How the IGMFUPAC Destroyed the World

Greensboro’s $100M downtown performing arts center, which is to open in a few weeks, has sold naming rights at $7.5M for ten years, to Steven Tanger, scion of Tanger Outlets, a commercial real estate investment trust. While coming up with $100K per month for the next ten years may be small potatoes for Tanger, its stock value has nearly halved over the last five years, as a result of the retail apocalypse.

Never mind the irony of profits from a company which guts downtown retail going to gentrify downtown Greensboro. A rare confession by a respected economist indicates companies like Tanger may be part of the reason the Federal Reserve has created hundreds of billions since September to prop up the money market funds.

REITs operated at leverage of around 9x through 2012 but incurred damage to capital after an interest rate jump from the “Bernanke shock” caused a fall in asset holdings in 2013. Providers of repo funding became cautious about extending credit to these REITs, which subsequently operated at a leverage of around 7x for some time.           

From 2H 2018, however, these REITs rapidly hiked leverage (Figure 17), and we think they and other types of leveraged funds absorbed a large amount of dollar funding in money markets, reflecting surging repo rates on 17 Sep 2019.

Therefore, it appears the IGMFUPAC is to be named for the next ten years for a company which is contributing greatly, not only to the collapse of downtown and what remains of confidence in Greensboro leaders, but also to the coming global economic collapse.

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Jimmy Todd

Sometime, in the early seventies, my Dad got permission to ditch the ancient Addressograph for a Burroughs computer to prepare bills at Randolph Telephone. Mr. Fitzgerald agreed, but only to pay for hardware and not software.

My dad spent the next years learning Assembler, programming the massive computer and printing the bills on increasingly better equipment, right up until his death from a heart attack in ’87.

During those years, Pop also prepared taxes at night in Greensboro for H&R Block, and had come across Fred Trulove, who sold business forms. Fred was an alcoholic, but he and my Dad remained close over the years.

We stayed at the Yachtsman in Myrtle Beach for the telephone accountants’ convention, but the better Liberty families owned homes at the beach.

Fred’s family had a place off the waterway behind Holden Beach, and Pop did his taxes for a week there. Then, we started renting it, and went frequently from about 1975.

When you walked down to the intercoastal waterway for the parade of boats, you could see the cabins on the beach which had to be rented most of the summer, so the owners could afford them.

A creosote fishing shack across the deserted dirt road became available and mom and dad bought it. From that point, until his death, Pop moved heaven and earth, Monday through Thursday, at work, in order to get away early on Friday.

They spent every weekend for horrible years down there, improving it into the absurdity it is today.

A few years later, a local farmer and carpenter built a two story home one lot down. From that point on, Pop and Jimmy Todd, neither of whom drank, spent a lot of time talking about various projects.

I’d been coming by the phone company after school since I could remember, so it was natural I’d work there with Dad, as I got older, to the point that when I left in 1985 to program for a living, I’d been running billing and collections for five years, while going to school.

After Pop finally wore out and got time off for good behavior in 1987, Mom went back to work in Greensboro as a temp and met someone who introduced her to Don, a dentist from Dayton, in his late sixties.

Don lived in his family’s giant old farmhouse, where he had about 30 Arabians and 100 acres of alfalfa to feed them. Don worked and played hard around the farm.

“Good luck, you poor bastard,” I said to Don, as I shook his hand, after the wedding.

Mom had worked in dental offices for twenty years, but things did not go well when she put her nose in his business.

Mom, having grown up in the children’s home, never understand horses or horse people. Tod and I had a ball putting up hay, while it lasted.

Toward the end, disgusted at the mess, she bought a Bobcat and mucked out the stables.

Eventually, I got the call, flew up there, hired a moving company and brought her back to Liberty. A few years later, she sold the place where we grew up and decamped to the beach.

I spent those years looking after the place at the beach, especially cleaning up after storms. Jody and I met in ’94, but she found the travel and work ludicrous. I had to agree with her.

We got there one Friday night, late, after closing the store. Mom handed me a document.

“He’s been holding out on me. He’s gonna get another million.”

Exhausted, I looked at the document.

“I’d don’t think so, Mom. It’s just a copy of the original will.”

“Well, you’ve never supported me in this.”

“That’s right, Mom. I don’t think you have a right to Don’s inheritance.”

