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Reader Board owner 04/30/2018 (Mon) 23:01:51 Id: 3aeba1 [Preview] No. 8261 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
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Reader 05/14/2018 (Mon) 06:56:48 Id: 09a2b6 [Preview] No.8361 del
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>this thread

Reader 05/14/2018 (Mon) 12:18:50 Id: fec296 [Preview] No.8362 del
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Considering the fact that the gay nigger spammer obviously originated from /AM/, and I speak coherent English, I really don't have the desire to go there.

Fears Raised After China Begins Building Mass Indoctrination Camps Across America Reader 05/18/2018 (Fri) 20:14:54 Id: 7cf4e8 [Preview] No. 8436 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
As a justification to the fears being raised by the US House Intelligence Committee, who just declared that communist China now poses “a pre-eminent threat to American security and values”, a new Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) report circulating in the Kremlin today is further questioning why the Chinese have begun building mass indoctrination camps throughout the United States modeled on those used in their own country to “culturally cleanse” those not adhering to approved state thought.

According to this report, communist China, home to 20 percent of the world’s population but only 8 percent of the world’s arable land, has gone abroad in search of farmland to feed its over 1.4 billion population—and whose main focus has been on the United States where, by 2014, foreign nations had acquired a staggering 27.3 million acres of American land—and that equals the entire size of the US State of Tennessee.


China’s main focus in land acquisition in the United States, this report details, has been their acquiring massive farms and farmlands that they first began to acquire in the States of California and New York, where they had built up large population centers—and from there have spread out across the United States gobbling up land in Texas, Virginia, Florida, and Indiana—with their further acquiring nearly 80,000 housing units to which they are flooding into some of their top military, intelligence, police and population control experts.


With communist China rapidly accelerating its buying up of nearly every single piece of land in America it can, this report continues, the SVR, in 2013, became gravely alarmed when the Obama regime shockingly allowed the largest Chinese acquisition of an American company to date—which was China’s acquisition of the largest food producer in the US called Smithfield Foods—and whose 146,000 acres of land made the Chinese company WH Group one of the largest overseas owners of American farmland in history.

Formerly known as Shuanghui International Holdings Ltd. when it purchased Smithfield Foods, this report details, the WH Group’s communist ownership of this American food producing giant constitutes one of the gravest national security threats ever faced by the United States—and as detailed by some of America’s top legal and intelligence experts in their scathing report titled PROTECTING NATIONAL SECURITY: HOW THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT PUT OUR NATION AT RISK BY APPROVING THE ACQUISITION OF SMITHFIELD FOODS BY SHUANGHUI INTERNATIONAL — and wherein, in part, they warned:

CFIUS should not have approved the Smithfield-Shuanghui acquisition because of the significant risks the merger posed to United States national security.

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Reader 05/19/2018 (Sat) 18:29:34 Id: d4a100 [Preview] No.8446 del
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Not just Israel. Their people. They run every major media outlet and the majority of social media.
>However we have not (yet) faced foreign slave labor camps over here
Riddle me this. If a major corporation that has squeezed out nearby small businesses only offers minimal part time hours and the locals must take three jobs of the same caliber to support themselves, what is that?

Reader 05/20/2018 (Sun) 00:14:10 Id: 7ed0e5 [Preview] No.8449 del
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White people will perform a coup in America. It will be horrifically bloody but everyone in our sites will know they had it coming. Sikh tries to say Osama Bin laden and the Sauds are nothing like him. Asian over here says asia is good, negro worthless over there says he is just a victim of society. When the war begins all of these will have two choices: Run or Go down the hole. Peace favors the weak and the thieves. Whereas war calls the noble forward. White people are under attack and when we get pissed off, we will fucking mow these motherfuckers down with tanks. Chinese people buying shit, they can't defend it and they know the Chinese are the beggars of this world. Obama is a shithead to even give the Chinese anything at all. Look at their cowed Marxist population allowing such a shit regime to rule them. Working their 20 hour days, ha ha what the fuck do they know about controlling anything at all?! They are ruled by the scum of their own neighborhoods. Americans are not we still own our neighborhoods though some neighborhoods are lost to us, those we will just string barbed wire around with armed guards happy to plink people approaching us. Air power is also on our side, any mobs of douchebags will be meat baking in the open sun two seconds after they push us too far. We run air force bases, literally. The Chinese are being tolerated patiently, nothing more.

