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hoping for world peace instead of pieces laterall

Is the American Merchant Marine a Zombie? - Forbes


But Bank, who now serves as president of Millennium International Consultants, LLC, questioned whether those ships would really be available when needed. Most are operated by foreign-based companies that set up American operating units in order to keep receiving government subsidies. American President Lines still exists in name, but it’s been owned by Singapore’s Neptune Orient Lines since 1997. Sea-Land Service, another former U.S.-flag carrier, was acquired by Denmark’s Maersk Line in 1999.
The U.S. pays ship owners about $3.1 million a year to keep their vessels flying the American flag. And that amount doesn’t even cover half the differential between U.S. and foreign-flag operating costs. To make up the rest, the government requires that U.S.-registered ships be used for at least half of all food-aid shipments, and 100% of military cargoes.

But of those present—every decrepit old man or woman, every young, unfashionably dressed girl or threadbare-looking young man—all were the kind of Ukrainians who throughout this year of madness have kept in their hearts an earnest, warm feeling towards Russia! They have clung to the idea of seeing themselves as a part of a great singular civilization, as citizens of the once-proud Soviet Union. They don't need Russian condescension!
After this one year, it has become plain that there can be no Ukraine without support from Russia. But it is also true that there can never be a genuine resurrection of Russian Civilization without a resurrection of the Ukraine. It is not a matter of territory; the ties are psychological, emotional and historical. How many among the contemporary Russian public actually appreciate this point? A regular Russian guy sympathizes with Donbass, supports Putin, and despises the USA. But does he consider the Ukrainians to be good-for-nothing losers—possibly including his own brothers who happen to live there?

that has to be at least off white

At the funeral there were a few reporters from Russia who came specifically for this event. They were polite and talkative. But I noticed something which to me seemed off: yesterday was a profoundly emotional time for all the Kiev residents who made the decision to attend the funeral, and many people were crying openly in the cold wind, for several hours, and not just old women. However, some of the questions asked by the Russian reporters, and some of the things they said, had a mild undertone of Schadenfreude: “Oh, look at you poor Ukrainians, what have you all brought upon yourselves? Now do you see how wrong you were? Do you see where you end up without Russia?”

ClubOrlov: Notes from a Funeral

vodka and schadenfreude

Deadly Eye Contact: Freddie Gray and the Baltimore Police » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names

I don't know what happened and I think there are some who are being supported to inflame the situation. but the police know enough to get an ambulance if a guy can't stand up

not getting medical care for Gray?

China rates its own citizens - including online behaviour | Buitenland | de Volkskrant

The German aim was limited to avoiding a revolt against the regime. The Chinese aim is far more ambitious: it is clearly an attempt to create a new citizen.'

it's going to be harder to make fun of The Leaders

I thought we were living in an anarchist commune with a non binding rotating leadership

But a growing sense of powerlessness in all aspects of our lives – as workers, consumers, and voters – is convincing most people the system is working only for those at the top.

Robert Reich

and it was stuck in your head…telling you what an inadequate failure you were…psychologically waterboarding you

already got one of those built in

What is Mara’s job like? Her sales figures are monitored…by the microsecond. By hidden cameras and mics. They listen to her every word; they capture her every movement; that track and stalk her as if she were an animal; or a prisoner; or both. She’s jacked into a headset that literally barks algorithmic, programmed “orders” at her, parroting her own “performance” back to her, telling her how she compares with quotas calculated…down to the second…for all the hundreds of items in the store…which recites “influence and manipulation techniques” to her…to use on unsuspecting customers…that sound suspiciously like psychological warfare. It’s as if the NSA was following you around……and it was stuck in your head…telling you what an inadequate failure you were…psychologically waterboarding you…all day long…every day for the rest of your life.

While sending fewer than 300 American troops to Ukraine may seem insignificant, Moscow does not see it that way. The ride is about to get rockier.

With 580 U.S. boots on the ground in Ukraine, what’s Vladimir Putin’s next move?


My favorite part of this saga of corruption and institutional cynicism is the account of Bill’s trip to Kazakhstan in Giustra’s company. The two flew in on Giustra’s private jet, and when they landed they dined with Nursultan Nazarbayev, the President for life, who regularly racks up over 90 percent of the vote in Kazakhstan’s “elections.” As the Times puts it:

“Mr. Clinton handed the Kazakh president a propaganda coup when he expressed support for Mr. Nazarbayev’s bid to head an international elections monitoring group, undercutting American foreign policy and criticism of Kazakhstan’s poor human rights record by, among others, his wife, then a senator.”

No “election” ever held in Kazakhstan has been greeted by anything but jeers from international monitoring groups.

