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    The German soldiers of World War II have often been portrayed, both during the war and in the decades since, as simple-minded, unimaginative and brutish. Hollywood movies and popular U.S. television shows have for years contrasted confident, able and “cool” American GIs with slow-witted, cynical and cruel Germans. “Propaganda is an inescapable ingredient of modern...
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    the German nation and their leaders showed extraordinary organizational ability, inventiveness and adaptability in 1942, 1943 and 1944 in utilizing the available human and materiel resources to dramatically increase production of high-quality weapons and equipment
     
    This completely neglects to mention the increasing exploitation of forced and slave labor. Its very cynical to just speak of "human resources" when the Germans utilized forced labor, prisoners of war, victims of their genocidal campaign against Jews, Roma, Sinti, and political opponents (communists, social democrats, later in the war Catholic priests) and people undesirable in their view of society (from the gay to the conscientious objectors/religious objectors to the "asocials" and convicted "career criminals") in their bid to increase production. Their underground bunker/mine factories - slave labor. Their enormous uboat bunkers - slave labor.

    This is not adaptability. In fact, German leadership of the time refused to engage the female work force in a significant way, and this lack of adaptability rather reduced their war-time production compared as to what could have been - a mistake not made by the Allies. This was because their ideology - regarding the role of woman in society and their views of those they saw as "inferior" - ultimately trumped any other consideration.

    The article is interesting but skewed, especially by omission. I wish an accurate history of WW2 without bias and political distortion was indeed documented so we all could draw our own conclusions from it. At least this includes some good reading links - "Hitler’s Soldiers: The German Army in the Third Reich" for example seems to paint a more diverse and analytical picture than what you would expect from the selective quotes alone.

    You like almost everyone else I read omit to mention the Italian soldiers who were sent to work as, effectively, slave labourers in Germany during WW2. I don’t know much about it except what I have been able to gather talking to an old neighbour who was conscripted into the Italian Army at the start of WW2 and almost at once sent to work in an arms factory in Germany, as was his whole unit. After the war they tried to get wages out of the German Government, but were refused on the grounds that they were Italian soldiers who were deployed to where they spent the war, and they would have to take it up with the Italian government.
    I imagine that the German military had such a poor opinion of them as soldiers, that they thought they would be more useful working in German industry.

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    What Italian "slave laborers"? Laughable.

    You're right, you "don't know much about it".

    Italy was a German ally.

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  • @AnonFromTN
    Finally, life. As a biochemist, I see no other option than the idea that life appeared spontaneously. The best book about evolution is Dawkins’ “The blind watchmaker”. People who don’t know even elementary biology would tell you that the probability of an emergence of any protein by chance is virtually nil. That is true, but no protein emerged that way. Proteins consist of parts, sequence motifs and domains, each much smaller than the whole thing. Modern proteins (ours and bacterial alike – we all evolved for billions of years) emerged as combinations of these parts. You can find the same domain or sequence motif in dozens, sometimes hundreds, of proteins, attesting to the combinatorial nature of evolution of complex things. When you mutagenize your protein and look at the sequence, you can see how protein families evolved in the sequence of nucleotides (most amino acids can be encoded by many, up to 6, different codons, which makes the evolution clearly traceable). Our ribosomes (machines that make proteins by translating messenger RNA sequence) are a lot bigger and slower than ribosomes in eubacteria, yet we have those better and more efficient ribosomes in mitochondria (plants also have them in chloroplasts). Creationists can’t explain this, but this is just the result of eukaryotic cell being a symbiosis of anaerobic archaebacteria with “bad” ribosomes and aerobic eubacteria with better ribosomes, that became mitochondria and chloroplasts. There are many other clear traces of evolution (constantly developing antibiotic resistance of disease-causing bacteria being one of the most obvious), but the funniest argument for evolution I know is this: “Bush junior is the best argument against intelligent design: nobody intelligent would ever design that”.

    An argument that people use against the spontaneous occurrence of life is that there is almost zero chance of the right amino acids joining up. Anyone who has worked with string and cables knows that they have a quite extraordinary, almost uncanny, ability to get tangled up together. Before life happened, there were no bacteria to destroy emerging complexes of amino acids. (It has been shown that inorganic materials given the sort of conditions that the newly born planet would have had, can give rise to amino acids.) Also “almost zero chance” taken an almost infinite number of times over a very long period, adds up to a quite good chance.

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  • “The United States of Amnesia.” That’s what Gore Vidal once called us. We remember what we find it convenient to remember and forget everything else. That forgetfulness especially applies to the history of others. How could their past, way back when, have any meaning for us today? Well, it just might. Take the European conflagration...
  • @jilles dykstra
    Glory.
    Read Remarque, 'Im Westen nichts Neues', there surely is a translation.
    The most damning statement about WWI was that the British wanted much British blood spilled in the war, otherwise they would not have a great claim at the conference table after the war.
    It for a long time puzzled me why the British continued sending tens of thousands of young men to certain deaths at the Somme
    Robin Neillands, ‘The Great War Generals on the Western Front 1914-1918’, 1999, 2004, London
    The author tries to exonerate these generals, who, more than forty miles behind the front, in comfortable castles, in my opinion committed mass murder, for several days in 1916, at the Somme.
    Martin Middlebrook describes one day's massacre in great detail, cannot find the title of the book now.

    I forgot, published London 1920, Jonathan Cape 30 Bedford Square.

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  • @jilles dykstra
    Glory.
    Read Remarque, 'Im Westen nichts Neues', there surely is a translation.
    The most damning statement about WWI was that the British wanted much British blood spilled in the war, otherwise they would not have a great claim at the conference table after the war.
    It for a long time puzzled me why the British continued sending tens of thousands of young men to certain deaths at the Somme
    Robin Neillands, ‘The Great War Generals on the Western Front 1914-1918’, 1999, 2004, London
    The author tries to exonerate these generals, who, more than forty miles behind the front, in comfortable castles, in my opinion committed mass murder, for several days in 1916, at the Somme.
    Martin Middlebrook describes one day's massacre in great detail, cannot find the title of the book now.

    The book in English translation is called: “All Quiet on the Western Front”. There is another book that is a sort of horrific companion to Remarque’s which is F.A Voight’s “Combed out”.

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  • May 5-6, 2018 Lecture Second World Marxism Conference Peking University, School of Marxist Studies Volumes II and III of Marx’s Capital describe how debt grows exponentially, burdening the economy with carrying charges. This overhead is subjecting today’s Western finance-capitalist economies to austerity, shrinking living standards and capital investment while increasing their cost of living and...
  • @Mario Partisan
    I agree with you that how a debtor chooses to use the money lent to them is of paramount importance to whether they will succeed in paying the money back. The way the US government is using its bond receipts is completely irresponsible.

    That said, I don’t think you have successfully disproved my point about the money supply being less than or equal to the stock of debt obligations, and the consequences of that relationship. You point to a couple examples of successful lending. I will second you on those, and even admit that the vast majority of debts will generally be paid, with interest. But my point was that at the aggregate, economy-wide, level, some debtors will inevitably default. Find me any substantial period of time in which there are zero defaults. I don’t think you can.

    I haven’t looked at the data to actually compare the total (public and private) US debt stock to the money supply (maybe I should do that before making an ass of myself, but here I go). Nevertheless, I think I can do some back of the envelope calculations with the figures that I have in my head. I know that in 2006 the debt of just US households reached roughly 100% of US GDP. So,

    Household Debt/nominal GDP = 1, for 2006.

    Now, recall the following economic identity: Nominal GDP = Money x Velocity (of money). Velocity is the average number of times a dollar changes hands in a year. So for 2006,

    Household Debt/M*V = 1.

    So,

    Household Debt/M = V, for 2006.

    Now, the Velocity of money in the US has tended to be about 2 for much of the post-war period. It peaked at 2.2 in the late 1990s, and has hit an historical low of about 1.4 in recent years https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/M2V. Taking V=2 for 2006, it follows that

    Household Debt/M = 2, for 2006.

    That is, for 2006 the stock of household debt alone should be about twice the stock of money.

    Now with V=2, the ratio of Household Debt to GDP has to fall below 0.5 for the ratio of Household Debt to Money to fall below 1. And I can tell you that the household debt to GDP ratio hasn’t been that low for a long, long time. When you take into account that I am ignoring all other sectors, it seems clear that the stock of total debt is almost always greater than the stock of money. I’ll have to pull some data to verify that my reasoning is correct, but I think it is.

    The situation is less stark than I’m making it seem because debts generally have maturities that are quite lengthy, and so the interest and principal are paid off over time. This enables the money supply to expand so that those obligations can be met. But again, the debt stock is expanding alongside the growth of money, so in a way we are constantly running faster just to stay in place.

    Most of the time, defaults are a small fraction of outstanding obligations, so banks can absorb the losses without a crisis. On top of that, a large fraction of debts are backed by some kind of collateral so even in the event of a default the bank gets something in return. Problems arise when banks have done poor due diligence with regards to whom they lend money and the underlying collateral has reached bubble prices. That situation leads to substantial levels of default, which in turn pushes down the value of the collateral as a large quantity of it hits the market at once. It is in those situations that banks are in trouble because the collateral is worth less than the money they lent out.

    The profits of Fords or GM are not measured in motor cars because that is their product. In the same way, money is the Banker’s product and his profit should not be measured in money. His profit is in collateral seized from defaulters and magnificent buildings paid for with money created from thin air and, perhaps, the work that has been done by the bank’s employees.

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  • Perhaps the Jewish Messiah is already here, though we are not aware of his coming? All Jewish dreams and desires were fulfilled this mid-May. Well, almost all. Two great world power leaders competed in their benevolence to Jews, while ordinary Israelis had fun and exhilarating soft target practice shooting unarmed Gazans or at least cheering...
  • @RealAmericanValuesCirca1776Not1965

    Is China responsible for this outcome by being too timid and too distant?
     
    What makes you think China is any less paralyzed than the West? Both entities (like most of the world) are perfectly capable of speaking up and internationally naming the enemy, some just as easily as they could wipe Israel off the map. But it doesn't happen. Not even a peep. Not from any of them. Not in the Americas, not in Europe, not in Asia, not in Africa. Nowhere.

    Some like to spin China's reactions to.... literally everything, as some kind of Chinese master 'long game' strategy. Others, like myself, prefer to note that there are certain unspoken rules that China abides by at least as strictly as the US and Europe.

    Rules like not criticizing those who rule you.

    Besides, what benefit could there possibly be in waiting until Israel achieves regional superpower status before making a move against them? America is at it's weakest. Israel is as weak as it's ever going to be at this point.

    The simplest answer would be that whatever keeps America so inexplicably obedient is also keeping everyone else the same way.

    Beyond that, only speculation as to what that leash is made of. Samson Option? Kill switch on the global economy/infrastructure? Some kind of chemical or bio or other weapon that's so impossibly heinous that the mere threat of it's use paralyzes the largest and the smallest member nations of the international community alike into silently watching everything Israel does and gets away with?

