Bits and Pieces – 20170517, Wednesday

Commentary: I’m preoccupied with trying to find a house but it seems that there are just too many systems that are approaching criticality not to throw some links your way.

The Deep State: Trump is under continuous attack. The Russian narrative is being used against him every time he so much as farts: WaPo: Trump Revealed “Highly Classified Information” In Meeting With Russians, White House Denies. Comey’s firing has been spun with the same narrative of collusion with the enemy. Mike Shedlock brings some perspective to the story: Classified Bombshell Hyperventilation. And Martin Armstrong supports the premise: The War Against Trump – Time to Fight Back.

As to why: The ‘Soft Coup’ Of Russia-Gate.

Consider this: Murdered DNC Staffer Seth Rich Was In Contact With Wikileaks Says Former DC Homicide Detective. If  Seth Rich were to be shown to be the source of the Wikileaks information, the Russian narrative would fall apart. So there are very widespread and powerful interests to see that nothing of this sort comes out. Two hours later: Murdered DNC Staffer Seth Rich Shared 44,053 Democrat Emails With WikiLeaks.

Cyber Warfare: I’ve been trying for 4 days to update the Windows version of Mary’s computer. So far I’ve managed 9 of 36 critical files. I guess when half the world’s computers suddenly are discovered to be not up to date, the Microsoft servers melt down: Hackers Unleash Second NSA-Developed Cyber-Weapon On Dark Web. This is a WMD unlike any we have seen before because it is global and totally nondiscrimination. Notice that Apple systems are unaffected. This article suggests the creator(s) of Wannacry were amazingly inept: The WannaCry Ransomware Hackers Made Some Real Amateur Mistakes. Still, let’s blame the Russians.

WWIII: We’re doing our part to keep the possibility of WWIII alive: NATO Builds Infrastructure For Permanent Military Presence Near Russia’s Borders. But that’s OK – we’re the good guys, the righteous ones – or at least self-righteous.

The American Empire (AE): This is how tribute flows from the periphery to the core in the modern empire: As Trump Heads To MidEast, Is His Plan Finally Becoming Clear?.

Apparently at least one other person shares my view that the US has no interest in promoting democracy anywhere in the world but only in creating and supporting regimes whose policies are consistent with American interests: Condi Admits Another Iraq War Lie

Bits and Pieces: I don’t think I’ve sent anything about the “retail apocalypse” although much continues to be written about it. Here’s an example: Baltimore: A Glimpse Of America’s Future “Retail Apocalypse”. The small town core fell to the big box retailers and the malls. In the US the retailers and the malls are falling to online commerce. Incidentally, Baltimore has the second highest murder rate in the US and recently had to appeal to the FBI for help: Baltimore asks FBI for help: ‘Murder is out of control’.

An interesting point: The Most Important Question That No One Is Asking….

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