Thursday, March 2, 2017

Jokers Too Fucking Wild


The Sleaze Associates: We think so low of you and so much of ourselves that we don’t even bother hiding or camouflaging the true fucked-up nature of our intentions towards you.

The Delirynth  
A rundown of developments from around our labyrinthine world. Readers are advised to constantly remind themselves that we actually do live in the world where these things are happening.


The Russia House

Though the Trump Administration keeps doing its best to bury it, and the mainstream media seems to keep getting distracted by a variety of shenanigan perpetrated by the President and his staff to give it the continuous coverage it merits, the worrisome Trump-Russia link is still the main story, with new information emerging every day. And while having contacts with Russian officials is not by itself problematic, lying about it is. Indeed, there are plenty of legitimate reasons for Trump staffers to have had contacts with Russian officials during and after the elections. That does not by itself constitute a violation of the Logan Act. But lying about these contacts leaves us with the impression that something sinister is at play. Whether this is indeed the case or we are simply dealing with a case of sheer incompetence the issue is too big to ignore. America deserves better quality leaders than those whose behavior can only be described as either traitorous or incompetent. Yet, considering the state of partisan politics involved, we might just have to live under this cloud for years to come. The struggle continues, and the self-recusal of Jeff Sessions is but a minor achievement in this regard. In fact, the whole Sessions Affair but a minor act in a larger more convoluted play.

White House accused of blocking information on bank's Trump-Russia links. “New commerce secretary Wilbur Ross’s response about possible links between Bank of Cyprus, Russian agents and Trump officials wasn’t released to Senate.”

New Commerce Secretary at nexus of lucrative Trump Russian deal. “With a line that runs through newly confirmed Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Rachel Maddow connects the dots between a billionaire Russian oligarch and a Donald Trump deal worth tens of millions of dollars.”

Obama Administration Rushed to Preserve Intelligence of Russian Election Hacking. “American allies, including the British and the Dutch, had provided information describing meetings in European cities between Russian officials — and others close to Russia’s president, Vladimir V. Putin — and associates of President-elect Trump, according to three former American officials who requested anonymity in discussing classified intelligence. Separately, American intelligence agencies had intercepted communications of Russian officials, some of them within the Kremlin, discussing contacts with Trump associates.”

Still, incompetence by Democrats seems to be helping Trump beat the Russia rap.

How Trump Is Beating the Russia Rap. “Kremlin ties could unravel the new administration—but Dems wounded own cause by downplaying Russian threat for so long.”

Moreover, it seems that Mr. Putin, acting through his Syrian proxies, is trying to test Mr. Trump on Syria:

General: Russian, Syrian planes hit US-backed fighters. “Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, the top US commander in the fight against ISIS in Syria and Iraq, said ISIS fighters had withdrawn from the towns and Syrian-Arab coalition troops had moved in. US forces serving in an advisory role witnessed the Russian and Syrian airstrikes, Townsend said. Quick calls to Russian forces through "deconfliction channels" stopped the bombing, he said.”

And speaking of Syria, the Wall Street Journal has also uncovered a Syrian-Russian link to Eric Trump.

Donald Trump Jr. Was Likely Paid at Least $50,000 for Event Held by Hosts Allied With Russia on Syria. “October appearance by son of then-candidate is one of string of contacts between members of the president’s inner circle and individuals connected to Moscow.”

"[M]eticulously planned & ruthlessly carried out"

UN Details Assad and Putin’s War Crimes in Aleppo. “Syria and Russia carried out a merciless bombing campaign in the city last year, the United Nations found, including killing 96 kids in the first few hours.”

The report issued by the United Nations-mandated Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria goes on to describe an attack on a UN convoy by Syrian air force as having been "meticulously planned & ruthlessly carried out," it then, describes the forced evacuation of civilians from east Aleppo as constituting a “war crime.” The report also highlights violations by rebel groups and notes that Al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate only had 150-200 fighters operating among the over 8,000 rebel that inhabited the city at the time.

The report comes at a time when the Trump Administration is threatening to pull out of the United Nations Human Rights Council and clearly demonstrates the foolish nature of such potential step. The U.S. is motivated here by the UN body criticism of Israel, but there is more to its work than Israel. So, no matter what the U.S. policy on a particular country or issue might be, now that it has become a member of this body that is becoming increasingly more active and relevant it should stay there for the long haul. Otherwise, it will undermine not only the work of this body but the global struggle for human rights as a whole.

