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Israel’s Ground Forces Are Even Worse Than I Believed


Week-end Wrap – Political Economy – May 19 2024


  1. Curt Kastens

    It makes no sense for a nation to have a national military force. War is Poiitics by other means. While a national military may protect a land from attack by other nations it also protects the leadership of that country. A leadership which is always dominated by ONE political faction or another. But many of the citizens in any country will always be dissatisfied with the policies that a nations leadership is pursuing. Whether that number of disatisfied people is 5% or 80% it is still a lot of people.

    Therefore it really only makes sense for a POLITICAL PARTY to have a military force. In a political party the people are more politically united. Therefore an army that is employed by a political party will be used to achieve political goals that are largely agreed upon. And if one disagrees with the goals it is much easier to leave a political party than it is to immigrate.

    But on the other hand a nation that has multiple militaries will be constantly threatened by civil war if not actually constantly engaged in a civil war. And a nation with no military is more likely to be absorbed in to a neighboring political unit. Which could be viewed as an occupation or a liberation to those being absorbed.

    The good news is that once humans go extinct due to environmental collapse we will not have to think about this Catch 22 any longer. (Did anyone actually ever think about this anyways? Maybe only I will not have to think about it any longer.)

  2. Curt Kastens

    While I reguard the MMT emphasis on government policies to guarantee full employment I do recognize that there is a problem with achieving that goal. Some people though they are not mentally handicapped are socially handicapped. I mean by that that they are to disfunctional to be employable. Such people need to be covered by a guaranteed income scheme to reduce the chances that they will attempt to survive by criminal means.
    The amount of income should be high enough to be able to afford basic food, clothing and a bed in a barracks.

  3. Z

    Still pinching myself at times to remind myself how absurd it is that we are heading towards a Biden-Trump rematch and that Trump, who is unfit to run a country club much less a country, is the better choice because the mixture of his ego and erratic-ism means that he is more likely to periodically gum up the gears of our rulers’ poor and working class fed wood chipper than Genocide Joe, the Lead Stiff of Weekend at Biden’s. Not that Bibi’s Pool Boy Donald T is not also largely controlled, but just less so than Biden because he is more likely to be temporarily enthralled by his foolish followers to actually do something … largely figuratively, mind you … that they wish for in order to keep them cheering him.

    Biden, on the other hand, has always understood that his job was to deceive the masses and his humongous ego is more built upon his ability to mislead them while winking at his sponsors, just like the Head PR Man for the Point Zero One Percent Obama so deftly did when Biden was playing VP and arranging to land a well paid gig for his son Hunter to breath for Burisma. Plus, Biden doesn’t have any fervent followers to sway him at this point … if he ever did … and never has on the national stage.

    I will not vote for either of these traitorous assh*les because taking into account the extremely low mathematical probability that my vote will actually make a difference in the outcome and that either of the corrupt dancing partner parties can’t cheat to negate it even if for some asteroid threading a needle possibility that it would ever make a decisive mathematical difference, I look at voting for a president as more of an endorsement of the candidates and their actions than an actual vote.

    As a testament to our rulers’ corrupt political system, the only candidates who are truly worth voting for are ones who have no chance of winning.


  4. “Tradition becomes our security, and when the mind is secure it is in decay.”― Jiddu Krishnamurti

    “The very desire to be certain, to be secure, is the beginning of bondage. It’s only when the mind is not caught in the net of certainty, and is not seeking certainty, that it is in a state of discovery.” –Jiddu Krishnamurti

    “To live is to find out for yourself what is true –Jiddu Krishnamurti

    “This review of 36 trials funded by industry…” (In the conflict of interests section one author of the review was paid by a pharma corporation)
    “The review showed that reliable evidence on influenza vaccines is thin but there is evidence of widespread manipulation of conclusions and spurious notoriety of the studies.”
    “In average conditions 100 people need to be vaccinated to avoid one set of influenza symptoms.”
    “the combined endpoint was increased negative systemic effects RR 1.29 (for the vaccine group)”

