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    I have a piece up exclusively at Asia Times, Duterte’s Beef with America. Go read it! It unpacks the story of Duterte’s coolness to the United States dating back to the Michael Meiring incident in 2002. Duterte’s spokesman recently cited the Meiring case in explaining his attitude toward the U.S., leading to a New York...
  • Lets face pure and simple facts here. The American Government has been funding the Philippines sense 1946-47 when they ousted the Japanese along with some truly brave Filipinos. They have over twenty times helped to combat Communist insurgents, Islamic Groups and Moro factions just to name a few. And the fact that the American Government is still providing full monetary support that many Filipino People do not know of. And these monetary Grant Aid monies have been sent every year to the Philippines sense then—> Here is the funds not counting Grants by Presidents, grants for disasters or grants to combat Terrorist Groups. Yes 265 million American Dollars or roughly over 13 billion pesos. And thats just for year ending 2016. The Philippines cannot function at all without it because frankly it depends on these monies to operate the Philippines Government. Heres the Link–> https://explorer.usaid.gov/cd/PHL

    Now for Condemnation of our Allies the United States for which who we are forever in debt and owe blood lost in its Freedoms. We owe our Gratitude. And i’m a pro Old NPA, but i know when i’m in my place. Think on this a while all of you readers.

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  • The U.S. government and the Manila elite are pretty interested in hyping the naval confrontation with the PRC, while going all "bygones" on the bloody, corrupting, ongoing, and (for some elite Filipinos empowering and enriching) U.S. deep penetration of the Philippines' political and security regimes. Duterte upsets this script, because his political career has been...
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    "Duterte is not native to Mindanao. His family comes from a central Philippine island group, the Visayan Islands. Christians from Visayan Islands and other regions were settled in Mindanao by the U.S. and Philippine governments as part of a strategy to demographically submerge the Moro, distribute prime land and resources to settlers and corporations, and economically and politically marginalize the Moro and criminalize their resistance in a manner that will be familiar to observers of tactics in Tibet, Xinjiang, and Palestine."

    Why is it that you seem to overlook the immediate neighbors of the Philippines, both Indonesia and Malaysia who employ these same tactics with their non-muslim areas? It doesn't fit your your "sjw" worldview when it's christians?! You make your SWPL "mentors" very proud!

    Phillipines is not perfect but to hold it to a different standard from the rest of the countries in that region reveals your heavy ideological bias and digusting fact cherry picking style.

    Muslims were not first here. The Negrito and Christian Chinese were. In fact every tribe of the Muslims who came up from Sulu and Jolo under Spanish Influences and direction and who willfully stole lands belonging to the Negrito’s in Mindanao are perverse in their ideology and should be removed from our lands. Marawi is further proof that God does not and will never grant Moro’s land based on Blood and killing. My Chinese ancestors were tortured at the hands of those bloody Moro’s near present day Bukidnon. As well as many Negrito being tortured as slaves for Moro.

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  • Assistant Secretary of State Danny Russel spoke at the CSIS South China Sea Conference on July 20, 2015. He made news by declaring that the United States is not neutral in some issues pertaining to the South China Sea. The money quote came in reply to a question from Wu Shicun, the PRC representative at...
  • @Grandpa Charlie
    I am so very pleased to see some change in the right-hand column, the menu, here at UR, at the Peter Lee entry! We were stuck, it seemed forever, at the thing about Beijing's infiltration of the Australian government! BTW, that's nothing against Australia: after all, USA's government has been infiltrated through the Kissinger Neocons basically since 1971 (Kissinger's trip to Beijing to more-or-less surrender by arranging for USA to remain stuck in Vietnam for a few more years).

    Such a wonderful thoughtful and amazingly well-informed work by Peter Lee.

    Truly a great commentator in this the Third Millennium ... probably the greatest commentator!

    Ooooops! I was wrong: Peter Lee’s article dates back to 2015, although it seems to me to be about the current situation in Asia. I think it’s still about the current situation, and all the Korea stuff is just a huge distraction. Who knows?

    Probably, I will just have to pay my way through Peter’s Pay Wall to stay up to date with Peter Lee.

    But how did I get here today in the first place? I don’t know.

    Time for a nap.

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  • I am so very pleased to see some change in the right-hand column, the menu, here at UR, at the Peter Lee entry! We were stuck, it seemed forever, at the thing about Beijing’s infiltration of the Australian government! BTW, that’s nothing against Australia: after all, USA’s government has been infiltrated through the Kissinger Neocons basically since 1971 (Kissinger’s trip to Beijing to more-or-less surrender by arranging for USA to remain stuck in Vietnam for a few more years).

    Such a wonderful thoughtful and amazingly well-informed work by Peter Lee.

    Truly a great commentator in this the Third Millennium … probably the greatest commentator!

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    Ooooops! I was wrong: Peter Lee's article dates back to 2015, although it seems to me to be about the current situation in Asia. I think it's still about the current situation, and all the Korea stuff is just a huge distraction. Who knows?

    Probably, I will just have to pay my way through Peter's Pay Wall to stay up to date with Peter Lee.

    But how did I get here today in the first place? I don't know.

    Time for a nap.

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  • @Kiza
    Another great (long) article Peter, it focuses on the reality of "free sea-faring and navigation".

    The main problem that the US has with the Chinese island building in SCS is that this will extend the range of the Chinese underwater passive sensors. The Chinese will be able to detect the US attack submarines and thus the Chinese nuclear submarines will be able to avoid them when leaving the HaiNan submarine base. This is the essence of the matter.

    For the US offence is best defense, thus these words of yours are spot on: "a key element in its (US) full-spectrum effort to neutralize the PRC’s sea-based nuclear deterrent". The US goal is to deny China the ability to detect US attack submarines roaming around HaiNan, and thus give US uncontested first-strike capability.

    This is exactly the same reason why the US is placing Anti-Ballistic-Missile Defense on the Russian border (Poland, Romania, Baltics). In other words, the US strategy is to create an unchallengeable first-nuclear-strike capability against China and Russia and thus World domination and rent seeking.

    “US strategy is to create an unchallengeable first-nuclear-strike capability against China and Russia and thus World domination and rent seeking.” — Kiza

    Yeah, “rent seeking” – that’s what it’s all about? At least Kiza has a coherent analysis that provides a cloak of rationality to cover the madness. It’s a theory (1) China-Russia (2) unchallengeable first-nuclear-strike capability (3) World domination (4) rent seeking. The weak link would have to be the “unchallengeable” thing. Or maybe, more to the point, the “World domination” thing:

    Do you want to rule the world and control it?
    I don’t think it can ever be done.

    The world is sacred vessel
    and it cannot be controlled.
    You will only make it worse if you try.
    It may slip through your fingers and disappear.

    Tao Te Ching, Chapter 29 (J H McDonald trans.)