    The bigger picture never fails to suggest that the enemy has more dogs on their leash than most are prepared to acknowledge. Even now.

    I don’t know what is holding back the rest but the Chinese do not see themselves as missionaries. They are willing to help and advise anyone who asks them for help but they are not going to police the World. They are not going to try to export their form of government. Their official policy, and I think it has popular support, is that they want to live at peace with everybody. Hence, without some pressing reason to destroy Israel they are not going to move against them.

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    Could China has done more to prop up Russia? Didn't they realize that having Russia antagonized with the West and keeping this state was to their advantage? Or was it obvious for them from the very beginning that it can't be done because Russia's elite fatal attraction to the West can't be averted? Every time when Putin uttered the phrase "our Western partners" this was a non-ironical expression of deep seated undying aspirations of Russian elites. China will be pragmatic about Russia and will trade and get military technology while she still needs it form Russia, but in long run China is on her own. One thing China has learned form it that a control of elites (who suppose to control them?) is critical that still can be assured by the power structure of CPC that defines Chinese political and economic doctrine and enforce discipline to adhere to them for the elites. Elites like everywhere are cosmopolitan and they have no ethnic or cultural loyalties (except for the Jewish one). Down the road Chinese will want to be a part of Western elites and if they ended up being incorporated by Zio-Anglo-Amercian elites it will be the final triumph of the One World Order.
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  • From Aeon: Black Achilles The Greeks didn’t have modern ideas of race. Did they see themselves as white, black – or as something else altogether? by Tim Whitmarsh is the A G Leventis Professor of Greek culture at the University of Cambridge, and has held professorial posts at Oxford and Exeter. His latest book is...
  • @Seamus Padraig

    ... practically everybody south of Dover was said to be more or less “black.”
     
    Wogs start at Calais!

    Similarly, before American racial culture ideas took over the world, the English would even have talked of “black Irish.”
     
    Long live Think Lizzy!

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

    ... the transatlantic slave trade and the cruder aspects of 19th-century racial theory.
     
    Why don't they ever talk about the trans-Mediterranean slave trade? Do they actually believe the Spaniards and Portuguese actually came up with the idea of enslaving blacks all on their own?

    ... but they also differentiated themselves from the paler peoples of the North
     
    The Hyperboreans? ;-)

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperborea#Physical_appearance

    "We might add that modern geneticists too find classification by skin colour unhelpful ..."
     
    No true racialist equates race exclusively with skin pigmentation--that's a straw man. Have you ever seen a black albino? I have. Despite the fact that he was whiter than I am, I still knew right away--even before he opened his mouth--that he was really black. The lips and the curly hair gave it away ... OK, and the dashiki helped too.

    Some time in the ’70s, Heffer’s Bookshop in the centre of Cambridge (UK) had an exhibition in their window, of ancient manuscripts from Moorish Spain. One, that was translated, said words to the effect that: “To the North of the Pyrranees, there lives a race of white giants, who are so stupid that they do not even make useful slaves.”

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  • @Unzerker
    I'm Dutch and I've learned ancient Greek in school and went there a couple of times. Compared to the Western European countries I had been to it was very very different. I never felt that we NW Europeans and the Greeks had a lot in common. We don't share a history, religion, culture, language or even a writing system.

    It's an Eastern Mediterranean people with an Eastern Mediterranean culture.

    I cannot claim any detailed knowledge of classical history, but I think the Romans depopulated Greece and moved other people(s) in. So modern Greeks are not closely related, descended from Ancient Greeks.

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  • @Corn
    “The Greeks had no idea of the existence of Amerindians, Australians, or Polynesians, and very little awareness of East Asians.”

    Right. In those more primitive times the Greeks may habe known of blacks via Egypt maybe. Just maybe.

    Alexander hadn’t gone to India yet.

    Would the ancient Greeks have known of China? I seem to recall the Roman Empire traded with China through intermediaries central Asia, but I’m hazy on if any Roman went to China or vice versa.

    Hadrian (of the Wall) before he became Emperor, was the commander of the Romans stationed on the western side of the Great Wall of China. As far as I am aware, he never went through it, but it is thought that it was the inspiration for his wall across Britain to keep the Scotts and Picts out.

    Needham, in his book on Science & Civilization in China mentions a valley in western China that is inhabited by the descendants of a captured Roman legion and the Chinese women that they had widowed before they were captured.

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    During the 20th century, theory speculated that some of the people of Liqian may be descended from Ancient Romans. In the 1940s, Homer H. Dubs, a professor of Chinese history at the University of Oxford, suggested that the people of Liqian were descended from Roman legionaries taken prisoner at the Battle of Carrhae. These prisoners, Dubs proposed, were resettled by the victorious Parthians on their eastern border and may have fought as mercenaries at the Battle of Zhizhi, between the Chinese and the Xiongnu in 36 BC. Chinese chroniclers mention the use of a "fish-scale formation" of soldiers, which Dubs believed referred to the testudo formation – a Roman phalanx surrounded by shields on all sides.
     
    , @Randal

    Hadrian (of the Wall) before he became Emperor, was the commander of the Romans stationed on the western side of the Great Wall of China.
     
    ! Is this a joke?

    I'm sure the Parthians would have had something to say about that, not to mention the Kushans who were the second of the two substantial empires and 2-3000 miles that separated Rome and China at that time.
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  • Like many others, I first heard about the work of the late Hans Rosling through his TED lectures, in which his animated bubbles (nations over the decades shown as bubbles proportional to population size, rising or falling against some criterion, such as lifespan) revealed the mostly good news about human progress across the world. The...
  • @interesting
    isn't it amazing to have somebody say "ignorants" and then follow with that fake meme......

    What's even better is ignorants isn't even a word.......not that I of all people should point that out......but my spell check did.

    I have heard, I cannot vouch for its truth, that King Henry VIII decreed that any free-born Englishman was permitted to invent a word, if he felt like so doing and launch it into the language. I don’t see why, seeing that English is now mother-tongue for many non-English; other people should not be allowed the same freedom.

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  • @eleuterio
    India was centrally planned between 1947 and 1990: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Licence_Raj

    China did improve by introducing reforms that relaxed the "central" and the "planning"
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_economic_reform#Course_of_reforms

    http://faculty.arts.ubc.ca/tiberg/MPA_Asia_Apr_2010_readings/Brandt%20and%20Rawski.%20China's%20Great%20Economic%20Transformation.pdf

    Also I think Indian GDP per capita was still higher in 1979.

    Also I think Indian GDP per capita was still higher in 1979.

    Yes, very probably, 1979 was just after the Great Cultural Revolution.

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  • @jilles dykstra
    China is not centrally planned anymore.
    Central planning everywhere was unable to deliver those products and services that consumers want.

    When I was in china in 1964, there were many small businesses that went a long way towards filling the gaps left by central planning.

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  • May 5-6, 2018 Lecture Second World Marxism Conference Peking University, School of Marxist Studies Volumes II and III of Marx’s Capital describe how debt grows exponentially, burdening the economy with carrying charges. This overhead is subjecting today’s Western finance-capitalist economies to austerity, shrinking living standards and capital investment while increasing their cost of living and...
  • @gwynedd1
    The money supply means very little until it causes wealth redistribution. That's generally what the problem is. Its just a form of redistribution.

    Control of the money supply means control of government policy. If the Central bank does not like a government policy, they refuse to fund it, as Harold Wilson found out.

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  • @Anon
    Please explain what you think the connection is between the "fractional reserve system" (assuming you think you can explain what it is and what innovation it constituted) and the lack of money to pay all debt.

    I suspect that you have forgotten the point you made about it being possible for money to be a ledger entry (or computerbyte). Surely the tendency is for the pressure of debt to be relieved by bankruptcy or schemes of arrangement which reduce the amount of debt to be paid - and of course reducing the money supply if the form of debt was a form of money - like an accepted bill.

    There must be a particular problem when there are imbalances which the systems aren't organised and managed to cope with. If there has been a huge increase in housing finance, for example, and then all the poorest house purchasers lose their jobs you have one kind of familiar imbalance but I'm not sure it supports your "not enough money" theory.

    I thank Mario Partisan for his reply, as it says exactly what I meant.

    There is also the point that I did not make, which is that the fractional reserve banking system is a sophisticated form of robbery, which requires a “crisis” from time to time to maximise the amount of loot that the banks can take.

    After such a crisis, (a slump) the banks usually lowered the interest rate at which they lent money and were less demanding on such things as deposits and valuation of mortgaged property. People were encouraged to borrow money and to invest in property, which caused the economy to grow and made people feel more optimistic. The banks happily lent money on fairly liberal terms and the economy grew some more. When the bankers felt that “harvest time” had arrived, they upped the interest rate.

    This meant that the firms who were working closer to the edge of unprofitability than others, cut wages, overtime, employment and investment. This in turn affected e.g. the property market and the price of property went down, which left some people in “negative equity” and enabled the Banks to foreclose some mortgages. This, of course, transferred some property for which the banks had done practically nothing, to the banks. In some cases, the ex-owner of the property was left owing money to the bank as well!

    This process continued until the banks decided that the economy had suffered enough, the trade unions were sufficiently weakened and wages sufficiently depressed and then they started the whole cycle again. In this way the banks have been able, quite legally, to carry out what must be, by a large margin, the largest, robbery in history.

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    Instead of giving, apparently, hundreds of billions or more to bankers and already-wealthy people, the us fed gov during the last crash could have simply refinanced all residential mortgages under one million dollars owned by US Citizens at zero percent. Funny how that didn’t happen.
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  • @Mario Partisan

    Please explain what you think the connection is between the “fractional reserve system” (assuming you think you can explain what it is and what innovation it constituted) and the lack of money to pay all debt.
     
    I think foolisholdman might be on to something when he says:

    Fractional reserve banking introduces an element into the economy which is essentially destabilizing, it means that there is always more debt in the economy than there is money to pay it.
     
    It is quite simple, but it might help to review for a second how money is created under fractional reserve banking. Under such a system, new money is created every time a bank makes a new loan. The reason is that the bank doesn’t reduce any individual’s checking account in order to increase the checking account of the person they are making the loan to. The bank simply credits the borrower’s account, and thus the total sum of deposits is increased.

    Now let’s do a simple thought experiment. Let’s imagine that all money has been created by banks through the issuance of loans (according to http://positivemoney.org/how-money-works/how-banks-create-money/ 97% of all money is created in this fashion). Under this scenario, the stock of money is equal to the stock of debt issued by banks. But banks demand that the borrower repay not simply the principal, but the principal with interest. But if the money supply equals the stock of bank-issued debt, where does the money come from to pay the interest? It can only come from the issuance of yet more money (more debt). At any given time, there is not enough money to pay all principal and all interest, and thus default by at least some people is not only possible, but inevitable. The corresponding transfer of tangible assets to banks is a key component of how the system works.

