Open Thread – 21 march 2016



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  1. bth says:

    Sometimes western propaganda is defined by what is not reported. One topic with almost to reporting is the rising US troop strength in northern Iraq. The headcount most be in the high 4 digits. Also are there recent maps of IS lines and Iraq government, Kurd, Turk and US lines or pockets. Rough guess is that Mosul is virtually surrounded. Iran is noticeably quiet about western doings in Iraq of late.
    Another thing that is just sort of out there is that about this time last year IS started taking minority groups hostage in exchange for harvests. I wonder if we are about to see the same thing again. There were reports a couple of weeks ago of food prices in Mosul being very high.

  2. bks says:

    I’m gobsmacked by four things in the news:
    1. Whatever Russia was doing in Syria it seems to have been effective and efficient.
    2. Afghanistan has been quiet for a fortnight.
    3. Obama is in Cuba, but even in Miami’s Little Havana there’s barely a hint of outrage.
    4. The GOP establishment has declared open war on Republican voters.

  3. LeaNder says:

    Some around here, no matter on what political side, may be interested in an alert to Trump’s AIPAC speech.
    I bookmarked the first best livestream available from no doubt Trump fans/supporters via the “Right Side”. Convenient offer, if you are not too exited it will be stored there for the convenient time frame:
    “Monday, March 21, 2016: GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump will speak at the AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington, DC. The event is scheduled to take place around 6:00 PM EDT. Watch the live stream and replay of the event below.”

  4. cynic says:

    Its interesting to see the Russian claim that their expedition to Syria cost only about the equivalent of $464m. They managed to kill a couple of thousand terrorists, destroy thousands of their locations and fortifications, re-equip, re-train and reinvigorate the Syrian army and air-force, provide effective protection of Syrian air space, prop up the Syrian government politically and undermine terrorist morale, besides reducing their sources of income, destroy almost three thousand of the the oil trucks whose convoys stretched over the horizon although the American air-force was apparently unable to notice them. They put a spoke in the wheel of American/Israeli/EU foreign policy to overthrow the Syrian government and hand over the country to cannibal Islamic terrorists, and gained a lot of prestige. All for less than the $500m spent supposedly buying 4 or 5 ‘moderate’ terrorists!
    Value for money.
    Even if one acknowledges that the $6.4trillion spent supposedly fighting Islamic terrorism in the Middle East was probably mainly spent promoting it, it shows what a poor return the American taxpayer is getting, since the Russians could counter the policy for only one tenth of the cost.

  5. Barish says:

    I am not certain whether my comment on the “Esedullah Tim” got through – if it was posted at all, my old cat ambushed me just prior to sending it off – meanwhile, there is something else I found of note:
    Edmaps, usually keeping in touch with developments with a couple days of time-lag, as reports come in, takes note of this development here in the rest of the Azaz-corridor:
    Is it beyond possible that, rather than the insurgents themselves doing the heavy lifting that Turkey would send in commandoes of their own to make these advances and tell their proxies, such as there are, to try and hold these territories?
    It might just be that closing down the Azaz-route to Aleppo-city might have had a lot to do with this shifting of priorities: Aleppo-city, for the short- to medium-term, is beyond the direct reach of Turkey’s insurgents, so they finally are motivated to shift gears towards ISIL, even though they would have preferred to leave them alone as additional pressure against the Syrian Arab Republic.

  6. robt willmann says:

    Ah, yes…time to think about making some “deals”.
    The Washington Post newspaper tells us that this afternoon Donald Trump is going to “host” a meeting of “nearly two dozen influential Republicans”, and that: “Several members of the House and Senate are expected to participate, plus a bevy of consultants and veteran power brokers, the people said, requesting anonymity to discuss the session.”
    The meeting will be at the Jones & Day law firm in Washington, D.C. Trump, while hustling the unwashed masses by telling them that he is an “outsider” (ROFL), his campaign lawyer, Don McGahn, is, of course, the ultimate “insider”–
    Mr. McGahn is one of the organizers of this little meeting, “along with Trump’s advisers” and Senator Jeff Sessions (Repub. Alabama). The Jones & Day law office is a “short walk from the Capitol”.
    For those who like the live broadcasts over the Internet and for the peasants with pitchforks, well, they are going to have to stay outside. This is going to be an “off-the-record gathering”.

