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caitlinjohnstone.com/2020/06/2

Caitlin Johnstone

""Mentally Replace Everything Before “U.S. Intelligence Says” With “Blah Blah We’re Probably Lying”

To be clear, this is journalistic malpractice. Mainstream media outlets which publish anonymous intelligence claims with no proof are just publishing CIA press releases disguised as news. They’re just telling you to believe what sociopathic intelligence agencies want you to believe under the false guise of impartial and responsible reporting. This practice has become ubiquitous throughout mainstream news publications, but that doesn’t make it any less immoral.

Whenever one sees a news headline ending in “US Intelligence Says”, one should always mentally replace everything that comes before it with “Blah blah blah we’re probably lying”. In a post-Iraq invasion world, the only correct response to unproven anonymous claims about a rival government by intelligence agencies from the US or its allies is to assume that they are lying until you are provided with a mountain of independently verifiable evidence to the contrary. The US has far too extensive a record of lying about these things for any other response to ever be justified as rational, and its intelligence agencies consistently play a foundational role in those lies."

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off-guardian.org/2020/06/15/th

“European Left-wing political scientists find difficult to understand that the colonial contradiction is at the heart of our present, they think it’s a conceptual error, something anachronistic, that the joyful postmodernity – the one that delivers their Macs to them at home – has gone beyond all that, and that Trump or Bolsonaro are racist accidents of History, or of the « free world ». It’s just the opposite. Under the advertising varnish of capitalist globalization, the deep History of our world has never disappeared, it has even come back to the surface, even stronger. The revolt that is happening in the United States is the same one that founds the resistance of the Venezuelan people.”

Thierry Deronne, Algeria Resistance Mohsen Abdelmoumen’s blog 2020

"There are a couple things to consider here. One is why these men are not on the side of the people they abuse (and murder)? The answer is multifold. One is a culture of machismo and violence that saturates American society. Another is that the United States was a slave owning nation where twelve presidents owned slaves"

Racism and Calvinist and Puritan values have never left this society. And it was founded (and its in the constitution) as an unequal and anti democratic republic. Owners of property were established as privileged. And so it has contiuned. But it also the allure of the uniform. Now its understandable that being a cop and being handed a gun and impunity to harass and abuse the public is preferable to flipping burgers. One job is utter humiliation while the other is validated as heroic by popular culture.

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invidious.snwmds.com/watch?v=C

barrons.com/articles/volcker-r

"Bank Regulators Ease Up on the Volcker Rule. Next Up Are the Stress-Test Results.

Regulators eased up restrictions on risk-taking put forth following the financial crisis of 2008-09.

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Federal Reserve, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and other regulators finalized an overhaul of the so-called Volcker rule, imposed under the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act. It was meant to prevent banks from engaging in some of the risky behavior that contributed to the crisis, such as proprietary trading and making speculative, hedge fund-like investments.

Among other changes, the move will let banks invest more easily in venture-capital funds, as well as allowing lenders to reduce margin requirements for derivatives trades. That could potentially free up billions of dollars in capital. "

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truthdig.com/articles/bankrupt

The Bankruptcy of the American Left

Chris Hedges
Mr. Fish / Truthdig

"There will be no economic or political justice for the poor, people of color, women or workers within the framework of global, corporate capitalism. Corporate capitalism, which uses identity politics, multiculturalism and racial justice to masquerade as politics, will never halt the rising social inequality, unchecked militarism, evisceration of civil liberties and omnipotence of the organs of security and surveillance. Corporate capitalism cannot be reformed, despite its continually rebranding itself. The longer the self-identified left and liberal class seek to work within a system that the political philosopher Sheldon Wolin calls “inverted totalitarianism,” the more the noose will be tightened around our necks. If we do not rise up to bring government and financial systems under public control—which includes nationalizing banks, the fossil fuel industry and the arms industry—we will continue to be victims."

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The real looters. BlackRock.

barrons.com/articles/blackrock

ETFs
Sector Focus

"BlackRock Is Biggest Beneficiary of Fed Purchases of Corporate Bond ETFs

As the Federal Reserve began its historic purchases of corporate bonds exchange-traded funds, almost half of the Fed’s purchases went into BlackRock funds, according to ETFGI, an ETF research and consulting firm.

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Last night's nightmare:

I am in the typical hotel room layout: a window on the near wall, two beds, a vanity mirror and sink on the far wall. I have the power to rotate the outside world. I turn it 90 degrees along the Y axis, which makes my friend appear at the window. I let him in, and the glitches begin. I shift the outside world again, but the rotation order has changed, and the sky begins to vanish across an eigen-horizon. I hop out to investigate, and looking back into the hotel room: the beds are not loading. My friend is not loading. I hop back in, desperately trying to restore the scene to its initial state. Complete darkness. All pixels are black. As I stand on a floating welcome mat, alone in the void, I scream..

..which wakes me up. Geometry resets.

Conclusion: that is the LAST time I eat meatloaf right before bed!

