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McCarthyism Part Deux (or Trois)

If you think about it, McCain is accusing Rand Paul of being mindless, as if Rand were some kind of zombie operating under the control of another (in this case Putin). As if Rand Paul makes decisions “with no justification.”

Is this psychological projection? This is a theory in which humans defend themselves against their own qualities by denying their existence in themselves while attributing them to others.

There is a reason the puppet masters (and I mean those several  levels above the White House) are having McCain – and not one of the other 99 senators – run his own little private, but still loud, House of Un-American Activities Committee.

By occupying patriotic turf, and by wrapping himself in the American flag, McCain is able to fly into Lybia, Syria and other hotspots and convince mainstream media, and most of the public, that hard-core terrorists are really on our side.

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MCain is crucial to the propaganda war running parallel to the war on secular governments in the Middle East.

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I rest my case. On to the next topic.

More McCarthyism

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Before highlighting Senator John McCain’s accusation that Senator Rand Paul is “working for Vladimir Putin,” it is important to note that reasonable people can object to NATO’s continued expansion and even to its existence.

NATO is a relic and a drain on the resources of multiple nations. And considering the Turkish – Syrian border, NATO is actually a potential source of instability.

At issue is NATO’s gobbling up the corrupt nation of Montenegro, which McCain says is “under assault from the Russians.” Wow! He really must miss the glory days of the Cold War – Hungary, etc… Yeah, those were exciting times.

If Sen. Paul walked out without offering up the verbal dissertation McCain wanted, I’m guessing it is because Rand Paul knows it is futile to debate such a hard-core ideologue as McCain. A fanatic.

The real tragedy here is that McCain cannot understand that an all American patriot, such as Rand Paul, can have legitimate objections to NATO including Montenegro; instead, McCain has to insinuate that the Senator from Kentucky is some kind of traitor.

It is McCain, like McCarthy before him, who is behaving in a way that can only be described as “un-American.”

Multi-Speed Europe

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Juncker’s Jalopy

As reported in Zerohedge:

“The Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker, argued in the European Parliament that a multi-speed Europe was the best solution…

The implementation of the multi-speed Europe concept would see some EU countries grow more united on economic and defense matters while allowing other states to catch up later. The «core» EU states could move faster and further in deepening the eurozone and harmonizing their fiscal and social policy.”

How interesting that people are using the word “core” here, which is accurate beyond the concept of “core” being “central.”

International relations, in academia, has what is called “dependency” theory, which was first developed in Latin America and then picked up by Immauel Wallerstein, Fernand Braudel and others.

Dependency theory categorizes geographic zones (not only between nations but within them) into a wealthy and powerful core, a transitionary semi-periphery, and a poor and unstable periphery.

This applies to a multi-speed Europe, where the EU’s only hope (within that model of course) is to fossilize the unequal relationships between core countries like Germany, semi-peripheral ones like Poland, and peripheral ones like the Club Med nations of Greece, Italy, Spain, etc…

Originally, the EU promised everyone that there would be “harmonization upwards,” and that the continent’s evolution would lift up the poorer nations. Now, however, that optimistic vision is being discarded in favor of a more bureaucratic neo-imperialism. We do not know what exactly this future will look like, but it most likely does not involve smiley happy people.

The EU is now paying the price for its earlier duplicitous and sinister behavior. This includes repackaging referendums over and over until certain national populations could be duped into joining. Like a teenage boy in the backseat of a car, the EU did not want to take “no” for an answer.

Then, what was promised as largely economic integration also became political integration, with incremental shifts of power from national capitals to Brussels – the new Rome, or the new Berlin. The EU became a soft Fourth Reich.

How is the EU an experiment in democratization when more and more decisions shift from separate nations to Brussels? And where, once in Brussels, decisions are increasingly made by unelected commissioners? With no possibility of reversing these decisions?

The EU is a globalist experiment in centralization with a pretty face. Although we all witnessed how force – and/or the threat thereof – was used against anti-austerity demonstrators.

A tiny few longtime readers remember my photos from the street demonstrations of Madrid in December of 2012. I then somehow Gumped my way into a meeting of those organizing demonstrations across Spain. There was this sense of the European Union – with the complicity of the Spanish government – asphyxiating Spanish civil society.

