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Re: The real Venezuela is not what you think--
« Reply #3225 on: June 02, 2018, 05:07:07 AM »
Was all set to tell Surly off for posting such bull shit and looked up the lefty ass hole that wrote this fucking nonsense. :exp-angry: :exp-angry: :exp-angry:

Too my surprise his credentials are impeccable and once again had to face the fact of who was the dunce.

The guy who always preaches there are two sides to every coin on top of it.  :icon_scratch:

                               

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Re: The real Venezuela is not what you think--
« Reply #3226 on: June 02, 2018, 05:18:03 AM »
Was all set to tell Surly off for posting such bull shit and looked up the lefty ass hole that wrote this fucking nonsense. :exp-angry: :exp-angry: :exp-angry:

Too my surprise his credentials are impeccable and once again had to face the fact of who was the dunce.

The guy who always preaches there are two sides to every coin on top of it.  :icon_scratch:

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For me, the takeaway is the overall unreliability of our media, and the constant vigilance each of us has to bring to sorting and sifting the so-called "news." As someone who subscribes to a bunch of periodicals and online sources, I can tell you its tiring. And the guy who was yesterday's bete noire (for me, I'm thinking about John Whitehead) is today's teller of truths.

An interesting sidelight is that this comes from my hometown paper, now owned by the Block family, an extremely conservative ownership group who are generally full Trump, and who mightily endorsed Conor Lamb's opponent in the recent Congressional election. So it makes me wonder which editor greenlit this report, the better to make John Block spit out his morning coffee?  :icon_mrgreen:
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Re: The real Venezuela is not what you think--
« Reply #3227 on: June 02, 2018, 06:20:55 AM »
The real Venezuela is not what you think--
The U.S. press doesn't tell you what Maduro has done for the poor.


Newly re-elected Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro

DANIEL KOVALIK
MAY 25, 2018
12:00 AM

Daniel Kovalik teaches international human rights at the University of Pittsburgh Law School. His most recent book is “The Plot to Attack Iran.”

I just returned from observing my fourth election in Venezuela in less than a year. Jimmy Carter has called Venezuela’s electoral system “the best in the world,” and what I witnessed was an inspiring process that guarantees one person, one vote, and includes multiple auditing procedures to ensure a free and fair election.

I then came home to the United States to see the inevitable “news” coverage referring to Venezuela as a “dictatorship” and as a country in need of saving. This coverage not only ignores the reality of Venezuela, it ignores the fact that the U.S. is the greatest impediment to democracy in Venezuela, just as the U.S. has been an impediment to democracy throughout Latin America since the end of the 19th century.

Prior to the Venezuelan presidential election on May 20 — an election which included an opposition candidate, Henri Falcon, from the business community — the U.S. government announced that it would not recognize the outcome, no matter who won. The U.S. had gone so far as to threaten Mr. Falcon with sanctions if he even ran in the election. The U.S. also threatened further economic sanctions on Venezuela if incumbent leftist Nicolas Maduro won — sanctions that even Mr. Falcon’s economic adviser has said were leading to the collapse of the Venezuelan economy. President Donald Trump kept to his promise in this regard, announcing more onerous sanctions the day after the election, which will further immiserate the Venezuelan people.

Meanwhile, while members of the more radical, right-wing opposition had themselves been calling for presidential elections and had agreed to hold them in May, the U.S. leaned on them to back out of this deal before it was signed. Following this, the radical opposition, backed by the U.S., called for people to boycott the vote.

The result was that Mr. Maduro won in a landslide. But it was not only the boycott — observed mostly in wealthier communities, as I witnessed — that won the day for Mr. Maduro. There were other reasons you will never hear about in the U.S. press.

First, the true patriots of Venezuela, not surprisingly, resent the United States’ devastating economic sanctions as well its constant call for regime change. Some U.S. officials even talk of military intervention to overthrow Mr. Maduro. In part, the vote for Mr. Maduro was a vote against U.S. meddling in the affairs of Venezuela.

In addition, despite the real hardships in Venezuela — for which the U.S. is largely to blame — most of Venezuela’s poor are better off now than they were before the Bolivarian Revolution of Hugo Chavez and Nicolas Maduro. For example, over the past 7 years, the government has built 2 million units of housing for low-income Venezuelans. In a country of only some 30 million people, these units are now home to a large proportion of the Venezuelan population. The current government also has provided free health care and subsidized food.

Before Chavez, the sprawling poor barrios which ring the cities were literally not on any government maps, and they had no utilities and no election centers. After Chavez, the existence of these barrios was recognized for the first time, and they were provided with utilities, health service, election stations and, most important, dignity. Chavez even started a world-class music program which has now provided 1 million underprivileged children with music education. One graduate of this program, Gustavo Dudamel, is now considered one of the greatest conductors in the world!

Grateful for a government on their side and flouting U.S. extortion, the poor came out to vote in large numbers for Mr. Maduro. These are the same poor, by the way, who came down from the mountains in 2002 to demand the return of Hugo Chavez to power after he was overthrown in a U.S.-backed coup and kidnapped.

But you never hear the voices of these poor people in the U.S. press. You never hear their side of the story, how they have benefitted from the Bolivarian Revolution and how desperately they do not want to go back to how things were before.

While they have been given a voice in Venezuela, it remains muzzled in this country, and by a press which passes off pro-intervention and pro-war propaganda as journalism. It is no wonder the United States continues to careen into one disastrous military adventure after another.