Reader 05/20/2018 (Sun) 14:33:17 Id: 456ba2 [Preview] No.8452 del
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If your in the military, could you please request the USAF to stop spraying toxic chemicals like aluminum oxide and barium salts all over us? If they are on 'our side' why are they trying to kill us off slowly and destroy farmer's crops all over America?

Reader 05/20/2018 (Sun) 17:20:07 Id: f951cb [Preview] No.8455 del
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I am not in the military but they understand and know me through my IP based work. Your comments are valid. I can tell you that this air force base will fight with that air force base, in the context you speak of. That aFB is willing to use chem weapons, this AFB is not. Thus will command chain quickly anuff out those who have been doing wrong as you speak of. Depop is not a good nationalist agenda. However I can tell you first hand you do not need farmers, it is childishly simple to grow a garden and to protect it, if one moves to the rural, which is where the survivors and good people will be, since those people already have decent social capital and constructs with one another. I have corn, snap peas, lettuce tomatoes onions broccoli melons all growing right now in the sun which I grew from seeds literally in the light I use in my bathroom. Most dipshits and dumbfucks wouldn't like to include farming in their daily life but once these people are all dead, folk like me who are growers and wood stove users and of course, master hunters, will be able to build quickly. All the knowledge has been given to humans, only good can win now, evil wanted to control knowledge. Evil will bring many millions of dead to their graves because they did not prelocate and did not learn sustainable personal life in the wild among other humans. They hold no social capital. I hope this helps you. Look down for your salvation not up.

Reader 05/20/2018 (Sun) 17:25:24 Id: d4a100 [Preview] No.8457 del
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>implying the military isn't fighting for Israel's agendas, after Afghanistan and Iraq wars 1 & 2
+ the current cabinet's constant shilling against NK, Iran and Syria, Israel's enemies, as well as frequently attending butt-kissing sessions at AIPAC. You can't trust the military any more than freemasons. They aren't "muh independent white people bases", and only follow the orders of international jewry.

Despotic Traitors Face Lawsuits And Rebellion In Boulder City Colorado For Violating 2nd Amendment Rights Reader 05/17/2018 (Thu) 22:17:23 Id: 0c1a12 [Preview] No. 8413 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]

The Boulder City Council unanimously passed a sweeping gun control ordinance Tuesday night banning legal semi-autos and bump stocks, even as a pro-Second Amendment group threatened to retaliate by suing individual councilmembers.

In a surprising turn, one Colorado councilwoman admitted that she disagreed with the ordinance "in many ways," saying it would invite a flood of litigation -- despite voting for it.

The city defines assault weapons as "semi-automatic firearms designed with military features to allow rapid spray firing for the quick and efficient killing of humans."

Included in the definition are "all semiautomatic action rifles with a detachable magazine with a capacity of twenty-one or more rounds," as well as "semiautomatic shotguns with a folding stock or a magazine capacity of more than six rounds or both."

"We're going to see a lot of court cases coming before us" Boulder City Councilwoman Mirabai Nagel admits.

As usual - as not to upset other officials in power - law enforcement and military personnel are exempted from the ordinance.

During the public comment period for the legislation, the nonprofit Mountain States Legal Foundation promised to sue the city for "violations of the Second, Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendments," as well as the Colorado Constitution, Fox's KDVR-TV reported.

A staff attorney for the group, Cody Wisniewski, said that individual councilmembers would be named in the lawsuit, according to the network.

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Reader 05/18/2018 (Fri) 09:42:02 Id: 9f4ce6 [Preview] No.8420 del
They can't do it at the national level so they'll try doing at the local. We need to beef up our efforts to defeat them legally in the courts, and if all else fails simply refuse to obey their unconstitutional dictates completely. I will not give up my guns.

Reader 05/19/2018 (Sat) 19:06:13 [Preview] No.8447 del
>(((Mirabai Nagel)))

Reader 05/19/2018 (Sat) 20:05:06 Id: 1cc108 [Preview] No.8448 del
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Is she jewish? Where'd you get that information?

Reader 05/20/2018 (Sun) 17:11:07 [Preview] No.8453 del
Nagel is a jewish name.

Reader 05/20/2018 (Sun) 17:17:44 Id: 1cc108 [Preview] No.8454 del
Her name is Nagle. You keep saying Nagel. I'm not against further evidence, but jewish surnames are typically stolen. Accusations are frequently leveled against German surnames adopted by jews. More evidence is needed.

