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Posted: Jul 22, 2024 - 11:17am

US general wants 'Marshall Plan' to counter China in LatAm
A top U.S. military general wants a "Marshall Plan" for Latin America but is likely more concerned about China's encroachment into America's backyard with "dual use" infrastructure than about what poor people in the Global South actually need.

But then again, Gen. Laura Richardson, SOUTHCOM commander, is a military officer, not a diplomat or humanitarian program lead at USAID.

Richardson told an audience at the Aspen Security Forum last week that the U.S. has been MIA in the region while Russia and especially China has been exploiting the post-COVID economic downturn with both military outreach (Russia recently in Cuba) and development projects (Beijing's Belt and Road). That is why Washington needs to offer its own "Marshall Plan" to Latin America, which it views as it its own sphere of influence.

She said 22 of the 31 countries in the region have signed on to the Belt and Road development program.

“How are we competing Team USA and Team Democracy with the tenders that are coming out from (other) countries? How are we getting our U.S. quality investment and talking about our U.S. companies investing in the region? We have a lot of companies in the region. I don’t think we’re branding Team USA as we should. It should be better. We’ve got to be bragging about what U.S. quality investment does,” she said. (...)

Therein lies the crux of the situation. On one hand she is absolutely right. As in Africa, Global South countries are reacting to economic outreach from China and Russia because a) they need it and America (private nor public) isn't in the game and b) help from China and Russia doesn't appear to come with as many strings as U.S. assistance might demand. She may also be on point that there are a dearth of high-level visits and attention to the region, giving the very real impression that Latin America is an afterthought.

But we should also ask why the military is taking the lead on asking the real questions here. Where are the diplomats? Is this just another argument for putting more military eyes and assets in the region?

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Posted: Jul 20, 2024 - 1:43pm

How Americans Justify Political Violence
Partisan support for the killing of adversaries is much more widespread than anyone wants to admit.
Among the world’s historically stable democracies, America has a particularly complicated relationship with the idea of political violence. This is, after all, a country born out of violent struggle, as the T-shirts and bumper stickers and speeches at any Republican event endlessly attest. This is also a country where the major expansions of civil rights, from Emancipation to desegregation, happened under the fact or threat of state violence, and where few on the left are willing to categorically condemn violent protest in the name of social justice. It is a country where many still nod at Thomas Jefferson’s aphorism that “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants,” or to Malcolm X vowing “by any means necessary.” (...)

In a June survey, the political scientists Nathan P. Kalmoe and Lilliana Mason, who have conducted a yearslong study exploring American attitudes toward political violence, found that about 20 percent of respondents believed that political violence was at least sometimes justified. A full 60 percent — up from 40 percent four years ago — believed it was at least sometimes justified if people from the other political party committed an act of violence first, figures that varied little between Republicans and Democrats. In their discomfiting 2022 book “Radical American Partisanship,” they argue that “rather than asking whether Americans support political violence, the better question is when.” (...)

In February 2021, Kalmoe and Mason, the political scientists, asked a sample of Americans whether it was justified for members of their party to kill opposing political leaders to advance their political goals. Twelve percent of Republicans and 11 percent of Democrats replied that it was. “Generalizing to the population of American partisans,” they write, “means roughly 20 million who endorse assassinating U.S. leaders.”

If the acceptance of political violence in America has been with us since the beginning, its contours have changed, in important and alarming ways. Since the 1990s, as Americans have sorted themselves into sharply diverging ideological and cultural camps along partisan lines, citizens on opposite sides of this divide have come to think of each other in decreasingly human terms. In 2017, Kalmoe and Mason found that 60 percent of Republicans and Democrats believed that the other party was a “threat”; 40 percent believed it was “evil”; 20 percent believed its members were “not human.” All three figures rose over Trump’s presidency — more for Republicans than Democrats, but not by much.

The result is a climate of what Kalmoe and Mason call “moral disengagement.” It is not violence, but an essential precursor, and it has reshaped the language of political violence in this country — and its targets. Rhetoric that two or three decades ago might have been directed at the federal government is now directed at other partisans, too.

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Posted: Jul 18, 2024 - 11:13am

Neocons are melting down over JD Vance
Some of the reflexive militarism of Bush-Cheney era is fading and many Republicans are having a hard time with it
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Posted: Jul 17, 2024 - 3:46pm

Menendez's corruption is just the tip of the iceberg
Worst of all is that most of it's legal

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Posted: Jul 16, 2024 - 12:59pm

If this isn't America....

Some story editor /producer must have had Blues Brothers in the back of their mind.


Allthewhile I think of a well manufactured burrito, potentially being of a higher mean vibration spiritually, than Umrika's prime time entertainment blasted throughout all available frequencies in the neighbourhood and even around the corner, even though they don't come along for free.

No, I don't want your karma. Not anyone's.


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Posted: Jul 12, 2024 - 9:35am

Can NATO Really Cut Off China?
It’s unlikely that the alliance can fully prevent Chinese companies from fueling Russia’s war machine.
We need a rational discussion about the Russian threat
Is Moscow about to 'move on to Poland' after Ukraine like Biden says? Not exactly
Understanding the intentions of a potential adversary is one of the most important yet most difficult challenges that any statesman faces. Underestimating a state’s aggressive intent can discourage the prudent defensive preparations necessary to deter a war, as happened in the prelude to World War II. Overestimating it can produce a cycle of increasingly threatening military measures that spirals into a conflict neither side has sought, as happened in the run up to World War I.

Finding the sweet spot between these poles is critical in dealing with Russian intentions toward NATO, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this week at a summit meeting in Washington. Getting the balance between deterrence and diplomacy right is particularly important given Russia’s massive arsenal of nuclear weapons, which makes the stakes of any descent into direct conflict between Russia and NATO potentially existential.

