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Bill Black: Trump Sees Europe as a “Foe” Because of Key Misinformed Advisor

New Economic Perspectives has the interview Bill Black: Trump Sees Europe as a “Foe” Because of Key Misinformed Advisor.

As I started to listen to this I was thinking that one of my favorite economists was going to say something that I didn’t like, but it turns out he was right on point for things after we got past the introduction.

If I had read the introduction below before I started watching the video, maybe I wouldn’t have been so nervous.

President Trump’s belief that the European Union’s trade policies are more unfair towards the United States than just about any other trading partner is woefully misinformed and the result of his reliance “nutcase” trade advisor Peter Navarro, says NEP’s Bill Black.

“Russian Hack an Inside Job?” Ray McGovern / VIPS Interview   Recently updated !

With my new insight that suddenly dawned on me as to what the VIPS analysisi of the DNC “hacks” is all about, I decided to do a Google search. This is what I came up with.

Here is the YouTube video “Russian Hack an Inside Job?” Ray McGovern / VIPS Interview published on Jul 29, 2017.

As I was watching this, I kept wondering how I could have missed seeing this until now. Only about 8,600 people have seen this YouTube video. How could that be?

I cupied the YouTube intro text and pasted it into my editor without really looking at it. It was then that I looked at an icon showing who published this, and then read the txt of what I had copied and pasted.

Ray McGovern of the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) joins LaRouchePAC to discuss a very important document released this week by the VIPS that debunks any idea that the DNC server was hacked by Putin and the Russians.

OMG! If I had realized who this came from before, maybe I wouldn’t have looked at it. Now that I have looked at it, I can’t very well keep it a secret.

OMG!, OMG!, as I published this post and went to where I could see the video that I had embedded, I wonder how I could have missed the banner that was down the side of the video.

OMG!, OMG!, OMG! In publishing this on Facebook, I just noticed that the left side banner is not displayed while the video is playing.

Bill Browder: Here’s the Biggest Mistake Putin Made When Trying to Get Access to Me Through Trump   Recently updated !

Time has this interesting article I’m Bill Browder. Here’s the Biggest Mistake Putin Made When Trying to Get Access to Me Through Trump.

Browder is the founder and CEO of Hermitage Capital Management and was the largest foreign investor in Russia until 2005. Since 2009 when his lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky, died in prison after uncovering a $230 million fraud committed by Russian government officials, Browder has been leading a campaign to expose Russia’s endemic corruption and human rights abuses.

It is hard to know who is lying here, as if only one person could be lying. At least I know who this guy is now. After reading how the Russian economy was almost sunk by the corrupt Harvard University consultants until Putin stepped in to set it straight, I have always had the feeling that the oligarchs Putin was going after were the ones who tried to take Russia down. Despite that feeling, I have never assumed I actually knew if I was right or not.

Perhaps if this is out in the open, we will finally find out what’s what. Of course, it could always turn into more Russia hysteria, or maybe I might even be convinced that Putin is really as evil as some people want me to believe. The third possibility is that I will never be able to figure it out. There are some things in life that we will never know the truth about.

July 18, 2018

Jared Paquette put me on to this video. Fire up your “You know” filters and listen to this video. I’ll cut to the chase to tell you that Bill Browder is the grandson of Earl Browder. Who was Earl Browder? What is Browderism?.

Debate: Is Trump-Putin Summit a “Danger to America” or Crucial Diplomacy Between Nuclear Powers?   Recently updated !

YouTube has the video Debate: Is Trump-Putin Summit a “Danger to America” or Crucial Diplomacy Between Nuclear Powers?

I think Glenn Greenwald does a darn good job here, but I know that there are many in the audience who will have their fingers plugging their ears, at least figuratively, when Greenwald speaks.

The debates are also on the Intercept at A Spirited, Substantive Debate on the Trump-Putin Summit, Russia, and U.S. Politics. This is thee article that has links to both parts of the debate, and more.

Here is the excellent second part of the debate.

As Glenn Greenwald did, you can only eloquently express your opinion, but you can’t necessarily change someone else’s opinion.

It’s the oil and gas, stupid   Recently updated !

In the Clinton administration lingo they might have said “It’s the oil and gas, stupid”

One piece of information that came out of the news conference was the reason we want to sanction Russia and to stop their pipeline to Germany. We have LNG (liquified natural gas) we want to sell to Europe, If Russia builds a pipeline that is more convenient to use than our LNG tankers, Europe will buy from Russia rather than the USA. Do the American people support using our military might to promote our commercial interests?

Time has published a press conference transcript in the article Read a Transcript of Trump and Putin’s Joint Press Conference.

TRUMP: Well, actually I called him a competitor. And a good competitor he is. And I think the word “competitor” is a compliment.

I think that we will be competing when you talk about the pipeline. I’m not sure, necessarily, that it’s in the best interests of Germany or not, but that was a decision that they made. We’ll be competing — as you know, the United States is now — or soon will be, but I think it actually is right now the largest in the oil and gas world.

So we’re going to be selling LNG, and we’ll have to be competing with the pipeline and I think will compete successfully, although there is a little advantage locationally.

