The Evening Blues - 11-18-22



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The day's news roundup + tonight's musical feature: Dossie Terry

Hey! Good Evening!

This evening's music features somewhat obscure r&b singer and songwriter Dossie Terry. Enjoy!

Dossie Terry - Railroad Section Man

"Authority, when first detecting chaos at its heels, will entertain the vilest schemes to save its orderly facade."

-- Alan Moore


News and Opinion

US Empire Views Ukrainians And Russians As Lab Rats For Weapons Testing

A surprisingly frank article by The New York Times titled “Western Allies Look to Ukraine as a Testing Ground for Weapons” describes how the imperial war machine is capitalising on the US proxy war to test its weapons for future use.

“Ukraine has become a testing ground for state-of-the-art weapons and information systems, and new ways to use them, that Western political officials and military commanders predict could shape warfare for generations to come,” write’s NYT’s Lara Jakes.

Jakes writes that “new advances in technology and training in Ukraine are being closely monitored for the ways they are changing the face of the fight.” These new technological advancements include an information system known as Delta, as well as “remote-controlled boats, anti-drone weapons known as SkyWipers and an updated version of an air-defense system built in Germany that the German military itself has yet to use.”

A former Lithuanian president is quoted as saying, “We’re learning in Ukraine how to fight, and we’re learning how to use our NATO equipment,” adding, “It is shameful for me because Ukrainians are paying with their lives for these exercises for us.”

Yeah, no shit.


At some point The New York Times article was re-titled from “Western Allies Look to Ukraine as a Testing Ground for Weapons” to the slightly less obvious “For Western Weapons, the Ukraine War Is a Beta Test.”

News that the west is using Ukraine to test weapons systems for future wars aligns with recent comments by the commander of the US nuclear arsenal that the proxy war is a test run for a much bigger conflict that’s on its way.

“This Ukraine crisis that we’re in right now, this is just the warmup,” said US STRATCOM head Charles Richard at a naval conference earlier this month. “The big one is coming. And it isn’t going to be very long before we’re going to get tested in ways that we haven’t been tested [in] a long time.”

So in addition to being used to advance longstanding US geostrategic objectives, apparently this war is also being used to sharpen the imperial war machine’s claws for a looming hot war with China and/or Russia. The US would certainly have an advantage in military test runs over the years in such a conflict.

As an aside, it’s probably worth noting that all the testing of new western weapons technology would likely explain reports from Ukrainian astronomers that the skies over Kyiv have been “swarming with unidentified flying objects (UFOs).” The aforementioned New York Times article quotes Ukrainian vice prime minister Mykhailo Fedorov as saying that the weapons testing he’s seen has convinced him that “the wars of the future will be about maximum drones and minimal humans.”

One of the many reasons the US and its complex network of allies, partners and assets are always fighting so many wars is because new weapons technology needs to be tested in battle before it can be deemed effective. What this means in practice is using human bodies as test subjects, the way a scientist uses laboratory rats or guinea pigs.

The US-centralized empire pretends to care about Ukrainian lives, but in reality it only cares about them to the extent that a researcher cares about his lab rats. And for exactly the same reason.

What could be more sinister than that? Well, the agendas that they are running those tests in preparation for, I suppose.

Russia Launches Another Missile Strike, Kiev Doubles Down Polish Missile Strike; Xi Crushes Trudeau

Ukraine attacks Poland: A deliberate provocation

One day after a series of explosions took place in a Polish farming village, it has become clear that Ukraine fired at least one missile into Poland, killing two Polish civilians. While Ukraine’s imperialist backers acknowledged that it was Kiev that launched the strike, they have claimed, without a shred of evidence or plausibility, that Ukrainian air defenses accidentally carried out a precision airstrike dozens of miles in the wrong direction.

If the Ukrainian air force was attempting to intercept Russian missiles, flying from the east, why were its missiles aimed to the west, at Poland? And why were they able to precisely target an inhabited building in a sparsely populated rural area? Why did Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Foreign Minister Dimitri Reznikov and an unnamed “senior U.S. intelligence official” falsely blame Russia for the attack before Polish authorities had even publicly confirmed details about the strike? The claims that the missile was fired from a “defensive” weapon have no credibility because the S-300 missile system has a well-known capability of striking land-based targets.