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  • @denk
    not ot

    78 yrs old 小苍桂子 was only eight when the unitedsnake dropped two abombs on her home town hiroshima, even tho she lived to tell the story, she suffered great pain thru most of her life coz of the black rain that soaked her body after the explosion.

    she says, *my house was 2.4 km from the epicentre of explosion. i was outside when the bomb dropped, there was a blinding white light that shot across the sky, followed by a huge explosion, all the houses were engulfed in flame. it rained not long after, *black rain*.
    i didnt know that those water were undrinkable, when those horribly scorched victims cried for water i let them drank all those black rain water. ! sob sob....

    after the war, we dared not tell people we lived so near to the centre of explosion,
    lest nobody would marry me for fear of giving birth to deformed babies.
    soon an murkkan medical team descended on hiroshima. everybody thought thank god these guys were there to save us .
    we flocked to the clinic to seek treatment, but we soon learned to our utter disgust these people werent there to help us, they came for one sole puspose, to assess the effect of atomic radiation on human bodies. they wanna gauge how *successful* was their *handiwork* !
    in bikini island the murkkans used 10000 cats and dogs to run their atomic radiaion test, in hiroshima and nagakasi they used human beings, 300000 of them all.
    小 苍 桂子 thinks that the only good thing left by the murkkans was article nine of the constitution which forbid jp from going to war ever again.
    *i always think that its' aritcle nine that safeguard jp's peace, im dead against its quashing. but the central govn is bent on pushing thru its new security resolution which'd dump article nine and allow jp army fighting oversea once again, the implication of this send a cold down my spine.

    dear 小 苍 桂子, sorry u got it upside down.
    the prowess of jp soldiers in ww2 greatly impressed the unitedsnake, *hmm, this would make a good rottweiler*. no sooner than the last shot was fired the snake already had a great plan for jp. but first the badly mauled rottweiler needed time to recover and kept tightly under control, hence the article nine. when the time is ripe the leash would be removed and the attack dog set free.
    that time has come.
    the snake spent the last three decades building up its asian nato to encircle china.
    using carrots and sticks and whatever dirty tricks in its bag, the snake has been taking down china's allies one by one.
    now is the time to go for china's jugular, jp would be that attack dog.
    when the shit hits the fan, jp young men would not be dying for the emperor, this time they'd be cannon fodder for that sneaky snake. !

    We get it, denk, we’ve even heard it before: “USA bad, very bad!” And then there’s the other half of that: “China stlong, velly stlong!”

    What the world needs now is universal nuclear disarmament … but how do we ordinary human beings here in the belly of the Snake or elsewhere … how or what to do about that?

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  • @TheJester
    So, it looks like world powers are preparing the ground to fight WWI and WWII over again with, in general, the same list of players. Here is the scenario that keeps repeating itself:

    1. One Western nation has hegemonic control over the world sea lanes and transportation. It has the ability to cut off any rising world power from oil and other natural resources. In WWI and WWII that instrument for world domination was the Royal Navy; now it is the United States Navy. The United States Navy picked up responsibility from the Royal Navy in a formal transfer of power and empire from Great Britain to the United States in the 1950s.

    2. To maintain that naval hegemony, first Britain and now the United States act to prevent any potential world power from establishing internal, land-based lines of communication that outflank their naval power. (Germany tried it in WWI and WWII and failed.) Russia and China are now acting to establish internal lines of communication that will keep Chinese oil and gas safe from US naval power. Russia and China are extending those internal lines of communication to the Asian core and the the subcontinent via the new "Silk Road". When complete, the Silk Road will give Russia and China control over the Eurasian continent.

    3. WWI and WWII can best to explained in terms of the British Empire precipitating wars against Germany to prevent it from establishing internal, land-based lines of communication via power projection in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Asia. There is no question that the United States is now preparing for war against Russia and China for the same reasons; that is, the fight for control over the Eurasian continent in a contest between land-based power and naval power.

    4. The British Empire never learned its moral and geopolitical lessons from the slaughters it precipitated in WWI and WW II. The reality was more simple: it went bankrupt from attempts to maintain its world-wide naval hegemony. One suspects that the Empire of the United States will suffer the same moral and geopolitical shortsightedness and eventually suffer the same fate.

    5. The world-wide move away from the dollar as the world's reserve currency may drive the United States to bankruptcy without war. However, that might also motivate the United States to strike first against Russia and China before that occurs. In this context, the "permanent state of war" that the United States is waging in the Middle East can be understood as nothing more than frantic attempts on the part of the United States to support the Petrodollar while maintaining control over sea-based petroleum resources while they still matter.

    The point is, they won't matter if Russia and China are successful in achieving their strategic geopolitical goals.

    TheJester talks many grand narratives, ending with this one:

    “the “permanent state of war” that the United States is waging in the Middle East can be understood as nothing more than frantic attempts on the part of the United States to support the Petrodollar while maintaining control over sea-based petroleum resources while they still matter. ” — TheJester

    Maybe I am overly influenced by UR writers and analysts, but I thought USA’s permanent state of war in the ME could be best understood as USA being used and abused (controlled through USA government’s – US Congress’ – neocon faction/ideology) by Israeli and Saudi extremists in frantic attempts to assure domination of the ME by Israel and the Kingdom. In any event, that’s a competing or possibly interlocking grand narrative to consider along with the more popular Petrodollar story.

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  • There's a big to-do about an investigative thing by Australia's Four Corners/Fairfax Media concerning Chinese influence in Australia. ASIO investigation targets Communist Party links to Australian political system ASIO is the Australian Security Intelligence Organization, which curated the dossiers that Four Corners/Fairfax assiduously summarized and spun. I think the series is highly significant, perhaps not...
  • @anon
    China is trying to influence a number of regions and countries. It is naturally facing resistances. China recently has to leave the position it was holding on to in Bhutan. Worst that it was forced to do despite the media barrage and venomous outpourings from Chinese media .

    2 lazy pinoy china bashing above

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  • China is trying to influence a number of regions and countries. It is naturally facing resistances. China recently has to leave the position it was holding on to in Bhutan. Worst that it was forced to do despite the media barrage and venomous outpourings from Chinese media .

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  • As American gamblers tote up the wins and losses from the almost $8 billion that was bet illegally on the Super Bowl (vs. $93 million in legal wagers through Nevada sports books), the world gambling industry is undergoing a fundamental realignment... ...and is counting the unexpected cost of a modest exercise in political opportunism that...
  • Cards are dealt face-up, down cards lower, and hits and divides are efficiently overlapped.

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  • There's a big to-do about an investigative thing by Australia's Four Corners/Fairfax Media concerning Chinese influence in Australia. ASIO investigation targets Communist Party links to Australian political system ASIO is the Australian Security Intelligence Organization, which curated the dossiers that Four Corners/Fairfax assiduously summarized and spun. I think the series is highly significant, perhaps not...
  • I would humbly point out that there is nexus between the CCP and the government of the PRC. It’s called the “Standing Committee of the Central Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China” aka “Politboro Standing Committee” or “PSC”. But I do respect Peter Lee’s judgment that there is real and important difference between the PRC and the CCP.

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  • The best works of art strike you the wrong way…and maybe not in the way that the artist intended. I had that feeling reading Douglas Preston’s Lost City of the Monkey God(hereinafter LCMG). LCMG is a purpose-built celebration of archaeology, technology, and adventure in the detection and partial exploration of some ruins in the jungle...
  • I am puzzled: Is Lost City of the Monkey God fiction, semi-fiction, semi-nonfiction, or nonfiction?

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  • Did the DEA hijack Sean Penn’s expedition to El Chapo’s lair in order to implant a tracking device? Before readers roll their eyes at the prospect of such elaborate and reckless derring-do, consider the little-known scope and intensity of US military and law enforcement activities south of the border when it comes to nailing somebody...
  • @Pepe
    You say "Los Michos," I say Los Mochis - let's call the whole thing off.

    You say “Los Michos,” I say Los Mochis – let’s call the whole thing off.

    Hold on a minute! I like mochi too, especially mochi ice cream. Let’s not call it off! ;)

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  • The best works of art strike you the wrong way…and maybe not in the way that the artist intended. I had that feeling reading Douglas Preston’s Lost City of the Monkey God(hereinafter LCMG). LCMG is a purpose-built celebration of archaeology, technology, and adventure in the detection and partial exploration of some ruins in the jungle...
  • The sect to which Benenson belongs has been interested in Honduras as a “jewish state” for a LONG time.

    British Editor Urges Jewish State in Honduras

    http://www.jta.org/1939/04/06/archive/british-editor-urges-jewish-state-in-honduras

    A proposal for establishment of an autonomous Jewish state in British Honduras under the joint protection and guarantee of Britain and the United States was made today by William E. Simnett, editor of The Crown Colonist. Writing in the magazine, Overseas, organ of the Overseas League, Mr. Simnett said such a state could be a daughter settlement of the Jewish National Home in Palestine…….

