Gwynfydd

From John Michael Greer, three weeks ago:

The secrets of occultism aren’t secret because somebody chooses to hide them. They’re secret because you can’t understand them unless you’ve had certain experiences, and you won’t get those experiences unless you put in a lot of hard work…

One of the consequences of two thousand years of Christian moral preaching is that people in the Western world have gotten very, very good at tarting up grubby desires in virtuous drag…

If you read The Cosmic Doctrine the way that Fortune asks you to read it, you’re going to get a first-rate training in discursive meditation…

Unpublished until 1949, and then only in a privately printed edition, Fortune and her followers considered the material too dangerous for general release.

From JMG, last week:

With this post we begin a monthly discussion of The Cosmic Doctrine by Dion Fortune, which I consider the most important work of 20th century occult philosophy. Climb in and fasten your belts; it’s going to be a wild ride…

“The Unmanifest is pure existence.”..

“Manifestation begins when duality occurs.” Duality—or, to give it another name, polarity—is the most important theme in The Cosmic Doctrine. The short paragraphs that follow outline our first sketch of polarity, by way of the usual interplay of image and idea. Imagine interstellar space, and then imagine some of it beginning to flow, forming a current—a current of space, in space, moving through space from space to space. Now imagine the two forces playing on the movement—the slightly stronger desire of space for momentum and the slightly weaker desire of space for inertia; imagine the second force pulling slightly on the first, making it curve; imagine the curve extended over immense distances until the current becomes a vast ring—the Ring-Cosmos…

Once the Ring-Cosmos is established, it begins to draw more empty space into its flow, and the Ring-Cosmos turns into a spinning disk. Think of it as the spinning wheel in a gyroscope, or an old-fashioned vinyl record spinning on a turntable. As it spins, it sets up stresses in the empty space beyond its outer edge, and those stresses eventually set another current of space in motion at right angles to the original current. If you picture the Ring-Cosmos as spinning horizontally, like an LP on a turntable, imagine the second current starting out vertically from a space out beyond one edge of the Ring-Cosmos. The same paired forces have the same effect on the second current as on the first, so it curves as it flows, arcing over the Ring-Cosmos, descending vertically past it off beyond its far side, and then circling back beneath the Ring-Cosmos to return to its starting point.

That gives you two rings: the Ring-Cosmos and the Ring-Chaos, spinning at right angles to each other. The Ring-Cosmos is a disk, the Ring-Chaos is a ring outside the disk at right angles to the plane in which the disk spins—all, as our text says, to the nearest approximate metaphor. (“These images are not descriptive but symbolic…”) Once again we have a polarity, just as we did when space first started flowing…and once again the dinergy between the two opposed but unequal forces gives rise to something new…

Imagine the Ring-Cosmos as a flat horizontal disk of metal. Imagine the Ring-Chaos as a ring of metal larger than the disk, positioned vertically so that the disk fits inside it, and the two touch at two points, where the ring passes just outside the disk. Imagine that the ring and the disk are connected at those two points by a pair of pins on which the disk can pivot. Now imagine the disk pivoting on those pins, one side rising up, the other dipping down, until the disk is in the same vertical plane as the ring—but the disk keeps pivoting, so that the side that rose is now dipping and that which dipped begins to rise. The disk moves faster and faster, and as it moves, its outer edge traces a sphere.

That sphere is the Ring-Pass-Not, the third of the Rings that define a Cosmos. The Ring-Cosmos is primary; the Ring-Chaos takes shape in response to it, as a function of the resistance of space; the Ring-Pass-Not takes shape out of the interaction between the other two rings, as a function of their mutual attraction and repulsion…

In the traditions of the Cabala, they are the three pillars of Force, Form, and Balance; in the symbolism of Masonry, they are the three pillars of Strength, Wisdom, and Beauty…

Fortune assigns several descriptive labels to the Ring-Chaos. It’s the prime stillness of the cosmos; it’s the thrust-block that resists the force of the Cosmos; finally, it’s the Prime Evil…

It’s especially challenging for thinkers who are committed to those monotheist faiths that claim the universe was created by one and only one almighty, omniscient, and infinitely loving deity; a vast number of unsatisfactory arguments have been deployed to try to explain why such a deity would have created a world as well-stocked with misery and brutality as the one we experience.

The Cosmic Doctrine Kindle Edition

From JMG in August:

Research into near-death experiences dovetails neatly with the findings of research into apparent past life memories, to such an extent that in most other fields, so detailed a consensus of evidence on the subject would be enough to justify acceptance of reincarnation as a working hypothesis until and unless some solid disproof emerges…

To the occultist, spirit is the ultimate reality, and matter is the last and least stable product of that reality. Matter seems solid to us only because it’s what our senses perceive. Thus the death of the physical body isn’t the end of the real person; it’s the shedding of an outer layer, not much more significant than what happens every night when you take off your clothes…

In the Druid teachings, the mineral realm is the material expression of an immense mass of undifferentiated Spirit. The old writings call it the Cauldron of Annwn from which souls are born. (Annwn is pronounced AN-oon.)..