Cambridge Professor Outed As FBI Informant Inside Trump Campaign Reader 05/20/2018 (Sun) 14:10:28 Id: 68da7a [Preview] No. 8450 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
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A Cambridge professor with deep ties to American and British intelligence has been outed as an agent who snooped on the Trump presidential campaign for the FBI.

Multiple media outlets have named Stefan Halper, 73, as the secret informant who met with Trump campaign advisers Carter Page and George Papadopoulos starting in the summer of 2016. The American-born academic previously served in the Nixon, Ford and Reagan administrations.

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“George, you know about hacking the e-mails from Russia, right?” the professor pressed Papadopoulos when they met, according to reports — a reference to Trump’s campaign-trail riffs about Hillary Clinton’s private e-mail server.

Sources close to Papadopoulos told NBC News that he now believes Halper was working for an intelligence agency.

Highly detailed descriptions of the FBI informant in Friday reports in The New York Times and Washington Post pegged Halper in all but name. Outlets including NBC and Fox News subsequently connected the dots. The revelation confirms a March report in the Daily Caller that outlined Halper’s repeated meetings with Papadopoulos and Page.

It is not clear if the professor was paid to speak with Trump campaign figures, but public records show that he has received large payments from the federal government in the last two years.

The Department of Defense’s Office of Net Assessment — a shadowy think tank that reports directly to the secretary of defense — paid Halper $282,000 in 2016 and $129,000 in 2017.

Halper has close personal and professional ties to the CIA reaching back decades. He is the son-in-law of a former deputy director of the agency and worked on the 1980 presidential campaign of George H.W. Bush, who had served as CIA director.

When Bush became Ronald Reagan’s running mate, Halper was implicated in a spying scandal in which CIA officials gave inside information on the Carter administration to the GOP campaign.


Another False Flag Attack? School Shooting In Texas Kills 10, Killer's Props & Facebook Found! Reader 05/18/2018 (Fri) 18:15:55 Id: 912365 [Preview] No. 8433 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
Another False Flag Attack? School Shooting In Texas Kills 10, Killer's Props & Facebook Found!

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Reader 05/18/2018 (Fri) 19:47:19 Id: 912365 [Preview] No.8435 del
I think they just want as much fear and emotion stirred up as possible to boost this civil disarmament agenda. Keep calm, remain armed, our enemies will lose eventually.

Reader 05/18/2018 (Fri) 20:32:18 Id: 412f5f [Preview] No.8438 del
if anyone of you faggots ever does a killing spree
please do us a favor and convert to islam and claim you did it in the name of feminism and gender equality and lgbt rights. And becauase of the pay gap between genders.
This would be gr8 keks for a while

Reader 05/18/2018 (Fri) 22:12:34 Id: d0169d [Preview] No.8439 del
I do not think anyone here would do that. Why would we do something like that? 99.999% of Americans who own arms simply want to DEFEND THEMSELVES from these kinds of mentally disturbed psychos.

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>please do us a favor and convert to islam
Why, because converting to judaism would make you look bad?

Reader 05/19/2018 (Sat) 17:00:14 Id: 10d777 [Preview] No.8444 del
I consider a lot of Muslims and Jews to be psychos really, not all of them, but a lot of them. One one side (jews) you have very paranoid, obsessive and greedy cult worship and endless kvetching about being victims (while they openly lobby and consolidate power for their own special interests all around the world!)... and on the other side (muslims) we see them invading other countries trying to set up their damn inhumane Sharia Law everywhere, complaining about 'Islamophobia' while they openly rape innocent people and throw chlorine/ammonia mixtures into the faces who disobey their dictates.

Both sides are pretty fucking psycho and to tell you the truth I hope Iran and Israel both nuke each other off the planet already.

Trump Gives Merkel Ultimatum: Drop Russian Gas Pipeline Or Trade War Begins Reader 05/17/2018 (Thu) 23:14:08 Id: d745a3 [Preview] No. 8415 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
It became clear just how important it is to the US for Russia's Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project to fail two months ago when, as we described in "US Threatens Sanctions For European Firms Participating In Russian Gas Pipeline Project", the U.S. State Department warned European corporations that they will likely face penalties and sanctions if they participate in the construction of Russia's Nord Stream 2 on the grounds that "the project undermines energy security in Europe", when in reality Russia has for decades been a quasi-monopolist on European energy supplies and thus has unprecedented leverage over European politics, at least behind the scenes.

