The Evening Blues - 9-21-21



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The day's news roundup + tonight's musical feature: Junior Wells

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This evening's music features blues harmonica player Junior Wells. Enjoy!

Junior Wells - Hoodoman Blues

"Today, like every other day, we wake up empty and frightened. Don't open the door to the study and begin reading. Take down the dulcimer. Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground."

-- Rumi


News and Opinion

Worth a full read:

The Empire’s Last Stand

In the early months of 1947, President Harry Truman and Dean Acheson, his secretary of state, made up their minds to prop up Greece’s openly fascist monarchy against a popular revolt they had cast as a Soviet threat. After much hand-wringing, Truman went to Congress on March 12 to ask for $400 million in aid, not quite $5 billion today when adjusted for inflation. Truman and Acheson knew the Greek intervention would be a hard sell: Congress was in no mood to spend that kind of money, and the war-weary public harbored hope for FDR’s vision of a postwar order built on the principle of peaceful coexistence. As the speech went through its multiple drafts, Arthur Vandenberg, Republican senator from Michigan and a presence in the planning of America’s postwar posture, offered advice that must be counted elegantly forthright, if diabolic in its cynicism.

It comes down to us today, and for good reason. “Mr. President,” Vandenberg said during White House deliberations, “the only way you are ever going to get this is to make a speech and scare hell out of the American people.”

Truman made his since-famous “scare hell” speech. The Greeks got their $400 million (a remarkable proportion of which was embezzled by government ministers), and the American public was kept scared for the next 40–odd years — the Cold War years. There are various thoughts as to when the Cold War started. ... My date is March 12, 1947, when Truman delivered his address to a joint session of Congress. And it is remarkable how faithfully the intervention in Greece, the first of Washington’s major Cold War undertakings, has been reproduced during all the decades since. A year later the U.S. (with Britain’s assist) corrupted Italy’s first postwar general elections. Then came the coup in Iran, then the coup in Guatemala, and so on without interruption until our time.

Last Wednesday President Joe Biden announced a new trilateral security agreement with Britain and Australia. Boris Johnson and Scott Morrison, respectively the British and Australian prime ministers, joined him electronically from London and Canberra. Biden couldn’t remember Morrison’s name — “that fella down under” is as far as he got — but let us not allow the shocking incompetence of the man driving our bus to distract us from the gravity of the moment. There are numerous things to say about the new accord, by which the U.S. and Britain are to provide Australia with the sensitive technology needed to build a fleet of eight or more nuclear-powered submarines. But before we get to anything else, get used to Roman numerals: Last Wednesday was a three-sided declaration that Cold War II is now our new, flesh-and-blood, steel-and-bombs, propaganda-and-paranoia reality.

The Ides of September: Remember the date. Sept. 15, 2021, is our March 12, 1947. Xi Jinping’s People’s Republic is in 2021 what Stalin’s Soviet Union was three-quarters of a century ago. Truman and Acheson changed the world when they drafted the full-of-lies “scare hell” speech — greatly for the worse, of course. Biden, Johnson and Morrison just did the same. It would be hard to overstate the dangers and burdens Cold War II is going to inflict upon us — we Americans, we the rest of the human population.

Ocasio-Cortez submits amendment to block arms sale to Israel

Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has submitted an amendment to the annual United States defense spending bill to block the sale of precision-guided munitions to Israel.

According to a statement released on Thursday by her office, the resolution would prevent the transfer of $735 million worth of Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) tail kits to Israel. The kits turn unguided bombs into GPS guided missiles.

Ocasio-Cortez also submitted amendments to prevent weapons sales to Saudi Arabia and Colombia over alleged human rights abuses.

In a tweet, Ocasio-Cortez said that the amendment relating to Israel was “over the bombing of Palestinian civilians [and] media centers,” apparently referring to the bombing of a building in Gaza City that housed the offices of the Associated Press and Al-Jazeera.

Aukus row: European Union demands apology from Australia over France’s treatment before trade talks

The European Union is demanding answers – and an apology from Australia – over its treatment of France as the fallout from the Aukus announcement threatens to delay a key trade deal. Australia’s hopes of entering into a free-trade agreement with the European Union hit rough waters with the EU Commission president, Ursula von der Leyen, demanding Australia explain its conduct in defence of EU member state France. ...