    For that reason, it is no surprise that a zionist-lackey like Killary was involved in the overthrow of the democratically elected president of Honduras with his replacement by an abusive zionist oligarchy.

    The Jewish families that run Honduras

    https://dagobertobellucci.wordpress.com/2011/11/17/the-jewish-families-that-run-honduras/

    Nor is the involvement of the Mossad any surprise.
    THE ISRAELI CONNECTION TO THE HONDURAN COUP

    https://desertpeace.wordpress.com/2009/09/26/the-israeli-connection-to-the-honduran-coup/

    No es casual la presencia del MOSSAD en Honduras

    http://www.rebelion.org/noticia.php?id=93190

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  • Now that’s an interesting angle. Thanks for the review.

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  • Readers of China Matters may have noticed there hasn’t been too much to read lately. That’s because since the beginning of the year I’ve been doing a weekly video reports for Newsbud, an online indy media outfit run by Sibel Edmonds. It started with China Watch, a weekly newsprogram that covers key China-related international affairs....
  • @EricCh
    Lot of people going to be disappointed when they find out that Peter Lee is a lily white middle age wasp guy, part of his credibility came from the public misconception that he is Asian. Kind of similar to Gordon Chang, his last name lent him some unearned credibility.

    Gordan Chang is a fine humor writer.

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  • It boggles the mind that the Chinese government isn’t funding you.

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  • It's now publicly accepted that the CIA, factions in the CIA, whatever, object to Trump and are making life difficult for him. The interesting question is, is President Obama just a passenger on the runaway Deep State train, thoughtlessly rattling through his hollow valedictories, or is he the conductor? or the engineer? I was struck...
  • […] Post: Head of D.C. National Guard to be removed from post in middle of inauguration. UNZ Review: Is Obama Behind the Hit on Trump? How the Deep State Game Is Played. Is Trump Already […]

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  • Readers of China Matters may have noticed there hasn’t been too much to read lately. That’s because since the beginning of the year I’ve been doing a weekly video reports for Newsbud, an online indy media outfit run by Sibel Edmonds. It started with China Watch, a weekly newsprogram that covers key China-related international affairs....
  • @Eustace Tilley (not)
    Why White man make so ugry face? Asia man not have ugry face! Asia man who make brog may be, comment dirais-je, biased?

    “Why White man make so ugry face? Asia man not have ugry face!”

    Yeah, pretty fair take. It sticks with you through the entire piece. Bias and virtue throughout. I’m also not into following Youtube links and commercials out of a written article. People post those pics when they write and it colors everything. Especially here in the U.S., I already know I’m the White Devil. I need NewsBud to tell me THAT?

    As for war with N. Korea? Unthinkable at this stage of the game. Bribe him out of his nukie-stuff. Cheaper than rebuilding Seoul and you can’t pay the butcher’s bill in human life, either. As for us, our surface targets, errr, Navy, can’t withstand modern cruise missile swarms, either. For any number of reasons, we can’t go to war with North Korea. Again, I need Lee to tell me that?

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  • @EricCh
    Lot of people going to be disappointed when they find out that Peter Lee is a lily white middle age wasp guy, part of his credibility came from the public misconception that he is Asian. Kind of similar to Gordon Chang, his last name lent him some unearned credibility.

    haha it is the opposite. if he was chinese, they would call him 5cent :) some of the retarded comments already do even though he is white.

    that gordon chang guy is the the same guy predicting china’s collapse for the last 15 years? keke

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  • Lot of people going to be disappointed when they find out that Peter Lee is a lily white middle age wasp guy, part of his credibility came from the public misconception that he is Asian. Kind of similar to Gordon Chang, his last name lent him some unearned credibility.

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    haha it is the opposite. if he was chinese, they would call him 5cent :) some of the retarded comments already do even though he is white.

    that gordon chang guy is the the same guy predicting china's collapse for the last 15 years? keke
    , @Daniel Chieh
    Gordan Chang is a fine humor writer.
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  • So that’s where you’ve been! Miss the analysis, going to watch all your new content now.

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  • China’s relationship with South Korea is a lot better than their relationship with North Korea these days. I honestly don’t think Beijing would object to the idea of a united peninsula under Seoul’s leadership evolving eventually, provided that US troops leave and the “who gets the nukes” question is solved. In fact, given Korea’s naturally anti-Tokyo bent and the somewhat hostile feelings toward the US common in younger Koreans, it would probably benefit them geopolitically.

    The only things that keep them supporting Pyongyang are the possibility of US troops at the Yalu, and the inevitable flow of refugees that would come in were anarchy to ever arise in North Korea. Unlike Merkel, Xi is under no illusions about the largely physically malnourished, PTSD-addled North Koreans “enriching” the Chinese economy, to say nothing of the criminal activities of the North Korean government and intelligence services that could spill over.

    Anyway, my guess is that if KJU were ever to have some “accident”, the military would take over and quickly spill into infighting, meaning that Beijing and Washington will have to quickly take steps to make sure nobody lobs a nuke at Seoul. Given that it is North Korea, one can’t be sure that it would work, but even the mere chance of that should preclude any delay.

    (And if you look at the world’s treatment of North Korea-and Pakistan-as opposed to Syria, Egypt, Iraq, Libya, etc, it should be absolutely no wonder, none whatsoever, that the Iranians are interested in pursuing nuclear weapons. And that, if they should ever reach nuclear ambiguity status, Saudi Arabia will immediately follow via a hotline in Rawalpindi.)

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  • Why White man make so ugry face? Asia man not have ugry face! Asia man who make brog may be, comment dirais-je, biased?

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    "Why White man make so ugry face? Asia man not have ugry face!"

    Yeah, pretty fair take. It sticks with you through the entire piece. Bias and virtue throughout. I'm also not into following Youtube links and commercials out of a written article. People post those pics when they write and it colors everything. Especially here in the U.S., I already know I'm the White Devil. I need NewsBud to tell me THAT?

    As for war with N. Korea? Unthinkable at this stage of the game. Bribe him out of his nukie-stuff. Cheaper than rebuilding Seoul and you can't pay the butcher's bill in human life, either. As for us, our surface targets, errr, Navy, can't withstand modern cruise missile swarms, either. For any number of reasons, we can't go to war with North Korea. Again, I need Lee to tell me that?
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  • Little more analysis and commentary, little less sales pitch, please!

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  • How do you sell elite rule to a 99% electorate? Well, don’t run somebody like Hillary Clinton, a lackluster campaigner with more 1% baggage than the Louis Vuitton stock room. There aren’t many politicians who can look you in the eye and say “I work for the bankers…but I care about you” and get away...
  • @Escher
    Many good points made by the author. However, I disagree with his prediction of Kamala Harris as the next Democratic candidate. They will probably revert to a white male, to try and claw back some of the deplorable votes.

    White male? Maybe. Then again there’s always Corey Booker who passes the NYT litmus test, meaning a person of color and conjectural gender along with the requisite educational credentials (Stanford, Yale Law, blah blah blah).

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  • @artichoke
    I predict Chris Murphy, junior senator from Connecticut. Pretty good looking as far as I can tell, talks smoothly, came from nowhere -- he's got some force behind him. I don't even think he did time in the House. Swoosh, straight into the Senate.

    Per his wiki, in the House 2007-2013: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Murphy_(Connecticut_politician)

    But thanks for the pointer. I did not know about him. Any reason to believe he would run anytime soon given his youth?

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  • @Not Raul
    I'm not sure that's much of a problem. Obama is light-skinned, too.

    A bigger problem might be that she isn't a biological parent. The last President not to have kids was Harding.

    Obama’s returned the rent-a-kids and apparently the wife too. Don’t see them together any more.

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  • I predict Chris Murphy, junior senator from Connecticut. Pretty good looking as far as I can tell, talks smoothly, came from nowhere — he’s got some force behind him. I don’t even think he did time in the House. Swoosh, straight into the Senate.

