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Dragon Bruin; Dragon + Bruin > Eagle; Eagle + Bruin > Dragon (June 20, 2022)

Posted in China, Foreign Policy, Russia on June 20, 2022 by e-commentary.org

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Dragon < Eagle > Bruin; Dragon + Bruin > Eagle; Eagle + Bruin > Dragon

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[See the e-commentary involving Dragon < Eagle > Bruin; Dragon + Bruin > Eagle; Eagle + Bruin > Dragon throughout this site.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Dragon < Eagle > Bruin; Dragon + Bruin > Eagle; Eagle + Bruin > Dragon

Juneteenth

Solstice

Sanctions, Supply Chains And World War E (March 7, 2022)

Posted in Covid / Coronavirus, Inflation, Kleptocracy, Markets, Russia, Sanctions on March 7, 2022 by e-commentary.org

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K          “Seems like ten years ago, not two years ago.”

J          “It was ten years ago.  Covid time.”

K          “In mid-February way back then, we were terrified that it was as virulent as a Hantavirus and more terrified that the rest of the public was oblivious to the threat.  The threats to the supply chains were obvious to only a few.”

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K          “Two years ago they said that we needed two weeks to ‘flatten the curve’ but never said that they would take two years to ‘flatten the economy’ and transfer wealth to the wealthy and undermine small and independently owned businesses.”

J          “They launched ‘helicopter money’ that dropped a dollar to the plebs for every hundred thousand dollars delivered to the Kleptocrats.  What an experiment.  We as a society tried wage and price controls in 1971 and helicopter money in 2021-2022.  Inflation is no surprise; inflation is the consequence.” 

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K          “Biden and Putin agree.  Biden plans to boycott Russian oil and gas that is desperately needed in Germany and the West; Russia agrees not to provide the much needed oil and gas to Germany and the West.  As dad would say, Biden is cutting off Europe’s nose to spite Europe’s face and Putin is providing the scalpel.”

J          “Oil is life.  Turning off and turning down the oil wells will not turn out well.”

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K          “Biden’s decision to cut off the Russian central bank’s access to most of its $630 billion of foreign reserves is a desperate and frightening move.  Once again, the United States weaponized the monetary system and issued a formal declaration of ‘World War E’ against Russia.  The rest of the world knows one truth – No one can trust the United States.  There is nothing more important or precious than trust.  Mark my words, there will be a new economic order that is fundamentally different than the current machinations.”

J          “I tell you, for those of us on the outside, the early tell is when the manipulated paper gold price results in few sellers of gold and then a huge chasm between the manipulated price and the actual selling price between a willing seller and a willing buyer.”  

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J          “Someone said that Russia holds 90% of the world’s neon that is critical for lasers and semiconductor manufacturing, 40% of palladium that is necessary for catalytic converters and 35% to 40% of Boeing’s titanium and over 50% of Airbus’s titanium.  And then there is platinum and there is aluminum and there is rhodium.”

K          “From what I read, Europe imports 28% of their oil and 40% of their natural gas from Russia.  The U.S. is not happy with that reality yet cannot meet the demand.  So the U.S. tells the Europeans to freeze.  In the dark.  That will play well in Potsdam.”

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K          “The move from the factory to the farm is as disquieting.  In high school, they described the Ukraine as the breadbasket of what was then the USSR.” 

J          “We always flow back to oil.  Oil is life; food is just oil reconstituted in another form.  Someone observed that Russia and Ukraine account for 30% of the global wheat trade, 20% of the corn, 80% of the sunflower-oil exports and 12% of all calories traded globally.  And they provide fertilizer to grow the products.  Without fertilizer, farmers will not plant.  The inescapable problem is that a car plant can be closed or opened at any time of the year, but a carrot must be planted at a specific time of the year governed by Gaia not by the government.  The times to plant have passed and are passing.  You cannot plant yesterday.”

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K          “You reap what you sow.  We are not sowing.”

J          “We are so in trouble.”

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[See If Russian Currency Reserves Aren’t Really Money, the World Is in for a Shock dated March 3, 2022 by Jon Sindreu in the “Wall Street Journal”.]

[See the e-commentary at Covid-19: BAU v. BAU (February 24, 2020), Covid-19 PanICdemic/Plague:  Basically, Back To Basics:  Finding Food; Printing Rutabagas.  Happy Earth Day! (April 20, 2020), Is Inflation Inflating!?!? (April 26, 2021) and Careening Toward A Global Totalitarian Authoritarian Behemoth?  And Then There Is The Fed’s Self-Inflicted Great Checkmate. (January 3, 2022).]