All perfectly true. The United States cares only about two or three things, essentially. Controlling resources in order to have most of them to itself, stopping socialism or the sharing of those resources, and controlling what its population thinks. The US media is owned by Zionist Nazis who wish to siphon off excess profit to Israel. It's all about the oil, basically. Venezuela has maybe the greatest amount of reserves or near that. And who is really interested in the poor of a small Latin American country anyway when the smart American thing to do is flaunt ones desire for gas guzzlers 24/7 and low, low, gas prices along with BAU while declaring that one is profoundly on the side of justice and feeling immense sympathy for the poor everywhere. Shall we politely call it "dystopia" or what it really is, Hypocrisy? Yep, left or right, America's government does what it's people in their greed want. It delivers the goods, stays in power, and the Devil reigns supreme.
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Re: The real Venezuela is not what you think--
« Reply #3228 on: June 02, 2018, 07:42:57 AM »
The real Venezuela is not what you think--
The U.S. press doesn't tell you what Maduro has done for the poor.


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But you never hear the voices of these poor people in the U.S. press. You never hear their side of the story, how they have benefitted from the Bolivarian Revolution and how desperately they do not want to go back to how things were before.

While they have been given a voice in Venezuela, it remains muzzled in this country, and by a press which passes off pro-intervention and pro-war propaganda as journalism. It is no wonder the United States continues to careen into one disastrous military adventure after another.

All perfectly true. The United States cares only about two or three things, essentially. Controlling resources in order to have most of them to itself, stopping socialism or the sharing of those resources, and controlling what its population thinks. The US media is owned by Zionist Nazis who wish to siphon off excess profit to Israel. It's all about the oil, basically. Venezuela has maybe the greatest amount of reserves or near that. And who is really interested in the poor of a small Latin American country anyway when the smart American thing to do is flaunt ones desire for gas guzzlers 24/7 and low, low, gas prices along with BAU while declaring that one is profoundly on the side of justice and feeling immense sympathy for the poor everywhere. Shall we politely call it "dystopia" or what it really is, Hypocrisy? Yep, left or right, America's government does what it's people in their greed want. It delivers the goods, stays in power, and the Devil reigns supreme.

As would be evident to anyone who has read this Forum for more than 10 minutes, I completely agree. There are the who would consider your reference to "Zionist Nazis" anti-semitic, as is the fashion in the best conservative pissoirs these days for ANY criticism of the Zionist Apartheid State. These swells and grandees fail to note that the FSoA subsidizes Israel to the tune of a $38 billion package of military aid for over the next 10 years, the largest of its kind ever. Above and beyond the military toys, Israel receives about $3 billion in direct foreign assistance each year,  roughly one-fifth of America's entire foreign aid budget. In per capita terms, the United States gives each Israeli a direct subsidy worth about $500 per year.

We pay for this largesse by making holy economic war on the middle, working and poor classes, denying heath coverage, education aid, and increasingly, clean air and water. Health care in Israel is universal and participation in a medical insurance plan is compulsory. All Israeli residents are entitled to basic health care as a fundamental right. ... a right under wishing attack by Trump and the Neanderthals of the Freedumb Caucus.

Money is fungible. Here in the US, what we don't sweep toward the top two percent is given as a no-strings gift to the ZAS. No pols on record oppose this; those that have found themselves targeted by AIPAC and the rest of the Zionist lobby, and their careers destroyed.
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Re: The real Venezuela is not what you think--
« Reply #3229 on: June 02, 2018, 08:01:50 AM »
The real Venezuela is not what you think--
The U.S. press doesn't tell you what Maduro has done for the poor.


//<p>But you never hear the voices of these poor people in the U.S. press. You never hear their side of the story, how they have benefitted from the Bolivarian Revolution and how desperately they do not want to go back to how things were before.</p>
<p>While they have been given a voice in Venezuela, it remains muzzled in this country, and by a press which passes off pro-intervention and pro-war propaganda as journalism. It is no wonder the United States continues to careen into one disastrous military adventure after another.</p>
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All perfectly true. The United States cares only about two or three things, essentially. Controlling resources in order to have most of them to itself, stopping socialism or the sharing of those resources, and controlling what its population thinks. The US media is owned by Zionist Nazis who wish to siphon off excess profit to Israel. It's all about the oil, basically. Venezuela has maybe the greatest amount of reserves or near that. And who is really interested in the poor of a small Latin American country anyway when the smart American thing to do is flaunt ones desire for gas guzzlers 24/7 and low, low, gas prices along with BAU while declaring that one is profoundly on the side of justice and feeling immense sympathy for the poor everywhere. Shall we politely call it "dystopia" or what it really is, Hypocrisy? Yep, left or right, America's government does what it's people in their greed want. It delivers the goods, stays in power, and the Devil reigns supreme.

As would be evident to anyone who has read this Forum for more than 10 minutes, I completely agree. There are the who would consider your reference to "Zionist Nazis" anti-semitic, as is the fashion in the best conservative pissoirs these days for ANY criticism of the Zionist Apartheid State. These swells and grandees fail to note that the FSoA subsidizes Israel to the tune of a $38 billion package of military aid for over the next 10 years, the largest of its kind ever. Above and beyond the military toys, Israel receives about $3 billion in direct foreign assistance each year,  roughly one-fifth of America's entire foreign aid budget. In per capita terms, the United States gives each Israeli a direct subsidy worth about $500 per year.

We pay for this largesse by making holy economic war on the middle, working and poor classes, denying heath coverage, education aid, and increasingly, clean air and water. Health care in Israel is universal and participation in a medical insurance plan is compulsory. All Israeli residents are entitled to basic health care as a fundamental right. ... a right under wishing attack by Trump and the Neanderthals of the Freedumb Caucus.