By now it is obvious: the European Union is like a poorly-designed car beginning to break down: a Jalopy.

But the owners of the EU do not want to recognize the car’s screeching noise, the banging and clanging, and the grinding of gears. All these problems are now wrapped up in a new term: “multi-speed Europe.”

It’s like what a shady used-car salesman, trying to sell a lemon, would say to an unsuspecting customer: “It’s multi-speed!”

Holland might not go along for the ride. And France, in fact, being a core country in every sense of the word, might soon take the Jalopy to the junk yard. The Juncker yard…

One can hope…

 

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-03-14/goodbye-old-eu-hello-new-multi-speed-europe

China – South Korea Tensions

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In Jeju, an island of South Korea, Chinese tourists normally arrive buy the boatload for fun and shopping.

But now the machinery of tourism has ground to a halt.

As a Shanghai publication reported:

“Tensions are apparently running so high over the installation of the THAAD missile defense system that Chinese tourists don’t even want to visit the South Korea resort island of Jeju anymore.

When a cruise ship docked at the Chinese tourist mecca in the Korea Strait on Saturday afternoon, all 3,400 passengers on board refused to disembark, much to the surprise of the ship’s captain, South Korean customs officials, tour guides and the drivers of 80 tour buses waiting to transport them around the island.”

Photographs with the full story are found here:

http://shanghaiist.com/2017/03/13/chinese_tourists_refuse_jeju.php

 

Holland v. Turkey

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As the Telegraph reported, the name calling between Turkey and the Netherlands, as well as persona non grata declarations for ambassadors, began with this decision:

“Mr Erdoğan reacted furiously to Holland’s decision prevent his foreign minister from entering the country in order to hold a pro-government rally with Turkish citizens living in Rotterdam.”

There seems to be wide support in Holland for this decision. Personally, I think Holland made the right call, because there is nothing in the Vienna Conventions on Diplomatic Relations (1961) that guarantees Turkish government and diplomatic officials be allowed to engage in Dutch politics with mass rallies that foment and incite certain factions.

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The presumtion of the Vienna Conventions (Articles 31 – 39) is that diplomats engage in diplomacy and not in domestic politics, which are not part of their “normal duties” and could even be classified as other “professional activities” (with no more “diplomatic immunity.”)

Imagine, for one moment, if Dutch government officials insisted upon flying to Ankara and leading large anti-Islam public demonstrations. If these Dutch had ever managed to do so, well, we all know what the inside of a Turkish prison looks like, thanks to Midnight Express.

It is inconceivable that the Turkish government would ever grant Dutch officials the same privileges (abuses, really) that they now accuse the Dutch of withholding.

Under “Islamic” leadership, Turkey is retrogressing into another century. As CNN reports:

“Next month, Turkish voters will cast ballots in a constitutional referendum that could change their government structure. If passed, it would transform the country’s parliamentary system into a presidential one, effectively consolidating the power of three legislative bodies into one executive branch under Erdogan.”

Arguably, Islam is incompatible with democratization. Turkey is just the latest case study: Exhibit Y.

Of course, when applied literally, Christianity and Judaism are also incompatible with democracy; fortunately, however, those two religions are weakened by modernization (except perhaps in Israel, where religion still contaminates civil society).

Most Muslims  – especially in the West but also in the Middle East – are secular, and they deserve more respect than they often receive. But significant numers of Muslim immigrants to Europe are indeed dangerous. They want to put Islamic theory into practice, and they keep shouting louder about it.

So Holland did the right thing – unless you prefer to see a Europe where there is capital punishment for insulting Mohammed, where women must wear a veil, and where a portion of women undergo female genital mutilation.

If Turks want to participate in European civilizaiton as Europeans, then is incumbent upon the Turks themselves to de-Islamicize their politics. Europe is not obliged to accommodate backward thinking.

The recent events in Holland will probably benefit the candidacy of Geert Wilders. He can say some wild things sometimes (not that I keep close track of Dutch politics), but he is right in this 1-minute video.