While trade talks with Australia are expected to continue as planned, von der Leyen said Australia had some explaining to do first.

“One of our member states has been treated in a way that is not acceptable, so we want to know what happened and why,” von der Leyen said in an interview with CNN. “Therefore, you first of all clarify that, before you keep on going with business as usual.”

The chair of the European Parliament’s committee on International Trade, Bernd Lange, continued that theme in an interview with the ABC on Tuesday. “It is really an unkind situation France is faced with,” he said, adding that the he expected to see “some kind of apology, some kind of de-escalation of the situation, from the Australian government” to help for “better understanding”.

“The question of trust is now occurring, and some members could ask for more safety nets, for more safeguards,” he said.

BBC Retracts Blatant Lies About Syria

Is this the beginning of the end for Jair Bolsonaro?

There is something pathetic about a leader who cannot recognise his limitations. For months, Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsonaro, has insisted that he could bend democracy in Latin America’s largest nation to his will if he so desired. Brazil’s independence day, 7 September, was supposed to be a watershed moment, as the president mobilised his supporters to take to the streets. Instead, it revealed the distance between Bolsonaro’s perception of the popular support that he enjoys and reality. Sinking in the polls and with mounting obstacles in the way of broadening his political alliances, the president bet that he could compel enough of a grassroots backing to intimidate the political establishment, and the supreme court in particular. Unsurprisingly, to quote Gabriel García Márquez’s novel The General in His Labyrinth, the president “could not renounce his infinite capacity for illusion at the very moment he needed it most”.

Bolsonaro backers and dispassionate analysts alike predicted a massive public outpouring of support for the president’s ongoing efforts to undermine democratic processes. It was thought that 7 September might even culminate in a takeover of the supreme court building akin to the raucous invasion of the US Capitol building on 6 January. Days before independence day, Bolsonaro called the planned demonstration an “ultimatum” for supreme court judges, and declared ominously that “if you want peace, prepare for war”. He even hinted at a constitutional “rupture that neither I nor the people want”. ...

But the purported showdown set for 7 September left Bolsonaro and his most ardent followers wanting. Thousands took to the streets in Brasília, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and elsewhere, but far fewer than was expected, and certainly nowhere near the critical mass needed to convince other more cautious political actors to embark on a radical escapade led by Bolsonaro. History is no guide to the future but it can be instructive all the same. The only Brazilian head of state who successfully carried out a “self-coup” to increase his power was Getúlio Vargas, the authoritarian statesman credited with laying the institutional groundwork of modern Brazil. This is not the 1930s and Bolsonaro is no Vargas.

For one thing, Vargas cannily presented himself as the only rational actor in a system riven by extremists on the right and left. By contrast, Bolsonaro is the one preaching the most radical far-right ideas, framing his aggressive anti-institutionalism as the only way of breaking through a sclerotic and self-interested political culture. Former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, meanwhile, is meeting with influential figures from across the political spectrum, seeking to blunt any equivalence between himself and the president. Lula, a moderate former trade unionist who governed ably for eight years, leads the pack by a wide margin in every poll – even as he insists he has not yet made up his mind about pursuing a third term next year. As the favourite to win in next year’s presidential elections, Lula is talking about reconciliation and good governance. Bolsonaro and his allies point to the spectre of Lula’s return as the main reason for their continued political relevance. A major problem for Bolsonaro, however, is that his rhetorical campaign against the status quo is simply not as potent as it was in 2018, when he rode a wave of anti-left hysteria and anti-political angst to power.

US to lift Covid travel ban for vaccinated passengers from UK and most of EU

The US will lift Covid-19 travel restrictions to allow fully vaccinated passengers from the UK and most European Union (EU) countries to travel into the country from early November, the White House has announced.

The move signals the end of a travel ban imposed by Donald Trump more than 18 months ago in the early stages of the pandemic, and comes after intense lobbying from Brussels and London.

In addition to the UK and the 26 Schengen countries in Europe, the easing of restrictions will also apply to Ireland, China, Iran, Brazil, South Africa and India. ...