Money is fungible. Here in the US, what we don't sweep toward the top two percent is given as a no-strings gift to the ZAS. No pols on record oppose this; those that have found themselves targeted by AIPAC and the rest of the Zionist lobby, and their careers destroyed.
But you have made this about Zionist Nazis. I do not not know a single Jew personally, and I know a bunch, here or over there, who will criticize Israel. Of course I know of famous critics such as Norman Finklestein and Gilead Atzmon and the tiny tiny minority in Israel. But my post was about the hypocrisy right here on DD, and a discussion among people full of shit On DD, who do not want to fight for public transportation in the US while claiming to care about global warming and the death of the environment and the poisoning of the air and water. No, they are Hypocrits because they want their same old same old in spite of claiming to have Leftist concerns and beliefs. What disgusting lies. We know what the Right believes and is doing. What are the fucking Leftist pretenders doing? NOTHING!

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Re: The real Venezuela is not what you think--
« Reply #3230 on: June 02, 2018, 09:41:03 AM »
Was all set to tell Surly off for posting such bull shit and looked up the lefty ass hole that wrote this fucking nonsense. :exp-angry: :exp-angry: :exp-angry:

Too my surprise his credentials are impeccable and once again had to face the fact of who was the dunce.

The guy who always preaches there are two sides to every coin on top of it.  :icon_scratch:

                               

Daniel Kovalik is Senior Associate General Counsel of the United Steelworkers, AFL-CIO (USW). He has worked for the USW since graduating from Columbia Law School in 1993. While with the USW, he has served as lead counsel on cutting-edge labor law litigation, including the landmark NLRB cases of Lamons Gasket and Specialty Health Care. He has also worked on Alien Tort Claims Act cases against The Coca-Cola Company, Drummond and Occidental Petroleum – cases arising out of egregious human rights abuses in Colombia. The Christian Science Monitor, referring to his work defending Colombian unionists under threat of assassination, recently described Mr. Kovalik as “one of the most prominent defenders of Colombian workers in the United States.” Mr. Kovalik received the David W. Mills Mentoring Fellowship from Stanford University School of Law and was the recipient of the Project Censored Award for his article exposing the unprecedented killing of trade unionists in Colombia. He has written extensively on the issue of international human rights and U.S. foreign policy for the Huffington Post and Counterpunch and has lectured throughout the world on these subjects.

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Re: The real Venezuela is not what you think--
« Reply #3231 on: June 02, 2018, 12:35:11 PM »
The real Venezuela is not what you think--
The U.S. press doesn't tell you what Maduro has done for the poor.


//<p>But you never hear the voices of these poor people in the U.S. press. You never hear their side of the story, how they have benefitted from the Bolivarian Revolution and how desperately they do not want to go back to how things were before.</p>
<p>While they have been given a voice in Venezuela, it remains muzzled in this country, and by a press which passes off pro-intervention and pro-war propaganda as journalism. It is no wonder the United States continues to careen into one disastrous military adventure after another.</p>
</div>
</div>
All perfectly true. The United States cares only about two or three things, essentially. Controlling resources in order to have most of them to itself, stopping socialism or the sharing of those resources, and controlling what its population thinks. The US media is owned by Zionist Nazis who wish to siphon off excess profit to Israel. It's all about the oil, basically. Venezuela has maybe the greatest amount of reserves or near that. And who is really interested in the poor of a small Latin American country anyway when the smart American thing to do is flaunt ones desire for gas guzzlers 24/7 and low, low, gas prices along with BAU while declaring that one is profoundly on the side of justice and feeling immense sympathy for the poor everywhere. Shall we politely call it "dystopia" or what it really is, Hypocrisy? Yep, left or right, America's government does what it's people in their greed want. It delivers the goods, stays in power, and the Devil reigns supreme.

As would be evident to anyone who has read this Forum for more than 10 minutes, I completely agree. There are the who would consider your reference to "Zionist Nazis" anti-semitic, as is the fashion in the best conservative pissoirs these days for ANY criticism of the Zionist Apartheid State. These swells and grandees fail to note that the FSoA subsidizes Israel to the tune of a $38 billion package of military aid for over the next 10 years, the largest of its kind ever. Above and beyond the military toys, Israel receives about $3 billion in direct foreign assistance each year,  roughly one-fifth of America's entire foreign aid budget. In per capita terms, the United States gives each Israeli a direct subsidy worth about $500 per year.

We pay for this largesse by making holy economic war on the middle, working and poor classes, denying heath coverage, education aid, and increasingly, clean air and water. Health care in Israel is universal and participation in a medical insurance plan is compulsory. All Israeli residents are entitled to basic health care as a fundamental right. ... a right under wishing attack by Trump and the Neanderthals of the Freedumb Caucus.

Money is fungible. Here in the US, what we don't sweep toward the top two percent is given as a no-strings gift to the ZAS. No pols on record oppose this; those that have found themselves targeted by AIPAC and the rest of the Zionist lobby, and their careers destroyed.
But you have made this about Zionist Nazis. I do not not know a single Jew personally, and I know a bunch, here or over there, who will criticize Israel. Of course I know of famous critics such as Norman Finklestein and Gilead Atzmon and the tiny tiny minority in Israel. But my post was about the hypocrisy right here on DD, and a discussion among people full of shit On DD, who do not want to fight for public transportation in the US while claiming to care about global warming and the death of the environment and the poisoning of the air and water. No, they are Hypocrits because they want their same old same old in spite of claiming to have Leftist concerns and beliefs. What disgusting lies. We know what the Right believes and is doing. What are the fucking Leftist pretenders doing? NOTHING!

Who are the people on DD who don't support public transportation? I hope you aren't talking about me, because you'd be very wrong.

But the general public in this State where I live? Yeah, you'd be right if you pointed your blame-thrower in their direction. They are car loving idiots. Unfortunately, because that's the norm, here. I have to drive a lot.