Oh well, never mind all that: the visit got quick results. “Within days of the visit,” the Times reports, “Mr. Giustra’s fledgling company, UrAsia Energy Ltd., signed a preliminary deal giving it stakes in three uranium mines controlled by the state-run uranium agency Kazatomprom.”

A person closely involved with the Yemen crisis told me that the Iranian ships carried food and medicine, not weapons, but turned back to avoid the risk and humiliation of being boarded by the U.S. Navy. Meanwhile, Yemen, already one of the poorest countries in the Arab world, is facing shortages of basic supplies since the Saudis have cut off normal trade routes into Yemen.
Yet, despite the suffering of Yemen, the U.S. government appears more worried about the sensitivities of Saudi Arabia, one of the richest countries in the region. A Defense Department official, speaking anonymously, told the New York Times that it was “important that the Saudis know that we have an arm around their shoulders.”

Embracing the Saudi War on Yemen | Consortiumnews

no I thought you were making just another silly comment

no similar to anthropogenic co2 global catastrophic climate change believer continuing to exxhale

The “indigenous, pre-Arab inhabitants of North Africa,” Berbers, as they are known in the West, have long since had a hand in human trafficking. As part of an agreement he made with Silvio Berlusconi’s government, “Col. Gaddafi had agreed to crack down on the trade in people.” For prior to the dissolution of Libya at the behest of Barack Obama’s Amazon women warriors—Hillary Clinton, Susan Rice and Samantha Power—Libya had a navy. Under the same accord with the Berlusconi government (and for a pretty penny), Gadhafi’s admiralty stemmed the tide of migrants into Europe.
Here’s an interesting aside: Because he cracked down on their customary trade, the Zuwarans of Libya rose up against Gadhafi; the reason for this faction’s uprising, in 2011, was not the hunger for democracy, as John McCain and his BFF Lindsey Graham would have it.

The Suicide Pact of Political Correctness –

why would you reply to a person who doesn't have the IQ of your shoe?

Thus, as our American ancestors understood so clearly, the genuinely free society is not one in which the government wields the power to execute people for criticizing the government but exercises such power wisely and judiciously. The genuinely free society is one in which the government lacks the power to punish people for criticizing the government.

Freedom and the Omnipotent Power to Assassinate - The Future of Freedom Foundation

Lets break for coffee

There is, or will be, a dossier on every “dissident” with all of the dissident’s emails, Internet searches, websites visited, phone calls, purchases, travels. The vast amount of information on each dissident can be combed for whatever can be taken out of context to make a case against him, if a case is even needed

Truth Is Washington’s Enemy -- Paul Craig Roberts -


I have sometimes joked with my friends that perhaps the best career move for an ambitious young politician would be to secretly commit some monstrous crime and then make sure that the hard evidence of his guilt ended up in the hands of certain powerful people, thereby assuring his rapid political rise.

American Pravda: When “Tokyo Rose” Ran for President - The Unz Review

hey putin's team pays us pretty well you may want to switch sides

he may try to hit poic and get some of us like his counterpart

The lack of specificity suggests that despite a much-publicized 2013 policy change by Barack Obama restricting drone killings by, among other things, requiring “near certainty that the terrorist target is present”, the US continues to launch lethal operations without the necessity of knowing who specifically it seeks to kill, a practice that has come to be known as a “signature strike”.

White House admits: we didn't know who drone strike was aiming to kill | World news | The Guardian

close enough good for hand grenades and Snark s

Page not found | Climate Etc.

Ignoring the monster is typified by this statement from President Obama’s web page: Call out the Climate Deniers – 97% of scientists agree. A dubious paper that found a 97% consensus on fairly trivial aspects of climate change is then morphed into 97% of scientists agree that human-caused climate change is dangerous.

monsters abound

Ok, drum roll.... and these stores are indeed undergoing a remodel and will definitely reopen. Historically 6 months is about right for that. Looks like much ado about nothing. Fixing "plumbing" may not have to do with water pipes, but upgrading the network pipes. I will forward some screenshots about the circuit upgrades.
They'll get on the ball now. With the stores being closed a store planner will be assigned onsite to drive the remodel project. They do a good job and these sound like total remodels where they will likely test a new layout. Once the remodel nears completion they'll stand up a "hiring site" and likely rehire a lot of the former employees. It's a good tactic to get rid of dead weight... those "non-productive" eaters Wink

walmart closings

goes to rob's point

I'm, however, willing to cut your salary 50%, as long as you are fine.

hey thanks I am willing to double yours if you are ok with that

sort of understood that but I thought you were arguing from a rational perspective not an emotional one of being happy at sticky outcomes

You all seem to think I'm happy about the observation


don't know if it's all a one sided thing there rob