Abred—this is pronounced AH-bred—is the condition of physical incarnation…

To pass through Abred, they say, it is necessary for each of us to be all things, to know all things, and to suffer all things…

Choice doesn’t enter the picture until we reach the uppermost edge of Abred, where it borders on the next realm of being. Over and over again, the Individuality enters into incarnate life, adapts and grows, and then rises back into itself for a time to absorb the results of each life and prepare for the next one…

It took more than a billion years before the first Individualities to emerge from Annwn on this planet got past the single-celled organism stage…

We don’t happen to know when the first souls reached the upper boundary of Abred, the point at which human beings exist now…

Gwynfydd (that’s pronounced GWUN-vuth) means “the luminous life.’ It’s not heaven, not if by this you mean a static end point where the inmates bliss out for eternity. It’s not the end of a journey, but the beginning of the journey’s second half. In Abred, the Individuality is drowned in instinct, enclosed in mental, vital, and material forms, forgetful of its nature; in Gwynfydd the Individuality is awake and aware of itself, with full access to its memories from its previous lives, and its mental, vital, and material forms are freely chosen. One way of putting it is to say that in Abred, the spirit is wrapped up in matter, while in Gwynfydd, matter is caught up into spirit. Physical incarnation, in the sense of landing in another freshly born body, ends when Gwynfydd begins; material manifestation is still available, but it’s in other-than-human forms.

Having attained Gwynfydd, the Individuality now has an immensity of further development ahead of it. The traditional lore is emphatic that there are beings in Gwynfydd who are as far beyond human beings as human beings are beyond bacteria. Druids who prefer the old polytheist language refer to these higher beings as gods and goddesses; Druids who prefer Christian terms—yes, there are a lot of Christian Druids—refer to them in terms of the nine hierarchies of angels.  Those beings were once where we are now. We have the capacity to get to where they are now—and by the time we get there, they’ll be something even further beyond our imaginations. (Human beings are never going to be top dog in the Druid cosmos. Deal.)

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Saudi/UAE Fail in Yemen

I have a lot of ground to cover, since my last post, so hang on:

From Gareth Porter:

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has gone further than any previous government in pushing to end the 70-year military tension and formal state of war between North and South. Moon’s commitment to a Korean peace agreement appears to be the single biggest reason that Kim switched gears so dramatically in a New Year’s Day speech that presaged dramatic diplomatic moves in 2018…

North Korea still has not shown that it has mastered the reentry technology or the guidance system necessary to have a convincing deterrent capability, as Defense Secretary James Mattis observed last December.

Joint Statement of President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the bDemocratic People’s Republic of Korea

Mueller Scrambles To Limit Evidence After Indicted Russians Actually Show Up In Court

[Concord] voluntarily appeared through counsel as provided for in [the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure], and further intends to enter a plea of not guilty. [Concord] has not sought a limited appearance nor has it moved to quash the summons. As such, the briefing sought by the Special Counsel’s motion is pettifoggery…

So far as I know “meddling” isn’t a crime outside of Scooby Doo cartoons and MSNBC.

MoA – First Thoughts On The Kim Trump Photo-Op Summit

Kim’s intellectual cred was on display as he certainly used English to talk with Trump as they walked alone.

Career State Department Officer Rages: 5 Media Myths Of Trump-Kim Summit

81% of South Koreans supported the summit, and 88% supported the prior Kim-Moon summit…

The Left/Establishment KNOWS that if Trump succeeds in the eyes of casual voters, independents, blacks, and other voting blocks, they are FINISHED for a generation.

Crisis on the High Plains: The Loss of America’s Largest Aquifer – the Ogallala

The Ogallala Aquifer supports an astounding one-sixth of the world’s grain produce, and it has long been an essential component of American agriculture…

The agricultural demands for Ogallala water in the region are immense, with the aquifer ultimately being responsible for thirty percent of all irrigation in the United States.

From the comments at MoA:

“The Universe is not only queerer than we imagine, it’s queerer than we can imagine.” – JBS Haldane…

The federal government is not an individual, it is not a household, and it is not a business. It has the power to print money…

In Rights of Man, published in 1791, Thomas Paine argued that: “Every age and generation must be as free to act for itself, in all cases, as the ages and generations which preceded it. The vanity and presumption of governing beyond the grave is the most ridiculous and insolent of all tyrannies.”..

India helped fill the gap during the war, making up only 31% of British cotton imports in 1861, but 90% in 1862 and 67% in 1864…

After the American Civil War ended in 1865, British and French traders abandoned Egyptian cotton and returned to cheap American exports…

It turns out that hay yields in the desert are the best in the United States. You can literally get three or four times as much hay growing in the desert because you have a very long growing season: It’s hot, so the hay dries really quickly once you cut it. But the rub here is that you need … lots of water…

The Buffalo Commons is a conceptual proposal to create a vast nature preserve by returning 139,000 square miles (360,000 km2) of the drier portion of the Great Plains to native prairie, and by reintroducing the American bison (“buffalo”), that once grazed the shortgrass prairie. The proposal would affect ten states: Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Texas, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Kansas…

Andy Grove: The first task is to rebuild our industrial commons. We should develop a system of financial incentives: Levy an extra tax on the product of offshored labor. (If the result is a trade war, treat it like other wars—fight to win.)..