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    Per his wiki, in the House 2007-2013: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Murphy_(Connecticut_politician)

    But thanks for the pointer. I did not know about him. Any reason to believe he would run anytime soon given his youth?
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  • @Not Raul
    I'm not sure that's much of a problem. Obama is light-skinned, too.

    A bigger problem might be that she isn't a biological parent. The last President not to have kids was Harding.

    The last President not to have kids was Harding.
    Does that include bastards?

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  • @Not Raul
    I'm not sure that's much of a problem. Obama is light-skinned, too.

    A bigger problem might be that she isn't a biological parent. The last President not to have kids was Harding.

    A bigger problem might be that she isn’t a biological parent. The last President not to have kids was Harding.

    Webb Hubbell on line one.

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  • I expect the PRC government has a team of spooks and doctors whose main job is to monitor the Dalai Lama’s public appearances for indications concerning his health. The Dalai Lama’s April 8 visit to Tawang probably gave them something to chew on, because he didn’t look that good to me. He was mentally acute...
  • […] “How Sick Is the Dalai Lama?”. […]

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  • How do you sell elite rule to a 99% electorate? Well, don’t run somebody like Hillary Clinton, a lackluster campaigner with more 1% baggage than the Louis Vuitton stock room. There aren’t many politicians who can look you in the eye and say “I work for the bankers…but I care about you” and get away...
  • Truth says:
    @anonymous

    The future belongs to the young!
     
    Age 52 is hardly the youth brigade coming up even for these times. The 1% needs to have the CIA locate some 16 yr olds who seem like they could be brought along and have their career paths smoothed over surreptitiously as they're brainwashed and have various scripts drilled into their heads. They need to create candidates rather than merely trying to mold already existing ones. This'll be the way of the future in order to continue deceiving the masses.

    Age 52 is hardly the youth brigade coming up even for these times. The 1% needs to have the CIA locate some 16 yr olds who seem like they could be brought along and have their career paths smoothed over surreptitiously as they’re brainwashed and have various scripts drilled into their heads.

    Uh, what do you think they’ve done with every president, except it was more like 6 than 16.

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    It’s been more obvious since (Bill) Clinton’s unexpected breakthrough, but the Democrats have been gravitating toward the Eva Peron beautiful-people candidates a long time. Upper-class “witty” flake Adlai Stevenson was the prototype of this urban-elite mascot. What you say is true, though– in most democracies it’s the right-of-center party that leans on this gimmicky tactic. By contrast the United Demographic-States of Consumer-researchmerica led the way in making racial minorities hip and exotic, which has been followed by Canada and Blairite Britain, eventually to shape the ideology of the E.U. in the new century.

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  • anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    The future belongs to the young!

    Age 52 is hardly the youth brigade coming up even for these times. The 1% needs to have the CIA locate some 16 yr olds who seem like they could be brought along and have their career paths smoothed over surreptitiously as they’re brainwashed and have various scripts drilled into their heads. They need to create candidates rather than merely trying to mold already existing ones. This’ll be the way of the future in order to continue deceiving the masses.

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    Age 52 is hardly the youth brigade coming up even for these times. The 1% needs to have the CIA locate some 16 yr olds who seem like they could be brought along and have their career paths smoothed over surreptitiously as they’re brainwashed and have various scripts drilled into their heads.
     
    Uh, what do you think they've done with every president, except it was more like 6 than 16.
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  • I expect the PRC government has a team of spooks and doctors whose main job is to monitor the Dalai Lama’s public appearances for indications concerning his health. The Dalai Lama’s April 8 visit to Tawang probably gave them something to chew on, because he didn’t look that good to me. He was mentally acute...
  • One of the very first English proverb I learned was,
    People who live in glass house shouldnt throw stones !

    Modi should stop playing the Tibet card cuz he is staying in a gigantic glass house. India’s ethnic conflicts make Tibet looks like child’s play.

    Two can play at this game.
    If Beijing decides to reciprocates, it has so many cards to play on
    Kashmir, Assam, Nagaland, Manipur, Tripuna, …..the Naxats, the Dalits etc etc.

    For the time being Beijing seem not interested to stoop to Delhi’s level
    , but if Modi goes too far in in its Tibet./Xinjiang destabilisation, then he shouldnt complains when Beijing decides to return the favor !

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  • How do you sell elite rule to a 99% electorate? Well, don’t run somebody like Hillary Clinton, a lackluster campaigner with more 1% baggage than the Louis Vuitton stock room. There aren’t many politicians who can look you in the eye and say “I work for the bankers…but I care about you” and get away...
  • How long would it be before the US becomes like Czarist Russia – a feudal society with serfs serving their handful of Pharisaic overloads.

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  • From what I’ve read Harris used Brown as much as he used her which may (or may not) offend feminists voters. Another Californian waiting in the wings is Gavin Newsom who apparently appeals to both genders.

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  • @dearieme
    Will Tulsi Gabbard be too young?

    Will Tulsi Gabbard be too young?

    She’s certainly pretty enough, but the Establishment doesn’t want her. She has too many sensible views.

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  • @dearieme
    "Is America ready for a Hindu President?" Dunno: it's her Mum who's the Hindu. The daughter is some variety of Christian.

    Mind you, you ought to be ready for a Hindu if a good enough one comes along. A country that subjected itself to the sequence Slick Willie, W, O, and Donald J Hillary can't afford to turn its nose up at a good candidate on religious grounds.

    Though perhaps you did turn your nose up at Romney on religious grounds.

    Wikipedia says her religion is Hinduism.

    I’m a Hindu Indian. (Though practically speaking, I’m an atheist.)

    Had I been American and allowed to vote in the 2012 Presidential election, I’d have gone for Obama, purely on the grounds that Romney was promising more of the execrable neocon foreign policy. If anything, Romney’s religion would have been a plus in his favor as far as I was concerned. I lived on the West Coast for many years during the past decade (and traveled throughout the American West), and found Mormons to be some of the nicest, most level-headed, people around.

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  • @California Dreaming
    So, Mr. Lee's area of expertise is 'China'. He writes a blog called "China Matters".

    And yet, when the world flashpoint in N. Korea is threatening to explode, Mr. Lee now seems determined to write about anything other than is area of expertise. I'd find it much more useful if he'd provide some expert commentary on China-N.Korea rather than talking about the Dalai Lama and an obscure American Senator now filling B.Boxer's old fake-liberal but really pro-corporate Dem role.

    The big problem with the Dems is that they have nothing to sell. They can't run on what they really want to do, which is more war, more rule by bankers, give corporations everthing they want as long as they pay/bribe enough to get it, more police abuses, more spying on Americans, etc, etc, etc.

    So, yes, they might go for a pretty face. But it won't get them anywhere. They got nothing. Only Bernie had even a hint of something to sell. And that worked pretty well even coming from an old geezer who wasn't exactly photogenic, with a platform that was a hollow, luke-warm, shallow and incomplete message of just a little change and just a little hope.

    Thus, the Dems mainly need to come up with a platform that's actually popular. Which would mean kicking away all their 1% donors and backers and actuallly giving the people something they want. Which doesn't seem like its going to happen anytime soon. We've consistently seen since the election that the 1% have a firm hold on the Democrats short-hairs and aren't going to let go.

    Meanwhile, I wish Mr. Lee would get back to covering his beat before it all explodes in a nuclear war that ends life on earth as we freeze and starve in a nuclear winter.

    You obviously have not been following Prof Lee’s writings, but you are a US person so you must have a (worthless) opinion about everything. No wonder US is already an Idiocracy, which you all have been discussing here: Kamala Harris as President Camacho.