Bumper stickers of the week:

“Control oil and you control nations; control food and you control the people.”  Henry Kissinger

Two is one; one is none; none is none.

Socio-politico-economic experiments:  1971:  Wage and Price Controls; 2020 – 21:  Helicopter Money

“Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”  Galatians 6:7

The Cuban Missile Crisis And The Monroe Doctrine Today (February 28, 2022)

Posted in China, CIPS, Currency, Gold, MIC, MICAC, Money, Neoconservatives, Petrodollar, Russia, Sanctions, SPFS, SWIFT, War, World's Reserve Currency on February 28, 2022 by e-commentary.org

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K          “America failed.”

J          “Russia failed.”

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K          “The American Foreign Policy Effete pushed with both hands to goad, badger, harass, disrespect and humiliate Russia and circumvent and undercut any reasonable and peaceful resolution.  They have blood on those hands.  They intentionally provoked Russia and cynically sacrificed Ukraine.” 

J          “Russia invaded.  Putin is a thug, a bully, a criminal and a psychopath.  Russia and Putin are responsible.”

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K          “Let the record reflect that the U.S. decided to deploy nuclear weapons first.  The SWIFT system should be isolated from politics and serve as the neutral financial infrastructure for the world.  The U.S. weaponized SWIFT and cut off Russia’s ‘financial e-mail’ from the world.  Wait until the dimwits discover that Russian financial interests cannot be surgically excised from the world financial community without creating potentially cascading contagion.”

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K          “If China and Russia agree to use the CIPS or the SPFS or some amalgam of the two, they can expand their efforts to circumvent the SWIFT.  The financial infrastructure is the ‘pipe’ and at this time PetroDollars are the ‘flow’ which could become superfluous if everyone is not forced to use the pipe.  And then America becomes Bulgaria.”

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K          “What if Russia proclaimed that 1,000,000 Rubles can be exchanged for one ounce of gold.  And one ounce of gold can be exchanged for 1,000,000 Rubles.  Let the market respond.” 

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K          “The U.S. decision to declare ‘World War E’ as they say could descend into World War Three.  The U.S. refuses to abide by a rules-based international system and instead does whatever it wants to do.  Russia may have declared war on Ukraine by default; the U.S. declared war on Russia and the world by design.”

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K          “Don’t forget that when you have someone trapped in a corner, you are also in the same corner.”

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K          “America no longer produces intellectuals.  Except for [Stephen F.] Cohen and [John J.] Mearsheimer and a few others [Michael Brenner], the American Foreign Policy Effete advances its own private, personal and professional interests even when those are contrary to America’s best interests.  They are treasonous.”

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K          “Life presents many insoluble situations.  This was soluble.  This is the Cuban Missile Crisis played out in Eurasia rather than North America three score years later.  This is the Monroe Doctrine advanced in another region.  The solution was simple and obvious.  And remember that genius is simple and obvious.”

J          “Putin invaded.  Period.”

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J          “China?  China owns the U.S.  Lock, stock and sinker.  Hook, line and barrel.”

K          “Okay, so we really do agree quite often.  What is the U.S. thinking when it antagonizes a country that should be neutralized and neutral and self-destructively drives that country closer to China.  Everyone should agree to leave Ukraine as a neutral buffer with NATO returning to the original borders.  Let’s focus on the real problem.”

J          “I know I am.  I am learning Mandarin so that I can interpret the conversations of the prison guards at the re-education camp.”

K          “This undertaking in Ukraine is a beta test for China.  They are taking notes.  When you are done with them, send over a few of the language tapes.” 

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J          “Putin’s War.”

K          “Biden’s War.”

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[See “Experts Warned For Years That NATO Expansion Would Lead To This” dated February 25, 2022 by Caitlin Johnstone, the recipient of the Fourth Annual Pushitzer Prize In Commentary For 2019 (April 15, 2019), in www.caitlinjohnstone.com and also the articles in Consortium News.]