I agree with your general assessment on Venezuela, btw.
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Re: The real Venezuela is not what you think--
« Reply #3232 on: June 02, 2018, 02:41:44 PM »
The real Venezuela is not what you think--
The U.S. press doesn't tell you what Maduro has done for the poor.


//<p>But you never hear the voices of these poor people in the U.S. press. You never hear their side of the story, how they have benefitted from the Bolivarian Revolution and how desperately they do not want to go back to how things were before.</p>
<p>While they have been given a voice in Venezuela, it remains muzzled in this country, and by a press which passes off pro-intervention and pro-war propaganda as journalism. It is no wonder the United States continues to careen into one disastrous military adventure after another.</p>
</div>
</div>
All perfectly true. The United States cares only about two or three things, essentially. Controlling resources in order to have most of them to itself, stopping socialism or the sharing of those resources, and controlling what its population thinks. The US media is owned by Zionist Nazis who wish to siphon off excess profit to Israel. It's all about the oil, basically. Venezuela has maybe the greatest amount of reserves or near that. And who is really interested in the poor of a small Latin American country anyway when the smart American thing to do is flaunt ones desire for gas guzzlers 24/7 and low, low, gas prices along with BAU while declaring that one is profoundly on the side of justice and feeling immense sympathy for the poor everywhere. Shall we politely call it "dystopia" or what it really is, Hypocrisy? Yep, left or right, America's government does what it's people in their greed want. It delivers the goods, stays in power, and the Devil reigns supreme.

As would be evident to anyone who has read this Forum for more than 10 minutes, I completely agree. There are the who would consider your reference to "Zionist Nazis" anti-semitic, as is the fashion in the best conservative pissoirs these days for ANY criticism of the Zionist Apartheid State. These swells and grandees fail to note that the FSoA subsidizes Israel to the tune of a $38 billion package of military aid for over the next 10 years, the largest of its kind ever. Above and beyond the military toys, Israel receives about $3 billion in direct foreign assistance each year,  roughly one-fifth of America's entire foreign aid budget. In per capita terms, the United States gives each Israeli a direct subsidy worth about $500 per year.

We pay for this largesse by making holy economic war on the middle, working and poor classes, denying heath coverage, education aid, and increasingly, clean air and water. Health care in Israel is universal and participation in a medical insurance plan is compulsory. All Israeli residents are entitled to basic health care as a fundamental right. ... a right under wishing attack by Trump and the Neanderthals of the Freedumb Caucus.

Money is fungible. Here in the US, what we don't sweep toward the top two percent is given as a no-strings gift to the ZAS. No pols on record oppose this; those that have found themselves targeted by AIPAC and the rest of the Zionist lobby, and their careers destroyed.
But you have made this about Zionist Nazis. I do not not know a single Jew personally, and I know a bunch, here or over there, who will criticize Israel. Of course I know of famous critics such as Norman Finklestein and Gilead Atzmon and the tiny tiny minority in Israel. But my post was about the hypocrisy right here on DD, and a discussion among people full of shit On DD, who do not want to fight for public transportation in the US while claiming to care about global warming and the death of the environment and the poisoning of the air and water. No, they are Hypocrits because they want their same old same old in spite of claiming to have Leftist concerns and beliefs. What disgusting lies. We know what the Right believes and is doing. What are the fucking Leftist pretenders doing? NOTHING!

Who are the people on DD who don't support public transportation? I hope you aren't talking about me, because you'd be very wrong.

But the general public in this State where I live? Yeah, you'd be right if you pointed your blame-thrower in their direction. They are car loving idiots. Unfortunately, because that's the norm, here. I have to drive a lot.

I agree with your general assessment on Venezuela, btw.

Don't take the bait Eddie.

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who do not want to fight for public transportation in the US while claiming to care about global warming and the death of the environment and the poisoning of the air and water.

A lot of PT only supports Business As Usual and nowhere is the motivating force behind any of it is any care about global warming or the death of the environment.  Most of it is about spending billion of dollars and getting a cut of those billions as projects build railroad track at twenty million dollars a mile or more. 

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« Reply #3233 on: June 07, 2018, 04:07:28 AM »
Embattled Qatar Is Rich Enough to Get By for Another 100 Years

A year into the Saudi-led embargo, the tiny Gulf nation is doing just fine.

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Mohammed Sergie

Construction of the Doha Metro system is expected to be finished in 2019, ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

PHOTOGRAPHER: MATTHEW ASHTON/AMA/GETTY IMAGES

It’s been a year since Saudi Arabia and three of its Arab allies hit Qatar with an economic embargo over ties to Iran and the alleged funding of terrorism. To listen to the Saudis, the embargo has been a great success, so much so that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has dismissed his Gulf neighbor as too insignificant to bother with.

The standoff is something for a junior minister to deal with, a royal court adviser tweeted in March, citing the prince. “We have not been deprived of anything,” the adviser said. “Qatar has been deprived of everything.”

Not exactly. By most metrics, the embargo that closed Qatar off from major air, sea, and land links has failed. The country’s imports and exports are up, according to the International Monetary Fund. Qatar, the world’s richest country per capita thanks to massive reserves of natural gas, is on track to post a budget surplus in 2018. Its economy is growing faster than most of its peers.

“It’s difficult to see how the blockade succeeded,” says David Roberts, assistant professor at King’s College London. “Qatar didn’t capitulate, and no important international states joined in.”

The initial impact was severe. The stock market fell more than 7 percent in one day as foreign capital began pouring out of Qatar. Imports declined 40 percent that June. Growth stalled, food prices rose, and the excess supply of real estate and hotels, Qatar’s main economic vulnerability, was exacerbated as tourism from Saudi Arabia dried up, says Ziad Daoud, chief Middle East economist for Bloomberg Economics. “Qatar is paying more for its imports,” says Daoud. “But it has deep pockets and can afford that.”