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  • At times, I feel as if I’m not 100 percent certain I wouldn’t prefer to be executed by firing squad, as opposed to living in the USA at a time when Willie Brown’s ex-girlfriend is the presiding officer of the Federal government. A man can only stomach so much. Personally, I would be disinclined to ever vote for a woman for President, and certainly not a very pretty woman who’s been pampered her whole life. This is the worst idea ever, but on the plus side of the ledger, I just can’t see her beating Trump.

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  • @Diversity Heretic
    I've been predicting Kamala Harris since Hillary tanked. Elizabeth Warren will be about 71 in 2020. Kamala Harris will be only in her late 50s and likely running against a 74-year old Donald Trump who seems to be doing everything he can to alienate his "deplorable" base. The only downsides that I see to a Harris candidacy are geographical--California is already in the Democratic tank and racial--can she at least partially energize blacks?

    if she is the answer dnc comes up with, she will not win. we will get another 4 years of trump.

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  • @reiner Tor
    Yeah, she might be too light skinned.

    I’m not sure that’s much of a problem. Obama is light-skinned, too.

    A bigger problem might be that she isn’t a biological parent. The last President not to have kids was Harding.

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    A bigger problem might be that she isn’t a biological parent. The last President not to have kids was Harding.

    Webb Hubbell on line one.
    , @athEIst
    The last President not to have kids was Harding.
    Does that include bastards?
    , @artichoke
    Obama's returned the rent-a-kids and apparently the wife too. Don't see them together any more.
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  • @Logan
    Anchor people and reporters used to often be average looking.

    Everybody on TV now looks like invaders from Planet Gorgeous.

    I don't always notice it watching American TV, but one of the things I find most enjoyable about BBC programming is that many of its actors and even stars look like actual human beings. It's always startling when a normal person wallks out.

    Fox had a lot to do with this. Their female commentariat were all gorgeous. Many also very breight and articulate, but it's pretty clear that looks is a prerequisite.

    Yeah, agree. You can make book that at least one major Democrat consultant is thinking that a successful 2020 contender against President Trump will be a good-looking woman with a thin political resume and none of the marital and legal baggage of Hillary. The kicker, of course, will be that Madame X will represent the same corporate-global interests as Hillary would have. In other words, that consultant will tell the Democrat leadership to stick with the same old-same old identity politics, and get a new messenger for it.

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  • I expect the PRC government has a team of spooks and doctors whose main job is to monitor the Dalai Lama’s public appearances for indications concerning his health. The Dalai Lama’s April 8 visit to Tawang probably gave them something to chew on, because he didn’t look that good to me. He was mentally acute...
  • @DB Cooper
    When I read the title I thought the author meant how morally degenerate is the Dalai Lama. Turns out he mean his physical health. I don't know whether the Dalai Lama is sick or not, but he definitely is a sick man, as in a morally degenerate man.

    Reminds me of the old one about the hungover guy phoning his boss on a Monday morning asking for sick leave…

    Boss: Come on, man, we’re short staffed here. We need you! How sick can you be?

    Employee: I’m lying here naked in my bed with my granny…

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  • @Anonymous White Male
    "I doubt the successor will carry anywhere near the current Dalai Lama’s prestige and authority."

    And yet, every time a Pope is elected, he does carry all the previous "Vicars of Christ"' prestige and authority, doesn't he? Organized, structured religious belief is a strong delusion among large populations. I don't think the Tibetans are any different in this.

    Pop carries all the previous “Vicars of Christ” prestige and authority because he was elected through the due process. The next Dalai Lama can carry previous Dalai Lama’ prestige and authority if he is elected through the due process. Mind you the due process of electing a Dalai Lama has to be approved and supervised by the Beijing authority as well as the elected candidate has be blessed by the Beijing authority in order to become a Dala Lama, this due process is hundreds years old ritual and as sacred as Jesus and Cross.

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  • @The White Muslim Traditionalist
    Why does he get so much attention? He's not the Buddhist Pope, he's the ethnarch of a state that will likely never be independent, who adopts a monk persona.


    Buddhism has no hierarchy.

    Tibet has always captured the popular imagination of many people, probably because of its distant isolation (both in culture and its difficult access) from the rest of the world. And I know that some Chinese hasbara will counter this by saying that Tibet had slavery, child abuse, etc, and thus had to be conquered by Mao.

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  • How do you sell elite rule to a 99% electorate? Well, don’t run somebody like Hillary Clinton, a lackluster campaigner with more 1% baggage than the Louis Vuitton stock room. There aren’t many politicians who can look you in the eye and say “I work for the bankers…but I care about you” and get away...
  • I’d rather have Rand Paul as VP and Gabbard at Sec State. Well, a guy can dream.

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  • @Anon
    From your English I can tell you are a 'God-fearing' morally defunct evil 'puritan' who has been committing war crimes, crimes against peace and crimes against humanity since they can sail out of the Mediterranean Sea.

    From your geographical knowledge, I can tell you don’t know much about the Puritans.

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  • That’s it Trump-Gabbard in 2020!!! Dump Pence and make it a fusion ticket! She won’t go for it and neither would the orange man but it’s nice to dream and Trump would win in a landslide!

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  • After the crash and a couple years of foraging for insects and berries no American will admit to ever being a Democrat or a Republican. A bit of hind sight will reveal the truth. D’s and R’s ruined the country.

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  • @Numinous
    Is America ready for a Hindu President?

    “Is America ready for a Hindu President?” Dunno: it’s her Mum who’s the Hindu. The daughter is some variety of Christian.

    Mind you, you ought to be ready for a Hindu if a good enough one comes along. A country that subjected itself to the sequence Slick Willie, W, O, and Donald J Hillary can’t afford to turn its nose up at a good candidate on religious grounds.

    Though perhaps you did turn your nose up at Romney on religious grounds.

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    Wikipedia says her religion is Hinduism.

    I'm a Hindu Indian. (Though practically speaking, I'm an atheist.)

    Had I been American and allowed to vote in the 2012 Presidential election, I'd have gone for Obama, purely on the grounds that Romney was promising more of the execrable neocon foreign policy. If anything, Romney's religion would have been a plus in his favor as far as I was concerned. I lived on the West Coast for many years during the past decade (and traveled throughout the American West), and found Mormons to be some of the nicest, most level-headed, people around.
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  • The Dalai Lama has declared he’s going to live to 90 (he’s now 82)

    Man I thought he was older, he seems to have been around for ever!

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    “Can you make me one with everything?”

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  • Why does he get so much attention? He’s not the Buddhist Pope, he’s the ethnarch of a state that will likely never be independent, who adopts a monk persona.

    Buddhism has no hierarchy.

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    • Replies: @neutral
    Tibet has always captured the popular imagination of many people, probably because of its distant isolation (both in culture and its difficult access) from the rest of the world. And I know that some Chinese hasbara will counter this by saying that Tibet had slavery, child abuse, etc, and thus had to be conquered by Mao.
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  • @dearieme
    Will Tulsi Gabbard be too young?

    Is America ready for a Hindu President?

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    "Is America ready for a Hindu President?" Dunno: it's her Mum who's the Hindu. The daughter is some variety of Christian.

    Mind you, you ought to be ready for a Hindu if a good enough one comes along. A country that subjected itself to the sequence Slick Willie, W, O, and Donald J Hillary can't afford to turn its nose up at a good candidate on religious grounds.

    Though perhaps you did turn your nose up at Romney on religious grounds.

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  • @dearieme
    Will Tulsi Gabbard be too young?

    You mean the notorious KGB agent from Hawaii? Assad’s girlfriend? They’ll never give her a chance.

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  • @Anonymous White Male
    Well, how is he "morally degenerate"? Declaring an opinion is not the same as truth.

    He means Tibetan diaspora young men are encouraged to join the Indian army at 17 or 18, the same minimum ages for enlistment in every army in the world including ours. US 17 year olds can sign up but must wait until their 18th birthday to actually enter the military.

    England accepts 16 year olds in the army.

