US military asks for US$20 billion to counter Beijing’s influence in the Indo-Pacific
"WASHINGTON: The head of Indo-Pacific command told Congress he wants to spend $20 billion to more fully disperse troops and advanced weaponry across the Pacific, build up missile defense systems, and create a network of joint training ranges stretching from California to Japan."
"From 1949 to 1969, the US government carried out at least 239 tests on unsuspecting US civilians that were meant to simulate biological weapon attacks. Officials back then used what they believed were harmless 'simulants' of actual bioweapons. But .. these supposedly harmless germs are 'all considered pathogens now'."
1952 promo film hilighting US government biological warfare capabilities: 'Naval Concepts of Chemical and Biological Warfare'
"The virus has exposed fatal weaknesses in the economic system that was patched up after the 2008 financial crisis.
What is fast unravelling is not only the hyperglobalisation of recent decades but the global order set in place at the end of the Second World War. Puncturing an imaginary equilibrium, the virus has hastened a process of disintegration that has been under way for many years."
"Everyone knows the saying that truth is stranger than fiction but few stories illustrate this as well as that of Baron Roman von Ungern-Sternberg. He is proof that colorful characters abound on the frontiers of civilization, be they in the west or the east. His life story reads like “Apocalypse Now” set in northeast rather than Southeast Asia." ...
BREAKING! China is really bad and doing really evil things you should be mad about! Here's an unsourced summary from a super-secret report you can't see. But you can trust this to be completely factual, because it's from anonymous sources in the US intelligence community. (sarc)
"I fear [a paper restrained to true facts & sound principles] would find few subscribers. It is a melancholy truth, that a suppression of the press could not more compleatly deprive the nation of it's benefits, than is done by it's abandoned prostitution to falsehood. Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle."
Will COVID-19 Mark the End of European Liberalism?
"[U]nderstanding the social science literature—which tells us that increased pathogen risk is likely to shift voters toward authoritarian-nationalism—and taking into account the fragile state of some of Europe’s biggest economies, suggests that the political fall-out from the pandemic could be the not-so-strange death of liberal Europe. This would be an impact felt for decades to come."
"Daniel Lucey, an infectious disease specialist at Georgetown University, says the first human infections must have occurred in November 2019—if not earlier... And Kristian Andersen, an evolutionary biologist at the Scripps Research Institute says the scenario of somebody being infected outside the market and then later bringing it to the market is one of the three scenarios we have considered that is still consistent with the data."
So it's looking more likely that the coronavirus showed up in Italy and China at about the same time, dating patient zero to around the same time frame as the 2019 World Military Games.
"Coincidence? I think not!"
"The author of a paper on Italy’s coronavirus crisis says general practitioners remember seeing strange pneumonia cases in December — even November — meaning the virus was circulating in parts of Italy before doctors were aware of the outbreak in China."
"During WW2, Rand McNally’s Ready Reference Atlas of the World – like many other atlases at the time – listed Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico and the Philippines as 'foreign'.
A class of 7th graders in Kalamazoo, MI scratched their heads over this. They had been trying to follow the war on their maps. How, they wondered, could the attack on Pearl Harbor have been an attack on the US if Hawaii was foreign?
They wrote to Rand McNally to inquire." ..
... Bloomberg offers us a return of the real real, so to speak. As a billionaire oligarch, that genuinely and openly reflects the values and shape of [neoliberal] America, Bloomberg cuts out the middleman of a simulacra president like Trump, and presents a chance to engage politically with the unmediated real. To say a country gets the leader it deserves, well in 2020 the United States of America not only deserves Michael Bloomberg, it needs him. Mike will indeed get it done."
@adam tldw - this was his conclusion:
"In a certain sense Trump's election in 2016 was not meant to happen. As I've gotten into before, Trump's election campaign was a distinctly metamodern movement. In that sense it was a temporary injection of the real into American politics, a break from the postmodern status quo. And averting to type as a Republican president, Trump has continued to maintain the status quo while becoming a reality TV show president. ...
REPLACE THE ELITE
"Lind describes populism as an 'autoimmune response' of a sick body politic. While the elite possess the nation’s wealth, populate its prestigious institutions, and control the mainstream media, the working class has one weapon: the ballot box. In nations across the world where the elite have advanced managerial liberalism at the expense of the life prospects of ordinary people, the result has been the rise of populist parties."
President Trump's Economic Team: Big Tech's Massive Power Is Perfectly Fine
The report also blames government regulation — and not the outsourcing of labor to Mexico and the Far East — for the decline in blue-collar jobs over the past few decades.
The CIA dosed notorious Boston crime boss Whitey Bulger with LSD more than 50 times in a top secret mind control experiment, but his lawyers never mentioned it in his two-month trial.
"jUST InfiLtratE the gOVeRNMENT!"
"People need to understand that 'The Long March Through the Institutions' is something that people on the right are NEVER going to be able to replicate.
And it all has to do with what Uncle Ted called 'Oversocialisation'." ....
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