Qatar soon stabilized by opening its hefty wallet. It shifted imports and shipping routes through countries such as Turkey and Iran. Defiant Qataris found ways around the sanctions, importing food from Turkey and flying in cows from the U.S. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates pulled as much as $30 billion from Qatari banks, but that proved easy enough for the state’s $320 billion wealth fund to make up.

The Qatar Investment Authority repatriated $20 billion to prop up domestic banks. Qatar then boosted its economic ties with global powers, confirming its plan to invest $35 billion in the U.S. by 2020 and increasing its stake in Russia’s biggest oil producer, Rosneft PJSC, which is led by Vladimir Putin’s longtime associate Igor Sechin.

The country has spent billions on weapons from France, Italy, the U.K., and the U.S., buying up fighter jets, missiles, and warships. And it kept building roads and stadiums to host the World Cup soccer finals in 2022. “We realized that we need to go beyond our immediate surroundings and strengthen relations,” says Lulwah Rashid Al Khater, Qatar’s foreign ministry spokesperson. “This is more than rhetoric. It’s been actualized through projects and trips, through many agreements.”

From the beginning the embargo has been a tricky subject for the U.S. to navigate. The Saudis announced it a few weeks after Donald Trump visited the kingdom on his first trip abroad as president. Trump initially supported the embargo, though the issue divided members of his administration given Qatar’s long-standing alliance with the U.S. Then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had to scramble to reassure the Qataris that they remained close allies, particularly as the country is home to a key U.S. military base in the region. Trump has since gone from defending the embargo to praising Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani at the White House for his country’s anti-terror policies.

The concern is that the effort to isolate Qatar played into the hands of Iran, Saudi Arabia’s adversary in the struggle for dominance in the Middle East and the target of more sanctions by the U.S. after Trump walked away from a multilateral nuclear deal in May. It forced Qatar to rely on Iranian airspace and shipping routes. Now Qatar sees Iran as a potential partner because it is its only outlet. “Iran stands as the sole victor” from the fracturing of the Gulf, says Michael Greenwald, the former U.S. Treasury attaché to Qatar and Kuwait. “This new power dynamic for Iran is the most troubling implication of the standoff.

According to a senior White House official, the Trump administration agrees with this assessment that the embargo has pushed the two countries closer together, and that as a result Iran has emerged as the biggest beneficiary of the effort to isolate Qatar. The official says the administration has pushed the Saudi-led coalition to end the embargo and restore its diplomatic relationship with Qatar as part of a broader package aimed at resolving the situation, but that so far, the Saudis and their Arab allies have not shown a willingness to do so.

The most lasting impact on Qatar might be cultural: how a small, confident Arab nation lost its swagger. A Qatari banker said he switched his vacation to a small town in Switzerland from a planned visit to London and Paris to reduce the odds of running into a Saudi or Emirati. Amid the anxiety, there’s been a psychological need for a constant stream of good news.

The Qatari stock market declined more than half the trading days in the past year. The government news agency, which sets the agenda for most local media, almost exclusively blasts reports of gains. (The Qatar market recovered from seven-year lows reached in November but is still down about 10 percent since the embargo began).

Official publications cherry-pick good economic news. The Ministry of Finance released a statement with the 2018 budget that showed higher spending for schools and hospitals. It neglected to include a 25 percent increase in the 2017 deficit, something it disclosed in a prospectus seen by Bloomberg News for a $12 billion bond offering.

It also revealed that most of the new spending in 2018 would be on defense and security. Even so, Qatar has enough assets to finance deficits until the year 2133, according to Daoud of Bloomberg Economics. “Having rushed to action last June without necessarily having a Plan B if their initial ‘shock and awe’ didn’t produce the desired outcome, the Saudis and Emiratis seem unwilling to consider backing off and risking loss of face,” says Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, Middle East fellow at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy in Texas. “And the Qataris have shown that they can live with the status quo.” —With Glen Carey and Lisa Fleisher

 

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Is Public Transportation really Economic?
« Reply #3234 on: June 07, 2018, 04:29:23 AM »
A lot of PT only supports Business As Usual and nowhere is the motivating force behind any of it is any care about global warming or the death of the environment.  Most of it is about spending billion of dollars and getting a cut of those billions as projects build railroad track at twenty million dollars a mile or more. 

I often wonder about the real economics of Public Transportation.  The only time of day it makes sense is at Rush Hour, when the trains and buses are full up.  I used to often ride the Subway though in NY Shity after midnight, and there were only a couple of people riding on a whole train!  Imagine pulling all that metal around with virtually nobody using it.  What a waste.  Same with the Buses.  But if these PTs aren't running at the off hours, people who depend on them can't get home.

In this respect, if they ever did get reliable self-driving electric carz you could just order up on demand to pick you up, this would be the way to go.  However I don't see this happening too soon either, not soon enough to be in front of Collapse in any event.

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Re: Is Public Transportation really Economic?
« Reply #3235 on: June 07, 2018, 04:45:10 AM »
Same here. This posting really gave me food for thought and a brand new outlook on this topic. :icon_scratch:

Rode the Boston subways my entire life and always figured it was a positive. Still lean towards the view that it is more good than bad, but not as wonderful as first assumed. 

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« Reply #3236 on: June 07, 2018, 06:26:36 AM »
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Eddie: Who are the people on DD who don't support public transportation? I hope you aren't talking about me, because you'd be very wrong.  But the general public in this State where I live? Yeah, you'd be right if you pointed your blame-thrower in their direction. They are car loving idiots. Unfortunately, because that's the norm, here. I have to drive a lot.