The White House coronavirus response coordinator, Jeff Zients, said on Monday international travellers will require proof of full vaccination before boarding a flight and a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of departure. They will not be required to quarantine upon arrival.

There will be some exceptions to the vaccine policy including for children not yet eligible to be vaccinated. The new rules do not yet apply to travellers crossing land borders with Mexico and Canada.

US children aged 5 to 11 on track to receive Pfizer vaccine by Halloween

In news sure to be greeted by parents across the US, Pfizer and BioNTech said on Monday children aged five to 11 are on track to receive the two companies’ Covid-19 vaccination by Halloween. Albert Bourla, chairman and chief executive officer of Pfizer, hailed “the first results from a pivotal trial of a Covid-19 vaccine in this age group”.

If the US regulatory process proceeds as it has for older age groups, authorisation for use would be expected by the end of October. Earlier this month, FDA chief, Dr Peter Marks, told the Associated Press that once Pfizer turned over results, his agency would evaluate the data “hopefully in a matter of weeks”.

Pfizer and BioNTech said European and British authorities would also be asked for emergency authorisation.

In a statement, Bourla said: “We are eager to extend the protection afforded by the vaccine to this younger population, subject to regulatory authorization, especially as we track the spread of the Delta variant and the substantial threat it poses to children. “Since July, paediatric cases of Covid-19 have risen by about 240% in the US – underscoring the public health need for vaccination.” ...

Pfizer and BioNtech’s trial included 2,268 participants, the companies said. Two shots of a 10-microgram dose, one-third of an adult shot, produced antibody levels comparable to those in 16-to-25-year-olds given the adult dose.

David Sirota: Are Progressives About To CAVE To Manchin, Sinema?

Dems Flail Over Pharma Cash And Drug Pricing Vote

Conservative Democratic Reps. Scott Peters (Calif.) and Kurt Schrader (Ore.) have been defending their huge hauls of campaign cash from the pharmaceutical industry since announcing their opposition to House Democrats’ wildly popular plan to reduce drug prices. Meanwhile, another Democratic lawmaker, Rep. Kathleen Rice (N.Y.), has completely flipped her reasoning for why she voted against the measure. Last week, Schrader, Peters, and Rice used their seats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee to try to block House Democrats from allowing Medicare to use its bulk purchasing power to negotiate lower prescription drug prices as part of the party’s $3.5 trillion infrastructure reconciliation effort. The proposal has support from 90 percent of registered voters in their districts, according to a recent poll by Data For Progress.

Since their votes, Peters and Schrader have faced tough questions at home about the donations they’ve received from the pharmaceutical industry. Over the course of their careers, the congressmen have raised a combined $1.5 million from donors in the pharmaceutical and health products industries, according to data from OpenSecrets. Peters has been the top recipient of pharma cash in the House this election cycle.

In a contentious Zoom meeting last Friday with health care reform advocates who live in his district, Peters refused to stop taking pharma money, according to a recording of the meeting provided by a Daily Poster subscriber. “I'm not going to unilaterally disarm and defund my campaign so that Republicans can win, I just think that's a dumb thing to do,” said the congressman, who represents a solidly blue district. ... Schrader, meanwhile, participated in a difficult interview with Portland’s local NBC network. When he was asked why pharmaceutical companies give him so much money, Schrader said, “I don’t know. I get money from a lot of different interests out there.” He said that the companies don't tell him why they're contributing to his campaigns. ...

Peters and Schrader also defended their personal ties to the pharmaceutical industry. Schrader reportedly received “a quite large inheritance” from his grandfather who was a senior executive at Pfizer. He said last week he’s “proud of the work my grandfather did and developing mass production for Pfizer.” Peters’ wife is the CEO of an investment firm whose portfolio company provides manufacturing and packaging for pharmaceutical companies. He said last Friday that it’s “ridiculous” to believe he has a conflict of interest, explaining instead that he’s trying to protect the local life science industry in San Diego. “It's about 68,000 jobs here,” he said. “And my job is to protect those jobs.”

