“From the fact fact fact of the soulless
To the pact pact pact with hell…”
“From the fact fact fact of the soulless
To the pact pact pact with hell…”
In the end, is Burisma corrupt or not ? Antac’s Daria Kaleniuk seems to think it is (conspiracy theory ?). But why then did anti-oligarch white knight Joe B.’s salutary firing of former Ukrainian chief prosecutor Shokin not lead to his successor, Lutsenko, investigating the firm’s possible wrongdoings after Hunter B. was appointed to its board without any relevant experience ?
What exactly has been debunked ?…
It takes Trump’s faux pas (?) in Ukraine for CNN to start mentioning Hunter Biden’s potentially dirty business (under the auspices of his father). But that’s all swell and dandy ?…
Foreign corruption in said country, potentially involving a presidential candidate, shouldn’t be investigated, then ? Not even if that may mean a foreign country has potential kompromat on a wannabe-president it might decide to use against him later ? And despite the possibility there might be personal enrichment involved ? Talking about double standards…
In other words,
You turned your tragic family history into a marketing tool. Ya shoulda known, Joe…
Luckily, voters now do know, before the primary concludes, how easily a former heavyweight could be crushed in the second round, and whether corruption continuity (?) is the way they want to go…
(would make a good slogan, by the way)
This is an unofficial transcript of yesterday’s The Late Show’s main interview.
Millionaire 1 : Welcome, Sir. Nice to see ya. Haven’t talked to ya in over a year… Well, not in front of a camera anyway. And then, of course, there’s those meetings between my staff and some guys over at the DNC. How’s Donna Brazile, by the way ?… But I digress… Wassup, doc ?
Millionaire 2 : Nothing much, things goin’ the same, uh, you know : there’s no global warming. I mean : I had some doubts at first. But then my old pal Andrew Goldman told me : come on, Joe. You know it’s a Chinese scam… With everything your son has been investing over there, you still think their coal is as clean as ours ? So, I said : okay, but what about gas emissions ? He said : what about them ? You know the US has become the n°1 fracking industry in the world. And that’s thanks to you. You, man ! Thanks ! Then I said : you’re not mad at me for suggesting we boost the nuclear industry, then ? That’s climate-friendly, isn’t it ? And he said : sure, look at Fukushima or Three-Mile Island ! I’m just kidding, buddy… Of course I’m okay with it, as long as you don’t forget us, huh… You’re probably right anyway : a few hundred “small modular nuclear reactors” will be terrific for the country, as well as for export, not to mention their waste. Once they’re spread all over the place, we’ll sure feel safe… climate-wise.
In other words, don’t worry about any of that, S. I mean : do I look like a fossil, huh ?
M1 : I don’t know… Do you ?
M2 : No way, man : I am in great shape, as is the nation, and the rest of the Muppet Show is looking at me with envy.
M1 : You once said to me : if you wanna be the most popular guy in America, announce you’re not running for president.
M2 : That’s exactly right… And look at how courageous I am. All for Wall Street, baby. Can’t let them down, can we ? I mean : look at my donors list, and it’s not even close to reality. I’ve got enough banks and dirty lawyers on there to create my own bespoke tranche opportunities, so that even Andrew, for instance, can finance me without anybody knowing…
M1 : Impressive ! Nonetheless, you’re still pretty darn popular…
M2 : Well, I guess they haven’t watched any of my crime-bill videos yet… at least not the colored ones, they haven’t. Hey, Batiste… How ya doin’, homie ? [Doin’, homie, hey…] They’re really the dumbest mofos of all, ‘specially the older ones. Every once in a while, I throw them a poisoned cookie, like with the “poor kids/white kids” thing. And they know I’m gonna cut social spending. Hell, I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and…
M1 : Well, we’re helping you a lot, you gotta admit, a whole lot… I mean : all the shit you’ve been saying, and all the obvious lies… Most of them swept under the rug… (for now)
M1 : When did you actually decide you were gonna run ?
M2 : Charlottesville. When those folks uh came out of the fields carrying torches, I remembered Strom telling me : “can we… can we all get along, can we… can we get along ?” And I realized things weren’t going to change very much with this president. That’s when I decided change would be the cornerstone of my campaign. Do we want another civil war ? We’ve got to restore the soul of this country, like we did for Ukraine. We need a future to believe in, you know…
Pulitzer-prize winner : A lot of people examined your candidacy and have said very specifically that the part of the appeal is to return to a pre-Trump normalcy. But do we want a pre-Trump normalcy, knowing that gave us Donald Trump. There were conditions, certain aspects of peoples’ lives, that led to wanting a Donald Trump, in addition to the extraordinary coverage he got from the legacy news media, and from us in particular, I mean the then-us. What would you change about America so that we don’t get another Donald Trump ?
M2 : Well, for starters, I swear to God, I really do, that, had I known the misery countless American families, many of them black, were gonna go through after the latest financial crisis, I would not have cozied up so much to my crooked friends in the credit-card industry. My donors list will make sure that doesn’t happen again when the next one hits.
M1 : Why would voters necessarily care about Trump’s character and values ? It’s not like he came over as a choir boy during the last campaign, is it ? I think there are some voters who kinda want a jerk in office, the same people who wanted Cheney to walk on the dark side…
M2 : First of all, let’s agree on this : no decent man walks on the dark side. I mean, for real…
Pulitzer-prize winner : There are your dubious friendships, there are your lies, and then there are your (sometimes calculated ?) gaffes, the list of which is pretty impressive. Pardon my asking, but are you going nuts ?
