“It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness.” – Leo Tolstoy

I enjoy reading Matt Taibbi because he writes so well. But he continues to suffer from delusion. Here is Matt working his way to reality. Even if you know better, Matt’s voyage of discovery is instructive. Even if you drank the Kool Aid, you can still figure it out. Even Matt. https://taibbi.substack.com/p/the-vanishing-legacy-of-barack-obama The Vanishing LegacyContinue reading ““It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness.” – Leo Tolstoy”

Gaslighting: The Psychology of Shaping Another’s Reality

Cynthia Chung, The Vineyard of the Saker: http://thesaker.is/gaslighting-the-psychology-of-shaping-anothers-reality/ “But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked.“Oh, you can’t help that,” said the Cat: “we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.”“How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice.“You must be,” said the Cat, “or you wouldn’t have come here.” Lewis Carroll, “Alice’sContinue reading “Gaslighting: The Psychology of Shaping Another’s Reality”

Die Deutschen brauchen das Gas. Or, if you prefer …Немцам нужен газ

Here’s Tom Luongo spelling out the obvious: https://tomluongo.me/2021/07/24/nordstream-2s-hard-lesson-in-reality-for-everyone/ Nordstream 2’s Hard Lesson in Reality for Everyone For more than six years everyone who is anyone in a politically sensitive position in Europe and the U.S. has wrung their hands over the Nordstream 2 pipeline. From the moment it was announced the howls of pain couldContinue reading “Die Deutschen brauchen das Gas. Or, if you prefer …Немцам нужен газ”

America Has Lost the Trade War with China, and the Real Pain Has Yet to Begin

Charles Hugh Smith: https://charleshughsmith.blogspot.com/2021/07/america-has-lost-trade-war-with-china.html Corporate America sacrificed national interests in service of greed, and so did the U.S. government. As we all know, the source of Corporate America’s unprecedented explosion in profits in the 21st century is the offshoring of manufacturing to China. If you doubt this, please study the chart below of corporate profits. ApologistsContinue reading “America Has Lost the Trade War with China, and the Real Pain Has Yet to Begin”

The Horror of Losing Federal Funding

Support Duffel Blog: https://www.duffelblog.com/p/taliban-calls-emergency-meeting-after Taliban calls emergency meeting after US, its largest donor, pulls funding You can sponsor the Taliban for only $5 per day. By Cat Astronaut AFGHANISTAN — Nonprofit organization the Taliban called an emergency Board of Directors meeting earlier this week after its largest donor the United States of America pulled allContinue reading “The Horror of Losing Federal Funding”

Lunatic Fringe, I Know You’re Out There — Way Out There

Zman: https://thezman.com/wordpress/?p=22800 Z-man’s best lines in bold The Ride Never Ends Posted on February 10, 2021 The reboot of last year’s big political flop, otherwise known as Trump Impeachment, hit the big stage in DC this week. The Senate kicked off the show with a debate about the constitutionality of the whole thing. The old rule ofContinue reading “Lunatic Fringe, I Know You’re Out There — Way Out There”

The Red Ponzi Outlines Its Expectations from China Joe, the Oligarch Sock Puppet — Or Else [Jeff Bezos, Tim Cook, Tom Dorsey, …]

And Blinken blinks From Epoch Times: Beijing Hints at What It Wants of US-China Relationship Through State Media BY NICOLE HAO February 9, 2021 Updated: February 9, 2021 Chinese state-run media Xinhua published a series of four commentaries in which it called on the new U.S. administration to “lead the U.S.-China relationship back on track” after years ofContinue reading “The Red Ponzi Outlines Its Expectations from China Joe, the Oligarch Sock Puppet — Or Else [Jeff Bezos, Tim Cook, Tom Dorsey, …]”

The Rule of Law Slows China Joe, the Oligarch’s Loyal Puppet

Story in Epoch Times: https://www.theepochtimes.com/texas-judge-blocks-bidens-deportation-freeze-for-two-more-weeks_3690904.html?utm_source=news&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=breaking-2021-02-09-2 Texas Judge Blocks Biden’s Deportation Freeze for Two More Weeks BY JACK PHILLIPS February 9, 2021 Updated: February 9, 2021 A federal judge in Texas extended the suspension of President Joe Biden’s 100-day moratorium on deportations until Feb. 23. U.S. District Court Judge Drew Tipton in the Southern District of Texas on Tuesday ruled that theContinue reading “The Rule of Law Slows China Joe, the Oligarch’s Loyal Puppet”

Oligarchs’ Sock Puppet Props Up Russia and Saudi

Tsvetana Paraskova: https://oilprice.com/Energy/Crude-Oil/Russian-Saudi-Oil-Giants-To-Benefit-From-Bidens-Anti-Oil-Agenda.html The growing number of Western countries aiming for net-zero emissions by 2050 and the U.S. Administration’s drive to limit oil and gas extraction on federal land and waters are likely to benefit the biggest oil firms in Russia and Saudi oil giant Aramco, analysts and portfolio managers told Bloomberg. While major developed economiesContinue reading “Oligarchs’ Sock Puppet Props Up Russia and Saudi”

Oligarchy and Decapitalization

Charles Hugh Smith: http://charleshughsmith.blogspot.com/2021/02/the-top-10-is-doing-just-fine-middle.html The Top 10% Is Doing Just Fine, The Middle Class Is Dying on the Vine I’ve been covering the decline of America’s middle class for over a decade with charts, data and commentary on the social depression that has accompanied the decline. While there are many mutually reinforcing dynamics in this 45-year decline–demographics, globalContinue reading “Oligarchy and Decapitalization”