In reality, the missile strike was a calculated provocation by Ukraine, possibly with the assistance of factions within the American state, intended to accelerate direct NATO involvement in the conflict and preclude any discussion of a ceasefire or negotiated settlement of the war. Ukraine’s attack on Poland took place as the G20 was meeting in Bali, Indonesia, with the United States seeking to whip other countries into line against Russia. It also takes place amid reported conflicts within the US government about the extent and pacing of US involvement in the war, and suggestions from Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley that the United States might initiate a ceasefire or peace negotiations over the winter.

Critically, both NATO as a whole and individual NATO members have now acknowledged that it was Ukraine, not Russia, that attacked Poland, with Ukraine continuing to insist that the strike came from Russia. On Wednesday morning, NATO published a statement declaring that the “incident was likely caused by a Ukrainian air defense missile fired to defend Ukrainian territory against Russian cruise missile attacks.” It added, “This is not Ukraine’s fault. Russia bears ultimate responsibility as it continues its illegal war against Ukraine.” The White House echoed the statement by NATO, adding, “Whatever the final conclusions may be, it is clear that the party ultimately responsible for this tragic incident is Russia, which launched a barrage of missiles on Ukraine specifically intended to target civilian infrastructure. ...

The United States has chosen, this time around, not to fully embrace the false narrative being promoted by Kiev. That is because to do so would draw the United States into a full-scale war with Russia for which it is not yet prepared. The Biden administration is, however, making far-reaching preparations for such a conflict, pumping tens of billions of dollars of weapons into Ukraine and constructing a NATO battlefront along Russia’s entire European border. ... Today, the declarations by the United States that it is not seeking war either with Russia or China are a ruse, aimed at buying time while it carries out the military and diplomatic encirclement of both countries and masses troops on their borders. The war that has broken out in Ukraine is seen by US military planners as an opening skirmish in a much broader global war.

Suspected Drone Strike Blows Up Fuel Depot Deep In Russian Territory

Though all eyes have been on the Polish border blast and the resulting back-and-forth on who was responsible, a separate major attack unfolded in southern Russia near the Ukraine border on Wednesday.

Russian authorities described a suspected drone attack after a fuel depot exploded. It took place in Oryol oblast about 125 miles from the Ukrainian border. "Today [Wednesday] at 04:00 [01:00 GMT] a suspected drone blew up a fuel depot in the village of Stalnoi Kon. There were no casualties," the Oryol regional governor said in a statement.

If confirmed that it was a Ukrainian drone attack, it marks a significant escalation, given the distance of the facility from the border.

The AFP/Moscow Times observes, "Most of the attacks occurred against targets only tens of kilometers from the border, which makes Wednesday's incident stand out for taking place deeper into Russian territory"

Ukraine N@zis Arrested In Italy Planning Attack

Germany rejects no-fly zone, could lead to NATO-Russia confrontation

Establishing a no-fly zone would pose a threat of direct confrontation between Russia and NATO, a German government spokesperson said, after a missile blast in Poland near the Ukrainian border killed two people on Tuesday.

The spokesperson rejected this and said, "Together with all our allies we are agreed that we want to avoid a further escalation of this war in Ukraine."

Berlin will offer support to the Polish air defence, a spokesperson for the defence ministry said at a regular news conference on Wednesday.

Trade between India and Russia surges. EU continues to self-destruct

Workers at over 100 US Starbucks stores strike on ‘Red Cup Day’

Workers at over 100 unionized Starbucks stores around the US walked off the job on Thursday, coinciding with Starbucks’ Red Cup Day, a promotional day where customers receive a free red reusable holiday Starbucks cup when they order a holiday seasonal beverage.

The strike was launched to protest against Starbucks’ failure to bargain with unionized stores and failure to adequately staff stores, especially on one of Starbucks’ busiest days where no pay differential is offered to workers. About 2,000 workers at 112 stores participated in the strikes in 25 states.

Workers have criticized Starbucks for delaying union bargaining after union elections and recently walking out on recent bargaining sessions across the US.

