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JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: OLEG SMOLENKOV AFFAIR EXTENDS LIFE OF RUSSIA-GATE LUNACY – PUTIN HAD NO ELECTION INTERFERENCE PLAN BECAUSE NOTHING HAPPENED – DNC MATERIAL WAS NOT HACKED BUT LEAKED FROM INSIDE – YET SETH RICH MURDER HAS GONE ALMOST WITHOUT INVESTIGATION – CIA OFTEN FAILS IN GATHERING AND ASSESSING DEPENDABLE INFORMATION – BUT CIA HAS A GOOD RECORD OF DOING BAD THINGS TO OTHERS – WORK OF OPERATIONS SIDE RESEMBLES THAT OF THUGS WITH LIMITLESS RESOURCES   Leave a comment

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COMMENTS POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY SCOTT RITTER IN CONSORTIUM NEWS

 

“The Spy Who Failed

“Oleg Smolenkov’s role as a CIA asset and the use of his data by the director of the CIA to cast doubt over the 2016 U.S. presidential election”

 

https://consortiumnews.com/2019/09/14/the-spy-who-failed/

 

Were it not so powerful militarily and financially, the United States would be the laughingstock of the world.

This entire business about a CIA Russian spy is just another avenue travelled in America’s nonstop Russophobia lunatic wanderings.

The DNC material was not hacked as a number of true experts have told us, including the key one now languishing in a British prison.

Putin had no plan because nothing ever happened.

Nothing.

And I think we’ve all seen that when Putin plans something, it happens.

The article is interesting for its laying out of elaborate security procedures – kind of a high-level, almost academic “police procedural” – but I do feel in the end it is not that helpful, much as I respect Scott Ritter expertise.

When nothing has happened, it does seem a bit odd to scrutinize every piece of fiber and bit of dust and to construct a massive scenario of “what ifs.”

Meanwhile, the murder of Seth Rich, a genuine and meaningful event, goes virtually uninvestigated.

No wonder you are in so much trouble, America, and no wonder you make so much trouble for others.

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Response to a comment saying, “Clods like these (add the Clintons) should have their post-employment millions confiscated and put on trial”

Sorry, but “Big Intelligence” is always a failure, and on many levels.

It is not a matter of any “clods.”

It is a matter of the very nature of the institution and the nature of the people who use its output.

The CIA only has a good record at doing bad things.

I refer to its operations side and the havoc and violence they have released through the decades.

They are an army of richly-equipped thugs without uniforms, interfering in the business of others, “lying, cheating, and stealing.”

The true intelligence gathering and evaluating side of things fails and always has to a great extent.

 

https://chuckmanwords.wordpress.com/2009/05/31/why-the-cia-always-will-be-a-costly-flop/

 

Posted September 16, 2019 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: ALTERNATIVE NEWS SOURCES ARE SUBJECT TO ERRORS AND BIAS JUST AS MAINLINE NEWS SOURCES ARE – THE NEED FOR SCEPTICISM TOWARDS ALL PRESS AND MEDIA – YOU MUST EVALUATE FOR YOURSELF – NO LISTS OF GOOD SOURCES AND NO CORPORATE “SEALS OF APPROVAL” CAN BE TAKEN AT FACE VALUE   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY ERIC ZUESSE IN RUSSIA INSIDER

 

“Boycott the Empire’s Lying Press: Here’s a Handy List of Reliable Alternative Media”

 

Oh, this is silly.

First, in any complex matter that you really want to understand, you don’t ignore or “boycott” those about whom you are concerned or doubtful.

You try understanding just what it is they are doing and why they are doing it, and what it is they are trying to do changes regularly with circumstances.

You know, you can even learn something from the bias and dishonesty of others.

Second, while I follow a good deal of the alternative and foreign press and regard them as very important to my understanding of events, they have no exclusive on accuracy or honesty or lack of bias.

Enlightened scepticism is our best approach in all matters concerning news sources.

Third, anyone claiming to point out the true and dependable sources should be treated with scepticism. It’s no different in principle to corporate truth-determining, fact-checking gimmicks we now see regularly put “out there.”

If you want truth, you must work for it. Like all precious commodities, no one is giving truth away free to you. Good information in anything is costly, never free. You must evaluate.

There are sources to be trusted more than others, but it takes effort to learn who they are, but even then, they will be subject to making mistakes and, definitely subject to displaying some bias.

Bias for each news source is a little like a code you must understand to decipher the underlying message.

