Orlov on Yurp

From Dmitry Orlov:

In an out-of-control situation where we would expect people to organize, protest, put up road blocks and vote en masse for nationalist parties, we are instead subjected to the ridiculous spectacle of meek, effeminate Europeans dressed up in unisex outfits chalking “No to terrorism!” on sidewalks…

Russia’s FM Sergei Lavrov, a senior Russian statesman and a diplomat’s diplomat, is on the record saying that the European Union is “committing suicide” by letting in the invading hordes from the Middle East and North Africa.

Here we have a flood of people coming in, the majority of them young adult males shirking military service back home, and relatively few of them are qualified to seek asylum. Most of them are unqualified to do any sort of work within the EU due to lack of literacy, education or work ethic. Many of them would not be trainable in any case, coming as they are from populations bred for physical stamina and disease tolerance rather than intelligence.

Quite a few are Islamic radicals who see themselves as actual colonizers; many more have no qualms about robbing Europeans and raping European women. A few thousand are actual terrorists being sent in to await orders. For most of them, crashing into the EU and freeloading there is part of an excellent adventure – far more exciting than herding cattle or growing millet in their native villages.

European NGOs equip them with inflatable lifeboats and life vests and set them adrift off the coast of Libya or in the Adriatic. European NGO ships then scoop them up and deliver them to ports in Italy, Greece or Spain. And then they get to freeload, for months on end, while more NGO types help them with the paperwork and clog up the courts with lawsuits they file on their behalf…

Why are the European elites so insistent on ramming “tolerance” down the throats of their citizens and replacing them with imported barbarians?..

This new type of person, which arose first in Europe and then spread all over the West and beyond, does seem like a degenerate form of humanity: bereft of great passion and lofty goals, lacking any clear ethnic or social allegiance or preference, fixated on comfort and safety and deficient in both masculinity and femininity: a sort of civilizational eunuch imprisoned in a four-star LGBTQ concentration camp.

From the comments:

We live among the most narcissistic people of all time… they will end as all narcissists end… alone with their own sad, sorry thoughts…

We ‘devour’ our children so mum and dad can be happy. But who would believe this?..

We are in a post Truth World…

Those nations which were bombed by NATO should be rebuilt with NATO’s funding, instead of spending money on a Space Force…

The vast majority of Blacks, chinese, muslims and sikhs are racist bastards who are here for the benefits, not the culture…

I was brought up by parents who were trained at the MKULTRA school of child management, so I’ve had to relearn my values and straighten myself out as I got older…

Axios latest poll shows 72% of those surveyed thought the media was creating fake news. 92% of republicans thought this way…

Remember, when blacks riot, neighborhoods burn. When whitey riots, continents burn…

Being a scheming psycho is a basic requirement for any position today…

It may be too late for many of these European countries that have been saturated by invaders…

Orlov: Since intelligence is, in biological terms, rather expensive, with the brain being a very energy-hungry organ, superior intelligence in an environment that has no use for it is a liability rather than an asset…

The Frankfort Schools PC insanity has destroyed the men of Europe, they are all pussies.

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Summer Cold

I went in this morning and TCOB, as usual.  The rest of the day is mine, and I’m trying to get over a cold I picked up last week while power washing the house.  The heat and humidity got to me then, as it did the week before, when I tackled the holly bush monster.

Everybody gets a cold, sooner or later, and I’m pretty good at convalescing, having had lots of practice.  Even so, I managed to swap out the raggedy geraniums at the store with lantana, yesterday.  I also sprayed the yard with Cutter.

Used to be, everyone had nice flowers and kept up their yard.  Now, it’s either hired out or ignored.  That’s why I’m seeing a lot of pale, fat bodies festooned with bad tattoos.  I don’t even care to go to the beach, anymore.  Things are so bad, I’m starting to look attractive.

Bad as I feel, I still manage to shop for groceries and prepare dinner.  Apparently, it’s also becoming a lost art.  A recent article indicated eating out costs about five times as much.  For us, it’s a matter of meeting the Wife’s dietary requirements, whatever they happen to be at the time.  We’ve been doing Paleo for awhile now, with lots of protein, no sugar or carbs and all the veggies I can sneak in.  We’ve been eating Atkins bars for dessert.

It must be working.  I’ve dropped ten pounds in the last year and my doctor has stopped checking my a1c.  I can still have beer and keep everybody happy.  Speaking of which, things are going well at He-Man Woman Hater’s University in Liberty, and I’m a lot happier since I established some boundaries with my Mom and Mother-in-Law.  I’ve adopted the Russian strategy of containment and avoidance, used to perfection in Syria.