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  • @Smitty
    Kamala Harris has an Achilles heel, actually she can be removed and criminally prosecuted for a rainbow of crimes she committed while CA AG and I'm sure her crimes have extended to her federal office.

    What crimes? I’m interested to know.

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  • @JackOH
    "It’s an easier line to sell with a young, sexy, and savvy candidate."

    Peter, you may be on to a variant of the "Chicks up front!" cry of the protestors at the 1968 Democrat National Convention. Back then it was to gain special public sympathy by baiting the police into clobbering young women on television.

    I actually haven't thought much about the prospect of politically ambitious women who are skilled enough and conniving enough to recognize that good looks alone contain at least the possibility of foiling a substantive political competitor. I'm thinking Van Gordon Sauter and Roger Ailes types guiding the Democrats into explicitly sexing up their candidate roster as cover for corporate governance. I'm also thinking, very early in the morning, how Gloria Steinem gave the weirder elements of feminism a voice that frumpy women and hate-filled lesbians couldn't.

    Yeah, if I were approached by the Dems about regaining electoral success, I'd be thinking: "Hot, unknown babes with law degrees."

    Anchor people and reporters used to often be average looking.

    Everybody on TV now looks like invaders from Planet Gorgeous.

    I don’t always notice it watching American TV, but one of the things I find most enjoyable about BBC programming is that many of its actors and even stars look like actual human beings. It’s always startling when a normal person wallks out.

    Fox had a lot to do with this. Their female commentariat were all gorgeous. Many also very breight and articulate, but it’s pretty clear that looks is a prerequisite.

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    Yeah, agree. You can make book that at least one major Democrat consultant is thinking that a successful 2020 contender against President Trump will be a good-looking woman with a thin political resume and none of the marital and legal baggage of Hillary. The kicker, of course, will be that Madame X will represent the same corporate-global interests as Hillary would have. In other words, that consultant will tell the Democrat leadership to stick with the same old-same old identity politics, and get a new messenger for it.
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  • So, Mr. Lee’s area of expertise is ‘China’. He writes a blog called “China Matters”.

    And yet, when the world flashpoint in N. Korea is threatening to explode, Mr. Lee now seems determined to write about anything other than is area of expertise. I’d find it much more useful if he’d provide some expert commentary on China-N.Korea rather than talking about the Dalai Lama and an obscure American Senator now filling B.Boxer’s old fake-liberal but really pro-corporate Dem role.

    The big problem with the Dems is that they have nothing to sell. They can’t run on what they really want to do, which is more war, more rule by bankers, give corporations everthing they want as long as they pay/bribe enough to get it, more police abuses, more spying on Americans, etc, etc, etc.

    So, yes, they might go for a pretty face. But it won’t get them anywhere. They got nothing. Only Bernie had even a hint of something to sell. And that worked pretty well even coming from an old geezer who wasn’t exactly photogenic, with a platform that was a hollow, luke-warm, shallow and incomplete message of just a little change and just a little hope.

    Thus, the Dems mainly need to come up with a platform that’s actually popular. Which would mean kicking away all their 1% donors and backers and actuallly giving the people something they want. Which doesn’t seem like its going to happen anytime soon. We’ve consistently seen since the election that the 1% have a firm hold on the Democrats short-hairs and aren’t going to let go.

    Meanwhile, I wish Mr. Lee would get back to covering his beat before it all explodes in a nuclear war that ends life on earth as we freeze and starve in a nuclear winter.

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    You obviously have not been following Prof Lee's writings, but you are a US person so you must have a (worthless) opinion about everything. No wonder US is already an Idiocracy, which you all have been discussing here: Kamala Harris as President Camacho.
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  • @Escher
    From your Engrish I can tell you Chinese Hasbala.

    Chinese Hasbala? I thought only Japanese and Korean Hasbala post in Engrish?

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  • Will Tulsi Gabbard be too young?

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    You mean the notorious KGB agent from Hawaii? Assad's girlfriend? They'll never give her a chance.
    , @Numinous
    Is America ready for a Hindu President?
    , @Kevin O'Keeffe

    Will Tulsi Gabbard be too young?
     
    She's certainly pretty enough, but the Establishment doesn't want her. She has too many sensible views.
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  • I expect the PRC government has a team of spooks and doctors whose main job is to monitor the Dalai Lama’s public appearances for indications concerning his health. The Dalai Lama’s April 8 visit to Tawang probably gave them something to chew on, because he didn’t look that good to me. He was mentally acute...
  • From your English I can tell you are a ‘God-fearing’ morally defunct evil ‘puritan’ who has been committing war crimes, crimes against peace and crimes against humanity since they can sail out of the Mediterranean Sea.

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    From your geographical knowledge, I can tell you don't know much about the Puritans.
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  • In the words of Mohamed Ali, “He too ugly to be champion”. Star quality is what you are talking about, that magical presence factor. It doesn’t have to be all looks either, Tom Waits has it, it’s more “cool” than anything, you know it when you see it.

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  • “It’s an easier line to sell with a young, sexy, and savvy candidate.”

    Peter, you may be on to a variant of the “Chicks up front!” cry of the protestors at the 1968 Democrat National Convention. Back then it was to gain special public sympathy by baiting the police into clobbering young women on television.

    I actually haven’t thought much about the prospect of politically ambitious women who are skilled enough and conniving enough to recognize that good looks alone contain at least the possibility of foiling a substantive political competitor. I’m thinking Van Gordon Sauter and Roger Ailes types guiding the Democrats into explicitly sexing up their candidate roster as cover for corporate governance. I’m also thinking, very early in the morning, how Gloria Steinem gave the weirder elements of feminism a voice that frumpy women and hate-filled lesbians couldn’t.

    Yeah, if I were approached by the Dems about regaining electoral success, I’d be thinking: “Hot, unknown babes with law degrees.”

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    Anchor people and reporters used to often be average looking.

    Everybody on TV now looks like invaders from Planet Gorgeous.

    I don't always notice it watching American TV, but one of the things I find most enjoyable about BBC programming is that many of its actors and even stars look like actual human beings. It's always startling when a normal person wallks out.

    Fox had a lot to do with this. Their female commentariat were all gorgeous. Many also very breight and articulate, but it's pretty clear that looks is a prerequisite.
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  • @Diversity Heretic
    I've been predicting Kamala Harris since Hillary tanked. Elizabeth Warren will be about 71 in 2020. Kamala Harris will be only in her late 50s and likely running against a 74-year old Donald Trump who seems to be doing everything he can to alienate his "deplorable" base. The only downsides that I see to a Harris candidacy are geographical--California is already in the Democratic tank and racial--can she at least partially energize blacks?

    Yeah, she might be too light skinned.

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    I'm not sure that's much of a problem. Obama is light-skinned, too.

    A bigger problem might be that she isn't a biological parent. The last President not to have kids was Harding.
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  • @Daniel Chieh
    I'm at the point where I believe that all great men are also terrible men.

    Obviously, you need to redefine “great”. You’re safe with “very very big”. Any further is tricky.

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  • @neutral
    No doubt you are now going to explain how Mao was a very moral man, nothing like that morally degenerate Dalai Lama.

    Rather silly non-comparison. The DL, a CIA asset for 60 yrs, ruled a medieval fiefdom that condoned slavery, sodomy, pedophilia. Mao freed Tibet of this beast, though his own excesses cannot be excused. Still, I’d have thought that anyone the CIA endorsed had to be rotten – when did they ever back a good guy? Is the DL suffering from guilt?

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  • Prostate cancer is no big deal nowadays, the treatment is a bit of radiotherapy and then androgen blockers

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  • Kamala Harris has an Achilles heel, actually she can be removed and criminally prosecuted for a rainbow of crimes she committed while CA AG and I’m sure her crimes have extended to her federal office.