  7. LG says:

    Meet ‘Abu Tahseen’ an Iraqi veteran who has build up years of experience fighting in several wars. ‘Abu Tahseen’ joined the ‘Popular Mobilization Units’ as a volunteer to defend Iraq from ISIS. He as born in 1953. He is a sniper veteran of 5 armed conflicts. The Yom Kippur war, Iran-Iraq war, Invasion of Kuwait, Gulf War and today fights against ISIS. He is currently stationed at Makhoul Mountains in North Baiji. Since May 2015 he has killed 173 ISIS fighters. | Al-Masdar News

  8. Kutte says:

    Sometimes western propaganda is defined by what is not reported.
    Sometimes? Almost all of the time! Whilst the Nazis and Commies told stupid and implausible lies, the western propaganda tells things which are true as such, but by way of omission they suggest something completely different. It’s just a more sophisticated form of lying.

  9. Barish says:

    Here goes again:
    Anyone else heard of the “Esedullah Tim”, the “Lions of Allah Team”* before?
    RT just now are broadcasting a bit about the emergence of such a “team” carrying out the Turkish crackdown in the south-east, as part of the “Polis Özel Harekat”, PÖH, the “Police Special Operations” groups.
    Apparently, there is some history behind this “Esedullah”-brand, if this Cumhuriyet-article from back in November is anything to go by:…_Sosyal_medya_onlari_konusuyor.html
    “Esedullah TİM yeniden hortladı… Sosyal medya onları konuşuyor
    90’lara dönülen Güneydoğu’da sokağa çıkma yasakları ve operasyonların ardından sosyal medya yeniden ortaya çıkan Esedullah Tim’i konuşuyor.”
    “Esedullah TiM once more rose from the dead…Social Media is talking about them
    Just as the Southeast returns to the 90s’s curfews and operations, social media again is talking about the emerging Esedullah Team.”
    Meanwhile, another Turkish paper, Internethaber (“Internet News”) got this not exactly reassuring quote from one CHP-deputee from Diyarbakır province:
    Raporda, halkın can ve mal güvenliğini tehlikede olduğu, operasyonlardan sonra ev, okul, cami, duvarlarına yazılan “Esedullah timleri burada” şeklindeki yazıların, “personelin maksadını aşarak intikam duygusuyla hareket ettiklerine dair kuşkular uyandırdığı” belirtiliyor.
    CHP Diyarbakır milletvekili adayı Naci Sapan, raporda işaret edilen duvar yazılamalarına işaret ederek, “Özellikle bu konunun aydınlatılması gerekiyor. Bu mesajın kaynağını kimse tespit edemedi. Yazılamaların yapıldığı yer benim doğup büyüdüğüm mahalle. İnsanlar o dönemde pencerelerden kafalarını bile çıkaramamışlar. Bunun kim olduğu açıklığa kavuşturulmalı” dedi.”
    In the report [by a CHP-commission], the threat to the safety people’s lives and property, writings in the form of “Esedullah teams are here” on the walls of houses, schools and mosques following operations as well as “an aroused sense of concerns about the intent for vengeance on the part of [security] personnel” are noted.
    The CHP Diyarbakır deputy named Naci Sapan said, warning of the signs made by the writings on the wall, “Clearing up is especially required as regards this topic. It was not determined who this message’s source is. These writings were made in the neighbourhood where I was born and brought up. At this time, people can’t even put out their heads out of their windows. **The identity of those [responsible] needs to be established**.”
    The RT report noted that Zaman, more specifically its English outlet “Today’s Zaman”, the paper recently taken over by Padişah’s authorities, used to run a story on this “mystery team” – which has been deleted after the takeover. Al-Monitor also got an English piece on them, from back in November, which appears to be founded on the report that Internethaber mentions:
    *The irony behind their name: they share the “lion”-brand with the al-Assad clan, declared enemy by today’s Padişah Erdoğan. In Turkish publications, Assad’s name apparently is written as “Esad” instead.
    **I went for a somewhat more “free” translation of this sentence. Although that’s basically what’s the gist of it: the identity of who exactly is spraying these markings needs to be clearly established. The Internethaber-article from November notes towards the end that an investigation by both the Ministry of Internal Affairs, İçişleri Bakanlığı, as well as the General Command of the Gendarmerie, Jandarma Genel Komutanlığı, is supposedly underway toward that effect. By the looks of things, not much came out of that since, which may be “as intended” if these “Esedullah” are indeed supposed to be Erdoğan’s strong-arms in the south-east.
    RT in their TV-report quote Kurdish voices that note “long beards” and “foreign accents” among these “Lions” – bias can certainly not be ruled out there, particularly the first bit seems hard to establish as these “Lions” appear to rove around with masks – but it is something to keep in mind…

