Daily Reading #25E

The push to war continues without significant interruptions by Trump’s election.  Three times in a row, we voted for the Peace Candidate, and again we have gotten a war leader :


George Webb. This first one is an excellent example of government enabling criminal behavior. It is a crime to produce unsafe devices, 4K a year burned because of the lack



Mixes of people due to long-ago migrations :


Professor Peterson has a very fine mind and is a cultural force for good thinking :


The Intercept is not a legitimate journalist group, imho.  This isn’t journalism, it is partisan op-ed :


National review is not very critical, accepts ‘Russian hackers’ as being behind Guccifer 2.0.  It doesn’t show all the CIA connections of the players, e.g. Carter Page, who was used by the FBI as the reason to wiretap anyone he dealt with. Other than a few other such ‘minor points’ that cover up the CIA-reality, this is mostly OK, MSM’s best effort so far :


You have to keep reminding yourself, Ds are no different than Rs, the last election was just one where the Deep Black Swamp preferred the D. Until Obama,  they had preferred the Rs :


From Naked Capitalism :


And from a London-based reader:

And one thing which is unbelievably anechoic. I’m actually in Salisbury today (part of a regular variant on my commute when I have to head west, the station is a large rail hub) and it’s less then 10 miles from where I live. So I know the area like the back of my hand. No-one, and I mean no-one has ever asked in the MSM just what the guy was doing living here. It’s about as unlikely a spot for anyone to end up living here as it’s possible to get. You get a few retirees, but very little influx from out the area.

But Salisbury is the epicentre for the U.K. military operations. There are at least half a dozen key installations of strategic importance (the Porton Down chemical weapons “research” facility https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Porton_Down, the army command HQ was there until 2010 when it moved to nearby Andover https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-land-forces-hq-fully-operational, the Salisbury plain training base http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-16653733, the Amesbury research operation https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/MoD_Boscombe_Down, the large Warminster Garrison http://www.warminster-garrison.co.uk/Warminster-Garrison/Warminster-Garrison-Information-20012015.htm — and that’s just off the top of my head, there’s a lot more you drive past which are military facilities but not on the same scale as these.

He had no reason to live in the city and it is an unbelievable coincidence that it is so close to so many of the U.K. military high command’s sites. He was almost certainly here for a reason, and if I had to work in the area of helping the U.K. military/industrial complex, Salisbury is exactly where I’d live. No-one has mentioned in the press coverage how he supported himself, what he did in England since the spy swap and why he was swapped in the first place.

The whole thing absolutely stinks.



More on private equity capital, a disaster visited on American capitalism, as cronyed up as it was :


Why does it take $14M and 950 tons of material to build a pedestrian bridge? :


From NC :

Infrastructure: “Contractors Behind Collapsed FIU Bridge Are Major Miami Political Players” [Miami News]. “To Miami-Dade County insiders, it was no shock when Munilla Construction Management (MCM) beat out three other competitors to win a $14.2 million bid to build a high-tech pedestrian bridge at Florida International University. That’s because Munilla is not only one of the biggest contractors in South Florida but also one of the most politically connected thanks to years of shelling out hundreds of thousands of dollars to campaigns…. But questions are bound to be raised about Munilla’s deep ties to local politicians, including U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart and Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez — especially because the firm has never been shy about turning its political generosity into favorable decision-making…. And Diaz-Balart, who is chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development, was instrumental in building support for the bridge’s creation. Last weekend, FIU praised the congressman, along with Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, for making the project a reality.” So it’s bipartisan!


I have had this book on my shelf for years, Robert Graves’ translation but never have gotten around to reading it :


The particle physics community is a great example of why professions should not be allowed to allocate their own R&D funds. Fusion physics is another.  $Bs spent to little effect, always the next bigger collider or the next version of the Tokamak will be the breakthrough. Meanwhile fractions of that money would have produced many more significant discoveries and perfections of new physics, e.g. Cold Fusion.

And if you don’t understand that, you haven’t looked at the evidence :



Power is accumulated for a reason, and people always have uses for it :



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