[See the e-commentary at Cuba – October, 1962 (October 22, 2012), Washington Wants War In The Worst Way:  Dust Off The IOSAT Or Return To The Status Quo Ante Bellum? (January 24, 2022), Dragon < Eagle > Bruin; Dragon + Bruin > Eagle (April 19, 2021), Sanctions:  Stupid, Absurd, Futile?  Oh, And Happy Armistice Day / Remembrance Day / Veterans Day! (November 11, 2019) and The China-Russia Affair: Advancing The Petro-Yuan; Dictating The Future (March 26, 2018).]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Putin’s War

Biden’s War

Stop War: Stop Putin

Stop War: Stop Biden

I like J

I like K

Dragon < Eagle > Bruin; Dragon + Bruin > Eagle

N. Propaganda R. Transcribed:  “Get Vaccinated.  Attack Russia.”  Oh, And Happy Presidents’ Day! (February 21, 2022)

Posted in Newspapers, NPR, Press/Media, Russia, War on February 21, 2022 by e-commentary.org

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K          “Three of the clearest headed individuals double-checked the transcript.  This is the complete and unedited transcript compiled from every NPR program over the last month:

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This list was carefully spell checked.  I admit that the NPR people did a short and insightful segment on the biathlon in the past month.  Bill Gates gave millions and millions and millions to NPR, Public Radio International, WETA, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Minnesota Public Radio, BBC and other organizations and controlled every aspect of the Virus message.”

J          “Everyone should get vaccinated or be forced to get vaccinated.  America and the allies should attack and destroy Russia.  NPR is just doing its part.  They are not being funded to present a variety of viewpoints and allow the listener to decide.  That is not how it works or should work.”

K          “NPR is not working.  For someone who has contributed a lot of money to and sacrificed a lot of time for NPR over the decades, this former listener is redirecting money and time to challenge America’s propaganda machine.  And then there are the NYT, WP and WSJ that want war uber alles.  The assaults and the attacks on the minds of the American people are unrelenting.”

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[See MintPress Study: NY Times, Washington Post Driving US to War with Russia Over Ukraine dated February 4, 2022 by Alan Macleod in the Mint Press, a credible and courageous newspaper guided by Whitney Webb, the recipient of the Fifth Annual Pushitzer Prize In Commentary For 2020 (May 4, 2020).]

[See the e-commentary at National People’s Radio?; National Public Radio?; National Petroleum Radio?; National Propaganda Radio? (June 11, 2018), [Don’t] Support Public Media? (June 10, 2019), Tulsi, MSM, NYT, CNN, FOX, MSNBC, Real News, Fake News, Neo-McCarthyism.  Oh, And Happy Halloween! (October 28, 2019), “Regulatory Capture” and “Journalism Capture” (November 22, 2021) and Boycott (Advertisers On) AM (Anger Mongering) Radio (March 5, 2011).]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Get vaccinated.  Attack Russia  (Sold at an NPR fundraiser)

Don’t get vaccinated.  Don’t attack Russia  (Sold at a fundraiser to defund NPR and fund honest and objective journalism)

“Keep in mind, the news media are not independent; they are a sort of bulletin board and public relations firm for the ruling class-the people who run things.  Those who decide what news you will or will not hear are paid by, and tolerated purely at the whim of, those who hold economic power.  If the parent corporation doesn’t want you to know something, it won’t be on the news.  Period.  Or, at the very least, it will be slanted to suit them, and then rarely followed up.”  George Carlin

Washington Wants War In The Worst Way:  Dust Off The IOSAT Or Return To The Status Quo Ante Bellum? (January 24, 2022)

Posted in Europe, NATO, Neoconservatives, Russia, War on January 24, 2022 by e-commentary.org

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K          “If Trumpi says one word about the stuff [IOSAT], he will trigger the NYT, WP, NY, CNN and MSDNC.  And the PMC.  And they are desperately trying to trigger a war.  They so want to go ballistic, but they want to go ballistic on Russia.”

J          “We live in vexing times.”

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K          “The callow pencil neck chickenhawk members of the ruling class are so eager to condemn the kids of the working class to death and dismemberment for their own ends.”

J          “I don’t trust Russia.  Period.  Something needs to be done.”

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K          “Even Germany – yes Germany – is even counseling caution and restraint and even-handedness.”

J          “They had their tussle with them.  They have gone mano-a-mano with the Russians.  They know.”

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J          “In 1994, Ukraine signed an agreement with the U.S., U.K. and Russia known as the 1994 Budapest Memorandum of Security Assurances under which it gave up its nuclear arsenal in return for certain assurances including independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity.  And that there would be no use of force or threat of force against Ukraine.”