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An interesting interview for AI in self-driving cars with Gill Pratt and Wolfram Burgard:

kutt.it/IEEESpectrumQnA-AI-Toy

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when buffet hit s that sell apple button my dudes...

journal.finfar.org/articles/th

Esko Suoranta

The Ironic Transhumanity of William Gibson’s The Peripheral

Abstract: The article discusses transhuman futures in William Gibson’s 2014 novel The Peripheral. Through differing depictions of transhuman characters in two timelines coming into contact, Gibson presents various characters as metaphorical cyborgs. Some appear as ironic figures struggling with a capitalist system seeking to incorporate them, others follow a schizoid ethos, embracing, and sometimes embodying, the kleptocratic logic of Gibson’s worlds. Further, the novel examines the possibilities of technology to transform both individual experience and oppressive social structures. This interrogation reveals Gibson’s critical attitude toward technology alone as capable of overthrowing dystopian systems. Finally, the article interrogates the idea of mysterium tremendum et fascinans in relation to transformative technologies in the novel, in turn shedding light on Gibson’s criticism of singularity narratives. Through such an approach, the dystopian ironies of Gibson’s futures become clear: despite miraculous advancements, the dystopia remains the same for the characters inhabiting his worlds.

"All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace

Richard Brautigan

I like to think (and
the sooner the better!)
of a cybernetic meadow
where mammals and computers
live together in mutually
programming harmony
like pure water
touching clear sky.

I like to think
(right now, please!)
of a cybernetic forest
filled with pines and electronics
where deer stroll peacefully
past computers
as if they were flowers
with spinning blossoms.

I like to think
(it has to be!)
of a cybernetic ecology
where we are free of our labors
and joined back to nature,
returned to our mammal
brothers and sisters,
and all watched over
by machines of loving grace."

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@Phaedrus techno utopian lolli-Pop freaks... kind of a radical nerd-grabber to exploit the old world for good. Planet Earth will not be that world, but the limited fancy ideology driving this lunatic capitalist.

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charleshughsmith.blogspot.com/

What Makes You Think the Stock Market Will Even Exist in 2024?

charles hugh smith

"Given the extremes of the stock market's frauds and even greater extremes of wealth/income inequality it has created, tell me again why the stock market will still exist in 2024?
When I read a financial pundit predicting a bull market in stocks through 2024, blah-blah-blah, I wonder: what makes you think the stock market will even exist in 2024, at least in its current form?
Given the current trajectory of the real economy into the Greatest Depression while the Federal Reserve's entire raison d'etre is to send stocks soaring to the moon forever and ever, what are the odds that this disconnect leads to a political rebellion against the Fed and its wealth inequality machine, the stock market?
Just as Communism was a god that failed, finance capitalism is also a god that failed, an extreme version of crony-capitalism that is nothing more than a mechanism for concentrating wealth and power at the expense of everyone toiling in the real-world economy.
And if we understand this, then we also understand that with its stock buybacks, high-frequency trading and after-hours manipulation, the stock market is nothing more than finance capitalism's mechanism for increasing the concentration of wealth."

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De verdad quienes hacéis esto en un Parque Natural merecéis un pelotón de fusilamiento.

medium.com/@caityjohnstone/bez

Bezos Reveals His Ugly Vision For The World He’s Trying To Rule
Caitlin Johnstone

"Bezos then went on to discuss his plan to ship humans off of the best planet in the solar system and send them to live in floating cylinders in space.

Bezos claimed that the growing human population and growing energy consumption will force us to make a choice between “stasis and rationing” and “dynamism and growth”, and claimed that the latter item in his dichotomy is possible only by moving humans off the planet."

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Re Bezos has come right out and said that his space program is geared toward eventually shipping the overwhelming majority of humans offworld to live in giant space cylinders. Really he just wants to continue his unlimited expansionism, but still. Gross. medium.com/@caityjohnstone/bez twitter.com/caitoz/status/1280 #Australia

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A vote for Kanye is a vote for Trump.A vote for the Green Party is a vote for Trump.Staying at home is a vote for Trump.A vote for Joe Biden is a vote for Trump.Everything is a vote for Trump.Everything is Trump.You are Trump.Trump is all there is.There is no escape. twitter.com/caitoz/status/1280 #Australia #Biden #Trump

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Tolkien musings 

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I Watched Joe Biden Give An Award To George W Bush So You Don’t Have To“'This is a man who’d been to the darkest places as a crim- uh, a prisoner of war,' Bush said of McCain. He almost said criminal. Okay, I’m glad I kept watching." medium.com/@caityjohnstone/i-w twitter.com/caitoz/status/1061 #Australia #Biden

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Our culture wounds people by its very nature. It then elevates some of those wounded people to ranks where they can cause further harm to massive numbers of others, as the traumatized often do. A closed circuit of pain, of which Trump is merely the most recent/blatant exemplar. Aaron Maté: A new book from Donald Trump's niece, Mary Trump, claims he suffered "child abuse" & "deprivations that would scar him for life." Listen to @DrGaborMate on this, from May 2019:"Trump is a clearest example of..

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Holy mackerel. An astonishing turn of events, which comes only because of massive indigenous-led organizing. Indian Country Today: BREAKING NEWS. US District Court orders Dakota Access pipeline to be shut down and be emptied within 30 days because of the "seriousness" of NEPA error. (Developing story) twitter.com/billmckibben/statu #Australia #India

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“If you make a career out of facilitating wars which cause explosives to be dropped ... on top of innocent human beings causing their bodies to be ripped to shreds & buried in rubble, then you are treated as an exemplar of ideal leadership…”  link.medium.com/tvLuOZgNU7 twitter.com/elizabethmurra/sta #Australia

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