    @EugeneGur

    Well…can’t say I disagree with the comment.
    Or, better, can’t provide any concrete evidence to the contrary, especially re the second paragraph.

    The thing is, nationalism is a peculiar feeling.
    So, while this

    …Normal people all over the South-East are hoping and praying for the Russians to come.

    could be true, the rest of Ukraine could get into quite the opposite.

    But, as you say

    The problem is the Russians aren’t coming.

    so it’s all academic.

    Now, speaking of

    …people are fed up with the current power….

    one could feel, probably, the same in Donbass.
    Things aren’t great there either.

    In any case the conflict is there, frozen for the moment (not for the people along the front line) and can erupt, again, when the US Deep State wants it.

    Interesting times.

  138. Cratylus says:
    @Michael Kenny

    If one wants a clear example of the Russophobic or Putinophobic hysteria infecting the West, one need go no further than this demented fellow. And to that he adds a conspiracy theory about the gangsters ruling over it all.

  139. Uncle Bee says:
    @Cyrano

    Imagine if the WMDs get you attacked rule applied to Israel?

  140. @seeing-thru

    You got it 100% Right my friend. That’s the best reality-connected assessment of the Donald’s performance that I’ve read. I’m going to swipe it for reuse elsewhere. Thank you, and may the force be with you.

    • Replies: @seeing-thru
  141. @Jeff Davis

    Glad you liked it. Yeah, go ahead use it any which way. BTW, my fear is that the Donald may not be able to succeed because of the massive line-up of forces against him. The whole lunatic asylum is out of their cages, snarling and clawing and planning all sorts of stuff to bring him down. Let us wish him success.

  142. @Lauri Törni

    So standing up for American citizens is considered a “mentally insane” thing?

    You are utterly and completely out of your mind, virtually from another planet, another reality. A textbook example of insanity. The fact that you don’t recognize it, simply confirms the fact.

    The Deep state is not, repeat not, the American people.

    Regarding the Intel community: There are the guys in the trenches. these are honorable guys. Then there is the leadership. The current leadership is on notice to behave itself, on account of the new “Sheriff” in town. The corrupt politicized leadership from the Clinton/Bush/Obama regimes however, now out of power, are attempting to overthrow the legitimately elected president of the United States. In so doing, they are pursuing treason-lite.

    Clapper, Brennan, and Hayden are already full-on war criminals: Iraq & torture. Now, in their attempt to destroy the Trump presidency, they are adding betrayal of democracy and betrayal of the Constitution of the United States to their criminal resume. These are evil men who think it is their job to run the United States from behind a malleable (gutless?) figurehead who does what they tell him to do.

    As I said in my original post, it is fascinating to observe people like you, utterly dominated — brain-raped really — by a neocon/neoliberal narrative that has reduced them to robotic — even willing — slaves of the 1%. Good for you. Enjoy. The others, who prefer self-mastery to self-enslavement, will benefit from your choice of enslavement.

    That is what all of this boils down to; Trump treating Americans like s*hit in front of the whole world, while praising Russia and Russians.

    The IC war criminals/traitors should not be equated with or allowed to hide anonymous behind the majority population of decent Americans. Which is what simpletons like you enable and then fall for.

    I fully understood all the concerns for what the Left is doing to people and to the society.

    …Trump praises Israel and says that, “Securing Israel’s safety is our most important task” not a peep comes from the Trump-supporters?!

    Some Trump supporters do object. Others however grasp the political reality of Jewish political influence in the US. Politically incompetent simpletons like yourself think Trump should commit political suicide by taking on the Jews.

    The Jews/Israel will be dealt with — or not — later, when Trump has secured his presidency. And then, the rebalancing of the US-Israeli relationship will not be grounded in hostility to the Jews, but will be more along the lines of America First.

    Never ever did I expect, that it would be the Trump-supporters surfacing as the fifth column, giving the “finishing touch” to the destruction of American citizens.

    The above is pure paranoid, “the sky is falling”, TDS whackadoodle.

    The Liberals seem to have woken up, …

    The country is in the throes of a cultural war between the bubble-wrapped snowflakes and “real” people. Thankfully, the “real” people will win, precisely because they have the advantage of being reality-connected. The snowflakes will benefit as well — you will benefit — by the resulting opportunity to reconnect with reality.

    Good luck, best wishes, Trump is rapidly changing the world for the better.

    And let me add: The Soviet Union is a quarter century gone, and with it Soviet Communism. Putin is the preeminent statesman of our times. Go to YouTube and listen to what he says. He and Trump, aligned, are a force for good in the world. Peace with Russia is coming, and with it a new era of peace and prosperity in the world.

    Which leaves me to echo your closing comment:

    Are you ever going to be able to comprehend this?

    (Answer: Probably not for another six years, if ever.)

    • Replies: @Malcontent
    , @peterAUS
  143. @Cyrano

    Are you joking? Russia is the second largest nuclear arsenal in the world.

  144. @Jeff Davis

    Bravo! Exactly my thoughts!

  145. peterAUS says:
    @Jeff Davis

    Thankfully, the “real” people will win, precisely because they have the advantage of being reality-connected.

    Ah, good.

    The last time when “real” people won against the US “Deep State” was…let me see….well…shame on me, can’t think of it.

    Let’s see after the fall of the Wall:
    Yugoslavia, then Serbia proper….no…
    Afghanistan….no….
    Ah…Iraq….no…..
    Lybia…no….
    Syria…well…not so sure.

    Ah, yes, those weren’t Americans. Yeah.