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Posted September 16, 2019 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: HONG KONG DEMONSTRATORS FOOLISHLY WRECKING THEIR OWN CITY’S FUTURE – LETTING AMERICAN AGENTS WHO HATE CHINA INCITE THEM – JUST A FEW WORDS ON THE BLESSINGS OF AMERICAN “DEMOCRACY” – PERSPECTIVE ON CHINA’S CAREFUL HANDLING INCLUDING WHAT AMERICA IS DOING TO THE POOR PEOPLE OF VENEZUELA – CANADA’S DISGRACEFUL ROLE THERE THANKS TO CHRYSTIA FREELAND   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

EXPANSION OF COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN CBC NEWS

 

“Violence flares as thousands defy police ban to march in downtown Hong Kong

“Latest pro-democracy protest Sunday comes day after 12 arrested, 25 injured in mall clash”

 

These foolish demonstrators are going to “kill the goose that laid the golden egg.”

The kind of international business interests which make Hong Kong hum and thrive are completely averse to this kind of chaotic public behavior.

Of course, the demonstrators are being covertly encouraged and supplied by the American State Department as part of Trump’s war on China, but still, it is their home, and they foolishly work hard promoting its decline.

And, you know, a lot of what we call “democracy” in the “West” isn’t quite what it’s cracked up to be. The realities don’t come anywhere near the glib slogans.

Americans in 2016, had a choice in voting for President between two figures taken from Madame Tussaud’s Chamber of Horrors, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. No matter which of them won the election, the Pentagon and CIA and NSA were the real winners. Average people had to lose.

The American Congress has been characterized, quite accurately, as “the best government money can buy.” It serves the interests of those who provide it with generous campaign funds, without exception.

Average Americans see their tax dollars spent on wars and killing and spying, themselves having no healthcare, often poor schools, and even contaminated drinking water in a number of cases.

America’s wonderful police forces kill an average of three Americans per day, every day, more than any terrorist could dream of. America’s prisons are packed. The country has the highest incarceration rate in the world.

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Response to a comment saying, “What is happening to the people of Venezuela is shameful. What’s worse is Canada is involved due to Freeland.”

Thank you. A vital perspective.

What America has done in Venezuela is far more terrifying than what we see in Hong Kong.

The United States is denying millions of people food and necessities through embargo, and it has cut their ability to trade and earn a living.

It has turned off their entire electrical grid several times, hurting millions of ordinary people. It literally has stolen some of the country’s assets abroad to hand over to an unelected opposition.

There was an attempt on President Maduro’s life. And all kinds of serious threats and rumblings continue in an effort to intimidate and create fear.

China has been what can only be called genuinely restrained in the face of the demonstrations, and despite the annoying fact that they know the demonstrators are incited and financially supported by State Department representatives.

Also, compare the killing and maiming of the Les Gilets Jaunes by Macron in the streets of Paris. Eleven have been killed.

Or, even worse, the mass killing of more than two hundred unarmed demonstrators by Netanyahu in Gaza, territory over which he legally doesn’t even have any authority.

I regard Chrystia Freeland as a disgrace.

Posted September 15, 2019 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: YEMEN’S BRILLIANT ATTACK ON MAJOR SAUDI OIL FACILITIES – WE NATURALLY ROOT FOR THE LITTLE GUY (YEMEN) AGAINST THE BLOODY BULLY (SAUDI ARABIA) WHO STARTED ALL THE KILLING – BUT SOME VERY NASTY WORDS ARE COMING FROM WASHINGTON AND THIS COULD GO VERY WRONG FOR…IRAN – YES, AMERICA’S WASHINGTON BOZOS ARE BLAMING IRAN   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN CHECKPOINT ASIA

 

“Saudis Have You Had Enough? Time to Tap Out and Sue for Peace”

 

“Ten drones controlled by Yemeni Houthi forces hit two major Saudi oil installations last night and caused several large fires”

 

While this is encouraging for those of us who root for the little guy (Yemen) against the bully (Saudi Arabia), it could take a very wrong turn.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, a Neocon’s Neocon, is now making quite threatening noises over the attack, suggesting in fact that Iran was behind it.

The ever-ready-to-grovel-for-Israel Senator Lindsay Graham is suggesting bombing Iran’s oil fields in reprisal.

There are of course no limits to the stupidities towards Iran of which Washington is capable.

I’m sure that violent war criminal, Netanyahu, would welcome any aggression for which he could take credit during the Israeli election.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard has gone out of its way to make blunt statements that American bases and aircraft carriers are within range of its very capable missiles.

Ah, what a wonderful world America bestows upon us. Each day brings a bounty of threats and stupidities and danger.