Rice, the New York lawmaker who joined Peters and Schrader in opposing the drug pricing measure last week, has since been reduced to complete incoherence in trying to defend her vote. She is now telling constituents she still supports the “goals” of the drug pricing legislation, and only voted no on the measure because Democrats sought to include it in the Biden infrastructure package — a very different explanation than the one she originally gave for her no vote.

“We Need to Deliver”: Anger Grows at Sens. Manchin, Sinema over Obstruction of Democratic Priorities

Biden knows fate of spending plan will show extent of his power – and define his legacy

In what could be the most consequential stretch of his presidency, Joe Biden faces an autumn sprint to advance a once-in-a-generation expansion of the social safety net. In the coming weeks, Biden and Democrats on Capitol Hill will attempt to steer the president’s multi-trillion dollar economic vision through Congress and into law. With a narrow window for action, they will have almost no room for error. If they fail, the party will face voters in 2022 with little to show for two years in control of Congress. ...

“I believe this is a moment of potentially great change,” Biden said last week. “This is our moment to deal working people back into the economy.” ...

The legislative battle will challenge Biden, both as the leader of a factious party and as an experienced congressional dealmaker. Last week, as Congress faced a dizzying array of fiscal and legislative deadlines to avert a government shutdown and a debt default, he signaled his readiness to wade deeper. The president held “productive” meetings with the two senators concerned by the policy package, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona. Later, he called the Senate majority leader, Chuck Schumer, and the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi.

Then, on Sunday, as if perfectly to illustrate the treacherous ground on which Biden must walk, the website Axios reported that Manchin wanted the spending bill paused until the new year.

Doctor who publicly defied Texas law by performing abortion has been sued

A San Antonio doctor who said he performed an abortion in defiance of the state’s new law has been sued, setting up a potential test of the legality of the extreme, near-total ban on the procedure.

Former attorneys in Arkansas and Illinois filed lawsuits on Monday against Dr Alan Braid, who became the first Texas abortion provider to publicly reveal he violated the law when he wrote an opinion piece in the Washington Post over the weekend. That piece all but dared supporters of the law to make an example by suing him, because it can only be enforced through private lawsuits. ...

Oscar Stilley, the former attorney in Arkansas who filed one of the lawsuits, has said he is not personally opposed to abortion and sued in order to force a court to review the ban. “If the law is no good, why should we have to go through a long, drawn-out process to find out if it’s garbage?” Stilley told the Washington Post.

Stilley, who said he lost his law license after being convicted of tax fraud in 2010, added in an interview with the Associated Press: “I don’t want doctors out there nervous and sitting there and quaking in their boots and saying, ‘I can’t do this because if this thing works out, then I’m going to be bankrupt.’”

"Troy Was Innocent": Family & Supporters of Troy Davis Mark 10 Years Since His Execution

Is SCOTUS Set To OVERTURN Roe Vs Wade And Will It Give Dems A Shot In 2022?

Supreme Court Announces Date for Case Directly Challenging Roe v. Wade

Abortion rights advocates geared up for a major fight as the U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday it will soon hear arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, a case in Mississippi which poses a direct challenge to Roe vs. Wade.

The high court confirmed it will consider the case December 1 after months of speculation regarding when it would take up the dispute over Mississippi's ban on most abortion care after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

The question before the court, as the Center for Reproductive Rights explains, is "whether all pre-viability prohibitions on elective abortion are unconstitutional." In the landmark 1973 Roe decision, the Supreme Court affirmed the right to abortion care before fetal viability, usually around 24 weeks.

"The fate of Roe v. Wade and legal abortion is on the line," tweeted Rewire News Group, which reports on reproductive rights.

Mississippi's restriction makes no exception for pregnancies that result from rape or incest, only allowing abortion care "in medical emergencies or for severe fetal abnormality." Providers who administer abortions in violation of the law could have their medical licenses revoked and face fines.

The court will hear the case three months after it refused to intervene in Texas, allowing that state's six-week abortion ban to take effect at the beginning of September. The Texas law allows private citizens to take legal action against anyone who helps a person to obtain abortion care after that point, with plaintiffs who prevail in court entitled to $10,000 and recovery of their legal fees. Republican governors in several other states have said since the Texas law was permitted to go into effect that they plan to seek similar legislation.