    I hope this helps explain what foolisholdman was getting at.

    Yes, thank you, it does explain it exactly.

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    Must say that I’m inclined to agree with you guys. Bleak.
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  • @Dagon Shield
    Why is there "the privatized monopoly right to create bank credit" in the first place? Why can't the US Treasury provide the same function as the Federal Reserve? Why can't there be explanation simple enough for the average citizen? In an age where space travel is talked about, why esoteric banking practices? Who will enlighten the man?

    Go to youtube and look for “The Beast from Jekyll Island”. It is quite a good introduction.

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  • @Stebbing Heuer
    One can't understand debt dynamics, and their effect on the real economy, until one understand the fiat currency system.
    The fiat currency system demands debt creation in order to function. Creating debt is the only way for fiat currency to enter the financial system.
    A reduction in the level of debt would destroy the quantity of money in circulation, leading to deflation. Deflation is a democratically-elected politician's worst nightmare, they will never let it happen. Therefore, debt must continue to accumulate.
    Destroying the value of the currency through inflation is seen as an acceptable price to pay for social harmony.
    Of course this system is doomed to break down. But so long as there is more road, the can will continue to be kicked down it.

    Nearly everyone whatever his level of ignorance seems to think that the monetary system is easy to understand. Having wrestled with my own ignorance for decades, I will give you my own two-pennyworth:
    Money is a sort of lubricant to the economic system.
    It is possible to run economies without money, but much easier with.
    Money is worth what it will buy. It does not have to be made of intrinsically valuable material it can be a computerbyte, a coin, a note or an entry in a leger.
    Fractional reserve banking introduces an element into the economy which is essentially destabilising, it means that there is always more debt in the economy than their is money to pay it.
    Clearly unless the money supply is under democratic control, there is no point in talking about democracy.
    Wealth and money are totally different things which many economists seem determined to conflate. Wealth consists of access to goods and services.
    Goods and services are made by people working.
    Money should be made costlessly by the treasury department of a government.

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    The money supply means very little until it causes wealth redistribution. That's generally what the problem is. Its just a form of redistribution.
    , @Anon
    Please explain what you think the connection is between the "fractional reserve system" (assuming you think you can explain what it is and what innovation it constituted) and the lack of money to pay all debt.

    I suspect that you have forgotten the point you made about it being possible for money to be a ledger entry (or computerbyte). Surely the tendency is for the pressure of debt to be relieved by bankruptcy or schemes of arrangement which reduce the amount of debt to be paid - and of course reducing the money supply if the form of debt was a form of money - like an accepted bill.

    There must be a particular problem when there are imbalances which the systems aren't organised and managed to cope with. If there has been a huge increase in housing finance, for example, and then all the poorest house purchasers lose their jobs you have one kind of familiar imbalance but I'm not sure it supports your "not enough money" theory.

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  • @jacques sheete

    Theft has created nearly all of the wealth since Kennedy was killed.
     
    Theft is baked into the system and it started looong before Kennedy's murder. Government exists to make theft and economic slavery more efficient, any good intentions and pretexts to the contrary. Also, theft does not create wealth, it merely transfers it to the most undeserving.

    Corollary: Taxes are theft.

    Theft is the earliest form of “Labour saving”. It long predates human beings.

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  • @smellyoilandgas
    First off, the article does not understand it is not debt that created the wealth but private monopoly power.. private ownership in parcels of land, private ownership in expressions produced from publicly trained brain power and creative genius of mankind.(patents and copyrights). Remove the patent laws, and Google, Microsoft and Monsanto would deflate overnight.

    Transferring private ownership of all things public into everything private has created massive private wealth because these public services extract itty bitty bits of wealth when in public hands, but when in private hands they extract buckets of wealth from the public and transfer it to Pharaoh Barons.
    Debt has not created wealth, it has created cash flow..and unlimited supplies of printed currency has created the price inflation that has left the homeless man in the street to die. Neither debt nor printed currency have created wealth of any kind.

    Transferring public service cash flows from a public service cost into privately owned streams of guaranteed cash flows has made many single persons very wealthy at the expense of making the poor even poorer.

    Theft has created nearly all of the wealth since Kennedy was killed. Public property has been converted to private property, the cash flows resulting from government provided serves, that is, the cash flows that kept the engines of bureaucracy working, has been swindled by privatization. The massive cash flow engines that the government services (garbage collection, communications, electrical service, water services, gas services, Internet, Jails, road building, street cleaning, sewer providing, hospital services, old folks homes, money lending) and the mono power to prevent any private competition, have been converted into monopoly powered private enterprises(privatization).

    econ 101

    The first sentence tells me that you have no idea what wealth is. Look. The pharaohs of early Egypt were undeniably wealthy, though they had no money, because money had not been invented. How come they were wealthy? They were wealthy because they had abundant goods and services. These goods and services were made the same way that wealth has ever been made, by people working. Private ownership of parcels of land creates nothing. Not a single piece of goods nor yet any sort of service. Likewise private monopoly power creates nothing except power. It feeds nobody.

    Theft has created nearly all of the wealth since Kennedy was killed.

    Theft transfers wealth it does not create it.

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  • The Jewish Chronicle is at it again, promoting a toxic anti-Semitic stereotype. Previously it claimed that Jews were “outsiders” whose “paranoia” and “arrogance” brought about their own downfall. Now it’s claiming that Jews prefer to work “behind the scenes” in British politics. This is the classic stereotype of Jews as conspirators and manipulators, evading public...
  • @Winifred
    Rupert Murdoch is, I believe, a Jew. His mother was Jewish, he identifies as a Jew and is pals with many of Hollywood's leading Jewish directors. He is also, if I'm not mistaken, on the board of Genie Oil, which is drilling for oil in the Golan Heights. Not that any of the above are crimes but just making you aware of the facts.

    Isn’t drilling for oil in stolen territory a crime?

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  • There are some fairly good reasons in favor of Russia's decision to intervene in Syria, which is why I have always been modestly if unenthusiastically supportive of it: It is basically a giant and continuous live training exercise for Russian pilots and generals, making it almost "free" in financial terms. The value of the Khmeimim...
  • @LondonBob
    The Russians destroyed the Ghouta rebels in retaliation.

    I understand that the liberation of East Ghouta destroyed far more than the Jihadists, the SAA captured several hundred Saudi, Israeli, US and UK military specialists who were directing and controlling the Jihadists’ fight. They also captured more than 100 51mm VX shells coming from Porton Down and a number of chlorine shells made by Merck in Germany.

    veteranstoday.com/2018/04/08/proof-intel-drop-trump-bolton-behind-syria-chemical-attacks-confirmed

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    the SAA captured several hundred Saudi, Israeli, US and UK military specialist who were directing and controlling the Jihadists’ fight. They also captured more than 100 51mm VX shells coming from Porton Down and a number of chlorine shells made by Merck in Germany.
     
    The problem with this kind of story is that the Syrians and the Russians would have to be absolute idiots not to have paraded it all in the media by now. That's exactly what the likes of RT exist for.
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  • @Anatoly Karlin
    It's something that politicians like to fearmonger about - there has even been a wonderful book about it (One Second After) - but I recall reading that actual EMP tests suggest that survivability of civilian electronics (e.g. most vehicles) will actually be quite good.

    Note that things will only become catastrophic enough to cause a population collapse if virtually all vehicles (esp. trucks) get knocked out. If it's "only" 90%, that should still be enough to haul around the basics such as food and fuel. Third World countries do with as little or less.

    I think the most serious effect of the EMP would be on the mains (grid) power transformers. Even now, if one burns out, the time to get another is months or years, if it is really big. If most of the power grid transformers and generators were knocked out, the factories making transformers would be unable to work. So would the factories making copper wire, as would also be the factories making the special steel needed for the core of the transformers and the mines digging the iron ore etc., etc.

    If the vehicles survived they would probably have to pump the fuel into their tanks by hand. (Assuming the pumps were built to allow that.) Oh yes, and the oil refineries, even if they had autonomous supplies, those would probably be knocked out too.

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    Don't forget the nuclear plants. How many would go into meltdown? 50? All of them?
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  • In 2003 I congratulated a young Chinese banker on his country’s accession to the WTO, cautioning that the trade body was a Western ideological post-Cold War creation designed not merely to enshrine export-oriented development models but to advance neoliberal trade norms. After a moment’s reflection he responded, “I agree with your view of the WTO’s...
  • @TT

    On GR v. Rudd on China, however, I suspect both should be found wanting as GR seems to be starry eyed about China, ignoring the well proven status of Chinese, including their leaders not least, as fallible human beings.
     
    While we don't know what happens between your encounter with Mr Roberts that make you commented on his credibility as doubtful, do you have any to share on what he has writen so far in unz about China that you think is not factual or doubtful to say he has starry eye?

    So far i have find his articles & comments are quite factual with reference sources without putting in too much personal judgement. That make him one of most credible writer in unz.

    I take it that you are Chinese. I am glad you said that, as it confirms what I thought.

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    You are wise old man to judge thing according to facts, & who benefits behind. So your handle is deceiving ;)

    If the West msm said a enemy bad, i very much doubtful. If they said a enemy good, its very much trustable. But one wise Chinese commenter in unz taught me to be better, look who is benefiting when West msm are praising widely in well orchestrated effort(for Zhu Rongji bold joining of WTO under most Unequal Terms).

    Yes, West msm used to praise Venezuela when they give all oil biz to them, even make Venezuelan winner of World Beauty Pageants frequently to blind them with pride. When oil is nationalized, its a national threat to be invaded & embargo.…a shithole of food shortage when its proven offshore oil & gas is larger than Saudi & Russia.

    So are much West praising of Gorbachev & Yeltsin for Russia 1990's disaster, Libya Gaddafi as UK best trusted ally, Iraq Saddam as best check to Iran tyranny,…and India Modi is now drunken in American lovely praising of next No1 Superpower demoncrap country, awaiting to be slaughtered when fatten enough.
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  • From the New York Times: What do you think? In other news, Michael Anton has resigned.
  • @Jake
    Alleged new gassing by Assad right after Trump makes public his desire to get troops out of Syria? I'd lay odds of at least three dozen to one it was black ops with the CIA, the Mossad, British MI6, and the Saudi General Intelligence Presidency working together.

    Seems you are spot on. veteranstoday.com/2018/04/08/proof-intel-drop-trump-bolton-behind-syria-chemical-attacks-confirmed

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  • The Reverend Billy Graham passed away a month ago, on February 21, and like many Americans I watched much of the televised funeral ceremonies when they were held for him in Charlotte. Although I come from a different branch of Christianity where Gregorian chant and a millennia-old liturgy form the major mode of religious communication...
  • @Moi
    Okay, so you're saying Billy with his expensive suits/shoes, hobnobbing with the rich and powerful was a uniter? Yes, very Christ-like, NOT! And he did a great job with sonny Franklin. A thoroughly odious man and an Muslim hater.

