Wednesday 21st of November 2018

and the world was forever in love...

love

Created by critically-acclaimed animator Bill Plympton, the cartoon is part of a three-part series entitled ‘Trump Bites’ which riffs on Mr. Trump’s absurd utterances to illustrate the president’s tumultuous inner life of paranoia, narcissism and xenophobia.

Yes, this animated gay (teen?) romance was inspired by Trump’s own utterances which – let the record show – clearly demonstrate that Trump has said nice things about Putin, and vice versa. How gay is that? So, so gay. Thank goodness the New York Times published this brave cartoon, which exposes Trump’s paranoia, narcissism and xenophobia for all to see.

But not everyone was enamoured by the cartoon, which features Trump and Putin riding a unicorn through clouds of hearts and rainbows, climaxing with the two leaders exploring each other’s mouth-caves with their super gay tongues.

Lol it's funny because they're gay – brilliant, cutting edge commentary from the NYT, one Twitter user responded. “So making gay jokes is ok now because you don't like the guy. Good work, NYT,” sarcastically wrote another.

 

Read more:

https://www.rt.com/usa/431054-trump-putin-lovers-nyt/

 

All good. the world is in safe hands... Meanwhile at the Never Trump CONservative GOP:

 

Former Bush speechwriter David Frum might warn about the threats that the Trump herd mentality poses to the GOP, but in 2003 he was taking stray sheep to the slaughter. In his now infamous “Unpatriotic Conservatives” essay at National Review, Frum declared conservatives Pat Buchanan and Robert Novak, libertarians Lew Rockwell and Justin Raimondo, and others on the Right who opposed the Iraq war as persona non grata.

“They began by hating the neoconservatives,” Frum wrote. “They came to hate their party and this president. They have finished by hating their country.” He continued: “War is a great clarifier. It forces people to take sides. The paleoconservatives have chosen—and the rest of us must choose too. In a time of danger, they have turned their backs on their country. Now we turn our backs on them.”

Talk about tribalism.

 

Read more:

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/the-hypocrisy-of-never-t...

 

Meanwhile at the Trump/Putin cakewalk:

 

Meanwhile, despite the latest diplomatic efforts, new allegations are emerging of collusion between a US politician and Russia. This time, National Security Advisor John Bolton is in the spotlight. Some commentators are describing him as "Kremlin-affiliated" after meeting Vladimir Putin.

RT asked Jatras what he makes of these allegations of Bolton's links with the Kremlin.

Jim Jatras: It is really hard to talk about that and keep a straight face. If there is anybody who is not a Kremlin agent, it is John Bolton. Who else can you think of on the American political spectrum? We've had such hysteria in the last well over a year, even before the election regarding Donald Trump and Russia, trying to block any kind of normalization of ties with Russia… I think some people are really becoming unhinged. There was one fellow on CNN the other day talking about how "Putin has devoured Trump." I think Mr Bolton, who is by no means pro-Russian, is saying "Yes, there is reason why the leaders of these two countries need to talk and find solutions of the mutual concerns." Who can disagree with that? Unfortunately, we have a lot of people who I think have literally become hysterical and do disagree with that.  

RT: What do you think President Trump will be hoping to get out of this summit in Helsinki, and what do you think Putin wants? 

JJ: I think Trump is focused on the big picture. And that is America's national interest. That is one of the reasons why he met with President Xi of China early on despite some differences we have with China over trade in particular. He realizes that Russia is the key player, not only in places like Ukraine and Syria, and also has a significant influence in the Korean situation, but that we need to find some kind of a broader understanding with the other major power on this planet. I think that is the first thing. And the mere fact that he now feels free enough to go forward with that meeting, I think it is quite significant. As far as Mr Putin [is concerned], I think he would like to take some steps toward just normalizing our relations, maybe starting to repair some of the tit-for-tat on the diplomatic front. But I don't expect to see anything major, particularly on the question of sanctions, which is what everybody here in Washington always raises as soon as you talk about Russia.

 

Read more:

https://www.rt.com/news/431287-trump-nato-putin-summit/

 

 

And an examplar to our rotten, despicable, cowardly, unprincipled, corrupt & wicked government we have


Russia has never mulled handing over NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden to the US in exchange for easing sanctions, Russian FM Sergey Lavrov told UK Channel 4, when asked if it could form part of a deal with President Donald Trump.

I have never discussed Edward Snowden with [Donald Trump’s] administration,” Lavrov told Channel 4’s Cathy Newman. He added that President Vladimir Putin had addressed the issue years ago, however.

