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Welcome to my Saturday #linkdump, the third in an occasional series that may or may not be restricted to Saturdays, but which will ever be an ode to olde-timey #linkblogging of the sort practiced by our blogfathers, blogmothers, and other blogparents:

1/ A pot of chunky chicken and...
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Any fule kno that Saturday is #Caturday, and today's woke felinism comes from @GoingMedieval, earthiest of all the Medivelist Bloggers, author of the superb *Once and Future Sex*, all about dirty dirty medieval people and their filthy filthy habits:…

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If the word "antitrust" has a dusty, old-fashioned feel, that's only to be expected - after all, the word has its origins in the late 19th C, when the first billionaire was created.

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That billionaire was #JohnDRockefeller, who formed a "trust" with his oil industry competitors, through which they all agreed to stop competing with one another so they could concentrate on extracting more from their workers and their customers.

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When students of statistics are introduced to creating and interpreting models, they are introduced to George Box's maxim:

*All models are wrong, some are useful.*

It's a call for humility and perspective, a reminder to superimpose the messy world on your clean lines. 1/ A Tron-like plane of glowing grid-squares. Two spherical cow
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Even with this benediction, modeling is forever prone to the cardinal sin of insisting that complex reality can be reduced to "a perfectly spherical cow of uniform density on a frictionless plane." 3/
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America’s efforts to block oil & gas pipelines from #Russia date back to #JFK, who pressured #NATO allies into an embargo of the Friendship pipeline in 1962.

This 2019 Radio Free Europe article on #NordStream2’s construction is quite telling indeed……
#JFK’s 1962 embargo on oil pipes and pipeline technology marked a foundational decision that became a template for future #USSR-USA conflicts, as shown by the embargo on pipeline technologies in the early 1980s by Ronald #Reaganʼs government to halt the Trans-Siberian pipeline.
Let’s go back to the summer of 1961, when — in the words of US delegates at #NATO — the main discursive line was that European countriesʼ Soviet oil & gas trade was allegedly imperiling the security the entire Western bloc.

The Friendship pipeline was a threat, the U.S. said.
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Parliamo della stagione 1989-90
La terza stagione di Arrigo #Sacchi sulla panchina del #Milan.
Era la stagione che ci avrebbe portato ai mondiali di #italia90,alle "notti magiche"
Il Milan era campione d'Europa in carica,con la coppa vinta dopo 20 anni di attesa
Erano gli anni del rapimento di Cesare #Casella,morì Sandro #Pertini,il 9 novembre 1989 cadde il muro di #Berlino.
Ma era la fine degli anni 80,i meravigliosi anni 80 di #Reagan e della #Milano da bere.
E poi c'era il Milan,quel #Milan.
Una macchina perfetta,o quasi.
Quella stagione fu lunga e non iniziò bene,fra infortuni e squalifiche.
Il nostro competitor principale era il #Napoli di Diego #Maradona e #Careca.
Ma c era l'#Inter dei tedeschi campione d'italia in carica, la #Samp di #Vialli e #Mancini,la #Juve di Dino #Zoff in panchina.
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#Jetblue is trying to buy #SpiritAirlines. It's a terrible idea. Consolidation in the US aviation industry has resulted in higher fares, less reliable planes, spiraling junk-fees, and brutal conditions for flight- and ground-crews. 1/ A crashed WWI biplane, rede...
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The four remaining US major airlines, who gobbled their rivals, are three times more profitable than their European counterparts:…

That's great news if you're an airline shareholder. 3/
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This is a threaded version of Chapter 22:

“Better Off Than Fifty Years Ago?

“Rules Made to Benefit the Wealthy Are Now More Important Than Life”

of *Culture War, Class War 2022: Truth & Generations

by Michael Adzema

THREAD… #history #Blue

CW22 22/1
“[*Chapter 22 text begins:*] So these days you have the attitude, “A dollar laid is a dollar played”; people’s suffering is irrelevant to the game.”

THREAD #history #Blue #economics #Reagan #80s #politics #resist #Republicans #Reaganomics #60s

CW22 22/2
“*Foolin’ the People About History*

“*Obvious “Truths”:*

“*Reagan “saved” America.* [untrue truism]

“*Reagan rescued Americans from an oppressive tax burden.* [untrue truism]

READ/DWL BOOK...… #history #Blue #economics #Reagan #80s #politics

CW22 22/3
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The late Soviet leader Mikhail #Gorbachev warned — echoing President #Eisenhower — that the “greatest danger to the world is the military industrial complex.”