“As many people know, we oppose the Nord Stream 2 project, the US government does,” State Department spokeswoman, Heather Nauert said during a late March press briefing adding that "the Nord Stream 2 project would undermine Europe's overall energy security and stability. It would provide Russia [with] another tool to pressure European countries, especially countries such as Ukraine." And speaking of Ukraine, recall that in 2014, shortly after the US State Department facilitated the presidential coup in Ukraine, Joe Biden's son Hunter joined the board of directors of Burisma, Ukraine's largest oil and gas company. Surely that was merely a coincidence.

Nauert also said that Washington may introduce punitive measures against participants in the pipeline project - which could be implemented using a provision in the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA).

Fast forward to today, when the dreadfully named CAATSA act just made a repeat appearance; around the time Europe made it clear it would openly defy Trump's Iran sanctions, the WSJ reported that Trump told Merkel that if she wants to avoid a trans-Atlantic trade war, the price would be to pull the break on Nord Stream 2, according to German, U.S. and European sources.

The officials said Mr. Trump told German Chancellor Angela Merkel in April that Germany should drop support for Nord Stream 2, an offshore pipeline that would bring gas directly from Russia via the Baltic Sea. This would be in exchange for the U.S. starting talks with the European Union on a new trade deal.

While it had long been suspected that Trump would push hard to dismantle Nord Stream 2 just so US nat gas exporters could grab a slice of the European market pie, the aggressive push comes as a surprise, and as the WSJ notes, "the White House pressure reflects its hard ball tactics on trade, moves that have contributed to rising tensions between Europe and the U.S. and raised fears in export-dependent Germany of a tit-for-tat on tariffs that could engulf its car industry."

The Nord Stream II (or NS2) project was started in 2015 is a joint venture between Russia's Gazprom and European partners, including German Uniper, Austria's OMV, France's Engie, Wintershall and the British-Dutch multinational Royal Dutch Shell. The pipeline is set to run from Russia to Germany under the Baltic Sea - doubling the existing pipeline's capacity of 55 cubic meters per year, and is therefore critical for Europe's future energy needs.

NS2 is the second phase of an existing pipeline that already channels smaller amount of gas from Russia to Germany. Construction for the second phase started this week in Germany, after investors committed €5 billion ($5.9 billion) to the venture.

Trump has publicly criticized the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, saying at a meeting with Baltic State leaders at the White House this year that “Germany hooks up a pipeline into Russia, where Germany is going to be paying billions of dollars for energy into Russia…That’s not right.”

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Yes, but is Trump going to impose sanctions and trade cut-offs?

Reader 05/18/2018 (Fri) 08:50:41 Id: 137cca [Preview] No.8419 del
Its almost as if Trump wants countries to flip East and isolate trade with the US. Perhaps this would be a good idea IF we were still an industrialized nation that were not so reliant on foreign industry. But who knows, this might become the catalyst that forces the USA to re-industrialize in order to compete with the East once again?

Reader 05/18/2018 (Fri) 15:22:13 Id: e054a7 [Preview] No.8427 del
Germany may no longer exist for average Germans within the next 50 years or so, but that country will exist (perhaps as an Islamic state) so who knows what will happen. Their policies could change in the future dramatically but for now Germany will likely flip East as economic buffs such as 'The Golden Jackass' have predicted a while back.

Here is where it gets difficult: what do we in the US mine or produce that Germany actually relies on us for? I can't really name anything off the top of my head. They can still get oil from China or Russia or Iran or elsewhere. They can get rare earth minerals and other resources elsewhere too. We do not have very much to cut Germany off with, other than debt-ridden Treasury Bonds and ironically to the Fed's dismay many countries are starting to liquidate those holdings (because of our fiscal insolvency!!!)

>But who knows, this might become the catalyst that forces the USA to re-industrialize in order to compete with the East once again?

Hard to say for now. We have massive amounts of resources in the US, the only problem is we do not utilize those resources anymore! We keep 90% of the resources we would need to re-industrialize our nation with still in the ground like fools, sometimes our foolish government will sell them off to offshore interests which is also very arrogant and treacherous. We have enough resources to produce hundreds of years worth of energy for the entire US... enough land to feed billions of people on Planet Earth... but we do not utilize it because our government always stands in the way. As long as we have the same government, they rather citizens starve to death under hyperinflation rather than become self-sufficient or productive!