So I just wish them luck. I mean, I did. I discussed with Angela Merkel in pretty strong tones. But I also know where they’re all coming from and they have a very close source. So we’ll see how that all works out.

PUTIN (THROUGH TRANSLATOR): If I may, I’d throw in some two cents.

We talked to Mr. President, including this subject as well.

We are aware of the stance of President Trump, and I think that we, as a major oil and gas power, and the United States as a major oil and gas power as well, we could work together on regulation of international markets, because neither of us is actually interested in the plummeting of the prices. And the consumers will suffer as well, and the consumers in the United States will suffer as well. And the shale gas production will suffer. Because beyond a sudden price breakup (ph), it’s no longer profitable to — to produce gas.

But nor we are interested in driving prices up, because it will drain just as — just as from all other sectors of the economy, from (inaudible) building (ph), et cetera. So we do have space for cooperation here. That’s the first thing.

Then about the Nord Stream 2, Mr. President voiced his concerns about the possibility of disappearance of transit through Ukraine. And I reassured Mr. President that Russia stands ready to maintain this transit. Moreover, we stand ready to extend this transit contract that’s about to expire next year in case — if the dispute between the economic entitles — dispute will be settled in the Stockholm arbitration court.

Putin-Trump meeting in Helsinki: News conference following summit   Recently updated !

YouTube has the video Putin-Trump meeting in Helsinki: News conference following summit.

Since I have no powers of mind control, I am sure you will make of this video what you will.

<sarcasm>Don’t blame me if you start having strange hallucinations after watching this. Maybe you should scrub your computer of CIA malware after you click on this.</sarcasm>

Indictment of 12 Russians: Under the Shiny Wrapping, a Political Act

Truthdig has the article Indictment of 12 Russians: Under the Shiny Wrapping, a Political Act.

Now, here is an analysis of what is going on that is based on a calm consideration of what we know and what we don’t know. This would be of significant influence if people were of a mind for calm consideration. However, usually fearmongering cannot be beaten by rationality.

Let me see if I can find something in the article to quote to give you even a hint at all the article contains. Let me leave it at this.

In the connection of known factual details to assumed actors and motives, the quote below states a truth we all need toi remember.

That’s the point of an indictment, however — it doesn’t exist to provide evidence beyond a reasonable doubt, but rather to provide only enough information to demonstrate probable cause.

Fiscal hawks’ tales of doom do not fly with the young   Recently updated !

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez posted on Facebook about the Financial Times article Fiscal hawks’ tales of doom do not fly with the young.

Her is an excerpt from her post.

Ever notice how the “how do you pay for it” argument is selectively employed against working class benefits?

I started reading the article itself. Here is something they failed to adequately debunk.

A prime example of this can be found in the warnings from some fiscal hawks about how financial markets would be overwhelmed by the wave of government bonds needed to fund the stimulus.

In debunking this the Financial Times fails to point out that these bonds, which are required by law but not required to “finance” the stimulus, actually cancels out the stimulative and inflationary impact of the package. In order to get am actual and full stimulus, the Fed would have to buy all the bonds. In other words, one arm of the government would have to buy all the bonds sold by another arm of the government.

Nicaragua: Legitimacy And Human Rights

After listening to some propaganda about Nicaragua on NBC Nightly News, I decided to check in with Telesur to see if possibly we were only getting the side of the USA backed regime change rebels.

Telesur has the article Nicaragua: Legitimacy And Human Rights.

Clearly, Amnesty International and the IACHR have deliberately covered up that reality and misled international opinion, faithlessly exploiting their image as defenders of human rights, just as they do on Venezuela and Cuba. Even so, despite the extreme violence and the egregious dishonesty of its apologists, the U.S.-backed right-wing opposition coup to oust President Daniel Ortega has failed. People in Nicaragua overwhelmingly support efforts to return to normality and a political solution to the crisis. The Nicaraguan authorities will tolerate the IACHR’s theatricals for another few months before the OAS circus eventually moves on. Defeated opposition leaders hoped to impose their coup, failed because they lacked popular support, and now have to accept what the Sandinista government is prepared to agree as the sovereign power in Nicaragua. Miguel Ramos did not die in vain.

Now that we understand the illegitimacy of any regime change sponsored by the USA, it is transparently easy to detect propaganda from our corporate media. For one thing, they will never cover the government side of the issue. Why do they continue to think their reporting will seem to be fair and balanced when they only cover one side?

4 Keys to Getting Into and Staying in Flow   Recently updated !

Medium has the article 4 Keys to Getting Into and Staying in Flow.

2. Avoid Interruptions

One focused hour a day of uninterrupted creation time can turn almost anyone into a prolific creator, the key work being “uninterrupted.” When we get interrupted, it kicks us out of flow. In fact it can take up to 15 minutes to get back into flow after an interruption. Designate at least some small part of your day to be completely free of interruptions.

I got reminded by this when someome posted the following image on Facebook.

At one work place I complained about the public address system constantly saying “Attention, Attention please. Paging Joe Blow.” I finally convinced them about the affects of such interruptions. They went to individual pagers instead. This was in the days before cell phones, for those who can remember back that far.

I first read about the concept of being in the flow in the book Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams.