who was lying about Dead Ducks: gina haspel, julian barnes or MI6?

can’t get enough of that novichok, novichok, novichok...♫

Oops! New York Times corrects Skripal story, says no ‘dead ducks’ or ‘sick kids’ from ‘Novichok’, 6 Jun, 2019, RT.com

“The New York Times has corrected a report that UK officials had shared photos with the CIA depicting children and animals who’d been exposed to the so-called Novichok nerve agent after coming into contact with the Skripals.

Everyone wants out from under Dollar Hegemony. Nobody can do it. Yet.

It's no secret that much of the world wants to break away from using the U.S. dollar for its overseas trade and financial transactions. It's also no secret that Russia and China have been working together and allocating considerable resources on this project for financial independence since 2009.

Diamond Day

Clio calls.

June 6th, 1944, it was a day. The Longest Day according to some because (of course) advance units were already in motion on June 5th.

I duly bemoan the sad state of Historical Pedagogy (minds out of the gutter folks, could have used "instruction" but I like to be obnoxious) that allows the Atlantic Powers (I'm looking at you England and France too) to imagine that it was in any way (except one I shall mention at the end) pivotal and critical to the defeat of the European Axis Powers.

Nazi Germany was already beaten and had been for years.

Comrades! Allow me to send you greetings from the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, Worker's Paradise! Each Independent Republic is a Representative Democracy of the Proletariat with a delegation in the United Federation. Political Parties? There is only one Political Party, just the way Madison and Jefferson intended.


Perish the thought.

Hot Air

Something to keep in mind…

Planting of corn, wheat, soy has been severely delayed by flooding over vast regions of the most productive farmland in the U.S.

And what has been planted is not growing well:

  • There is simply too much water on the surface,
  • A huge and persistent trough of the jet stream has been stuck over the central US all spring and last winter,
  • Bringing associated low pressure and storms with fire-hose like precipitation,
  • As well as tornadoes, galore.

Paul Beckwith



Getting Back In The Pool

I'm taking the summer off and needed something to do along with the driving lessons I'll be taking, so last Wednesday I decided to try a free workout at the kickboxing inspired 9-Round Gym just down the block from me. By the end of the 9 'rounds' I was hurting quite a bit and was ready to vomit. Reminded me of wrestling season my sophomore year in high school, actually.