K          “Everyone should honor that agreement.  What about U.S. Secretary of State James Baker’s famous “not one inch eastward” assurance about NATO expansion in his meeting with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev on February 9, 1990?  That was a part of a cascade of assurances about Soviet security given by Western leaders to Gorbachev and other Soviet officials.  And then the U.S. marched country by country up to Russia’s doorstep.  The U.S. would not tolerate Russia putting proxy troops in Canada and Mexico.”

J          “The agreement is not in writing.”

K          “Now you are thinking like a typical scheming American-trained lawyer.  You are actually thinking like a typical scheming American-trained American.  The allegation is so American and reflects American gamesmanship and skullduggery.  An agreement is an agreement.  Enforce the 1990 and the 1994 agreements.” 

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K          “An old experienced law professor who taught comparative law in American and European law schools for over two score years shared his settled observations about the fundamental difference in training and perspective between American-trained lawyers and European-trained lawyers.  With some exceptions, an American-trained lawyer first asks:  “Can we get away with it?”  With some exceptions, an European-trained lawyer first asks:  “Is it lawful?”  Europe needs some European not American thinking.”

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J          “Sort of trust but definitely verify.”

K          “Distrust but clarify.”

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K          “There is one clear and obvious solution.  Go back to the status quo ante bellum.  NATO membership is restricted to the original nations.  Is it worth going nuclear for something that is a fundamental concern of Russia but not a fundamental concern of the U.S. or the West?”

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[See the e-commentary at NATO: Nations Aggressively Taking Over (March 31, 2014), NATOExit? NATOExeunt? (July 4, 2016), Guitar / Drum ; Dove / Hawk ; Pax / War. Oh, And Happy Memorial Day! (May 27, 2019), Dragon < Eagle > Bruin; Dragon + Bruin > Eagle (April 19, 2021), Russian Interference; Russian Collusion.   Epilogue (March 25, 2019), Impeachment Imbroglio.  Oh, And Happy Saint Nicholas Day! (December 2, 2019), Johnnie Bolton:  The Triumph Of the Chickenhawks And Neo-Cons.  Join Fellow Patriots For The “April 14 Rally” And The Memorial Day “March For America”.  Oh, And Happy April Fool’s Day! (April 2, 2018) and Giuliani – Draft Dodger And Chickenhawk (March 2, 2015).]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Give war a chance

Russia wants war: Look how close they put their country to our military bases.

There are few things more vexing than trying to encourage a human being to think independently.

Dragon < Eagle > Bruin; Dragon + Bruin > Eagle (April 19, 2021)

Posted in AIIB, China, CIPS, Cryptocurrency, Currency, NATO, Petrodollar, Pushitzer Prize In Commentary, Russia, Sanctions, SWIFT on April 19, 2021 by e-commentary.org

[The announcement of the 2021 recipient of the Pushitzer Prize in Commentary is postponed from today to June 7, 2021.]

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J          “China won; China one; U.S. none; U.S. done.  With each passing day, the Chinese military is outflanking the bloated pork barrel project that is the U.S. military without touching off a round or launching a missile.  CIPS is swiftly circuiting and circumventing SWIFT.  National currencies, gold, silver and cryptos are supplanting the PetroDollar.  Technology that was lifted is now legally acquired.  Critical resources that were purloined are now purchased.”

K          “For decades, the Eagle kept the Dragon and the Bruin in their corners.  Now the Dragon and the Bruin have found common ground to overcome their considerable differences, challenge their common enemy and push the Eagle into a corner it does not even recognize.  The vote in 2015 on the AIIB was the most revealing of the ultimate winner and the ultimate loser.”

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K          “The U.S. is desperate to start and expand more wars and is looking to fight Russia or use proxies to fight Russia.  The Bruin is going to be a bear.”

J          “I am as uneasy about Russia as I am about China, but the U.S. should not go knocking on the Russian door and starting a fight on the Russian door step.  When I walked the streets in different cities, I was struck by the steely resolve of the people that is totally absent in the U.S.”

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K          “Our goose is cooked.”

J          “We are dead ducks.”

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[See the e-commentary on China at “Seeing 2020: Panda + Bruin > Eagle. Oh, And Happy Chinese New Year! (January 27, 2020)”, “China:  “The Silent Takeover” Overtakes Silently.  Oh, And Happy Chinese New Year! (February 4, 2019)”, “The China-Russia Affair: Advancing The Petro-Yuan; Dictating The Future (March 26, 2018)”, “AIIB: China: 1; U.S.A.: 0? (April 6, 2015)”, “The Silent Takeover (May 23, 2011)”, “The Odd Couple – China & The U. of S.A. (January 12, 2009)” and China, The 800(0) Lb. Panda (November 20, 2006)”.]