Are you saying the general public in Texas are car loving idiots, but you are not, because you HAVE TO drive a lot?  That needs a bit more explanation.
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« Reply #3237 on: June 07, 2018, 07:27:23 AM »
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Eddie: Who are the people on DD who don't support public transportation? I hope you aren't talking about me, because you'd be very wrong.  But the general public in this State where I live? Yeah, you'd be right if you pointed your blame-thrower in their direction. They are car loving idiots. Unfortunately, because that's the norm, here. I have to drive a lot.

Are you saying the general public in Texas are car loving idiots, but you are not, because you HAVE TO drive a lot?  That needs a bit more explanation.

This city and this general region could benefit mightily from rail infrastructure. There has been support from the regional transportation bureaucracy for this. (It's a no-brainer, really.)

It's been studied to death, and what needs to be built is a local light rail system and an inter-city line between San Antonio and Austin (and north along the north-south growth corridor stretching to Round Rock and Georgetown. All the way to Dallas/Ft.Worth would be great but that has never even been on the table.

The inter-city route has been completely shelved at this point..... because, like all old-school rail infrastructure here, the right-of-way is private, and the owners won't willingly let the passenger line get built at all...sorry folks.  By and large, this makes taxpayers happy as a clam. They didn't want it anyway, never mind the horrible gridlock, which everyone knows about.

The local rail has been repeatedly voted on. Every referendum has failed miserably.  Even so, the bus authority went ahead and built one line from downtown out to the NW growth corridor, without public support. No line between the airport and downtown (dumb) and not enough rail to really build a ridership. It's a beautiful orphan.

The mindset of most people is that taxes are already too high (and they are, that's not not bullshit). Part of the problem is the way Texas funds schools, which is through property taxes, which is a poor way to do that. It's further complicated by a complicated court ordered wealth redistribution scheme that requires "wealthy districts" to send tax revenues to "poor districts".

"Rich districts" is a misnomer. No school district is rich, really. They all struggle. But Austin sends millions somewhere else, and property owners are already incensed about it. Meanwhile, 100 people a day move to town, and there aren't nearly enough desks to sit student butts in now.

Are you getting the picture?


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« Reply #3238 on: June 07, 2018, 08:35:39 AM »
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Eddie: Who are the people on DD who don't support public transportation? I hope you aren't talking about me, because you'd be very wrong.  But the general public in this State where I live? Yeah, you'd be right if you pointed your blame-thrower in their direction. They are car loving idiots. Unfortunately, because that's the norm, here. I have to drive a lot.

Are you saying the general public in Texas are car loving idiots, but you are not, because you HAVE TO drive a lot?  That needs a bit more explanation.

This city and this general region could benefit mightily from rail infrastructure. There has been support from the regional transportation bureaucracy for this. (It's a no-brainer, really.)

It's been studied to death, and what needs to be built is a local light rail system and an inter-city line between San Antonio and Austin (and north along the north-south growth corridor stretching to Round Rock and Georgetown. All the way to Dallas/Ft.Worth would be great but that has never even been on the table.

The inter-city route has been completely shelved at this point..... because, like all old-school rail infrastructure here, the right-of-way is private, and the owners won't willingly let the passenger line get built at all...sorry folks.  By and large, this makes taxpayers happy as a clam. They didn't want it anyway, never mind the horrible gridlock, which everyone knows about.

The local rail has been repeatedly voted on. Every referendum has failed miserably.  Even so, the bus authority went ahead and built one line from downtown out to the NW growth corridor, without public support. No line between the airport and downtown (dumb) and not enough rail to really build a ridership. It's a beautiful orphan.

The mindset of most people is that taxes are already too high (and they are, that's not not bullshit). Part of the problem is the way Texas funds schools, which is through property taxes, which is a poor way to do that. It's further complicated by a complicated court ordered wealth redistribution scheme that requires "wealthy districts" to send tax revenues to "poor districts".

"Rich districts" is a misnomer. No school district is rich, really. They all struggle. But Austin sends millions somewhere else, and property owners are already incensed about it. Meanwhile, 100 people a day move to town, and there aren't nearly enough desks to sit student butts in now.

Are you getting the picture?

My driving, which is prodigious, is not at all uncommon here. Suburban commuters dominate the landscape. I'm no exception.

Not that it's your business, particularly, how much I drive....but I drive more than I'd like to. Much more. I have several possible things I could do to reduce my driving, but every one of them runs into a brick wall based on family concerns.  I am the patriarch of a large extended family and my own driving is just one component of a logistical nightmare that involves several other people, including my wife.

We don't live close to work. This was because of schools, thirty plus years ago now. Public school and undergraduate education is done for our kids, but we like where we live, and we don't want to live near the office, particularly. It's a denser neighborhood with postage stamp yards and lots of neighbors jammed up on top of each other.

My preference would be to live on the  land, but that does not work for my wife (who likes our old house and location just fine) or my daughter (who is studying acupuncture and Chinese medicine in the city proper.)

Our chosen preferred Final Destination is the lake cottage, but it's 1.5 hours from work, by auto, and completely too far to commute now to work, even in times of BAU.  I can't reasonably live there until I retire (not that it's going to happen anyway, with collapse looming).

So I have three geographic locations that form a roughly equilateral triangle, with each leg being about 50 miles...... home, farm, lake....and work sort of between two of those.

Texas is like Australia. It's big. My driving, which probably seems way far and gone over-the-top to you, is not even that excessive for here. I drive far less than i once did, in fact, but i need to hit the farm at least every third day. Work four days a week. The lake is also where my storage business is located...so I have reasons to go there besides just recreation....but I don't get out there as much as I'd like, and part of that is because I don't want to drive so much.