Biden Administration Caves To Pressure On Student Debt Bankruptcy

The Biden administration announced Thursday that it will change how it treats federal student loan borrowers seeking to discharge their debt through the federal bankruptcy process. Previously, the Department of Justice (DOJ) opposed any efforts by student loan borrowers to have their debt discharged through bankruptcy — which is already nearly impossible, even without opposition from government lawyers.

The move represents an about-face from the Biden administration. Up to this point, Biden’s DOJ actually moved to appeal the rare bankruptcy cases where student debtors were successful in discharging their debt. The Justice Department dropped those appeals after The Lever reported on the cases.

But now, following pressure from Senators, the public, and news outlets like The Lever, the Justice Department has announced a new stance.

“Although the bankruptcy judge makes the final decision whether to grant a discharge, the new process announced today provides Justice Department attorneys with clear standards for recommending discharge to the judge without unnecessarily burdensome and time-consuming investigations,” said a DOJ press release on the new guidance. “The new process will also help borrowers who did not think they could get relief through bankruptcy more easily identify whether they meet the criteria to seek a discharge.”

Unlike every other type of consumer debt, student debt cannot be eliminated through bankruptcy, unless the debtor can prove the obligation is causing “undue hardship,” which is a nearly impossible legal standard to meet. The new guidance stipulates that Justice Department attorneys should support a discharge if a debtor is unable to meet their obligations because their expenses equal or exceed their income, when this inability to pay is likely to persist, and if the debtor has made “good faith efforts” to “earn income, manage expenses, and repay their loan.”

Heh, wonder how long it will take our brave congressional progressives to run away from this one ...

House Progressives Say No Corporate Tax Break Without Expansion of Child Tax Credit

Dozens of U.S. House Democrats on Thursday sent a letter to the party's congressional leaders, calling on them to push for the reinstatement of the expanded Child Tax Credit in a year-end compromise tax package—and to use Republicans' demand for corporate tax breaks as a bargaining chip to secure much-needed aid for families across the country.

Republicans are calling for the reversal of a rule which requires companies to amortize domestic research and development expenses every five years, instead allowing them to deduct those expenses every year.

Combined with a reinstatement of loan interest deductions and a renewal of a "bonus depreciation" tax break, the Republicans' proposal would amount to about $50 billion in corporate tax cuts in the must-pass bill.

Led by Congressional Progressive Caucus chair Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) and Rep. Jimmy Gomez (D-Calif.), 58 Democrats signed the letter addressed to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), calling on them to also include billions of dollars in relief for families.

"We should not extend corporate tax breaks unless and until we deliver additional relief for families," wrote the lawmakers. "Should a particular provision to delay or terminate the R&D amortization requirement be included in any must-pass or tax extender bill, it must be paired with provisions that will provide crucial support to families, specifically an extension of the expanded [Child Tax Credit] CTC and an expansion of the [Earned Income Tax Credit]."

Citing Orwell, Judge Blocks 'Positively Dystopian' Censorship Law Backed by DeSantis

In an order that begins by quoting the famous opening line of George Orwell's dystopian novel 1984, a federal judge on Thursday blocked key provisions of a Florida censorship law that aimed to restrict how state university professors teach race, gender, and U.S. history.

"'It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen,' and the powers in charge of Florida's public university system have declared the state has unfettered authority to muzzle its professors in the name of 'freedom,'" Judge Mark Walker of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida, an Obama appointee, wrote in his scathing decision, which temporarily halts enforcement of parts of the law championed by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis—a possible 2024 presidential candidate.

"To confront certain viewpoints that offend the powers that be, the state of Florida passed the so-called 'Stop WOKE Act in 2022—redubbed (in line with the state's doublespeak) the 'Individual Freedom Act,'" Walker continued. "The law officially bans professors from expressing disfavored viewpoints in university classrooms while permitting unfettered expression of the opposite viewpoints. Defendants argue that, under this act, professors enjoy 'academic freedom' so long as they express only those viewpoints of which the State approves. This is positively dystopian."

The Thursday decision, which concludes that the GOP law violates the First Amendment rights of public university faculty and students, marks the second time Walker has ruled against the "Stop WOKE Act" in recent months. In August, the judge blocked the part of the law pertaining to private businesses. ...

Part of a recent wave of censorship laws advanced by Republicans in Florida and across the U.S., the "Stop WOKE Act" was billed as an attempt to "give businesses, employees, children, and families tools to fight back against woke indoctrination."