An old Chinese idiom: “Kill the chicken to scare the monkey.”

Russia Warns “Credible Information” Of Impending Staged Chemical Attack In Syria

FSA militants have delivered chlorine cylinders to the Syrian Deir ez-Zor province to simulate another “chemical attack against civilians.”

MoA – Yemen – The Starvation Siege Has Begun

The Saudi coalition forces are commanded by former officers from Australia, the U.S. and UK who have been hired by the UAE…

To starve Yemen’s civilians is a war crime. Starvation of Yemenis as a war strategy is illegal…

What is happening in Yemen is not only the greatest humanitarian crisis on earth right now, it has come about 100% because of political and military decisions made by the USA and her allies…

A naval vessel belonging to the United Arab Emirates was ablaze in the Red Sea and has suffered major damage as a result of a Houthi attack, according to multiple sources. The ship eventually sunk, a major dent in the Saudi- and UAE-planned invasion of al-Hudaydah…

The Saudi coalition has not advanced at all in al-Hudaydah…

“We foiled a sea landing of Saudi and Emirati forces near the port of Hudaydah,” he added.

From the comments at Naked Capitalism:

An anecdote on this from my recent trip to Sacramento.

I was visiting my son who is big into activism and we got to talking about all the people I was seeing come wandering into the town in the morning near my hotel/restaurant. He said that they were coming from the large homeless camps along the river and another area near me. Said there were some 6,000 living in them.

He was telling me that almost 50% of the people in the homeless camp actually had jobs and a significant percentage of those jobs were full time. It was just too expensive to rent. He also told me that he knew of several people with masters degrees who were living in their cars for the same reason.

His 1300 sq ft house in a nice area of the city goes for over a half million and costs about 2 1/2 times what a similar house would cost here in AZ (maybe 3 times). It is 2 bedroom 1 bath so about the same as an apartment. He says a lot of his neighbors actually commute to San Francisco via train/BART at about 2 hours each way as they cannot afford to buy there at all.”

Caitlin Johnstone – Optimism

Surprising no one, MSNBC’s cartoon children’s program The Rachel Maddow Show took home the trophy for jaw-dropping, shark-jumping ridiculousness with an eighteen-minute Alex Jones impression claiming that the chief architect of the Korean negotiations was none other than (and if you can’t guess whose name I’m going to write once we get out of these parentheses I deeply envy your ignorance on this matter) Vladimir Putin…

Promulgating optimism and the belief that humanity can win this thing makes us that much more likely to…

keep going donnie – fuck all the haters – we are with u.

Russia inserts itself into North Korea game

Abe is the only major regional leader yet to establish eye contact with the top man in Pyongyang…

Russian proposals to link the Trans-Siberian and Trans-Korean railways systems, and to run a new pipeline from the Russian Far East through North Korea to energy-thirsty South Korea, are high on Putin’s agenda.

Pentagon Admits Afghanistan’s New Black Hawks Can’t Match Its Older Russian Choppers

It takes almost two Black Hawks to carry the load of a single Mi-17…

Furthermore, unlike Mi-17s, Black Hawks cannot fly at high elevations and, as such, cannot operate in remote regions of Afghanistan where Mi-17s operate…

The Mi-17 is ‘much more conducive to the education level available in the general Afghan population than the UH-60As’ when it comes to maintenance…

For years, members of Congress had increasingly questioned why the U.S. military was buying Russian-made helicopters,

Elizabeth Holmes, Theranos CEO at TEDMED 2014

It’s as if she’s a bad actress auditioning for the part of being a cult leader…

So this is what a narcissistic sociopath sounds like.

From Russia with love, as Putin kicks off soft power Games

Corrupt FIFA, Putin’s World Cup and Russia-gate; the serpent eats its own tail…

Football may have been turned into a demented, multi-trillion-dollar mega-corporate geoeconomic hydra, but football is the preeminent global pop culture.

The Chomsky Challenge for Americans

U.S. Air Force Gen. Curtis LeMay boasted that “we burned down every town in North Korea” and proudly guessed that Uncle Sam’s gruesome air campaign, replete with napalm and chemical weapons, murdered 20 percent of North Korea’s population…

Since everything in North Korea had been destroyed, the air force was then sent to destroy North Korea’s dams, huge dams that controlled the nation’s water supply—a war crime for which people had been hanged in Nuremberg…

Just imagine ourselves in their position,” Chomsky writes. “Imagine what it meant … for your country to be totally levelled—everything destroyed by a huge superpower, which furthermore was gloating about what it was doing. Imagine the imprint that would leave behind…

Americans still can’t grapple with the monumental and arch-imperialist crime that was “the U.S. crucifixion of Southeast Asia” (Chomsky’s term at the time) between 1962 and 1975…

Did the Vietnamese mine U.S. harbors? Did naked American children run down streets in flight from Vietnamese napalm attacks?..