The Wife had immediately gone to bed, upon arrival. I rousted her, drove to Wilmington and got us a room for the night. We spent the rest of that summer exploring North Carolina’s other beaches.

Mom and Jimmy Todd became close after Mom sold the place in Liberty. They had lots of friends and he accomplished the innumerable renovations.

Jimmy had left his wife some years before and fallen into the habits of a batchelor. His place became so dirty that Mom wouldn’t enter it. She pretty much saved his life by having him over for meals and changing his diet.

Tod and I were really fond of Jimmy and grateful for his assistance.

A few years ago, they bought the lot between them and an RV. After a shakedown, they headed out West. Mom knew Jimmy, brilliant but dyslexic, had trouble reading and helped him with the road signs.

They were in Wyoming when he admitted having gone blind in one eye.

Somehow, they made it back, and she got him to a doctor.

The sinus cancer which took his life a year later may have come from black mold in his bathroom.

I tried going down to help out, but with a business to run, it just wasn’t working. Their friends have been a big help and Tod goes down when he can.

We really miss Jimmy Todd.

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The Storm

I was awakened yesterday before dawn to the sound of straight line winds, as the front which dropped inches of rain moved quickly off to the east.

By 7:30, as is my custom, I was out the door and in my truck. Instead of heading for the store, I drove to Liberty, where there’d been news reports of storm damage. Somehow, I’d missed the text at 7:30 from my neighbor in Liberty, letting me know there were no trees down on my property. No matter, I’d not been in over a month, and also wanted to check on my brother.

As I approached Liberty on the interstate, trees were down as though from wind coming from the west. I drove to my old house, which I’d bought over 30 years before, lived in before meeting the Wife, rented for a time, and now used for storage and a place to go, when I needed get away.

Everything inspected, I drove north through town, to discover the main damage at the giant brick complex of buildings which used to be Liberty Furniture, and currently employs my brother.

I continued on to his neighborhood, and he came out as I drove up. The power was out in that part of town, his wife had gone to work, so we sat down and started catching up.

Eventually, we came to the subject of our mother, who lives alone in the family beach home. Tod has two kids and three grands, whereas I have none, so for the last few years, I’ve left dealing with mom to him, rather than make matters worse.

Dad died in ’87, and except for a 5 year marriage to a dentist from Dayton, she’d sat there all these years watching Fox News and playing canasta. She’d finally run through their retirement savings and was forced to take a loan on the house.

For some reason, my name was put on the home equity loan, and subsequently mail in my name began showing up in her box.

“Your brother is driving down here and putting mail in my box.”

When she divorced the dentist and came back to Liberty, she made us pull up all the beautiful boxwoods around the house, lest he be lying in wait for her.

She also arranged to have all the live oaks and pines removed from the beach property, for the same reason.

The last time I saw Don, he said, “I love your mother, but she’s bonkers.”

Amen.

For decades now, she’s been reliving memories to the point many of them have been revised, and she no longer has a firm grasp of reality. Fox News doesn’t help.

Her mother was the same way. I attribute it to inactivity, which I run from, daily.

As usual, the last time Tod was there, she made him read the will.

She’d taken the Latino landscaper, who was getting $10K per year, off the will.

I asked if Tod if she would remove me from the will. We laughed.

“Isn’t this the most beautiful home and isn’t that the most beautiful yard?”

Tod finally lost it. “Mom, it doesn’t mean a damn thing.”

“But surely, you’ll want this place when I’m gone.”

“Mom, even if we wanted it, which we don’t, we can’t afford it.”

He failed to mention it was 150 yards inland from the water way and inhabited by mosquitos, fire ants and rednecks.

“We’ll have to sell it to pay the debts.”

I spent many years of my life running up and down that road.

Now that the Wife and I are too busy running the business, we don’t have time for it, and don’t miss it.

We grew up in a town during a time when everybody flocked to the coast, only to bump into each other. It still goes on, but now I observe it as madness.

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Kathy Manning Vies for Redrawn NC06

Since being trounced by Republican Tedd Budd for the doomed NC13, Greensboro resident and immigration lawyer, Kathy Manning, has registered to run for newly drawn 6th congressional district, currently held by Greensboro’s Mark Walker.

While living in a castle north of the city, Manning and her husband have been busy downtown, with the performing arts center nearing completion, for which she is fundraising chairwoman. That effort has cost the taxpayers $40M, so far, without benefit of a referendum, which they admitted would fail.