[See the e-commentary on Russia in particular on the inefficacy of sanctions at “Sanctions:  Stupid, Absurd, Futile?  Oh, And Happy Armistice Day / Remembrance Day / Veterans Day! (November 11, 2019)” and “Russian Interference; Russian Collusion (February 26, 2018)”.]

[See the e-commentary on the threat to world peace posed by NATO at “NATOExit? NATOExeunt? (July 4, 2016)”.]

Bumper sticker of the week:

Dragon < Eagle > Bruin; Dragon + Bruin > Eagle    

Seeing 2020: Panda + Bruin > Eagle. Oh, And Happy Chinese New Year! (January 27, 2020)

Posted in China, Covid / Coronavirus, Russia on January 27, 2020 by e-commentary.org

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K          “Panda < Eagle > Bruin ; Panda + Bruin > Eagle”

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K          “And no one sees it.”

J          “No one wants to see it.”

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[See the e-commentary at “AIIB:  China: 1; U.S.A.: 0? (April 6, 2015)”; “The China-Russia Affair: Advancing The Petro-Yuan; Dictating The Future (March 26, 2018)”; “China:  “The Silent Takeover” Overtakes Silently.  Oh, And Happy Chinese New Year! (February 4, 2019)” and “Globalization:  Colonization Without The Costs; Corporations Supplant Countries.  Oh, And Happy Bastille Day! (July 15, 2019)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Panda < Eagle > Bruin ; Panda + Bruin > Eagle

Coronavirus:  Black Swan?

May you live in interesting times

China:  “The Silent Takeover” Overtakes Silently.  Oh, And Happy Chinese New Year! (February 4, 2019)

Posted in Book Reference, China, Climate, Collapse, Global Climate Change, Limits To Growth, Russia on February 4, 2019 by e-commentary.org

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J          “Global climate change, as a product and by-product of human activity and avarice, is the greatest threat to the Planet.  China, particularly affiliated with Russia and other countries, is the greatest threat on this threatened Planet to the U.S. and thus to the West.”

K          “That does make you wonder who the bachelor will pick this week.  The lethargic but lovable American people are in many ways the greatest threat on this threatened Planet to the threatened U.S.”

J          “The Chinese and their colleagues and cohorts are snatching the mantle and the future from the West in plain sight, yet the theft is unseen and unknown by most Americans.” 

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J          “China has many if not most of the rare-earth elements on Earth under control or contract.  China has a substantial horde of gold and silver in hand not under contract.  China has growing hordes of hungry consumers who could drive the Chinese economy into prosperity or drive the Chinese economy into penury . . . or a mix of both.” 

K          “China continues to colonize Africa economically not militarily.  China is following the Western play book developed and delineated in Confessions Of An Economic Hit Man, the economic and financial equivalent and update of a Chinese creation, The Art Of War.  China is manufacturing indentured servants and vassals throughout the world.” 

J          “The ‘Hit Man’ preyed on Latin America.  China has investments in Venezuela and may not cotton to the U.S. stealing its oil and the gold.  The flash point may not be in Asia.”

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J          “Chinese authorities can flip a switch and trip a chip nestled in any random grid-tied solar panel and trigger a systemic grid shutdown . . . and only by lifting a finger.  China may be able to monitor conversations in subway cars.  China has stolen intellectual property and yet now just buys the companies and acquires the technology.  China can do things we do not even know they can do.”

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K          “Three decades ago, friends parked their BMW rig at the airport on their way to China and returned to share pictures of people pulling and riding rickshaws.  Now the Chinese are driving the BMWs.  There simply are not enough resources on the threatened Planet to allow Americans to continue driving BMWs.  We must turn over the keys and share the resources.  America must now take its turn at the wheel pulling and riding rickshaws.”

J          “I see it.  In short order, there will be an ad for ‘Rick’s Rickshaws.  The Best in the West’ advertised during the Stupor Bowl.”    

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K          “The world knows where this is heading and how this ends.  The first worldwide vote in the history of humankind to determine the ‘Empire of the Future’ was conducted and completed in 2015 with the most lopsided outcome in the history of humankind.  China was endorsed and embraced by the whole world; U.S.A. was shunned and sidelined with a few stragglers.”