For 60 miles every vehicle [retreating from Kuwait] was strafed or bombed, every windshield is shattered, every tank is burned, every truck is riddled with shell fragments…

The [Afghani] governor said that the villagers have brought two tractor trailers full of pieces of human bodies to his office to prove the casualties that had occurred…

Imagine what it is like to live in constant dread of annihilation launched from invisible and unmanned aerial killing machines.

MoA – Counterdrug Programs Come With Increased Drug Production – Where Does The Money Go?

These are long-term efforts that build the foundation for eventual reductions in opium harvests.

Afghanistan: The Making of a Narco State

Top adviser to Richard Nixon admitted that ‘War on Drugs’ was policy tool to go after anti-war protesters and ‘black people’

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Destroying Yemen to Save It

From MoA:

Three years of Saudi/UAE bombing have destroyed local infrastructure and production. The ongoing war has already caused mass starvation and the outbreak of a large cholera epidemic. The Yemeni coast is under blockade by Saudi and U.S. naval forces. The only supplies coming in are UN and commercial deliveries through the Red Sea Hodeidah port (Al Hudaydah on the map)…

Tomorrow, when the media will be busy with the Kim-Trump photo-op summit, the UAE forces will launch their attack on the city…

Neither the Emirates nor the Saudis have any interest in letting humanitarian aid flow. They are absolutely ruthless. Earlier today they bombed a Cholera treatment center run by Doctors Without Borders…

U.S. special forces are on the ground in Yemen working closely with UAE forces. U.S. planes are refueling the Saudi and UAE bombers. U.S. intelligence is used in the targeting process. The U.S. supplies the bombs…

The Houthis do not follow the Twelver Shia tradition predominant in Iran, but adhere to the Zaidiya, which in practice is closer to Sunni Islam…

The Saudis see the Zaidiya as an impediment of their influence in Yemen. They want to control the Yemeni government. The Emirates want to control the port of Aden and Yemen’s the oil and gas loading facilities. The Obama administration supported the Saudi onslaught on Yemen to buy Saudi acquiescence with the nuclear deal with Iran. The Trump administration supports the Saudi/UAE war out of lack of knowledge. It has fallen for the Iran myth. It also wants to sell more weapons.

From Robert Snefjella in the comments:

The attack on Yemen is about Yemen’s strategically significant location.

When Britain ruled India etc, Aden at the SW corner of Yemen close to/right across from Africa was a long term British geopolitical ‘prized possession’. The Red sea thataway, India over the water thataway. What a position to have! Checkmate!

Now with the recent Chinese (first) overseas military port base at Djibouti, bit more than a stone’s throw directly across from Yemen and Aden, the Americans and British, who are among those who have a decided habit of ‘wanting to rule us all’, are shitting their geo-political-machinations pants.

Then there is the ‘disturbing historical fact’ that Yemen made nice with USSR, which is just an historical stone’s throw away from Russia/Putin, the monstrous beast that recently had the temerity to allow the people of Crimea to flee into the embrace of Mother Russia, and the Americans subsequently did not realize their wet dream of a Black Sea port in Crimea, merely a stone’s throw away from Russia.

‘But if we kill most of the people of Yemen, then by golly, we will have Aden back, and we can peer suspiciously over the water at the Chinese’. Who at Djibouti, are merely a stone’s throw away from Sudan, which is the door to Africa, and oil, which circumstance is extremely upsetting to the American African military command.

‘What’s a few million dead Yemeni as compared to finally controlling a strategically important port, on behalf of mass murder incorporated, (ghoulish laughter – Cackle hee hee hee)?

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Beggaring Jordan

From MoA:

The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has traditionally been in the ‘western’ camp. It is politically attached to the United Kingdom and the United States as well as to Saudi Arabia and other Sunni majority Gulf states. The Jordanian King Abdullah II has in the past been hostile to Iran. He was to first to publicly stoke fear of a ‘Shia crescent’.  But the new Saudi and U.S. plans for ‘peace’ with Israel are a threat to Jordan and to King Abdullah’s personal legitimacy. He needs to change his position. Provided with the right incentives Jordan could, eventually, join the ‘resistance’ side with Iran, Syria and Hizbullah…

Jordan took part in the war on Syria. While Turkey provided support for the “rebels” attacking Syria from the north Jordan played a similar role in the south. Weapon and ammunition supplies from Saudi Arabia and Qatar were shipped through Jordan and smuggled into Syria. The country welcomed the families of the ‘rebels’ as refugees and provided medical support. The “southern operation room” of the ‘rebels’, run by the CIA, was hosted in Jordan’s capital Amman…