As Roy Carroll apes Nido Qubein at HPU by building student housing downtown for the local diploma mills, Manning’s idiot husband and his friends have finally broken ground on a downtown hotel and parking deck. That effort was approved for $30M without a referendum.

Their plans encroached on the neighboring easement of Rocco Scarfone, who settled with the city for $1M.

I’m told NC Senate leader Phil Berger redrew NC06 in order to deprive Mark Walker, who’d defeated his son, of rural voters, effectively giving the district to the Dems in order to exact personal vengeance and probably sending Kathy Manning to DC.

While I’m no fan of the ALEC-driven Republicans in Raleigh and their fascist austerity, Kathy Manning is desperate to get a DC address. She travels with rich Dems who themselves perpetrate neoliberal polices, just as injurious to minorities and the poor.

North Carolina enjoys a rich tradition of successful partnerships between business and education, as exhibited by the RTP, and constructed by Dems such as Terry Sanford and Skipper Bowles. But Manning, like Erskine Bowles, who pushed austerity by insisting on balancing the federal budget, is a different kind of Democrat, bent more on personal aggrandizement than public good.

Indeed, save for the country clubs, Kathy Manning, is a relative unknown around here: never having served on city council or as county commissioner. No, Manning’s style of politics takes place in private homes and clubs, where her motives are protected.

As heads of national Jewish nonprofits, Manning and her husband run with the bankers and oligarchs who are enriching themselves at the expense of the rest of us. Sending these people to Washington would merely perpetuate the status quo. If they want to hang out in NYC with Erskine Bowles and the Hamptons with Steven Tanger, they should do it on their on dime.

Of course, that is their problem. For whatever reasons, they’ve been unable to rise above their relatively meager origins to become fellow masters of the universe. In this, they remain quite pathetic.

Al Jazeera’s The Lobby has illustrated the hold AIPAC has on this country. Indeed, allegiance to Israel over that of the USA is treason. Fortunately, AIPAC is being seen for the evil it represents and the influence of Zionism in our government is waning.

Kathy Manning’s time to grab power has come and gone. A Democrat will represent NC06 until it is redrawn again, but it won’t be Kathy Manning, a perpetual loser and enemy of the public good.

Take, for instance, Greensboro’s Tanger Outlets, which paid $7.5M to have naming rights to the downtown performing arts center for ten years. Never mind that while the PAC is the centerpiece of downtown gentrification, Tanger’s son runs a real estate investment trust which places outlets by the interstate, effectively gutting local downtown retail. And because nobody who’s anybody does anything in Greensboro, Tanger lives in the Hamptons. Again, this is less about local improvement and more about impressing their powerful friends, at our expense.

Like the local physicians who bequeathed a downtown park, overrun with the homeless, these people are growing older and are desperate to leave a legacy, so as to be remembered by those who have to pay for it all.

City council’s efforts to revitalize downtown have failed miserably, when compared to Raleigh, Charlotte or Durham. Hell, even Mt. Airy has done a better job. The reason is nobody but old trust fund kids are left and they don’t have a clue. Downtown Greensboro is perpetually festooned with vomit, urine and feces. Beggars are everywhere, and worse, traffic enforcement officers.

Downtown Greensboro, as a direct result of Kathy Manning and her friends, has long been a graveyard for new restaurants. Just this week, a proven restaurateur closed her second restaurant due to constant streets closing for construction of student housing.

Another successful restaurateur borrowed $257K from the city to develop four restaurants, only to have the city close one end of the road to the location for over a year to repair a bridge. The effort folded after about a year of struggling.

But this doesn’t bother Kathy Manning, because she only goes downtown to ask for money and votes. The sense of privilege and entitlement is sickening. Barely a fortnite passes without a downtown business closure or some governmental pratfall.

The evidence proves that these people don’t have any money and don’t know how to get things done. The dog and pony shows CFGG put on to achieve public buy-in for the IGMFUPAC were badly received. The primary reason is people are fed up with Matt Brown and the Coliseum, which used to host ACC basketball tournaments until they moved on to cities with better lodging and dining.

A study commissioned to support the need for Kathy Manning’s idiot husband’s hotel, which they’ve been trying to get off the ground for decades, indicated existing downtown hotels served current and projected needs. Roy Carroll even built a hotel for the parents of the kids matriculating at the local diploma mills and living in his apartments.