The first concentration camp: #Thalerhof — where thousands of Russians (and those merely suspected of Russian allegiance) were tortured, starved, and murdered in #WWI.

My full interview with Russia's Ambassador to the United Nations, Dmitry Polyanskiy @Dpol_un.

Posted in 3 parts. (See thread for links)

Part 1: End of the #ColdWar: #Reagan, #Gorbachev, Perestroika, Winds of Change, the fall of the #USSR.…
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In 1993, Sen. Claiborne Pell, (Senate Foreign Relations Committee) toned down the 1959 anti-#communist law.

#JFK's Secretary of State Dean Rusk described the resolution as “one of the wildest kinds of cold war kind of thing you ever seen in your life.”
Pell deleted the list of “captive nations,” some of which (“Idel-Ural”;“Cossackia”) were “invented in the Nazi propaganda ministry,” according to George Kennan, the architect of anti-Soviet “containment strategy.” Sen. Pell removed references to “Communist Russian imperialism.”
The Cold War was over, but not for all. The NCNC vigorously denounced Sen. Pell’s amendment. The organization requested Congressional hearings on “our inadequate policies in East Europe and Siberia,” apparently in order to promote the goal of breaking up the Russian Federation.
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#FuneralHomes were once dominated by local, family owned businesses. Today, your local funeral home is likely owned by #ServiceCorporationInternational, who bought hundreds of funeral homes (keeping the proprietor's name over the door), hiking prices and reaping vast profits. 1/ An altered version of Goya'...
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Funeral homes are now one of America's most predatory, vicious industries, and SCI uses the profits it gouges out of bereaved, reeling families to fuel more acquisitions - 121 more in 2021. 3/
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“We are deeply disturbed by the 20-yr track record that places Judge Alito on the far right of the judicial spectrum, esp when it comes to women’s & #civilrights. If #SamuelAlito is confirmed…many of our fundamental rights will be at great risk, & could well be lost entirely.”⬇️
2/Prophetic: “Dear Senator, NOW is strongly opposed to the elevation of Judge #SamuelAlito to the #SupremeCourt of the United States, and with every passing day, more information appears that re-confirms our opposition. We urge you to review his record, writings…
3/“…and judicial philosophy, and join us in opposing his nomination.Not only is NOW disappointed that President Bush has proposed to replace Justice Sandra Day O’Connor with yet another white male ultra-conservative, but we are deeply disturbed by the twenty-year track record…
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🔴 #Russia 🇷🇺 #USA #OTAN

Prof. Tiberiu Tudor (Ro 🇷🇴) : Création et extension de l'#OTAN #Gorbatchev ─ La Maison commune européenne

II. Gorbatchev ─ Maison commune européenne

En 1986, le processus de démocratisation de l'Union soviétique a commencé. Après une longue 🔽
période de gérontocratie, en 1985, un dirigeant mûr, cultivé et charismatique, Mikhaïl Sergeïevitch Gorbatchev, a été nommé secrétaire général du PCUS. Il a radicalement changé le cours de l'évolution de l'URSS vers la démocratie, l'économie de marché et la normalisation 🔽
des relations avec l'Occident, en premier lieu avec les États-Unis. Cette ouverture a eu lieu dans un contexte de manque de compétitivité de l'économie socialiste, qui poussait l'Union soviétique vers l'effondrement économique. L'économie soviétique suffoque sous la 🔽
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Chapter 21 is titled

“The Great American About Face:

“There Was a Time When Kindness Was a Noble Thing; Nightmare Apparent”

of *Culture War, Class War 2022: Truth & Generations*

by Michael Adzema

THREAD…… #Blue #compassion #MeanSpiritedness

CW22 21/1
“[*Chapter 21 text begins:*] “You don’t know what I’m getting at. But this is the indicator of the gradual change in our country that would be missed by those younger than myself.”

THREAD… #Blue #compassion #MeanSpiritedness #FBR #Republicans

CW22 21/2
“I only see this glaring discrepancy because of having lived many years in an America whose values were different, and who thought differently, more compassionately than today.”