Spot on:

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://legal.un.org/ilc/texts/instruments/english/conventions/9_1_1961.pdf

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/03/11/erdogan-calls-dutch-fascists-row-turkey-netherlands-escalates/

http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/12/europe/turkish-dutch-tensions-increase/index.html

Same Old, Same Old

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There are interesting reports that the US deployed about 100 Army Rangers in Syria, without consulting the UN-recognized government of Syria. That’s technically illegal (breaking international law) in addition to being a bad idea.

If fighting ISIS is the goal, then it would make sense to partner with the forces (Syrian and Russian) making the most successful advances against ISIS in recent months.

Instead, the US will coming at ISIS from the side of “US-backed local forces,” an amorphous blob of anti-Assad rebels who include many jihadists (always have for the past six years). Somehow, the reality on the ground changes before it gets to White House and Defense Department briefing rooms. So Washington is making its decisions based on misinformation and propaganda.

This also raises the question: What is the real American end-game in Syria? Is it the defeat of ISIS or is it the overthrow of Pres. Assad?

It is hard to say because US policy is determined by various interests: White House, the State Department, the Department of Defense, the CIA, etc…

There is also the “deep state,” which is a term recently misused by the White House Press Secretary. This term does not refer to Obama administration holdovers burrowing themselves into government; it refers to the enduring workings of blue-blooded secret societies, death cults, ethnic mafias, and other related factions who are tecnically outside government but with one foot inside it, and who shape policy mostly via blackmail, threats, and intimidation (if asking nicely first does not work).

To my way of thinking, the deep state has duped or suckered a critical mass of the visible state to deploy 100 Americans in Syria. These forces can now be used as bait, which is one option. When American blood is spilled, fingers can be pointed to the Syrian regime. And then the wheels of the global media complex will turn, with a supposedly “nationalist” administration doing the heavy pushing.

The smarter option would be to let Syria and Russia finish off ISIS, as they appear to be months away from securing the entire country. Then the US would enter with large-scare infrastructural reconstruction packages, and with thousands of engineers, builders and technicians. That would really buy the US some political capital in the Middle East.

Instead, we have just more of the same policies that got us into trouble since 2003. Meantime, the Alt-Right media (mostly controlled opposition) is either silent on this Syrian deployment or waving the pom-poms. Infowars went ballistic when Obama sent some military advisors into Syria. Not this time.

A recent quote from Pres. Assad:

“Any foreign troops coming to Syria without our invitation or consultation or permission, they are invaders, whether they are American, Turkish, or any other one. And we don’t think this is going to help. What are they going to do? To fight ISIS? The Americans lost nearly every war. They lost in Iraq, they had to withdraw at the end. Even in Somalia, let alone Vietnam in the past and Afghanistan, your neighboring country. They didn’t succeed anywhere they sent troops, they only create a mess; they are very good in creating problems and destroying, but they are very bad in finding solutions.”

http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/11/middleeast/syria-conflict-isis-us-military/index.html

Photos from UESTC

Photos from a trip to the University of Electronics, Science and Technology of China (UESTC). They have a new museum.

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The next photos from the video are trippy.

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Revamped and Expanding

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China has a 24-hour cable news station, in English, that used to be called CCTV. Several months ago, this staiton got a complete makeover with new studios, new shows, different anchors and a more seamless integration with social media: CGTN (China Global Television Network).

One advantage of this network – compared to CNN and Fox News (which prioritize American events) is that international reporting has a very extensive reach. All kinds of stories are covered that might seem unimportant to some western viewers. But the stories matter, and sometimes they bubble up a few weeks later in western media.

Critics of CGTN claim that the network censors itself or under-reports issues such as Tibet. Perhaps. Although in my opinion, Tibet is not really much of an issue. All is quiet on the Tibetan front…

People in the West, especially the US, criticized China plenty, but it is interesting to keep in mind that support for the government here is much higher, and consensus much broader, than in western systems.

People might be surprised at the amount of open debate on the show, which features all kinds of Chinese and foreign guests, some of them outspoken and critical of specific policies. Reporters also routinely cover issues of corruption, which is being curtailed but persists at local and provincial levels.

Who watches CGTN? In China it is watched by a quite large foreign population and by Chinese intellectuals, but ordinary Chinese people are not watching the English channel. This might be one reason why the debates are rather freewheeling.