    My stepson brought his fiancé to meet me and I asked her if she was religious. She replied that she had been brought up as a Christian, but that when she was about 17 she had been taken to a Billy Graham meeting in some football stadium in London. “I listened to him for a while and was somewhat impressed until it came to the collection; When I saw how many buckets there were and how full of money they were, it suddenly dawned on me: This a SCAM! Since then, I have realised that the whole religion thing is a scam.”

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  • I don’t know what happened in Salisbury England on March 4th, but it appears that the British government doesn’t know either. Prime Minister Theresa May’s speech before Parliament last Monday was essentially political, reflecting demands that she should “do something” in response to the mounting hysteria over the poisoning of former Russian double agent Sergei...
  • @NoseytheDuke
    Well stated! I'm wondering if you are the same "old man" who used to comment on Craigs List R&R London? IIRC you rode a large motorcycle. Cheers.

    No. Not I, the largest m/c I ever had was only125cc. Nor can I remember commenting on Craig;s List.

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  • @jojo
    Queen May has no clothes on, but all the 'adults' in the mainstream press pretend to see a beautiful robe.

    The more I think about this story the odder it gets.
    For a start lets suppose that the novichock came into the country or was here already, as two components which make “Novichok” when mixed. Or that the ready made Novichok was brought into the country as a sealed glass capsule & was taken by the would be assassin, to the Skripals front door. Bear in mind that a gram or two of this stuff is supposed to be enough to wipe out a town.

    What did the assassin do next? Well, since he does not appear in the official record as a corpse, he presumably put on his hazmat suit and either mixed the two components or broke the sealed glass capsule. Note, there is no mention of any mixing container or broken glass nor yet a hazmat suit at Skripal’s front door.

    Then, having got his stuff he smeared it on the door handle.(?) With what? His hands? Presumably not! Then how did he get rid of the thing he used to smear it on with? Did he walk down the street wearing his hazmat suit? Or carrying it? Or if not where did he put it?

    At this point, he and his contaminated h.suit just disappear into thin air!

    Then the Skripals come home or perhaps emerge from the house and are poisoned after which they go and have a meal and a drink and then collapse onto a park bench. Strange behaviour for people poisoned with a military grade poison gas something like ten times worse than VX!

    But it gets odder still. Along come the good policeman who tries to revive the pair and calls for an ambulance. A lady doctor comes and tries to resucitate Yulia for half an hour and suffers no ill effects from the Novichok! One tough cookie she! Then the policeman goes to Skripal’s house and gets near-fatally poisoned. Having survived unharmed his encounter with the Skripals. Then 37 other people fall ill with the effects of the poison but are released within 24hrs.

    Then a senior doctor at the hospital treating these people, in a letter to the (London) Times, denies that he has any patients suffering from a chemical weapon, although he does admit to having the policeman and the Skripals in his care.

    Another “odd“ aspect aspect to this story is that there are, presumably, one or more assassins at large in the country, but, one hears nothing about any effort to find them. No wanted posters, no likely story of how they came and went, no appeal for witnesses or efforts to find where they got their poison or how they transported it. Were they wearing hazmat suits when they smeared it on the Skripal front door? Nothing! Almost as though the authorities knew who they were already! Or the assassin(s) did not exist.

    Essentially similar letter in today’s Independent.

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    Well stated! I'm wondering if you are the same "old man" who used to comment on Craigs List R&R London? IIRC you rode a large motorcycle. Cheers.
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  • In the discussion of the results of the Presidential elections in Russia, Sen. John McCain claimed the result was an insult to all Russians. Israel Shamir on the pages of The Unz Review claimed they were rigged just a little. Some pro-Western Russian critics argued that that the very fact that Putin received over 75...
  • @Vidi

    The Congress does all it can to kill the US science, probably because science does not generate kickbacks and campaign donations, unlike “defense” spending.
     
    I've been thinking about this for a while. What you say (corruption) is probably true, but may not be the major reason for the decay of science and engineering in the U.S.

    My thinking (and I have no evidence for this, so I could be wrong) is that the social troubles in the 1960s caused the U.S. elites to do something drastic. They probably noticed that most of the disturbances originated on the university campuses. But rather than address the underlying problems, the elites decided to curb the upstart college population.

    By drastically raising the cost of tuition, the elites ensured that the most deplorable and troublesome elements (from the much despised lower classes, of course) could not afford to attend university -- and kept those who did make it chained to a lifetime of debt slavery, and therefore kept them harmless.

    The policy of high tuition costs has clearly succeeded in keeping the campuses quiet. The drastic reduction in the output of scientific and engineering talent is a major problem, but perhaps the elites think that this is a price worth paying.

    Might it be that almost all of the US/UK elite have no education in the hard sciences? That, in other words they do not understand what science is about and hence do not understand how crucially important it is?

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  • @Sergey Krieger
    And yet, after Soviet direct help, this transfer of technologies and knowhow after some 60 + years of effort Chinese still lag. They are smart people so it is strange.

    And yet, after Soviet direct help, this transfer of technologies and knowhow after some 60 + years of effort Chinese still lag. They are smart people so it is strange.

    They are smart people do doubt, but look where they started from in 1949! I think it is simply astonishing that they have overcome the obstacles that were put in their way and made the progress they have. They are advancing quicker all the time too. They are, after all, people not supermen.

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  • As the title of this article suggests, I think Russia’s President (and Prime Minister) has done – under the circumstances – a decent job over the last 18 years. Such rhetoric frequently elicits gasps and winces from many of my American friends (and several Russian ones) - especially as I lived in the States for...
  • How about conducting a chemical WMD strike in the heart of U.K? How about Mr. Putin, O.J. Simpson style, saying “I didn’t do it” while at the same time saying “the man deserves to die.” How about poisoning a British police officer who did his duty to render aid along with about 20 other people? How about that even if the victims, your traitor along with innocent U.K. citizens survive the immediate effects, they can become permanently disabled and end up in a nursing home with people having to feed you and clean you up? How about all of the denials of Mr. Putin’s Syrian ally being behind chemical attacks and these were “false flag” operations by the opposition?

    How about proving, or at the very least providing some evidence, that Putin/Russia was behind the attack on Skripal and his daughter? How about proving that Assad was behind the poison gas attacks in Syria? Both of these seem to me to be extremely improbable as they both occurred at precisely the worst moment for both Putin and Assad and to have offered very little, if anything in the way of benefit. Likewise the shooting down of MH17, seems to have benefitted only the anti-Russians in the West and no one can offer me a reasonable motive for Putin to have ordered it.

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  • For those interested in the military implications of the recent revelations by Vladimir Putin about new Russian weapon systems I would recommend the excellent article entitled “The Implications of Russia's New Weapon Systems" by Andrei Martyanov who offers a superb analysis of what these new weapons mean for the US and, especially, the US Navy....
  • @FB

    '...It would not be spinning frictionless. These gravity wheels are greatly misunderstood by the science fiction crowd who seem to erroneously assume that they are capable of exerting an endless amount of force...'
     
    Absolutely correct...

    As I noted in my above #119...

    Besides the force exerted by the human movement...we also have the centripetal force acting on the bearings...just like on earth as I explained above...

    '...Angular momentum would continue to be exchanged between you and the wheel with no net loss, but the frictional cost of constantly recovering that tangential velocity would be lost as heat...'
     
    That's a very sound physical explanation that takes into account conservation of energy...

    I admit that I made a basic error in terms of continuous power required to keep that wheel spinning...

    However...the critiques were even worse as you point out...and once we take into account all the other major factors...such as the power required to control the craft attitude with control moment gyros of massive inertia...we find that the overall power requirements are still huge...

    I don’t know how practical it would be, I am too lazy to do the maths, but perhaps the “artificial gravity” part of your spacecraft could be in the form of an assembly of two counter-rotating wheels, thus giving you zero (external) gyroscopic effect. Admittedly, it would put a pretty large strain on the bearings, but it would also give you a place from which to exert the force required to make the wheels rotate.

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  • @FB

    '...I would like to hear more from Musk about asteroid mining, permanent space habitats with “gravity” provided by centripetal force...'
     
    Why ask Musk...?...any science teacher could explain this to you...[and had you been paying attention in class you might not even need to ask...]

    A 'gravity' environment in space where the gravitational force from earth is not present can be made by using a spinning wheel...

    Think of a hamster wheel...


    https://s20.postimg.org/aufk20yp9/The-_Hamster-_Wheel-_Lifestyle.jpg


    Only instead of you spinning the wheel...the wheel would be spinning while you stood there or walked along its circumference...or sat down or whatever...

    The important thing is that the 'gravity environment' is the area along the inside circumference of that wheel...

    In space y0u would not feel the wheel actually moving...since the only inertial frame of reference is the wheel itself...

    So as long as the habitable quarters were confined to the outside perimeter of that wheel it would feel quite 'normal...'

    We recall the centrifugal force pulls a spinning object out...and centripetal force resists the object from flying away...[if there is something to hold it with]

    Think of the hammer throw in the Olympics...the guy spinning that heavy ball on the end of a chain is creating a centrifugal force on the spinning ball that wants to hurl it outward...while the chain is providing the opposite centripetal force that keeps it from doing so...

    Ie they are equal and opposite forces as long as the guy spinning it holds on to it...

    In the case of the gravity wheel...the structure holding it from flying away would be the radial spokes...ie radiating from the center like a bicycle wheel...

    So to put some numbers to our gravity machine...

    Let's say the thing has an overall diameter of 10 meters [33 ft]...which gives a radius of 5 m...

    It would need to spin at about 0.22 revolutions per second in order to produce a force of 9.5 m/s^2...earth's gravity is 9.8 m/s^2 at the earth's surface...so this would be very close...

    We find this result by recalling that centrifugal force [like any force] is mass times acceleration...in the case of a wheel it is angular acceleration...

    So we get Force = Velocity^2 / radius...[radius is 5 m]

    The circumference of a 10 m wheel is 31.4 m...[10 m * pi = 31.4 m]

    Rotating at a speed 0.22 rev/s gives an angular velocity of 6.9 m/s...

    So... 6.9^2 / 5 = 9.55 m/s^2...close to the force of gravity...

    Now the main challenge is where to get the power to spin that giant hamster wheel...

    To calculate the power we consider the hamster wheel as a flywheel...whose energy [angular kinetic energy] is given by...

    E = Inertia * angular velocity squared / 2

    Here we note that most of the mass of the wheel will be concentrated on its outside perimeter where the gravity will be felt...and where the living quarters will be...we will consider the mass of the spokes negligible...

    We make these assumptions in order to find the moment of inertia...which for a thin-walled empty cylinder [similar to our geometry...and unlike a flywheel of solid cylindrical geometry]...

