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It is not the freshest news. But it is still breaking, people are still absorbing it ,and it all till needs context.

The filthy greedheads and the doomed can't have exclusive rights to this news territory. The insane and the loyal opposition must have their say as well.

My take - the Russian armada is going to bomb the living fuck out of Aleppo.  Not so much to help Assad as to show they can still break shit, and still matter in one of their few areas of influence outside of Russia. 

Sebostabol/Crimea alreadytaken and those pieces are swatted off the chess board.
Then they will pass through the Suez canal to a favorite area of contemporary interest - the south china sea, to dock at the "chinese" island. 
They will refit at Vizag (a top indian navy base), go hover around the "chinese" island in the spratleys, maybe some commando/fast boat/SEAL type training with the chinese there. then they go right by the senkaku islands on the way to vladivostick for winter.
just to show the world the BRICS aint nobody to fuck with. 
Turkish PM Erdogan just "cleaned house," by firing about 40,000 people in government and shooting a
few hundred security, military and intelligence staff accused of being Gulen supporters.  some probably were, some probably were not, and Gulen's infleunce is not as profound as the govt makes it out to be. but he just bought himself 5 more years of unchallengable rule. and the ability to flip turkey out of NATO into the BRICS. I think it is very possible and could happen suddenly if it does.
Then much of eastern europe NATO (esp former ussr/Warsaw Pact) all quit too - because it is a stupid antiquated instiution that has not had a rational strategic reason of existence since the fall of the Berlin wall.  nato is not world's army the blue hats in the UN are.
Timing - Putin put them at sea when he knew he would have a four month window of no real response from usa because of the  elections.
They will have proved they are back as a true blue sea navy, anf kicked some ass, and shored up crucial geostrategic along the way.
I feel no portence of WWIII but instead feel this is a macho country saying "we be back motherfucka!"
and the advanced cyber and ground/space/ship-to-shore warfare eqpt of china, russia (less so india) is getting really good, and hits all the achilles heels of nato/USSA, efficiently, cheaply, and on the button.

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Jo really wants to retire....she often times says she "I miss the old me when I just said whatever I wanted."

"when you're retired you can say whatever you want!"

That's probably true for anyone. But saying what you want depends on how important people are in your life. FB has shown me how mind-boggling stupid most people really are. I find it best not rile the heard...especially when I realize they'll never understand anything I have to say anyway. 

If one has something non-conventional to say, it's better to find a blog where one can communicate with those who are at least close to one's own intellectual/awareness level. I find that FB is best used for benign, family oriented communications. 

it predates trump......

Here's a thing Chris Hedges did sometime in 2013.  Click-bait YouTube headline makes it seem like yesterday.  That's ok.  Hillz and the corporate Demz were very *nice* business-as-usual.  But look at "Better Deal" vs. "People's Platform."  Meanwhile, the same old economic shit continues to hit the fan.  Fact is, Hillz "lost" to the most flaming asshole ever.  Rightly- wrongly- doesn't matter.  It is what it is.  Boosters on both "sides" think the puppet show is real.  

Meanwhile, more "urban campers" are everywhere in SaltLick.  Increasing number are junkies.  Long story.  But here's the new vehicle: The Black Elephant: a 2009 Piaggio MP3 500ie.    

Dems keep trying to sell the same old shit in a new package and wonder why they're becoming more irrelevant with each passing day. But it doesn't really matter, as the deep state controls all anyway. And who knows, we could all be burned to a crisp by tomorrow.

I like your new ride. I spose it being a backward tricycle has a benefit that I have yet to discover. But it looks it might be good in an apocalypse with the additional traction.

From this program with Edward Snowden and Daniel Ellsberg, Ellsberg suggested that the career professionals in the intelligence community (aka "The Deep State") were leaking important information to the public about the current Administration and, as such, were actually performing a vital service to democracy. This didn't mean that he was enthusiastic about the Deep State - just noting the irony of the situation at this time.

http://www.cityarts.net/event/edward-snowden-daniel-ellsberg/

off topic but wanted to say i was able to spend a little time with ellsberg at camp casey/ crawford, and he seemed to be so clear and centered.  we are both recovering christian scientists.

When the deep state leaks to further a particular one-sided agenda, it's not exactly in service to democracy.

They're simply the career bureaucrats that keep the machine running behind the puppet show.  Their only "side" is to make it to "retirement" with as much boodle as possible.  The bad news is- about 1/3 of them are brutal psychopaths.  The good news is-- about 2/3 of them are not.  

 

Disagree. The deep state definately has it's favored politicians. None of the shit we see now was happenning until Trump was elected. Sure, there were attacks on dems by the right wing. But it wasn't deep state shit. The deep state is far more lethal because they are the establishment. We wouldn't be seeing any of the nefarious shit we're seeing now if Hillary had been elected.

Oh no... you wouldn't be seeing it if Hillz were "elected."  It would still be going on... but you wouldn't be seeing it.  They'd be doing it behind the scenes like Bamz did.  The Trumpoons just don't freaking care.  

Hillary is a deep state agent. So was Obama. Trump's agenda didn't align so he had to be brought to heel.

Here's a recent article from Glenn Greenwald on how the deep state conquered Trump.

"That the U.S. has a shadowy, secretive world of intelligence and military operatives who exercise great power outside of elections and democratic accountability is not some exotic, alt-right conspiracy theory; it’s utterly elemental to understanding anything about how Washington works. It’s hard to believe that anyone on this side of a sixth grade civics class would seek to deny that."

https://theintercept.com/2017/08/05/whats-worse-trumps-campaign-age...

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