The best shows include Dialogue with Yang Rui, The Point with Liu Xin, and Crossover.

In any case it is interesting to see world events from a Chinese perspective.

Here is the CGTN youtube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/user/CCTVNEWSbeijing

 

 

The Three Os

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The latest Wikileaks release is interestingly timed in our timeline.

Just as US domestic politics is heating up with the surveillance issue, Wikileaks releases some documents from its “Vault.” These show the extent of CIA and presumably NSA surveillance: everything digital, essentially.

Of course, there are no analysts hovering over each and every email, phone call, or video from a television. But this digital material can be accessed with a keystroke, and it routinely is. (A warrant is never needed by the true puppet masters, who occupy a place above nationality, above religion, and above open, visible politics. They remain nameless.)

The entire concept of a FISA warrant, and other types of warrants, is a complete charade. It’s for public consumption. It’s to fool people into thinking that there are some kinds of judicial or legislative constraints on who, what, where and when the deep state can monitor. This is why just recently a few FISA requests were rejected: to dupe people into thinking the system has checks and balances. There are no constraints. There are no checks and balances.

Ultimately, perpetually-expanding mass surveillance is not really about national security, although we should be thankful to the low-ranking intelligence officers who try to gain knowledge about potential terrorists and lunatics.

Ultimately, mass surveillance is about serving the interests of a vile cult. For them, their cult is bent on replicating, or duplicating, the Omniscience and Omni-presence of a Creator.

However, this cult replaces the third attribute, Omni-benevolence, with its opposite: Omni-malevolence.

The agenda behind mass surveillance is malevolent because it is ultimately about establishing an Orwellian system of complete and total control. (And just think of the “progress” made in three decades – you’ve come along way, baby!”)

The agenda behind mass surveillance is malevolent because it is about remaining “above,” and “seeing” all human activity, and achieving the capacity to manipulate, divide and conquer, parasite upon, and cull large portions of the human race.

Those who imagine themselves to be Masters of the Universe are really Pawns of the Demiurge.

Someday, perhaps, it will come down to us or them.

Going Down

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Chinese media is reporting an interesting event: the breaking of two world records for activity at the lowest depths of the ocean. As reported in the China Daily:

“China became the first country to collect the artificial seismic stratigraphy of the Challenger Deep, the deepest section of the trench measured at more than 10 kilometers, the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Geology and Geophysics said on Friday. The stratigraphy is used to study the Earth’s movement, layers and geologic history.

Records broken at ocean's lowest depth

China also set a new world diving record for underwater gliders at 6,329 meters with Hai Yi, a glider designed by the academy’s Institute of Automation in Shenyang, Liaoning province, the academy said on Sunday. The previous recorder holder was a US glider at 6,000 meters.

“These experiments prove that China’s deep-sea exploration technologies have reached an advanced level,” the academy said in a statement.

“Data collected from these experiments are invaluable to the study of continental movement and its transformation,” said Qiu Xuelin, a researcher at the academy’s South China Sea Institute of Oceanology.

Both experiments were carried out by Chinese scientists onboard the academy’s Explorer-I TS03 scientific surveying ship. They departed Sanya, Hainan province, en route to the Mariana Trench on Jan 15.

Upon arrival, they deployed 60 ocean-bottom seismometers to collect data for the stratigraphy on Jan 25. Some seismometers had sunk to 10,027 meters, the academy said, which is enough to submerge Qomolangma (8,850 meters), known as Mount Everest in the West.

These instruments can capture sound waves generated by earthquakes or human activities. These waves, combined with the motions of the Earth, can provide details about the geometry of the Earth’s structure, said Wang Yuan, an engineer at the academy’s Institute of Geology and Geophysics.

The glider is an autonomous underwater vehicle designed to survey marine conditions, such as temperature, salinity and currents, across large bodies of water.

Apart from breaking the world record, Hai Yi also completed 12 observation missions across 130 kilometers of water. The data it collected from the abyssal sea is “valuable for oceanologists studying the region”, the academy said.

It took Chinese scientists 13 years to design and build the Hai Yi and its variants, it said, adding that there are more than two-dozen types, covering use in shallow sea, deep sea and abyssal sea.”

 

source: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2017-03/07/content_28456770.htm