The Texas case has led reproductive rights advocates to warn that the Supreme Court cannot be counted on to protect Roe.

Rep. Ro Khanna on Border Guards Whipping Haitians, U.S. Drone Strikes, Afghanistan & Ending Iraq War

>White House criticizes border agents who rounded up migrants on horseback

The White House on Monday responded critically to widely shared images of US border patrol agents in Texas rounding up Haitian migrants on horseback. The White House press secretary, Jen Psaki, was asked if the use of horses and possibly whips, potent imagery in a country founded on slavery, represented an “appropriate tactic”.

She said: “I have seen some of the footage. I don’t have the full context. I can’t imagine what context would make that appropriate.” She added: “I don’t think anyone seeing that footage would think it was acceptable or appropriate.”

More than 6,000 Haitians and other migrants have been removed from the encampment at the Texas border town of Del Rio, other US officials said Monday as they defended their strong response. Calling it a “challenging and heartbreaking situation”, the homeland security secretary, Alejandro Mayorkas, issued a stark warning: “If you come to the United States illegally, you will be returned. Your journey will not succeed, and you will be endangering your life and your family’s life.”

Mayorkas and the border patrol chief, Raul Ortiz, said they would look into the actions of the agents on horseback to push back migrants and refugees at the river between Ciudad Acuña, Mexico, and Del Rio, but both officials said they saw nothing apparently wrong based on the photos and video.



the evening greens


Big tech’s pro-climate rhetoric is not matched by policy action, report finds

The world’s biggest tech companies are coming out with bold commitments to tackle their climate impact but when it comes to using their corporate muscle to advocate for stronger climate policies, their engagement is almost nonexistent, according to a new report. Apple, Amazon, Alphabet (Google’s parent company), Facebook and Microsoft poured about $65m into lobbying in 2020, but an average of only 6% of their lobbying activity between July 2020 and June 2021 was related to climate policy, according to an analysis from the thinktank InfluenceMap, which tracked companies’ self-reported lobbying on federal legislation.

The report also sought to capture tech companies’ overall engagement with climate policy by analyzing activities including their top-level communications as well as lobbying on specific legislation. It found that climate-related engagement levels of three of the five companies – Amazon, Alphabet and Microsoft – had declined compared to the previous year.

Tech companies, which have some of the deepest pockets in corporate America, have been racing to come out with increasingly ambitious climate pledges. Amazon has a target to be net zero by 2040 and to power its operations with 100% renewable energy by 2025, and Facebook has a target of net zero emissions for its entire supply chain by 2030. In 2020, Microsoft pledged to become carbon negative by 2030 and by 2050 to have removed all the carbon the company has ever emitted. Apple has committed to become carbon neutral across its whole supply chain by 2030. And Google has pledged to power its operations with 100% carbon-free energy by 2030, without using renewable certificates to offset any fossil-generated power. ...

Yet this strong pro-climate rhetoric is not being matched by action at a policy level, according to the report. “These gigantic companies that completely dominate the stock market are not really deploying that political capital at all,” said the InfluenceMap executive director, Dylan Tanner.

Ark on Scottish hillside attracts rising tide of interest

When Argyll and Bute council’s planning department asked David Blair if the huge wooden ark he had raised on a hillside overlooking the Kyles of Bute was a permanent structure, he did not think long about his answer. “I told them it’s not permanent in the same way that humanity won’t be if we don’t take action on the climate,” says Blair, with a laugh that does not diminish the urgency of his message.

Built from European larch, the 20-metre-long, six-metre-high boat frame stands about half a mile up the road from the village of Tighnabruaich, on the Cowal peninsula, in a field that Blair – a woodsman by trade – has taken as a grazing let for a year, and near a convenient parking spot so that visitors can stop off to investigate.

“It is a beautiful structure,” he says, “and I hope it stands as a symbol of strength and urgency. I thought I’d have to put up signs explaining it but its already being well visited and the majority interpret it to be about climate change, sea levels and Cop26,” the climate conference taking place in Glasgow this year.

The elegant structure was built by Blair and other members of Tighnabruaichs’s Extinction Rebellion chapter over the two-week period of the Impossible Rebellion this month, a series of climate protests across the UK calling for an end to investment in fossil fuels.


