Well, just what the hell do they expect?

So President Trump, after a long conversation with President Erdogan of Turkey, decided to pull US troops back from the area of Syria where Turkey wants to establish a “buffer zone” or “neutral zone”.  In doing so, it may expose some elements of Kurdish forces – elements already recognized by the USA as terrorists – to Turkish retaliation or aggression or whatever you want to call it.  Now, neocons and other right-wing voices are raised in righteous condemnation, calling President Trump’s decision a “betrayal” or a “mistake” or a “blunder” or whatever. Just what the hell did they expect? Would somebody please tell me what, in

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Why can’t – or won’t – the media get their facts straight?

Yesterday saw yet another example of why the mainstream media are destroying their own credibility over their opposition to President Trump.  In this case, it’s Shepherd Smith of Fox News. In a comprehensive, powerful show open on Thursday’s edition of Shepard Smith Reporting, the Fox News anchor spelled out the potential ramifications of President Donald Trump asking China to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden. “The president asked Ukraine and China to investigate his political rival on television for all the world to hear,” Smith said. “Fox News knows of no federal investigation of his rival for any violations of any

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A grim lesson in retirement reality for US states

I’ve warned before about pension shortfalls in the USA, particularly in government pensions.  I’ve also warned about the dangers of too much debt, whether governmental, corporate or personal. Puerto Rico has just become a case study in what happens when the two problems intersect. When [Puerto Rico] declared bankruptcy in 2017, it was the biggest bankruptcy case in US history … So there’s been more than two years of negotiation between bondholders and all the various officials, pensions, unions, etc. And on Friday they announced the deal. Bondholders will take a huge cut of more than 60%. But, as part of

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Money is the problem, not the solution

I noted with some cynicism an article in Rolling Stone titled “Why Can’t California Solve Its Housing Crisis?”  Here’s a brief excerpt. Google recently pledged $1 billion to help ease the Bay Area’s housing crunch — but that sum is only eye-popping until you hear experts explain it would cost $14 billion to execute the company’s vision of building 20,000 homes. Google’s is a well-intentioned gesture, but one that illustrates how the problem facing the Bay Area, and California at large, is much worse than even its brightest minds can comprehend. . . . Four years ago, Liccardo set a

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It’s now very clear – the Ukraine “scandal” is a coup attempt against President Trump

The sheer scale of the malevolence of the Democratic Party and its operatives within the “Swamp” or “Deep State” (call it what you will) in Washington D.C. is staggering.  They’re bound and determined to overturn the result of the 2016 election, and/or to prevent a repeat of it in 2020, by any and all means necessary, including manufacturing fake crises to smear the Trump administration as often as possible.  They’re aided and abetted in this by the mainstream news media, which offers them a compliant, obedient channel to the public, while at the same time suppressing evidence that contradicts their

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Two questions

I’ve been researching the impeachment allegations against President Trump for a couple of hours, to try to get a handle on why the Democratic Party thinks it can impeach him over his conversation with the President of Ukraine. I have two questions.  The way I see it, if neither can be affirmatively answered, then the President has no case to answer.  Instead, as Kimberley Strassel noted this morning, “This is another internal attempt to take out a president, on the basis of another non-smoking-gun.” 1.  The Intelligence Community Whistleblower Protection Act of 1998, and subsequent legislation, specifically reference intelligence operations.  Slate – hardly a

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The impending death of the last shreds of our privacy?

Two reports have made me seriously wonder whether ordinary people care any longer about the last shreds of privacy remaining to them. The first report, ” Silicon Valley’s final frontier for mobile payments — ‘the neoliberal takeover of the human body’ “, examines the use of physical features and attributes as a payment mechanism. Biometric mobile wallets – payment technologies using our faces, fingerprints or retinas – already exist.  Notable technology companies including Apple and Amazon await a day when a critical mass of consumers is sufficiently comfortable walking into a store and paying for goods without a card or device …

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The Ukraine scandal: the Swamp makes another try

One does get very tired of watching the Washington DC “Swamp” at work, along with its mainstream media allies.  In this case, the alleged “scandal” over President Trump “pressuring” Ukraine to investigate former Vice-President Biden’s son for corruption, the storyline being peddled by the mainstream media and the Democratic Party consistently ignores any and all facts that might derail it, if their “investigation” were in any way impartial. Consider these facts, all confirmed and verified from original sources. 1.  Biden does, indeed, face accusations of a conflict of interest for his behavior towards Ukraine during his Vice-Presidency.  He’s openly and blatantly admitted them on television –

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Ebola – are officials concealing its spread?

In a July article about the Ebola crisis in Congo, I wrote: Officials in surrounding countries are terrified of admitting to Ebola cases on their territory, because they may bring with them restrictions on travel, trade, and all sorts of things that may affect their economies – and, consequently, the graft, bribery and corruption they rely on to fill their wallets. Can’t have that interrupted, can we? This is Africa, after all! I hate being right about something so serious – but it looks as if I was. The World Health Organization issued an extraordinary statement Saturday raising concerns about possible unreported Ebola cases in

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Nature, red in tooth and claw

Tennyson’s famous phrase was (and still is) very familiar to those growing up in Africa, and I daresay in places like Alaska and other wildernesses too.  It’s the simple fact of life.  Nature is predatory and ruthless, and almost all animals die through being killed and eaten by others, sooner or later.  Those who die from other causes end up being eaten anyway! I was reminded of that by this photograph, found at SNAFU’s place.  Clickit to biggit. The Nile crocodile is endemic in Africa, with uncounted numbers infesting that continent’s rivers and lakes.  (Some idiot’s even released a few into the wild in Florida!) 

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