But civil liberties groups and other critics of the law have argued it is both unjustifiable and exceedingly vague in its mandates, creating a chilling effect on educators as they attempt to teach their classes under the threat of state retaliation. 

Jail guards shown beating Black Georgia detainee must be fired, lawyers say

Attorneys for a Georgia jail detainee shown on security footage being punched by guards repeatedly in the head and neck have called for the deputies to be fired and arrested, insisting the videos show the violence was unjustified. “There is no way in hell that anybody should be beaten the way this man was beaten,” Harry Daniels, an attorney, told reporters. “I don’t care what he did. I don’t care if he knocked the damn door down. You don’t beat a person like that.”

Jarrett Hobbs, a 41-year-old Black man from North Carolina, was booked into the Camden county jail on 3 September on traffic violation and drug possession charges. Security video from the same night shows Hobbs standing alone before five guards rush in and surround him. At least three deputies can be seen landing punches before Hobbs is dragged from the cell and hurled against a wall. ...

The Camden county sheriff, Jim Proctor, who oversees the jail, and the Georgia bureau of investigation have announced separate investigations. Hobbs’s attorneys are questioning why the sheriff did not investigate sooner, considering the incident happened more than two months ago. Hobbs was charged immediately with fighting the guards. ...

The jail videos came to light because Hobbs of Greensboro, North Carolina, was on probation for a 2014 federal conviction. His Georgia arrest prompted an investigation into whether he violated terms of his supervised release. The jail footage became part of the evidence in that case. Hobbs’s attorneys released the video on Monday.



the horse race



Pelosi to depart as top House Democrat to make way for ‘new generation’

Nancy Pelosi, a giant of American politics and the first woman to lead the House of Representatives, is stepping down from leadership to make way for a new generation, she said on Thursday.

The 82-year-old, an ally of Joe Biden who led congressional Democrats for two decades, made the announcement after Republicans regained a majority in the chamber.

“With great confidence in our caucus, I will not seek re-election to Democratic leadership in the next Congress,” Pelosi said in a speech on the House floor. “For me, the hour’s come for a new generation to lead the Democratic caucus that I so deeply respect, and I’m grateful that so many are ready and willing to shoulder this awesome responsibility.”

Pelosi Replacement Hakeem Jeffries Is At WAR With Progressives

GOP Preps CRIMINAL Investigation Into Biden Family CORRUPTION

Quick, crank it out before the Republicans come in and shut it down! Pffffftttt!!!

January 6 subcommittee to examine criminal referrals it might make to DoJ

The House January 6 select committee has created a subcommittee to examine the scope of potential criminal referrals it might make to the justice department over the Capitol attack as well as what materials to share with federal prosecutors, its chairman and other members said on Thursday.

The special subcommittee – led by Congressman Jamie Raskin, overseeing a four-person group that also involves Liz Cheney, Adam Schiff and Zoe Lofgren – has been chiefly focused on whether they have uncovered sufficient evidence that former US president Donald Trump violated civil and criminal statutes.

The subcommittee has also been tasked with resolving several other outstanding issues, the panel’s chairman Bennie Thompson said. They include what materials to share with the justice department before the end of December, and its response to Trump and Republican lawmakers who have not complied with subpoenas. ...

Meanwhile Thompson said the committee will release its report on the Capitol attack next month.

“Our goal is to get it completed soon so we can get it to the printer,” Thompson told reporters. “We plan to have our product out sometime in December.”



the evening greens


US approves largest dam removal in history to save endangered salmon

A US agency seeking to restore habitat for endangered fish gave final approval on Thursday to decommission four dams straddling the California-Oregon border, the largest dam removal undertaking in US history. Dam removal is expected to improve the health of the Klamath River, the route that Chinook salmon and endangered coho salmon take from the Pacific Ocean to their upstream spawning grounds, and from where the young fish return to the sea.

The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued an order surrendering the dam licenses and approving removal of the dams.

The project has long been a goal of several Native tribes whose ancestors have lived off the salmon for centuries but whose way of life was disrupted by European settlement and the demand for rural electrification in the 20th century. “The Klamath salmon are coming home,” Joseph James, chairman of the Yurok tribe, said in a statement. “The people have earned this victory and with it, we carry on our sacred duty to the fish that have sustained our people since the beginning of time.”

