Mês: março 2019

America vs. China… Trump vs. Cohen…

The Only “Us vs. Them” That Matters   Van Bryan Mar. 3, 2019   Dear readers need no introduction to the big headlines. And there’s a common thread through all of it: “us vs. them.” But as Bill has shown time and time again, “us vs. them” is always a scam. Well… almost always. There is one “us vs. them” that matters. That was the subject of this week’s Diary essays. You’ll have to read on to find out… “Us vs. Them” Is Always a Scam Today, it’s all “us vs. them.” Whether it’s Republicans vs. Democrats or rich vs. poor, there’s always some “us” that has to do something about “them”! On Monday, Bill reveals the sad reason why this thinking is a scam… and always was. How the Middle Class Was Doubly Cheated The middle class has been betrayed. The ultra-rich, thanks to soaring stock and bond prices, have only gotten richer over the last three decades. The everyman, meanwhile, has gone exactly nowhere. Who betrayed the working man? The Chinese? The Russians? Neither. As Bill puts it, it was America’s “scammy money” that did the deed. And then, the story gets worse… “The Horse Fell Over on Him…” On Wednesday, an accident at the ranch. A gaucho’s horse buckles and falls on the cowboy. “Is he okay? We don’t know yet…” Our Third Bold Prediction In the...

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SI

Situação Internacional    João da Silveira     Seg. 25 VENEZUELA : Vídeos do que aconteceu na fronteira da Colômbia com a Venezuela (VestiNews)… Grupo de Lima se reúne sob pressão para tratar da intervenção militar na Venezuela (Poder360)…   Ter. 26 GOVERNO BOLSONARO : Racha entre militares e o olavismo na questão venezuelana (CartaCapital)…   USAMÉRICA : CONTENÇÃO DE : Passos finais da revolução multipolar na contenção dos Estados Unidos na Europa (Federico Pieraccini)….   ESCRAVIDÃO EM USAMÉRICA : Mulheres brancas e a economia da escravidão no século xix (Lynne Feeley)…   Qua. 27 GOVERNO BOLSONARO : Em entrevista à Rádio Guaíba, de Porto Alegre, Ciro Gomes trata da fronteira com a Venezuela, da reforma da Previdência e de seu “palpite” de que Jair Bolsonaro não terminará seu mandato. Jair não tem estabilidade emocional, sua formação é muito precária e não domina os assuntos. Pessoas com esse nível de formação, quando perdem a popularidade, costumam não ter a humildade necessária para se sustentar e, então, renunciam. Essa é a avaliação de Ciro, “um mero palpite”, que ele espera não aconteça…   ECONOMIA MUNDIAL : Carlos Drumond acha que o tripé da globalização quebrou (Carta Capital). A palavra ‘tripé’ vai muito fácil com o verbo ‘quebrar’, mas a tese de que o tripé da globalização está quebrado é falsa. Globalização significa a extensão mundial do capitalismo e Carlos considera impossível discutir o futuro de um...

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Reality and Unreality

McCarthyism Then and Now: But There Was Reality Then   Patrick Armstrong Feb. 27, 2019   History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce. (Karl Marx) Humor is reason gone mad. (Groucho Marx)   Every now and again, we hear about a “new McCarthyism“. Usually it’s the alternative media like Truthdig or Consortium News or left-wing outlets because mainstream outlets are so sunk in Trumpophobia that they have forgotten what the expression means. It’s not Trump who’s the new McCarthy (Trumpism Is the New McCarthyism or Is Donald Trump The New Joe McCarthy?) it is they: Is Trump Putin’s Puppet?, Trump Is Making the Case That He’s Putin’s Puppet; calling other people Moscow puppets is precisely what McCarthy did. And today’s Russhysteria has spread outside the USA: France to Probe Possible Russian Influence on Yellow Vest Riots; Why Putin Is Meddling in Britain’s Brexit Vote; Spain: ‘Misinformation’ on Catalonia referendum came from Russia. Endless torrents of delirium, nothing too absurd: Russia could freeze us to death!, Russian cricket agents, 14-legged killer squid found TWO MILES beneath Antarctica being weaponised by Putin? The Russophobes find Moscow’s influence everywhere: children’s’ cartoons, fishsticks, Pokemon. People who like to imagine that they’re taken seriously suggest the Russians are threatened by our “quality”. But not so threatened, it appears, by our mental qualities. Joseph McCarthy, making much of (and perhaps improving upon) his war record, was elected a US Senator in 1946. After three years in which he attracted little attention, he rose to...

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