READ/DWL BOOK...… #FBR #compassion #Blue #MeanSpiritedness #resist

CW22 21/3
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Chapter 19 is titled

“Reality Transplant, the Media:

“The Ladder of Status, the Great Suck Upward, & What They’ve Succeeded in Getting Us to Forget”

of *Culture War, Class War 2022: Truth & Generations* by Michael Adzema

THREAD…… #Midterms

CW22 19/1
“[*Chapter 19 text begins:*] The Republicans had their help, though; believe me they had their help.”

THREAD… #Midterms Blue Wave #media #MAGAts #Republicans #ClassWar #gaslighting #corruption #BlueWave #truth #lies #Biden #Trump #FBR #resist

CW22 19/2
“*The Puppet Strings (The Media)*

“Okay, so who helped them? Well, like I was saying.… The first thing is you have politicians with the Big Lie, & they’re repeating it endlessly. & that persistence is so extremely effective & comprehensive.”…

CW22 19/3
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George Friedman, stichter van #Stratfor, maakte in 2015 op lucide wijze de Amerikaanse realpolitik begrijpelijk voor wie het niet begrijpt: 'Cynisch en immoreel, maar het werkt!'

1e punt: Europa bestaat niet voor de #VS; er bestaan enkel Europese landen.
Is islamitisch extremisme een bedreiging voor de #VS?
Friedman: 'Het is een probleem, maar geen existentiële bedreiging. We hebben een veel groter probleem, namelijk de relatie tussen #Duitsland en #Rusland. Daar hebben we 2 wereldoorlogen en een Koude Oorlog voor gevoerd.'
Verenigd zijn #Duitsland en #Rusland de enige macht op aarde die de VS kan bedreigen: Duits kapitaal en technologie gekoppeld aan Russische grondstoffen en arbeidskrachten is een combinatie die de VS al eeuwen bang maakt.
Wat gaan de Duitsers doen? Ze weten het zelf nog niet.
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“Chapter 8,” titled “Castles in the Sky…Cocaine and Booze:

“Gen X/ 13th Generation is a Concocted Generation, born 1961 through 1980”

Quotes/Highlights THREAD

From *Culture War Class War 2022: Truth & Generations*

by M Adzema

(pub 9/2022)…

CW22Q 8/1
Quotes/Highlights THREAD

From *Culture War Class War 2022:

*Truth & Generations*

by Michael Adzema

(available on website now & to be published Sept 2022)

READ &/or dwnld entire BOOK free AT SITE... #GenX #history #Yuppies #80s #Republicans

CW22Q 8/2
[Quotes/highlights:] “…this swinging back & forth of attitudes is mirrored also in the drug usage of these generations: We go from repressive drugs such as alcohol & tobacco with the WWII Generation;” []

THREAD… #GenX #history #Yuppies #80s

CW22Q 8/3
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*Culture War Class War 2022: Truth & Generations*

(available on website now & 2b published Sept 2022)

Quotes/Highlights THREAD from Chapter 25, titled,

“An Attack on Facts & Reality Itself:"

THREAD…… #FBR #resist #Republicans #CultureWar

CW22Q 25/1
Chapter 25:

“An Attack on Facts & Reality Itself:

“Confused People Take Comfort in Stupidity, & Burdened People Become Confused People—That’s Their Plan”

READ &/or dwnl entire BOOK free AT SITE... #FBR #resist #Republicans #CultureWar #Trump

CW22Q 25/2
[Quotes/highlights:] “It’s just natural that if you don’t hear anything to counter something, you’re going to believe that the only thing being said is the truth. & that certainly has increased over time … through the years.” []