But to judge from NATO rhetoric, no such delicate balance is required: the Russia challenge is regarded as a modern reprise of Nazi Germany’s aggression, and the chief danger facing the alliance is thought to be the temptation to appease and thereby invite further Russian conquest. Hence President Biden’s recent assertion that if the Russian military is not stopped decisively in Ukraine, it will “move on to Poland and other places.” (...)

To imagine that Russia would initiate a war with NATO when it has shown little ability to conquer, let alone occupy and govern, the vast bulk of Ukrainian territory is to impute a degree of irrationality to the Kremlin well beyond what it has demonstrated to date.

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Posted: Jul 11, 2024 - 8:45am

Declassified docs: US knew Russia felt 'snookered' by NATO
Clinton officials understood Moscow's objection to eastward expansion
US Announces It Will Deploy Previously Banned Nuclear-Capable Missiles To Germany

Russian Officials Vow Response to US Missile Deployment to Germany
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Posted: Jul 9, 2024 - 3:04pm

Dairy farming in the US as it is could well be the next step in gain-of-function produce of lethal viruses (H5N1++) from the US on a world-wide industrial scale after Covid - which Umricans were so busy attributing to China - knowingly keeping seir customers in se dark, as usual.
Peace, Sherlock.


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Posted: Jul 9, 2024 - 2:10pm

NATO’s 75th birthday party: All balloons, no brass tacks
Which is unfortunate, given Biden's travails and the high stakes in Ukraine right now

Biden Opens NATO Celebration, Turning the Page on His Troubles and Warning Putin
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Posted: Jul 9, 2024 - 1:34am

"War Is Making Us Poor"



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Posted: Jul 6, 2024 - 11:11pm

Biden: Like the nation, I am indispensable too
The idea that he has been running the world betrays a dangerous arrogance about his importance — and current reality

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Posted: Jul 4, 2024 - 9:53am

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As the introduction already showed. It's a form of cultural imperialism.


OMG did I repeat any "substantial" parts from your article-link? If so, it wasn't intended, just a spontaneous "ai jerk-off" from my machine I guess. Remember, I can't be sentient.

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Posted: Jul 4, 2024 - 9:50am

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That's not really new. (...)

As the introduction already showed. It's a form of cultural imperialism.

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Posted: Jul 4, 2024 - 9:14am

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That's militainment! Big Hollywood succumbs to the Pentagon Borg
Experts explain how 2,500 films and shows have been weaponized to promote war...

That's not really new. It only is, if you don't know (and never met world-) cinema of various sources, most oftenly labelled as "foreign", and sometimes "independent film". The Umrican English language even goes so far, as to import a French word, "auteur" which (of course) means 'author' ...in turn reminds us, there are no / haven't been any true 'authors' in Hollywood from the get-go. Only copy-cats and marketing coke-heads, drunk of dollars.

That's a typical feature of US-American "understanding" of human culture:
There's nothing beyond, so stay on the sofa, or varied as, nothing to see here folks move on as we already keep being the greatest nation on earth anyway.

We're really open for foreign cultures to go extinct while we thrive (we're built on principles).
Make my day & Happy Independence Day all in one, America, I love you.
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Posted: Jul 3, 2024 - 9:37pm

That's militainment! Big Hollywood succumbs to the Pentagon Borg
Experts explain how 2,500 films and shows have been weaponized to promote war
“The easiest way to inject a propaganda idea into most people’s minds is to let it go through the medium of an entertainment picture when they do not realize that they are being propagandized,” explained Elmer Davis, a renowned CBS broadcaster, who had just been named director of the Office of War Information (OWI), a Pentagon program created on June 13, 1942, six months after Pearl Harbor.

Later in 1953, as the Cold War was in full swing, President Dwight D. Eisenhower commented on the burgeoning partnership between Hollywood and the Pentagon by stating that, "the hand of government must be carefully concealed and (…) wholly eliminated," adding that the engagement should "be done through arrangements with all sorts of privately operated enterprises in the field of entertainment, dramatics, music and so on."

Thus, the president who coined the term “military industrial complex,” was, in fact, one of the first major proponents of what would later be called the military entertainment complex or the militainment industry.

Today, this militainment industry is thriving. From Top Gun to the Marvel franchise and even shows like Extreme Makeover, the Pentagon has been able to shape the narratives of more than 2,500 movies and TV shows. No one knows this better than Roger Stahl, the University of Georgia’s Communications Studies Department Head, and author of Militainment Inc. With University of Bath lecturer and Workers Party Candidate Matthew Alford, investigative journalist Tom Secker, and others, Stahl created “Theaters of War,” a concise 87-minute documentary in which he methodically dissects our modern militainment industry, showing the behemoth it has become.

Responsible Statecraft talked to Stahl, Alford, and Secker about the ways our TV screens are weaponized through the Military Entertainment Complex’s oversight over and control of Hollywood scripts and production agreements. (...)

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Posted: Jul 2, 2024 - 12:17pm

Why you can't have anything nice

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Posted: Jul 1, 2024 - 9:46am

Cut 397 of 1000.


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Posted: Jun 30, 2024 - 10:50am

Lock them up! Lock them up! Lock them up!

Denver gave people experiencing homelessness $1,000 a month. A year later, nearly half of participants had housing.
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Posted: Jun 29, 2024 - 1:00pm

Malarkey: "The only thing I've denied Israel was 2000 pound bombs. They don't work very well in populated areas. They kill a lot of innocent people. We're providing Israel with all the weapons they need and when they need them."

That looks like 14000 of them.
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