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Zombie NATO Is Obsolete; Militarists Try To Revive It Through Expanded Targets


Please consider this by way of a PSA.  The title is from this morning’s Popular Resistance newsletter and was written by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, December 8, 2019, after the 70th Nato Summit had wrapped up on Dec. 4.

As all their content is CC w/ attribution, I’ll paste it all in, although I haven’t taken the time to check all the internal links.  The ‘bitterly divided’ link is a barn-burner by Alex Lantier at wsws.org, imo.  I haven’t brought their photos, either; I’ve used images from NATO on Twitter instead.

“The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) held an abbreviated two-day meeting this week in London on its 70th anniversary. On display was a zombie alliance that is bitterly divided on multiple issues and has lost its purpose for existing. Rather than recognizing it is time to end this obsolete military alliance, they decided to expand their activities, search for a purpose and conduct a study to determine their strategy.

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Creating the Corporate Coup

Chris Hedges often says "The corporate coup is complete". Sadly I think he is correct. So this week I thought it might be interesting to explore the techniques which are used here at home and abroad. The oligarchs' corporate control is global, but different strategies are employed in various scenarios. Just thinking about the recent regime changes promoted by the US in this hemisphere... Brazil's coup was a function of corrupt courts. The more recent Honduran coup was accomplished by falsifying the election. Bolivia's coup last month (as well as the Honduran coup of 2009) was the product of US trained military officers. The current attempts at the Venezuelan, Nicaraguan, Cuban, and Iranian coups are primarily conducted using economic sanctions. The US doesn't even lie about past coups. They recently released a report about the 1953 CIA led coup against Iran detailing the strategies. Here at home it is a compliant media and a new array of corporate laws designed to protect and further enrich that spell the corporate capture of our culture and society.

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woot! bellin¿cat won ‘em an emmy!

Politik on Twitter: ‘Bellingcat’s new magnum opus

On Dec. 3, this had come in on the Popular Resistance newsletter: ‘Omidyar’s Intercept Teams Up With War-Propaganda Firm Bellingcat’, Whitney Webb, Mintpressnews.com, December 3, 2019…and I’d thought close to ‘holy hell’ not for the third time!’  As I’d reported on that in a compendium diary on Oct. 2019: ‘All the Manufactured News That’s Fit to Believe™’ But when I’d come back and had clicked in to read more closely, at the top they’d noted:

This article was originally published in October 2018. We are reposting this because Bellingcat recently won an Emmy Award for a documentary film.

Despite promoting itself as an “independent” and open-source investigation site, Bellingcat has received a significant portion of its funding from Google, which is also one of the most powerful U.S. military contractors and whose rise to prominence was directly aided by the CIA.”  Well, Webb had named many more funding sources, but I’ll paste it in below the fold just in case you’d never read it and would like to.

Mayor Pete's Brilliant Essay in Support of Bernie Sanders

When he was valedictorian of his high school class in 2000, Pete Buttigieg wrote this essay which won him an award from the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, MA. https://www.jfklibrary.org/learn/education/profile-in-courage-essay-cont...

Friday Night Photos - Piano Concerto edition

Just referring to the fact that I'm listening to the first movement of Ludomir Rozycki's 2nd piano concerto.

Anyway, here's a lonely canal. Rather suits my mood.

Other than that, I've got nothing, aside from the prospect of a nice lamb vindaloo. Some like it hot. Me included, although the appearance of the Polar Vortex next week isn't so yummy.

Early December Primary Status

At this snapshot in time, below are the likely winners (should polls be believed) of early primaries and caucuses (note, many candidates might take delegates from each of these states, but below is listing who will win the *most* delegates). I'm cutting it off at Super Tuesday.

Bernie Sanders: New Hampshire, Vermont, California (3 states)

Pete Buttigieg: Iowa (1 state)

There might not be any debtors prisons

They Loan You Money. Then They Get a Warrant for Your Arrest.

High-interest loan companies are using Utah’s small claims courts to arrest borrowers and take their bail money. Technically, the warrants are issued for missing court hearings. For many, that’s a distinction without a difference.

The Unintended Consequences of the American Experiment.

In the matter of the Arkansas paternity suit against Hunter Biden, lawyers representing the mother of his child told the court that she was a very private woman. She never wavered, however, and she never doubted the results.

“Ms. Roberts is committed to Hunter Biden and his family having the best relationship with the child, whatever that may be, whenever they’re ready,” attorney Clint Lancaster says.

Even while it brought her international attention, the paternity suit filed by Arkansas woman Lunden Roberts against former Vice President Joe Biden‘s son Hunter Biden has always been seen by her as a “family matter,” her attorney says — and one she only pressed because Hunter left her no choice.

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In court papers filed Wednesday, Roberts’ lawyers, Clint and Jennifer Lancaster, told the court that DNA testing had proved Hunter was the father of her child, who was born in August 2018, even as Hunter repeatedly denied ever having sex with her.

In the subsequent court hearing, Hunter Biden has been ordered by an Arkansas judge to produce five years of financial records - a period which includes the majority of his time on the board of Ukrainian gas giant Burisma, which paid Biden's firm over $80,000 per month.

If you have intersected with reality at any point during the ongoing "Impeachment Query" underway in Congress, then you may realize that this ruling could cause a serious disconnect in the Democrat's Impeachment narrative.

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