Climate change and drought have also stressed the salmon habitat; the river has become too warm and too full of parasites for many fish to survive.

Canada rejects Arctic mine expansion project after years of fierce protest

Canada has rejected a mine expansion project in the Arctic after years of uncertainty and fierce protest, in what community members and campaigners say is a win for the vulnerable marine ecosystem and wildlife.

Baffinland Iron Mines’ planned expansion to its Mary River site would have seen it double output to 12m tonnes of iron ore. To bring the ore to market, the mine also said it needed to build a 110km railway to a port near the community of Pond Inlet as well as doubling its shipping.

The company – the biggest private-sector employer in Nunavut territory with nearly 2,600 workers – has said the expansion is critical to remaining profitable.

On Wednesday evening, after repeated delays, Canada’s northern affairs minister, Dan Vandal, rejected the company’s application, citing fears from Inuit groups that the expansion could have devastating effects on marine mammals, including key populations of narwhal. The region is home to the densest narwhal population in the world – an important food source for Inuit communities.

That decision comes six months after the Nunavut Impact Review Board came out against the expansion. The board held in-person meetings in Pond Inlet, the community closest to the mine, as well as in the territorial capital of Iqaluit. After hearing from community members and the mine, it concluded the project could result in “significant adverse eco-systemic effects on marine mammals and fish, caribou and other terrestrial wildlife, along with vegetation and freshwater” as well as “significant adverse socio-economic effects on Inuit harvesting, culture, land use and food security in Nunavut”. The board’s review lasted four years, the longest in its history.

UN chief warns of ‘breakdown in trust’ with no deal in sight at Cop27

The UN secretary general, António Guterres, has flown to the attempted rescue of troubled climate talks in Egypt, warning of a “breakdown in trust” between rich and poor governments that could scupper hopes of a deal. ...

Guterres appeared on Thursday alongside the Egyptian foreign minister and president of the talks, Sameh Shoukry, who gave a gloomy assessment of the state of negotiations with only one full day of official negotiating time to go. “It is evidently clear that at this late stage of the Cop27 process, there are still a number of issues where progress remains lacking, with persisting divergent views among parties,” Shoukry said.

There are four key concerns: countries’ plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in line with limiting global heating to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels; how to help poor countries adapt to the effects of the climate crisis; finance for poor countries to cut emissions and adapt to extreme weather; and loss and damage, which covers ways of helping countries afflicted by the worst ravages of climate disaster.

On each, Shoukry listed severe setbacks. “The mitigation work programme [on cutting emissions] is yet to reach the desired outcome. Adaptation is still held back by procedural matters. Ambitious outcomes on finance have not yet materialised. And on loss and damage, parties are shying away from taking the difficult political decisions,” he said.

Guterres – who in an interview with Guardian before Cop27 had warned that without a “historic pact” between rich and poor nations, “we are doomed” – appealed to governments.


Also of Interest

Here are some articles of interest, some which defied fair-use abstraction.

Why Don’t The Poles Admit the War Isn’t Winning the Next Polish Election and Isn’t in Poland’s National Interest – Unless Zelensky Loses Galicia to Poland, Again

Russia Launches New Electrical Grid/Infrastructure Strikes in Ukraine

U.S. Diesel Inventories Hit Historic Lows At The Worst Possible Time

John Fetterman shows how Democrats can win back working-class Trump voters

NYT Invents Left Extremists to Make ‘Moderation’ the Midterm Winner

COP27: Corporate Courts Versus Developing World

COP27 Draft Omits Oil and Gas Phase-Out

‘Vast’ mass of microbes being released by melting glaciers

James Webb telescope finds two of the oldest and most distant galaxies ever seen


A Little Night Music

Dossie Terry - Thunderbird

Dossie Terry - Twenty-Four Years

Dossie Terry - I Got A Watch Dog

Dossie Terry - She's Alright

Dossie Terry - Lost My Head

Dossie Terry - When I Hit the Number

Dossie Terry - You Will Be Mine

Dossie Terry - Fool Mule

Dossie Terry - Soul Food

Bonus! Some more "Thunderbird" and Thunderbird derivative tunes:

Red Prysock - What's The Word? Thunderbird!