People live complicated, interconnected lives, and my life is very intertwined with the lives of all my other immediate family, even the ones that live in NYC and Chicago. It isn't easy finding a balance in this world.

It's also easy for people with simple lives, and no job, who are lucky enough to live somewhere where personal transport is not as critical, to criticize people like me. I make a good target, apparently.

I'm not apologizing. It is what it is. I am not clueless. I am not blameless...but I have damn good reasons for driving, imho. People who might be horrified by my carbon footprint? I welcome them to take a flying fuck at a rolling donut.

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Bulletproof Warrior Training Manual Released
« Reply #3239 on: June 10, 2018, 05:46:00 AM »
"Killology."

Who cares? This extremist training manual used by brutal cops urges that all police violence is justified and  encourages cops to, ‘shoot the second they feel they are in danger’.” Witness the mechanism by which the coming "right wing death squads" are being prepared right now in the FSoA.

Bulletproof Warrior Training Manual Released

Bulletproof Warrior Training Manual Released

Bloomington, MN – Highly controversial ‘Bulletproof Warrior’ training manuals from the same session that Jeronimo Yanez, Philando Castile’s killer, attended in 2014 were released to the public by community organizers during a press conference at the Mall of America (MoA). MoA security hosted the Bulletproof training on May 16-17, 2018, in which an estimated twenty law enforcement officers were pulled from attending the contentious training course by their superiors over the negative public relations it would bring their departments.

Bulletproof Warrior training, conducted by Calibre Press, became publicly scrutinized a couple years ago when local media revealed that former St. Anthony Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez attended the training two years before killing Philando Castile during a traffic stop.

Unicorn Riot is the first to publish The Bulletproof Warrior and Anatomy of Force Incidents training manuals that Jeronimo Yanez read during the 2014 seminar. A few copies of the manuals were passed out to the crowd and media during the press conference, which featured a myriad of speakers, a large banner reading “Stop Bulletproof Warrior Training” and two large Black Lives Matter flags flying behind the speakers.

Michelle Gross, founder of Communities United Against Police Brutality (CUAPB), spoke first at the press conference and set the scene as to the importance of the training.

We’re here outside this Mall of America because the mall is sponsoring and the security staff are attending a police training course called Bulletproof. Bulletproof is a fear based training promoted and taught by Dave Grossman, a former Army officer who specializes in ‘killology’, a field that he invented, and by Jim Glennon, an extremist, who believes that all police violence is justified and who encourages his trainees to quote, ‘shoot the second they feel they are in danger’.” – Michelle Gross, CUAPB

Gross spoke about three major police policy organizations publicly against the Bulletproof Training for police officers, the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training.

Valerie Castile, Philando’s mother, spoke about Yanez attending the course and what he learned in the training, prior to killing her son. Castile said the seminar is training the police “to become terrorists“. Watch the video of her speech below.

Dave Bicking, from CUAPB, displayed the training manuals during the press conference and said that a friend infiltrated the same course that Yanez attended in 2014. Although the manuals are four years old, many of the ideas, tactics, and training have remained similar.

Dave Bicking shows The Bulletproof Warrior manual that Yanez received

Bicking stated that these manuals may also be some of the only ones in civilian hands.

See The Bulletproof Warrior training manual by Calibre Press below.

The thirty-six-page-manual starts out with biographies on the two presenters of the course, former police officer, Jim Glennon, and Dave Grossman, a former Army Colonel and psychology professor at West Point.

Glennon is the owner and director of training at LifeLine Training and Calibre Press, which offers training courses and manuals for law enforcement officers. In the bio for Glennon, Calibre Press’ goal, “is twofold: Keep officers alive and give them the tools to enjoy a successful career in law enforcement.

Grossman, an author, speaker, and scholar in “human aggression“, has created his own ideological theory called “killology“, the study of killing, specifically “the reactions of healthy people in killing circumstances (such as police and military in combat) and the factors that enable and restrain killing in these situations.

Since 1998, when Grossman retired from the US Army, he has been traveling the United States, lobbying for his “killology” tactics to be incorporated into police models. According to the killology website, Grossman’s “been on the road almost 300 days a year, for over 19 years, as one of our nation’s leading trainers for military, law enforcement, mental health providers, and school safety organizations.

(L) Image of the cover of The Bulletproof Warrior training packet – (R) Promotion for Dave Grossman’s books and Killology Research Group

The Bulletproof Training manual goes on to focus on the alleged spike in violent crime in the United States and showcases brain scans that it claims show how violence in the media can affect the brain development.

The training manual then focuses on the ‘soldier’s’ degree of “combat efficiency“. Dave Bicking, who spoke at the press conference reminded the crowd that these are police taking this training, not soldiers.

Page 9 of 36 – Bulletproof Training Manual [2014]

Before getting to a worksheet titled The Bulletproof Warrior, the course focused on sleep, heart-rate, perception distortions, tactical breathing, diagnosing post traumatic stress disorder, how to survive gunshot wounds, survivors guilt, and Christian Bible passages under the titled question “thou shalt not kill?“.

(L) Page 18 (R) Page 28 – Bulletproof Training Manual [2014]

The Bulletproof Warrior section of the training manual is ten pages of guidance for police officers to recognize what they perceive as warning indicators of an attack that a person will show when police commands are given to citizens.

(L) Page 19 & 23 (R) Page 29 – Bulletproof Training Manual [2014]

The second page of The Bulletproof Warrior section invokes fear, as it outlines police officers dying and being “prepared on every level“.