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  • I’ve been predicting Kamala Harris since Hillary tanked. Elizabeth Warren will be about 71 in 2020. Kamala Harris will be only in her late 50s and likely running against a 74-year old Donald Trump who seems to be doing everything he can to alienate his “deplorable” base. The only downsides that I see to a Harris candidacy are geographical–California is already in the Democratic tank and racial–can she at least partially energize blacks?

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    • Replies: @reiner Tor
    Yeah, she might be too light skinned.
    , @Astuteobservor II
    if she is the answer dnc comes up with, she will not win. we will get another 4 years of trump.
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  • Many good points made by the author. However, I disagree with his prediction of Kamala Harris as the next Democratic candidate. They will probably revert to a white male, to try and claw back some of the deplorable votes.

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    White male? Maybe. Then again there's always Corey Booker who passes the NYT litmus test, meaning a person of color and conjectural gender along with the requisite educational credentials (Stanford, Yale Law, blah blah blah).
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  • @Anonymous White Male
    Go for it. But, first I think you should read your links. The first goes to a site that has links about the Dalai Lama's consent going to another site that is in Spanish. The second really doesn't have anything that links the Dalai Lama to these actions. It is usually someone else that is quoted, often the DL's brother. Plus, it is from the CIA. They are notorious for evil.

    Claiming the DL is "morally degenerate" requires a series of acts that are well documented. Others have tried to point out that Nelson Mandela and MLK were "morally degenerate" as well. And there is more convincing proof for them, by the way.

    I’m at the point where I believe that all great men are also terrible men.

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    Obviously, you need to redefine "great". You're safe with "very very big". Any further is tricky.
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  • @DB Cooper
    When I read the title I thought the author meant how morally degenerate is the Dalai Lama. Turns out he mean his physical health. I don't know whether the Dalai Lama is sick or not, but he definitely is a sick man, as in a morally degenerate man.

    Great comment

    BUT not…

    So he’s the most mentally sick– quiet man i ever seen, ;)

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  • @DB Cooper
    WikiLeak has revealed the DL has for years been sending orphans under his care to go to war against Pakistan for India. These are underage kids made into child soldiers who do not have choice of not going.

    http://transmissionsmedia.com/the-dark-side-of-dalai-lama/

    https://followersofdorjeshugden.com/wikileaks/

    There are other morally degenerate things too. If you are interested I can tell you more.

    Go for it. But, first I think you should read your links. The first goes to a site that has links about the Dalai Lama’s consent going to another site that is in Spanish. The second really doesn’t have anything that links the Dalai Lama to these actions. It is usually someone else that is quoted, often the DL’s brother. Plus, it is from the CIA. They are notorious for evil.

    Claiming the DL is “morally degenerate” requires a series of acts that are well documented. Others have tried to point out that Nelson Mandela and MLK were “morally degenerate” as well. And there is more convincing proof for them, by the way.

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    I'm at the point where I believe that all great men are also terrible men.
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  • @Anonymous White Male
    Well, how is he "morally degenerate"? Declaring an opinion is not the same as truth.

    WikiLeak has revealed the DL has for years been sending orphans under his care to go to war against Pakistan for India. These are underage kids made into child soldiers who do not have choice of not going.

    http://transmissionsmedia.com/the-dark-side-of-dalai-lama/

    https://followersofdorjeshugden.com/wikileaks/

    There are other morally degenerate things too. If you are interested I can tell you more.

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    Go for it. But, first I think you should read your links. The first goes to a site that has links about the Dalai Lama's consent going to another site that is in Spanish. The second really doesn't have anything that links the Dalai Lama to these actions. It is usually someone else that is quoted, often the DL's brother. Plus, it is from the CIA. They are notorious for evil.

    Claiming the DL is "morally degenerate" requires a series of acts that are well documented. Others have tried to point out that Nelson Mandela and MLK were "morally degenerate" as well. And there is more convincing proof for them, by the way.
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  • “I doubt the successor will carry anywhere near the current Dalai Lama’s prestige and authority.”

    And yet, every time a Pope is elected, he does carry all the previous “Vicars of Christ”‘ prestige and authority, doesn’t he? Organized, structured religious belief is a strong delusion among large populations. I don’t think the Tibetans are any different in this.

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    Pop carries all the previous "Vicars of Christ" prestige and authority because he was elected through the due process. The next Dalai Lama can carry previous Dalai Lama' prestige and authority if he is elected through the due process. Mind you the due process of electing a Dalai Lama has to be approved and supervised by the Beijing authority as well as the elected candidate has be blessed by the Beijing authority in order to become a Dala Lama, this due process is hundreds years old ritual and as sacred as Jesus and Cross.
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  • @DB Cooper
    Typical nonsense response. What does this have to do with Mao? Can they be both bad in a different way? Don't try to distract the issue.

    Well, how is he “morally degenerate”? Declaring an opinion is not the same as truth.

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    • Replies: @DB Cooper
    WikiLeak has revealed the DL has for years been sending orphans under his care to go to war against Pakistan for India. These are underage kids made into child soldiers who do not have choice of not going.

    http://transmissionsmedia.com/the-dark-side-of-dalai-lama/

    https://followersofdorjeshugden.com/wikileaks/

    There are other morally degenerate things too. If you are interested I can tell you more.
    , @Alden
    He means Tibetan diaspora young men are encouraged to join the Indian army at 17 or 18, the same minimum ages for enlistment in every army in the world including ours. US 17 year olds can sign up but must wait until their 18th birthday to actually enter the military.

    England accepts 16 year olds in the army.
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  • @neutral
    No doubt you are now going to explain how Mao was a very moral man, nothing like that morally degenerate Dalai Lama.

    Typical nonsense response. What does this have to do with Mao? Can they be both bad in a different way? Don’t try to distract the issue.

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    Well, how is he "morally degenerate"? Declaring an opinion is not the same as truth.
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  • Doesn’t “sick” mean good?

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  • @DB Cooper
    When I read the title I thought the author meant how morally degenerate is the Dalai Lama. Turns out he mean his physical health. I don't know whether the Dalai Lama is sick or not, but he definitely is a sick man, as in a morally degenerate man.

    No doubt you are now going to explain how Mao was a very moral man, nothing like that morally degenerate Dalai Lama.

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    Typical nonsense response. What does this have to do with Mao? Can they be both bad in a different way? Don't try to distract the issue.
    , @JGarbo
    Rather silly non-comparison. The DL, a CIA asset for 60 yrs, ruled a medieval fiefdom that condoned slavery, sodomy, pedophilia. Mao freed Tibet of this beast, though his own excesses cannot be excused. Still, I'd have thought that anyone the CIA endorsed had to be rotten - when did they ever back a good guy? Is the DL suffering from guilt?
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  • @DB Cooper
    When I read the title I thought the author meant how morally degenerate is the Dalai Lama. Turns out he mean his physical health. I don't know whether the Dalai Lama is sick or not, but he definitely is a sick man, as in a morally degenerate man.

    From your Engrish I can tell you Chinese Hasbala.

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    Chinese Hasbala? I thought only Japanese and Korean Hasbala post in Engrish?
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  • When I read the title I thought the author meant how morally degenerate is the Dalai Lama. Turns out he mean his physical health. I don’t know whether the Dalai Lama is sick or not, but he definitely is a sick man, as in a morally degenerate man.

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    • Replies: @Escher
    From your Engrish I can tell you Chinese Hasbala.
    , @neutral
    No doubt you are now going to explain how Mao was a very moral man, nothing like that morally degenerate Dalai Lama.
    , @Santoculto
    Great comment

    BUT not...

    So he's the most mentally sick-- quiet man i ever seen, ;)
    , @Cortes
    Reminds me of the old one about the hungover guy phoning his boss on a Monday morning asking for sick leave...

    Boss: Come on, man, we're short staffed here. We need you! How sick can you be?

    Employee: I'm lying here naked in my bed with my granny...