J          “It was not a plebiscite because the plebes did not vote.  It was an elitescite because only the elite voted.  And they voted clearly and loudly and in their interest.”

K          “America was in first place among the losers.”

J          “America was the runner up and is out of the running.”

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J          “We are in trouble.  Big trouble.  Big.  Big.  Trouble.”

K          “We can scribe tomorrow’s history in today’s journals not as history happens but before history even happens.  In real time.  Today’s Toynbee.  Gibbon.  Spengler.  Bachelorette number 3, I say.”

J          “We do not know it and we do not get it.”

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[See the article titled “The Big Hack:  How China Used a Tiny Chip to Infiltrate U.S. Companies” in “Bloomberg Businessweek” magazine by Jordan Robertson and Michael Riley dated October 4, 2018, “Clandestine Chips Are The Perfect Hack And Technology Needs To Catch Up” in “Forbes” magazine by Anna-Katrina Shedletsky dated October 4, 2018, “Senators urge Metro to guard against Chinese spying in new subway cars” in “The Washington Post” by Robert McCartney dated January 19, 2019 and the poetic challenge by Greta Thunberg to the Davos crowd and the crowded denizens of the world on January 25, 2019.]

[See the discussion between an old Chinese party official (C1) and a young comrade (C2) eight years ago transcribed in an earlier e-commentary at “The Silent Takeover (May 23, 2011)” reprinted below; a discussion by two concerned American citizens, A and B, regarding the results of the election to determine the ‘Empire of the Future’ in “AIIB:  China: 1; U.S.A.: 0? (April 6, 2015)”; and an architectonic analysis of the world situation at “The China-Russia Affair: Advancing The Petro-Yuan; Dictating The Future (March 26, 2018)” that includes many links to other commentary and previous e-commentary.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

We.  Are.  In.  Big.  Trouble. 

The year of the pig

Pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered

The Silent Takeover (May 23, 2011)

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C1      “Take over America.  Of course we are.  You say that you have a better plan, comrade.”

C2      “The primary lesson of the Twentieth Century is that it is easier to take by investment than by invasion.”

C1      “Clear thinking, little butterfly.  Invasion is costly and ineffective.  Invasion only assists the defense industry.  You can eat butter; you can’t eat a gun.  We focused our spending on efficient invasion technology.  We are letting the Americans spend on offensive technology to allow them to go bankrupt.”

C2      “They are already bankrupt.”

C1      “They are.  They are also too big to fail, but not too big to own and operate efficiently.”

C2      “Increase the purchases of t-bills and t-bonds by another fifty percent to a holding of 1.5 Trillion U.S.  They will be worthless, but they are one of the tickets to control.”

C1      “We will decide what they are worth later.”

. . .

C2      “America has an unproductive class of third-rate minds and fifth-rate characters who suck staggering amounts of money without contributing anything of value.  They are identified as CEOs, CFOs, COOs, and their like and ilk.  They run companies and run them into the ground.”

C1      “Comrade, we plan to teach them how capitalism really works.  Survival of the fittest.  They are not fit.  They will not survive.”

C2      “They do not have a working market for talent at the top of American corporations.  The market is broken . . . and fixed.  The brigands and hooligans run the companies.  The American schooling institutions feed and fuel the broken market.”

C1      “The brigands and hooligans will be fixed like the mongrel dogs they are.  They will be sent to regional re-education camps . . . to be re-educated.”

C2      “Were they ever educated?”

C1      “Very good.  You will go far.  What about the cyberfun we are having with them.”

C2      “You should taunt them with simple technology and gauge what they have to combat the efforts.”

C1      “We can send a message internally to the Seventh Fleet to ‘stand-down’ at any time that looks like it is one of their own.  We can even send a message to have the crew stand on their heads.”

C2      “We can?  What will you do with the people?  The people do not produce.”

C1      “We provide the goods and the money to buy the goods for now.  They will be allowed to consume as long as it is in our interest to allow them to consume.”

. . .

C2      “We have our own domestic problems.”

C1      “Not if we don’t acknowledge them.”

C2      “Look at the problems we don’t acknowledge.”

C1      “Who asked you?”

C2      “Our comrades are becoming . . . filthy running dog consumers.  We are creating our own mess.”

. . .

C2      “I have another plan.  What if we tried to work with them?  Why don’t we have a beer with Gary.”

. . .