  10. Valissa says:

    More on the “special relationship” between the British gov’t and Saudi Arabia, which David Habakkuk recently commented about regarding a prior scandal in a recent post (Hillary vs. NSA?) and once again involves BAE.
    ISIS Twitter Accounts Traced to British Government
    Another kushy deal for BAE… David Cameron boasts of ‘brilliant’ UK arms exports to Saudi Arabia

  11. Ishmael Zechariah says:

    Some news about tayyip and his brood of klepts which are not generally reported in the MSM. Merkel should be proud. A fine bunch of folks the EU is in bed with.
    “Rome’s Police spokesman: Saudi embassy helped Erdoğan’s son to escape the police custody; using a forged Saudi passport and disguised as an Arab diplomat”
    Best example of islamic democracy. Beware of imitations.
    Ishmael Zechariah

  12. Fred says:

    Even better is they reallocated their training budget to pay for the operation so the additional expense was essentially zero. I hope when the rubble stops bouncing we study the operation so we can learn something.

  13. Fred says:

    “”off-the-record gathering””
    Meaning we’ll hear from the losers soon enough. More precisely we’ll hear about a lot of promises, real or imagined, that Trump may, or may not, have made.

  14. The Beaver says:

    Oh this is interesting and a must read :
    BTW: I watched him on Charlie Rose ( via Bloomberg) last week peddling:
    “Bitcoin’s blockchain will be “to banking, law, and accountancy as the Internet was to media, commerce and advertising.” (Here, Ross is quoting the director of the MIT Media Lab.)”
    Yeah Right !!!
    and he found NOTHING wrong with the private server of HRC in her house; his argument: even CIA and FBI networks have been hacked.
    He also mentioned that any good 500 Fortune company must have a cyber security expert on their B.O.D.
    He must be looking for such a position or , should HRC be the next POTUS, watch out for him to be back in DC. He sounds like another Joffe Joseph or David Frum

  15. Medicine Man says:

    Point #4 is quite amusing. I wonder how one fights a war with no foot soldiers?

  16. Valissa says:

    Donald Trump reveals foreign policy team in meeting with The Washington Post
    The Republican presidential front-runner listed for the first time five of the individuals who are part of a team, chaired by Sen. Jeff Sessions (Ala.), counseling him on foreign affairs and helping to shape his policies.
    Trump began the hour-long meeting by pulling out a list of some of his foreign policy advisers.
    “Walid Phares, who you probably know. Ph.D., adviser to the House of Representatives. He’s a counter-terrorism expert,” Trump said. “Carter Page, Ph.D. George Papadopoulos. He’s an oil and energy consultant. Excellent guy. The honorable Joe Schmitz, [was] inspector general at the Department of Defense. General Keith Kellogg. And I have quite a few more. But that’s a group of some of the people that we are dealing with. We have many other people in different aspects of what we do. But that’s pretty representative group.”
    Trump said he plans to share more names in the coming days.

  17. Bob says:

    I was reading this over at the Guardian and two numbers stuck out for me. It has been 25 years since the beginning of the first Iraq war and it has spanned 4 presidents and is headed for it’s fifth. And the US is ramping up again. Seriously isn’t it time to just say no?

  18. cynic says:

    Some lessons are already clear. The cause of the problem is political rather than military, and its serving the political interests of another country rather than those of the USA.
    The Russians did exactly what they said they were doing, and they did it well.If the American forces had been allowed to actually fight the terrorists, as their leaders claimed they were doing, they could be expected to have done about as well as the Russians, and with a lot more force starting earlier, they could have solved the problem long before the Russians felt it necessary to intervene. Spending more than a year and wasting so much money to destroy two terrorist bulldozers is derisory.
    Instead, they were creating, funding and supplying the people they were supposed to be fighting, and their friends were advising and assisting the terrorists. No amount of ‘learning lessons’ can be effective whilst the causes are ignored.
    Sometimes legions with a sense of honour and patriotism might find it incumbent upon them to change the Emperor.