    Moment of inertia for a thin-walled empty cylinder is given as mass times radius squared...

    so...10,000 kg * 5^2 = 1,250,000 kg*m^2

    The rotational energy required is given by

    E = 1/2 Inertia * angular velocity squared...[as noted above]

    Our angular velocity is given in radians per second...which is our rotational speed of 0.22 rev/s times 2pi...= 1.38 rad/s

    So our energy required is ~2.4 million joules...[1,250,000 * 1.3^2 / 2 = ~1.2 million joules...

    We recall that power is defined as energy over time...so the power required is 12. million j/s= 1.2 million watts...

    That is 1,200 kW...or 1.2 MW...which is ~1,600 horsepower...

    We consider that the ISS is capable of producing ~100 kw [134 hp] from all of its solar panels...

    So we see that this gravity machine would require about 16 times more power than is available to the entire space station...

    Where does that power come from...?

    Maybe Musk will figure it out...[but don't hold your breath...he still hasn't figured out how to build turbopumps for his rocket engines...which are built by Barber Nichols...]

    In any case it is clear that the only viable source of that much power would be nuclear...

    I think you are wrong about the power needed to keep the wheel spinning. Once it had got up to speed there would be very little, even in LEO to slow it down. True it might take a while to spin it up to speed, but once there, it would take very little to keep it going.

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    an assembly of two counter-rotating wheels
     
    Neat idea! Just put an electric motor in the hub 'joining' the two wheels, with one of the wheels connected to the stator and the other to the rotor. Spins up perfectly synchronized, all on its own! rgds
    , @CanSpeccy

    I think you are wrong about the power needed to keep the wheel spinning.
     
    Whatever power is required to keep the capsule spinning is no more than the power exerted by astronauts walking around inside, which is not much, and only that if they generally walk in the direction counter to the direction of capsule rotation. If some walked in the other direction, the effect of astronauts walking back and forth would cancel out and the speed of capsule rotation would be unaffected. Is that not so?
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  • In 1937, Orwell was shot in the neck during the Spanish Civil War. Known mostly as a political allegorist, Orwell was also a master at describing all that is see­n, heard and felt, so in Homage to Catalonia, you can read about his near death experience, “Roughly speaking it was the sensation of being at...
  • @Erebus

    There weren’t that many witnesses to the first plane hitting the Twin Towers
     
    The first 3 I saw on TV, (not sure if it was before the 2nd tower was hit), didn't see a plane. 1 heard the impact and looked up to see the fireball, 1 heard a "plane engine screaming by" and looked up to see an explosion, the 3rd was sure he saw and heard a missile. The radio report I was listening to said that "a small plane" had hit the 1st tower before I turned on the TV. After the towers came down, there were lots of plane witnesses.

    People were watching when the second plane hit, so there are of course lots of eyewitness accounts, videos, and a live television news feed.
     
    Surprisingly few videos actually. There were two live feeds, neither of which showed the actual impact, though one (from a helicopter) did feature the "nosecone" coming out the other side of the 2nd tower. The other, which I was watching, was from a rooftop vantage point some distance away and showed the plane coming in from off-screen right and disappear behind the towers as a large fireball blew out of the 2nd tower.

    Several videos came out in the days, weeks and months following, and a few of these showed the impact into the 2nd tower. I haven't looked in a long time so more may have turned up, but in another thread Sparkon pointed out that the technology required to insert, remove or replace objects in live feeds was commercially available and in possession of at least one of the networks in 2001. If that is so, all of the video evidence is suspect and should be subjected to vigorous scrutiny before being accepted as any sort of evidence.

    With the quantity and quality of lies being pumped at us daily, the new default position for attentive citizens is to assume that whatever they are being told is bunkum, pending confirmation. That includes anything we took to be true in a more innocent time.

    ” There were two live feeds, neither of which showed the actual impact, though one (from a helicopter) did feature the “nosecone” coming out the other side of the 2nd tower.”

    So! Not only did the ‘plane made of thin aluminium sheet, slice through the tower made of heavy steel girders and cast concrete panels and disappear inside, without leaving any bits outside and destroyed both black boxes, (without trace, as AFAIK) but the nose of the ‘plane (the part which can be badly damaged by hitting a goose) made it through to the other side of the tower!!! If that is not evidence that the ‘plane was a hologram, I don’t know what would be. It sounds as though the image was turned off just a moment too late. Interesting, had it been left on a bit longer, the plane might have destroyed the tower and then just flown on!

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  • @Si1ver1ock
    I agree. Planes hit the Towers. We think they were hacked. The argument goes something like:

    You can't get a plane to go that fast. You run out of "stick."

    It's like having your pedal to the floor on your car, there is no more room to accelerate. If the planes were under computer control, it solves many problems.

    1. The engines are directly controlled so you don't run out of stick.

    2. Inhuman levels of precision in navigation.

    3. The terrorists don't get cold feet.

    and so forth.

    Oddly enough, this was known before 911.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjbQ-BDh4PU

    I am no expert, but I have read a lot of different “explanations” of what happened on 9/11 and one I remember, stated that an Australian company that dealt in realistic-looking holograms of aircraft that “flew” some 1km away from their accompanying aircraft, was involved. Whether it is true or purest fantasy, I have no idea, but it struck me as an explanation of the facts as we know them. I.e. no parts of the plane. No explanation of how a plane made of aluminium sheet sliced through thick steel and concrete. The number of people who saw the planes fly into the buildings and disappear inside. The often reported presence of another plane at the same time flying over the same area.

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  • Sieges are a merciless business, never more so than in Syria. As a UN aid convoy entered Eastern Ghouta, the World Health Organisation said that Syrian government security had forced the removal from its trucks of “all trauma kits, surgical, dialysis sessions and insulin”. Some 70 per cent of the medical supplies being sent were...
  • I am sorry that P. Cockburn is repeating this (I think it is) lie. I have looked at the WHO’s website for the last three days since I read this piece and there is no mention of this outrageous behaviour. OTH this story does seem to come, not from the WHO but from the State Department’s Heather Nauert, who says she got it from Stephanie Dujarric, (who used to work for ABC) who says she got it from an unnamed official of the World Food Program. I suspect that Cockburn got this story about the Syrian government robbing the convoy of desperately needed medical supplies, not from Damascus, not from an official of the WHO, but from the editors of the Independent in London.

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    Wow, this is a shocker.

    Also good detective work by this poster.

    I akso suspect Patrick Coburn got this story from the Independent in Londom.
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  • [This piece has been adapted and expanded from Alfred W. McCoy’s new book, In the Shadows of the American Century: The Rise and Decline of U.S. Global Power.] Not quite a century ago, on January 7, 1929, newspaper readers across America were captivated by a brand-new comic strip, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. It...
  • From the few contacts I have had with US veterans of Vietnam, I got the impression that it was “soul destroying” because they felt that they were fighting on the wrong side.

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  • With the Neocon coup against Trump now completed (at least in its main objective, that is the neutralization of Trump, the subsidiary objective, impeaching Trump and removing him from office remains something for the future) the world has to deal, yet again, with a very dangerous situation: the AngloZionist Empire is on a rapid decline,...
  • I am surprised that neither the Saker nor the people who have written comments, have mentioned the Iranian threat that if they are attacked, they will flatten Israel. Since they seem to have a considerable ability to make surface-to-surface missiles and are not very far from Israel and have had time to prepare, I would have thought that this threat was relevant to this discussion.

    Apart from that I agreed with most of what the Saker wrote. As usual.

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    Israel would doubtless retaliate with nukes, assuming their fifth column couldn't persuade the US to do it for them. An offensive strike on Israel (leaving aside Israeli provocations and agitation for war) would also likely engender some European support for US military action which would otherwise be muted if not absent.
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  • There are two main approaches to understanding the evolution of intelligence. A) Study the differences in intelligence between genetic groups. B) Study the differences in intelligence within a genetic group. Approach A is currently not being funded, as far as I know, but please let me know if there are studies I should be commenting...
  • Having read this article and thought about it for a while, it occurs to me that perhaps it would be more illuminating to search for “stupidity” genes. Perhaps we are all really, potentially brilliant, but some of us have these unfortunate stupidity genes which get in the way of our intelligence shining through.

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  • So I went to see this movie DUNKIRK at the urging of James Kirkpatrick, VDARE.com’s lead tweetmeister and our ambassador to popular culture. In the process, I made the interesting discovery that my young Texan wife had never heard of Dunkirk. For me, it brought flocking back a host of memories and emotions sternly repressed...
  • To my mind the great betrayers of Post-war Britain, were the politicians (Attlee, McMillan, Churchill & Co.) who so readily hitched the British trailer to the US Bandwagon and followed it slavishly into the Cold War. Those and the media moguls who were a big part of that.

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  • There is only one story in the news, for followers of the Israel/Palestine conflict, and that is Glenn Greenwald and Ryan Grim’s report at the Intercept yesterday on new legislation in the Congress that would criminalize support for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS). The bill is such a crude example of overreach by the Israel...
  • @Wizard of Oz
    You do drive your load of cobblers right off the rails sometimes don't you? I onlý had to get to your mention of Guardian and Soros to find your amazing confidence in totally baseless fiction on display. How could anyone with your pretentions not know that the Guardian is owned by the Scott Trust so it can preserve its independence? That trust is not something Soris can buy.

    Letter 26
    Wizard of Oz
    “How could anyone with your pretentions not know that the Guardian is owned by the Scott Trust so it can preserve its independence? That trust is not something Soris can buy.”

    Reading the Guardian recently, you could have fooled me! If the Zionists have not bought the Scott Trust, they have certainly muzzled it as far as news from the ME is concerned.

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    I had to modify my reference tp the Scott Trust - not in a way relevant to your post - but you might care to modify your comments based on the misinformation you acquitre when wasting your time on the Grauniad. Just try Googling "Is Soros a Zionist" and skip the items relating to Iran or what someone in Hungary has said in Hungary and you will find him denounced as a self hating Jew who identified with the Nazis and wants to chhange the Jewish character of Israel. I leave it to you to assess that strong and strongly expressed view.
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  • “I have some pretty severe things we’re thinking about,” Trump said of North Korea at a news conference in Warsaw. “Doesn’t mean we’re going to do them.” What President Trump really meant is that he has painted the US into a corner with all his threats of war and really does not know what to...
  • @DanF
    To answer the first statement. The primary objective of our forces in South Korea is to die. To ensure political and societal will at home to prosecute a war with North Korea. Any military effectiveness of the less than 30,000 soldiers is solely do to the lack of effectiveness of the North Korean army regardless of it's "paper strength." NOTE: I am stating only their objective goal not an opinion that I view this as either an appropriate goal or support it.

    In regards to your second comment regarding leaving. In theory I am not against it though, I would give the ROK and Japan a chance to make it worthwhile for us to stay. As North Korea with Nuke's and long range missiles (though I doubt their range is as good as the media says) are an actual threat to us. Because as I said negotiations have no track record of success, so even if we leave the problem does not go away. At the same time the ROK and Japan use North Korea the same way the Europeans use NATO vs Russia against us.