Republicans in the NCGA knew what they were doing by combining Winston Salem with Greensboro in the redrawn 6th congressional district. The former has enjoyed much more success fostering development downtown and aren’t about to let someone from Greensboro represent them.

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Joe Biden in Ukraine

2. He cooked up and coordinated a scenario with other foreign embassies. In addition, Maidan was dying and it needed extra fuel in order to remain alive. The scenario involved “protestors” being shot by snipers. Biden’s guys (Parubiy, Pashinsky, Parasyuk) organised the massacre.

3. In his memoirs Biden says: “I called the then President of Ukraine Yanukovych and ordered him to leave his post. I made the last of many urgent calls to Yanukovych in late February of 2014, when his snipers were assassinating Ukrainian citizens”. Spot the lie(s).

4. He continues: “I had been warning him for months to exercise restraint in dealing with his citizens, but on this night, 3 months into the demonstrations, I was telling him it was over; time for him to call off his gunmen and walk away.” Spot the lie(s).

5. And further: “Control of the government ended up temporarily in the hands of a young patriot named Arseny Yatsenyuk” “Ended up” = installed by Biden.

6. The Prosecutor-General who Biden got fired, Viktor Shokin, states: “The president told me repeatedly that Biden demanded that I was moved away. A report on the work done by me was prepared, it was sent to deputies, and posted ‘Prosecutor-General of Ukraine’ on the website.”

7. Shokin continues: “If to take these reports, they differ manyfold from what my predecessors could do. There were no objective ground’s for dismissal.” Yes Viktor, except you were sniffing around the corruption of Hunter Biden. Big mistake.

8. Shokin again: “Biden promised Poroshenko that he would bring compromising evidence on me concerning corruption. He arrived in December 2015, spoke in the Verkhovna Rada, said nothing about it, and left. So then I went to Bankova Street.” Okay, what happened next, Viktor?

9. “The conversation was like: – ‘Well, did Biden dig up corruption?’ – ‘He did not bring anything against me’. – ‘So what will we do?’ – ‘F*ck him!’. Approx like this. After all, if the U.S. VP had proof of my corruption, then he would surely use all of this for his aims.”

10. Shokin: “I assume that then the president received another call from Biden, blackmail via the non-allocation of a loan… Poroshenko then surrendered”. DING DING! We have interference in another country’s internal affairs! And why? Joe was protecting his just as corrupt son.

11. During Maidan Biden held dozens of meetings with the Ukrainian oligarchy. His main aim was to ensure that the main TV channels would support Maidan and go along with the script. One such rat is Levochkin, who Biden used as a battering ram to destroy the Party of Regions.

12. In order to ‘persuade’ oligarchs to whore out their TV channels for the purposes of toppling Yanukovych, Biden blackmailed oligarchs by threatening to confiscate their property, initiate criminal cases, reclaim loans, and close the possibility of receiving cheap $.

13. Biden demanded from Yanukovych to create an agricultural bank in order to sell off Ukraine’s chernozems. Yanukovych decided to sabotage Biden’s plans by turning to China instead and shafting the US. As soon as Yanukovych did this, Maidan started. What a coincidence…

14. After Yanukovych had been swept away, the Obama administration initially wanted Klitschko as the President. It was Biden who altered these plans and instead moulded a total nobody who wasn’t at all qualified for the job – Poroshenko. Go to tweet #10 to find out why.

15. Biden wasn’t happy with Igor Kolomoisky embezzling state money – only Biden & Co are allowed to do this! – so Joe initiated the nationalisation of Igor’s “Privatbank”, which the Rada had to do in order to hope to receive another IMF loan (more Biden blackmail).

16. The duel between Biden and Kolomoisky for control over the loot (the latter used “Privatbank” to rob state money) lasted during all of Poroshenko’s tenure. Kolomoisky managed to defeat Biden when the neocons lost the 2016 US election, hence why Igor now controls Ukraine.

17. Yatsenyuk was Biden’s guy for embezzling Ukraine’s state budget money. We’re talking multiple billions of looted cash. But the scheme collapsed when Poroshenko, who at this point had fallen out of favour with the US, had a spat with Yatsenyuk and fired him.

18. Biden would sit in the upper floor of the Rada and instruct deputies how to vote on certain draft laws to ensure the result needed by Joe and Hunter. If a deputy tried to act against the Bidens’ will, they were thrown to the wolves and their Rada career was done.