Bumper stickers of the week:

Is it possible to go through the day and encounter something or anything not made out of oil and not made in China?

Gary Locke – nominated to be the Ambassador to China.  O’Bama’s most astute and foresighted appointment.

The China-Russia Affair: Advancing The Petro-Yuan; Dictating The Future (March 26, 2018)

Posted in AIIB, China, CIPS, Cryptocurrency, Currency, Cyberactivities, Gold, Guns, INE, International Finance, International Monetary Fund, Money, Russia, SDR - Special Drawing Rights, Second Amendment, Silver, Special Drawing Rights (SDR), Sports, SWIFT, World's Reserve Currency on March 26, 2018 by e-commentary.org

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K          “In the past, the United States played and promoted with some skill the tension and animosity between China and Russia.  The United States has behaved so abysmally and monstrously that even the Chinese and the Russians are flirting with each other.”

J          “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.  Yet nations do not have enemies or friends, only interests.  They have allied to advance their common interests in confronting a common enemy.”

K          “When the United States drives the Chinese and Russians to embrace and play well together, the U.S. is in trouble.”

J          “The U.S. has proudly and defiantly positioned itself to be the world’s worst enemy.”

. . .

J          “The National Security Strategy document signed by President Trumpi on December 18 unwisely exacerbates the U.S. and China-Russia divide and further alienates the U.S. from the world.” 

K          “China is launching its crude oil futures contract today at the Shanghai International Energy Exchange (INE).  China and Russia have been swiftly designing and perfecting a system described as the China Interbank Payment System (CIPS) to send and receive information about and to reconcile financial transactions.  The system will circumvent and ultimately undermine the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) controlled by the U.S.”

J          “They are also establishing the Petro-Yuan to replace the Petro-Dollar to facilitate transactions facilitated by the CIPS and to make investments funded by the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).  That allows the Chinese and Russians, at the time of their choosing, to dump U.S. Treasuries and equities and buy up and demand the physical delivery of all gold and silver.  The Big Jolt will shift the geopolitical tectonic plates in a short time.”

K          “The U.S. will respond by dropping every bomb in its arsenal all at once everywhere and assassinating any leaders who challenge its hegemony.”

. . .

K          “The Chinese are building the One Belt One Road Initiative and uniting countries and continents, but the U.S. has a hard time tightening its economic belt and fixing one road.”

. . .

K          “The U.S. could do a whole lot more to slow or stop the wholesale theft of intellectual property by China.”

J          “His company was uneasy about filling the order from China for just a single unit.  Three years later, they discovered that an entire plant is producing dozens of them daily.”

K          “Now they do not even need to reverse engineer a product.  Just hack the computer and download the plans.”

J          “When Chinese technology was used to commandeer an American drone, I knew the situation was bleak.”

. . .

J          “A few weeks ago, someone on a lunch break called into a radio call-in show and questioned the genius of the U.S. strategy.”

K          “At some point, everyone will be calling in and asking why the prices at Walmart are suddenly what they were at Nordstroms the previous month.”

. . .

J          “The rest of the world may accept or be forced to accept a gold-backed currency for some time.  However, after securing control, the Sino-Russian Alliance will be free to impose a fiat cryptocurrency using something much more sophisticated than the rudimentary blockchain technology and perhaps a refined version of the Hashgraph technology.”

K          “But will the U.S. have enough bombs to drop on the rest of the world?”

. . .

K          “The Chinese and the Russians were playing chess and the U.S. was playing checkers; now the Sino-Russian Alliance is playing weiqi and Trumpi is playing tiddlywinks.”

J          “Trumpi is playing with himself and playing with our futures.  And they are playing doubles while the U.S. is playing singles.” 

. . .

[See “China plans to break petrodollar stranglehold” in “Asia Times” by Pepe Escobar dated December 21, 2017 and “The World Will Not Mourn The Decline of U.S. Hegemony” in “Truthdig” by Paul Street dated February 20, 2018.]

[See the e-commentary titled “World’s Reserve Currency War I = Cold War 2.0 = WW III (?) (September 8, 2014)”, “AIIB: China: 1; U.S.A. 0? (April 6, 2015)”, “The Mandibles, FRNs, SDRs, IMF, G20, WTD! (September 5, 2016)”, “USA + FRN/PD — > IMF + SDR — > NDB + UMU? The “Universal Monetary Unit” . . . Coming To a Planet Near You (January 2, 2017)” and “One World Currency? (January 8, 2018)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Panda < Eagle > Bruin; Panda + Bruin > Eagle  

CIPS > SWIFT; AIIB > World Bank; INE > Brent + WTI; Petro-Yuan > Petro-Dollar:  [ergo] -> Panda + Bruin > Eagle.  Game, Set, Match.  Fin.

