For a number of years I posted links and comments on Davos.
This year I figure - "why give a flying fuck"?
Of all people, the Chinese have become the paladins of neoliberal free markets, while the US under tRump is returning to pre-Depression and in fact pre-Guilded Age protectionism. The IMF is bemoaning the erosion of the middle class while pushing policies designed to undermine it. The "two" party system is finally being challenged - well challenged in Spain and Greece by progressive movements, badly by the likes of the US and UK with reptilian nativism tRumping alternatives such as Occupy, et al.
Since some posters discount ideology as a meter or a roadmap, others embrace conspiracy theories, and others are single-minded and hard-headed, why should I bother?
Of course, I've often mentioned that the primary strategy of dictatorships has been to foment political apathy through fear or impotence. Believe me, I am not apathetic and I'm certainly not afraid.
Just a little disillusioned by the "discourse" on the board of late (Jo, Lee and Icy not included).
Perhaps we need some new blood hereabouts?
But as for Davos, I'm just too disgusted to do it again. What with a DLC potus candidate winning the popular vote after submarining a real alternative and a pompous manfant winning the election...
‘I no longer have to be politically correct’: GOP politician arrested after grabbing a woman in her genital area
Trump, his supporters, and the GOP in general are filth.
Don’t Watch Donald Trump’s Inauguration
What better way to combat a performer-politician than by diminishing his stage? The lower Trump’s ratings, the less inclined television producers will be to give him the free airtime that was the lifeblood of his presidential campaign. A presidential megaphone can never be totally silenced. But we can do our part to restrict his ability to blanket the airwaves for the next four years and become larger than life.
Since I first went on the Internet as lewagner2002, and started posting on the old tittie board.
I now see that the USA is being run from elsewhere. Our politicians are all sold-out and controlled puppets, treasonously working for a foreign country, instead of for the USA. The country I'm referring to is the country that profited from 9/11, the false flag attack that every single "candidate" and every single member of Congress keeps covered up. And, we keep on funding that country with billions of dollar of our money, per year. And letting them use our military, for free, in conflicts that have absolutely nothing to do with "preserving our freedoms".
Until that treason is addressed, the USA will continue its downward spiral.
Anyway, happy anniversary!
Just will jot down some aspects as they pop up. For starters:
"While candidate Obama came to office pledging to end George W Bush’s wars, he leaves office having been at war longer than any president in US history. He is also the only president to serve two complete terms with the nation at war.
President Obama did reduce the number of US soldiers fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq, but he dramatically expanded the air wars and the use of special operations forces around the globe. In 2016, US special operators could be found in 70% of the world’s nations, 138 countries – a staggering jump of 130%
since the days of the Bush administration.
Looking back at President Obama’s legacy, the Council on Foreign Relation’s Micah Zenko added up the defense department’s data on airstrikes and made a startling revelation
: in 2016 alone, the Obama administration dropped at least 26,171 bombs. This means that every day last year, the US military blasted combatants or civilians overseas with 72 bombs; that’s three bombs every hour, 24 hours a day...."
Whatever it takes to get into power:
"Richard M. Nixon always denied it: to David Frost, to historians and to Lyndon B. Johnson, who had the strongest suspicions and the most cause for outrage at his successor’s rumored treachery. To them all, Nixon insisted that he had not sabotaged Johnson’s 1968 peace initiative to bring the war in Vietnam to an early conclusion. “My God. I would never do anything to encourage” South Vietnam “not to come to the table,” Nixon told Johnson, in a conversation captured on the White House taping system.
Now we know Nixon lied. A newfound cache of notes left by H. R. Haldeman, his closest aide, shows that Nixon directed his campaign’s efforts to scuttle the peace talks, which he feared could give his opponent, Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey, an edge in the 1968 election. On Oct. 22, 1968, he ordered Haldeman to “monkey wrench” the initiative."
That's simply treason. Reagan did similar with the Iranians. tRump with the Ruskies.
The Dems? Well, there's Tonkin Gulf, but that wasn't to get into office but merely to justify a war.
There are many things fundamentally wrong with modern "democracy", but I used to think that there were certain lines that weren't crossed.