CW22Q 25/3
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Exactamente @dlaje1
Muy interesante hilo.
No es menor que el @SenTedCruz incluso habló de la muerte del fiscal #Nisman “que iba a declarar contra Cristina Fernández de Kirchner”, dice, palabras más o menos.
Recién te escuché con @edufeiok e hiciste un excelente diagnóstico “escapando” a la horrible grieta que lamentablemente se vive también en EEUU 🇺🇸 desde Nov. 2022, lo que no es un hecho menor.
La grieta es brutal al punto que anoche el presidente #Biden mientras recaudó fondos antes del mitin en Rockville, #Maryland, pidió el voto de los republicanos e independientes, pero llamó “semifascistas” a los líderes de los rojos y demás críticas al #MAGA nacido de #Reagan
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Dans l'arrêt Griswold de 1965 sur la #contraception, le juge Douglas déduisit de "la pénombre" des amendements constitutionnels 1 droit fondamental à la vie privée
Pourquoi la #CourSuprême de 2022 renvoie-t-elle le droit à l'#avortement dans l'ombre?
Mon analyse pour @Lesjoursfr
2. En plus de mon article pour @lesjoursfr, des considérations historiques sur l'évolution de la #CourSuprême pour expliquer ce revirement sur le droit à l'#avortement en 50 ans ou comment la Cour est passé de 7 juges à 2 POUR 1 droit constitutionnel garanti à 6 contre 3 CONTRE..
3. D'1 part, la #CourSuprême de 1973 qui rend la décision Roe sur l'#avortement est "la queue de comète" de la Cour progressiste forgée par les 4 mandats FDR dont le juge Douglas, plus progressiste de toute l'histoire en fin de parcours (il part en 1975), est alors 1 butte témoin
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1/ Dear all, many among you have asked me about my opinion on #oil, #logistics, #pipelines, price movements and a reality check on the #german #embargo plans. So I decided to make another explanatory thread. Grab a beer, this may take a while to read.
2/ It has often been said that oil is a global #commodity that travels on the seas. That view is not wrong, but incomplete. In fact, much oil is shipped by pipelines, on all continents. For an imcomplete but illustrative overview, see…
3/ Most pipelines either distribute incoming seaborne supplies to inland consumers (e.g., refineries), or they route domestically produced oil to seaports where it is loaded on #tankers.
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#zelensky vi parlo mentre la #russia distrugge tutto quello che abbiamo costruito, con razzi, bombe, artiglieria pesante. hanno ucciso già 108 bambini, nel mezzo dell'europa.


#bundestag #germania
#zelensky alcune misure sono arrivate tardi. c'è un muro nell'europa che divide la libertà dalla mancanza di libertà che diventa più alto con ogni bomba. vi abbiamo detto nordstream2 è preparazione alla guerra ci avete risposto è una questione economica


#bundestag #ucraina
#zelensky abbiamo chiesto nato, abbiamo chiesto sanzioni ed è stato preso tempo. anche nel nome di mariupol, una città rasa al suolo e assediata, distrutta, 100mila persone sono sotto le bombe, senza acqua e luce


#bundestag #ucraina
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There/s a pernicious theory both in International Relations and at the heart of the neoliberal element who run the foreign policy of the USA that having a @POTUS who is predictable is somehow preferable to unpredictability. That stability comes from predictability in our POTUS 1/
@POTUS 2/ That hallowed deterrence and the stability in the relationship between two (or more) nuclear powers--the so-called "balance of terror"--is key to avoided nuke war and other unwanted acts of destabilizing aggression. These people couldn't be more wrong!
3/ Today, stability through "balance" and "predictability" is DEAD. Not only has the USA policies of the last 30 years killed that notion (too imperialistic/aggressive for its own good militating other actors against the hegemon), BUT drawing "RED LINES" EMBOLDENS the tyrants.
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1. #NixonMao #rapprochement 50th ANNIVERSARY: SOME FACTS & LESSONS.
In only 50 years, everything changes. Strategic interests of two great powers aligned then as much as they clash today.
I hate threads but my blog is not out yet: here some disorderly thoughts.
2. In 1972, China needed to avert a terrestrial invasion from #USSR. The #UnitedStates was keen to gain a heavy-weight partner to checkmate #Moscow; but the long-term objective was to bring the most populous country into a rising US-led global economic order for the US to profit
3. In the following decades, the relationship was not void of tensions. However, strategic interests were important enough to save it from #TaiwanRelationsAct, #Reagan anti #communism and support for #Taiwan; #TiananmenSquare; #StraitCrisis 1995-1996; #Belgrade bombing
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Part of a common misconception: Europeans have always had a coherent strategy, that is NOT to become militarily independent. That makes sense, but not at the force-on-force level: (/) @Halsrethink @nglinsman @RobertMCutler @vtchakarova @pietercleppe @Danjsalt @moutet
Ostensibly this enabled them to quieten the leftist/pacifist part of their political spectrum (remember the Euromissiles fracas?) but again, that was only a superficial issue. There was a real one tough. (/)
Economically and on a technological level, Europe was perfectly capable of producing a military instrument on a par with WHATEVER US contingent was planned to be deployed to Europe in a conflict.(/)
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