Jordan receives some $1.2 billion per year in military and economic aid from the United States. In earlier years it additionally received $1 to 2 billions from Saudi Arabia and other Gulf States. That still was not enough to compensate for the burden of the war. Since 2011 Jordan’s public debt increased from 70% to 95% of its GDP. Its budget deficit this year will likely top $1 billion…

On May 18 the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) held an extraordinary summit in Turkey to protest against Israel’s atrocities in Palestine and Trump’s plans for Jerusalem. Many heads of states took part including the President of Iran and the Emir of Qatar. Saudi Arabia and its Emirate ally sent only lower level delegations. The Jordan King had been asked(machine transl.) not to attend the summit. He went anyway:

King Abdullah of Jordan told the Istanbul summit that he rejected any attempt to change the status quo of Jerusalem and its holy sites…King Abdullah not only shook hands with Iran’s President Rohani but the two also held the first top level talks between Jordan and Iran in 15 years…

Riyadh’s reported coziness to Israel has worried Jordan which is in charge of the major Muslim shrine complex on the Temple Mount, the al-Aqsa Mosque…

The Trump administration and the Saudi Clown Prince Muhammad bin Salman want Jordan to agree to their ‘peace plan’ with Israel. The Islamic holy sites in Jerusalem would come under Israeli control and would be endangered…

Wherever the U.S. and Saudi Arabia have started conflicts and wars – in Iraq, Lebanon, Qatar, Yemen and Syria – Iran has won.

From Laguerre in the comments:

I don’t think Jordan can really abandon their stance, and change sides. There are no Shi’a in Jordan, but a lot of Salafis. It would have to be a very temporary arrangement with Iran. On the other hand they’re faced day-to-day with Israeli domination. The best solution would be to use the threat of joining Iran to threaten the Israelis, and the US, in order to bring back the subsidies. That’s what King Hussein would have done. He was very bright; Abdullah though is an idiot, and probably couldn’t pull it off. The Angry Arab always goes on about Abdullah, about how he can’t speak Arabic properly (English mother), and how he prefers riding his motorbike on the PCH, rather than actually working.

“They now include chants against the monarchy. This is unusual. Very unusual.”

No, not so. You don’t remember the time when the people of Tafileh barracked Abdullah, when he processed through the town. There’s very considerable contempt for the King.

From Virgile in the comments:

The Trump “Israel” peace plan is to transform Jordan into New Palestine. All Palestinan refugees will be allow to move there and the King will cede place to a Palestinian majority government.

This has always been Israel’s position. Jordan IS Palestine.

From the comments:

Since 70% of Jordanians are of Palestinian descent, any caving of the current monarchy re: control of Islam’s holy si in Jerusalem has to infuriate the masses…

I don’t envy King Abdullah II’s position at all: if he does what he knows he should do, and oppose handing over control of Al Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock mosque to Israel, he faces overthrow by US and Saudi-supported Color Revolution protesters (aided by foreign snipers) and fighting on two fronts (Israel to the west and Saudi Arabia to the southeast)…

It should not be forgotten that the Hashemites were the rulers of the Holy Places of Medina and Mecca before the Saud/wahab alliance pushed them out…

Jordan would be reverting to its original positions if it were to go into opposition to the saudis…

Before Black September (1970-71) Jordan was a supporter of Palestinian liberation, and hosted Arafat’s PLO…

Jordan had “entered into a tacit alliance with Israel not to join in any pan-Arab military operations against the Jewish state, and to quietly recognize its existence. In return, Abdullah would be permitted to annex most of the areas allocated to the Arabs under the partition resolution, the lands on the West Bank of the river Jordan. This unwritten agreement, reached in January 1948, resulted in the neutralisation of the Arab world’s most effective fighting force, the British-backed Arab Legion, based in Transjordan and commanded by the British officer, Sir John Bagot Glubb.”

From Debsisdead in the comments:

 I dunno where people got this weird idea that Jordan is somehow seperate from Palestine. Englanders eager to appease zionists and keep the ‘jew problem’ outa england after ww2 drew a line on a map splitting Palestine into ‘soon to be Israel’ and ‘Trans-Jordan’ wtf that mean tho I dunno…

The greedy and opportunistic Hashemite ‘royalty’ – that’s a big laugh – there is nothing in the least regal about that family’s merciless exploitation of whatever population the contemporaneous imperial overlord demanded be oppressed from ottoman to englander, who the hashemites killed hundreds of thousands maybe millions on behalf of (James at least try to learn something about the issues you endlessly opinionate over), were brought in to trans-jordan to run the joint by the englanders because they understood that dividing Palestinians up is the best way of keeping ’em down – see Saudi Arabia where the vicious and mercenary al-Sauds were enabled by slicing off most of the Shia population and calling that chunk Yemen when that didn’t work as well as expected the englanders made another cut creating North and South Yemen. With Yemen the move was about ensuring that Shia tribes under whose land the oil was, remained a minority and powerless. With the split of Palestine the deal was pretty much the same plan but there wasn’t too much money to be made but ‘something had to be done to stop a flood of psychotically damaged jews from pouring into amerika and england (we tend to forget and I’m not excusing their behaviour in the slightest but merely drawing attention to a reality – that most of the humans who survived the camps were truly fucked up what do they call it in touchy-feely? post traumatic stress disorder? -and raised as they were by lunatic psychos, so are many of their kids, and their kids etc etc).