    Essentially, "Look here is big bad scary nation...." Ignore the fact we have the technology, economy, and manpower to actually beat them. We need the US to spend Billions of dollars and it's own manpower to protect us.

    So, getting back to my point. I would basically go to the South Koreans and Japan, lay out hard ground rules: to include but not limited to financial subsidies from the ROK & Japan, extra territorial rights of our servicemen, minimum 1.5% GDP defense spending (if you are not going to defend yourself why should we bother), no rent charges/tree tables/crop reimbursement/other ridiculous local plans to milk the US government, and additional legal protections. Do the above suck, yes they do and that is the point. If these countries really feel they need us they will make the sacrifice. If they are just trying to milk us, then we can go home and work on improving the THAAD system, which actually is not as bad as described in the article. Especially, against a ground launch from a far away nation like North Korea. Is it a 100% defense shield no, but as military systems go it is actually quite decent. Not to mention with us no longer being in region we would be the "far away hard target" with a THAAD compared to the close and soft ROK and Japan targets.

    Now there is going to be a lot of trade-offs. Japan militarism would be almost guaranteed to come back, however, their demographic problems are going to greatly hurt/prevent it from being too aggressive. South Korea would probably go through a lot of social upheaval (possibly an overthrow of their government and fall back into dictatorship), as their entire "ivory tower" setup would fall down overnight. China too, would actually have to live with the consequences of their decisions. Now on our side the press would lay the "Guilt Trip Narrative" on thick saying we should not of done it. We should of stayed and kept getting "milk" for the "common good" or something like that. Though, as a US citizen who was both in the military and did a lot of traveling. It would be nice for those other nations that like to complain about our presence fully understand, what the benefits of us being there were. Since once we leave it is not going to all "sunshine and rainbows."

    DanF says:     
    July 11, 2017 at 4:07 pm GMT

    ” Because as I said negotiations have no track record of success, so even if we leave the problem does not go away. ”

    These “negotiations” had no chance of success because the US was not willing to take its nukes out of the region. It was never a serious negotiating partner. The reason is that it wants to surround China and Russia and Korea is right hard up against both.

    Yes, Korea is sitting on some interesting mineral deposits and its banks do not conform to what the IMF and the Fed want but these are minor details. The major purpose of the US being in South Korea has nothing to do with North Korea.

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  • @anon
    In a word, no.
    The fact that anti-ballistic missile defense systems aren't perfect doesn't mean they aren't the answer.
    They are.
    Realistically, it isn't possible to stop nations from gaining nuclear technology.
    And realistically, we can't trust our safety to a North Korean regime. There is nothing about that country's leadership which lends itself to respectable diplomacy.
    We should be fairly quiet and work hard to make sure our defensive military technology can take out any missiles N. Korea may someday wish to fire. That is feasible, and it's the only effective solution to the problem.

    Letter 1
    anon says:
    “realistically, we can’t trust our safety to a North Korean regime. There is nothing about that country’s leadership which lends itself to respectable diplomacy.
    We should be fairly quiet and work hard to make sure our defensive military technology can take out any missiles N. Korea may someday wish to fire. That is feasible, and it’s the only effective solution to the problem.”

    Let’s look at this from a North Korean perspective. They might quite well say:
    “Realistically, we can’t trust our safety to the US regime. There is nothing about that country’s leadership which lends itself to respectable diplomacy, as witness what happened to Iraq and Syria and Libya.
    We should be fairly quiet and work hard to make sure our offensive military technology can make any missiles the USA may someday wish to fire unbearably expensive to them. That is feasible, and it’s the only effective solution to the problem.”

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  • It is one of the great ironies that the United States, a land mass protected by two broad oceans while also benefitting from the world’s largest economy and most powerful military, persists in viewing itself as a potential victim, vulnerable and surrounded by enemies. In reality, there are only two significant potential threats to the...
  • @Michael Kenny
    Finally somebody in the US seems to have actually read Trump’s Warsaw speech! It was, of course, a rather hilarious Hollywood-kitsch version of European and Polish history and it was almost entirely an anti-Russian diatribe. Poles know that the only alternative to the EU and NATO is the return of the Russian tanks. What the Poles wanted to know, therefore, was whether Trump would defend them, and their close cousins, the Ukrainians, against Putin and Trump seemed to be saying yes. Great, but what is Trump’s word worth? He says everything and the contrary of everything and he may well have told Putin the very opposite of what he told the Poles. As John McCain said recently, watch what he does, not what he says. The Russian Federation does indeed have national interests and they must be “appreciated and respected” but, as Mr Giraldi points out, so does every other country, in this particular case, Ukraine. Putin cannot define Russia’s “national interests” as including the right to violate the sovereignty of Ukraine or any other country. Europe put all that behind it in the Helsinki Final Act, which Putin has effectively scrapped. Thus, the first step for other countries to “appreciate and respect” Russia’s national interests is for Russia to do the same in regard to other countries, in particular Ukraine.

    Michael Kenny
    July 12th
    “Putin cannot define Russia’s “national interests” as including the right to violate the sovereignty of Ukraine or any other country.”
    Presumably the same goes for the USA? Is sauce for the Kosovoan Goose not sauce for the Crimean Gander? Did the USA have the right to violate the sovereignty of the 50 or so countries that it has “brought Freedom and Democracy” to since WW2.
    Does the USA have a right to demand “rights of self protection” in Syria? (Where it is supporting rebels against the government.) How does that square with Helsinki?

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  • @Paul2
    I have read enough of it to see that it is a rather ridiculous something.

    It is not a criminalistic report. It is not scientific report. It is written like a novel !

    I mean just look at the TOC. Is that how you expect a report on the largest crime in the history of the US be structured?

    The commission report is ridiculous and basically just obfuscation, IHMO. It even starts with “we present the narrative”.

    Also, do you believe any of the stuff in the report?

    -- Why is the collapse of WTC7 omitted?
    -- Why is all the evidence regarding explosions in the WTC omitted?
    -- What about the passport of Satam al Suqami? Do you believe that the his passport could be found unsinged after the plane had crashed into the WTC and exploded? Really?

    None of the really important basic investigative questions is answered in an acceptable manner.

    The first question should have been: What happened?

    For example: How did the buildings collapse? Why did they collapse in constant acceleration and even free fall speed? Why were they pulverized? Why were there fires on Ground Zero for months? Why were there such a high temperatures during the “collapse”? Etc.

    Also:
    Why was the steel illegally removed? Why was testing for explosives omitted illegally? Why did the BBC announce the collapse of WTC 7 before it had actually collapsed? Etc. etc.

    For more info:

    http://rethink911.org/evidence-building-7-twin-towers/#pagecontent

    http://911speakout.org

    http://www.consensus911.org

    A very interesting contribution to the debate on how the WTC and the other buildings collapsed into the ground, why the fires burned for weeks after, how the buildings were pulverized and various other mysteries is given in a YouTube piece called “The third Truth”.

    Whether it is factual or simply a phantasy, I have no way of knowing, but I think it is worth considering. It seems to explain quite a lot that other explanation do not.
    Improbable? Yes, indeed! But then how “probable” was 9/11?

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    I have not seen all of that 4 hour discussion but IMHO the hypotheses of Khalezov are *not* very plausible.

    If one looks at the video footage of the “collapses” of WTC 1 and 2, one can clearly observe squibs and other explosions that seem to be timed. This points towards a controlled demolition. Also very heavy parts of the outer steel structure are very forcibly ejected laterally or even upwards so there must have been explosions at many different height levels of WTC 1 and 2.

    In the case of WTC 7 the hull is basically intact and stays intact as the building collapses into its own footprint. I do not believe that this can be done with one underground explosion. Instead look again at the video footage: The collapse of WTC 7 looks like a *textbook* controlled building demolition.

    When I saw the footage of the collapse only three years ago I immediately supposed that is was a demolition and when I was told that that collapse had taken place on 9/11 I knew there was something very fishy with the official 9/11 story. Also I asked myself why had not seen the collapse in the media and why it was not discussed there. (Hint: Forget about the mainstream media, they are a tool of brain washing and war propaganda.)

    Also researchers have analysed dust from 9/11 and have found a lot of stuff that could well be decomposition product of Thermite and they even found unreacted Nano-Thermite particles.

    So we do not have to speculate wildly about nuclear underground explosions or “directed energy weapons” or any of that stuff. Just take the evidence: video footage, witness accounts, environmental data. And IMHO one ends up with the controlled demolition hypothesis. Details are unknown, of course, but that is the only explanation that fits the known evidence and the established laws of physics and known technology.

    Then you can go criminalistic and research for motives, means, opportunity, foreknowledge, who benefits, personal ensnarements etc. Then you will find for example Ace Elevator and other interesting companies...
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  • Asia has been the future for more than a generation. When Americans try to glimpse what’s to come, images of the Pacific Rim flood the imagination. For movie audiences in 1982, the rain-soaked Los Angeles of Blade Runner looked like downtown Tokyo. By 2014, the City of Angels in the Spike Jonze film Her had...
  • @Randal
    Lots of good stuff here, mixed in with lots of boilerplate leftism and the usual Trumpophobic nonsense.

    The most egregious misdirection is probably the nonsense about Japan's (and other Asian countries') shrinking populations as a supposed economic catastrophe.

    In an era of ever increasing automation and likely shrinking employment together with ever present environmental concerns, reducing the high population densities achieved in the C20th is surely a good thing overall. (As long as policymakers aren't so stupid as to import en masse troublesome communities of culturally and racially distinct people to try to make up the numbers - but surely no remotely responsible government would ever authorise such a suicidally irresponsible policy!)

    It's a basic error of course to take a current trend and extrapolate it to some future zero point, as the author above does with Japan's population, but if there are real concerns about declining population then the answer is to institute state policies to increase birth rates, as draconian and/or costly as the a situation requires (and if necessary raise retirement ages to reflect longer healthy lives). There's no reason to suppose significant increases in indigenous birth rates couldn't be induced, given the effort. The only thing stopping it is ideological - that such objectives are invariably hysterically opposed as "fascist" by people with ulterior ideological motives for wanting to promote mass immigration instead.

    But given a choice Japan's "crisis" is infinitely preferable to our "solution".

    One of the major constraints on the reproduction of Europeans and I would guess that of USAmericans, is the fact that over my lifetime we have gone from a situation where it was possible for a family to exist and reproduce on the husband’s wage alone; to a situation today where even a family with two relatively well paid adults, cannot see how they can afford a child, let alone, children!

