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Bits and Pieces – 20180804, Saturday

Trade War

Richard Duncan wrote The Dollar Crisis revised in 2003. I reread it in 2008 at the height of the financial crisis and it read as if it had just been written, it so closely followed the crisis. No other book have I read twice, and no other economist do I have greater respect for. Here’s a rare piece from him: Podcast: Deconstructing Trump’s tariffs, turning point in history and the end of globalisation. If Trump’s trade war is not scaled back then expect this to come to pass.

To show how tariffs bring American jobs home, consider this: Harley-Davidson Begins Kansas City Plant Shutdown As Production Shifts To Thailand.

Bits and Pieces – 20170326, Sunday

The Deep State: The Russian hacking straw-man continues to collapse: The Evidence That Russia Hacked the DNC Is Collapsing. The Deep State’s position is based on a report from CrowdStrike which in turn has come under scrutiny by independent minds: What Is CrowdStrike? Firm Hired By DNC Has Ties To Hillary Clinton, A Ukrainian Billionaire, And Google and DNC ‘Russian Hacking’ Conclusion Comes from Google-Linked Firm.

On another front, although we may never come to publicly know who did what at whose request, Trump was spied on by the US intelligence community: Nunes Confirms There Was “Incidental Surveillance” Of Trump During Obama Administration, “Seems To Be Inappropriate”. Note that he continues to be investigated through “multiple FISA wntarras” – your Deep State in action preserving Truth, Justice, and the American Way. Late news: NSA To Provide “Smoking Gun” Proof Obama Spied On Trump.

From others on this topic:“Much Worse Than Watergate”, Former CIA Officer Admits Trump ‘Wiretapping’ Likely True, the players for the Deep State that rushed to brand Trump’s allegations of wire tapping, continue to find their position is in trouble and possibly deep trouble: NSA Whistleblower Says NSA Spied On Congress, The Supreme Court And Trump.

Bits and Pieces: Confirmation bias enshrined in academia: In anti-intellectual email, Wellesley profs call engaging with controversial arguments an imposition on students lest students be encoraged to think for themselves. Pity the poor snowflakes.

Hoot for Today

Senator Bernie Sanders asked the NSA “Has the NSA spied, or is the NSA currently spying, on members of Congress or other elected officials?” (Washington Post).

The NSA response: “Members of Congress have the same privacy protections as all U.S. persons, …” or in less polite parlance ‘up yours’.

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