  19. Tyler says:

    Trump’s foreign policy team revealed:
    “Donald Trump revealed part of his foreign policy advisory team and outlined an unabashedly non-interventionist approach to world affairs during a wide-ranging meeting Monday with The Washington Post’s editorial board.
    The Republican presidential front-runner, for the first time, listed five of the people who are part of a team, chaired by Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), counseling him on foreign affairs and helping to shape his policies. They are Keith Kellogg, Carter Page, George Papadopoulos, Walid Phares and Joseph E. Schmitz.”
    The only name on there I recognize is Sessions, who understands how “invade the world, invite the world” works and is against it. The neocon WP calling the team “non interventionist” is a good sign, but anything short of nuking Europe if Israel wanted it is “non interventionist” to them so perhaps some of the more learned members here can relate some of these names with events or opinions.

  20. cynic says:

    When would be the optimum time for Mrs. Clinton to be prosecuted? At what point after she is nominated would it be too late for the Democrats to replace her if she dropped dead or was forced by public opinion or legal prudence to drop out of the race? Could Trump win by default?

  21. Trey N says:

    Here’s some food for thought regarding your trenchant observations:

  22. Fred says:

    Any kayakers out there who have used a propel or drive attachment on a kayak? Curious to see the opinions on them.

  23. Patrick D says:

    It is worse than lying. The technical term is “bullshitting”. 😉
    Suggested reading:
    Frankfurt concludes that although bullshit can take many innocent forms, excessive indulgence in it can eventually undermine the practitioner’s capacity to tell the truth in a way that lying does not. Liars at least acknowledge that it matters what is true. By virtue of this, Frankfurt writes, bullshit is a greater enemy of the truth than lies are.

  24. Laguerre says:

    “Rough guess is that Mosul is virtually surrounded.” By whom? US Special Forces? Or Peshmerga? The Peshmerga are not being paid, because Erbil is bankrupt. So they’re hardly likely to be very active, which the lack of news seems to demonstrate. The best possibility is that a few blocks are being put on the main roads. You can drive round those.
    Prices are high in Mosul, because no-one dares to sow, with the risk that Da’ish will simply sieze the harvest.

  25. turcopolier says:

    Neocons and their allies. pl

  26. swampy says:

    Trump announces part of Foreign Policy advisory team
    Keith Kellogg, Carter Page, George Papadopoulos, Walid Phares and Joseph E. Schmitz.
    initial impressions?

  27. Laguerre says:

    By the way, I heard this week that Baghdad is in nearly as bad an economic situation as Erbil. The particular detail was that pensions are not being paid in full, even for a retiree who used to be a diplomat in Paris, someone who you’d think would be privileged.
    My reaction was: decline in the oil price, but my informant didn’t particularly agree. He seemed more concerned about the level of corruption, if I remember correctly. Corruption in Iraq is something. In a deal I was involved in last summer, only $1 million remained out of a budget of $26 million to actually carry out the project. I should think the corruption in Iraq will decline with its poverty.

  28. turcopolier says:

    They look like neocons to me. pl

  29. Matthew says:

    Tyler: Trump’s picks are of much higher quality that Cruz’s.
    A very good day. (Not a fan of Walid Fares, but what can you do?)

  30. Linda Lau says:

    A few weeks ago a couple of you mentioned a TV network that shows European series, esp detective series. Could one of you please repeat that info?

  31. rakesh wahi says:

    4.5 trillion = 4500 billion
    1 billion = 1000 million
    math check PL

  32. bth says:

    Keep in mind that the Russian bureaucracy is attempting to minimize the reported cost of any intervention and the American Defense bureaucracy is essentially paid to maximize it. The Russian efficiency is very impressive, but don’t take it as gospel.

  33. steve says:

    I am aware of the DOJ’s general policy–not hard and fast–of not indicting a candidate within so many days of an election. I would assume to avoid any appearance of political trickery that an indictment would take place before the convention.
    If for some reason she was indicted post-convention, the DNC would name a candidate.
    A general discussion of that policy:

  34. steve says:

    I always thought that Trump would be absorbed into the republican establishment sooner or later, not just in foreign policy, but in trade deals and immigration as well.

  35. Kooshy says:

    For now at least I am happy, that CFR’ Richard Hass is not included in the list, although if you watched on CNN’ Zakaria Sunday show he was being shoved on Trump by FZ. He was asked by FZ if he would accept to be SOS in Trump’ cabinet. IMO Hass is a ziocon, which is a PH.D. For a neocon. And also believe he will have more chance of being SOS in a HRC administration.