Also of Interest

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

The Fallout From The AUKUS Deal

Why Jake Tapper Never Asks How We Pay for War

Pentagon Budget System Found 'Inherently Susceptible to Fraud'

Spoons become a new symbol of Palestinian resistance

The Age Of Assassination

With Clinton lawyer charged, the Russiagate scam is now under indictment

Matt Stoller: #OccupyWallStreet Is a Church of Dissent, Not a Protest

Why Lindsey Graham Is Trying to Rescue Rahm Emanuel

As Gov. Tim Walz Proclaims 'Minnesota Climate Week,' Ilhan Omar Says 'Stop Line 3'

Breaking Points: Dems Say QUIET PART OUT LOUD On Their Debt Ceiling Mess

Breaking Points: EVERGRANDE EXPLAINED: How China's Lehman Brothers Moment Is Crashing The Stock Market

Keiser Report | XCheck Your Privilege


A Little Night Music

Junior Wells - Messin' With The Kid

Junior Wells - It Hurts Me Too

Junior Wells - Little Red Rooster

Buddy Guy & Junior Wells - Country Girl

Junior Wells - Pleading The Blues

Junior Wells - Snatch It Back and Hold It

Buddy Guy & Junior Wells - Come On in This House

Junior Wells w/ Bonnie Raitt - Everybody's Gettin' Them Some

Junior Wells - Up In Heah

Junior Wells - Mystery Train


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ggersh's picture

on so many levels. How can anyone believe this shit.

Including not the least saying "a govt by and for the people", leaving out "of"

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/biden-speech-un-general-assembly_n_614a14...

Stay safe everyone and thanks for the EB's Joe!

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The correct response to someone who supports going to war if China attacks Taiwan is “Are you enlisted?”

The correct response when they inevitably answer “no” is “Then shut the fuck up.”

Caitlin

@ggersh I did a search for this but coverage was lacking.

The climate part attached itself to the Iran tweet and I cannot remove it.

I did come across this though.

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1933036/middle-east

NEW YORK: President Joe Biden told the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday that the United States would return to the Iranian nuclear deal in “full” if Tehran does the same.
He said the US was “working” with China, France, Russia, Britain and Germany to “engage Iran diplomatically and to seek a return to” the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which America left in 2018.
“We’re prepared to return to full compliance if Iran does the same,” he added.

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@humphrey

NEW YORK: President Joe Biden told the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday that the United States would return to the Iranian nuclear deal in “full” if Tehran does the same.

As far as Joementia's speech I imagine it didn't get any applause and his delivery was mumbled from what I saw, so maybe MSM was having a hard time trying to find good state propaganda for the plebes to watch.

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The correct response to someone who supports going to war if China attacks Taiwan is “Are you enlisted?”

The correct response when they inevitably answer “no” is “Then shut the fuck up.”

Caitlin

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@humphrey
Biden can't be concerned with Israel's incessant squabbles with Iran at this time - it's finally time to put that canard to bed.

Biden has just launched America into a cold war against China.

AUKUS Launches Cold War Against China
16 September 2021

US President Joe Biden stood virtually alongside UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison this week to announce the creation of an enhanced trilateral security partnership called ‘AUKUS’ – representing Australia, the UK, and the US.

“This is about investing in our greatest source of strength – our alliances,” said Biden, who claimed that the new partnership had nothing to do with meeting the threat posed by any particular country.

In reality, this is about China – aimed at deterring Chinese military expansionism in Asia Pacific, despite the homages to “historic alliances”, “shared interests” and job creation.
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Professor Hugh White, who is widely renowned to be the country’s top national security scholar, echoed Keating’s concerns in warning that the deal may not be in Australia’s long-term strategic interests because it makes it ever more dependent on the US.

“In the escalating rivalry between America and China, we’re siding with the United States and we’re betting they’re going to win this one,” he said. “I don’t think we can assume that the United States is going to succeed in pushing back effectively against China”.

Ultimately, however, the AUKUS strategic partnership is now underway, bringing with it the official start date of a new Cold War in Asia Pacific.

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@ggersh

heh, pretty amazing hogwash.