When he was asked the question, he said this is for Edward Snowden to decide. We respect his rights, as an individual. That is why we were not in a position to expel him against his will, because he found himself in Russia even without a US passport, which was discontinued as he was flying from Hong Kong, Lavrov recalled.

Snowden, the man behind the biggest exposure in years of the US electronic surveillance apparatus, got stranded in Russia when Washington withdrew his passport as he was travelling via Moscow from Hong Kong. The Russian government eventually granted him political asylum. Snowden is facing prosecution in the US for leaking classified documents to a number of media outlets.

The Channel 4 correspondent suggested during the interview that Russia may try to bargain Snowden for the lifting of US sanctions, during the upcoming meeting between Putin and Trump.

I do not know why people would start asking this particular question in relation to the summit. Edward Snowden is the master of his own destiny, Lavrov reiterated.

 

Read more:

https://www.rt.com/news/431302-snowden-extradition-russia-lavrov/

 

care and love forever...

love forever

Turns out shoppers still do care about Melania’s outerwear.

The first lady’s now-infamous “I really don’t care do u” jacket, worn on her trip to and from a shelter with migrant children in Texas, is selling for big bucks on eBay.

One of the (originally $39) Zara coats is being resold for $895 (pre-owned!), the Washington Post reports.

Designers and political advocacy groups have also produced riffs on the controversial coat, including WildFang’s sold-out “I Really Do Care, Don’t U?” version.

 

Read more:

https://nypost.com/2018/06/28/melanias-controversial-coat-is-going-for-b...

back in the future real world...

A new multipolar order, driven by economics and history, is emerging in the world and Western attempts to stop or to slow it down are unlikely to succeed, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told UK’s Channel 4.

“I think that we are in the post-West world order,” Lavrov told the British Channel 4 in an interview on Friday. “It is a historical epoch, if you want. Certainly, after five or so centuries of domination of the collective West, as it were, it is not very easy to adjust to new realities that there are other powerhouses economically, financially and politically,” he added, pointing to China, India and Brazil.

Asked if Russia was shaping this world order, Lavrov replied it was rather the product of history and “development itself.”

You cannot really hope to contain [these] new powerful, economically and financially, countries. You cannot really ignore their role in world trade and world economy,” despite attempts to slow down the process with sanctions and tariffs, the top Russian diplomat said.

The European Union is “certainly a very important pillar of any world order,” Lavrov added, but it needs to decide whether to remain reliant on the US or become more self-sufficient. By way of illustration, Lavrov brought up the migrant crisis, which the EU is currently struggling with.

“NATO bombed Libya, turned Libya into a black hole through which waves of migrants, illegal migrants, rushed to Europe. Now EU is cleaning the broken china for NATO,” Lavrov said.

Russia’s relations with the West, which have soured dramatically since the 2014 US-backed coup in Ukraine, will be among the topics discussed at the July summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump in Finland.

During the interview, Lavrov brushed off Channel 4 speculation that Russia could offer to hand over NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, whom it granted political asylum, in exchange for the lifting of US and EU sanctions.

 

Read more:

https://www.rt.com/news/431306-lavrov-post-west-world-order/

biting the hand that saved him...

National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden has delivered his most trenchant criticism yet of the Russian government, describing it unequivocally as “corrupt”.

His comments mean the proposed US-Russia summit in Helsinki on 16 July is potentially risky for him if Donald Trump was to request Vladimir Putin to hand him over.

Snowden is wanted in the US on three charges under the Espionage Act, carrying a minimum of 10 years each in jail. Putin could balance the propaganda value of having Snowden in Russia against providing Trump with an easy gift.

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Russia is the only safe haven in the world for Snowden. China would not allow him access to the mainland when he was in Hong Kong in 2013. Neither Germany, where there is strong public support for Snowden, nor any other European country appears willing to fall out with the US by offering him sanctuary. If he made it to Latin America or anywhere else in the world, the US could apply economic pressure or send in a CIA team to kidnap him.

He said: “I’ve already accepted that I am going to spend my life dealing with enormous consequences for my decision to tell the public what I know. But if not for me, by all means, Germany should pass the necessary laws to allow future whistleblowers to find a safe harbour.”

Snowden said if a Russian whistleblower was to turn up on chancellor Angela Merkel’s doorstep, she would protect them. “But if an American whistleblower shows up on Merkel’s doorstep? That question has not been answered,” Snowden said.

He expressed disappointment with Merkel’s public position on whistleblowers. “We’ve talked so much about Russia today and the disappointments and the challenges that the public is facing because of the problems of their government. What would it say to the world if the only place an American whistleblower can be safe is in Russia?”