20. Let’s now cover Hunter Biden, who Shokin wanted to prosecute. “Burisma” was owned by the former Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources Zlochevsky. In 2016 it was handed over to a US proxy body (NABU). Zlochevsky fled Ukraine in 2014.

21. After fleeing, Zlochevsky wanted to evade any punishment and thus brought Hunter Biden onto the Board of Directors of “Burisma”. Zlochevsky gave him €1 million per year. Joe Biden didn’t want Zlochevsky to be punished. However, Poroshenko had other ideas.

22. Petro wanted to milk this case in order to receive some kopecks from Zlochevsky. Petro ordered Shokin to ignore Joe and to start an investigation. Joe then used his proxies (e.g. Sobolev and Shabunin) to organise a campaign to collect signatures for Shokin’s resignation.

23. Geoffrey Pyatt was also putting pressure on Shokin since he also was receiving a nice slice from the Ukrainian pie. The case against Zlochevsky was closed by Biden (NABU and SAP) only after Zlochevsky – via Onishchenko – handed a business proposal over to Poroshenko.

24. I.e., Poroshenko, knowing that Zlochevsky was untouchable and would be defended by the US, decided to milk the situation anyway, since in the worst case scenario Biden would just close the case. But Poroshenko’s reputation fell after this, and Biden already wanted him gone.

26. Hunter Biden’s US-based firm “Rosemont Seneca Partners LLC” received regular transfers into one of its accounts – usually more than $166,000 a month – from Burisma from spring ’14 to autumn ’15, when Joe was the main US official dealing with Ukraine.

27. Shokin’s successor Yury Lutsenko also had a good look at “Burisma”, but had no motivation to do anything about it (he’s corrupt too)…. until now, when Trump needs that dirt in order to sweep the Bidens away. Ukraine owes Trump a favour. Why?

28. Trump’s campaign HQ leader Paul Manafort was compromised by Kiev in 2016, after they gave the Democrats a list of persons who were being financially fed by the Party of Regions. Manafort is on this list. But now it’s time to kiss the ass of the new sheriff in town.

29. Trump for sure has access to a mountain of dirt on Biden. Here is an example: Biden and Kolomoisky, separately, are involved in plundering $1.8 billion of the money the IMF allocated to Ukraine in 2014-2015. And that’s just from ’14-’15. Imagine what else Joe pocketed…

30. In addition to Hunter Biden, the former president of Poland Aleksander Kwasniewski and Joseph Cofer Black – the former head of the CIA anti-terrorist center and special envoy on combatting terrorism – were also on the Board of Directors of “Burisma”. So the web goes far.

31. So to summarise: Joe Biden participated in illegally overthrowing the president of a foreign country, installing his guys and firing undesirables, looting Ukrainian state money, extorting local oligarchs, pillaging IMF loans, fuelling fratricide in Donbass, etc.

32. I will end this thread by saying that at the current moment negotiations are ongoing between Igor Kolomoisky (the puppet master of Zelensky), Moscow, and Trump (the EU is secondary here) regarding the future of Donbass and of Ukraine as a whole (especially gas).

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Carbyne

From Whitney Webb:

Carbyne is but one of several Israeli tech companies marketing themselves as a technological solution to mass shootings that has direct ties to Israeli intelligence agencies…

In each case, these companies’ products are built in such a way that they can easily be used to illegally surveil the governments, institutions and civilians that use them…

Perhaps most disturbing of all, whatever technological solution is adopted by the Trump administration, it is set to use a controversial database first developed as part of a secretive U.S. government program that involved notorious Iran-Contra figures like Oliver North as a means of tracking and flagging potential American dissidents for increased surveillance and detention in the event of a vaguely defined “national emergency…”

In addition to Barak — former Israeli prime minister and former head of Israeli military intelligence — serving as Carbyne’s chairman and a key financer, the company’s executive team are all former members of Israeli intelligence, including the elite military intelligence unit, Unit 8200, which is often compared to the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA)…

Carbyne is a Next-Generation 9-11 (NG911) platform and the explicit goal of NG911 is for all 911 systems nationwide to become interconnected…

Carbyne announced its partnership with Cisco Systems this past April, with the latter announcing that it would begin “aligning its unified call manager with Carbyne’s call-handling platform, allowing emergency call centers to collect data from both 911 callers and nearby government-owned IoT [Internet of Things] devices…