Bobby And Buddy - What's the Word, Thunderbird

The Nightcaps - Thunderbird

Stevie Ray Vaughan - Thunderbird

Billy Gibbons - Thunderbird


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I remember the old T-birds as being real well-styled rides
drove like a smooshy tank, but looked cool anyway

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Red Prysock is fun!
thanks for the EB's and enjoy your weekend!

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@QMS Hey QMS, love those old T-birds. That red convertible above is maybe about '63? When I was 18 I was driving around Huntington Bch. CA in a '62! Had like a 454 in it. By time you said get up and go it had got up and went. This was '74 I think. Was a hardtop, the exact color called Sea Green that in the original Crayola 64 colors box. Beautiful. Sliding steering wheel moved a foot to right, for easy ingress/egress for the circumfrencially challenged. Stayed engaged so shotgun passenger could steer, while I rolled. What a ride.

A less known Thunderbird I also quite like...

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We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.
Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
both - Albert Einstein

@dystopian

Can't remember which was better: T-bird or MD 20-20 or Boones Farm.
Cheap thrills long gone.. think the rides are a '62 and '64.
Never encountered a sliding steering wheel, but haven't driven them all.

"The most dangerous part of the car is the nut behind the wheel"

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@QMS

heh, well, some of the newer thunderbirds were real turkeys. Smile

i liked the 55-57 models best when ford was trying to compete with the corvette. i think that actually the 55 is the most attractive of the t-birds, though a lot of people really love the 57.

have a great weekend!

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I would agree. The inboard bullets on the grill gives it that meaner look.

55 vs. 57

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Thanks for the EB's Joe, car version Wink

Here's on to match the Tbird, no turkey at all

My friend had a 71 GTO that we buried the needle at over 140 going
from Chicago to Champaign....I think I was high or nuts, probably both

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Food for thought....why do most polls usually come out in the 50/50
range, when the Princeton study shows it as a 60/40 70/30 on issues
that americans want

@ggersh @ggersh

A bud had a '66 2 door. A great stoner wagon. Factory original, wasn't meant to be too
powerful. 389, auto tranny. Would meet up in the sticks with a couple other motor heads. One a Heavy Chevy, the other a Roadrunner.

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I just had a Vega hatchback. Not racey but a kicker sound system.

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@ggersh

nice! i love the old goats. a few of my high school buddies had them and they were quite fast.

heh, i guess a lot of us are just lucky to still be here after the crazy things we did as kids. Smile

have a great weekend!

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They bitch about republicans looking into Hunter Biden and to see if Joe is also corrupt, but then they cheer that Garland has appointed a special council to investigate Trump. Since the day he left office I’ve seen article after article about what Trump is doing, saying, did years ago and even more coverage than when he was president. Democrats have been investigating the 1/6 riot for 2 years with nothing to show for it. They impeached him twice and Mueller found no collusion between him and Russia and now this. How can we miss him if they won’t shut up about him? Every other president faded away the day they left office, but democrats have made sure that Trump was still the biggest boogieman who ever walked the earth. Blehh!

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It is not until the tide goes out that you discover who has been swimming naked.

Proud election denier

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@snoopydawg

trump is the best thing that's ever happened for the democrats and our phoney-baloney "two-party" system, he is single-handedly making them seem relevant.

heh:

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Hi all, Hey Joe! Hope it's all good out there.

Great sounds man. That Railroad Section Man is great. How cool to use the sound of the spike being pounded, creative awesomeness... That Eddie Bond yesterday was great too, quite the player actually, some fancy finger work there. Good sheet mon.

Hopefully there are enough of the various salmon left to save the species. Lots of them are in trouble in lots of places. We can't get rid of all these dams fast enough that are stopping them from reaching breeding grounds, not to mention all the other tag on problems like water temps, algae, parasites, etc. In America we generally have treated our waterways as sewer systems with no regard for ecosystems.

Thanks for the great soundscapes! Have a great weekend!

be well all!

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We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.
Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
both - Albert Einstein

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@dystopian

i have a bad feeling about the salmon, it looks to me like they have lost so much habitat and that which remains is so stressed that i don't see it likely that they can survive in the numbers that we are accustomed to.

i guess we'll see.

glad you're digging the tunes, have a great weekend!

