No, it's not a “strong economy”, it's actually slowing as Trump keeps lying

2020 will continue Trump’s lying and incessant touting about an economy that has underperformed with the growth given him by PBO. Numbers artificially propped up by deficits and tax cuts will result in a potentially catastrophic and looming recession. Trump’s “trade war” has contributed to global slowing. With the new year right around the corner, it’s…

Donald Trump as North Korean sunbird: Rocket-Man returns, maybe because his buddy got impeached

Regardless, the North Koreans continue the work on ICBMs with nuclear capacity unabated by the coddling of Individual-1. x What exactly constitutes a “source familiar with the North Korean leadership's current mindset”? Did they plant a chip in Kim Jong Un's brain?https://t.co/fuIb8tPz3j — Jihye Lee 이지혜 (@TheJihyeLee) December 23, 2019 x Cobra Ball – Ballistic…

“It's nothing short of a disgrace!” Labour loses in the UK

A cautionary tale for US Democrats if only because of negative media framing of Jeremy Corbyn. Labour’s worst defeat since the 1930s. Disinformation, racism, Islamophobia, and fascist rhetoric — aided and amplified by the world’s largest social media platform, Facebook — just swung another election. Pay attention to this one, America. #UKElection — Caroline Orr…

Trump plays the trade war like it's 1812

Trump is losing his trade war and what’s worse is that he’s clueless about the reason for the losing. The prevailing truth is that stupidity has given way to irrationality. “The truth, however, is that there has seldom been clearer proof that Trump is in fact the world’s worst negotiator. And the price Americans are…

Evo Morales resigns as Bolivian coup emerges

Unlike the failed coup in Venezuela, this time in Bolivia, the military has prevailed upon Evo Morales to resign. Banana Republicans finally manage a military coup, this time in Bolivia, but there are cautionary tales. x Breaking News: President Evo Morales of Bolivia has announced his resignation after the military called for him to step…

Jarvanka is at Individual-1's side, because nepotism has too many syllables

The biggest leaker of them all: Jarvanka will throw all kinds of folks under the bus. Jarvanka thinks that because Barr prevented the Mueller report from reaching them, that they won’t at some moment be held accountable in the aftermath of the Trump regime’s attempt to destroy US democracy.  They remain a target of opportunity. But…

Northern Syria: “the biggest ethnic cleansing operation of the 21st Century”

The primary combatants are the SNA, mercenaries supported by Turkey, and the SDF, although it now seems clear how much the absence of US forces has allowed the continuing rather than paused carnage. 300,000 people have been displaced. And then there’s all that Trumpian disinformation, often repeating Turkish talking points. Fact check: Cutting through the…

Tass announces joint US cyber operations with Russia – again?

A surprise announcement from the Russian news service, TASS: According to the FSB in Russia, the US government has now agreed to carrying out joint cyber operations with Russian intelligence. What? pic.twitter.com/RUDHurrWf8 — Maddow Blog (@MaddowBlog) October 18, 2019 This bit of cynical non-collusive activity first was mentioned around the time of firing Comey and…

Will Gordon Sondland, the “Second Amigo”, corroborate Individual-1's role in Arms for Dirt

House impeachment hearings continue with EU ambassador Gordon Sondland today. Lawmakers plan to grill Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland on Thursday about a private discussion he had with top Ukrainian officials in the White House in which he explicitly mentioned the Ukrainian gas company linked to Hunter Bidenhttps://t.co/RisiWENu0G — Christina Lutz 🇪🇺 (@ChristinaLutz17)…

Trump talks Turkey: sternly-worded threats, tweeted loudly

Trump has now made threats against Turkey, having tried to bluff Erdogan and failed, again, as Axios reports. Unfortunately, Trump cannot erase a crisis of his own making with initiatives that will take weeks to implement while people die. This raises more questions about conversations between Trump and Erdogan especially since Russia completed a new…

Turkish atrocities against Kurds begin: casualties reach hundreds, 70,000 displaced so far

The predicted bloodbath unfolds. Wapo does an excellent summary of the current situation. x Turkish state-backed media hails a “successful operation” to “neutralize” an unarmed 35-year old woman working to unite Arabs, Christians, and Kurds in NE Syria. Ms. Hevrin Khalef was reportedly dragged from a vehicle and shot to death. That’s a war crime….

whistle-blower (-gate) is still about #TrumpRussia

As we wait for more whistle-blower news and an inevitable flurry of Trumpian disinformation and diversions, we need to review that Trump’s impeachable offense in Ukraine was also a move in a corruption history favoring Russia back through Manafort. Trump’s hold on Congressional aid to Ukraine also favored a Russian-backed rebel buildup in eastern Ukraine. Military equipment…

Javelin Catcher: what's the cost of a favor if it's not a quid pro quo

Recalling the delaying action of the Bill Barr “summary” of the Mueller report, the White House released a 5-page memo to frame the eventual release of the whistle-blower complaint. In it Ukraine President Zelensky mentions Javelin missiles (page 2), and then Trump immediately asks for a “favor”. In this context, the absence of a specific quid pro…

Pompeo signals that he'll be slow-walking the Impeachment Inquiry's demands

Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) stated that Pompeo was obstructing Congress. x Pompeo blocks depositions with State Dept officials in Ukraine inquiry. The officials are Ambassador Marie “Masha” YovanovitchAmbassador Kurt VolkerDeputy Assistant Secretary George KentCounselor T. Ulrich Brechbuhl and Ambassador Gordon Sondlandhttps://t.co/BrosS0xiv8 https://t.co/oplaRmVn9N— Anthony DeRosa🗽 (@Anthony) October 1, 2019 x Let me be clear: I will…