    “Significantly more recipients experienced symptoms of upper respiratory infection, sore throats and coryza after vaccine administration than placebo administration RR 1.66”
    Flue vaccination caused an increase of:
    -Myalgia RR 1.54,
    -Fatigue or indisposition RR 1.19,
    -Malaise RR 1.51
    -Fever RR 1.55
    -Guillain‐Barré syndrome 2.22
    -Oculo‐respiratory syndrome attributable risk 1.2%-2.9%
    -Bell’s Palsy a massive increase in risk OR 84.0
    -Rheumatoid arthritis OR 1.36

    “The results of this review (of pharma studies) seem to discourage the utilization of vaccination against influenza”

    You can use sci-hub to get past paywall of most studies

    “In a 9 month double-blind randomized controlled trial”
    “There was no statistically significant difference in the risk of confirmed seasonal influenza infection between recipients”
    “participants who received (flue vaccine) had higher risk of (acute respiratory illness) associated with confirmed noninfluenza respiratory virus infection RR, 4.40”

    “flu shots increase the risk of illness from noninfluenza virus infections such as rhinoviruses, coronaviruses, RS viruses, parainfluenza viruses, adenoviruses, HMP viruses and enteroviruses”
    “A prospective case-control study found that seasonal flu shots doubled their risk of illness from noninfluenza virus infections (unadjusted OR 2.13, CI 1.20—3.79). Overall, the vaccine increased the risk of virus-associated acute respiratory illness, including influenza, by 73%”

    “We conducted a nested case control study of all pediatric subjects at the Mayo Clinic”
    “we found a threefold increased risk of hospitalization (OD 3.67) in (those vaccinated for the flue ).”

    “One is never afraid of the unknown; one is afraid of the known coming to an end.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti

    “The following of authority is the denial of intelligence.”
    “One of the fundamental causes of the disintegration of society is copying, which is the worship of authority.” –Jiddu Krishnamurti

  5. different clue

    Now this is just totally fascinating . . . ” Inca performing jars”. The jars make specific sounds and noises when tipped.

    Who is to say that the Inca and likely pre-Inca civilization-loads of people who designed and made these jars were not part of a High Culture High Civilization?

  6. different clue


    In the 2016 election, Trump won Michigan by 60,000 votes. I was one of those 60,000.
    Obviously 1 vote is only 1 60-thousandth of 60,000. Still, we were all people who decided to vote whether ” my one vote” would have made a difference or not.

    So who is to say how much or little a difference your one vote will or won’t make?

  7. mago

    “The sun is up/the sky is blue/it’s beautiful and so are you dear Prudence.”

    Prudence is the better part of valor.

    Prudence precludes murder mayhem and chaos.

    We’re going down down down/dear Prudence, won’t you come out to play?

  8. Z

    different clue,

    It’s your vote. I’m not going to waste my time arguing with you about how you ought to decide to use it.

    Best of luck determining the outcome of the 2024 U.S. Presidential election,

  9. Curt Kastens

    Yes I agree those that iniated the Federal Reserve Fraud in 1913 were evil wasp shaped Wesen. Those that help continue the fraud are evil Wesen as well. But it should be almost needless to say the federal reserve fruad has been trumped by an even bigger fraud perpitrated by coneheaded Wesen. Unless someone wants to say it to needle someone else with 200 mg of fukitol the latest big farma pain killer.

  10. Curt Kastens

    Speaking of certainty/uncertianty. It is very unclear what a nobody should do now under these circumstances if they live in the EU and do not support what the countries of the EU are doing. And a Nobady that knows that with each 1 ppm increase in CO2 climate instabilty will only get worse, and with each 1ppm decrease in the blocking paticles caused by burning less fossil fuels climate instabilty will only get worse has even more to consider.
    Then one top of that most of the world talks as if industrial civilization can continue to provide upward mobil ity for billions of people for the next 50 years at least if not for an indefinate amount of time.
    Sue Frida Dauerhaft *1913 Wiesbaden ^1945 Baltic Sea aboard the WG.

  11. different clue


    Thank you for the kind words.

    And thank you for your support.