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  • I try to keep a certain distance from the anti-Trump circus. But I do want to put some thoughts on record, given the obsession with Trump’s Russia connection and what I see is a determined effort to minimize the British/NATO angle in the attack on Trump. My personal feeling is that there are significant swaths...
  • Did those nasty Brits snuff our dear Princess? Just how far will these cheeky boys go?
    Last week,just killing time,I watched a few of those Paul Is Dead videos. That is some weird stuff.
    You begin to believe Paul did die back in 66. Point? In one of the videos they mentioned MI5 having a stake in keeping the Beatles going,thus sticking Billy Campbell,the Paul dead ringer (no pun intended) into the group.
    What’s funny is they talked about the GCHQ boys as being behind all that. I had never heard of this group until Trump of course,but it’s funny they got a lot of attention from whacked out teenagers in the 70s.
    Was Bond a member? (James,not Julian).

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  • I expect the PRC government has a team of spooks and doctors whose main job is to monitor the Dalai Lama’s public appearances for indications concerning his health. The Dalai Lama’s April 8 visit to Tawang probably gave them something to chew on, because he didn’t look that good to me. He was mentally acute...
  • Yeah, it was Dalai Lama’s gelugpas that sold the country to the Mongols in exchange for the half Tibetan half Mongolian title of Dalai Lama. Everyone knows what happened afterwards with China and Mongolia. And Britain.

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  • To escape the soul-killing political minutiae inhabiting my Twitter timeline, I decided to trawl my own blog archive for diversion…and came across a piece I wrote in September 2013 on Alexander Hamilton! Yes, Alexander Hamilton, current darling of the Washington set and central figure of an ethnically enhanced hip-hop musical that apparently provides the soundtrack...
  • @tbraton
    "However, after independence—and by the time the constitution was written–US elites lost their love for the masses; Hamilton and his Federalists, in particular, lived in terror of the mob, thanks to the outbreak of Shays’s rebellion, the example of the French revolution "

    The Constitution was written in September 1787 and ratified in June 1788. The French Revolution was a long and complicated process, but its traditional starting point was the storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789. So the Constitution was written nearly two years before the French Revolution began.

    More than two years, realistically. When the French Revolution started, pretty much all Americans were behind it. As it gradually and then rapidly went off the rails, American almost unanimously abandoned it, but at considerably different times. Jefferson was shamefully slow to reject even the Terror.

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  • I try to keep a certain distance from the anti-Trump circus. But I do want to put some thoughts on record, given the obsession with Trump’s Russia connection and what I see is a determined effort to minimize the British/NATO angle in the attack on Trump. My personal feeling is that there are significant swaths...
  • @JL
    My thoughts, exactly. This article was fun to read and all the facts line up to make it quite plausible.

    Only thing missing is 007.

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  • A *short* article by Peter Lee. Yay!

    Fox’s alacrity in yanking some guy called “Judge Nap”
    Bwahahaha. Judge Nap is back on, no?

    Things we wish our heroic POTUS would say:
    I am not a pacifist. But I am not an Atlanticist either.

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  • @Mao Cheng Ji
    Heh. A well-written piece, and makes sense too...

    My thoughts, exactly. This article was fun to read and all the facts line up to make it quite plausible.

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    Only thing missing is 007.
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  • @Svigor
    Anyone else wonder if Trump's North Korea rumblings are designed to call the Neokahns' bluff? Neokahns always include the norks on their enemies list to maintain plausibility, but they have something like zero interest in actually doing anything about them; too far from Israel to matter (TFFITM). But if Trump is always playing the Norks up as the main enemy, that could suck a lot of the air out of the Neokahn room. Could have plenty of diplomatic uses vis-a-vis China too, of course.

    The story of North Korea is simply an attempt of the US to open a Second Front against Russia and China, right on their Eastern borders.

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  • Anyone else wonder if Trump’s North Korea rumblings are designed to call the Neokahns’ bluff? Neokahns always include the norks on their enemies list to maintain plausibility, but they have something like zero interest in actually doing anything about them; too far from Israel to matter (TFFITM). But if Trump is always playing the Norks up as the main enemy, that could suck a lot of the air out of the Neokahn room. Could have plenty of diplomatic uses vis-a-vis China too, of course.

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    The story of North Korea is simply an attempt of the US to open a Second Front against Russia and China, right on their Eastern borders.
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  • And the Guardian is doing it this time! You’ve come a long way, baby!

    It’s beautiful to watch the left expose their phoniness in such an obvious way. Bark for the CIA, Guardian (and the rest of Big Media)! Roll over! Play dead! Gooood boys!

    Remember, these people supposedly despise the National Security Apparatuses of the west; they’re the ones who killed babies in Vietnam and bumfuckistan and sell drugs to black people!

    The mega-uproar over the “GCHQ tapped Trump” story was, to me, quite interesting, for the massive full-court pushback it elicited and the grudging backdown from the Trump administration.

    It is pretty interesting. Trump’s backdown stinks of quid pro quo. What did the Brits offer in return? Absent such, what motivated Trump’s apology?

    On the political level, it would be hard to escape the imputation that Great Britain was conducting politically-motivated collection/querying/handover of intel concerning disfavored US politicians and officials, and that the English bulldog was INTERFERING IN AMERICA’S SACRED ELECTIONS, you know, like a certain country, name begins with R ends with A led by a guy name begins with P ends with N is allegedly doing.

    Not only that, but it would show immense stupidity at the highest levels of British gov’t; “oh, yes, let’s do railroad the man who might be a few months from the US presidency, there’s a capital idea.”

    And maybe the US intel community told Trump he’d be gone in a heartbeat if he threatened to compromise the US-GB special spook relationship to save his skin. So he backed off.

    Nah. If they had that kind of leverage, they’d have used it already. Trump is holding all the cards over the “American” National Security Apparatus. On the other hand, he does seem curiously reluctant to use them, but there are many explanations for that (though few of them good).

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  • anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    This article must have been put to bed prior to the news that Napolitano got re-instated. And I hear that he stands by his story. Nevertheless a good article. Rooshia remains the second greatest nuclear power on earth with over 7 thousand nuclear tipped missiles left over from the Cold War. Some may still have our name on ‘em. Schumer, the WaPo and PMSNBC should be reminded of this before going off on Putin–and Trump.

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  • And what a rich museum that is.

    At the time when Steele report came out I summarised it with “UK Deep State too keen to assist the US Deep State“, which would be a nice, short summary of this Peter’s article. This is especially because BBC has simultaneously launched into its standard “utter crap” promotional mode. Claims that Steele was an ex-intelligence solo contributor to the US elections was as believable as Saddam launching an attack on Britain in 45 minutes.

    You got to give it to the Brits – nobody in the World generates “utter crap” more willingly than they do. Perhaps that is the only capability which remains after such a large empire is gone.

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  • Heh. A well-written piece, and makes sense too…

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    • Replies: @JL
    My thoughts, exactly. This article was fun to read and all the facts line up to make it quite plausible.
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  • Here are embeds to my two most recent videos for Newsbud. They pair together nicely as they track the evolving stories on Pakistan/Afghanistan and North Korea. Trump may be sucking all the oxygen out of the mediasphere, but the usual suspects are still out there conducting the usual business of murder and mayhem. The most...
  • Ithink the promo qualified as fake advertizing. Gave the impression they are fighting some kind of nomad tribemen. Turn out to be a darn lizard.

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  • And then there is KONG – with a bizarre, grating, affirmative action cast … the Chinese don’t like that at home, yet they pay for it here …

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  • I really liked this movie ! The plot was adequate, the acting, also. What was awesome was the whole visual aspect . The Chinese warriors and their complicated and beautiful techniqes for fighting the dragons were creative and colorful. I would have preferred dragons with wings, but I can see that would have changed everything.

    Anyway, it was a beautiful visual spectacle.

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