Read more:

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jun/29/edward-snowden-describes...

 

Yep... The UK government isn't corrupt. Just idiotically corrupt.....  The US government isn't corrupt. Just stupid..... The European government isn't corrupt. Just inept..... The government of Australia isn't corrupt. Just involved in corrupt class warfare..... The government of Sweden isn't corrupt. Just hypocritical with double standards..... The French government isn't corrupt. Just being elected with dirty cash from Soros and getting exclusive deconage promotion from the pope..... The German government isn't corrupt. Just its Vdubs emissions and citizen spying and blah blah blah..... 

Etc. Compared to all other world governments, the Russian outfit smells like roses... with so far, an examplar soccer world cup and a very intelligent Lavrov...

the media descended into the hell of homophobia...

 

by Thomas Prentice

The Gay Community need to be disturbed by how fast and how easily “Liberal” Democrats and the corporate media descended into the Hell of Homophobia over the Helsinki summit between Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump.

While I have no regard for Trump and find him repugnant, vile, narcissistic and infantile, nevertheless peer at the repeated no-lube ease by which media celebrities and corporate news media organizations have, along with “Liberal” Democrats, slipped into TotalHomoHatred vitriol about the summit, Trump and Putin, and that the whole idea that good relations with the Russians are a good idea to try and stave off a nuclear war. (Anybody ever see the Stanley Kubrick film “Dr. Strangelove”? [yes we did])

That celebrity favorite of the bourgeois liberal Democrats and elites everywhere from sea to shining sea in late night, the former Stephen Colbert, has remarkable dexterity in repeatedly coming up with ways to trash both Trump and Putin with Homophobic slurs.

To be completely fair, the former Colbert merely followed up on protest art depicting Trump and Putin as homosexual lovers of one kind or another – and in politically correct, “pro-gay” LIBERAL spaces.

But on the eve of the Helsinki Summit, the former Bill Maher even dipped deeper in the toxic waste dump of slag and slime of liberal Homophobia than even Colbert when Maher displayed a cut-and-paste image of Trump giving Putin a blow job in a boat on a lake with the merry Maher caption of “Lenin Party.”

 

Read more:

https://off-guardian.org/2018/08/04/the-gay-community-should-be-disturbe...

 

See cartoon at top. Gus only published it to show how some people perceived the summit in a manner that was non-representative of the event, nor of the two guys...

no russians were involved...

Pulitzer-Preisträger Seymour Hersh: «Geschwindigkeit verdummt, Cable News sind ein Desaster.»

Der Pulitzer-Preisgewinner Seymour Hersh hat während 50 Jahren Skandale aufgedeckt und die Mächtigen der US-Politik geärgert. In seinen Memoiren zieht der legendäre Reporter Bilanz. Ein Gespräch über den Journalismus, wie er einst war – und heute sein sollte.

 

Auf dem Titelbild Ihres neuen Buchs «Reporter» sitzen Sie vor einer Weltkarte. Die USA sieht man darauf nicht. Absicht? 

Nein, gar nicht. Die Karte habe ich mir gekauft, als ich kurz nach 9/11 vom «New Yorker» als Reporter auf Afghanistan und die Taliban angesetzt wurde.

Sie wussten nicht, wo Afghanistan lag? 

Ich hatte im ersten Golfkrieg aus dem Irak berichtet, über das Golfkrieg-Syndrom, unter dem Soldaten litten, nachdem wir Chemiewaffenlabore von Saddam bombardiert hatten. Aber ich war noch nie in Afghanistan gewesen, hatte bis 9/11 vier Jahre lang über Ölfirmen, Korruption und Russland recherchiert. Ich musste mich erst einmal einarbeiten. Wissen Sie eigentlich, was ich nie gefragt werde?

Nein. Sagen Sie es mir.

Ich werde nie gefragt, wie ich das geschafft habe. Ich stand unter grossem Lieferdruck, brachte dann aber viele gute Storys über Afghanistan und den zweiten Irakkrieg hin, wie etwa zu Abu Ghraib.

 

Read more:

https://www.nzz.ch/feuilleton/pulitzer-gewinner-seymour-hersch-geschwindigkeit-verdummt-cable-news-sind-ein-desaster

 

I know. It's a bit much to post in German. But this was the original interview of Seymour Hersh by a German media outlet. In short, it says, amongst other things:

Seymour Hersh: “There’s zero evidence”

Don’t think the Russians were to blame [for Donald Trumps’ election victory]. That’s crazy. We are very good at intelligence. We know who it was, and if it had been the Russians, we would have made that clear. But there’s zero evidence.

 

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