So the call was made to hack off the parts that are least economic and lacking in resources (cos the zionists don’t want those yet they do want the coastal areas with their agriculture and exploitable resource base) leaving behind a population that is smaller and less able to resist their new masters in ‘soon to be israel’.

Any forward thinking population would simply behead abdullah, he is just another low dog in a long lineage of low dogs. If he tries to protect al-Aqsa that has nothing to do with the humans beings who revere it and use it and everything to do with the need to keep hashemite scum in the manner to which they have become accustomed.

But my guess is that abdullah’s recent pantomime was really all about ambit.

He stages a hissy fit that isn’t really reported outside orientalist media, to let his masters in usuki know he still has a coupla cards in the game, whereupon he is taken aside and thanked for his loyal service, but “times being what they are” it no longer makes economic sense to underwrite the cost of feeding clothing & housing millions of people since recent circumstances have made him ‘surplus to needs’ “however here is a nice fat cheque – a one off mind you, so don’t spend it all at once, and we have found an ideal spot for you and yer family ‘oh great king’, so grab the the kiddies ‘n wives ‘n hop aboard. You’re leaving Jordan”.

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The Horror of Yemen

From MoA:

Yemen is on the verge of another catastrophic event. The Saudi and United Arab Emirates plan to take the Red Sea port Hodeidah through which most of the food supplies to Yemen’s come in.

The port is already under blockade and all ships are strictly controlled. Saudi ‘inspections’ of ships already taking so long that some food rots before it can reach land…

Eighteen out of twenty-six million Yemenis may soon die of hunger…

The Saudis managed to take the flat desert areas in the east and the UAE took the southern coast but all their attempts to move into the mountainous western core of Yemen have failed. ..

Emirate supported troops (blue arrow) are now only 20 kilometers away from Hodeidah…

The Saudis and Emirates control the borders. The ports are under Saudi blockade and tightly controlled…

The U.S. is already coordinating the intelligence for the Saudi/UAE Yemen operation and is providing the ammunition as well as the aerial refueling for the daily bombing runs.

From Debsisdead in the comments:

I dunno what the number is, but it isn’t very high and I’m certain that the arseholes who push out the skripal, gouta and Masih Alinejad bulldust are intimately aware of the exact number of emotive, frequently conflicting in the most basic cognitively dissonant way stories the average human being can engage with at a single moment in time.

Of course they know this otherwise why is it that every time one of these propaganda issues has been resolved, exposed as a fraud or run its natural course that western media, scumbag politicians and the bottom feeding sociopathic enablers of this nonsense always manage to fill the void with a new one just as their targets, Mr/Ms average Jo/Joe Blow barely get time to pause for a breath before they are hit with the next big lie.

Not for nothing did the Skripal tosh simmer away for 10 days or so before exploding across the globe just as east gouta was liberated ensuring that few would hear Syrians heave a sigh of relief or deny that any gas attack ever occured.

This is the reality that the horror of Yemen exists within.
Any time the horror of Yemen even seems slightly capable of capturing attention something ‘new’ unique’ and seemingly far more horrifying is ‘coincidently’ turned up be aforesaid bottom feeding sociopathic enablers.

The result of all that is that anything about Yemen is now seen by the masses as ‘old news’ when the truth is it has never been news in the sense that the other topics I listed have been.

Well in western media anyway, where stories have been scheduled with more devotion to impact and ratings than any network television season. At no time, apart from a coupla nonsense beat-ups about Iran’s non existent involvement has the horror of Yemen been regarded as ‘new news’ by the major media outlets on this pox encrusted planet.

I confess that if I allow myself to think about the people of Yemen nowadays it does my head in in the worst possible way and I suspect I’m not the only human who pushes it to one side because that reality is just too much for the heart or head to bear and still function.

Those who want to pick out a particular nation or culture who are not part of the slaughter and somehow blame them would be better served to look at themselves how much time each day do they work for the people of Yemen? What do they do? I am willing to bet that it is much much less than the SFA they lay on others – fucking hypocrites.