We own a business and therefore work all the time, but I understand it’s fashionable hereabouts to own a business and do no work at all, beyond paying the bills.   It’s also hip to load up the business with new cars and other expenses.  When the business inevitably fails, it’s easy to blame the economy or the location.  Unfortunately, Trump hopium will accelerate a lot more of this lunacy, muddying the picture where innovation and specialization continue to generate successes, as always.  In other words, we’re doing fine.

I’ve noticed here and at our website, we’re generating more new traffic, or what I refer to as background noise, probably a result of Google’s tinkering with the search algorithm.  It doesn’t hurt that the Wife throws a good chunk of her ad buy at Google Adwords.  We’re anxiously hopeful, given the predations of Amazon and demise of brick and mortar retail.  As to the latter, stores ruined by private equity paint a picture of things being much worse than they actually are.  But it sure helps having a successful website.

I’ve always believed in The Long Tail theory of commerce and in a struggling economy, I also believe it’s important to order heavy to keep the vendors healthy.  With competitors dying like flies all around us, the need has increased.  Again, people go out of business for a lot of reasons, with the economy being a convenient excuse.  Recently, we’ve begun to see struggling vendors establishing their own retail websites, generally as a last gasp before going out of business.  It takes years to establish yourself online, something we’ve achieved.  The smart wholesalers still look to people like us to help them move their goods, understanding that retail is a totally different animal.

For many reasons, I look for the economy to continue getting better,  but so will the effects of sloth and stupidity.  I used to worry about Black Swans, but so long as the central bankers continue propping up the Ponzi with QE, there’s no reason to believe we can’t continue to live on borrowed time.

I probably need to read The Art of the Deal, but I’m growing accustomed to Trump’s bluster and retreat style of negotiating.  The Russians and Chinese seem to have a handle on it.  Peace beckons and the trade war is looking more like a negotiation.  If we can keep from being wiped out by climate change, the future looks promising.

On the other hand, a lack of national and industry infrastructure means that wide scale low skill job opportunities are likely to remain unavailable for years.  We tried to stand up a furniture company in the eighties and had trouble finding skilled workers.  Until marijuana use is legalized and normalized, qualified employees will remain scarce, unless brought in from elsewhere, as is the model in places like SC and AL.

Speaking of which, I had lunch with someone a lot smarter than me a few months back and brought up hopes of attracting a manufacturer for the new local megasite, touted as one of the best in the country.  He quickly burst my balloon by pointing to the obvious fact that while it may have excellent access to roads, rail, power and water, it is essentially worthless until infrastructure investment has been made to accommodate these resources.  And given that the Libertarians in Raleigh aren’t fond of offering tax incentives, the megasite is pretty much a dead duck.

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The Battle for Hodeidah

From MoA:

The U.S. sent “rebels” it trains at al-Tanf outside its self declared 55 kilometers deconfliction zone around Tanf to attack Syrian government forces. It supported them by air strikes. U.S. special forces are said to have taken part. This is likely the case as only U.S. special forces can call in such airstrikes.

It seems obvious that the U.S. is using ISIS, U.S. trained “Maghawhir al-Thawra” rebels, and its air power in another attempt to cut the land route between Syria and Iraq. It wants to use the upcoming Syrian campaign against al-Qaeda and ISIS in the southwest around Daraa to make a new move in the east.

But Syria and its allies will not allow that. They are building up their own forces in the east. As Elijah Magnier reported yesterday:

“[D]uring my visit to the city of Palmyra and its surroundings, the presence of thousands of Russian troops is striking, indicating that Moscow is sending new infantry and special forces in very large numbers. This large presence has not been announced.”

The Syrian army is also sending additional forces into the area and more Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units have arrived in the Al-Qaim/Albu-Kamal area.

Syria and its allies obviously decided to counter the U.S. move. Their operations at the Syrian-Iraqi border are coordinated by the common operation room in Baghdad.

From Zero Hedge:

On Saturday a Middle East analyst named Sam Heller broke the news that Washington has told rebel groups in southern Syria the US has spent years backing that they should not expect American military intervention on their behalf. 

From SST:

“On June 21, the Houthis carried out another attack on the coalition’s forces at their supply line in the western Yemeni coast. Houthi forces attacked positions of the coalition in the areas of Mdjelis and Makhliki cutting off a force of the coalition involved in the battle for al-Hudaydah from the rest of the coalition-occupied area.

According to pro-Houthi sources, at least 7 armoured vehicles were destroyed and about 30 fighters of the coalition-led forces were killed or injured in this attack.