 

AFTER NOTE:

 

I’ve long suspected that Senator Lindsay Graham – always ready to leap to his feet when the word “Israel” is uttered by anyone and shout “More!” if the topic is aid money or bombing of people Israel doesn’t like – was the victim, years ago, of a Mossad honey-trap.

Video would be deadly to the career of a man who pretends he’s straight in the Southern Baptist constituency he represents. It is hard to account for his tireless watchdog efforts on Israel’s behalf otherwise.

Such things have certainly happened before. Closet-gay and cross-dresser, J Edgar Hoover, apparently was caught early on in such a trap by the Mafia, which likely explains his notorious ineffectiveness against organized crime.

Posted September 15, 2019 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: FAITHFUL ATTACHMENT TO A BLOODY TYRANT PRINCE IS PERHAPS THE CLEAREST MEASURE OF WASHINGTON’S CORRUPTION AND ROT   Leave a comment

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EXPANSION OF A COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY PATRICK COCKBURN IN THE INDEPENDENT

 

“The Saudi Crown Prince plans to make us forget about the murder of Jamal Khashoggi before the US election

“A further difficulty the crown prince will face in trying to reboot his nation’s image is that the Khashoggi affair has energised a wave of criticism from former friends, including Republican senator Marco Rubio”

 

What better symbolizes the utter corruption of Washington than its continued close ties with that grotesquely brutal murderer, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia?

Yes, Trump is especially guilty, but he is only a rude chief representative for the entire Washington establishment.

Rather than drain “the swamp,” he ended up giving jobs to many of its inhabitants. On major matters, he and they are pretty much indistinguishable.

Except for his frequent incoherence, he represents nothing really different compared to all the rest of “the best government money can buy.”

Of course, there is the Israeli connection. Netanyahu and the Crown Prince have a mutual admiration society. They are covert allies in many projects, all of them involving blood and death. Kind of “blood brothers,” you might say.

Sadly, Trump and much of Washington dance to Netanyahu’s tune for the Middle East. We have the ongoing spectacle of a great power dictated to by what is effectively one of its own colonies, albeit a rather special one in the immense attention and subsidy it receives.

The virulent hatred and unwarranted attacks we see against Iran, efforts to strangle a major economy of more than eighty million people and hurling ugly threats of war – Trump recently, like Hillary Clinton a few years ago, having actually threatened Iran with the word “obliteration” – are the direct products of that sick and inappropriate relationship.

Netanyahu, with his putrid “moral army” lined up regularly behind a fence to shoot unarmed Palestinian demonstrators, including women and children, is absolutely no different in character than the murderer Saudi Crown Prince. The screams of Netanyahu’s victims are indistinguishable from the screams the Crown Prince’s victims.

Hypocrisy is just thick in the air when Washington here or there accuses some government whom it doesn’t like of brutality or terror. We hear the words regularly, but the people voicing the charges themselves have blood up to their armpits.

Washington both tolerates and exploits genuine terror for its goals and desires, day-in and day-out.

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: OF COURSE AMERICA SHOULD LEAVE AFGHANISTAN – IT SHOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN THERE – BUT I CRITICIZE AN ODD AMERICAN WAY OF DISCUSSING THE FACT – 9/11 WAS NEVER INVESTIGATED BUT AN INVASION TO AVENGE IT STILL OCCURRED – THE TALIBAN – THE CORRUPTION OF POWER AND THE MILITARY THAT DOMINATE AMERICA LIKE DRUGS – SAUDIS KEEP COSY WITH AMERICA’S POWERFUL – THE INSANE AND MEANINGLESS WAR ON TERROR – ISRAEL’S BIZARRE POSITION IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND WHY IT GENERATES ENDLESS VIOLENCE   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY MICHAEL SCHEUER IN CHECKPOINT ASIA

 

“Now, Mr. President, With Respect, Cut the Crap and Get Out of Afghanistan”

“Mr. President you are surrounded by advisors who are morons, liars, money-grubbers, mineral-chasers, war-lovers, and democracy crusaders, as well as generals who cannot tell the difference between winning and losing”

 

There are some truths here, including, of course, the main point about the urgent need to just get out of Afghanistan.

But they are often poorly stated and, importantly, as I will explain, mixed and blurred with a lot of other matters. The author’s language, too, loses credibility and can distort meaning, although a remarkable number of Americans seem to believe otherwise, that such language reinforces truth.

Overall, the language is indicative of much of what the author has to say – again, getting beyond the one essential point about the need to leave Afghanistan – so much of it really being not much more than bellowing from a disillusioned imperial acolyte.

