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That Syria move by Trumpy is not going to go as Trumpy and his Wrecking Crew hope (i.e. distract from the Impeachment while strengthening Trump's election chances). Sure, the  Fox News Spin Machine will try to celebrate "our troops coming home".

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So what happens now? It's a bit complicated but the end result of Turkey's (rather desperate, by the way) bellicose action is that the Kurds will actually gain more terrain, popularity and strength while Turkey's Trump clone legitimacy will be simultaneously severely eroded. Erdogan might even be replaced, but while that may happen within a year, I don't think it will happen during this latest Turkish attempt to engage in the genocide of the Kurds.

What happens within turkey (Kurdistan?) remain s to be seen. But what the Syria/turkey announcement did is push this story off the front pages, and the corporate press eagerly complied. Except for Doc Maddow.

Rachel Maddow just nailed it

| 12:10 am EDT October 8, 2019

Palmer Report » Analysis

On Sunday night, the AP broke arguably the most important story in Donald Trump’s whistleblower scandal to date, when it reported that Trump, Rudy Giuliani, and Rick Perry were abusing their government positions to extort a Ukraine gas company into funneling money into the pockets of their allies. It was poised to dominate Monday’s news cycle and change the course of the impeachment narrative, until… well, Trump did something even worse.

After Donald Trump announced that he was immediately and disastrously pulling all U.S. troops out of northern Syria, Palmer Report said this: “This Syria-Turkey stunt is to distract from last night’s AP bombshell that he and Rudy were trying to extort money out of a Ukrainian gas company. And it’s working – no one is covering this crucial story.”

Sure enough, during the course of the day on Monday, the media (somewhat understandably) allowed the Ukraine gas company story to all but completely get lost in the shuffle. If Trump really did announce this stunt late last night in order to make sure the Ukraine bombshell got flushed out of the news cycle, it sure worked well.

But then came Rachel Maddow. During her Monday evening show, she made a point of covering the Ukraine gas company story. She made it important, and she spelled out how Donald Trump is trying to redefine the word “corruption” so that it loses its meaning, even as he falsely accuses his adversaries of doing precisely what he and his camp are doing. Maddow nailed it. Hopefully, as the dust settles on Tuesday, the rest of the media will decide to make the Ukraine gas scandal important.


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That Syria move by Trumpy is not going to go as Trumpy and his Wrecking Crew hope (i.e. distract from the Impeachment while strengthening Trump's election chances). Sure, the  Fox News Spin Machine will try to celebrate "our troops coming home".

//
So what happens now? It's a bit complicated but the end result of Turkey's (rather desperate, by the way) bellicose action is that the Kurds will actually gain more terrain, popularity and strength while Turkey's Trump clone legitimacy will be simultaneously severely eroded. Erdogan might even be replaced, but while that may happen within a year, I don't think it will happen during this latest Turkish attempt to engage in the genocide of the Kurds.

What happens within turkey (Kurdistan?) remain s to be seen. But what the Syria/turkey announcement did is push this story off the front pages, and the corporate press eagerly complied. Except for Doc Maddow.

Rachel Maddow just nailed it

| 12:10 am EDT October 8, 2019

Palmer Report » Analysis

On Sunday night, the AP broke arguably the most important story in Donald Trump’s whistleblower scandal to date, when it reported that Trump, Rudy Giuliani, and Rick Perry were abusing their government positions to extort a Ukraine gas company into funneling money into the pockets of their allies. It was poised to dominate Monday’s news cycle and change the course of the impeachment narrative, until… well, Trump did something even worse.

After Donald Trump announced that he was immediately and disastrously pulling all U.S. troops out of northern Syria, Palmer Report said this: “This Syria-Turkey stunt is to distract from last night’s AP bombshell that he and Rudy were trying to extort money out of a Ukrainian gas company. And it’s working – no one is covering this crucial story.”

Sure enough, during the course of the day on Monday, the media (somewhat understandably) allowed the Ukraine gas company story to all but completely get lost in the shuffle. If Trump really did announce this stunt late last night in order to make sure the Ukraine bombshell got flushed out of the news cycle, it sure worked well.