M2 : Go to Joe 30330… I don’t [deleted] Ya know, I I I I don’t get wrong things like uh ya know there is uh we should lock kids up in cages… unless they’re using marijuana ! I don’t make any gaffes when peoples’ lives are at stake. When they’re being sent to jail for years or even decades for no reason at all thanks to my crime bill, it’s my true, rational self speaking…
M2 : I’d appoint Michelle… Just kidding. Hey, Michelle, if you’re watching, K-I-D-D-I-N-G ! She doesn’t have a great sense of humor, you know… You need to explain everything to her… Jesus !
M1 : You know there are other candidates running who are a lot more progressive than you, and they have ambitious social-welfare plans. Why should people in distress vote for you ?
M2 : Well, you know, I’m a true winner : I’m not even thinking about getting a majority in Congress. I know it’s a lost cause. So, we’re going to have to talk with the NSDAP-Reps one way or another. Domestically, when it comes to anything other than crime, I’m also a minimalist, and, by reaching out to the enemy, I managed to pass minimalist legislation. However minimalist, that doesn’t mean it will happen again, though…
Putlizer-prize winner : if, say, Bernie wins the primary, will you endorse him without hesitation and rally with him across the country like he did with you-know-who in 2016 ?
M1 : Well, thanks, buddy. Give my regards to Hunter…
M2 : Will do.
Jul 31, 2008
“Adding to the doubts, some analysts are now wondering if the attack might have actually involved chlorine, which is also a chemical weapon but can be bought over-the-counter. A March Reuters story described a possible chemical attack in the northern town of Khan al-Assal, near Aleppo, after which residents said they could smell chlorine. The Telegraph reported at the time that Syrian regime forces accused rebels of using a homemade chlorine solution in the attack. […]
As Foreign Policy’s Blake Hounshell points out, Khan al-Assal was a regime-controlled area at the time, which suggests that if anyone were to attack it, it would probably be rebels.”
“A Reuters photographer said victims he had visited in Aleppo hospitals were suffering breathing problems and that people had said they could smell chlorine after the attack.”
“Stephen Johnson is an expert in weapons and chemical explosives at Cranfield Forensic Institute. He said there were inconsistency among the patients’ symptoms.
“There are, within some of the videos, examples which seem a little hyper-real, and almost as if they’ve been set up. Which is not to say that they are fake but it does cause some concern.”
“Am I in heaven ? I am alive ! I am alive […] ”
“Some of the people with foaming, the foam seems to be too white, too pure, and not consistent with the sort of internal injury you might expect to see, which you’d expect to be bloodier or yellower,” Johnson said.
Johnson said that although much of the video showed injuries consistent with trauma to the nervous system, it was too early to conclude that it was from chemical weapons.
“At this stage everyone wants a ‘yes-no’ answer to chemical attack. But it is too early to draw a conclusion just from these videos,” he added.”
“Jean Pascal Zanders, an independent researcher who specializes in chemical and biological weapons and disarmament, said that in videos of the aftermath of the attacks, the hue of the victims’ faces appeared to show many suffered from asphyxiation.
However, he said the symptoms they exhibited were not consistent with mustard gas or the nerve agents VX or sarin. Mustard gas would cause blistering of the skin and discoloration, while the nerve agents would produce severe convulsions in the victims and also affect the paramedics treating them – neither of which was evident from the videos or reports.
« I’m deliberately not using the term chemical weapons here, » he said. « There’s plenty of other nasty stuff that was used in the past as a chemical warfare agent, so many industrial toxicants could be used too. » […]
The head of the U.N. team, which has a mandate to investigate previous claims of alleged chemical attacks, said he wants to look into the latest claims. Speaking to Swedish broadcaster SVT, Ake Sellstrom said the high numbers of dead and wounded being reported « sound suspicious. »
« It looks like something we need to look into, » Sellstrom, who is Swedish, was quoted as saying.”
7 questions to the “inept hawks” :
1/ Which ones from the ones who are asking questions, demanding explanations and questioning the official Western version (and agenda), and the ones who, for political motives, are cynically surfing on popular emotion and deliberately jumping to conclusions, are paying the victims the sincerest and most respectful tribute ?
2/ What would be the toll of NATO carpet bombings compared to the nearly 400 civilian victims who perished on August 21st ?
3/ Why should one neglected warning underlined in red lead to an irrational macho military strategy not even the US army chief of staff is effectively supporting (or is it a bluff) ?
4/ Why affirm, against all evidence to the contrary and despite the inevitable escalation a scenario involving NATO would engender, overthrowing the Syrian regime would not be the actual goal / result of a foreign intervention ?
5/ Why out of all windows of opportunity for a military intervention choose the worst timing imaginable to intervene in a conflict in which the madmen clearly have the upper hand on so-called rebel side and the lines between factions have become so blurry ?
6/ What kind of powder keg involving generations to come is the war hungry West shaping / endorsing in the Middle-East ?
7/ Who will carry the blame for possible future terrorist attacks in the US and / or Europe resulting from this (deliberately ?) inept strategy, as well as for subsequent wars ?
If the concurring reports about the regular (Arab) Syrian army are right, if indeed 70 % of Syrian territory is currently under control of the regime, if NATO manages to mind its own business, if the Saudis are put under pressure ro call back their mercenaries, if Israel understands chaos on its borders is not in its interest, if Turkey quits its double game and if the British and French clowns abandon their project to shape new leaders in their own image, Syria has a chance of regaining stability. Should that miracle be accomplished, Assad, if he’s smart and if he really loves his community,and his country, will understand it’s time for him to move on and let others take office in order to reshape national consensus. Of course, there’s a high probability Paris and London will be in a bottle before that happens…