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    The source of the trouble is the 1% and they induced obfuscate ideology, free market capitalism.
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  • It is not an easy task for someone without a background in Chinese culture, including the language and the history, to write about this country. However, this becomes necessary when looking at the Chinese view of the outside world and especially when writing about the emerging Russo-Chinese alliance. There is very little doubt anymore about...
  • @Thorfinnsson
    I am wondering if there are more critical missing components in China's military-industrial complex other than the much trumpeted example of jet engines.

    For instance in the civilian sector much noise was made by party officials about China's inability to produce ball point pen balls and sockets--something China finally succeeded at this year after a decade. Equally odd to the jet engine debacle considering the ball point pen was invented in 1940.

    Likewise, while China produces half of the world's steel and exports steel equivalent to the second rung producers (Japan, Russia, USA, India), the country is also the world's largest importer of specialty steels.

    While China is by far the world's largest producer of machine tools, it bizarrely continues to produce manual machine tools which as far as I know are not even made in any other country anymore. The top tier machine tool producers are located in Japan, Germany, and Italy (South Korea is catching up fast, and while the USA is a laggard we do have Haas).

    There may be many other such areas that we're largely unaware of. Of course this is "normal" for a country at China's stage of development, and China is far more technically advanced than any other country I'm aware of with a comparable level of per capita income.

    Of course in a war what's easier--import substitution for small volume high technology manufacturing, or reconstructing entire industrial sectors more or less from scratch?

    No Western country at all for instance has much shipbuilding capacity to speak of, and "low-value" activities such as final assembly and textile sewing are nearly completely gone.

    Combatant countries on both sides in the World Wars were effective at import substitution.

    In the First World War Britain created a chemicals industry from scratch, and Germany mastered the Haber-Bosch process to synthetically produce explosives (and fertilizer). In the Second World War the USA created the world's largest tin smelting industry from scratch and a massive synthetic rubber industry. Germany in turn was able to satisfy two-thirds of its fuel needs from synthetic fuels by 1944.

    High technology manufacturing can of course be substituted with less advanced manufacturing in many areas. Manual machine tools still work (especially when you have the world's largest population), and lower quality steels can substitute for high-strength materials at the cost of greater bulk.

    Meanwhile how long would it take to create massive shipbuilding capacity in the United States or Europe?

    Much is made of the march of technology and the Revolution in Military Affairs, but in a new war between great powers many of the critical industrial categories would remain the same as the Second World War. Iron & steel, oil & oil refining, metalworking industries, and chemicals (i.e. explosives). China has a massive lead in three of the four categories.

    “While China is by far the world’s largest producer of machine tools, it bizarrely continues to produce manual machine tools which as far as I know are not even made in any other country anymore. The top tier machine tool producers are located in Japan, Germany, and Italy (South Korea is catching up fast, and while the USA is a laggard we do have Haas).”

    Surely the reason that China is producing manually controlled machine tools is that there is a market for them. Not only, no doubt in China, but worldwide. DIYers cannot afford computer controlled machine tools. Even though the Chinese have succeeded in bringing the prices of such down, they are still thousands of pounds more than manually controlled ones.

    Besides that, programming a machine tool is worth while if you want to make many of the same object, but if you need one of something it is a waste of time, and needs skills which a lot of small businesses and DIYers do not have.

    Then again, if a numerically controlled m/c goes wrong it takes a level of skill and or components, which is/are relatively rare and expensive to put it right. A manually controlled machine is impossible to hack into and much less likely to break down due to power surges.

    I do not know how far China is planning for another invasion, but were they to be invaded manual tools would be useful behind enemy lines long after the digitally controlled ones had broken down.

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  • As a rule I try to see my glass half-full, leaving the half-empty one to other fellows. And now there are some good reasons for an eternal optimist to stick to his positive schedule. Though it tarried, the summer has come, after all, to the North. The skies are blue, the grass is green and...
  • @Miro23

    Harold Wilson was a pragmatist, not a socialist/Marxist. During his years in office Wilson had to deal with powerful unions that obstructed most measures of industrial rationalization.
     
    Maybe he wasn't a Marxist but he was a fine example of that strange stuffy pipe smoking sort of post war British leftist intellectual in tweeds promulgating the unquestionable truths of "Scientific Socialism". I had to sit through one of his speeches in Sheffield England.

    It's true that the unions had a vice grip on UK politics at this time and Wilson (Labour) and Heath (Conservative) were incapable of dealing with it.

    The sterling devaluations during Wilson’s premiership were consistent with the policy of full employment, which was largely achieved, and with it, general prosperity.
     
    Great Britain was an internationally acknowledged economic disaster plagued by strikes, "work to rule", closed shops and antiquated factories . With out of control public spending, the government couldn't fund the PSBR (Public Sector Borrowing Requirement) which led straight to the 1976 collapse of Sterling. I was in the middle of all this and it wasn't any kind of "general prosperity" - more like an anarchic nightmare.

    Bondholders took massive losses and Sterling also (finally) lost its partial role as a Reserve Currency with OPEC balances migrating to the Dollar.

    Hence Britain’s unreconstructed business sector was relentlessly impeded by powerful, often Communist-dominated unions over which Wilson’s government had minimal control since it depended on them for electoral and financial support.
     
    He didn't have it in him to fight them.

    Two other factors impeded Wilson in particular and Britain’s prosperity in general: abysmal British management, mostly by amateurs trained by public schools to despise workers and with very little formal knowledge of any sort of science or knowledge of the work they were ‘controlling’ and the BoE which was constitutionally opposed to any sort of “Socialism”.

    Oh yes! He also had the distraction of fighting off a coup d’état organised by MI5! (At least if Peter Wright is to be believed.)

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  • All over America, I’ve seen posters warning against drug addictions. In Cheyenne, it’s “METHAMPHETAMINE / Don’t live this tragic story.” A few blocks away, I stepped over used needles on the sidewalk. In Buffalo, it’s an image of a beer bottle and a pill bottle, with “HEROIN addiction starts here...” Appended to it was a...
  • woodNfish says:     
    June 30, 2017 at 6:43 pm GMT

    There is another, perhaps more important reason to end the prohibition of drugs and the counterproductive, evidently unwinnable “War on Drugs”, and that is that this prohibition, like the prohibition of alcohol in the 1920s, hands a huge financial source to Organised Crime.

    This is so obvious that I am inclined to think that it was done deliberately.

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  • From Quartz: MIT is “fixing” the low graduation rate in its low-income, LGBT-friendly dorm by kicking everyone out Jenny Anderson June 15, 2017 Senior House, a dorm beloved by many underrepresented minority groups at MIT, has been described many ways: free-wheeling, experimental, diverse, inclusive—and, in the words of one former student, in constant violation of...
  • @syonredux

    Who is higher on the totem pole, blacks or gays?
     
    Gay Blacks?

    I heard a long time ago that it was gay, black, Roman Catholic, Jews.

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    Not too many Catholic Jews.
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  • When we think about terrorism we most often think about the horrors of a Manchester-like attack, where a radicalized suicide bomber went into a concert hall and killed dozens of innocent civilians. It was an inexcusable act of savagery and it certainly did terrorize the population.What is less considered are attacks that leave far more...
  • I think Ron Paul’s heart is in the right place but he is looking in the wrong direction. The only way I can make sense of the scene is that we have a society which is basically split into ruling classes and the rest.
    The ruling classes know their history relatively well, and know that a good many times in the past, the ruled have revolted, overthrown their rulers, and treated them more or less roughly. They do not wamt it to happen to themselves. Hence they want private armies (aka “Security Companies” such as G4S, Blackwater (or whatever is is called now)) gated communities and secure condominia. This however is not enough, they also need money; and arms are, it seems, always saleable, provided there is trouble. So, buy shares in arms companies, set the CIA and the like onto causing trouble and the arms sales go up. Then the ‘Security’ services also need money, so stage a few “Terrorist Outrages” and you can achieve several worthwhile objective at one stroke. One can increase the level of surveillance, one can get more funding from the population for “Security”, one can get more money for fighting terrorist overseas and best of all onne can remove legal protection and civil rights from the population all with hardly a squeak of protest! On top of all that, if anyone does protest, one can accuse them of “being soft on Terrorism”! (Cf Jeremy Corbyn.) which, with a scared population should mean political death to the accused.

    The ruling classes’ apparent paranoia maybe based on more information than is available to me or perhaps the Secret services feed them false information as a way of keeping the funds flowing in.

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  • In all the political drama taking place in the US as a result of the attempted color revolution against Trump, the bigger picture sometimes gets forgotten. And yet, this bigger picture is quite amazing, because if we look at it we will see irrefutable signs that the Empire in engaged in some bizarre slow motion...
  • @Sparkon
    My approach is to keep reading, even when I encounter red flags like non-standard punctuation, misspelling, or statements with which I may disagree.* However, I tend to favor writers who can make their points concisely, and cogently, as you did in your closing paragraph.

    Brevity is the soul of more than just wit.

    I must now go OT briefly to comment about the strange punctuation, or typographical convention being used by you and some writers here, including the host, but excluding The Saker.

    I'm talking about this:

    that’s not any kind of *real* money these days.
     
    Where did this originate? We already have italics and bold for emphasis, as well as "quotation marks," and in some places, even underline is possible ('though not here). but this business with the bold asterisks enclosing some bold word or phrase is entirely non-standard usage that I've never encountered anywhere but here at Unz.com.

    It's not only completely non-standard, but eminently cheesy too. I suggest dropping it.

    "Real money," as you used it, was completely clear in its meaning, with no need for the bizarre emphasis, especially with italics, bold, (underline), and quotation marks already present on the standard punctuation palette of good writers.

    Standards matter too. We have them for a reason.

    As we've seen, there is a tendency, especially among younger, less educated writers trying to be cool, to assign new meanings to familiar words, like "sick." Bad English was parading around a few years ago under the euphemism Eubonics, which led to things like "Expect Great," which was, and perhaps still is, the motto of the WNBA. So far, the gals haven't taken up full contact tackle football, but if they do, let me be the first to suggest a grammatically correct motto: "Expect No Babies."

    When it comes to writing, and a "few" other things in life, we will do best to stick with the tried and true.

    If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

    'Especially when it comes to language.

    Else, Babylon.

    I think I have seen *word* in the Independent occasionally

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  • Donald Trump wants to fundamentally change U.S. foreign policy. The President-elect wants to abandon the destabilizing wars and regime change operations that have characterized US policy in the past and work collaboratively with countries like Russia that have a mutual interest in fighting terrorism and establishing regional security. Here's an excerpt from the speech Trump...
  • @alexander
    Mike,

    It is well worth considering the possibility that were our perpetual war making to finally end, our "deep state neocon warmongers " might find themselves on the receiving end of a very robust "reckoning" for the titanic criminal catastrophes they have inculcated.

    Please tell me where is it written that they shouldn't be ?

    The prodigious assault to disinherit President Trump may well reflect not only their contempt at the thought he might be ending their "evil" wars, but the very real fear in their hearts, they may be held to account, for starting them in the first place.