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They have been bitching about election deniers for 2 years, but…..maybe they should buy a fcking mirror! Good grief.

Great thread. Lots of videos. Why weren’t any of those election deniers thrown in prison like Trump supporters were?

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It is not until the tide goes out that you discover who has been swimming naked.

Proud election denier

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@snoopydawg

it's funny how worked up people can get over virtually meaningless elections.

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didn't go too well together; 21% alcohol fortified artificially flavored plonk from Modesto, probably largely tokay, bad stuff, but potent at 60 cents a bottle. Actually inspired by this beverage combo:

Not sure which is the original

be well and have a good one

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

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@enhydra lutris

decidedly not the original:

oh, and if you go here, jerry has a surprise for you if you listen a while.

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@joe shikspack

with saunders were generally pretty damn righteous. Fun Zappa cover too. Thanks mucho.

Be well, have a good one and have a wonderful weekend

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

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@enhydra lutris

i've always liked garcia's project bands. the jgb with saunders did some great stuff and his work with old & in the way and later with grisman and (sometimes) rice are just stellar stuff.

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for the evening blues, Joe. Good News about the dam removal, only took a few decades to get to this point, but I don't see a breakdown of trust at COP27. I mean, how can there be any trust left. As far back as Paris they were trying to make it robust enough to still work in spite of the US non-compliance that they were taking for granted would occur.

Pelosi steps down for "a new generation", meaning some new faces with the same old ideas and nothing will change, and the "progressives" are demanding stuff again. What are the odds that they will fail to cave completely, 50-1?

The NYT article is good for the documentation clip file, should you have one. but it won't sink in with more than a riny percentage of the populace and two years if you assert that the was was a testing ground, folks will call you crazy, and if you whip out a copy of the article they'll say its fake, or was just commie propaganda.

be well and have a good one

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

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@enhydra lutris

heh, the cops are a clown show. if they were going to actually promote cooperation and serious action, we wouldn't be having the 27th of them now.

pelosi going away is a good thing in itself. it won't make anything much better, but at least there will be the amusement of watching the morons fighting over the scraps.

yeah, documentation doesn't seem to matter anymore. it's just the first demand of the shitlibs, but when presented with it they always find a way to deny its salience.

have a great weekend!

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

Japan, U.S., 4 other nations condemn North Korea's missile launch

KYODO NEWS KYODO NEWS - 16 hours ago

Bangkok- The leaders of Japan, the United States, South Korea and three other countries strongly condemned Friday North Korea's ballistic missile launch earlier in the day as they held an emergency meeting during an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum summit in Bangkok.

The three other countries are Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The six nations agreed the launch is a "brazen violation of multiple U.N. Security Council resolutions" and "totally unacceptable," according to the Japanese and U.S. governments.

The leaders reaffirmed a North Korean nuclear test "would be met with a strong and resolute response" and that they will boost cooperation to achieve complete denuclearization of the country, they said.

https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2022/11/8bac124362ef-update1-leaders-...

I predicted somewhere within the last few days he would launch an ICBM.

November 18, 20227:04 PM GMT-4Last Updated 2 hours ago
North Korea's Kim reveals daughter at ballistic missile test
By Josh Smith

SEOUL, Nov 19 (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un revealed his daughter to the world for the first time on Saturday in striking photos showing the pair hand-in-hand inspecting the launch of the nuclear-armed country's largest ballistic missile the day before.

North Korea test-fired a Hwasong-17 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on Friday, state news agency KCNA reported on Saturday.

The biggest surprise, however, was the presence of Kim's daughter, whose existence had never been publicly confirmed before.

https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/north-koreas-kim-reveals-daug...

Can't help but notice how casual the pictures appear to be. There is a certain rigidity to most of the DPRK/KCNA photos and videos that is missing. 자신 ( 自信 ) 있다

This is the woman Trump and Bolton humiliated at Hanoi. Choe Son-hui now the North Korean Foreign Minister and is still obviously close to Kim Jong-un. She is an expert on US affairs.