If Yemeni forces are able to keep their gains in the coastal area, the coalition-led forces will not able to develop an advance in the al-Hudaydah countryside. Furthermore, the force involved in the operation may be eliminated.

Meanwhile, the Houthis increased their cross-border attacks against Saudi forces. They have carried out a series of attacks on positions in the Saudi provinces of Jizan and Najran.”  SF…

These qat chewing, Scotch guzzling little hill men are among the great martial peoples of the world.  They live at war all their short lives.  They fight each other over traditional goods; honor, water and land.  When they are not doing that they fight the government, whatever government there be at any time.

From AMN News:

The Russian Aerospace Forces unleashed a massive attack on Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s positions over the northeastern countryside of the Dara’a Governorate tonight.

According to a military source in the government stronghold of Izra’a, the Russian Aerospace Forces have conducted over 20 airstrikes above the northeastern part of Dar’a, hitting several militant targets in the process…

Since entering the battle for southwest Syria, the Russian Aerospace Forces have launched over 50 airstrikes against the jihadist rebel forces in the northeastern countryside of the Dara’a Governorate.

From Thierry Meyssan:

Donald Trump’s personal team for international negotiations – composed of his faithful lieutenants Jared Kushner (his son-in-law) and Jason Greenblatt (ex-vice-president of his conglomerate, the Trump Organization) – therefore approach the Palestinian question from a geopolitical angle . Since they have no diplomatic experience, their plan is not to find a solution which satisfies all the protagonists, but to reduce the pressure on this population in order that they might live a normal life according to the ideal of the right to happiness as it is set out in the US Constitution. This is a major objective for Donald Trump, who intends to dissolve US imperialism and replace it with the logic of commercial competition…

Today, approximately one third of Israëlis consider their destiny by referring to the racism in the Talmud. But for the majority of the Jewish Israëli population, they were born in Israël and have no connection with the dreams of yesterday. They are simply people who want to live in peace. They are not responsible for the crimes of their grandparents, unless we accept the idea of a collective responsibility. They can therefore accept to withdraw to the frontiers of 1967…

Furthermore, there are today as many Palestinian Arabs in Jordan than in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem together. Returning to an old Britannico-Arab hypothesis, Kushner and Greenblatt propose to fusion the four territories into a single State…

Until 1967, Jordan included the West Bank and East Jerusalem – the Trump team wants to add Gaza…

As for the historical Jordanians, who are the descendants of the Bedouin tribes, they only represent 20 % of the population of their country, which is drowning in an ocean of Palestinian refugees. After the fusion, if it were to be implemented, they would represent no more than 10 %.

From Pepe Escobar:

Profiting from a large turnout of up to 85% and fresh from obtaining 52.5% of the popular vote – thus preventing a run-off – Erdogan is now ready to rule Turkey as a fascinating mix of Sultan and CEO…

With 42.5% of the votes and holding 295 seats, Erdogan’s AKP, for the first time in 16 years, lost its parliamentary majority and must now establish a coalition with the far-right Nationalist Action Party (MHP)…

Considering that the MHP is even more anti-Western than the AKP, the roadmap ahead, geopolitically, may point to only one direction: Eurasian integration…

For these latest elections, HDP leader Selahattin Demirtaş actually campaigned from jail, warning: “What we are going through nowadays is only the trailer of the one-man regime. The actual scary part is yet to begin.” Even facing myriad constraints, the HDP managed to get a significant 11.7% of the vote, or 67 seats.

“One-man regime” was actually solidified a good two years ago, after Gulenists in the military ended up launching the (failed) military coup. Erdogan and the AKP leadership are convinced the Gulenists received crucial help from NATO. The subsequent purge was devastating – hitting tens of thousands of people. Anybody, anywhere, from academia to journalism, criticizing Erdogan or the ongoing dirty war in eastern Anatolia, was silenced….

Relations with Iran are stable. Energy and military relations with Russia are paramount. Turkey can invest in economic projection across Central Asia. Russia and China are luring it into joining the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). Erdogan may finally be able to position Turkey as the essential bridge between the New Silk Roads, or Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and the West.

From the Daily Sabah:

Turkey will host a U.S. delegation in the coming days as it fights to speed up the extradition process for Fetullah Gülen, the leader of the Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ) who resides in Pennsylvania. The delegation of Department of Justice officials and court officials will hold talks with officials from the Justice Ministry as well as with prosecutors investigating the cases related to the terrorist group and judges. Ankara aims to update U.S. officials on information regarding the terrorist group accused of carrying out the July 15, 2016 coup attempt.

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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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