“We’re opening a new era of relentless diplomacy, of using the power of our development aid to invest in new ways of lifting people up around the world.”

when the bombs hit the ground, people get lifted into the air. that's why our budget priorities are always biased towards massive military spending. we're gonna lift a lotta people up.

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China has held a fascination for me for decades.

In my wanderings around the internets, I discovered Li Ziqi about 3 years ago and was entranced by her work detailing how Chinese peasants produced their food and basic necessities from the land. Her YouTube channel has grown to reach millions of viewers worldwide over that time.

I recently saw this interview with her and wanted to share her videos:

An example of Li Ziqi's work:

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joe shikspack's picture

@CB

thanks for the videos. the food looked yummy. Smile

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@CB

She is truly a Chinese treasure and a unique human. I have watched many of her videos and they are totally enchanting. Her relationship with nature, her humble and refined gardening and building skills, are all remarkable. The beauty that she brings to all of life in her devotion and understanding is sublime.

I hadn’t seen the interview, so thank you especially for that.

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Finally a break form the rain here. Over 4" over the weekend. Mind blowing for late Sept in most years. Sorry I can't share with the parched west. Seems so weird with their world on fire. Kinda like the 0.1% and the rest of humanity. So much for a few and none for most.

Doncha love how Biden says he wants to cooperate with China as several US and EU aircraft carriers and destroyers cruise China's coast. If only China would stop being so aggressive. Heard they're gonna let their conglomerate evergrande fail like we did Lehman and crash the markets. We'll see. Seems to me the entire world economy is a house of cards ready to find firmer footing...you know the floor. Sacrificing the poors in its wake.

Well so it goes. And so do I into this good night.

Couldn't see the Harvest moon last night but it has finally cleared enough to enjoy it tonight. Better go out and howl or something.

Thanks for the music and news!

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“Until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

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@Lookout

it was another near perfect, dry, sunny transitional day between summer and fall here and now it's cooling off down into the low 60's. it does seem odd to have such great weather when half of the country is on fire or soaking wet.

so it goes.

it will be interesting to see what the chinese government decides to do about evergrande. it will be difficult for the government to balance the interests of the greedy corporate jackals and the millions of average people who have money tied up in deposits on housing waiting to be built. it has many elements of our own housing crisis that attended the wall street cheating that obama refused to punish or make regular people whole from.

have a great evening and enjoy the harvest moon!

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We've got some serious understatements here, with the BBC understating how awfully wrong it was and poor Bernie talking inherently "susceptible" to fraud. It isn't susceptible, it encourages and solicits fraud, straight up, no doubt about it.

Funny, I thought Cold War II started years ago, silly me.
Good old Junior Wells, good listening for sure. Thanks mucho

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 whole basis of the mic is fraud, fear and the manufacture of hobgoblins of small minds. the beeb apparently will admit to mistakes after the mic profits have been safely stored away, far out of reach of the wrong people.

these days it's difficult to determine the temperature of wars, whether they are hot, cold or merely tepid. there certainly are plenty of them to choose from, though - which i suppose is the american way. god help us if americans lived in a country bereft of wars to profit from and make us feel like we were making the world a better place.

have a great evening!

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quick to respond to Israel's hurt feelings.

https://thehill.com/homenews/house/573214-democrats-to-remove-1b-for-isr...

House Democrats will remove a provision originally included in a bill that would have helped boost Israel's Iron Dome air defense system in order to keep the federal government funded through Dec. 3.

Democratic leaders are removing the provision from the bill, which was unveiled Tuesday morning, after some progressives objected, according to sources familiar with the last-minute snag.

What a shocking development! /S

A spokesperson for House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) said that funding for the Iron Dome "will be included in the final, bipartisan and bicameral" defense funding bill later this year.

Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.), a leading centrist, expressed frustration that the Iron Dome funding was being removed but stopped short of threatening to vote against the bill.

Steny hoyer was quick to act.

https://www.i24news.tv/en/news/international/1632262807-lapid-us-house-m...

Steny Hoyer 'reiterated the commitment' to Israel of US gov't, Democrat leaders

Foreign Minister and Alternative Prime Minister Yair Lapid spoke Tuesday with US House Majority Leader Stanley Hoyer about the removal of some $1 billion from the US budget allocated to Israel for Iron Dome systems.