SUNC was founded as part of a deliberate Israeli government effort to counter the nonviolent Boycott, Divest and Sanctions (BDS) movement and to make Israel the dominant global “cyber power…

More than 2,000 Palestinians, whom he described as “potential lone-wolf terrorists,” had been arrested as a result of these “breakthrough technological advances” that use artificial-intelligence algorithms to monitor the social media accounts of Palestinians, especially younger Palestinians, for the use of “tripwire” phrases that have been used by Palestinians who later committed acts of violence…”

Beginning in 1982, Ollie North used the PROMIS software to compile a list of American dissidents and “potential troublemakers.” This was: 

A database of Americans, who, often for the slightest and most trivial reason, are considered unfriendly, and who, in a time of panic might be incarcerated. The database can identify and locate perceived ‘enemies of the state’ almost instantaneously…

This secretive database has often been referred to as “Main Core” by government insiders and, most troubling of all, it still exists today. Journalist Christ Ketcham, citing senior government officials, reported in 2008 that, at that time, Main Core was believed to contain the names of as many as 8 million Americans…

Main Core’s contents had been used for the political blackmail of members of Congress and their staff, journalists, and others by Walter Raymond, a senior CIA covert operator in psyops and disinformation who served on President Reagan’s National Security Council during and after Main Core’s creation…

The fact that the cooperation between U.S. and Israeli intelligence, particularly between Unit 8200 and the NSA, has only grown since 1991 further suggests that Israeli involvement in Main Core continues to the present…

Palantir’s close ties to the Trump administration make the company’s role in a future nationwide “pre-crime” prevention system based on technology appear inevitable…

This new agency would be known as the Health Advanced Research Projects Agency (HARPA) and would be modeled after the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Per the proposal, the flagship program of HARPA would be “Safe Home” (Stopping Aberrant Fatal Events by Helping Overcome Mental Extremes), which would use “breakthrough technologies” for early diagnosis of neuropsychiatric violence.

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EGBAR

A white woman driving a new Cream Lexus SUV with an #EGBAR sticker just tried to run me off the road at #Lawndale Baptist Church. To be fair, I did exorcise the congregation for vomiting up #Christofascists like Mark Walker.

“Everything’s Gonna Be Alright” was Jim Melvin’s pathetic attempt to placate the country clubs by denying poor people were starving in Greensboro.

My guess is it was Mike Barber’s wife. I’m sure she’s pretty sore about me saying he made a living mocking poor kids, by making them play golf on municipal courses, instead of the country club. Good times.

She was too attractive to be Dabney Sanders. Besides, people who beg for a living don’t drive new SUVs.

Got it. The Mayor’s wife.

I prolly took Sunset from Lawndale to North Elm once too often this week. I could feel them staring at me from upstairs bedrooms as they each sat on Walker Sanders’ face.

What insane cadre of numb skulls puts little #EGBAR emblems on the left rear corner of new vehicles? I may have stumbled on a group of committed fascists, apparently none of them men.

Aha, the country club tennis mavens have moved from the wine aisles at H-T to The Fresh Market.

And of course, they’re sore I mocked the local PGA tournament, which 9 of 10 contenders skipped. #Wyndham

And then I mocked the demise of the #IGMFUPAC architects.

And we moved our store, not downtown, but the Wild West of #Lawndale, right beside the best burger bar in the USA.

And we don’t even need retail, because the internet has never heard of #Greensboro.

We’ve been eating lunch from #TacoMamas this week, and it’s great. Frankly, not everyone is bright enough to eat there. The menu, with unlimited toppings, is daunting. #Lawndale

I can’t wait until that sad dweeb from the N&R phones in his article about us, which no one but people still watching Andy Griffith will read.

Corruption counts on the perception that all successful people are psychopaths, when some of us are sublimely mad, refusing to be complicit. Of course, competing with Fortune 500 stores at Friendly is simply stupid.

This #EGBAR crowd appropriated over $40M in bonds for the #IGMFUPAC without a public referendum, and the last $10M without even a public hearing.

Tanger’s dad made the money and junior chills in the Hamptons.

Try to imagine the horror of having invested all this time and money downtown, only to be mocked by a shopping center built in the ’50s.

If nobody who’s anybody does anything in Greensboro, it’s not our fault.