N. Korea warns of 'fiercer' military response to U.S. 'extended deterrence' to its allies
All News 10:43 November 17, 2022

SEOUL, Nov. 17 (Yonhap) -- North Korea's foreign minister warned Thursday that Pyongyang will take "fiercer" military actions if the United States sticks to its campaign for the strengthening of the extended deterrence to its regional allies.

In a statement, Choe Son-hui took issue with an agreement of the leaders of South Korea, the United States and Japan earlier this week to bolster the extended deterrence capabilities, which refer to Washington's readiness to provide Seoul with all necessary options, both nuclear and conventional, to deter aggression or provocation by the North.

Should the North stage additional provocations, the U.S. is expected to dispatch such strategic assets as nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, submarines and long-distance nuclear bombers more frequently to and around the peninsula in a show of its force and unwavering commitment to the defense of South Korea.

https://en.yna.co.kr/view/AEN20221117002451325?input=tw

INTERVIEW 'Seoul needs own nuclear weapons for denuclearization of Korean Peninsula'

The first step of the "four-phase strategy" Cheong proposes is for the government to declare its intent to withdraw from the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) if North Korea, say, conducts another nuclear weapons test, or any other event showing the development of its nuclear threat. The declaration would deter the North from proceeding and draw global attention to ― and hopefully a serious discussion over ― the issue.

Given that its Article 10 allows members to leave if adherence to the pact would jeopardize its supreme national interests, he believes South Korea can do so without violating NPT rules.

"The Yoon Suk-yeol administration should use this card as North Korea is now believed to be ready for its seventh nuclear weapons test to increase international pressure on the regime and strengthen justification for South Korea's next move," Cheong said...

https://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2022/11/205_339677.html?utm_sour...

Yoon is in favor of something like this, at least stationing US nukes in South Korea.  Further escalation is going to help?

Tim Shorrock has a ten timeline up on his website on US-North Korea negotiations. It has links to some of the key events.

A Ten-Year Timeline
By Tim Shorrock

After the latest escalation in the skies over Korea and Japan, the military confrontation at the DMZ and tensions between the U.S. and North Korea are now higher than they’ve ever been. President Biden, in his recent meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping, insisted that Beijing has an “obligation” to rein in the DPRK from its record number of missile tests. He warned ominously that the U.S., South Korea, and Japan would take unnamed “defensive” actions if the North’s so-called military “provocations” continue.

https://timshorrock.com/the-dmz-empire/korea-peace-process/

Been following Tim on twitter every day for years now. His father was a missionary in Japan and Korea where Tim spent his childhood.

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@soryang

thanks for the update. looks like the u.s. and its allies are salivating, hoping fervently that their goading of kim will get him to cross some "red line" that the sole rulemaker of the global "rules based order" has made up out of thin air so that they can do something unspeakable to the korean people.

ironies:

"What is the only provocation that could bring about the use of nuclear weapons? Nuclear weapons. What is the priority target for nuclear weapons? Nuclear weapons. What is the only established defense against nuclear weapons? Nuclear weapons. How do we prevent the use of nuclear weapons? By threatening to use nuclear weapons. And we can't get rid of nuclear weapons, because of nuclear weapons. The intransigence, it seems, is a function of the weapons themselves."

-- Martin Amis

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@joe shikspack Enjoyed reading your news selection. Thanks for the Evening Blues.

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https://sonar21.com/russia-is-winning-the-economic-war/

The UK faces its biggest drop in living standards on record as the surging cost of living eats into people’s wages, It also expects the number of people who are unemployed to rise by more than 500,000.

Every country involved in putting sanctions on Russia should fire its leaders who are seeing the same bad news coming for their citizens and doing nothing about it. Their people are going to die not only this winter but for many years to come. Just drop the sanctions and tell Russia that they will meet their terms and then start repairing the damage that has been done all over the world. Or are the humans that took this course really that dumb? Or is it part of the Great reset? Maybe it’s humanity that needs another great reset? Maybe gawd will send another flood….

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It is not until the tide goes out that you discover who has been swimming naked.

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@snoopydawg

if you need me i'll be building an ark. Smile

how long is a cubit again?

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@joe shikspack

Maybe you should ask Noah? Did you grow up listening to Bill Cosby too? I loved his being told to build an ark.

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@snoopydawg

i grew up hearing mr. pudding. Smile

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