  36. Fred,
    I have no experience with these. A lot of people use the mirage drive in Hobie trimarans in the Everglades Challenge. Comments are pretty favorable. It frees the sailors hands for handling the sail and rudder. Obviously this would be a great idea for kayak fishing. Suggest you look for a few kayak fishing message boards for opinions. The only down side I see is the blades sticking out the bottom of the kayak would limit real shallow work. Although the Mirage Drive fins fold flat for beaching.

  37. bth says:

    Yes I’m saying I think something is about to happen around the outer vicinity of Mosul. Take a look at the location of that marine firebase in Makhmour. Isn’t that a little out there and up front if nothing is actually happening and isn’t it getting attacked almost daily now?
    And as to cost, well we spent around $4 billion a week every week for nearly a decade in Iraq or thereabouts and so the Kurds need $1 billion to pay their guys in the field and probably another b for ammo and another b for handling. And then let’s speculate that we don’t have 4K guys there but maybe twice that and with DoD inflation its about $2 million/yr/guy in country vs 1 m before. And let’s say we are spicing things up with some big payments to Sunni tribes on the promise the Shia militias stay the hell out. So perhaps $20+ billion to cover the cost, meet a possible commitment we might have made to Russia and even Iran that could reduce the conflict level in Iraq, Syria and Ukraine? I’d say $20 billionish is less than 2 or 3 months we were spending for a decade is a down right steal. In the case of Iraq I think the purse strings determine the logistical possibilities.

  38. cynic says:

    For those who may be interested in the Archdruid and operative magic, here’s his latest essay about what is wrong with the depiction of magic in popular fantasy, together with a challenge for would-be authors to contribute short stories of fantasy fiction using real magic.

  39. Fred says:

    privatize the wealth, socialize the cost. Make money electronic rather than paper or coin. Sign trade agreements that outsource jobs and judicial oversight. Plenty of foot soldiers available, this kind just has MBAs and those degrees that put “science” into politics the same way Daedalus put science into the labyrinth – and the device that allowed the fertilization of the monstrosity that required the labyrinth’s creation to begin with.

  40. Fred says:

    “Sometimes legions with a sense of honour and patriotism might find it incumbent upon them to change the Emperor.”
    You are calling for the military overthrow of the elected government?

  41. Fred says:

    So much for thinking outside the borg.

  42. Fred says:

    Any thoughts on the recent arrest in Molenbeek? “Brussels … Europe’s “secret” jihadi capital” as Patrick used the phrase a little over a year ago?

  43. euclidcreek says:

    When U.S. politicans say “Israel, we have you back, forever” I hear this as “Uncle Sam promises to bow and kiss Israel’s ass forever.”

  44. On a Michael Brenner post or comment!

  45. Utah and Arizona vote today-sort of! Any thoughts on why they may vote as they do vote? I understand large number of absentee ballots?

  46. Modems not in use officially anywhere in federal Executive Branch when I retired on October 1st, 1999. Many agencies banned, however, the use of private modems being brought into duty stations. Are private modem [and servers?] banned generally for use in Official duties by law or regulation?
    By law PAS appointees are always in OFFICIAL DUTY STATUS! No annual leave?

  47. LeaNder says:

    Horror, Bruxelles.
    One tube station is close to friends.

  48. LeaNder says:

    Linda, that must have been in the context of Michael Brenner’s article.
    Info, price for subscription and links are at the end:

  49. LeaNder says:

    Dropped a line about it below, Fred.
    Horror. Not least since I have good friends in Bruxelles. Thus my first response was to check if they are well. One of them expected his daughter, wife and kids around the same time next morning by plane from Berlin.
    A couple of days ago the central perpetrator, Salah Abdeslam, of the last terror series in France was arrested in Brussels, if you prefer that spelling.
    Reminds me once again of my first silly response to Patrick Bahzad, when he surfaced first on the topic concerning France here. In a nutshell, already then he suggested the France – Belgium
    connection, if I recall correctly. Maybe in part II.
    There are links to Germany too. … Just as transit data e.g. in Austria of relevant people. Hopefully this will strengthen and speed up European cooperation and their respective resources …

  50. Fred says:

    I have the same concerns on shallow water work. I’ve seen a few videos and scanned some of the boards, just wanted to see if the group here had any experience.