Currency Wars -> Trade Wars -> War Wars

America First -> American Last

Some signs at the “March For Our Lives” March on March 24:

Orange lies matter

Owner for reform

The scariest part of school should be a pop quiz

More 4.0 Less 5.56

We call BS

Hold handguns

When I grow up, I want to be alive

If I am killed by a gun, don’t bury me, just dump my body on the Capitol steps

Bullets are not school supplies

Enough / Bastante

My life is worth more than your guns

No more silence  End gun violence

Arm me with books not bullets

Need test to drive  Why not to shoot?

Protect kids not guns

Moms demand attention

Am I next?

Gun owner for gun control

No Rational Argument

21st century technology, 18th century laws

Too old to create change, step aside and we’ll do it

Never again

Some tweet  We march

NRA  Modern Day Mafia

Mental health not personal wealth

Respect our existence or expect our resistance

Thoughts Prayers Action

My students are more important than your guns

Enough is Enough

Mothers Against the NRA

#NeverAgain

Russian Interference; Russian Collusion (February 26, 2018)

Posted in Clinton, Elections, Guns, Rule of Law, Russia, Trumpi, War and Wall Street Party on February 26, 2018 by e-commentary.org

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K          “America has engaged in rampant election interference throughout the world for a very long time.  That is where Americans get the expression that something is ‘as American as apple pie and election interference’.  It is who we are.”

J          “America does not just interfere in elections, if the democratic process in a country lawfully produces an inconvenient outcome, America overthrows the government or assassinates the winner.”

K          “America is the beacon for the world and the city on the hill.”

J          “On some level, Americans should be proud that the Russians are emulating us.  They know a good thing when they see it.  And they are again stealing good things from us without a word of thanks.”

. . .    

K          “Russia appears to have given ammo cans of money to the National Rifle Association (NRA) to flood American voters with vile and evil propaganda.”

J          “Seems that the NRA subjected every NRA member to a steady flow of pro-Trumpi and anti-Clintoni propaganda each and every week and most days in the months before the election.”

K          “That Russian influence must be what has gotten the Republicans in such a tither.  They don’t like being in bed with the Commies.”

. . .

J          “I still don’t trust the Russians.  They are up to no good.”

K          “Who is up to yes good?”

. . .

K          “Keep in mind that the First Amendment limits government interference with speech and other forms of expression.  America and Americans have trouble with that truth when they don’t like someone’s speech.  Were the Russians engaging in anything nastier than the antics of the DNC and the RNC, the two divisions of the War and Wall Street Party?  No.  Did they have any greater impact than all the Dark Money that flooded the election courtesy of Citizens Disunited?  Not by a long shot.”

J          “I still don’t trust the Russians.  They are up to no good.”

. . .

J          “Collusion is a different animal.  When Americans work in concert with Russian operatives, we should all be concerned and ask questions.”

K          “Republicans may not adore Trumpi, but he is now the meal ticket and the money machine for them.  They have circled the wagons.  And something about the Clinton Global Initiative does not ring true.

J          “Republicans are anxious that Trumpi’s decades of money laundering for the Russians in real estate deals may not play well among good hearted Americans.  Trumpi’s deals violate enough federal laws to put him away in government-sponsored housing for two lifetimes.”

K          “Except that we do not live in a country that believes in or adheres to the rule of law.”

J          “There is that problem.”

. . . 

[See the e-commentary on the efficacy of the sanctions against Russia titled “World’s Reserve Currency War I = Cold War 2.0 = WW III (?) (September 8, 2014)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

We live in a country with many, many, many rules and many, many, many laws, but we do not live in a country that believes in or adheres to the rule of law.

You cannot get out of bed in the morning without violating some section of title 18 of the United States Code, the federal criminal code.  In fact, and as a matter of law, you cannot stay in bed in the morning without violating some section of title 18 of the United States Code, the federal criminal code.  In practice, the United States is a system of men not laws because men and women opt from the panoply of laws that punish all behavior and decide who is and who is not imprisoned.

There is no law.  There is only ideology.

Boycott the NRA

Boycott the National Rifle Association

DNC = RNC = WWP