The “infiltrator” of the seminar, who released these manuals to CUAPB, took notes in the manuals (visible for all to see). They noted in the 20th page that Glennon said, “We know what they are trying to do – kill a cop. So why do [they] expect us to act differently. They [criminals] start this [encounters] but they ask us to play by the rules!

On page 21, the manual says that its “adversaries” are younger, in better shape, been in more gunfights and violent encounters, and that they practice more. In the notes, it’s added that “don’t hesitate” was written on the overhead projector.

During the presentation in 2014, it is noted that Glennon spoke about police shootings in Albuquerque. Glennon said he looked at cases of “38 shootings in three years and no officers were found to have done anything wrong … They haven’t been charged because they’ve done nothing wrong.

The next few pages focus on communication, both non-verbal and verbal, the “unconscious auto-pilot“, and include pages of “pre-attack indicators“. The indicators direct police to be ready if the citizen doesn’t look in the police officers eyes, or if they aren’t moving enough. Other indicators of pre-attack are: lack of eye-contact, minimal movement, hands, scanning, “felony stretch“, and hesitation when asked an easy question, among many others.

When speaking of the manuals during the press conference, Bicking said that Glennon “seems to feel that the stress is all on the officer and the person the officer is dealing with, should act like there is no stress in that situation for themselves, that is a recipe for killing first.

A lot of videos are shown and dissected during BulletProof Warrior training. One of the videos shown in Yanez’ session was of a police shooting in Conroe, Texas in 2011, where an officer pled with a citizen holding a gun to put it down. The citizen shot the police officer in the eye a few minutes into the encounter and was subsequently shot to death by other officers. After showing the video, Glennon is noted on page 25 of the manual to have said something the effect of ‘cops freeze due to laws, lawsuits, policies, and politics, not training.’

It’s reported that among the many videos shown in the trainings, now includes the dashcam video of Yanez shooting and killing Philando Castile during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights in July 2016.


The Anatomy of Force Incidents training manual was also used in the 2014 Bulletproof Training seminar and can be read in full below.

The sixteen page Anatomy of Force Incidents training seminar was conducted by former police officer Jim Bostain, with the goal to “enhance officer performance during use of force encounters by examining what happens before, during, and after a critical incident.

Bicking described this training booklet as being “virtually entirely based on what you can do to justify killing someone or what you should so you won’t hesitate to kill someone.

Bicking continued that police departments should pull their officers from, and not have their officers take, this training “that conflicts with virtually all police department policies.

The training dissects what Bostain called myths versus realities. Some of the myths that were listed, were that officers “must use the minimal amount of force“, “force may only be used to affect a custodial arrest“, “an officer must use the “least intrusive” or “best” option when using force“, “a suspect must cause harm” or “be armed to justify” force used by the officer, and more.

(L) Page 8 (R) Page 11 – Anatomy of Force Incidents Training Manual [2014]

Section VI of the Anatomy of Force Incidents manual is After a Use of Force Incident (pictured above), which outlines actions like debriefing supervisors, seeking legal counsel, avoiding immediate statements and watching who you talk to. The ending of the seminar further instructs the officers how to give a statement and guides them on how to fill out their reports to stay safe from being charged with any crimes for excessive use of force.

Force Science Institute (FSI) is continually mentioned as the research used by the conductors of the trainings put on by Calibre Press and LifeLine Training. Dr. Bill Lewinski is the founder and director of FSI, a research, consulting, and training organization focused primarily on human behavior in use-of-force situations. Lewinski taught law enforcement courses at Minnesota State University, Mankato, for 28 years.


The press conference held in protest of the Bulletproof Training outside of the MoA featured about a dozen speakers from an assortment of employment backgrounds and community organizations, including Valerie Castile, Philando Castile’s mother.

The coalition of organizations and community members presented demands:

  • Law enforcement agencies, across Minnesota, stop sending their officers to the Bulletproof training.
  • The Mall of America stop sponsoring and promoting the training.
  • That the agency that licenses police in Minnesota, the Peace Officer Standard and Training Board (POST) stop granting continuing education units for the Bulletproof Training and similar fear-based trainings.

Community organizer and researcher, “Rachel”, spoke about Grossman’s books and the research that is done for the tactics and trainings in his books. She brought up how Grossman trains and writes as if the police are in a constant state of war.

Rachel said Grossman speaks of police being warriors, because he says they are at war in the war on crime, drugs, and terror, and that he justifies his “inflammatory, fear-based” rhetoric on this urgent need to spread his ideas to police officers across the country.

“Sandi”, a long-time mental health professional presented during the press conference and said that in 2002 an effort to ban this controversial training was unsuccessful and asked “is this what we want our tax dollars spent on?” She said that it is well documented that Grossman has said to his attendees that “you and your partner will have the best sex you ever had after you shoot someone“.

Sandi finished her speech by saying that “the question in 2018, is no longer whether our officers are sent to this training, but now it is, how do we re-train the officers that are sent to this course.

For further information on Dave Grossman there is a very detailed article by Steve Featherstone, titled Professor Carnage, which profiles Dave Grossman and offers the following as the title byline, “Dave Grossman teaches police officers to think like “warriors.” But is the rise of a militarized mindset turning black citizens into targets?

Other speakers implored the ceasing of the training and spoke of abolishing the institution of police, and even compared some of the training’s which police are receiving to their own jobs and wondered why training police to kill was acceptable.

After Valerie, Philando’s mother, gave a speech, Philando’s friend, John Thompson, while kneeling on his knees with his hands up, spoke against the continual negative police interactions with the community and saying that the war that the police are training for, is against people like him.

John Thompson spoke against the Bulletproof training

Watch the full press conference below.

(Cover image by Ken CC BY 2.0)

 

« Last Edit: June 10, 2018, 05:50:13 AM by Surly1 »
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