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Ukraine Has Lost


Week-end Wrap – Political Economy – November 5, 2023


  1. mago

    “Camptown ladies sing this song
    Doo Dah! Doo Dah!
    Camptown racetrack five miles long, oh doo dah day . . .
    Goin to run all night
    Goin to run all day!
    I’ll bet my money on de bob tail nag
    Somebody bet on the bay . . .*

    And that’s all it is folks—a horse race.
    You gotta have a heart as big as race course.

    * “Camptown Races” a minstrel song by Stephen Foster, circa 1850

  2. Curt Kastens

    This is rather interesting. I wonder if it is an implied threat.

  3. Curt Kastens

    This comment is a reprint from a comment that I made on the site collapse of industrial civilization today.

    I had a poem translated to me yesterday. When a poem is translated from one language to another almost all trace of its artistic value is lost. But I thnk the thought provoking value of this poem remains.

    When I was born nothing was added to the universe or taken away. No one told me about eternity. No one told me what I was doing here. When I died nothing was added to the universe or taken away. No one told me that my decaying body would fertalize the grass and flowers above my body providing enjoyment for those passyng by.

    I myte wryte more about this poem latter.

    On other news a UN official of I assume US nationality resigned today or yesterday. He said one thing that I found interesting, which is a bit different that what I have maintained. I have maintained that international law (and the US Constitutiion) was assassinated and butchered in March of 2003 when the US invaded Iraq and justified this invasion with lies.
    But this UN official said that the death of International law acctually occured with the so called Oslo Peace Accords. That makes sense to me.
    I was actually a supporter of Israel until Israel went American by the way they totally ignored that agreement before the ink was even dry on it. That was a clear sign that niether the USA nor Israel were interested in peace in the Middle East. The US government has proven beyond any shadow of a doubt that it is not interested in peace anywhere in the world.
    It it true that not all Americans support their governments policies. But because to many Americans do support the policies of the government and that number increases the further one goes up the latter of wealth and power (influence) those who are opposed to the governments policies have no chance to change things.
    In the military you are taught when your positions are overrun you call artillery down upon your own postiions to destroy the enemy along with yourself. It is for this reason that I call upon Russia and China to nuke the North America and Canada, and for Pakistan to nuke Israel. The Russians and Chinese and Palestinians, and Iranians, and Cubans are not my enemy, my own government is.
    Yes some innocent people in America and Europe will be killed in a horrible manner, which they do not deserve. But what is good for the Palestinians, and the Afgahns, and the Iraqis, and the Vietnamese and on and on is good for the Americans and Europeans as well. Nuking North America and Western Europe, and Japan and Austalia as well, I should not leave those out, will bring an end to the atrocities once and for all.
    And it is not as if the people in those countries have a bright future to look forward to anyways.

  4. Curt Kastens

    I am sad to report that I no longer believe reports that the Russians are inflicting very high caualties on Ukrainian Forces. These reports have been put out for a very long time. It seems to me that if they were true that the Ukrainians, even considering the western support that they have recieved, would have lost the ablilty to conduct even effective defensive operations a long time ago.
    I also do not buy the narrative that this failure of Russia to be to mount an effective offensive is because the Russians are not really trying to end the war for one supposed reason or another.
    Continuing the war imposes large costs on Russia. An effective offensive that actually ends the war with Russia caputuring the entire east bank of the Dnieper River or all of the Ukraine may have a high short term costs on Russia. But those costs would likely be less than letting the war drag on and on.
    Of course if Russia goes for the entire Ukraine they will have to ethnically clense the entire country. To do such a thing is ethically justifiable for Russia because the west has been the aggessor in its conflict with Russia (and the entire planet for that matter). The Israelis are not ethically justified in ethnically cleansing the Gaza Strip. The Israelis do not even have the right to defend themselves. This is true because the Israelis have been the blatant aggressors in their conflict with the Palestinians.
    And since the United States Government stands behind all of these efforts of aggression, attacks against the United States and the people that belong to it, including me, are ethically justifiable. I only have an ethical right to defend myself from those that support the US govenment and its allies (collaborators).

  5. Richard Holsworth

    Will the company set to topple Tesla be worse?
     “Tokyo, October 25, 2023 – BYD, the world’s leading manufacturer of new energy vehicles, took center stage at the Japan Mobility Show 2023, …”
    Among its customers are Dell, Apple, Xiaomi and Huawei. Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway owns about 6% of BYD

     BYD Company limited investigative report : China Labor Watch
    “BYD became a low-cost supplier of Best Buy, Motorola, Nokia, Samsung, T-Mobile, Verizon, L’OREAL, Jabil and Vtech, by using low-wage workers while providing workers with subsidized housing in company-owned dorms and cheap, low-quality food. Workers are unable and unwilling to go back to their hometown, yet the salaries they earn cannot support a reasonable standard of living in the city. As a result, despite the realization that their work is extremely underpaid, many workers find themselves reliant on the poor salary and cheap housing that BYD provides. This situation has an astonishing similarity to the 19th century sweatshop factories in Britain…

    They provided them with free meals and housing and a low base salary. In order to control them, they were locked in the factory and separated from the rest of society. The attraction of free room and board lured many young men to come work in these factories. Over the long-term, in light of the meager salary they earned, these young workers were not able to support a life outside the factory. Thus, they were forced to stay and work in the factories indefinitely.”

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