But then came Rachel Maddow. During her Monday evening show, she made a point of covering the Ukraine gas company story. She made it important, and she spelled out how Donald Trump is trying to redefine the word “corruption” so that it loses its meaning, even as he falsely accuses his adversaries of doing precisely what he and his camp are doing. Maddow nailed it. Hopefully, as the dust settles on Tuesday, the rest of the media will decide to make the Ukraine gas scandal important.


We'll see. Anything that has to do with hydrocarbon industry corruption fun and games is generally off limits to the U.S. media. The fossil fuel Government has some unwritten media coverage "rules" that must be obeyed...


This Ukraine bit of 🦖Trump  and 🦕Rudy  Hydrocarbon Hellspawn corruption provides further evidence that Hydrocarbon LOVE is at the root of at least 90% of the ROT in the U.S. government. They just cannot let go of those biosphere destroying ☠️ "high energy density" Hydrocarbons






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Is 👹 Jordan Peterson in rehab❓
« Reply #362 on: October 08, 2019, 07:55:23 pm »
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Is Jordan Peterson in rehab?

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Based on what I’ve read this morning, he is in some form of rehab to deal with an addiction to clonazepam, which he was prescribed after his wife was diagnosed with cancer.

I wish Peterson the best, and sincerely hope that this experience will cause him to revisit some of his earlier work on how to deal with addiction, which was glib and judgmental.

Well said. Let us hope Mr. (closet fascist apologist) Jordan Peterson gets off his high "pecking order top position justifies WHATEVAH BECAUSE YOU CAN" horse.
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« Reply #363 on: October 11, 2019, 07:09:17 pm »
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California to end its use of 😈 private, 💵🎩 for-profit prisons
Source: Associated Press

by: DON THOMPSON and AMY TAXIN, Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will ban the use of for-profit, private detention facilities, including those under contract to the federal government to hold immigrants awaiting deportation hearings, under a bill that Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday that he had signed.

The Democratic governor said the measure helps fulfill a promise he made to end private prison use, which he said contributes to over-incarceration and does “not reflect our values.”

The state’s prison system was already phasing them out, despite having to comply with an inmate population cap imposed by federal judges.

Immigrant advocates have praised the bill authored by Democratic Assemblyman Rob Bonta, which they said would put an end to almost all immigration detention in California in the next year.

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Russia patrolling between Turkish and Syrian forces after U.S. troops withdraw

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Trump calls for cease-fire in northern Syria and imposes sanctions on Turkey

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Trump’s ex-Russia adviser told impeachment investigators of Giuliani’s efforts in Ukraine

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Giuliani associate embroiled in Trump Ukraine drama raised money for DeSantis campaign

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“She Is Definitely the Hero”: Defiance at State After Yovanovitch Blasts Trump

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Ronan Farrow: National Enquirer shredded secret Trump documents

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If you don't change the way "money" is created and distributed, you change nothing. Did the thousands of pages of financial regulations passed after the 2008-09 debacle reverse wealth and income inequality? The answer is no, wealth inequality is rising even faster after all the feel-good "reforms." The net result of the "reforms" is the costs of compliance for banks went up substantially, and that regulatory moat simply pushed risky lending outside the banking system.

In other words, the sources of systemic instability and wealth inequality weren't even touched by the "reforms." If the financial system were actually stable, why was the Federal Reserve only able to "normalize" interest rates and its bloated balance sheet for a few months after a decade of "growth"? Why is the Fed reverting to "emergency measures" again after a few brief months of "normalizing"?

If all these "reforms" were worth more than a bucket of spit, why isn't wealth inequality reversing?

Here's the way our "money" system works: banks borrow trillions of dollars into existence and loan it to debt serfs at high rates of interest. Central banks create "money" out of thin air and distribute it to the very top of the wealth-power pyramid: banks, financiers and corporations.

The only way to change this corrupt, exploitive system that generates inequality as its only possible output is to eliminate central banks and fractional reserve banking, and ban the aggregation of "too big to fail" entities: a system of 1,000 small banks is structurally far less vulnerable than five mega-banks that are tightly bound to virtually every risk-on asset in the entire system.

if you don't change the way "money" is created and distributed, you change nothing.

Since we're incapable of changing the sources of financial instability, fragility and inequality (because it would destabilize those benefiting from the status quo), we're doomed to watch our social and political systems decay and implode.

True.



True. It won't be long now.


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