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Trump the Bullshitter

by Oui Tue Sep 4th, 2018 at 07:29:16 AM EST

Troubling ... Donald is no Sitting Bull!

Making America Great Again -  or the downfall of the empire: fiddling while Rome burns.

The greater Middle East sitting on a powder keg.

More below the fold ...

Little time at the moment ... more to follow!

Russia and Syria vow to 'wipe out terrorists' in Idlib | Al Jazeera |

The Syrian government and its major ally Russia have signalled that an all-out offensive to retake the last rebel-held province in Syria is only a matter of time, raising fears of a major humanitarian crisis.

Speaking at a press conference in Moscow with his Syrian counterpart Walid al-Muallem following a closed-door meeting, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stated that the majority of Syria had been "freed of terrorists", save for Idlib, a northeastern province bordering Turkey.

"What we need to do now is to wipe out those terrorist groups which persist, particularly within the de-escalation area of Idlib," he said.

"It is unacceptable that those terrorists particularly al-Nusra Front are using the de-escalation area of Idlib to attack the Syrian army and to also attack through drones the Russian military bases in the area," he added referring to Hay'et Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), which is dominated by a rebel faction previously known as al-Nusra Front before renouncing its ties to al-Qaeda.  

Russia softens up west for bloodbath it is planning in Syria's Idlib province | The Guardian |
Syria's Idlib: UN warns of chemical weapons, jihadis and humanitarian catastrophe | DW |
Syrian rebels blow up two bridges to hamper expected govt offensive in Idlib | Dawn Pakistan |

Already a racially divided America ... the election of Obama, Trump, Kavanaugh and this ad campaign by Nike will only accentuate the failing of the United States of America.

Colin Kaepernick becomes the face of Nike's Just Do It campaign | The Guardian |

Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who sparked controversy by kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial injustice, will be the face of a Nike advertising campaign for the 30th anniversary of its "Just Do It" motto.

Nike has endorsed Kaepernick since 2011 but has not featured him in campaigns since his departure from the NFL. Republican official resigns after calling kneeling NFL players 'baboons'

"We believe Colin is one of the most inspirational athletes of this generation, who has leveraged the power of sport to help move the world forward," the Nike executive Gino Fisanotti told ESPN. "We wanted to energize its meaning and introduce `Just Do It' to a new generation of athletes."

The protests during the national anthem, soon embraced by other players, raised the ire of some NFL fans, Republican politicians and President Donald Trump.



Germany: Chemnitz rocks against the far-right | DW |

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Tue Sep 4th, 2018 at 01:31:18 PM EST
This is a provocative connection to Trump's posturing over Idlib. Nationalism in one fist, patriotism in the other, both plunged in a bowl of bullshit.

I want to clear my head. (Speaking of bullshit, I was transcribing Tuesday's Twitter and Facebook testimony about advertising "incentivizing". ugh.) I think, at first, the NAZI filter isn't constructive, because each  foil for totalitarian ideology is comparatively obscure. So are expressions of political oppression in the USA, while military aggression outside the USA is not.

I want to think about my image of truth, epitomized by Trump's historical status, a little more, compose my thoughts and respond at length with prose.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Sep 6th, 2018 at 11:49:36 PM EST
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Preventing Chemical Weapons Use in Syria, 6 Sep
Statement Ambassador Karen Pierce, UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations at the Security Council Briefing on Syria Chemical Weapons

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Sep 7th, 2018 at 02:59:38 PM EST
I leave this link to fog of war, rumor, and just plain bullshit here for my future reference. I was startled to come across material purporting to represent demographic survey or census of enemy combatants in Idlib. (I'd been retrieving random reports of "bussing" surrendered rebels back to 2014, idly searching for reference to al-Assad's diabolical plan to "arm and fund" jihadists --an accusation so popular in the USA that it's the basis of at least on wrongful death suit by an American family)

Not only are the estimates dated (2015), the provenance of the data is mind-boggling. Syrian military escort, monitored by whomever, has been "evacuating" combatants and their families to the province --as they "liberate" each city. I'm having difficulty imagining how US (no "boots on the ground") intelligence or its informants administered the census.

I have still greater difficulty grasping the pertinence of demography to the latest R2P2 pretext for US militancy in Syria --more chemical warfare detection. I suspect, the author does not fully comprehend the value of "collateral damage" to non-essential personnel anywhere in Syria to the US War Effort against SYRIA. It is zero.

Also, I think, the author does not fully comprehend the value of a cease fire agreement with stateless POWs stored in Idlib to the Syiran War Effort against armed rebellion. It is zero.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Sep 9th, 2018 at 03:17:00 AM EST
Sixty years after Iraq's 1958 July 14 Revolution

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'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Tue Sep 11th, 2018 at 08:33:41 PM EST

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