Reader 05/18/2018 (Fri) 15:40:44 Id: 49f232 [Preview] No.8429 del
> this might become the catalyst that forces the USA to re-industrialize in order to compete with the East once again
Obviously that's the plan. Moreover, without a reason, such as this one, it absolutely would not happen. It's not the time to be saying "hmmm, I just dropped out of college, but maybe this will motivate me to actaully take job searching more seriously, if caprice allows".

Reader 05/18/2018 (Fri) 17:17:08 Id: e054a7 [Preview] No.8432 del
Good point. However when we face hyperinflation and the free gibs suddenly stop, mass amounts of armed citizens will start going hungry, either stirring regime change in the US or it will force the current government to evaluate current economic policy - steering major changes which could ignite a rebirth of industrialization/capitalism. I believe the free gibs and welfare handouts are likely keeping many people just comfortable enough not to work, meanwhile the illegal immigrants are being hired instead by the businesses left over from all the years of outsourcing. If the status-quo continues, we would be fucked and so would our government inevitably... if we shift radically we may be able to land in a less turbulent situation, possibly. At this point the damage has long been done, we started outsourcing our industry since the 1980s, so the question is what exactly happens next? Third world hyperinflation and collapse? Debt defaults? Another World War? Martial law declared with some economic crisis leading to re-industrialization? The conclusion is still a mystery but expect at least some turbulence as we hit landing... worst case crash.

Italian's 'Anti-Establishment' Parties Reach Deal, Propose New Currency Plan Reader 05/18/2018 (Fri) 16:12:53 Id: 9a5748 [Preview] No. 8430 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
In 2009/10, squeezed by insolvency, a lack of liquidity, and Federal limitations, the California government began to issue a 'parallel currency' in IOUs in lieu of payment on everything from supplies to contracted services and health-care costs, so it can actually preserve cash to make payments to its generous debtors.

Now, eight years later, despite all the talk of 'recovery' and 'global synchronous growth' and 'normalization', Italy's newly-formed coalition of The League and Five Star (which some have likened to Trumpian 'nationalist' Republicans merging with Bernie leftists) have put forward a plan that, among other things, includes the introduction of a parallel currency for Italy - 'mini-BOTs'.

The chart below, created by analysts at Nomura, shows where both stand on key policy issues, highlighting both their similarities and their differences as they prepare to govern together.

It is the Italian euroskepticism that dominates market concerns. Investors were initially spooked by a section where the nascent coalition floated plans to ask for €250 billion in debt forgiveness for the country. But, as Credit Suisse argued,

"A markedly Eurosceptic prime minister... as well as concrete support for the introduction of a parallel currency (so-called Mini-BOTs'), would be major negatives, in our view."

In order to settle bills with suppliers or creditors the state might consider “instruments such as mini-government notes” which may also be used in turn to repay tax arrears, says the government program agreed by the two parties’ representatives and leaders.

Earlier this year, outgoing Economy Minister Pier Carlo Padoan described the proposal as “a plan to circulate a disguised parallel currency”.

It is this section of the Five Star-League Accord that raised eyebrows...

“Something must be done to resolve the problem of the public administration debts to taxpayers.”

Reader 05/18/2018 (Fri) 16:13:12 Id: 9a5748 [Preview] No.8431 del
Claudio Borghi, the League’s economic chief who helped write the government plan, told la Verita newspaper that the new securities “could be spent anywhere, to buy anything”.

Mike Shedlock previously noted that 'Mini-Bots' are a parallel currency based on future tax receipts, similar to the plans proposed by Yanis Varoufakis in Greece.

The minibot was in the Lega's election manifesto. Five Star is far less radical on the eurozone, having dropped the idea of a referendum, but also seeks changes that are incompatible with the the EU fiscal rules.

A parallel currency stands a much greater chance of success in Italy, and it would go some way to solving the government's fiscal dilemmas. The open question is whether it would constitute a slippery slope towards euro exit.

There are reasons to be skeptical - not least that these notes are likely to be in small denomination and won't be perfectly fungible with bills or cash. It may seem far fetched, and may never come to pass, but that's bound to make investors nervous.