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A New Kind of Poverty

From F. William Engdahl:

China is by far Iran’s largest customer for its oil, importing some 650,000 barrels daily of the recent total export by Iran around 2.5 million barrels a day. India is second largest with around 500,000 a day of import. South Korea is third with 313,000 bpd and Turkey fourth at 165,000, according to a recent report by Bloomberg. The likelihood that Iran, which has recently expressed desire to be independent of the dollar, would sell its oil to China in Chinese yuan, is extremely high…

Further indication of growing China-Iran economic ties, on May 10, China launched a direct overland rail service connecting its Inner Mongolia from Bayannur some 8,000 kilometers across Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan to Teheran. Freight travel time is estimated at 14 days, some 20 days less than ocean freight time…

Russia-Iran trade has been on a barter non-dollar basis for many products since November 2017…

China is Russia’s largest trade partner with 17% share, double that between Russia and Germany, number two…

Russia in late 2016 established an oil futures contract traded on the St. Petersburg Exchange (SPBEX) using its ruble to price Russian Urals oil futures paralleling the Shanghai petro-yuan futures…

Further insulating the two Eurasian countries from US financial warfare and sanctions, those payments can be made independent of the EU’s SWIFT interbank payments system by using the established China International Payments System (CIPS).

From Ron Paul:

Just two weeks after President Trump pulled the US from the Iran nuclear agreement, his Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, issued 12 demands to Iran that could never be satisfied. Pompeo knew his demands would be impossible to meet. They were designed that way. Just like Austria-Hungary’s ultimatum to Serbia in July, 1914, that led to the beginning of World War I. And just like the impossible demands made of Milosevic in 1999 and of Saddam Hussein in 1991 and 2003, and so many other times when Washington wanted war. These impossible demands are tools of war rather than steps toward peace…

It seems the world has grown tired of neocon threats from Washington. Ironically the “communist” Chinese seem to understand better than the US that in capitalism you do not threaten your customers…

While I am slightly surprised at this development, as a libertarian and a non-interventionist I welcome the growing irrelevance of Washington’s interventionists…

From Eduardo Porter:

The United States is one of the richest, most technologically advanced nations in the history of humanity. And yet it accepts — proudly defends, even — a degree of social dysfunction that would be intolerable in any other rich society…

Black males born in the United States today will probably live shorter lives than boys born in Mexico, China or Turkey.

From Chris Hedges:

The idea that the Democratic Party is in any way a bulwark against despotism defies the last three decades of its political activity. It is the guarantor of despotism…

The press is one of the principal pillars of Trump’s despotism. It chatters endlessly like 18th-century courtiers at the court of Versailles about the foibles of the monarch while the peasants lack bread…

Wall Street banks have been handed $16 trillion in bailouts and other subsidies by the Federal Reserve and Congress at nearly zero percent interest since the 2008 financial collapse.

From MoA:

Babchenko found a job with ATR, a Crimean Tatar TV station. The fine-print on the ATR website says that it “was supported by the Media Development Fund of the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine.”..

The whole hoax, it was explained, was launched to find the people behind an alleged assassination campaign originating in Russia…

Would an operator for Russia hire an Ukrainian nationalist and priest who had fought Russian aligned entities in east-Ukraine to kill a well known anti-Russian figure? Hmmm…

The man charged with trying to organize the murder of the Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko announced in court on Thursday that he was acting as a Ukrainian counterintelligence agent…

The court papers show that the whole affair started in February 2016 and was about an attempt to take over a company.

From Michael Hudson:

China can cancel business debt owed to itself. It can proclaim a clean slate. It can minimize debt service to whatever it chooses. But imagine if Chase Manhattan and Goldman Sachs are let in…

China may lose its ability to write down debts if it lets in foreign banks…

Basically the US government should abolish the student debt. That would enable this class of millennials to use their money to make a down payment for an apartment and actually get a place to live, like everybody for the last hundred years has been able to do…

The Democratic donor class loves Trump. They want him to be reelected because he’s cutting their taxes, he’s deregulating their banks, and he’s essentially deregulated fraud!..

Congress last week deregulated community banks. I’ve worked as a consultant for community banks in Chicago. Their strategy is to make more reckless loans than the commercial banks.

From Umair Haque:

I pay $50 dollars for broadband and TV in London — but $200 for the same thing in New York…

America is pioneering a new kind of poverty. The kind of poverty that’s developed in America isn’t just bizarre and gruesome — it’s novel and unseen. It isn’t something that we understand well, economists, intellectuals, thinkers, because we have no good framework to think about it. It’s not absolute poverty like Somalia, and it’s not just relative poverty, like in gilded banana republics. It’s a uniquely American creation. It’s extreme capitalism meets Social Darwinism by way of rugged self-reliance crossed with puritanical cruelty.

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Trump Broke Yurp

From Zero Hedge, last Tuesday:

“Turkey is in the midst of a true currency crisis and is losing the luxury of choice” as the “lira is capitulating, helping inflation soar and rapidly worsening Turkey’s external debt situation.”..

Erdogan threatening any central bankers who dares to raise rates…

From MoA:

The real collusion happened between the Trump family and Israel, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Huge sums from Zionist interests and from the oil dictatorships flew into campaign funds and the relevant pockets. One of their main aims was and is to incite war against Iran…

Nobody would even waste cup of coffee on [Kushner] if it wasn’t for who he is married to.