    One cannot overstate the level of absolute impunity our Neocons have enjoyed over the last decade, for committing some of the most horrific crimes the world has seen, since WWII.

    Nor can one discount their imperial need of a win for Queen Hillary as being, first and foremost, a lock on that very impunity.

    Her loss at the ballot box had very little to do with the voters rejection of her projected veneer of "progressive " values, but a frank realization by the electorate that Ms. Clinton was nothing more than a belligerent neocon warmonger in a phony "liberal" pantsuit.

    This "unraveling" has left them all twisting in the wind.

    How could it not ?


    After all, Donald Trump, is a billionaire oligarch who not only wants "peace", but has been highly articulate and cuttingly accurate as to how (and why) our wars have been total disasters.

    This presents quite an unsettling conundrum for all the back room billionaire oligarchs who have always been able to buy their wars...as well as the Presidents ( and the Press ) willing to start them.

    The fact they might, now, find themselves out of their hegemonic "drivers seat"....and in the criminals "hot seat", as targets for "bone-crushing" war crimes tribunals,....... could have them all frantically climbing the walls.

    alexander
    Yes, the same thought had occurred to me that perhaps the astonishingly virulent campaign against Trump was motivated by feat as much as by hate. When you consider how the “Elite” have ripped off millions and murdered millions more, not only around the World but also in the US, there are a lot of crimes to answer for. The failure to get Hillary elected too, must be a shock as big or bigger than the election of Trump, because it represents the failure of the media to fix the election. The Big Media has til now allowed the Deep State (and in Britain the “Establishment”) to get away with having “free & fair” elections and still getting the desired result. It has also allowed them to smother any discussion of anything they did not want discussed by the masses. Clearly the internet has changed that.

    How much the US American’s nonchalence about shooting people against whom he has a grudge, sharpens their fears, I don’t know but it would make me nervous were I in their shoes.

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  • Beginning in 1997, in an English town of more than 100,000 people, eight Pakistani men stood at the core of a group involving as many as three hundred suspects who abused, gang-raped, pimped and trafficked, by the most conservative estimate, well over a thousand of the town’s young girls for years. The police were eventually...
  • @Sandy Berger's Socks
    How many members of the media political class, that are dismissing this as fake news have enjoyed "pizza" at Besta or at a similar place?

    What if criminal deviancy rather than disqualifying a person, is not instead some weird prerequisite for elite status? Don't have to worry about rock throwers if they're inside the same glass house.

    Blackmail seems as good an explanation as any for things like John Roberts sudden change of heart on the constitutionality of the Obama care mandate.

    If in fact making all the “elite” blackmailable is the object of the exercise and at the same time being blackmailable is the requisite entry ticket to the elite, then not all the people taking part in all this sinister deviancy need be actual pedophiles! Some of them could be “merely” psychopaths furthering their careers. (Not that that makes them any better.)

    If this story is what it appears to be – the tip of a very nasty and very large iceberg, then it could be the mechanism by which the “Deep State” keeps its control of the US government. That would make getting an investigation by official investigators going, very difficlt indeed.

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    If in fact making all the “elite” blackmailable is the object of the exercise and at the same time being blackmailable is the requisite entry ticket to the elite, then not all the people taking part in all this sinister deviancy need be actual pedophiles! Some of them could be “merely” psychopaths furthering their careers.
     
    Well, I don't really have anything to contribute to the "Pizzagate" discussion myself, except to say that some of the supposed evidence plus the behavior of the media makes me very, *very* suspicious.

    However, here's a somewhat related paragraph from one of the articles I published a year or two ago:

    An obvious problem with installing puppet rulers is the risk that they will attempt to cut their strings, much like Putin soon outmaneuvered and exiled his oligarch patron Boris Berezovsky. One means of minimizing such risk is to select puppets who are so deeply compromised that they can never break free, knowing that the political self-destruct charges buried deep within their pasts could easily be triggered if they sought independence. I have sometimes joked with my friends that perhaps the best career move for an ambitious young politician would be to secretly commit some monstrous crime and then make sure that the hard evidence of his guilt ended up in the hands of certain powerful people, thereby assuring his rapid political rise.
     
    http://www.unz.com/runz/american-pravda-when-tokyo-rose-ran-for-president/
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  • Commenter anon complains about the poor quality of the hate hoaxers in the fake news: Commenter Ben Tillman responds: It's like the boy who cried "dire wolf." Commenter b.t.o. observes: The key thing is that the hate hoax creators live in the regular bubble….and the long comical history of busted hate hoaxers is about as...
  • “I’ve heard ’9/11 truthers’, many of whom think it was an ‘inside job’, refer to the official story as a ‘blood libel against muslims’”
    Blood libel or not I cannot imagine how anyone can believe the “official” conspiracy theory.

    One of the oddest “alternative explanations” of what happened on 9/11, is in a youtube video called “The Third Truth”. I wonder if anyone amoungst the readers of the Unz Report have any opinions as to its probability of being true?

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  • The DNC 2016 reminded me The Triumph of the Will, the paradigmatic film of Leni Riefenstahl. The fiery oration of “four-star general of the Marine Corps” General (retired) Allen, ready to kick ass of the Russkies, flag-waving, hysterical rhythmical shouts Uoo-eS-Ay, runaway aggressiveness, military pomp and above all exceptionalism of “America is great because America...
  • @RudyM

    US is mum about Japan’s nationalism and reactionary politics(useful as patriotic anger against China), but it pretends that US and Japan are on the same page because both nations have homo ‘pride’ parades. (If Japan is truly right-wing and patriotic, why does it cave to to the homo agenda? Some nationalism!)
     
    I don't think homosexuality has the same historical position in Japan that it did in the formerly Christian west, so I'm not sure there's much contradiction there. Mishima?

    I remember hearing an American, back in the ’70s talking about a trip to Japan with a Japanese friend. At the airport they saw someone (Japanese) who looked to the American as though he were probably homosexual. The American asked his friend “Do you have trouble with homosexuals here?”
    “No.”
    “No homosexuals?”
    “No. No trouble.”

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  • James Jesus Angleton, head of CIA counterintelligence for three decades, long ago explained to me that intelligence services create stories inside stories, each with its carefully constructed trail of evidence, in order to create false trails as diversions. Such painstaking work can serve a variety of purposes. It can be used to embarrass or discredit...
  • @Bill Jones
    The Official Version of 9/11 goes something like this…

    Directed by a beardy-guy from a cave in Afghanistan, ( This well appointed Suite http://www.edwardjayepstein.com/nether_fictoid3.htm according to the London Times): nineteen hard-drinking, coke-snorting, devout Muslims enjoy lap dances before their mission to meet Allah…

    Using nothing more than craft knifes, they overpower cabin crew, passengers and pilots on four planes…

    And hangover or not, they manage to give the world’s most sophisticated air defense system the slip…

    Unfazed by leaving their “How to Fly a Passenger Jet” guide in the car at the airport, they master the controls in no-time and score direct hits on two towers, causing THREE to collapse completely…

    Our masterminds even manage to overpower the odd law of physics or two… and the world watches in awe as steel-framed buildings fall symmetrically – through their own mass – at free-fall speed, for the first time in history.

    Despite all their dastardly cunning, they stupidly give their identity away by using explosion-proof passports, which survive the fireball undamaged and fall to the ground… only to be discovered by the incredible crime-fighting sleuths at the FBI…

    …Meanwhile down in Washington…

    Hani Hanjour, having previously flunked 2-man Cessna flying school, gets carried away with all the success of the day and suddenly finds incredible abilities behind the controls of a Boeing…

    Instead of flying straight down into the large roof area of the Pentagon, he decides to show off a little…

    Executing an incredible 270 degree downward spiral, he levels off to hit the low facade of the world’s most heavily defended building…

    …all without a single shot being fired…. or ruining the nicely mowed lawn… and all at a speed just too fast to capture on video…

    …Later, in the skies above Pennsylvania…

    So desperate to talk to loved ones before their death, some passengers use sheer willpower to connect mobile calls that otherwise would not be possible until several years later…

    And following a heroic attempt by some to retake control of Flight 93, it crashes into a Shankesville field leaving no trace of engines, fuselage or occupants… except for the standard issue Muslim terrorists bandana…

    …Further south in Florida…

    President Bush, our brave Commander-in-Chief continues to read “My Pet Goat” to a class full of primary school children… shrugging off the obvious possibility that his life could be in imminent danger…

    …In New York…

    World Trade Center leaseholder Larry Silverstein blesses his own foresight in insuring the buildings against terrorist attack only six weeks previously…

    While back in Washington, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz shake their heads in disbelief at their own luck in getting the ‘New Pearl Harbor’ catalyzing event they so desired to pursue their agenda of world domination…

    And finally, not to be disturbed too much by reports of their own deaths, at least seven of our nineteen suicide hijackers turn up alive and kicking in mainstream media reports…

    And If you don’t believe this, you are a conspiracy theorist.

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    Bill Jones

    That is the best summary of the official account I have ever read. Congratulations!

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  • @anonymous

    wings would not have enough mass to penetrate
     
    The wings were full of fuel, and the aircraft speed was more than 200 mph.

    “anonymous says:
    July 23, 2016 at 11:56 pm GMT
    @geoshmoe
    wings would not have enough mass to penetrate

    The wings were full of fuel, and the aircraft speed was more than 200 mph.”

    Even at 200 mph jet fuel is not hard enough to destroy concrete, never mind steel.

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  • quercusalba
    “My first and most important question is this: If this was a plot devised by Israelis or some other combination of peoples, who were the people who took over the planes? ”

    I cannot remember where I heard, that there is a good likelihood that the planes did not exist. That is to say that there is no evidence found at the “crash sites” that a plane ever crashed there. (That is to say the “planes” seen flying into the twin towers were holograms.)

    Passports were found in the ruins of the towers but no engines, no undercarriage and no bits of plane that might have been expected to fall into the street when the flimsy airplane crashed into the solid steel and concrete structures.

    In the case of the plane in Pennsylvania there was just a hole in the ground, no plane, no bodies, and no effort to recover any bodies.

    In the case of the Pentagon (well dealt with elsewhere in this correspondence!) there was again no wings, no fire (The smoke was generated by burning the contents of two dumpsters full of oily rubbish.) no undercarriage and the “Plane” made of thin sheet aluminium, punched its way through five steel-reinforced walls without leaving any visible trace of itself. Curious, to say the least.
    As if that were not enough, only two of the airliners are on record as having taken off that morning and one of them did not disappear from the register of flying aircraft until 2003.

    There is a row of shops whose cctv might have recorded “the plane flying into the Pentagon but unfortunately the Israeli company that owned them had turned them off for maintenance that day.

    One of the oddest accounts of the destruction of the towers is in YouTube and is called “The Third Truth”. Whether it is true or another “story within a story” I have no idea but it is fascinating anyway. Well worth a watch.

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