Hoyer told Lapid that "this is a technical rejection resulting from the congressional debate over the US budget deficit ceiling," according to Lapid's Twitter.

Lapid also said Hoyer "reiterated the commitment" of the Biden administration and Democrat leaders in Congress to Israel."

Lapid stressed the importance in getting the funding as soon as possible to safeguard Israel's security interests.

"After years in which the previous government neglected Congress and the Democratic Party, causing considerable damage to Israel-US relations," Lapid said, "we are today rebuilding a relationship of trust with the Congress.

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@humphrey

perhaps somebody should have played some romantic music for lapid and hoyer. it's so nice to know that steny's love is requited.

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@humphrey It was the one bright spot this week.

Israel gets its billion and our people do not get health care.

let me remind you that Israel provides health care for Israelis. while they are busy killing Palestinians.

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Spanish Flu! Because it has killed more Americans."

I'm pretty sure the population of the USA in 1918 was a lot lower than 330,000,000
http://www.demographia.com/db-uspop1900.htm
Yep. I was right. Note that 1918 was the only year in the twentieth century that the US population went down.

Is this some of the "Science" I am supposed to believe?

Hey! I'm officially richer than Jeff Bezos because I made more money in 1960 than he did! I was making 85 cents an hour at a lumberyard and Bezos made zero! (He wasn't born yet).

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@The Voice In the Wilderness

heh, so, it appears that some of the great science fans among the fourth estate are not so very good at mathematics. Smile

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@joe shikspack that got me a good belly laugh.

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Here's Ben Norton on Bido's UN speech:

Arizona Report -
The latest on the Maricopa County "audit":
Cyber Ninjas can be sued under Arizona's public records law, judge rules
They were hoping that because Cyber Ninjas is "private sector" they could keep their results secret. Looks like they would like to hide the fact that they came up with nothing.
Here's the story on those Sinema ads that were running here a couple weeks ago, dark money from big pharma.
Sinema Threat Followed Boost From Pharma Group

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@Azazello

thanks for the videos. i am shocked that joe biden would lie or misrepresent things to the un. sounds like his diplomacy offensive is getting off with a bang.

glad to see that the cyber ninjas are going to be held accountable in arizona. i'm sure that there will be some amusing disclosures to come.

imagine that, big pharma is underwriting sinema's pre-campaign.

if progressives really want to get anywhere with their reconciliation package they are going to have to get off their asses and go to war with sinema, manchin and gottheimer and his stenchly henchmen. at a bare minimum they need to air some negative ads underwritten by some organizations that are plausibly distanced from actual legislators and start very publicly auditioning primary challengers.

have a great evening!

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@joe shikspack
Those ads, and there were two or three of them, were different from normal campaign ads in that they didn't ask us to vote for her, they wanted us to call her up and tell her ... how much we love her.

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@humphrey
would be forced to shut down if they were in China due to not meeting China's stricter emissions regulations.

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together with the mining companies ARE the US government.

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@The Voice In the Wilderness
by the Tennessee Valley Authority and a dozen others owned by various cities and universities. Capitalism all the way to the bank! Of course the US government will take responsibility if the power plants get financially strapped.

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Comed trial to begin soon on bribery and corruption charges. I suspect they will throw "a few bad apples" under the bus.

Illinois plants are all in the South which is a net importer of electricity.

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I'm sitting on the porch with my sweetie watching the harvest moon arc across the Texas sky.

It is beautiful.

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@JtC
Cool thing in Southern AZ, the weather is going to change tomorrow, right on the equinox, right on schedule. A front is blowing in, temps will be ten degrees cooler, low 90s in the day, low 60s at night. Fall weather arrives with the Harvest Moon.

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@Azazello
same here, 93 degrees today, 82 tomorrow and it looks like it will be in the 80s for the rest of the month. The cool, crisp air feels great in the fall.

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@JtC

i've been watching the moon for the last few nights on my way home and it's a good one. big and bold like a harvest moon should be.

heh, i'll probably go out and check on it in a while and hoist a cold one in its honor. Smile

have a great evening!

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