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    There Is Likely No Withdrawal From Afghanistan

    The Gulf War occurred after then Iraqi president Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait. George H.W. Bush took Kuwait back from a dictator who had only a few years before been a tool of the West in a proxy war against Iran. Bush famously uttered “this aggression will not stand” and made a show of refraining from invading Iraq wholesale.

     

    The Christ with a thousand faces

     

    Elites of a crumbling empire entranced by a cult fixated on a criminal brutalized to death, preaching a gospel obsessed with the salvation of the oppressed, whose fervent adepts desecrate the symbols of civic authority.

    Rome or the US?

    My latest:https://t.co/Df882bkMS8

    — Antonio García Martínez (@antoniogm) August 24, 2021

     

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    The Last Country To Leave Stuff Behind In Afghanistan Dissolved

    Mikhail Gorbachev signed peace accords that led to a withdrawal of Afghanistan in 1989. The Soviet Union collapsed two years later, toward the end of 1991.

    Russia very quickly reverted to a similar system to what it once had and under Putin's leadership, it recreated many of the institutions of the Soviet Union, such as the KGB. However, it has an economy the size of Italy and its capabilities of coercing former Soviet republics are limited to what we saw with attacks on Crimea, Ukraine, or Georgia. It can't recreate the Soviet Union as a union of 15 republics.

    A Shameful Flight Last US Days in Kabul

    A frenzied U.S. flight from Kabul as chaos descends.   link

    "A frenzied evacuation of U.S. diplomats and civilians kicked into high gear, while Afghans made a mad dash to the banks, their homes and the airport. Crowds of people ran down the streets as the sound of gunfire echoed in downtown Kabul.

    Wuhan & the Rand Paul Fauci Quarrel

    Rand Paul and Fauci had a big quarrel today in the Senate, accusing, blaming, without talking, calm testimony and inquiry, about the heart of the topic, virus research, like that at Wuhan and elsewhere. Some funded by the NIH.

    They did not talk about what kinds of restrictions on virus research should exist or be tightened.

    Viruses were being created for infectious disease research in Wuhan.

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    My Thoughts About Cuba

    When the Soviet Union fell, there was adulation everywhere around the world and it was seen as a sign of "the end of history." (See book by the same title.) Everyone rejoiced except for the right wing in Russia, which recreated many of the institutions that existed during the USSR and put Vladimir Putin in charge of the task. (See the book Black Wind, White Snow.: The Rise of Russia's New Nationalism)

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    Andrew Yang has that Diamond Cutter

    I think Andrew Yang found a new calling - this is him with legendary professional wrestler Diamond Dallas Page. FYI he previously interviewed Nic Nimeth AKA Dolph Ziggler of WWE.

     

    [World Stage] Palestinians reject vaccines

    Go figure...

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    Russian Hacks?

    A business I work for got hacked and a forwarded racist rant message "Dr. Fauci's N!66ers" went viral. Various offensive documents with absurd, Ku Klux Klan sounding language were sent out under the auspices of staff. There was later a big apology for a security breach by the owner of the company.

    [People/Obsessions] Bitcoin Addiction

    ‘I put my life savings in crypto’: how a generation of amateurs got hooked on high-risk trading

    https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2021/jun/19/life-savings-in-cry... 

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    Homage to Amtrak

     

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    More on the Complex History of Autism

    Newly revealed information speculates that autism was pioneered by Soviet psychologists who wanted to integrate gifted children who had been marginalized socially. (A bit like the movie Elling.)

    The methods of psychologists like Grunya Sukhareva and Lev Vygotsky were duplicated in parts of Europe that were inspired by the Soviet experiment, including Germany. When the Nazis took over these clinics, people like Hans Asperger steered them in to grooming centers for super-children who were either seen as gifted stewards of the Reich or sent them to be euthanized.

    [Science] speeding up computation & the future

    Not just Moore's Law - improved algorithmic approach helps make critical calculations much much faster, bringing their practical use closer. 

    [Health] Are all births traumatic?

    As usual, these are birth anecdotes, not statistics, so the percent they represent is hard to say, nor does it address things like sheer numbers, costs, etc. But still worth considering, keeping in mind AA's note about the number of medical mistakes annually (my wife's was very good, but it was overseas and we got to pick the country!). Also, read the comments.

    https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/ellenoconnellwhittet/mothers-birth-...

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    Colbert Gets Tense With Jon Stewart

    There is a phrase in professional wrestling called "putting over." When you help sell another wrestler, that's putting them over. Jon Stewart helped put over Stephen Colbert over a very long period of time.

    Nevertheless, when Stewart came to conclusions Colbert didn't like about the origins of Covid-19, Colbert started deriding him immediately.

    Diblasio?

     

    Until the pandemic : Bill who?

    Grave  doubts whether he would rise to a challenge if there were one.

    There were was.  He did.

     

     

     

     

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    Thoughts: Forrest Gump, Porn and Falcon and the Winter Soldier

    The movie Forrest Gump popped in to my head recently. There's a scene, after having been wounded in Vietnam, where Forrest Gump's lieutenant, Dan, refuses to move or engage anything while in the hospital. He comes back to the United States and is homeless, wandering around, and, by the time him and Forrest set out on starting on a fishing business together, he's close to insane.

    Racializing a policy issue is counterproductive in U.S. politics

    Creating a narrative and promoting it for a political agenda

    This is how everyone savvy is doing it, yes ALL SIDES now, not just alt-right. It's our new paradigm. How MSM outlets deal with it, whether they filter it and create balance, or end up feeding certain agendas by covering what the aglorithms rule are hot, that's the thing:

    The Social Construction of Racism in the United States

    The Social Construction of Racism in the United States (Executive Summary, Table of Contents and PDF download at link)

    by Eric Kaufmann, April 7, published at Manhattan-Institute.org

    Foreword by Coleman Hughes

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    The Memory of Gene S. Park

    Back in 2016, when Donald Trump was on the verge of being elected, I lived with Gene S. Park in Lake Oswego, Oregon.

    Park was already an old man by that time. He had diabetes bad and experienced a lot of pain. When the Pulse nightclub shooting occurred on June 12, 2016 occurred, he was visibly upset, as was I. He became mean and vindictive at my fear and panicking, insulting me using ableist language. 

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