  51. The Beaver says:

    What does Sen Sanders mean by that?
    “Clearly, the United States and Israel are united by historical ties. We are united by culture. We are united by our values, including a deep commitment to democratic principles, civil rights and the rule of law.
    Israel is one of America’s closest allies, and we – as a nation – are committed not just to guaranteeing Israel’s survival, but also to make sure that its people have a right to live in peace and security.”
    Historical ties ?
    United by culture?
    Democratic principles,civil rights and rule of law in Israel ?
    Closest allies since when ? Vietnam war , Korean war
    Plus ça change plus c’est la même chose

  52. Fred says:

    My comment past posted a day before this happened as I was concerned just such a thing would occur due to the local community repeating it’s past conduct of sheltering known terrorists.

  53. Fred says:

    To quote the Slate article on AIPAC:
    “Jews will vote Democratic no matter what. Sixty-nine percent of them voted for Obama in 2012, …”
    Allies of the democratic party.

  54. Medicine Man says:

    That only works up until the point the electoral or literal swords come out.

  55. LondonBob says:
    Not that I think any of them will be playing a major role.

  56. Tyler says:

    The only whites the GOPe wants to support hate them and vote for their opponents as well as make up 2% of the population.

  57. What is a Jew in the U.S.A.? IMO it is a religion only not a race or even ethnicity.

  58. Apparently Trump is advocating an end to all U.S. military alliances! If correct thoughts?
    And apparently little or no intelligence sharing in NATO or the EU on terrorism?

  59. NERO supposedly fiddled while Rome burned. OBAMA goes to baseball games and tangos?
    If given 9 months as the American President what would you do?

  60. turcopolier says:

    IMO Trump as a businessman sees NATO and similar institutions as unnatural in that they group economic competitors together with the largest (the US) taxed to support its trading adversaries. The same instinct on his part would be reflected in information services, which he sees as overhead. IOW they should pay us for the services rendered so that it will improve our balance sheet. pl

  61. Is my understanding correct that NATO cost the US from $14-$20B a year?

  62. optimax says:

    US Collective Defense Arrangement list of Department of State. It comes up from time to time. Israel is not on the list.

  63. IMO most likely post-September 2016 Presidential candidates: HRC and DT!
    My formula for their strengths and weaknesses if they become President: HRC is totally predictible; and DT totally unpredictible.
    No wonder the World waits and worries.

  64. rjj says:

    grace and chance rule out anybody being totally predictable.

  65. different clue says:

    The DC FedRegime always considered its enemy to be the Syrian Arab Republic and its government’s President Assad. When the British and then American publics made it clearer than clear that they would withhold their consent and support from the exercise, and the DC FedBorg realized that it dare not order up an open attack and invasion of the SAR; the best the FedBorg could do was support its fellow Axis of Jihad members’ alphabet proxies on the ground. The FedBorg never considered the alphabet jihadis to be “the enemy” in Syria in any way. They had to pretend to do so in the face of a sullen and bitter home-front public.
    The DC FedRegime still hopes to overthrow the SARgov one way or another. Pray the R + 6 can “turn” or “convert” or exterminate every trace of rebellion throughout Syria before a more aggressively Borgist President takes over.
    The present establishment is invincibly clue-proof. They are immune to learning. The only cure would be to delete them from all power and influence positions and replace them with people who HAVE learned the lessons . . . or clearly already KNEW what the lessons were and would be. It would be a multi-decadal project of political disinfection and political decontamination and political bio-remediation.
    Perhaps the Borg-less Free-Mind community should read the book How The Irish Saved Civilization and view themselves as a kind of monks-for-truth-and-facts preserving their knowledge and information and modes of thinking through the present Dark Age till they can be broadly re-deployed throughout leadership levels of whatever Renaissance 2.0 may arise in future after this current Dark Age runs its course. Perhaps the Borgless Freeminds should begin forming “virtual monasteries” to preserve and carry forward the knowledge. Hopefully some antiBorg resistance people somewhere are causing-to-be-printed onto acid-free centuries-long-lasting all the posts and threads of SST to be bound into books against the day when a Solar Megaflare or the End State Borg
    World Order erases and destroys every trace of digitally stored everything in its last desperate bid to destroy the knowledge on its last ride down.

  66. June 9th N. Carolina filing dates for President closes.

  67. rjj says:

    Not in any way about electoral stuff – I mean it this time.

  68. There is argument appearing that again so-called PROVEN OIL RESERVES may well be fictional numbers but shutting down exploration and drill rigs might serve to expose this problem for some NOCs and some listed companies. Comments?

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