From MoA, Wednesday:

[Turkey] imports way more than it exports and needs a constant inflow of foreign capital to keep going…

Erdogan is an Islamist. He has an ideological problem with interests which are (on first sight) prohibited by Islam.

From EJ Magnier:

From Nasrallah: “Every future attack, depending on its scope, will have an answer in the Golan Heights and could hit beyond the Golan Heights, even beyond (he said it twice) and reach the heart of the country. “..

[M]ore than 2.5 millions of Israelis do not have shelters and would not be sheltered from a devastating war.

From Raúl Ilargi Meijer:

Mario Draghi is buying up trillions in sovereign bonds to disguise the fact that the present construction of the euro makes it inevitable that the poorer south of Europe will lose against the north…

Technology has eradicated the reason why the euro was introduced in the first place, and made it completely unnecessary. ..

If Italian bonds are sufficiently downgraded by the markets, Mario Draghi’s ECB will no longer be permitted to purchase them.

From EJ Magnier, yesterday:

I have Ali Khamenei told us – and that’s true: If the Americans ask for a finger and give them, they will ask for a fist, and if they take a hand, they will ask for their hand, and if they take their hand they will ask for the whole body. The goal is to subordinate Tehran to American control and to expel Iran from Russia. We did not endure four decades of the victory of the Islamic Revolution, so we will not do it today…

Iran believes that Russia, China and many other countries (like India and Turkey) will not comply with US sanctions…

Today, if Europe withdraws or does not provide adequate guarantees to Iran, other partners (Russia and China) are ready to fill the void…

Hezbollah has been offered billions of dollars to stop attacking Israel and withdraw its weapons from southern Lebanon: Secretary General Hezbollah has refused repeated US and Japanese bids. Iran has also rejected billions of dollars and lifting sanctions against it in exchange for withdrawing support to Palestine and Hezbollah. When the United States realized that the use of force no longer functions in order to overthrow regimes that are hostile to Israel and which are beyond its orbit of domination, they have turned to the conduct of economic wars and old-new sanctions.

From Jim Rogers:

I’d like to invest in North Korea but it’s impossible for Americans or virtually impossible for Americans, this just means great opportunities are being seized by Russians, Chinese and other people who can do business in North Korea…

This is madness, a madness that Russia and the US aren’t friends, they should be, and should be working together…

I, as an American, am closed off in many, many countries by the Americans.

From EJ Magnier:

Russian intervention in Syria since September 2015 has positively counter-balanced the military position on the battlefield. The Russian involvement has in fact allowed the return of more than 50 percent of the Syrian territory, together with the liberation of Damascus, Homs and Hama and their respective surrounding areas, plus the city of Aleppo, and some of rural Idlib as well as Deir Ezzor…

Russia’s reward in the Levant has been, through Syria, to open the door to the international arena. Using it as a live experimental battlefield, Moscow was able to show its military capability and takes away tremendous lessons from the results of using its advanced weapons on real targets.

From Josh Fruhlinger:

[L]ast week 666 Fifth Avenue got a miraculous and restorative round of cash not from the Qatari government, which would be wrong, but from Brookfield Property Partners, a company with an extremely WASP-y sounding name whose second largest investor is the Qatari government, which is a whole different thing.

From Debs is Dead at MoA:

The original Euro Community was an admirable ideal as it emphasised the rights of all citizens of member states, guaranteeing them a range of protections from unjust and stupid demagogues. Unfortunately the neolib corporatist globalists took over the machinery and turned it over to a gang of cold-hearted technocrats who used the once estimable governance structure to enforce a draconian monetarist policy. – see Greece…

It pays to remember that unlike Greece who had suffered the effect of being oppressed and robbed by the Amerikan installed fascist military junta for 40 years, a junta which simply took control of the pre-1945 German Nazi machinery, Italy has been somewhat luckier. Although Amerika used the likes of heroin pushers/pimps Meyer Lansky and Charlie ‘Lucky’ Luciano to install a mafia government, Italians successfully used their system, which was freer than Greece’s to push back The Italian economy is number 3 after Germany and France in the EU. The EU needs Italy.

From the comments:

[T]his is the first time since the [Italian] republic was formed in 1946 that the people, the people, from north to south, have united against the corruption of the central government.

From George Soros:

The United States, for its part, has exacerbated the EU’s problems. By unilaterally withdrawing from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, President Donald Trump has effectively destroyed the transatlantic alliance. This has put additional pressure on an already beleaguered Europe. It is no longer a figure of speech to say that Europe is in existential danger; it is the harsh reality.

From Zero Hedge:

With all the grace of a drunk elephant (not to be confused with Jean-Claude Juncker) in an Italian China store, Europe uttered not one but several words very badly out of place.

And the reason why Italians are seething with growing rage aimed squarely at Europe’s unelected institutions, is because European Budget Commissioner, German Guenther Oettinger, said the one thing that he should not have: that “the negative development of the markets will lead Italians not to vote much longer for the populists” according to an interview set to be published in Deutsche Welle later in the day.

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