My take on Trump’s Joint Session Address in two tweets


Why Were the 7,000 Antisemitic Incidents Under Obama Largely Ignored? “This raises serious questions about how we discuss and learn from antisemitism. When people sit through a sermon and don’t raise a hand in protest when a preacher says Jews should be killed, that’s a huge problem. What about when there are clear cases of antisemitism whose perpetrators are not charged with hate crimes? In Avignon, a man tried to light firecrackers in front of a synagogue, but was cleared of antisemitism charges. He just happened to do it in front of a synagogue, not any of the dozens of churches in the town? This is one of but many examples. The question is: Are we only offended by certain types of antisemitism and not others?”

Good question and it does merit an answer. As the author of this article himself demonstrates, inadvertently perhaps, is that the election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States came in part as a result of agitation by a movement or a current that has been active and gaining ground for years. With the election of Mr. Trump, and considering his choice of advisers, official (Steve Bannon) and unofficial (Alex Jones), the current now has representatives of its ethos in the White House and certain sway over the thinking of the President. That’s quite an ominous and worrying development. Yet, it’s this development that seems to have finally alerted people as to the danger posed by this current, long thought to be too politically marginal to count. This is probably why we have more coverage of anti-Semitic incidents at this stage. It’s not the type of antisemitism that counts here, it’s the reach of the anti-Semites.

ЯeveЯsed Polarity (ЯP)
Real headlines, news and comments that strain credulity.

President Trump suggests anti-Semitic threats across U.S. are coming from within Jewish community. Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, who was part of a group of state attorneys general meeting with Trump at the White House Tuesday, relayed Trump's comments about the bomb threats to Buzzfeed News, explaining that the commander-in-chief seemed to indicate he felt some of the threats were being made from the inside, as part of a potential effort "to make others look bad."

Beyond Polarity: If Mr. Trump doesn’t really know what he’s saying at times or appreciates its implications, if he’s indeed speaking from the top of his head, as they say, and going on instinct, then, far from constituting a good defense, this is actually the scariest scenario of all. If Mr. Trump’s instincts just happen to take him down such paths and roads every so often, then, he really shouldn’t be leading us, and we really shouldn’t be following him.


The Conway-Spicer Conundrum: A contemporary variant on the ancient puzzle that continues to befuddle political scientists, sociologists and journalists, namely: how can one best deal with chronic shameless bullshitters? The new variant is distinguished by the fact that contemporary bullshitters seem to reflect an even greater resiliency to objective facts and rational analysis making confrontation with them completely unpalatable as well as an exercise in futility. Another aspect of the new variant is the marked ability of the new bullshitters to go about their task even without having to say a word sometimes, having succeeded in hypnotizing many in their audience into bullshitting themselves. An example of this telebullshitting phenomenon is the recently deployed Kellyanne Pose, a brief action that involves doing something seemingly irreverential and thoughtless but within the confines of a publicly hollowed space, then, thanks to the Twitterverse, what could have been seen as a simple innocuous action becomes a full-blown controversy, one that helps distract attention from the general fuckupness of certain policies and facts, if only momentarily and until a new Kellyanne Pose is struck. There is currently no consensus on how to best confront the contemporary bullshitters, but recent experiences have amply demonstrated that rolling one’s eyes and trying to mentally project oneself into an alternative moment in space-time has not only failed as an approach, but seems to have actually achieved the opposite effect, namely that of empowering the bullshitters.

High Decibel Whisperers: The only type of advisers that seem able to reach populist leaders with large egos and small hands. Their ability to shout their whispers and keep their thoughts ever so close to the edge of insanity enable them to break through their targets’ ego barriers, those invisible defenses that populist leaders erect around themselves in order to protect themselves from prolonged exposure to the humanity of others.


Jonesing: In political parlance, “to jones” is to behave like Alex Jones, the current U.S. president’s high decibel whisperer, that is, like a complete unhinged psychopathic moron, only to end up advising the most powerful man in the world. Example 1: Mike just jonesed his way up in the world, manExample 2: Way to jones, broExample 3: The U.S. President, Donald J. Trump, is said to be planning on jonesing his way into his Russian counterpart good favor in the hope of discovering firsthand what kind of bedfellows the two would make. Indeed, and the last example shows, a hidden putinian element seems to be involved in jonesing. In fact, some commentators have speculated that Mr. Alex Jones is actually nothing more than a Russian biological experiment gone haywire producing a crazier and fatter Vladimir Putin. Indeed, in some religious circles both in Russia and the U.S., Alex Jones to Vladimir Putin is now seen as representing what Fat Buddha is to Thin Buddha in Buddhist lore: a richer, crazier and, in this case, hairier avatar.

Orange Pete: A folk appellation given to the populist Dutch politician Geert Wilders on account of his unabashed admiration of U.S. president, Donald Trump, and many of his proposed policies. In other words, Orange Pete, very much like Black Pete, is another thing about the Dutch people and culture that reminds us that, as wonderful as they are, they are no less prone to serious fuckups than the rest of us.


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