Of course, the question is 'what is a mini-BOT' worth?' For now, it is impossible to tell but we do note that Italy's relative creditworthiness for Euros is about 20-30bps higher than its recent norms...

Finally, we note that while mini-BOTs, for now, are still effectively backed by the full faith and credit of Italy, MishTalk's Mike Shedlock had a suggestion that could really be dramatic...What If Italy's Parallel Currency Was Backed By Gold?

The parties are eurosceptic to varying degrees. Part of their platform includes a Parallel Currency.

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Facebook Partners with Globalist Atlantic Council to Interfere in Elections Around the World Reader 05/18/2018 (Fri) 15:39:05 Id: c8cd62 [Preview] No. 8428 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
Facebook has partnered with the Atlantic Council, whose members include arch-globalists like Henry Kissinger and Dina Powell, to “protect free and fair elections around the world.”

Facebook announced earlier today that the Atlantic Council will provide it with “real-time insights and updates on emerging threats and disinformation campaigns from around the world.”

In other words, Facebook will trust a globalist think-tank to distinguish “disinformation” from the spin and sloganeering that characterize virtually all democratic elections.

Facebook says it will also rely on monitoring teams from the Atlantic Council during elections:

Facebook will also use the Atlantic Council’s Digital Research Unit Monitoring Missions during elections and other highly sensitive moments. This will allow us to focus on a particular geographic area — monitoring for misinformation and foreign interference and also working to help educate citizens as well as civil society.

The thought that a globalist think tank might be biased against certain politicians around the world, and that this might affect their opinion of what counts as “misinformation,” does not seem to have occurred to Facebook.

To cite just one example, the Atlantic Council has branded Hungary’s anti-globalist Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán, as a “far-right autocrat” who runs a “quasi-authoritarian regime that bears little semblance to the democracy that allowed its accession to the EU and NATO”.

Authoritarians who cozy up to the globalist agenda don’t get harsh treatment. The same Atlantic Council that condemned Orbán’s victory hosted Turkey’s President Erdoğan, whose government recently invaded and occupied an independent Kurdish region in Syria, at their international summit in Istanbul last year.


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When All Is Said And Done, The World Will Not Mourn The American Empire's Demise Reader 05/18/2018 (Fri) 11:40:18 Id: 6bbc92 [Preview] No. 8421 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
As I was putting the finishing touches on my new book, the Costs of War Project at Brown University’s Watson Institute published an estimate of the taxpayer dollars that will have gone into America’s war on terror from September 12, 2001, through fiscal year 2018. That figure: a cool $5.6 trillion (including the future costs of caring for our war vets).

On average, that’s at least $23,386 per taxpayer.

Keep in mind that such figures, however eye-popping, are only the dollar costs of our wars. They don’t, for instance, include the psychic costs to the Americans mangled in one way or another in those never-ending conflicts. They don’t include the costs to this country’s infrastructure, which has been crumbling while taxpayer dollars flow copiously and in a remarkably -- in these years, almost uniquely -- bipartisan fashion into what’s still laughably called “national security.” That’s not, of course, what would make most of us more secure, but what would make them -- the denizens of the national security state -- ever more secure in Washington and elsewhere. We’re talking about the Pentagon, the Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. nuclear complex, and the rest of that state-within-a-state, including its many intelligence agencies and the warrior corporations that have, by now, been fused into that vast and vastly profitable interlocking structure.

In reality, the costs of America’s wars, still spreading in the Trump era, are incalculable. Just look at photos of the cities of Ramadi or Mosul in Iraq, Raqqa or Aleppo in Syria, Sirte in Libya, or Marawi in the southern Philippines, all in ruins in the wake of the conflicts Washington set off in the post–9/11 years, and try to put a price on them. Those views of mile upon mile of rubble, often without a building still standing untouched, should take anyone’s breath away. Some of those cities may never be fully rebuilt.

And how could you even begin to put a dollars-and-cents value on the larger human costs of those wars: the hundreds of thousands of dead? The tens of millions of people displaced in their own countries or sent as refugees fleeing across any border in sight? How could you factor in the way those masses of uprooted peoples of the Greater Middle East and Africa are unsettling other parts of the planet? Their presence (or more accurately a growing fear of it) has, for instance, helped fuel an expanding set of right-wing “populist” movements that threaten to tear Europe apart. And who could forget the role that those refugees -- or at least fantasy versions of them -- played in Donald Trump’s full-throated, successful pitch for the presidency? What, in the end, might be the cost of that?