Exclamation points from the gut. But I have never been a reader or a writer who admires the use of exclamation points.

I do think attitudes in the use of language reflect what an essentially violent country America is, both abroad and at home. And that’s why others often cannot understand it, and why it cannot understand them.

After all, this author, by his own admission, spent many years of his life working towards a pointless goal in Afghanistan. It took him an awfully long time to realize anything about what he was doing (in an undoubtedly well-paying job). Such is the strength of preconceptions and religious mumbo-jumbo prejudices like “God Bless America” Patriotism.

It’s actually quite hard to understand America’s establishment on the subject of Afghanistan.

After all, America, especially in its rural areas, is packed with gun-toting, get-out-of-my-face types who hate most government and authority.

Well, that’s what the Taliban represent in their poor, hardscrabble country.

That’s all they’ve ever represented.

They are not concerned about the bureaucrats living in Kabul unless the bureaucrats interfere with them, as they have been doing incessantly under American prompting.

And they certainly aren’t concerned about the world at large, about geo-political matters, except to the extent, again, that any of it impinges on their society and way of life. Certainly, an invasion and occupation of 18 years would tend to do that.

If anyone should be able to understand the Taliban, Americans should.

But they don’t or they refuse to do so.

The entire war was a waste over misunderstanding and America’s emotional need for vengeance after 9/11. Americans never even bothered to understand 9/11, to investigate it, to get at its causes, and to identify its authors accurately. They just demanded vengeance and the satisfaction of seeing lots of things get blown up.

No one understands 9/11 to this day, but the chaotic war in Afghanistan heads towards twenty years of destruction and waste.

The war never had a legitimate cause. And the truth is that all of America’s reactions, viewed from a distance, represent a kind of massive chaotic black comedy or primitive ritualistic cleansing ceremony.

The Taliban never were terrorists in the sense that we understand the word. Yes, they are rude, backward, mountain-men types who don’t hesitate to use violence against enemies, but that is not what we mean when we use the word “terrorist.”

The Taliban had given bin Laden, a devout Muslim and a genuine hero in the fight against Soviet occupation, a refuge away from the Saudi Arabia establishment that hated him, an establishment totally in bed with America.

George Bush’s oil operations were assisted by Saudi Princes. Bush was actually never astute enough to start or run a serious business on his own, and the Saudis were always looking for ways to flatter and influence Americans from big-name families. Just as they gave rare gifts and donated to the Clintons.

That’s all. So, you start and maintain an 18-year war over that?

Just insanity, believing your own propaganda about the Taliban.

Truly, America has been the most inept imperial power since WWII, fighting many meaningless wars and achieving very little, except profits for the defense industry and relatively well-paid jobs for many young Americans who might otherwise have swept floors or been unemployed.

The final irony of it all is America’s adopting for its Israeli-inspired Neocon wars, wars designed only to attempt remaking much of the Middle East to the liking of America and Israel, the very methods of terror.

In Syria, in Libya, and elsewhere, young CIA recruits are supported in behaving like mythical jihadi types when all they really are is old-fashioned mercenaries without uniforms. They never battle against what genuine jihadis would battle against, which would be Israel and the corrupt Saudi Princes and American influence.

No, they fight, with terrorist methods, governments which have done a fairly decent job for the bulk of their people, governments such as those of Gaddafi or Assad, but who remain independent-minded and do not toe the American imperial policy line.

That position, not toeing the line, is simply not allowed. Better to kill a couple of million people, create tens of millions of refugees, and destroy whole societies, which is literally what America has done in the Middle East in cooperation with Israel. Always while bellowing about terrorists and tyrants.

Oh, there has been some genuine “international terror,” a relatively small amount, especially in Europe. It represents little more than efforts to get some revenge for what has been inflicted upon the Middle East in the bloody, bloody Neocon Wars. It would never have occurred otherwise. People don’t just kill and put their own lives at risk for no reason at all, as George Bush’s lamentably stupid words about terrorists being jealous assumed.

I find the author’s last words about American generals and cabals by them and their incompetence especially alarming. It has the tone of American militia types who eat freeze-dried rations and live at the bottoms of old missile silos in the American West. A bit deranged.

The problem isn’t generals, incompetent of not, the problem is the very existence of a gigantic military with no purpose other than enforcing empire. Belief that it represents anything else at all, such as legitimate defense and patriotic duty is the beginning of all problems and disillusion.

Remember always, the realities and effects of power, and of nearly absolute power in particular. And how else can you possibly describe the Pentagon and CIA and NSA and the Washington establishment?

We have close to absolute corruption on a massive scale.