Student debt is unavailable for bankruptcy, and yet the answer for downtown was student housing for the local diploma mills. #Neoliberalism

Downtown will be populated with kids too young to drink, and yet we’re awash in breweries. #CognitiveDissonance

Nyquil Brewery is funded by a century of crude patent medicines and neocons who funded The Powell Memo. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lewis_F._Powell_Jr.#Powell_Memorandum…

Currently, Greensboro’s Center for Creative Leadership, funded by the Smith Richardson Foundation, works in foreign countries to destabilize governments on behalf of American corporations.

We’re one #Epstein document release away from proving that Greensboro’s Center for Creative Leadership is being hacked by Israeli intelligence. #gsopol#IGMFUPAC#Zionism

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Russian Missiles and Defenses in Syria

From Krollchem in the comments at MoA:

S-400 (SA-21) systems:
There are two S-400 complexes guarding Khmeimim consisting of 16 missile launchers per complex (32 launch ready missiles range 350 km) 
http://www.janes.com/article/74500/second-russian-s-400-in-syria-confirmed

S-300 (SA-20) systems
Russia has seven S-300VM missile systems defending Tartus and aboard some warships (range 350 km)
http://theiranproject.com/blog/2016/11/16/seven-russian-s-300-air-missile-defense-systems-deployed-syria/

Bastion (K-300P) anti-ship coastal systems (Yakhonts)Russia has deployed perhaps two batteries of 18 launchers at their naval bases (72 launch ready missiles – range 350 km) Russia also has K-300P systems on it Project 11356 frigates
http://www.defense-aerospace.com/articles-view/release/3/179014/bastion-missile-proves-land-attack-capability-in-syria%3A-tass.html
Syria has two batteries consisting of 18 launchers which carry two 3M55E Yakhont supersonic cruise missiles. (72 launch ready missiles -range 350 km)
http://defense-update.com/20111203_syria-receives-yakhont-missiles.html

Kalibr (SS-N-27 Sizzler)
Russia has Kalibr long range missiles on all their frigates either 3M-54E1/3M-14E: (300 km range) or 3M-54/3M-54T: (660 km range)
http://www.defensereview.com/us-navy-aircraft-carriers-vulnerable-to-ss-n-27b-sizzler-anti-ship-missile/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3M-54_Kalibr

Pantsier
Russia had previously provided 40 Pantsier-1 missile systems to Syria with 12 missiles loaded per system (480 launch ready missiles – range 20 km)
https://www.therussophile.org/russia-delivered-40-pantsir-s1-air-defense-systems-to-syria-state-media.html/

Subsequently, Russia has also deployed an unknown number of Pantsir S2 air defense systems to its Khmeimim airbase in Syria (range of about 40 km)
https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2016/05/31/weapons-tested-syria-russia-pantsir-s2-mobile-air-defense-missile-gun-system.html
The Pantsier-2 may have been upgraded to add four directed sub-rockets to each missile for a total of 48 missiles per Pantsier launcher.
Buk-M2E (SA-11)
Russia has an unknown number of Buk-M2E systems and perhaps the new Buk-M3 in Syria. 
Syria has received a total of 48 launchers of Buk-M2 surface-to-air missiles. (192 launch ready missiles – range 40 km). I believe that there is a BUK-M3 variant under development that carries more launch ready missiles per vehicle.
http://www.todaynews24h.com/israel-continued-air-strikes-damascus-buk-m2-of-syria-where/

S-125 (SA-3) (Pechora-2M)
Syria has about 145 Pechora and 12 Pechora-2M each with four missiles per launcher. (628 launch ready missiles- range 32 km). 
Same as was used by Yugoslav Army 250th Air Defense Missile Brigade to shoot down a F-117 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S-125_Neva/Pechora

S-200 systems (SA-5) (upgraded)
Syria has two S-200 batteries consisting of 44 launchers at Kweires airport (range 350 km). A Syrian S-200 missile was used to shoot down an Israeli F-16.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S-200_%28missile%29

Kvadrat (SA-6)
Syria has 195 2K12s systems with three missiles per launcher. (585 launch ready missiles – range 22 km))
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2K12_Kub

Osa (SA-8)
Syria had 14 batteries consisting of 60 launchers with six short range missiles per launcher. (360 launch ready missiles – range 15 km))
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/9K33_Osa

Tor-M2E (SA-15D)
Russia has installed both the land based systems (SA-9) and integrated them in their ships at sea (SA-N-9). The launchers come with either 8 or 16 missiles with a range of 16 km

Syria has a number of the older Tor-M1(V) systems with 4-8 launch ready missiles – range 12 km.