America’s never-ending twenty-first-century conflicts were triggered by the decision of George W. Bush and his top officials to instantly define their response to attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center by a tiny group of jihadis as a “war”; then to proclaim it nothing short of a “Global War on Terror”; and finally to invade and occupy first Afghanistan and then Iraq, with dreams of dominating the Greater Middle East -- and ultimately the planet -- as no other imperial power had ever done.

Reader 05/18/2018 (Fri) 11:40:48 Id: 6bbc92 [Preview] No.8422 del
Their overwrought geopolitical fantasies and their sense that the U.S. military was a force capable of accomplishing anything they willed it to do launched a process that would cost this world of ours in ways that no one will ever be able to calculate. Who, for instance, could begin to put a price on the futures of the children whose lives, in the aftermath of those decisions, would be twisted and shrunk in ways frightening even to imagine? Who could tote up what it means for so many millions of this planet’s young to be deprived of homes, parents, educations -- of anything, in fact, approximating the sort of stability that might lead to a future worth imagining?

Though few may remember it, I’ve never forgotten the 2002 warning issued by Amr Moussa, then head of the Arab League. An invasion of Iraq would, he predicted that September, “open the gates of hell.” Two years later, in the wake of the actual invasion and the U.S. occupation of that country, he altered his comment slightly. “The gates of hell,” he said, “are open in Iraq.”

His assessment has proven unbearably prescient -- and one not only applicable to Iraq. Fourteen years after that invasion, we should all now be in some kind of mourning for a world that won’t ever be. It wasn’t just the US military that, in the spring of 2003, passed through those gates to hell. In our own way, we all did. Otherwise, Donald Trump wouldn’t have become president.

I don’t claim to be an expert on hell. I have no idea exactly what circle of it we’re now in, but I do know one thing: we are there.

In the end, the last empire may prove to be an empire of nothing at all -- a grim possibility which has been a focus of TomDispatch, the website I’ve run since November 2002. Of course, when you write pieces every couple of weeks for years on end, it would be surprising if you didn’t repeat yourself. The real repetitiousness, however, wasn’t at TomDispatch. It was in Washington. The only thing our leaders and generals have seemed capable of doing, starting from the day after the 9/11 attacks, is more or less the same thing with the same dismal results, again and again.

The U.S. military and the national security state that those wars emboldened have become, in effect -- and with a bow to the late Chalmers Johnson (a TomDispatch stalwart and a man who knew the gates of hell when he saw them) -- a staggeringly well-funded blowback machine.


Reader 05/18/2018 (Fri) 11:41:29 Id: 6bbc92 [Preview] No.8423 del
There are good reasons for any good progressive to bemoan the presence of the childish, racist, sexist and ecocidal, right-wing plutocrat Donald Trump in the White House. One complaint about Trump that should be held at arm’s-length by anyone on the left, however, is the charge that Trump is contributing to the decline of U.S. global power - to the erosion of the United States’ superpower status and the emergence of a more multipolar world.

This criticism of Trump comes from different elite corners. Last October, the leading neoconservative foreign policy intellectual and former George W. Bush administration adviser Eliot Cohen wrote an Atlantic magazine essay titled “How Trump Is Ending the American Era.” Cohen recounted numerous ways in which Trump had reduced “America’s standing and ability to influence global affairs.” He worried that Trump’s presidency would leave “America’s position in the world stunted” and an “America lacking confidence” on the global stage.

But it isn’t just the right wing that writes and speaks in such terms about how Trump is contributing to the decline of U.S. hegemony. A recent Time magazine reflection by the liberal commentator Karl Vick (who wrote in strongly supportive terms about the giant January 2017 Women’s March against Trump) frets that that Trump’s “America First” and authoritarian views have the world “looking for leadership elsewhere.”

“Could this be it?” Vick asks. “Might the American Century actually clock out at just 72 years, from 1945 to 2017? No longer than Louis XIV ruled France? Only 36 months more than the Soviet Union lasted, after all that bother?”

I recently reviewed a manuscript on the rise of Trump written by a left-liberal American sociologist. Near the end of this forthcoming and mostly excellent and instructive volume, the author finds it “worrisome” that other nations see the U.S. “abdicating its role as the world’s leading policeman” under Trump—and that, “given what we have seen so far from the [Trump] administration, U.S. hegemony appears to be on shakier ground than it has been in a long time.”

