Carlson Vs Bolton: Will This Neocon Warmonger Replace McMaster? Not after this interview

You almost feel sorry for warmongering neocon John Bolton after watching this. Then you remember how many Iraqis died and how many US service men and women died as a result of his lies about Iraq and you get over that real quick.

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No, Russians Do Not Hack The FCC’s Public Comments

(This is just getting out of hand.)

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from Moon of Alabama

A member of the Federal Communications Commission, Jessica Rosenworcel, wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post.

It is unlikely that the headline was chosen by the author of the op-ed. The editors of the Washington Post opinion page wrote it. I also doubt that she would have chosen a picture of the FCC head to decorate her piece.

For the record: The headline is false…

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Collision that killed 10 US sailors caused by warship’s mistaken maneuver – official probe

(When this event happened last year, I speculated that the USS John McCain deliberately crossed into the path of the shipping vessel in an effort to hamper certain interests in the trade routes in the area. The “news” blamed everything from lazy and tired sailors to “Russian hacking” but as it turns out… I was right. The collision occurred when our guided missile destroyer deliberately turned in front of the merchant ship in order to halt it’s progress. 10 sailors paid with their lives for that maneuver. They are still trying too say it was an accident but guided missile destroyers aren’t your typical weekend day-tripper schooner and it takes quite a bit of work to deliberately steer them into a collision course with a massive transport ship on their radar. I believe the admiral in charge of that fleet was forced into early retirement if I’m not mistaken. He should be in prison. Killed 10 of his own sailors to make a shipping oligarch happy somewhere. Unbelievable.)

from RT

A sudden turn made by a US destroyer lead to a collision with a commercial vessel that killed 10 American sailors, an investigation by Singaporean authorities has concluded.

The incident on August 21 was one of several such collisions last year, which tarnished the reputation of the US Navy. The guided-missile destroyer USS ‘John S McCain’ (DDG-56) collided with a Liberian-flagged merchant ship in the Singapore Strait.

A report released on Thursday by the Singapore’s Ministry of Transport’s (MOT) Transport Safety Investigation Bureau (TSIB) said the American warship “made a sudden turn to the left into the path of [the merchant vessel, ‘Alnic MC’] because of a series of missteps that took place after propulsion controls were transferred.”

The US Navy’s internal report last November arrived at similar conclusions, blaming the incident on avoidable navigational errors made by the destroyer’s crew…

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Trump’s Tariffs: The Henny Pennys Are Screeching “Trade War!” and “Protectionism!” While Trump Plays Politics

by Scott Creighton

  • free trade – international trade left to its natural course without tariffs, quotas, or other restrictions
  • protectionism – the theory or practice of shielding a country’s domestic industries from foreign competition by taxing imports.
  • overreaction – a more emotional or forcible response than is justified.

Last week President Trump announced he and his administration were planning to impose minimal import tariffs on steel and aluminum (25% steel and 10% aluminum) in an effort to protect the interests of U.S. industries and workers.

Today at the White House, Trump plans to make the announcement of the finalized tariff specific details, oddly enough, in the Roosevelt room at 3:30pm. During FDR’s administration, his economic staff struggled to find ways to get around the Smoot-Hawley tariff of 1930, signed into law by H. Hoover which placed very high tariffs on over 20,000 goods imported into the U.S. Smoot-Hawley was a protectionist measure, begrudgingly enacted as a response to the Great Depression (1929-1932) .  FDR and the Democrats passed the Reciprocal Trade Agreements Act of 1934 which gave him the ability to negotiate bi-lateral trade deals independent of the Smoot-Hawley tariff but that was two years after the Depression had ended and many say Smoot-Hawley had done it job.

While Free-Marketeer neoliberal economists will say Smoot-Hawley exacerbated the Great Depression making it last longer, others will tell you the protectionist policies helped promote U.S. business and put Americans back to work. Today, when a neoliberal argues for some new corporatist free-market multilateral trade deal, they always hit their opponents with a copy of Smoot-Hawley and laugh as if they’ve proved their point. After all, FDR himself helped do away with it… right?

Truth be told, Trump’s tiny little tariff, written by his tiny little hands, is nothing more than a drop in the bucket compared to Smoot-Hawley or the Tariff of 1828. And yet, folks across the political spectrum are beside themselves screeching about “trade wars” and the dreaded “P” word… (whispers) protectionism.

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