Still on vacation. The spacing is screwed up on this, sorry, but I am on a different system and don’t have time to figure it out.
This is the best interpretation of Israeli and US intentions that I have seen. I had not understood beyond Israel’s desire to balkanize the ME, but says that a system of small religiously-segregated states would benefit Israel, biggest among equals. Yes, Israel would not be one of the few religiously-intolerant states in the world with the ME as they desire it :
The other thing you learn from that is that the depth of the corruption in our government is extreme. Reorganizing the world with war is an insane proposal, only power elites win at those games, and the failure rate for the best of them is, long-term, 100%. Of course, they expect their kids to deal with things as they find them, the current elites think they didn’t choose the life they came into, either. The fact that our elites so obviously must believe in insanity like this means we should not be trusting them with anything. World is far to complex to be managed by such small groups, it isn’t working, we are all in great dangers of which we know nothing. But there are enough after-the-fact exposures of how close we came to nuclear war to allow us to at least think about how representative that sample of incidences was. How many were not exposed, relative to those that were? There must be studies of that, but there can’t be studies of the proportions of such events that were both reported and documented vs those that weren’t. Anecdote from my life says more dangerous surprises aren’t reported than are.
You don’t have to extrapolate far to realize no one can keep it all in mind enough to have a solid overview. This is another example of the Deep State evading or breaking the restrictions of our Constitution and our government. That quasi-government gets away with 99% of the nefarious conduct it executes. Out of 1000s of technical people in NSA at his level, we had one Snowden. Out of 10s of 1000s of soliders in their positions, we had one Pvt Manning.
We still haven’t had the insider exposing the 9-11 plot. We know that coordinating the non-vectoring of fighter planes after the errant hi-jacked airliners in that event must have involved many dozens of individuals of various levels of knowingness. Ditto the placing the explosives, organizing the many movements of people, … Each of these were pieces of a large and complex operations, and Building 7’s collapse and explanation was and adjustment to failed hijackings that morning, large and complex management of that operation.
We still haven’t had the insider exposing the use of pedophile entrapment operations as a way of controlling other people and institutions, obviously another large operation reaching up to the level of Secretary Clinton and her husband, certainly management level in that, likely also QA, they must have thought of it.
The latest excuse for all this is ‘for the war effort’ or ‘better than war’.
There isn’t much that can’t be justified that way, so I conclude that we have to take war off the table to have a civilized society. This is not utopian idealism, it is engineering requirements analysis. Militaries cause war, inevitably, so we must eliminate them. That is not making ourselves defenseless, militias did just fine for centuries, and automation and modern arms make it easier and more effective now.
Governments are lousy at conservation, witness the loss of the elephants, rhinos, giraffes. When this country comes under equivalent economic pressure, kiss our grizzlies and elk goodbye. Note that the elephants are being lost as a result of Gambia’s neighbor’s political power struggles and wars. Around the world, our governments are those political power structures and wars, and we are the animals that need conserved. We need to own ourselves, not be owned by the governments.
The frame of this entire case is ‘bugging is special and intentional’, when the Snowden information showed that it is ubiquitous. Of course Trump towers were bugged, everything is. The only thing different in the many cases, e.g. Merkel, is that those were transcribed by a person and had analysts following them :
A rational view of trade policy. The guy argues the basic Libertarian position, that government should be prohibited from screwing up the future by rules and regulations on anything not absolutely core justice, and we should be experimenting with the minimum set of laws consistent with civilization rather than the reverse, as we are now doing :
The only solution to this is selling the wild animal populations to private investment groups and give them the power to enforce their property rights. If we want rivers cleaned up, sell the rights to the fishing of particular species and repeal the laws enabling the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers to allow pollution to the limits they set, or exemptions they provide. Every user of the river should be the judge of water purity, not the easily-controlled EPA. Environmental organizations spend the majority of their budgets suing the EPA.
Obviously, the current mechanisms for protecting the environment and species have failed, as have all of the ‘reforms’, those many layers of reform are how we got here. The bureaucracies are the mechanisms our government uses to enable world-wide corruption and use it as political support.
None of human’s farm-animals are in danger of going extinct. If environmentalists were serious, some young idealist would stand up in front of an environmental group and tell everyone that California Condor squab is delicious with herbs and garlic-salt butter, roasted over hot coals of a California pin oak wood camp fire. They would crucify him, but species Condor would be saved, if only because their genes were merged with chicken, turkey, quail, duck, etc as those species continue to evolve.
You can’t feel bad about that, the Neanderthals were not murdered out of existence, they gradually merged with humans and some of the older race’s features were selected-blended out of our hybrid race, we collectively kept the best parts, e.g. immunological systems. There are more Neanderthal genes in the world today than when their large population existed, and ditto more of ancestor’s genes in every food crop and animal now. Every such has naturalists scouring the planet for wild populations as a source of new genetics.
Environmentalists aren’t thinking out of the box, they were emasculated when the Ivy League took them over and made them presentable to the Status Quo :
I yesterday finished listening to Neal Stephenson’s “Cobwebbed” audiobook while I was driving. I had read it when it was first published and remember being impressed by what a great writer Stephenson is, but listening added to that. I can hear the structure of the chapters and paragraphs and the overall book better than I can read it.
It is a graduate seminar in several different disciplines at once, practical foreign policy, writing, politics, individual versus institutions, behavior inside institutions, the corrosive power of secrecy, management of problems rather than solving them, … A very excellent book, great writing and insights.
The CIA is a large source of Turkey’s instability. It was an element in Nato’s Gladio program, and the drugs through that country is a large part of the CIA’s black budget and associated power. They supported Erdogan, originally. Erdogan and the CIA turned against each other as Erdogan decided he need more independence. His taking more power was inevitable, after the CIA-lead and supported coup last year :
My personal experience supports this. The Indian engineers I worked with in the US were generally excellent, but not the people working under contract in India. Another failing institution that leads to more failing institutions and individuals :
Perhaps some in the political class understand the reality, that the problem is costs enabled by monopoly crony capitalists and government is the source of that affliction, so the solution is to end all subsidies and government regulations, e.g. the FDA, CDC, Medicare, Medicaid, licensing commissions, etc. No way it can become law, too many oxen will be gored. Different oxen all the way to the end of our system, same dynamics as every other failed empire in history. Dragging things out punishes the poorest from the first, spares the richest the longest while merely postponing the inevitable :
I think that Trump supporters should NOT approve of cracking down on protests, Free Speech shall not be infringed, as well. Restrictions of freedom are always wrong, we must measure our government by how well it protects civil liberties for all of us :
Is there no peaceful solution to the ‘Korean problems’? :
Versions of ‘authentic’, from Trump through careful CEOs :
Generations of reforms and inaction from the gridlock of competing interests have lead to the situation in immigration law and enforcement :
This is an excellent discussion of the branches of persuasion and the usefulness of big data :