  12. Chuck Mire

    The Maya Calendar Round & Maya Long Count:


    Complete Explanation:

    Divided into Seven (7) Sections:

    The Maya calendar – Part 1 – Introduction

    The Maya calendar – Part 2 – Haab, the Solar Year

    The Maya calendar – Part 3 – Tzolkin, the Sacred Calendar

    The Maya calendar – Part 4 – The Calendar Round

    The Maya calendar – Part 5 – The Long Count

    The Maya calendar – Part 6 – The Numbers and the Vigesimal System

    The Maya calendar – Part 7 – Dates and Numbers in the Inscriptions

    How To Make A Working Maya Calendar Round:

  13. mago

    I’m usually dicking around and playing the fool in this venue, so I thought I’d change it up and gain a measure of gravitis by noticing the Putin/Xi bro fest. Tipping the scales, changing the balance.
    The empire’s scared and panting. Watch out!

    Laughed at d c’s response to z.

    Oakchair keeps rocking with his quotes and links, which I lack capacity to open and study, but I’m trusting.

    To everyone rocking in the free world out of tune, cheers!

    Stay well and function.

  14. Willy

    Therefore it really only makes sense for a POLITICAL PARTY to have a military force.

    Not to be outdone by mago… In the USA, a hot war between the Democrats (using expensively esoteric technologies) and Republicans (lots and lots of AR-15s) could get interesting, especially with Libertarians and Greens taking pot-shots for simply getting in the way. Of course, the Reform Party would use some kind of “radical centrist” weaponry (whatever the hell that’d be) while the Forward Party would be using a more “common sense” kind of centrist weaponry.

    But a war between India’s 1800+ registered political parties would be especially interesting, methinks. Kinda like a WrestleMania Free For All, with maybe, a little something for everybody?

  15. Failed Scholar

    The Canadian Government’s war against it’s own population continues apace:

    “The demographic shock is getting worse in Canada. The working-age population (aged 15 and over) rose by over 100,000 in April, bringing the total to over 410,000 after 4 months in 2024. As today’s Hot Chart shows, this represents a sharp acceleration (+47%) on the 278,000 increase recorded in the first four months of 2023. In Greater Toronto, where population growth reached a record 107,000 at the start of the year, the acceleration is 66% compared to the growth seen in 2023. Greater Montreal and Greater Vancouver have not been left behind since the start of 2024, with growth more than double that seen in 2023.

    Conclusion: with Ottawa having announced its intention to limit immigration from 2025, it would seem that many people have decided to come to Canada earlier. Housing affordability problems could worsen over the next few quarters, as we head for another record year of population growth.”

    CanadaDerp’s elite’s solution to all of our problems seems to be just import more scab labour. Muh GEEDEEPEE go up! Except….:

    “On the world stage, Canada is one of the few advanced economies that has not recovered its pre-pandemic standard of living, measured by real gross domestic product per capita.

    This measure has contracted over the past three quarters, and TD forecasts it will continue to shrink until the end of 2024. More alarming, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development predicts that Canada will place last among OECD members in real GDP per capita growth until 2060.”

    Thanks, assholes!

  16. Ian Welsh

    Yeah, the immigration is absolutely insane, and I live in Toronto. Much as I despise Polievre if he promised to cut it by 90% I might even consider voting for him.

  17. Failed Scholar

    If only, Ian. Polievre sure has a big mouth on him, but the second anyone asks him what immigration #’s would be under a Polievre administration he’s Johnny Tightlips. Even if he did give us any firm numbers I would think he’s lying, because the elite here (and in the Anglo western countries in general) really REALLY love their immigration magic trick. I haven’t decided yet whether it’s because of ideology that they are this stupid or whether these sorts of ‘policy’ ‘ideas’ come from short term greed and/or genuine disgust at the publics that they ‘””serve'””.

    A decade ago the numbers we were taking in was ~150K-250K per YEAR, and they have gone and cranked that up to 100K per MONTH. And then they cry us their crocodile tears about housing and rental prices – and that’s honestly what gets me the hardest, the “Johnny Gee Wilikers!” whocoudanode hand-wringing attitude they take at the absolute disaster they’ve created.

    I’m one of the lucky ones in that I moved in late 2020 right before the shitshow began with rental prices, otherwise I’d either be homeless at todays prices or be absolutely barely scraping by, and all of this is because of government policy to fuck us over. Gah!

  18. Ian Welsh

    Failed Scholar,

    oh yes. I have a friend who is homeless because of this. I let him come over almost every day to get a meal and a shower. And the place I’m in is the place I expect to stay for a LONG time unless I win the lottery or some such.

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