Iskander (SS-26)
Russia has at least one Iskander nuclear capable ballistic missile systems in Syria -range 400-500 km. These are ship killers along with the Zircon missiles to take out carriers.
http://defense-update.com/20170106_iskander-in-syria.html
9K35 Strela-10 (SA-13)
Syria has 35 launchers – four missiles per launcher, reload time 3 minutes- range 5 km
http://military.wikia.com/wiki/9K35_Strela-10

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Lawndale

Those few following me on Facebook know that the Wife, with the lease ending on her womens clothing store at Golden Gate, signed a lease on Lawndale, beside the fabulously popular Hop’s Burger Bar.

We took possession of the property on July 15, and by Wednesday, construction and painting were complete. She rented a 17 foot truck and we moved cabinets. I’d already moved everything in storage to the spacious basement.

This morning, she dropped me at Uhaul, where I was given a 20 feet truck, as they were out of 17s.

I returned with the rental, 30 minutes before the store opened to find the Wife disconnecting both POS PCs, the printers, router and cable modem, so that the heavy cabinets could be removed.

I called down my first miracle by hooking everything back up and getting it to work, especially as it barely worked in the first place.

The Wife, unable to find anyone to help, and I began rolling cabinets into the truck. By the time the last one was in I was done.

Fortunately, the Wife found a couple of guys having lunch next door who offered to help. They followed us to Lawndale, as the crowd waiting two hours to get in Hop’s watched me park a 20 foot truck. The guys made quick work of the cabinets and the Wife paid them.

The day should’ve ended then, but she insisted we hurry back to the store and begin loading racks of clothes. Normally, I’d have insisted we continue tomorrow, but the next thing I know we’re back at the store and they’re shooting racks of clothes at me.

Normally, I’d have taken my time and tied down each rack, but an employee was waiting at Lawndale with nothing to do, so I half-assed the tie down. and we showed up at Lawndale with half the woefully overcrowded racks, turned over.

We finally righted the mess, reloaded the empty racks and called it a day.

A woman will put you in an impossible situation, if not work you to death, should you allow it.

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Time’s a Wastin’

Pop would’ve been 83 last month and I probably have him to thank for avoiding a head on collision this morning. There wasn’t time to hit the brakes, as I veered away from the car in my lane. The truck was horribly out of shape, by the time I hit the brakes, so I took my hands of the wheel, as I’d been taught. When then new Toyos touched down, the truck righted itself in the direction I’d been headed.

From Consortium News:

Think about it: not only is the U.S. military the world’s largest institutional consumer of fossil fuels but, according to a new report from Brown University’s Costs of War Project, between 2001 and 2017, it released more than 1.2 billion metric tons of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere (400 million of which were related to the war on terror). That’s equivalent to the emissions of 257 million passenger cars, more than double the number currently on the road in the U.S…

And for the first time ever, three veterans of America’s post-9/11 wars — Seth Moulton and Tulsi Gabbard of the House of Representatives, and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg — are running for president, bringing their skepticism about American interventionism with them…

The real antiwar momentum in Washington has begun to come from new members of Congress like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) and Ilhan Omar who are unwilling to accept business as usual when it comes to either the Pentagon or the country’s forever wars.

From EJ Magnier:

The US administration recognizes its incapacity to defeat or face Iran with conventional fire power; hence Trump seems to advert to the possibility of using tactical nuclear bombs against Iran as the US did in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon 2006 (uranian based weapons). He also told the press that no exit plan, no Plan B is necessary…

During World War II, the US faced no accountability because the world was at war. Today the situation is very different and Trump is facing an internal political split, an electoral campaign, and the signatories to the JCPOA deal who oppose Trump’s revocation of the deal under the guidance of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Trump is trying to get our soldiers killed, because the warmongers won’t let him bring them home.

So, this is not a war against Iran, but Deep State.

I especially enjoy Trump holding Israel hostage, like so many helpless Palestinians.

You can see the skid marks on Yanceyville, where the green sedan overshot the entrance to the credit union, hit the brakes, skidded into my lane, and apparently made it, just a little before nine, yesterday morning.

Note to self: No one requires me to be at work by nine. Wait until 9:30, or at least 9:15.

Hanlon’s razor: Never ascribe to malice that which can be explained by stupidity.

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