Among Mueller's emails is this from Flynn: "Mike has been putting everything in place for us... this is going to make a lot of very wealthy people." How it is the building of nuclear plants in the Middle East "going make a lot of very wealthy people?" In Flynn's case, the money involved in the building 45 nuclear reactors in the Middle East would engage governments, corporations, and individuals, corrupt or not, in difficult-to-trace manners that would of course make some individuals very wealthy. But the project's will be done under the guise of "national security" to obscure any corruption. While Flynn has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his conversations with the Russian ambassador, he has not pleaded guilty to taking bribes or laundering money. Perhaps it is the conjoined motivations of money and imperial power together that best explain the feckless general's brazen enthusiasm on inauguration day. read more
Humans emit more than 250 billion tonnes of chemical substances a year, in a toxic avalanche that is harming people and life everywhere on the planet. Industrial toxins are now routinely found in new-born babies, in mother's milk, in the food chain, in domestic drinking water worldwide. At the beginning of the 20th century infectious diseases like TB, pneumonia, and diarrhea were the leading causes of death. In the 21st century these causes of death have become chronic illnesses like heart disease, stroke, and cancer. The rise in chronic diseases corresponds with the rise in pesticide/chemical use. A Rand study states that 60% of Americans have one and 40% have multiple chronic conditions. Glyphosate, the most common herbicide, is linked to autism, inflammatory bowel disease, chronic diarrhea, colitis, Crohn's disease, obesity, cardiovascular disease, depression, cancer, cachexia, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, and ALS, among others. read more
Democrats are fraidy cats who won't take their own side in an argument. Worse, they evince an air of fatuous goody-goodyness that serves only to distract attention away from the harms caused by the nefarious policies both parties favor. Nearly two-thirds of the electorate loathes Trump and the Republicans and their supporters who unaware they are being played. Trump and the party he nominally leads are playing with a weak hand. Israel meddles in our elections constantly. Congress and the MSM are in its thrall. Moreover, Netanyahu, is easily as apt a target for demonization as Putin. But, the 2016 election came down to a contest between goody-goodies and "deplorables." The way leading Democrats turned on Al Franken is a harbinger of where "the Schumer and Pelosi show" would like to take us. Schumer and Pelosi and the rest could learn a lot from Trump and the Republicans, about how to stick up for themselves and how, by doing so, to get their way. read more
President Donald Trump's decision Wednesday to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital has temporarily derailed the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, two senior White House officials acknowledged after Trump's speech. That "derailment" was a cost the White House was prepared to accept to fulfill Trump's campaign promise. And two senior White House officials said they felt making the announcement now -- before Israelis and Palestinians have reached the negotiating table -- would help mitigate the damage to the peace process. I never paid enough attention to this moron to know that this was a campaign promise. It is ridiculous, disgraceful and immoral for Trump to be making this declaration, as if it's his decision to make. It might even be illegal under international law. The catch there being that the USA doesn't care about international law unless it can use it to beat up on opponents, read more
Saudi Arabia is a fanatical, retrograde theocracy, the world's worst. Why does Friedman put his reputation on the line for a miscreant like Salman? He knows the Saudis are funding extremist madrassas around the world. He knows they're arming and training jihadists to fight in Syria, and prosecuting a genocidal war of annihilation in Yemen. He also knows that 15 of the 19 hijackers on 9-11 came from Saudi Arabia, the home of all Salafist terrorism emerges. He knows all of this but still provides cover for the man by writing a Homage to a Saudi Dictator in the Times. Why?
The Trump administration, US military and intelligence apparatus have made the Saudi monarchy a lynchpin for their confrontation with Iran, threatening a region-wide war that will dwarf the devastation heaped on Iraq. Friedman is just the public relations make-over, like lipstick on a pig. He did the same thing before the invasion of Iraq. read more