    I got concerned for a bit; all good now.
    No need to think about M.A.D. anymore. (Re)focus on fishing. Snapper, preferably.

  146. @peterAUS

    Australia’s problem is going to be an Asian economic overclass…you Australians always obsess about country’s located halfway around the world…first the UK…now the US.

    …you’re worried about blacks in the US in the ghetto’s wealth inequality while Chinese business elite reduce you to paupers IN Australia and eventually you go the way of the black aborigines.

    But you cannot see that because you’re focused on US cultural colonization or things you have seen in Hollywood films.

  147. @peterAUS

    Sorry, countries not country’s.

    Point is that in the sixties you were still obsessed with the British Empire though you are a bit of a lost colony…now you are obsessed with the United States, another waning Empire.

    Pretty soon the Chinese will have you sleeping in your cars and you will still be focused on the state of blacks in the US ghetto and inequality in America.

    But see, the US won’t be the problem in Australia. China will.

    You compare yourself to the United States because it is a similar former British colony and white settler nation but it is Asia that will stomp you.

    • Replies: @skrik
  148. She is most likely onto something important. My solution is that most people are double-minded because it suits us to lazily allow our leaders to control us while we (somewhat) hypocritically condemn them for faults and errors which profit us.

    St Paul, Shakespeare and Montaigne all complained of their own double-mindedness.

    I hope that a column of mine on this topic will appear soon in The U.R.

    James Bacque Penetanguishene ON

    • Replies: @peterAUS
  149. peterAUS says:
    @James Bacque

    … most people are double-minded because it suits us to lazily allow our leaders to control us while we (somewhat) hypocritically condemn them for faults and errors which profit us…..

    I guess you are onto something here.

    It could go a bit deeper, though, as:

    …. most people are double-minded because it suits us to allow our betters to lead us while we (somewhat) hypocritically condemn them for their and our faults and errors which profit us.

  150. skrik says:
    @Jeff Stryker

    But you cannot see that because you’re focused on US cultural colonization or things you have seen in Hollywood films … You compare yourself to the United States because it is a similar former British colony and white settler nation

    If I may intercede, no, and that twice.

    1. peterAUS, if my interpretation is correct, sees the world through ‘military blinkers,’ is assumed not to notice China et al. except as one ‘enemy’ among many, and probably thinks that ~100 F35s, xxx new warships, yyy new submarines and zzz new ‘armoured cars,’ costing the Aus-taxpayer nose-bleeding squillions will ‘save his/their bacon.’ As such, peterAUS cannot be addressed as any valid representative of ‘the great Aus-unwashed.’

    2. That great Aus-unwashed, hoovering up the trash … err, sorry for the US-speak; hoovering up the horrendous rubbish ‘presented’ to them via their ’1984-style telescreens’ … err, one-finger flat-screen distraction devices [when not actual television sets], is largely unconscious of any ‘real world.’

    Since the CIA-sponsored coup of 1975, the country has been ‘going to the dogs’ at an increasing rate. The sheople glory under their ‘Lucky Country’ delusion, not even knowing its full import: Lucky not to be even partly aware. Yeah sure, the corrupt&venal MSM+PFBCs [= publicly financed broadcasters] try to revive ‘the yellow peril’ scare, but that’s just standard ‘Bernays haze’ scare mongering, to keep the proles from thinking: Der, they [as peterAUS] didn’t think. rgds

    PS The great Aus-unwashed, as any ‘Western’ citizen, has zero choice; so-called ‘Western democracy’ allows for as good as zero ‘citizen input.’ The ‘choice’ of Trump should be put down to an aberration – some ‘clever-clogs’ manipulators – *not* Russians – pulled off a coup. But as they used to say: “Better red than dead;” better Trump than HRC.

  151. Johnj says:

    Do we have a democracy? Or even representative government? So what happened to our jobs off-shored. Who approved that? Who approved 100 million legal immigrants in the last 50 years?

    Why does anyone accept our stilted self-image, especially Diana?

  152. Johnj says:
    @Lauri Törni

    Good God, this Lauri reads the NYT and has the gall to post it as proof of her opinions. So that means she is nuts and brainwashed.

  153. Ace says:

    Outstanding article.

    On the point about the “world’s greatest prison population” note that some one-third of the federal prison population consists of illegal alien criminals and the large U.S. black criminal underclass commits crimes at a higher rate than everyone else, so there are more blacks in our prisons. Oh, the horror.

    If other nations enjoyed large illegal immigrant populations and a large black criminal underclass we would see similar inflated prison populations.

    Spare us the silliness on this score as well as the “regular massacres of school children” garbage. No doubt you’ll enlighten us with your anti-gun views on American gun nuts at a later time. I wait with bated breath.

    Still, you almost got a lock on insightful commentary these days.

  154. Ace says:
    @Lauri Törni

    Liberals fight for the existence of Americans?

    Amazing. Do you intend to live on our planet or are you just visiting?

  155. Ron Unz

    This is a very good blog, column, whatever, because it illuminates with the light of reason the mass madness of the Washington crowd, and probably much of the American population. See the New Yorker article in the current issue about the utility of caregivers lying to and/or deceiving demented patients to keep them content. That is what is happening now in the USA and your failure to understand my explanation for it, in my essay on double-mindedness, which I sent you last summer, I mind very much. You could lead the way out of the mess if you would re-read that essay and try to understand it.

    I am a very ordinary guy and I understand it. Please try again. The world needs this.

    Jim Bacque

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