For the purposes of this report, I’ll leave aside the matter of whether Trump is, in fact, speeding the decline of U.S. global power (he undoubtedly is) and how he’s doing that to focus instead on a very different question: What would be so awful about the end of “the American Era”—the seven-plus decades of U.S. global economic and related military supremacy between 1945 and the present? Why should the world mourn the “premature” end of the “American Century”?

Reader 05/18/2018 (Fri) 11:42:16 Id: 6bbc92 [Preview] No.8424 del
It would be interesting to see a reliable opinion poll on how the politically cognizant portion of the 94 percent of humanity that lives outside the U.S. would feel about the end of U.S. global dominance. My guess is that Uncle Sam’s weakening would be just fine with most Earth residents who pay attention to world events.

According to a global survey of 66,000 people conducted across 68 countries by the Worldwide Independent Network of Market Research (WINMR) and Gallup International at the end of 2013, Earth’s people see the United States as the leading threat to peace on the planet. The U.S. was voted top threat by a wide margin.

There is nothing surprising about that vote for anyone who honestly examines the history of “U.S. foreign affairs,” to use a common elite euphemism for American imperialism. Still, by far and away world history’s most extensive empire, the U.S. has at least 800 military bases spread across more than 80 foreign countries and “troops or other military personnel in about 160 foreign countries and territories.” The U.S. accounts for more than 40 percent of the planet’s military spending and has more than 5,500 strategic nuclear weapons, enough to blow the world up 5 to 50 times over. Last year it increased its “defense” (military empire) spending, which was already three times higher than China’s, and nine times higher than Russia’s.

Think it’s all in place to ensure peace and democracy the world over, in accord with the standard boilerplate rhetoric of U.S. presidents, diplomats and senators?

Do you know any other good jokes?

Reader 05/18/2018 (Fri) 11:42:35 Id: 6bbc92 [Preview] No.8425 del
The world can be forgiven, perhaps, if it does not join Eliot Cohen and Karl Vick in bemoaning the end of the “American Era,” whatever Trump’s contribution to that decline, which was well underway before he entered the Oval Office.

Ordinary Americans, too, can find reasons to welcome the decline of the American empire. As Chomsky noted in the late 1960s: “The costs of empire are in general distributed over the society as a whole, while its profits revert to a few within.”

The Pentagon system functions as a great form of domestic corporate welfare for high-tech “defense” (empire) firms like Lockheed Martin, Boeing and Raytheon—this while it steals trillions of dollars that might otherwise meet social and environmental needs at home and abroad. It is a significant mode of upward wealth distribution within “the homeland.”

The biggest costs have fallen on the many millions killed and maimed by the U.S. military and allied and proxy forces in the last seven decades and before. The victims include the many U.S. military veterans who have killed themselves, many of them haunted by their own participation in sadistic attacks and torture on defenseless people at the distant command of sociopathic imperial masters determined to enforce U.S. hegemony by any and all means deemed necessary.


Reader 05/18/2018 (Fri) 11:53:05 Id: db0bbf [Preview] No.8426 del
Wonder who Israel's new war hounding pawns will be?

Trade War: After Cuttings Off US Soybean Purchases, China Increases Soybean Purchases From Russia Reader 05/18/2018 (Fri) 00:33:37 Id: dc2d63 [Preview] No. 8417 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
China has purchased record amounts of soybeans from Russia in recent months amid trade tensions with the U.S., Bloomberg reported.

The world's biggest soybean importer, China has nearly tripled its imports from Russia, according to Bloomberg. Russian trade data show the country sold 850,000 metric tons of soybeans to China between July 2017 and mid-May this year.

The record sales represent more than twice the 340,000 tons sold during the previous growing period.

The move comes amid China's halt on purchases from the U.S., the world's largest producer of soybeans.

China has cancelled multiple U.S. shipments in recent weeks ahead of tariffs, including a 62,690-ton purchase on April 19, Bloomberg reported earlier this month.

China included soybeans on a list of tariffs on U.S. products last month totaling $50 billion, a direct response to the Trump administration's announcement of $150 billion of tariffs against Chinese imports.

China is the second-largest market for U.S. agricultural exports.

While Russia's soybean production makes up less than 1 percent of the amount China imports, the size of soybean plantings in eastern Russia could reportedly expand up to 20 percent in the next two to three years.


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