 

FOOTNOTE CONCERNING ISRAEL AND ITS MANY WARS, INCLUDING THE NEOCON WARS – MATTERS QUITE APART FROM THE TALIBAN AND AFGHANISTAN ALTHOUGH IT ALL GETS JUMBLED TOGETHER IN PROPAGANDA ABOUT TERROR AND THE SUPPOSED NATURE OF ISLAM

 

Modern Israel represents something a little like a huge American corporate subdivision – a bit like Disney’s original project called Celebration, Florida – only one built with Biblical and Sunday School themes to justify putting it on another people’s land.

It has taken almost continuous war and violence to support the development, and there are few signs of that violence abating.

Its residents are mostly of European descent and have attitudes much different than those native to the region, an almost predictable source of unending strife.

In many respects, its face towards the rest of the Middle East, with its hundreds of millions of people, much resembles that of the fortress redoubts built by European Crusaders during the Middle Ages.

Posted September 13, 2019 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

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JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: THE CONCEPT OF “PEAK OIL” – WHY THOMAS MALTHUS WAS SO COMPLETELY WRONG IN THE LATE 18TH CENTURY – BOTH ABOUT THE LIMITS TO RESOURCES LIKE FOOD AND ABOUT POPULATION GROWTH – HOW OUR FOOD WILL BE PRODUCED BEFORE VERY LONG – HOW HUMAN POPULATIONS STOP GROWING AND EVEN SHRINK – A WORD ON INTELLIGENT SCEPTICISM   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY F WILLIAM ENGDAHL IN RUSSIA INSIDER

 

‘Peak Oil’ Turns out to Be Complete Nonsense – Affordable Global Reserves Seem Virtually Limitless

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Response to a comment:

Yes, there is not yet evidence enough about the formation of oil, whether it is a geological process or biological, as perhaps most commonly assumed. If it proves to be a continuous geological process, operating out of the earth’s interior as this article’s author assumes, reservoirs may indeed be virtually unlimited over time.

As for your comments on Malthus, he unknowingly left out something that has proved to be extremely important, growth of productivity.

It is that fact that makes his reckoning so bleak.

And so completely wrong, as we’ve proved with immense growth of productivity in all industries and especially farming.

And I think we have big leaps ahead still.

The day is coming we won’t even need most of our farm fields.

We’ll grow most of what we eat in hi-tech, hi-rise facilities. They will be right in or near cities, so fleets of transport trucks will no longer be needed. Chemical sprays perhaps also will not be needed.

The facilities will be controlled by complex computer programs and will need little attention.

And there will be harvests multiple times a year.

After that, who knows, maybe totally synthetic stuff, requiring no horticulture at all?

Like oil basins, future productivity of food production is not “cut-and-dried,” as Malthus unwittingly assumed.

Much the same productivity argument applies to petroleum too, actually. We ‘ve been able to make completely synthetic gasoline for many decades. Nationalist South Africa had a few synthetic fuel plants, based on a technology from WWII Germany.

It is much more expensive fuel, but, as with all technologies, costs come down over time. And higher product costs stimulate more efficient user technologies, as more efficient cars.

But before even getting to synthetic fuel, the world still has huge resources of “unconventional” oil – very heavy sources of crude that are more difficult and costly to extract and refine. The Alberta tar sands and the Orinoco Belt in Venezuela and still other places have vast deposits.

Again, such oil is more expensive because it must be “upgraded” and extraction deals with far greater volumes of material to be handled than classic light crude, but costs do come down over time.

Malthus, in his concept of a growing mismatch between population and its needed resources, also assumed continuous growth of population. Again, he was quite wrong, as the experience of all advanced countries now has proved.

The socio-economic fact of Demographic Transition brings population growth to a halt in all advanced nations. Births do respond to increased affluence and the likelihood of the survival of almost all children born – that is, to falling death rates.

Infant mortality (deaths of children before reaching five-years old) provided a big portion of historical death rates.

In Malthus’ day, infant mortality claimed a good half of children born. People kept having children as a response. After all, there were no pensions or care facilities for aging parents. Your children, especially for rural people, were the embodiment of both.

Today, some countries without adequate in-migration, actually face declining population, a very serious problem, as is the case for Japan.

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Response to a comment saying, “A word to the wise: never take anything Engdahl says at face value. I made that mistake once and quoted him in a book. The man is a dangerous loon, a Larouchite and a fantasist”

Never take anything that anyone says at “face value.” That is, anything about which you have little personal knowledge.

Intelligent scepticism is the best guiding philosophy. David Hume was right.

Posted September 13, 2019 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

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